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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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An American-Style Strong Brown Ale developed by eight Redhook brewers working in four teams of two to create one beer. The ale reflects a compilation of each teamís individual receipes that were then carefully blended into one distinct beer. 8-4-1 Expedition Ale offers complexy flavor notes, delivering malty sweetness, medium bitterness with hints of smoked flavors and oak chips balanced by the addition of honey, brown sugar and candi sugar.

Style: American - Style Imperial Brown Ale
ABV: 9.5%
Malts: Pale, Wheat, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate, and Smoked Malt
Hops: Alchemy, Cascade, Willamette, Crystal, and Sterling
Bitterness Units: 55 IBU
Original Gravity: 20
Brewed Since: October 2009
Shelf Life: 365 days


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Ok beer. Cellared for 24 months. The aroma is sweet Malt and light bourbon. Appearance is cloudy thik with quickly disapating head. Taste of malt and caramel with light bourbon finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5814) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle, 22oz .. . Pours a deep caramel tan .. medium foam .. . caramel, molasses, and bread .. . pretty smooth, the abv is pretty tame .. . tasty for a redhook product .. . . Iíll tell you whatís ridiculous! The Kaiser! Somebody should put him on a roll!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2930) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2011
22 ounce bottle
Something that has just been sitting around I finally decided to give this a shot just to clear some space. It met my expectations but was not much better. i donít have much experience with Redhook and donít plan on doing much to change that soon.

Aroma / Appearance - The rosy white head was soft in contrast to the dense rusty body the color of old beat up bronze. In fact it almost looks like a bottle of cherry extract was poured into the glass. The nose of honey, freshly split wood, and a residual tartness give it some life. Even so it felt pedestrian and plain.

Flavor / Palate - Cool sun tea left to sit on the porch, lemon wedges, and slightly burnt toast with a dash of honey create a light flavor on the tongue. Thick enough to be filling the mouthfeel coats every corner of the palate. The last touch was a warm alcoholic glow which shocks the palate after it begins to settle. Overall it isnít great but it gets the job done.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattH (642) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2011
22 oz bomber curtesy of my brother for Christmas. Nice strong beer. Sweet malt flavors, with slightly bitter hops taste. Level of alcohol is noticable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tool2scream (187) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Great effort by Red Hook. I was worried this was going to be a sweet, sticky mess. Candi sugar, brown sugar, and honey? Well, Red Hook delivered a well-balanced brew which actually borders on the bitter side. The smoked malts really shine through and are complemented by the earthy, woody oak flavors. Nice sweetness, though, it is certainly present but only enough to keep this thing in balance and not letting the wood/smoke run away from them. I actually enjoy this one a lot. The aroma is strong nuts and dried fruit, with some maltiness and only a faint touch of smoke. The taste is gorgeous wood, smoke, campfire, and sweet malts with a touch of suger. Bravo!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1650) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours medium brown with a short-lived tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with smoke and caramelized sugar notes. Flavor is not overly sweet, offset by some hop bitterness and smoldering embers in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2011
22 oz bobmer from Canalís Hainesport. Poured an okay looking reddish brown body with a smaller light beige head that quickly fades down to nothing. Aroma is just odd with some notes of honey, wet bread, toffee, candle wax, veggies and alcohol. Body is medium and hot and although then carbonation is only average it is rather sitingy and not in a good way. Flavor of dry stale bread, bad cherry, plywood, cardboard, alcohol. Blah this is drinkable but not good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (1893) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Tasted on 7/6/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle, Spring 2010 vintage. Pours hazy dark amber with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to spotty lace with a decent collar of lace. The nose is very malty with tons of caramel and brown sugar along with some bread, dark fruits, light bitterness, and some earthy dried leaves. The flavor is lightly sweet caramel and brown sugar malt up front, moving to the more bitter, almost burnt notes, and a bit of earthy dried leaves. The body is full with just lighter than average carbonation and a long burnt caramel and lightly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle/22oz - Pours a hazy dark brown in color with ruby highlights if held to the light. Aroma id malty and sweet with elements of brown sugar and/or candi sugar. Flavor is an interesting mix of sweet malts, dark fruity esters and the mild bitterness of hops. Hidden below all of that is the faint vanilla of the oak chips, some smokiness and the grassiness of the hops. Interesting and good...

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9016) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2011
Bottle @ home. Dark red orange appearance with a light brown head. Very sweet, thick caramel malty nose thatís well hopped with a fair amount of booze. Very sweet barley wine-like flavor with a smoked caramel malty flavor and a medium piney hoppy taste. Very sweet malty, piney hoppy finish.


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