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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,384 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,384
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 373
Gots: 935 | 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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Jacurdy60

Alabama

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a lovely, toffee colored, thick head. Lots of lacing.

S-Huge roasted notes here. Lots of char and oaky notes as well. Very bold and not too boozy for a 10.5% brew.

T-Bold roasted notes come through most prominently. Fades into a bitter char flavor with a spiced boozy finish. Very in your face but I enjoy it.

MF-Creamy, rich, smooth. Body is thick and syrupy.

O-Just what an RIS should be. Very robust and rich.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:04:10 | More by Jacurdy60
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Jables

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours oily black, black, midnight black. Head is dark tan and only an eighth of an inch thick.

Smells nutty, chocolately, sugary, and loads of it.

Definitely has nutty roasted malt flavors but also has strong sweet dark chocolate flavors present thoughout as well as some coffee.

Mouth feel is chewy, smooth, slick, chewy, outstanding.

ABV is somewhat masked at first but becomes more and more apparent as it goes down. That hurts the drinkability as does the sheer magnitude of this beer makes it too much to do a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 05:27:04 | More by Jables
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9971, packaged 9-13-2010

A - Dark as the blackest of nights, a thick and dense viscous looking body. Fairly dark brown head settles slowly into a ring.

S - Big chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, vanilla, sweet caramel. Nice complexity, and a good nose.

T - Holy cow. This is like a big smooth chocolate milkshake up front and is balanced marvelously with a dry hoppy and smoke finish. Roasted malts are what sticks around the longest.

M - Big and thick and smooth and creamy. It's almost as good as it gets.

D - Incredibly tasty, smooth, delightful.. But it's pretty big.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 22:33:39 | More by ColdPoncho
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, received in a trade with tavernjef, served in a snifter.

A - black as the night with a light brown head that thinned to a layer, leaving spots of lacing behind.

S - molases, black licorice, espresso and bittersweet chocolate aromas fill the nose.

T - all of the aromas I listed are blended into the taste with a slightly bitter bite on the finish. The alcohol warms, but is not tasted.

M - thick and rich, very nice.

D - a most enjoyable sipper.

Final Note: not for the novice stout drinker!
thanks again, tavernjef.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 01:15:13 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Donnie2112

Alaska

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

it's black, light doesn't make it through there is no head there was a little bit of carbonation going up the side of the glass, doesn't look bad, but also nothing special

smells slightly nutty, a bit of vanilla, some chocolate

lots of roasty bitterness, a bit of chocolate and some dark coffee flavors as well, vanilla a bit of dark chocolate there is also a bit of black pepper and a bit of whisky like flavors coming from the alcohol

I found none of the problems with the mouthfeel that other reviewers did, I found it delightfully warm with the right ammount of carbonation and a nice heavy body. Seems about right for an imperial stout to me.

This is a nice beer, I might just have to pick up a sixer the next time I see this stuff. If they made this in uber limited quantities, people might just pilgramage for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 01:45:25 | More by Donnie2112
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ABOWMan

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One has to work to get a good head out of this beer, but that is the oly negative comment I have to make about this exceptional beer.

The meager head was reddish in color and the stout poured with the consistency of SAE 30 only darker. The ale was opague in appearance and had the color of dark mahogany.

The aroma was of roasted dried fruit, cherries, plums and maple and was pleasantly smokey. The flavors exploded in your mouth. Dried cherries, maple syrup, caramel, roasted nuts and a backgroung note of alcohol. A combination that I never tired of during my tasting.

The mouthfeel of this stout was viscous as one might expect from a beer of this color, flavor intensity and ABV. It was pleasant to sip and a pleasure to drink. Keep up the good work Bell's!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 20:27:37 | More by ABOWMan
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- I poured this glass kinda rough because the glasses I have had in the past didnt achieve much head at all. This pour yielded a nice big mocha colored fluffy head that throws all sorts of lacing. The beer is a the typical solid black.

S- Roasted malts, jerky, charcoal, vanilla and chocolate chip cookies. Smells really good. There is a big of hops hiding under it all, but this is dominantly a sweet and roasty smelling beer.

T- Chocolate, charcoal and jerky, some whiskey like alcohol. A very rich bittersweet dark chocolate finish. The flavors are sharp and powerful. I be some age would make this a truly stellar beer.

M- Barely any carbonation. Very full bodied beer with a creamy smooth texture.

D- Pretty warm and high in alcohol. This is one rich beer. Sip on this one.
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7/19/10
This is beer #5 from the blind beers BIF. Sent to me by MMAJYK Reviewed totally blind.

