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RATINGS: 2743   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruits, and other aromas. Intensely bitter in its early months, the flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages.
Available October-March.

rmussman's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Sampled in a 12 oz bottle that was aged over five years. A stunning brew. So creamy and smooth. Shared with four people and a drop was not wasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsporrer (1) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2014 does not count
Pitch Black, rich and creamy with medium brown foamy head that sticks to the glass. Very smooth and flavorful with no harsh aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mikebov (9) - Grandville, USA - NOV 24, 2014 does not count
Really good stout. Maybe the darkest beer I have ever had. Very smooth despite being a 10 plus percent beer. Complexity increases as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (130) - Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Aroma is roasty, woodsy with some black licorice, light booze, raisins/dark fruit and a faint hops scent. Also some coffee notes present. Quite possibly the best looking beer I have ever seen - absolutely pitch black with a miniscule dark brown head, very clingy and sticky on the side of the glass. Pours out remarkably thick. Tastes roasty, slightly charred, hops are surprisingly subdued and ABV is masterfully well hidden. The only booze heat is in the aftertaste where it is most welcome. Some bitterness and dark fruit. I am not getting any licorice in the taste like some other reviewers. Palate is spot on. Thick, oily with a remarkable mouth feel. Overall a great offering by Bells. I can’t wait to see what it tastes like with a few years of age on it. Now if I could only get my hands on some Black Note Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1123) - Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Jet black. Creamy dark tan head. Charred. Real dark chocolate. Heavy. This would be incredible w strawberry or oats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinVanBeer (112) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Dark pour with lots of lacing and a small dark head. Bakers chocolate and a little smoke on the nose. Lots of nice deep fruit flavors, cherries, dates, orange rind, earth, meat, cinnamon, tobacco, and a touch of salt on the finish. Really delightful stout with long and revealing finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
UrbanCaveman (63) - Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2014
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature. A: Pours almost exactly like Old Engine Oil, a thick, viscous black. Almost no head formed with my pour, with what did appear a deep tan. It quickly receded to a ring and patchy cap. No light gets through this beer. None. Not a speck of it, anywhere, along any edge. S: The smell is roasted chocolate malt, with notes that remind me of a bourbon barrel, oak and booze. There’s definitely some dark fruits playing around in the background as well, like midgits running along the hills the FSM made with His Noodly Appendages. T: A rush of darkly-roasted, burnt-black bitter chocolate malt opens the taste,which quickly transforms into a swirl of flavors. Seared molasses, espresso, cherries, prunes, and figs all dance about the mouth, atop a stage of dark earth bitterness with some pine needles mixed in. There’s some alcohol burn involved as well, particularly on the back and finish. M: Oily, thick, chewy, and sticky, this is what a good RIS should drink like. O: This is a darned good RIS. Being a malthead, I’d have loved to see a little less showcasing of the earthy-pine hop flavors, which are noticeable and sort of horn in on the malt profile. This beer also did not hide its ABV at all to me, though the bottle was only three months old - perhaps the burn fades with more age.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttroha (328) - Americus, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from Maltitude. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Taste of chocolate, vanilla and molasses, along with chocolate and coffee. Excellent imperial

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gopherfan99 (562) - CROATIA - NOV 15, 2014
Tap; pours black with a thin mocha head; aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit with hints of molasses and vanilla; taste is sweet with chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses then becomes bitter with a hint of coffee; finish is light dry bitter; excellent imperial

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
teemoney (86) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter. Dark opaque brown with very thin light brown head around the edge. Smells of dark fruit, sugars, the slightest hint of coffee/ chocolate. Complex flavor with more dark fruit and sweet malt, with more evident chocolate notes, a little bitterness in the finish. Full body, with a nice smooth feel. This beer is pretty much perfect, as far as I’m concerned. Great flavor, great balance. Probably my favorite beer ever.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (112) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle 35cl as an extra from elyts_dlo, thanks dude! Appearances is jet black with no head. Aroma is raisins and roast malt. Taste is more raisins, bitter (dark chocolate and coffee) with an edge of saltiness? Could be alcohol harshness though. Medium bodied. Theres a pleasant chocolatey bitterness to the finish.

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