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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6728) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of candy, corn syrup, dried pineapple, orange peel, alcohol, paint. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Strong/boozy, but not without some aromatic enticement. Ultimately a little generic, but pretty good for Redhook.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2010
22. Pours a murky dark brown with a dense and somewhat pillowy tannish head. Nice caramel and brown bread nose. Creamy medium body with mild carb. Toast, caramel, brown bread, and a bit of molasses on the mid-palate. Mild yeasty tang in there, vaguely reminiscent of fruitcake with dark pitted tree fruit in it but thatís a distant note, nowhere near the foreground by any means. Mild caramel and toast finish. Doesnít have as much flavor as you might expect for the abv, even given a brown as a base recipe. There are definitely more assertive browns out there with half the alcohol. Still, itís appealing, and hides the alcohol well enough, even if it is a bit on the mild side in terms of the flavor profile.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6681) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 28, 2010
Bottle 650 ml
Aroma mineral hop feel with malty nose , touch of brown malts. Good.
Appearance clear dark amber with medium dark beige top. Some lace. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied. Plenty of malts in here. Oily body , caramel with slight hints of alcohol. Neat strong brew. Good as sipper.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Bottle:   Copper, reddish hue, moderate to thin off-white head, spotty lacing.   Sweet sticky nose, very slight tootsie roll, also smidgen of salty licorice.   Sweet, malty, and a little mealy up front.   Dark pitted fruit is there, tiz minor.   Has a bit of a chalky aftertaste.   Warming, with some diluted tootsie roll like flavors.   As it warms it gets some sort of perfume like phenolic aroma.   Seems like a light Doppelbock crossed with a watery Barley Wine.   Body and mouthfeel are both moderate.   While not bad, its not all that interesting.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
bottle, garnet amber pour with short thin foam, aroma is woody grapefruit, flavors of oaky caramel sugar, cookie dough, wedding cake icing, finish is bitter metallic

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5931) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2010
The beer pours a clear brown color with a large khaki head. The aroma is honey, oak and caramel malt. Overall, the aroma is not that impressive and could be a little stronger and more up front. The flavor is heavy on the oak with some chocolate and toasted malts. The oak is a little overwhelming and could be toned down a bit, but it is still pretty good. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
(22oz bomber thanks to BMan1113VR) clear brown with light bubbles. Nose of sweet honey, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of nuts, cereal grains, alcohol, old grain mash. Overcarbonated spicy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5684) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Poured a darker amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma was caramel malts, toasted notes. Flavor was malts, tinge of oak. Pretty standard, but quite good. Alcohol pretty well masked.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5570) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle. Copper pour with a short, beige head. Aroma is hoppy, malty and lightly smoky. First taste is chewy, sweet malt, then caramel, followed by citrusy and piney hops and lastly smokey notes. Then comes light wood, soft vanilla, and light honey. Body is medium with a chewy feel and a moderate carbonation. Finishes with smoldering wood, caramel, light vanilla, citrus notes, pine resins, sweet malt and light honey.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Bomber from Binnyís Beverage Depot, Orland Park, Illinois: It poured a clear chestnut body with an ecru head that rapidly reduced to a film with a ring. The aroma was woody with orchard fruit, light brown sugar, and an earthy bitterness. The flavor had fruity malt, black pepper, oak, vanilla, and an earthy bitterness. The alcohol only displayed itself in a light buzz when it was over. Iím not sure what they were going for here, and itís not bad, just not very impressive.


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