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RATINGS: 2878   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thechasm442 (509) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle to tulip. Jet black with a thin tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is malty, oak, coffee, and cocoa. Taste is roasted malts, licorice, coffee, vanilla, and cocoa. Thick and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scarletfire65 (1242) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Vertical flight at Hackney’s Printers Row. 2012 - smooth and nutty, bit of a metallic finish. 2013 - in its prime. Nutty, mellow coffee, sweet. 2014 - sweet, bitter ashy hops. 2015 - tastes quite young and green compared to the rest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kingi (565) - - JAN 30, 2016
Bottled 9/11/15. Aroma is coffee, roasty. Black beerdark brown head. Taste is medium sweetness, medium bitterness,. Palate is full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish medium sweetness, bitterness and sweetness in balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
k0mpsa (2106) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle from el cerrito, california. Black color, nice brown head. Aroma has smooth roastiness, chocolate, coffee, some vanilla. Full balanced body, chocolate, vanilla notes, nice hoppy end. Nothing special but nearly perfectly made stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
tsadich (25) - Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Super dark. Raisin smell, with a good thick foam head from a strong pour. Good when temped up, but not a go too. Thick lingering taste that is a solid stout but not to my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cousin_Larry (767) - - JAN 23, 2016
The best brew of the night. I couldn’t even tell this was an imperial - so smooth and little bite with great chocolate and espresso.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1676) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2016
12 ounce bottle, Batch #13592, packaged on 10/23/14. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around for a while. There’s also a lot of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, coffee, and roasted malt. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s also some vanilla noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it’s creamy, smooth and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. It’s been years since I’ve had one, but it’s still as good as I remember it being. A classic, great stout that I really need to drink more often!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Almost a perfect appearance for a stout … black color and thick foamy dark brown suds. Deliciously smooth feel and heavy notes of chocolate and bark. Stouts like this the best because they don't have that bitter bite. - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blueshockey24 (184) - Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2016
12oz bottle. Pours black with thin brown head. Aroma is Sweet, Malt Chocolate. Taste is sweet chocolate malt with a warm chocolate finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (353) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2016
Backlog, August 6, 2015. Thanks for sharing rlgk! 2012 Pitch black with a thin lacing head. Quite bitter with a nice saltyness and soy sauce. Very enjoyable!

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