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RATINGS: 3089   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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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4.3
DSG (15403) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2010 Re-rate 9/26/10: Bottle shared by reakt at t’ Arendsnest in Amsterdam. Thanks reakt! Black-colored with a big brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, wood and a bit of chocolate. Sweet flavor with some dark chocolate, coffee notes, roasted malt and a drier finish. Thick full body. Awesome stuff. 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

Re-rate 2/16/10: Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks archmik for this bottle! Batch #8728. Black-colored with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, some smoky burnt malt and alcohol. Sweet chocolatey flavor with coffee, caramel hints, roasted malt and a bitter burnt finish with some hops. Full silky body. This was my first Imperial Stout almost 3 years ago - it doesn’t amaze me as the first time I tried it, but it is still a great IS. 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

Bottle. Batch #7817. Opaque black color with a small dark brown head. Powerful aroma with roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, plums, raisins and alcohol. Amazing sweet flavor of firm roasty, burnt, maltiness and lots of chocolate and coffee. Ends with a bitter and slightly alcoholic finish. Very thick and full-bodied. Wow! This is wonderful. Too bad I don’t have another bottle to cellar for a few years. 9/5/9/5/19=4.7

4.6
Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Shared a 12-oz bottle with joebrew at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits. Pours an opaque, motor-oil, nearly black color brew with a thick, creamy tan head that has good retention at near room temperature. Aroma of rich dark molasses, dark roasted coffee, some bittersweet chocolate and rich Californian figs. Taste is smooth, creamy with very little carbonation. Flavors picked up were dark molasses, toasted dark malt and some milk chocolate. Finish is bittersweet, smooth with a burnt oak aftertaste. Sampled with three other Imperial Stouts. Bells Expedition Stout is in a class of its own. Awesome!

4.5
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 [18Jul07] Bottle, batch 7740. Pours pitch black with a deep brown head. Aroma consists mainly of chocolate and coffee malts. Full, heavy, malty body with great complexity. Espresso and dark chocolate flavors dominate with a little smokiness/burnt malt; smooth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Slightly alcoholic finish. {8/5/9/4/18}

[26Apr09] Bottle, batch 8729. Pours an opaque black body with creamy brown head. Aroma of sweet and roasted dark malts, brown sugar, cocoa, and a hint of black licorice. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, and dark malts with a slight tar taste near the finish. Full, heavy body with a smooth mouthfeel. {8/5/9/5/18}

4.3
truebluehes (211) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Bottle. Black beer with chocolate head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a little smoked and sweet. Very thick and strong. Smoked, coffee and chocolate flavor. Very malty.

4.5
GenoG (12) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Poured this into a brandy snifter. A- pours a deep, dark black. Head is tan of about 1/4" that sticks to the side of the glass. Two color head of tan and creme. Reminds me of creme resting at the top of a coffee. S- Strong malt, and roasted coffee T- Huge taste. Strong alcohol flavor that is complimented by coffee, and espresso flavors, dark chocolate. M- I am in awe, smooth sipping beer. I slowly enjoyed this huge drink. D- I am going to age the other 4 and see what happens. If this is like a fine wine or a woman, I don’t see how this can get better with age, but we will see.

3.9
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2007
pours black/brown with a lumpy dark brown head... head lasted longer than expected with a good amount of lacing...smells of warm alcohol...bitter black coffee ans alcohol taste.. good mouth feel with a pleasant finish...this confirms my suspicition that I am a closet Imperial Stout lover

4.8
scottlandk (3) - USA - JUL 13, 2007 does not count
I was blown away by this rich and creamy dark stout. It has a rich walnut color and many of the aged characteristics of brandy. The first flavor that hits you is a roasted hopness combined with a sweet liquorise after bite. very smooth and not to overpowering. by far the best Ive had in quite some time

4.9
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Bottled on 12-19-06, notes from a 2-1-07 rating. Pours very thick and black, small rocky and fizzy head that disapears very quickly. Huge malt bill. Strong coffee, molasses and caramel. Along with some roasted and burnt malt and flavors as well. This is quite bitter, the taste of grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine hops. There is also a very distinct earthy yeasty notes. Very complex. At first it is quite sweet, but then the bitterness shines through. In the end there is a slight alcohol burn.

4.8
Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle from 1/06 courtesy of csbosox. Pours black with virtually no head. Just a thin ring clinging to the sides of the snifter. The aroma is chocolate, dark fruits, faint licorice. Malty, warm and inviting, the mouthfeel is quite full and creamy. Chocolate, plums and roasted malts dominate with other subtle flavors coming and going with each sip: some coffee, some berries... I think I’m going to have to snag a case of this come October, as this is the best beer that I’ve had, to date, from a bottle. This is the kind of beer that you want to share with everyone in your life that you care about (and hide from those that you don’t). Thanks again, Chris, for your generosity.

4.3
thornecb (6151) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours jet black into a snifter. Espresso and dark chocolate aromas. Dark chocolate upfront with an espresso and twangy hop finish. Lasting alcohol burn.


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