Bell's Expedition Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by BAbaracus:
5/5 rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
My scores are going to be largely out of line with everyone elses, but my only explanation for this is that the Expedition may be a hit-and-miss beer. This is my first time experiencing it so its possible I stumbled across one of their better batches aged for just long enough to blend the flavors perfectly. Anyway, disclaimer out of the way, here we go: Pours pitch black with a gorgeous (almost edible) milk chocolate head, with dense packs of carb bubbles clinging seductively to the sides of the glass. Smells of brown sugar, molasses, a touch of black licorice, and dark malt, all of which blends into a bouquet far more inviting and less intrusive than other beers of this abv magnitude. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, very milkshake like, leaving a sticky coating on the lips and tongue. Cholocate and sugars predominant up front followed by dark roasted malt on finish. Superb flavoring - all other ingredients whiffed before drinking blend so well into the chocolate and malt as to be almost individually imperceptible. Alcohol is unbelievably well hidden, probably the best that Ive ever seen for this strong of a brew. Although the alcohol does eventually make its presence known, its more in the "gullet burn" than in the taste. You really have to be looking for it on the tongue to even realize its there. No perceptible way to improve this beer at all in my eyes, so perfect 5.0s all around. I do believe this one has slipped into my top 5. I plan on having more very soon so well see if the honeymoon period lasts.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2006 20:27:04 | More by BAbaracus
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4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into my tulip from a 12oz bottle. These have about a year on them (purchased at the Andersons in C-Bus, OH). Bit pricey, but well worth it! Pure black (blacker than my heart) with a finger of tan head... didn't last too long. Immediate notes of coffee, molasses, and DEEP dark roasted malt. Yes. The deep roasty flavor emerged with the first swig, also a crisp bitterness. Hints of bitter chocolate and even a bit a caramel as time passed. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Glad I invested in a sixer, and excited to age a couple of these for upcoming birthdays (maybe '15 and '16). What a winner. One of my faves is FIS, and in my opinion (though it has some unique characteristics)... Expedition stands right up with FIS. Get some.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 13:41:55 | More by Mikus
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,403 ratings.