#5, quite obviously an imperial stout. Marc has me going from dark to light to dark to light. This seems well thought out.

4.5/5/4/4.5/4
Pours very thick with a head that struggles to survive. The foam is a deep red and the beer is crazy opaque.

Smells very vinous and malty. Oak, vanilla, port wine, berries, deeply roasted malt, milk, charcoal, caramel. The smells just go on and on. This is one complex beast. In many way it shares smells with this year's Dark Lord.

Very sweet and vinous, just like the nose leads on. Lots of licorice all over. A milky creaminess, dark berries, charcoal and more. This beer is huge, Id say the ABV is damn near double digits. It is nice but overall I think its way too sweet. Licorice and port wine are very strong.

Very full body. Chewy and smooth. Low carbonation. Slightly sticky, mostly in the throat.

The guy who sent it to me says he thinks its an 06 but there is no batch #. Either way this was phenomenal. It ages very very well. Thanks Marc!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 19:53:08 | More by MbpBugeye
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RedwoodGeorge

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was much more exciting that I first thought - this comes out a thick, chunky, heavy black liquid that kind of "plops" into the glass with no release of carbonation at all. "Oh great," I thought, "a heavy, flat stout - yippee..." I finished the pour with a flourish but still no more than a few bubbles. I turned my back to toss the bottle in the recycling bin and by the time I turned back around - beercano! A huge head of mocha foam had risen up, out and over the pint glass leaving a small black puddle on the countertop. Even in a very thin layer in the puddle it was completely opaque. The remaining three finger head stuck around for a long time and left a surprising amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very nice - lots of heavy fruit notes with a dark sweet malt and cocoa scents mixed in.

The taste was just short of perfect. (My stout loving girlfriend may not rate beer here on BA but one sip and she declared "This is the best beer I've ever tasted!") There are very strong notes of fig and raisin on top of a rather sweet caramel and treacle base. Echoes of dark chocolate and coffee serve to finish each sip. No hint of alcohol at all - though some of the sweetness may have been due to the high ABV. Good balance to the flavors - they're all strong but none of them is overpowering.

Mouthfeel is rather impressive as well. This is a seriously heavy bodied brew with a viscosity close to maple syrup but it didn't leave a sweet or sticky residue on the palate (quite a trick) There was still enough fine bodied carbonation left to give the beer a creamy consistency similar to hot cocoa. Just a small amount of roasted grain bittering at the end but it's enough to provide a good finish.

Wow - what a beer! I can't imagine how they could have improved it. (Well, okay, if they had tossed it in an oak barrel for a few months it could have been even more awesome but that's about it) This brew was just shy of perfect in nearly every category.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 05:36:42 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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ILhophead

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, Batch # 7740, poured into a Stone IRS glass

A: Pours with a 1/2 inch head that falls down to a thin ring of tiny bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very black, pretty viscous.

S: Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisins, alcohol, and a licorice or molasses kind of smell that I find a few of Bell's high gravity beers.

T: Very rich, strong flavor. Dried fruit, dark chocolate up front with roasted malt, a hint of coffee and alcohol coming in through the finish. Nice level of sweetness. Very tasty!

M: Nice viscosity, coats your mouth. Very warming alcohol.

D: It's pretty drinkable for an Imperial Stout but you probably wouldn't (or at least shouldn't) want more than one of these.

Overall an outstanding beer and at $2.25 a bottle it's one that I can afford to stock my cellar with. Very big beer. Big flavor, big alcohol, big enjoyment!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 05:46:31 | More by ILhophead
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of the thickest tan head I've ever seen.

S: Roasted malts are most prominent in the aroma, but I get a nice amount of dark fruits just behind them - lots of prunes and raisins. I also get a good amount of malted milk balls and a bit of milk chocolate.

T: Roasted malts pair with a balanced milk and dark chocolate as well as some caramel sweetness. Everything is so well balanced together - the bitterness from the roasted malts and dark chocolate pair very well with the caramel and milk chocolate sweetness. Dark fruits add some complexity in the background.

M: Medium to thick body with very creamy carbonation.

O: So complex, so well balanced. This is a great Russian Imperial Stout. I get all the flavors I want melded together into one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 04:24:02 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BATCH #8864 (December 4, 2008)

Pours a deep, dense, black color. No light penetration, at all. Almost two fingers of rich mocha colored foam form on top. Retention is decent, which is not unexpected. Lacing is in thick strands.

