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RATINGS: 2813   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.


Barrelbelly's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Barrelbelly (661) - - OCT 19, 2012
Aged bottle. Pitch black with small head. Vanilla and coffee aroma, taste vanilla, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and a lasting bitter aftertaste.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
G_Ram9 (18) - - APR 25, 2015
What can I say about Expedition Stout besides mmmmmmmm.....? This beer is absolutely delicious. The flavors are so complex and intense and they continue to build as you sip through the glass and let the beer warm and breathe. More than half of the bottles in my beer fridge are Expedition Stout that I cleaned off the Total Wine shelves as soon as I found it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2015
Massive thick coffee and caramelization, both in aroma and flavor. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth was a nice addition to flavors as well. Finishes with dark fruity dry flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (915) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2015
Glorious aroma of berries, juicy, red, forst berries, in wonderful bitter chocolate. Oily looking, slick and resinous in the mouth, not much of a respectable brown head, flavours of dark chocolates, vanilla, berries, very bitter, even herbal, not as much as many other US imperial stouts, but enough to slightly spoil it - I donít like herbal bitterness in stouts. Great beer, I must admit.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2938) - BELGIUM - APR 17, 2015
One of the most classic and critically acclaimed American imperial stouts. Very dark mahogany brown colour, almost black but still transparent on the edges in the end and in that sense a bit less dark than many other imperial stouts, under a dense and creamy, cappuccino-like, tan head with good lacing and good retention; the beer itself also leaves thick, oily, yellow ílegsí, as expected. Powerful bouquet rising up from the bottle upon opening... I put my nose above the snifter and I find myself in beer heaven once again: the purest fondant chocolate, ristretto, candied dates, raisins, brown bread, some baked banana, charcoal, fine cognac with a fine cigar, something pleasantly and refinedly sourish not unlike balsamic vinegar but very subtle, bayleaf, subtle vanilla notes, mocha ice cream, fine hints of peat, fermenting soy sauce, pine wood, even something flowery and a very refined and subtle sweetness reminiscent of tawny port. Pointy, íaristocraticí taste, with a noble, restrained candied sweetness in the onset, very light sourish, salty and umami accents all working perfectly well together, oily and supple mouthfeel, not too sticky as is often the case in this style, soft carbonation exactly as it should be, with prickly little ístingsí to the tongue, providing perfect balance with a powerful, profound yet still relatively ílightí and elegant maltiness, deeply nutty and bitterly chocolatey, a bitterness which becomes even more powerful when the roasted barley appears in full strength, leading to a very pungent, creamy, mouth-lining, deep bitterness embellished with some floral and resinous hops and gently, but deeply warming, bourbon-like alcohol. The fine, powerful but still delicate, almost woody and nutty espresso bitterness remains in the back of the mouth for hours... In my quest to find the best stout (or beer, for that matter) in the world, this gets eerily close: the word íbalancedí may be used all too often, but here it clearly is no clichť. You can feel that this brew is made with the greatest care; there is not one flaw in it, every part fits in perfectly... Gracious sweetness pops up, makes room for a deep bitter tone, and so the play goes on. This is one of those authentic, Iíd almost say íhistorically evocativeí executions of the style, it makes me feel Iím at the court of the czars, like the aged Courage Russian Imperial Stout did when I first tasted it. This stout is so cleverly made, it does not need any further additions, no barrel ageing, no weird ingredients like chilli peppers or whatever; this is near perfection. Not cloying, no burning alcohol in the finish, good head formation - and retention, noble, elegant, restrained, this achieves near perfection to my taste. Yet, I still have to taste that Black Note version, waiting in the cellar, so Iíll refrain from giving it a perfect score - for now. Wow... Iím sure anything else Iíll have on my tasting table tonight will only be trivial compared to this. Fantastic.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aenima (293) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2015
Heavy aroma of dark chocolate and roast. The taste is like the aroma heavy with a lot of taste os chocolate, roast and coffee without being sour. Perfect balance!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nero55 (829) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle. Opaque black with thin brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light burnt sugar, and a hint of coffee. Heavy body, roasted and burnt malt, chocolate, some alcohol warmth, moderate sweetness, and a bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abijen (1648) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2015
Thanks to Benzai. Schenkt een zwart bier met een mooie bruine schuim kraag. Ruikt gerijpte fruit, koffie, pruimen. Smaakt drop, geroosterd, koffie. Heerlijk dik, plakkerig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffDaddy (88) - - APR 6, 2015
Wow, this is a huge beer. Very dark pour, with a thin, dark tan head that quickly disappeared. Big, dark, sweet aroma of sweet, dense chocolate and alcohol. Nicely bitter, lots of chocolate that is bittersweet at best. Drier than a lot of stouts, a hard sweet burned sugar flavor that is more flavor than sweet. Very pronounced alcohol burn, could have been more subtle. Beautiful bitter -malty finish that lingers for a very long time. This is a giant, satisfying beer that is complex and just slightly too alcohol forward. I expect that this would age beautifully and moderate the booziness.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
katrinaez (368) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2015
Heavy hitting imperial and letís you know it. Rich and black. Been a long time since I had it.abv will knock you out but itís easy enough to drink and not notice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hinez57 (188) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - APR 3, 2015
Frankly when fresh this isnít nearly a 100 percentile beer in my book as the alcohols are to assertive and itís a little unbalanced, bordering on harsh, but is a wonderful even great brew. However Iím drinking one aged 6.5 years and itís easily one of the best flavors my mouth has ever experienced. AMAZING! Full, round, faded roast, mildly figgie with hints of stone fruit, dark sugars, mildly earthy, sweet malt forward yet drinkable. Dangerously delicious, now if only Bells would age it 5 years before release! Soy aromas, dank fruity aromas, mildly nutty, very grainy/malty. Mmmmm!!!


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