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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


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (3903) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2010
Clear, fairly dark, tea-colored red-brown with a clingy bone colored head. AS lightly pasty aroma. Flavor is woody whiskey and thatís about all -- not very sweet, muted cocoa. Whiskey finish. Fermentation Lounge, on tap.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of herbs, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, and light smoke. Flavor of herbs, honey, caramel, some burnt wood, brown sugar, and smoke.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NachlamSie (2646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bomber from Greenís in Columbia. I was skeptical about purchasing this but finally was suckered in by the sales guy who convinced me that this is a great smoked ale. To each his own, but this ale is not smoky enough to even get a second thought as being a "smoked beer". The aroma is sharp and nutty with very sugary hints. Lots of vanilla, candy, and the like are noted. The first few sips I didnít like at all but this slowly grew on me. Most of the character of the beer comes from flavors of sugar, honey and candies but it is only slightly too sweet, not disgusting by any means. Just based on my perception, I still could never tell you that any amount of smoked malt went into this. Some oaky and nutty flavors make things palatable along with a lingering bitter finish that provides balance. Itís an okay beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bvc (1141) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Nitro at Woodinville. Pours a clear golden brown with nice size dirty white head that has good retention. Nose is brown bready with a touch of nuttiness but lots of sweet brown sugar and hints of apple...and really íhotí smelling. Not really picking up any smoke or oak. Pretty much all the aroma comes out in the flavor...not much depth, quite boozy and either under attenuated or way too much brown sugar, honey and Candi sugar added. Sounds interesting on paper, but really a simple sweet hot mess.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Greenís on Ponce De Leon. Light khaki colored head is fading away fast. This beer has a nice brown body with a red hue. Translucent beer. Honestly, this one isnít looking too bad. Very sweet sugar aroma. I donít know if others have said this but the alcohol is fairly fíin noticeable. Light fruit and honey flavor are subtly coming through. I donít want to force myself to say that I am getting any type of wood aroma just because I know that I was told wood was used. This beers carries a lot of Belgian-like qualities. This beer doesnít have a solid use of hops as an ASA should have. Wow, they didnít do a good job of masking the alcohol. This beer is a mess. I get alcohol at first, then I am getting some sugar and fruit flavors, followed by a caustic hop flavor that mixes poorly with the alcohol. Wow, the flavor has no accord whatsoever. Well, the wood finally made it through. Slight wood flavor hitting my taste buds. The beer has a decent texture. Drinker beware for an odd experience.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
Bottle with some work people. Pours a hazy ruby brown with a medium yellow beige head. Dry malt on the nose. Thin, malty and with a spicy smoke note. Boozy finish. Mediocre.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
drjay44 (2480) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2010
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thin, short lived, off white head, over a clear, light brown (SRM 20) body.....nose is light vanilla, molasses, bit of coffee, light wood.....taste is light toffee/caramel to start then coffee, finishing with terpene sharpness, and alcohol heat.....mouth feel is light, carbonation makes a creamy texture. This, for all the skill and resources that went into it, is a remarkably simple and unbalanced beer. The alcohol is not hidden. The negative aspects of oak aging come out (sharp terpenes), with few of the positives showing up (roundness of flavor, vanilla). The beer may be too young, but there was no indication on the bottle that aging was necessary. Finally I have no clue as to how it was handled before I bought it. Alas, I had hopes. BJCP 6/3/10/4/6

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11002) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2010
22oz bottle Thanks suttree @PreJam Gathering-pours a tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt-peat/molasses, secondary earthy hops. Taste is medium malt-peat/molasses, secondary wood/earthy hops.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2010
(22oz bottle). Pours dark amber with slight off-white head. Not much carbonation visible. Aroma of smoke, cherry, candied sugar, cooked banana. Taste is fairly bitter with a pronounced smoke and woody flavor. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is bitter and very dry. Some sweetness is coming in more as it warms, but this beer is unbalanced to me and has some rough edges and itís quite hot. Not a fan.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - 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.


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