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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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4,113 Ratings
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Ratings: 4113
Reviews: 1855
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%


Brewed by:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002)
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ramay729

Iowa

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3 month old bottle poured into snifter, bought an extra bottle to cellar until next year

A: Nice tan head that dissipates quickly, lacing on side of glass, deep black color with brown tinges on side of glass

S: Strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Extremely strong smell and one of the best smelling beers I've experienced

T: Almost sweet taste, without a nice amount of bitterness for the style, deep roasted malt with espresso undertones, dark fruit notes expressed as well

M: Extremely creamy mouthfeel without a lot of carbonation, really enjoyable texture with a thick mouthfeel

O: One of the better Imperial Stouts that I have had, but not the best, looking forward to aging a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 02:36:05 | More by ramay729
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Bell Expedition stout. Something I wanted to try for awhile, hearing great things about it. I've seen it on tap at a local restaurant I frequent, however, I kept finding things that sounded more interesting, o stuck to old favorites. Well I decided to finally just try it, and I was extremely impressed! Very glad I gave this stuff a try. I found a case at a local distributor for much less than what I thought this stuff would cost. I expected it to be over $100/case. I ended up splitting the case with a friend from work who has previously enjoyed this stout.

Look: DARK. As dark as anything. Very thing head, dwindles to noting but a small foam lip around the edge of the glass. Very tan/coffee and creme colored (but minimal) lacing/foam. Leaves an almost motor oil like coating on the sides of the glass when swirling it around.

Smell: Alcohol, bourbon, chocolate. Smells like a big stout. Very sweet and roasty smelling.

Taste: Roasty, coffee, chocolate, nutty, alcohol, dark fruits. Very sweet. A slight hoppy finish, nothing over the top. I love the alcohol burn, despite not being very high ABV (120 minute and WWS have ruined my perception of "high ABV"). At 10.5% ABV, it has a much greater alcohol burn than I would expect. This is not a bad thing, in my opinion. The Taste is just how I want a nice imperial stout to be. Perfect!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Light on carbonation, but just the right amount.

Overall: Without having it back to back, I think this compares well to Dogfish head World Wide Stout. Much more available, and MUCH cheaper as well, and the flavor is very comparable. Dare I say, I might actually like it a little more. One reason being the lower ABV. Yeah drinking big ABV beers is fun sometimes, but most of the time, 18% ABV is just toooo much, for a Tuesday evening :)

This may be my new favorite Russian Imperial Stout.I'm really starting to like what Bell's has to offer.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,113 ratings.