RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 teams 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2010
THOUGHTS: The beer had a lot of great components, Im just not sure how well they all worked together. Hid the alcohol until the finish. It became less appealing as time went by. I would love to try the individual beers that mad up this beer, because there were hints at greatness, but they only poked through the muck. It was ever changing. It wound up being almost a Black IPA. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark red that looked orangey in the light and brown in the glass with beautiful carbonation and a large, foamy head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had light caramel; lighter roasted malt; heavy pine, citrus and orange hops; and brown sugar. The initial flavor was sweet, slightly acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. There was milk chocolate, pine hops, dark chocolate, spruce hops, roasted malt, orange, yeasty, caramel, dried apricot, citrus hops and resinous hops. Very nice balance. The medium to full body was a bit syrupy, but actually rather creamy with lightly fizzy and tingly carbonation and a metallic and moderately alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6862) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dcschiller (2208) - 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 its quite hot. Not a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3049) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Dark brown brown pour with a thick off white head. Malty, toffee aroma with great earthy hops. Smooth malt, caramel, dusty earthy hops in the taste. Very clean finish with caramel hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7593) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (2125) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Beer pours a rich red brown with a thick head of tan fine bubbles. Nose is mild floral hops and maybe some caramel malt. A hint of alcohol sweetness is also evident. First sip is creamy and only slightly sweet malt. Dryer than anticipated. creamy body. Faint bitters on finish. nice warming kick from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Pours a wispy golden brown with decent foam. Smells strongly of oaky wood. Tastes primarily woody with hints of whiskey and has a good hoppy flavor. Long lasting bitter aftertastes due to both hops and aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle sampled at the Top of the Hops Beer Festival, Charlottesville, VA, 9/11/10. Pours a lightly hazy copper color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of anise, big toffee notes, citrus, caramel and brown sugar. The taste is caramel, toffee, citrus hops, anise and an earthy finish. Medium bodied. Quite a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - 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.

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