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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 team’s 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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3.4
cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2011
Bottle @ home. Dark red orange appearance with a light brown head. Very sweet, thick caramel malty nose that’s well hopped with a fair amount of booze. Very sweet barley wine-like flavor with a smoked caramel malty flavor and a medium piney hoppy taste. Very sweet malty, piney hoppy finish.

3
sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2010
tap @ OTH pours dark brown/mahogany with off-white head. aroma of dark fruits, dark sugar, caramel malts, the booze overpowers the aroma, rather disappointing. flavors, warming abv, thick mouthfeel of dark fruits, some bitter hops, pale and caramel malts, yeasty. dark sugar? got a bunch of dark fruits; grape, currants, and possibly hint of vanilla adding to the sweetness. I think this would be a great beer if it wasn’t that boozy.

3.6
blipp (9904) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber brown with an off white head. Oaky aroma with some toffee sweetness and a hint of hops. The flavor has woody oak up front, toffee/caramel malt sweetness, and some late floral hop bitterness. It seems like the base beer was closer to an american-style barleywine, as opposed to an "imperial brown ale" as the bottle suggests, but hey, they brewed the damn thing, what the hell do I know. Pretty good.

3.5
douglas88 (9795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2010
22 ounce bottle thanks to someone at the Christmas tasting. I stole this bottle basically- thanks to someone. A light reddish brown color with a tan head. The aroma and flavor is rich caramel, earthy, hot, some smoke, interesting.

3.4
bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and earthy aroma. Malt and honey flavor with light earth. Medium bodied. Honey and malt lingers with light earth and backing hops.

3.4
drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
8/27/10. Bomber. Big thanks to Byron at Liquor Loft/Proof for sharing with the crew! Brown pour, mostly red when held to the light. Sweet roasty aroma with a hint of booze. Sweet bitter roasty flavor with a dose of astrigent bitterness. The finish is very burnt bitter. Eh.

3.7
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bomber pours clear mahogany with deep copper hues and short lived tan head. The modest aroma is smooth with sweet malts, some honey and sweet smelling dark fruity esters to go along with a faint background of caramel covered wood. The taste starts both smooth and rich and then ends a bit rough with booze. I get roasted malts and a bit of honey. By midway roasty malts are met with nuttiness, sweet dark fruitiness and wood. Into the finish booziness grows to sort of harsh levels before this dies off into the after taste.

3.5
BuckeyeBoy (8860) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 26, 2010
On tap at Redhook brewpub. Pours out dark ruby amber topped with a small sand head. Aroma is of toast malts, caramel, and light hops. Taste was more of the caramel and roast malts. A nice hop ending to help balance it out.

3.4
radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Poured a darker amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma was caramel malts, toasted notes. Flavor was malts, tinge of oak. Pretty standard, but quite good. Alcohol pretty well masked.

3.5
SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle, 22oz .. . Pours a deep caramel tan .. medium foam .. . caramel, molasses, and bread .. . pretty smooth, the abv is pretty tame .. . tasty for a redhook product .. . . I’ll tell you what’s ridiculous! The Kaiser! Somebody should put him on a roll!


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