Mild notes of dark chocolate and coffee, mix with a large presence of (very) dark roasted malts. A touch of molasses. Sweet notes of brown sugar, with hints of vanilla and caramel. Definite hints of a bourbon-like quality. Light presence of dark fruits.

Huge dark roasted malt profile. Nice amount of smokiness. Loads of chocolate flavor. Sweetness of brown sugar. Light hint of dark coffee. Slight hints of bourbon and hazelnuts. It has a mild bitter kick, right at the end, which helps balance this one out. The aftertaste is delicious.

Silky smooth and creamy. Light level of carbonation, which is perfect for this one. Only the slightest amount of sharpness and bite.

Quite easy for me to drink, but this is the style that I search out. As a sipper, this one is excellent. Be careful of the high ABV, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 18:00:59 | More by coldmeat23
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gregc for providing this in a trade.

Well, it certainly acts like an Imp Stout out of the bottle. 2-3 finger head, cocoa in color with incredible retention... black motor oil. Sometimes, I think I need another way to describe this, then I realize I don't... That's what it is. Looks a bit like a milkshake.
I think the entire inside of the glass is covered in thick lacing.

Aroma was a bit more muted than I had anticipated. Light cocoa.

My god is this smooth and lovely. Where to begin? Is this a chocolate milkshake or a great beer? Is there an intersection between the two? OK, I can't pretend not to know the rating of this beer which is why I traded for it. I also saw that "the bros" rated this a "C" I know sometimes I'm in a bad beer mood. I'm going to have to say that Jason must have been in that same type of mood that day. Just my opinion.
Roasted, chocolate... Roasted chocolate. Slightly nutty. Some spices Love it.

Man, this is creamy and smooth.. Big and thick mouth feel...

I could drink this all day long if not for the ABV. Just wonderful. I actually like this more than I thought I might.

Just a wonderful Imp Stout

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 21:56:13 | More by Reagan1984
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danieelol

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With great thanks to joecast.

Black as night, slightly tanned head.

Honey-stout nose.

Great roast character. Strongly hoppy too. Bit of sweet malt coming through.

Can definitely see how this could be considered a benchmark of the Imperial Stout style.

Mouthfeel is thick like chocolate jelly.

Just a very solid archetypal imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 05:02:40 | More by danieelol
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AmitC

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dates 10/22/2012.

A heavy Russian Imperial from Bell's. Had heard good praises on BA.

Pours very thick dark brown. Dark black inside the glass. Head is overwhelming about three fingers thick. Tan shining brown colored. Excellent lacing. Very sticky. Head persists really well. Low to moderate bubbles. Opaque.

Aroma: Hops enter first. Some burnt up roasted malts and alcohol. A very upfront hoppy smell that thins out slowly with time. Overall a comparatively mild smell.

Taste: Front is hop forward, slightly bitter. Some mild chocolate, caramel and malts. Alcohol is felt really well. Punching. Bitter dry finish.

Mouth feel: Full bodied yet feels good smooth may be due to excessive alcohol. Astringency is huge, mostly due to hops, burnt up malts and alcohol. I like that this brew puts hops and alcohol right upfront, unabashedly. Thickness is huge. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very exciting offering from Bell's. Better than there Kalamazoo and Cream Stouts. Solid stout. A slow drinking beer as is expected. This one is a palate wrecking brew. Will do some serious damage for a stout.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 17:36:54 | More by AmitC
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle from Pawel. Batch 10105. Thanks!

A; Black and lightless as a brick. Very dark mocha head that settles in at about an inch. Looks like motor oil.

N: Roasted malt, green hops, dark chocolate, dark cherry, prune. Has a pronounced dark fruit sweetness, particularly that of raisins. Lots of raisins. Truly a smell of dried grapes.

T: Deep rushes of dark chocolate. Leather and bark. Cedar, tobacco, raisins. Smoke and roast. Hops lend an earthy backbone with some leafy hints. Coffee overtones. Superb, and reminiscent of HotD Adam of all things.

M: Thick, coating, yet somehow, supremely drinkable.

O: This is just sublime. Really wise to store it for the extended aging and very much worthy of the high score. Might be my favorite non-BA stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 00:05:48 | More by writerLJBerg
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skybluewater

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coal-black color. Smells of coffee beans and maybe a bit of chocolate, as well as some prune. Taste is actually very good. Bitter like espresso, with some chocolate and some fruitiness (rather like chocolate-covered cherries). Mouthfeel is milkshake thick, with almost no alcohol burn.

To be honest, I haven't liked any of the previous Bell's beers I've tried. They just seemed....off to me. As such, I was very reluctant to drop even $2.50 on this bottle. But, with the bitter cold upon us, I was in the mood for an impy, and I had (obviously) never tried this one. I'm glad I did. This is a very good brew. While I like Storm King, Old Raspy, and Yeti a bit more, I'm glad to know that there's one more great imperial available to me!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 07:24:04 | More by skybluewater
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blitz134

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body. A one finger dark chocolate head that reduced really quickly. Good looking brew.

Overall sweet aroma. Lots of sweet dark fruits including raisins and currants. Some light chocolate comes through as well. Flavor is loaded with dark toasted malts followed by a sweet caramel body. The alcohol presents an overall sweetness adding possibly a touch of vanilla. Alcohol isn't really overwhelming, definately blended with the flavor in a tasty fashion.

Mouthfeel is oily and creamy on the tongue. Coats well and lingers for quite a while. Dangerously drinkable. Probably one of the most drinkable brews I"ve had with this much alcohol.

Overall a nicely crafted brew. Definately a sipper.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for the opportunity...

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 04:10:41 | More by blitz134
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crikey, this poured out like dirty oil out of a crankcase! Black as night, dark yellow skim on top. Coffee and lemon aromas, very rich and inviting. Thick, thick, thick mouthfeel... Molasses, some coffee, and a dense and vaguely cherry flavor. Java at the back of the throat. Sharper and a little richer than Storm King, if a tad less flavorful and without the fruitiness. In some ways, a highly unique beer among beers. Bitter as all get out. Skoal on this one. It can come off as unidimensional, and that is something that can annoy me about some Imperial Stouts overall...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2002 11:05:47 | More by ADR
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A wonderful thick black body and creamy dark tan head. Minimal Lacing.

Smell: Some roasted chocolate malts provide the major notes, but coffee, mild dark fruits, sour apple, and piney hops are there as well.

Taste: The roasted chocolate malts drive the flavor here. The coffee and plums intermingle nicely. The sour apples provide a nice mild tartness. The finish is a nice dry hop bitter.

Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability - Do yourself a favor and buy this.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 16:17:31 | More by stereosforgeeks
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RomanW70

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a thick tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roast, and caramel. Extremely smooth but complex at the same time. Initial taste of chocolate, caramel flows into a coffee bitterness with some warming alcohol at the finish. Very smooth to begin with, but becomes smoother with each taste. An excellent beer. I can't wait to taste this one aged.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 10:50:39 | More by RomanW70
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thought I'd break this out for review #500. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Consistency while pouring goes from a thick stout consistency to motor oil to chocoloate pudding by the end of the bottle. Body is pitch black and very thick, topped by a huge, sturdy, creamy brown head that likely could support the weight of the bottle cap.
Huge aroma of roasted dark and chocolate malts is evident as soon as the cap is popped and just continues to build. A whiff or two of sweet molasses and funky, salty peat are mixed in with the malt.
Palate is huge - rich, roasted, chocolatey malt, with notes of molasses, chestnut, and maple. I think I noted some scotch whisky in there, too, but that may have just been the high alcohol level coming through. Beautifully creamy body is like a beer milkshake. The creaminess strangely subsides to become more like a dry stout right before the swallow, then reappears in the throat.
Contrary to what others have said, I think this is remarkably drinkable for how big a beer it is. Sure, I wouldn't want more than one bottle, but that's not the point. I savor every drop of the 12 oz bottle and end up very satisfied. An all-around amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 05:46:07 | More by ElGordo
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slimstout

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black and very thick -- reminds me of syrup. Almost no head.

Smell: I can smell the alcohol (10.5% abv). It also smells malty.

Taste: Rich and malty. The alcohol taste is largely masked by its richness, I would have expected to taste the alcohol more. Chocolate (but not so much as to be a chocolate stout), vanilla. It has loads of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very, very little carbonation. It seems thick and smooth. Slight alcohol burn.

Drinkability: It's definitely a sipper. If you're a something of a lightweight (like me), you'll definitely notice the alcohol in your system through the second half of the beer even when sipping it slowly and drinking water and eating.

This beer brought a big smile to my face as I poured it, watching its thick viscous blackness, and seeing the last bits of it drizzling like a syrup over the thin head that slowly developed. Its flavors are complex but not overwhelmingly so. I think it's taken me over an hour to drink but I've enjoyed every sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 02:38:21 | More by slimstout
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waxed bottle, batch 9435, bottled November 11, 2009. Thanks Hooliganlife!

Appearance. Pours a deep brown, close to black with a skim of brown, bubbly head.

Smell. