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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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Ratings: 4115
Reviews: 1856
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.

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irishgurl4

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Birthday Beer #2! Thanks to Beau (sefus12) for this next beer, Bells Expedition Stout! From batch 9459 poured into a Ballast Point shaker pint glass.

A: Pours black with a one finger chocolate head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top.

S: Smell is a light nose of chocolate with a huge roastiness with hints of alcohol lingering in the background.

T: Begins with a mild sweetness that makes a quick stop at chocolate before moving right into the bitter roastiness. Whoa, just saw the abv on this baby, 10.5%! It's like Ninja abv, you don't know it's there till your passed out on the floor. :P

M: Has kind of a thicker mouthfeel with a decent level of carbonation to lift the rich flavors of this beer off the palate. Bitter roast lingers for quite awhile and leaves just a little bit of a coated feeling towards the back of the tongue.

D: Another sippy beer best suited for cool nights. Warning, beware the Ninja abv!

I'd have to say that Bells Expedition Stout gets a tasty noms. :)

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 00:00:13 | More by irishgurl4
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - A dark, chocolatey dark stout. Average head. Low carbonation.

S - Many spices prevalent. There are a lot of moving parts here

T - Smooth for a strong stout, but at the end there are multiple flavors popping up. Fruits, chocolate, malts, spices, etc. Too many to be able to pick out individual items.

M - An explosion of flavours. Low carbonation.

D - I rank it low in drinkability because the high alcohol content is not masked at all. It is too overwhelming. You are done after 1, even though the taste is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 03:08:15 | More by BeerDawgs
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pitch black with a very thick brown head. Cascading bubbles effect. Great retention. Thick, sticky rings of lacing glue themselves to the glass.

S: Dark chocolate, lots of creamy vanilla, mild coffee. Light herbal hops. Tight berry and plum darkfruit scents are buried beneath all of this.

T: Bold flavors of vanilla extract and soy sauce strike first, then transition into earthy, spicy tastes reminiscent of black licorice. Semi-sweet chocolate chips provide a respite from some of these harsher flavors. Herbal hops add flavor and balance. Brief flashes of blackberry and plum darkfruit create some depth. Finishes with coffee and lots of lingering smoke.

M: Thick, smooth, and mouth coating. Low carbonation. Alcohol is delightfully warming, but not at all boozy.

D: Decent. A sipper to be sure, but some of the flavors here clash a bit and hinder drinkability.

Notes: Not bad, but some of the flavors clash or seem harsh. Time in the cellar would probably work wonders and smooth out this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 19:26:20 | More by ryan1788a5
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to mulder1010 for sharing this! My portion poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip style glass.

Pours a thick, sludgy black colour, no light penetration and the mocha/tan coloured head of foam hangs around for most of the part. Turns into craters at times and otherwise has a nice retention.

So much going on with the smell, coffee, tobacco and plenty of malt with some chocolate too.

Taste is so much more muted, very restrained by comparison, some chocolate coming through, some coffee too but not a whole lot more, not anywhere near what you'd imagine.

Mouthfeel is big, thick, sludgy at times. You know this is a 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout.

Overall a touch disappointing, maybe i'd built this up too much in my mind. Still a good beer, but failing to deliver the taste that was expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 13:33:01 | More by MrKennedy
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bs870621345

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle

Pours black with a small mocha head and very little lacing.

Smells like roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, strong bitterness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste opens up with a slight sweetness, moving into bitter coffee and chocolate flavors. There is a long, lasting bitterness that lingers for a long time. Went very well with a nice, sweet, blueberry pie.

Mouthfeel is a tinge thin, but good carbonation.

Overall, this needs some time to smooth out. It's harsh in most aspects.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 00:54:35 | More by bs870621345
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a motor oil black with some brown on the edges. Opaque. A tan head that fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing

Smell: bitter chocolate, roasted malts, some cocoa. Slight sweetness that is ver subtle compared to the bitterness in this bad boy.

Taste: chocolate, some sweet some bitter. Cocoa. Roasted malts. Bittering hops aparent throughout. Alcohol in the backend

Mouthfeel: heavy. Bitter lingers a bit. Hot alcohol kick

Overall: good. Not my favorite. Will keep you warm on a cold one. I think I will through one in the cellar to see how I like the age on this one

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:15:29 | More by SportsandJorts
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mdhobbs

Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Having tried some of Bell's other offerings and reading the reviews prompted me to seek this one out for a try. This stout pour very dark with a very dark head on the pour. There was enough of a boutique that made me want to take a nice long sip and enjoy but I was a bit disappointed. I don't equate a stout necessarily with hoppiness but that is what over-rode this tasting.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 19:17:58 | More by mdhobbs
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Bell's Java Stout and Expedition Stout together, brother vs. brother. May the manliest man win.

