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RATINGS: 2852   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle. 2010 vintage. Tar, thick dark chocolate, smokey and phenolic nose. Black as can be, thin dark brown head. Wow! Very sharp dark fruit (berries, cherries) in a chewy initial; mid palate offers up richer chocolate and a hit of warming alcohol; final has a small and intensifying carbonation and then a heavy smokey coating. Thick palate, almost oily. A superb imperial stout. The two years have matured this beer nicely and moderated the blast of flavors and phenolic burnt rubber notes it had when fresh. Looking forward to another bottle of this vintage in a year or so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tightslice (597) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is vanilla, buttery dark butters. Taste is smooth and hard to explain. Not super stylized...no overwhelming coffee or dark chocolate. Just smooth, delicious. This is a stout among stouts. That perfectly weird pop song you love on the radio but can’t explain why. A class of it’s own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dctellem1973 (8) - Dover, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2015 does not count
Bottle Shop at Hunger and Thirst Lancaster Pa. Lives up to its rep. Perfect appearance, smells great. Extremely smooth for such a high abv. Good brew to end the night with.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
samsmith33 (727) - - NOV 21, 2015
Go Lehigh. Lafayette Sucks. 2014 Bottle (13 months old) to goblet. Aroma is a lot of roasted barley. Hints of coffee also. Appearance: Dark black color, very thick, with thick light tan head. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, roasted barley, maybe a touch burnt. Excellent beer though. Feel is thick and meaty. Not quite as tasty as some other stouts, but all the peripherals are on the mark. Excited to age a few of these further.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (236) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2015
Pitch black pour with a lasting beige head and good lacing. Nose: espresso, licorice, dark chocolate cake. Sweet molasses. Cigar box nose. Taste: full sweet molasses and roasted malts. Straight forward, old school impy. Rich texture. Roasty, malty molasses and very mouthcoting. Coffee, licorice and medium bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSteveBrule (31) - - NOV 9, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with a coffee froth head. Aroma isn't very strong, mostly toffee. Taste has alcohol bite with a strong roastiness. Mouthfeel is thick, but not very creamy. Alcohol and hops bite on the front end. Alcohol follows down the throat and hops linger on the palate. Apart from the high ABV, this one is definitely a one and done for the night. Great beer, though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (272) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Dark charcoal colored beer with a late forming billowing root beer float head. Nose of cocoa powder, dark coffee, and aged balsamic vinegar. Flavor is rich with burnt pumpernickel, espresso, and prunes overlaying a smoky charred bitterness on the finish. A bit of acid hits at the end too. Extremely flavorful, but one at a time is more than enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CObiased (152) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2015
12 oz bottle - pours motor oil black with and a thin tan head. Complex aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, anise, earth and tar. A taste is even more layered with flavors of chicory, burnt toast, chocolate, licorice, peat and a bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadmasontx (28) - - NOV 6, 2015
Terrific RIS. Pours black with a tan head. Smells of big roasted malts. Taste is the same with notes of chocolate and nuts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Birrananda (26) - - NOV 6, 2015
Amazing. Pours a deep dark medium foamy one. Aroma is of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs and liquorice. Taste is of creamy melting dark chocolate, liquorice. Gently roasted caramel malt. Mouth feel is full bodied and creamy rich. Aftertaste is bitter, hoppy and an interesting heat, but not overstaying. All flavors are complex and so well accomplished. Extraordinary RIS for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JGeezle (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2015 does not count
Awesome! The pour is jet black with a little tan ring for a head. Aroma is beyond belief. A full, thick body.

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