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RATINGS: 2757   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.

whaleman's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Jet black, opaque. A batch from 2003 was as flat as Lubbock, Texas, but later batches have produced a nice creamy head. Aroma of licorice, soy sauce, alcohol, chocolate, black coffee, and mellow hops. Ultra-thick and full bodied, this beer is jam packed with flavors of figs, coffee, chocolate, licorice, raisins, plums, berries, soy sauce, tobacco, smoke, port, nuts, molasses, hops, and ethanol. Evokes memories of the three-course meal gum from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory that turned Violet into a giant blueberry. The aftertaste is rich and indulgent. Lack of carbonation, depending on the batch, and ultra-complex flavor make this brew a fantastic, slow, port-like sipper.

Re-rate, 1/16/04. An 8 inch fall managed to produce a loose tan head the size of my pinky, showing me that the 2003 is indeed carbonated. At least this bottle was. I bumped the appearance up one point. The only additional comment worth adding is that this stuff is UNBELIEVABLE with dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1478) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Poured from a 12oz longneck bottle into a nonic glass. Opaque black colour, brown foam, lasting with lace. Malty, bready, toasty, caramel, toffee, kacao nibs, extremely roasty, lots of burnt grain bitterness to blend with the hoppy bitterness. English-style hop flavours: earthy, flowery, woodsy. Tannic, tart, reminiscent of cherry pie, plum wine, smooth alcoholic warmth. Medium-heavy body, well-rounded mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, complex long-lasting aftertaste. Here is a perfect example of how good Russian Imperial Stout can be WITHOUT any bourbon barrel aging or any kind of trendy flavour additives. This beer is as delicious as everyone says. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egg (100) - USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle on 12/21/14. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Nose is dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, soy sauce or beef. Taste is sweet chocolate, dark fruit, some coffee, brown sugar, so good. Mouthfeel is thick and gooey. Amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (507) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Really good stout. Has a really nice aroma and a nice roasty taste. Looks great and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (281) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Aroma is very coffee and chocolate with hints of vanilla. Appears coffee bean brown, thin ring of foam, minimal lace. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, then some coffee, then fades into bitter dark chocolate, the ending is like dark chocolate melting in your mouth. Overall, beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
firstsip (507) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Tap. Pitch black. Some minimal head/lacing. Nose of pure roasted malt. Full, rich body. Tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, mild raisin. Very rich and roasty. Tastes strong without being too boozey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (5092) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle from GreatDane1632, many thanks, man. Almost black color with medium beige head. dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa beans. Taste, dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate, rum raisins, vanilla, licorice, Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Excellent sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LetsGoState (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Appearance is small tan head with very dark color. Aroma is sweet chocolate malt. Taste is creamy chocolate and roasted malts with a kick of alcohol. Overall a very solid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (901) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
2014 bottling, via Justin D. Pours a dark opaque brown/black, decent amount of creamy looking tan head. Aroma dry and earthy, baking chocolate, cocoa. Body full and roasty, with a surprisingly sweet finish, caramel, figs, dates. Not my all-time favorite, but understanding of the ratings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
coombuyah26 (7) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
Picked up a single bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH. Poured straight down the middle of a snifter, very thin light brown head that dissipated quickly. Pours like old motor oil, and I mean that in the best way possible. I appreciate the wide range of aromas that people detect in this, but all I smelled was dark chocolate. The whole beer smells like a 70% cocoa chocolate. Surprising amount of carbonation up front, taste is very bitter. Obviously very roasty and malty, but there’s some pininess about it for sure. On the back end all that classic Russian imperial stout stuff shines through: coffee, chocolate, date, plum. Really heavy mouthfeel, to be expected from a beer that is nothing to trifle with. Gets much better as it warms. Overall, a bold take on the style that doesn’t make me feel like I’m drinking alcoholic hot chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (379) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 12, 2014
12 oz bottle. Tasted on 12/11/14. Bottle from Lukas Liquor Kansas City. Pours to a jet black color with a small dark tan head. Aroma had light chocolate with coco & dark fruit. The taste was smooth with a mild bittersweet flavor of chocolate raisins, dark fruit & a slight boozy finish. Overall one of the best stouts I've had the pleasure of trying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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