Expedition pours a deep, dark, inscrutable black, impenetrable as a nun, with almsot no head. I think Bell's has solved the oil crisis.

Smells sweet, like vanilla and prunes. There may be some coffee there, but next to the Java Stout, who could ever tell?

Tastes sweet and syrupy, anise and prunes and some nice bitterness at the end. It's good, but I just prefer the Java Stout and its intense coffee flavor to the sweet/sour dark fruit characteristics of this Russian imperial stout. Does have a nice mouthfeel, chewy and juicy.

The Expedition Stout is good, but is Stephen Baldwin to the Java Stout's Alec.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 06:05:37 | More by battlekow
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It’s big and pretty good, but my bottle need more time. There’s too much alcohol flavor and the chocolate and coffee taste feel like they’re only just budding. There’s a nice addition of hops flavor under the malt, but the alcohol that follows leaves a bad feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 22:01:58 | More by tempest
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a thick molasses/syrup like pour. Very light carbonation. Sweet smells like maple syrup, brown sugar, dates, and oatmeal. Very sweet initial flavor, followed by a rush of burning alcohol, followed by a very bitter finish. Unfortunately the alcohol probably lasts the longest. Very thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Not an easy drinker in any terms.. a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 00:42:32 | More by webmanspidey
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seh410

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Randy (randjuke) for these awesome beer!

Appearance: One fingers worth of thick, bubbly mocha/caramel colored head that does not dissipate quickly. The actual beer is black as night - there is absolutely no light coming through. This beer is pretty, no one around it.

Aroma: Coffee is right up front, followed by toasted malts, dark chocolate and a definitely perceivable alcohol note

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of coffee, maybe some dried fruits and toasted malts on the back side. You can taste the liquor for sure - this is definitely not a low ABV beer and you can taste it right up front. The mouthfeel is chewy and thick - very full in the mouth, which I like in a stout.

Drinkability: This one is definitely a sipper. It's nice and rich and tasty, but there's no way you could - or should - put down more than 1 or 2 12oz bottles of this baby. That said, I think it is nice and balanced and I'd be willing to drink it again. I'd like to see what it tastes like aged, or on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 21:21:46 | More by seh410
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claspada

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 9/13/2010

Pours a jet black body with a full, frothy dark tan colored head.

Aromas begin with a ton black malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate syrup, scorched/burnt almonds and molasses. Really roasty and almost smokey which I am not a fan of. As it warms I get a large amount of herbal and floral hops, also not my favorite thing in a stout.

The tastes begin with fairly intense black, roasted malts with flavors of coffee and exceedingly dark chocolate. Some burnt nuts again and extreme dark espresso beans. The hops are bold in their bitterness, and provide a taste of earthiness and herbal flavors. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and acidic char taste.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Quite a chewy mouthfeel. Warming from the first sip and well into the finish, alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms.

Overall this is a high quality made stout but a bit too hoppy and charred malt forward for my liking. Lovers of dark porters and Russian Imperial Stouts will find this a great pleasure but my tastebuds have eschewed from enjoying these highly roasted and bitter flavors that I enjoyed early on in my craft beer lifetime. This probably needs at least 2 years in the cellar to be drinkable for my liking and to fully reach it's peak and hide the intense flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 18:25:54 | More by claspada
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BilbosNuts

California

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjw52 for this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown color with an 1/8 inch, mocha colored head. The head eventually dissipates to a thin ring around the top. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S: Dark roasted malts and a touch of coffee. A molasses-like sweetness comes through towards the end.

T: Similar to the aroma with typical roasted malts with a touch of coffee and molasses-y sweet notes.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with minimal carbonation and very smooth. It has a syrupy like feel to it with a touch of sweetness lingering on.

O: I was a little disappointed with this one. Maybe my expectations were too high, but it seems kind of one dimensional and a bit bland. I'm glad I tried it, but I can find other local RIS's that are equal in quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:41:12 | More by BilbosNuts
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to like this beer, I really did but there really isn't much to get excited about. I don't get the hipe.
Pours thick and deeply brown with a desent size head which to it's credit is thick like a milk shake. The aroma is pretty much roasted malts deeply roasted at that. You get sutle hints of chocolate and coffee but you must dig for them.
Taste is like the nose well roasted or burnt malts with underlying alcohol.
Feels thick on the palette with a corse ashen feel. Finishes dry and bitter.
Lacks in depth of flavor and character.
I really don't think it's worthy of all the hipe and in fact think it's a violation.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 11:55:24 | More by micromaniac129
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TexIndy

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-review: original 7/10/07 review at bottom:
Brought back from Indy during Xmas. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Back label has bottling code that you can check on website. This one was bottle in late Sept. It was dark black in color even against a light. Slight carb in center with sliding, non-stick lacing. It had a small dark brown head that quickly evaporated into a very thin collar.

