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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 team’s 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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Murky medium brown body with a fleeting off-white head. Rich caramel malt aroma with a touch of alcohol. Smooth, sweet malty with a hint of chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Caramel, toffee, molasses. Oak y with perfume notes, and fresh hop tones. A mild fruity warming, with vanilla and oak notes. Hints of coco and a hoppy sweet warmth to boot. A bit messy but okay.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Appearance: rich mahogany hues with a khaki head. Head fades to film, thicker along the edges, while swirls produce nice foam and lace.
Nose: soft oak and spice tickle and tease; cinnamon sticks. Raisins and raisin bread dipped in rum and coated in a thin layer of molasses. Red apple skins in the back with faint fleshy meat sweetness. Wood gently pervades her entire essence. Rummy caramelized sweetness never cloys. Vanilla wafts on by. Balanced and interchangeable.
Palate: nice soft and slightly frothy mouthfeel. Top of tongue dries almost immediately creating that constant thirst I know and love. Sticky dry lips mix oak, molasses, and cinnamon to my smacking delight. Apples, plums, raisins mingle atop raisin bread. Bitterness of apple skins linger atop the back of my tongue. Spice in my breath, warmth in my chest. Delicate chocolate notes almost escape notice; chocolate dipped raisins, homemade. Rum spices mingle with wood mingle with vanilla and melted caramel atop red apples, skins included, while raisins dance and her bread sops it all up for my quaffing enjoyment.
Final Thoughts: Red Hook’s standard line of brews has yet to impress me. Where they do impress though is their line of 22oz bomber seasonals and special releases. A quality wood aged beer I would gladly savor again and again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (879) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Clear light brown pour, not much head. Aroma was quite hop forward, light sweet malt, some caramel, maybe some vanilla too. Pleasing. Sweet malts were dominant in the beginning, vanilla, a decent oak presence, floral hops and a light bitter finish. Quite well rounded. Carbonation was light to medium, body full and smooth. Oaky finish with a touch of booze. These limited Redhook’s are damn good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (1531) - USA - DEC 19, 2010
Minimal oaky aroma.... Ruby brown in color... Flavor is oak and slightly bourbon, notes of honey, alcohol is fairly prevalent... Not bad...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (5565) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2010
22 ounce bottle thanks to someone at the Christmas tasting. I stole this bottle basically- thanks to someone. A light reddish brown color with a tan head. The aroma and flavor is rich caramel, earthy, hot, some smoke, interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Copper with off white head and lace. Sweet caramel malt and light abv. Sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, and a good bitter. Medium bodied but fizzy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2342) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Minimal head of fine bubbles that dissipates quickly. Nice hoppy and sweet malts aroma witha bit of apricot and some caramel. Color is a cloudy crimson brown. Much more bitter flavor that I expected. Quite dry and a bit chalky and astringent. Dry malts, bitter tea leaves and some roasted grains. Lots of floral hops. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. A pretty good but very hoppy brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bomber from Bottle Barn. Nose is toffee, candi sugar sweetness, light vanilla, and yeast. Clear dark red with a small beige head. Flavor is caramel, malty light sweetness, and some bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2010
THOUGHTS: The beer had a lot of great components, I’m just not sure how well they all worked together. Hid the alcohol until the finish. It became less appealing as time went by. I would love to try the individual beers that mad up this beer, because there were hints at greatness, but they only poked through the muck. It was ever changing. It wound up being almost a Black IPA. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark red that looked orangey in the light and brown in the glass with beautiful carbonation and a large, foamy head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had light caramel; lighter roasted malt; heavy pine, citrus and orange hops; and brown sugar. The initial flavor was sweet, slightly acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. There was milk chocolate, pine hops, dark chocolate, spruce hops, roasted malt, orange, yeasty, caramel, dried apricot, citrus hops and resinous hops. Very nice balance. The medium to full body was a bit syrupy, but actually rather creamy with lightly fizzy and tingly carbonation and a metallic and moderately alcoholic finish.


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