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Bell's Expedition Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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4,405 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,405
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 940 | FT: 76
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

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krustster

Michigan

4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle (fresh).
Very dark brown, not quite black but close. Not quite as syrupy in appearance as some imperial stouts but still nicely thick. Big, fluffy, dark brown head that stuck around for a good few minutes with lacing that sticks all over the glass. Very appetizing appearance.

Smell is "big chocolate and coffee with a lot of roastiness" (feels stupid saying that, but it's accurate). This one is a lot stronger on the chocolate elements than any I've had, second to Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout, and this one isn't even made with chocolate as far as I know. Just the right hint of alcohol to bring things together.

Taste is amazing. As usual it follows the nose, with lots of dark chocolate up front, coffee second, not a lot of the expected "dark fruits" but some reasonably strong bitterness. The first time I tried this it seemed more bitter than it does now. Drinking it again I can tell how perfectly balanced this thing is. The alcohol is well hidden but at the same time it comes out in the finish with just the right amount of heat to seal in the flavor, a phenomenon that I absolutely love and is the main reason I prefer high ABV brews. This has just the perfect level of heat washing over your tongue but never becomes "boozy" (which isn't a bad thing in itself). Everyone keeps screaming about how good this is with age on it. Well, I have a six pack left over that I plan to save for a while, but when it tastes this amazing fresh, I don't know how long that sixer is going to last.

Mouth feel, which I already covered in the tasting notes, is near perfect as well. The carbonation is just high enough, the alcohol heat just high enough, and the viscosity just thick enough to stay on your palate for a long time after each sip.

Overall this isn't quite perfect but can still be called an absolute masterpiece from Bell's. I wish I had bought more than I did while it was available so I could age a bunch of it while still blasting huge amounts in its current condition, because it's pretty amazing as-is.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:31:39 | More by krustster
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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,405 ratings.