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RATINGS: 3027   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 17/20
thirstyrabbit (1713) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 24, 2016
Bottle (bottled on 11/06/15). Pours a dark body with a medium tall tan head. Aroma has hoppy/tarry notes of dark chocolate and dark malts. Thick mouthfeel. Sweet and roasty taste with dark cocoa and licorice, finish is hoppy and warming. It reminds me of Founders Imperial Stout but the level of complexity is not quite up there - it feels like this one has less layers and the hopping is more robust. Also, the alcohol presence is a touch more visible (although they are both 10,5 %). It only lacks the "wow" factor of it’s fellow Michigander. Other than that, it’s still a solid textbook example of a classic Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alex_leit (2020) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 24, 2016
Bottle. Black, creamy foam. Great aroma: coffee, chocolate, port wine, brandy. Taste: burnt barley and coffee, brandy, chocolate, port wine, caramel, prunes, dried fruits, cakes, hop bitterness. Great one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
undercurrent25 (1931) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2016
Tastes of vanilla and coffee. Treacle like oiliness on the palate. Tasted at Gents Bier Festival 2016

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (2448) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2016
Shared by Maakun at Maakun back from US tasting. Black with light tan head. Sweet roasted chocolate malts. Molasses, chocolate, sugar cane, heavy roasted note, almost coffee like. Toffee. Big sweet, medium bitter. Full body, sticky heavy slick body. Soft carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (3567) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2016
Bottle shared. Black with small beige head. Lots of dark chocolate, oats, molasses, some bitter coffee, dried leaves, lots of roasted notes with some licorice. Medium sweet and bitter. Full bodied with creamy feel. Great classic imperial stout, nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OrthoDoc (170) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2016
What a beer! 9 months old. Aroma of rich roasted malt, tons of dark fruit, coffee, and sweet chocolate. Incredible smooth taste of heavily roasted malt, sweet chocolate, brown sugar, and coffee. Mild coffee like bitterness. Huge thick coating mouthfeel. The taste lingers on the palate. Alcohol only present slightly with warming in the chest. World class. Typically I don't like RIS's but this one is incredible. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
b0071d (11) - Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Amazing beer that ages well. This was a 2 year old bottle. Very smooth with great chocolate flavors. Full of rich stout characteristics without being overly heavy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jorn69 (2622) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle @ The Bishops Arms Marina, Helsingborg 20160815. Roasted malty and sweet with coffee and chocolate, dried fruits, full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, bitter, sweet and roasted with coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2666) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
Flaska från Mikkeller Webbshop. Smak och doft av kaffe, choklad, vanilj, rostade toner, lakrits och karamell. Fin sötma, rund och len, bra balans mellan aromerna som avslutas med en fin beska.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
George999 (372) - Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2016 From bottle, pour is dark syrupy thick and black in color. Sitting atop the beer the head is chocolate brown. The aroma is initially alcohol and dark chocolate there are further notes of coffee and a bright herb. The taste is alcohol initially followed by a milk chocolate taste and sweetness, then bitter dark chocolate and coffee. The body of the beer is very smooth with a medium to thick mouthfeel. Overall this beer is a very good stout has a strong alcohol body with very good coffee and chocolate flavors throughout the beer.

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