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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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4,108 Ratings
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Ratings: 4108
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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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pitch black color with a massive foamy brown head. Very beautiful. Some decent retention and lacing. Looks like a beer you want to drink. The smell is the least exiting aspect. Really I only get a smell of alcohol and carbonation. You might be able to detect some sweetness and roasted coffee type smells if you try hard. The taste is really great though. There's a caramel sweetness, almost like cola, but its backed with a deep roasted flavor. There is a sort of barbequed soy sauce taste which is a bit harsh but nice and interesting. The taste is accompanied with a nice pleasant burn. The mouthfeel is amazing. There's a wonderful creaminess and a ton of complexity. The carbonation is not overly done, which makes the alcohol burn not too harsh. And I found it to be a great drinker. You want to reach back into it and taste more. Recommended to anyone interested in stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 23:18:21 | More by taylorhamrick
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EvoRich

Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 23:29:58 | More by EvoRich
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dxbq48

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-15-2014 20:46:19 | More by dxbq48
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prtwin2a

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-15-2014 19:35:33 | More by prtwin2a
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douginromeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-15-2014 02:07:29 | More by douginromeo
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Phil_H

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +18.2%

04-14-2014 23:49:48 | More by Phil_H
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canonguy14

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-14-2014 23:47:13 | More by canonguy14
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itsscience

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with 2 fingers of tan head which retains nicely. The nose is boozy with sweet and roasty malts, dark fruits, raisins, and some dark chocolate. It tastes sweet and chocolaty at the front of the tongue with a bite of bitterness coming later, bringing herbal hop, coffee, and roasted grain flavors. There's a bourbon barrel quality to it and it leaves an aftertaste of chocolate-covered raisins. It's full bodied, alcoholic, and skirts the edge of doing too much, but doesn't quite go over that edge.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 03:49:16 | More by itsscience
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-13-2014 21:29:14 | More by SawDog505
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Bhoward0698

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-13-2014 18:52:36 | More by Bhoward0698
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Beestin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -29.1%

04-13-2014 18:50:52 | More by Beestin
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Gaddabble

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-13-2014 17:16:24 | More by Gaddabble
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schaffer9252

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-13-2014 13:37:14 | More by schaffer9252
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Notacraftdrinker

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-13-2014 05:07:35 | More by Notacraftdrinker
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SCZ

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-12-2014 20:09:40 | More by SCZ
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TonyJ815

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-12-2014 02:43:15 | More by TonyJ815
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WhiskeeTango

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-11-2014 13:57:16 | More by WhiskeeTango
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HoppySeb

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-10-2014 21:15:29 | More by HoppySeb
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DaveOrlowski

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-10-2014 16:06:56 | More by DaveOrlowski
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dspinler

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-10-2014 03:22:19 | More by dspinler
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Tlab3

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-10-2014 02:20:38 | More by Tlab3
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John_Rendleman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-10-2014 02:14:44 | More by John_Rendleman
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lic217

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-09-2014 23:45:50 | More by lic217
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westlaunboy

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-09-2014 16:26:08 | More by westlaunboy
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-07-2014 23:07:14 | More by greenspointexas
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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,108 ratings.