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RATINGS: 3143   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MojoJojo (5) - Tolleson, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2007 does not count
Beer shipped to me by Monger, Thx! Pours a very oily, molasses type texture that leaves a slight residue on the side of the glass. Strong aroma with a good mixture of chocolate, coffee and toffee. Lies very thick on the tongue that starts a tad bitter then finished suprisingly smooth with a slight aftertaste of alcohol. Definitely reccomend this to serious stout drinkers. An opus in a bottle!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (2170) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Opaque oily black with nice chocolatey colored head. Roasty bitter coffee malt and scorched caramel attack the palate from both ends. Nice thick mouthfeel with subtle carbonation. $5/12oz

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 12 oz bottle. Batch 7740. Pours pitch black with a very slight mahogany colored head. The aroma is a sweet chocolate with some toffee. Warm to the taste, flavors of roasted coffee dominate. There is a slight hint of alcohol. Finishes dry.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 RE_RATE: had this after it was aged 18 months. AND WOW what a difference it was really overly sweet when fresh, but after being cellaríd its mellowed and blended superbly i am now a huge fan of this and will be getting more for the basement! a great stout pitch black roasted and toasted coffe malt chocolate failry creamy anbd snooth. BUT surly darkness has this and all stouts beat and thats a scientific fact!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3595) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Pours a dark black, smallish brown head. High viscosity. Aroma hops, chocolate, malt, some sweetness, alcohol and some light fruit. Initial reaction was wow...this beer is intense. Not for the novice beer drinker by any means. First thing I noticed after that was the creamy mouthfeel. Strong roasted malt, a little sweet, and a burning ending. Really a beer you have to keep sipping..for all the flavors to come out. Licorice, chocolate, hops.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
bottled. Holy freak, this is incredible. Pours like a motor oil consistency. Aroma is sweet and full. Initial flavor is like a Rocky Balboa uppercut to my palate, wow! There is a clear alcohol taste on the finish of this bad ass beer, but damn I like it! All be if Iím not beginining to really like a killer stout!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Pours dark black with a dark brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, raisins, and malts. Flavor is sweet malts with caramel, some raisins and finishes with a slight alcohol burn. Great balanced stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Totally opaque, incredibly dense black body. Only remnants of a head remain after a moment, from what was thick and creamy at the outset. Nose is at first very vinous, with cilia trembling power and ferocious roast. Aromas of copious, costly chocolate, unwieldy roasted malt, fresh crisp anise, lumbering smoke and soured coffee. Just stupefying. Flavor is just as remarkable, unleashing more smoke and roasted malt, tamed but abundant hops, more licorice and coffee, more everything. Smoldering black nectar rich with complexity. Palate is very thick and full, coating and luxurious. Finishes with notes of dried fruits like plums, raisins and a substantial hop bitterness that doesnít detract from any of the marvelous intricacies. What a masterpeice. It really is a daily challenge not to give in to the allure and crack open my remaining bottles. Near perfect, from my favorite style. And, wow, does this have style.

VERTICAL TASTING, 07-08-07

This created some interesting impressions. Notes indicate only components that stood out, not necessarily the entire impression, moreso just a comparison between batches. The original rating still stands and is still completely relevant:

Batch 6811, bottled 04-26-05

Thin head. Aroma: vinous, cream, touch of sherry(from very slight oxidation). Flavor: Slight oxidation(not bothersome), vinous notes, dark fruit, still moderately roasty. Creamy mouthfeel, very soft palate, low carbonation, drying roasty finish.

Batch 7205, bottled 01-12-06

Creamy head and body, touch thick er than 6811, still very thin head. Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, raisin, prune, big alcohol notes. Flavor: very hot alcohol, roasted grain, bitter chocolate. Finishes sweet, then very dry, dusty and warming. Hot, biting mouthfeel.

Batch 7251, bottled 02-25-06

Same appearance as batch 6811. Aroma: chocolate chip, raisin, roast, toasty bread. Flavor: chocolate, red wine, roast. Off-dry finish, then very dry, very lengthy. Biting but creamy palate.

Batch 7740, bottled 12-19-06

Creamy, thick head, slow recession, sheet lacing. Aroma: roast, chocolate, alcohol. Flavor: roasted grain, bitter chocolate, toasty cereal grain. Finishes dry with chocolate, roast, coffee. Thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Batch 7817, bottled 02-01-07

Creamy, very thick head, quicker recession than 7740. Thick gobs atop sheet lacing. Aroma: big alcohol, vinous notes, bittersweet chocolate, anise. Flavor: anise, roast, coffee. Billowing with creamy carbonation. Excellent flavor and mouthfeel.

I was surprised that coffee and anise didnít make more of a lasting impression. The oldest and most recent batches were favorites.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shrubber85 (11024) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Bottle. Smoky coffee, dark chocolate and hops aroma. Dark black-brown color with small but extremely persistant tan head. Flavor complex and comes in stages - initial flavor is of smooth cream followed by chocolate and coffee then a fairly strong astringent flavor and finishing with a brown sugar and nutty flavor. Then just when you think itís done - a strong hops aftertaste hits you a few seconds after swallowing. A brilliantly made beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimijames68 (1) - milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2007 does not count
wow! the smells were alright...not overpowering, but a bit fruity....and a bit like bubble-gum....tricky! tiny head with no legs whatsoever. then came the taste....wow! i was quite impressed....had about 3-4 different flavor tastings all at once when i had my first drink. my girlfriend who is not a big beer conni......loved it and wouldnít give it back. choclately.....a bit nutty and fruity....very nice flavor.....and the abv% hits (females) as well. congrats. bells....very nice!


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