Bell's Expedition Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by techfed87:
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a strong, mocha colored head. Smells strongly of caramels and heavy malts. Head is very slow to dissipate.
First taste comes off almost salty for a second, quickly turning to a bitter, coffee-like taste and consistency. H'oh my, this beer is a thick one. In terms of flavor, it's much tightly packed together than many other Imp stouts out on the market. At the same time saying that, it's much easier to drink than many imperial stouts are. Carbonation on this batch is just right. It picks up where the natural bitterness ends off, giving it a real kick in flavor just as the after-taste is beginning to show its head.
Several minutes into drinking this one, and the head is still present. This puts it in a category of beer that you usually don't see.
At 10.5%, the beer is one of the stronger ones. However, it keeps itself within reason. A definite treat for a winter night. This is one of Bell's best brews hands down. Try it sometime!
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2010 03:14:47 | More by techfed87
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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
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
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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