The aroma was coffee, dark fruit, roasted malt and still a big hint of the 10.5% ABV. Didn't really enjoy - too much dark fruit and alcohol for me. The taste followed the aroma. Too much dark fruit and alcohol and not enough coffee, roasted malt or chocolate that I find in the RIS that I really enjoy. Creamy texture but too bitter a finish and ABV too present.

Overall, this one misses the mark for me. Shame since I really love most other Bell's and most RIS. One and done (OK two and done since I did re-sample it).

***Original 7/10/07 review***
4.5 4.0 3.5 4.0 3.5
Got from my brother-in-law in Indy. Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottling code on back label. It was a dark black color. It had about a finger of dark brown head that settled into a thin film. Slight lacing. The aroma was coffee, roasted malts and a big hint of the ABV. The taste was good but had a really bitter finish that kinda ruined it for me. It got better as it continued to warm but still too much. This is only the 2nd RIS I've had with Siberian Nights being the other. I loved the Siberian so not sure which is more representative of the style but hoping Siberian. I can see why this is highly regarded but it's just not for me. (3.5, RB, T, O)

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 00:42:18 | More by TexIndy
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a jet black into my pint glass with a moderate dark tan head. The aroma is highly roasted; coffee like, moderately sweet and there is a little chocolate and alcohol aroma. The flavor is highly roasty, there is a strong bittersweet malt flavor as well and a bit of alcoholic bite. The carbonation is medium and body is very full. Overall this brew is well done, coming in over 10% ABV the alcohol bite is appropriate, not overly harsh. Definitely one to sip……..one in a night.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 21:26:05 | More by uwmgdman
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours like used motor oil and looks about the same. Leaves a creamy caramel colored head that retains as a thin foam head.

Alcohol smell takes center stage followed by some biteresweet chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Taste is sweet like dark fruit and chocolate, but leaves a very bitter after taste like a strong cup of espresso.

This feels good. Thick and creamy coating the tounge. This is the best feature of this beer.

This isn't bad. Isn't good. It will not be hard to finish, but not one I will look for again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 01:25:17 | More by Homerbag
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cnjohn19

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now, granted I do not know much about russian imperial stouts beyond the high alcohol range, but overall i was just a tad let down by this one...poured dark brown, almost black with a nonexistent head...almost looked flat...the alcohol characteristics dominated the smell with a faint hint of dark, bold chocolate...did enjoy the taste, which left a nice coffee aftertaste...very smooth, bold...strong roasted flavor...

not sure i would rush out to buy this one again...would be interested to find it on tap to compare...could imagine this stout being more enjoyable out of the tap....

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 03:06:04 | More by cnjohn19
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black Motor Oil with Tan Head

Smell: Smells sweeter than it is - orangy Butterscotch

Taste: Ricola, Butterscotch, Toast & Dark Chocolate

Mouthfeel: Full Bodied stout beer

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper. I was kind of unimpressed with this stout. There is a bunch of hype going on about it because we're finally getting it here in Charleston. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 16:34:04 | More by LauraAlberts
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crossovert

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased from the Bell's General Store.

Pours into my pint a dark black with slight ruby edges when held to light. The head is thick and creamy and large. It is brown/tan and leaves thick lacing behind.

SMell is very carmally, also some molasses, nuts, maple, brown sugar, coffee, and cocoa.

Mouthfeel is extra thick but the alcohola nd slight carbonation do bite the lips. It tastes chocolatey and fruity, with a definite alcohol bite. It is pretty sweet and bittersweet but it doesn't reach cloying levels. This is one of those big ass beers that you drink to warm up. They could have bumped it up to 12% though considering the strength of the alcohol already on the palate.

This is a big and bold Russian imperial stout, but for a true Michigan jewel I recommend the Dark Horse Plead the 5th.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 03:48:02 | More by crossovert
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a thick oily back with bascally no head or bubbles at all. Nose is very roasted and burnt. It's slightly boozy but very well covered given the high abv.

Taste is a bit harsh but mellowing as it warms. Burnt coffee dominates and leaves a bit of an unplesant aftertaste is slightly bitter and harsh.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 02:09:36 | More by kingcrowing
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ryno09

California

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with one of the darker brown heads I have seen. The finger head quickly fades do to the high ABV. Carbonation seems a little on the high side of the style.

On the aroma I get a ton of roasted malts along with dark fruits and molasses. Some alcohol present as well. On the palate I get a ton of chocolate - something I didn't get from the aroma. Up front some of the dark fruits are present before the chocolate takes over leaving a lingering somewhat sweet finish

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 03:23:38 | More by ryno09
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#54. Another of Bell's Stouts. While I don't plan to hold their Java Stout in high regard as I make comparisons to this stout, I will keep in mind the level of quality and the intensity that I expect an excellent stout to possess. I let this warm to close to 50 degrees before popping open. I also want to mention the texture and consistency of this brew, which left my glass incredibly sticky. It's a thick one at that, so watch your pour so that you don't necessarily "feel" the beer with your fingers!

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a nice two finger depth very bold brown foamy head. Almost looks like the consistency and color of oil. Head retention is pretty nice, gradually dying down to a prominent mass of thick foam. Thin veils of lacing drape the sides of the glass. Color is very dark brown, possibly even black. Next to no light gets through this beer and I can hardly see anything going on inside this glass. It's very dark, and looks quite thick and full. From what I can effectively evaluate, this looks like a nice stout. 4

(Smell) Malt heavy. There's a good deal of roasted sweets and burning caramel in this stout, mostly the caramel, which is very heavy in the nose and outright from the beginning. A less dominant coffee bean arrangement lingers further down but is also easy to tell. Finally, some faint earthy hoppy tones are the last scent to catch my attention. The mixture has a medium potency; an evident and pleasurable aroma without being overly governing on the nose. 4

(Taste) Immediately I get a truckload of toasted caramel balanced evenly with some coffee beans. Lacks the java component that made Java Stout so heavy on the coffee aspect, but rather blends them a little more evenly this time around. Slightly less evident are some bread-like qualities and a tart roasted flavor overlapping everything. The hidden level of earthy hops are most obvious in the later moments, drawing forth a sharp bitter and tart finish that lingers for a long time. It becomes even more intense as the beer warms. Doesn't work as well as I would hope. The bitter end obscures the better qualities of this beer, making it a slow and laborious drink. This is probably too strong for the average beer drinker, but does a good job at bringing forth dominant and bold flavors. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Very, very syrupy and thick. An interesting drawback is the unavoidable stickiness and syrupy texture of this brew, that I can certainly feel in my mouth with each sip. It has a very big body and an enormously bitter, medium dry mouthfeel. Alcohol also peeks its nose in several times during the drink; it's not very well concealed. There's not as much carbonation as I was hoping for in keeping this beer on the lighter crisper side. Largely deterring unless smooth and creamy without a bit of carbonated edge is your forte. 3

(Drinkability) Filling and a slow drinker. I can't go for more than a single in at least this sitting, which is good news, for it's all I've got. This beer takes intense flavors seriously, bringing some roasted flavors that could be a serious appetite filler. The earthy thick sticky texture may work for a select few, but is more likely to turn away. If it isn't the texture, it might just be the colossal 10.5% ABV that will do you in. It's really a hit-or-miss beer, but finishing a single glass isn't an impossibility. If ever in the mood, I might go for another. 3.5

Verdict: I could draw a lot of positive things that also leads to this beer's downfall. The really bold flavor lets its guard down in lieu of a really heavy, sticky and syrupy mouthfeel that isn't really pleasing. The bitter finish drags on forever and nearly dominates the taste on a sip-by-sip basis. All negativities aside, this isn't a terrible stout, but needs to be lightened up slightly in terms of mouthfeel and taste; in that I don't feel I'm drinking from a syrup spigot. An interesting attempt, but don't be surprised if you find some notable flaws in this stout. I'll be ordering the Java Stout more frequently than this one. B (3.65)

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:19:00 | More by Jadjunk
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a good dark brown head present. Spots and a ring of head linger.

Smell is bitter roasted malts, lots of sweet molasses, a little dark rum soaked fruit, and some alcohol heat.

Roasty malts mix with bittersweet chocolate and sweet molasses and brown sugar upfront. Little dark fruit sweetness. Taste follows through to the finish. Little more roasted bitterness and alcohol heat at the finish.

Full bodied and syrupy with a little chewiness and light carbonation. Little chalky and powdery. Some alcohol heat at the finish.

Fairly sweet overall with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Roasted bitterness helps round the taste out at the finish. Pretty standard. I remember this beer being better than this in the past. Bottle from winter 2010/2011.

5/2/2011

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:21:35 | More by sidetracked
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Expedition Stout
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.50 %

LOOK: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a solid inch of brown foam. Mostly clear with no sediment.

SMELL: Roasted malt with a good amount of burnt aromas, pumpernickel bread, and alcohol.

TASTE: In the flavor there is more of the roasted flavor, a bit of a yeasty twang, bread, spiked coffee, and definitely some clean and assertive alcohol flavor. Bitterness has died down to a suggestion and works with the alcohol bite. Faint chocolate, coffee, but mostly just roasted flavor with a kick of booze.

FEEL: Full bodied, smooth, medium carbonation. Has a bit of alcohol and burnt flavor lingering into the finish.

OVERALL: A pretty standard Imperial Stout, big in its ways, but certainly enjoyable. Can be aged for extended periods of time, but the alcohol will always be there, as it is a big part of the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 18:26:29 | More by Stinkypuss
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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