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RATINGS: 3080   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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gueuzefarts (6) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2006 does not count
Dirtiest head on a beer i’d ever seen. I was surprised that there wasn’t much nose on this, but the intense taste made up for it. Also surprised that the lack of alcohol taste for a +10 % brew. Delicious.

Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 My roommate once described this as the drink that Christ will serve as a coronation into the next life. Pours like motor oil, in this instance "black gold" is more fitting, with a carefully tanned marshmallow head. Aroma of Sumatran peaberry coffee, port, bonfire, and dark fruits/fruits thrown in the bonfire; the aroma is such an attack that flavor greets the tongue before the liquid does. Flavor of more port, raisins, dark chocolate, coffee cake, bourbon, and maple. Coats the mouth with thick, syrupy remnants of indescribably vast flavors and feelings, turning whatever it touches to gold.

Updated. Aroma rich as ever. A very young bottle exhibits a lot of char and tar taste, slightly acrid like the end of a poor cigar. Somewhat minty. Palate carries a bit of a bite. Patience works wonders for this one. Have fortititude! and resist the calling for at least a year.

Batch 7740, aged about one year. Reserved and thick aroma of fig, passion fruit, molasses, bourbon and vegetal steam; roasty and full, with hints of toasted coconut and bourbon licks of eggnog and vanilla. Bombastic flavor is slightly dry and ridden with plastic right away, but as the chewy elixir coats the mouth, the ashen buildup around the core easily melts away; tastes of deep roasted coffee and dark mexican chocolate, still retaining that savory meatiness of sumatran peaberry that it brings even when young. Honey, maple, and bourbon in a lighthearted sweetness in the midpalate. Full palate is softly carbonated; smooth and somehow sprightly. Apple skin, pear, raisin, and molasses toward a very rich finish that pulses with charred molten chocolate cake. Beautifully aged, having slidden into that perfect middle where it can command reflection or accompany it with equal ease.

A 2002 rendition. Oily as ever, black, uncarbonated. Aroma of burnt cherries, bitter cocoa and wildflower honey; ru

sabbac (3) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2006 does not count
Thick, black, hints of chocolate. no light goes through it, head is dark brown. goes down smooth with a nice finish that lingers with the hints of chocolate and carmel.

kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle (Chris_o Gathering06): Pitch black, no light at all through it. Dark brown head. Sweet liquorice, chocolate and caramel. Suprisingly roast and big long hoppy citric finish. Tasty stuff.

muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2006
100th Rating!!! This monster pours ultra opaque black. The head is very thin and foamy, brown in color. Immediately, the aroma reminded me of eating Riesen candy , and was a plethora of chocolate, raisins and dark fruit, coffee, and soy sauce. Flavor was strong on the raisin and chocolate with a slightly bitter smoky soy finish. Very solid.

kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 12 oz bottle obtained from Beerswap 2.0. (thanks tjthresh!)Pours a used motor oil thick opaque black with a small tan head. powerful aroma of roasted chocolate, espresso, and anice. Wow this is good. A myriad of flavors, but mostly espresso, vanilla, chocolate, raisins and licorice. Full bodied. Oily bittersweet roasted malt finish with just enough hops to keep it balanced. mmm chewy yummy good. 11.5%? Wow, alcohol is well-hidden. My new favorite.
rerate on 3/4/2007-Batch 7205-ok this is the closest thing to perfection i have had yet. Chocolate/espresso cheesecake in a beer bottle.....old rating was 10/5/9/5/18=4.7..but batch 7205 is 10/5/10/5/19!!

DCJack (187) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 well, here is a beer that has all the right components and is really pretty bad.

Some beers have a weak flavor and aroma, but are great to drink. This one is the opposite. Great aroma, bold flavor, excelent palate, totally unenjoyable.

It tastes like medicine

GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2006
Aroma:coffe,fudge chocolate....
Appearance:oily black,small head...
Flavor:strong rosted malt,fudge,chocolate,coffe....

decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2006
I don’t know this may be my hightest rated beer ever. I just went with the numbers. This beer pours a damn black. It is about all you could ask from a beer. A chocespresso flavor that is delicious this beer is a classic example of what a beer should be. A palate of smooth smooth smooth. Wow what a beer. I just loved it.

asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle - 2005. Poured like used motor oil. Very thick dark black with red in there, creating a small tan head on top. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. A very nice aroma. Flavor is extremely rich in coffee and chocolate both. This beer is full of great flavor. Vanilla, roasted malts, and hops are also coming out. The flavors are dancing around my tongue. Very complex. The beer is very smooth on the palate also, making it very enjoyable overall. I will need to get more of this beer! Fantastic!

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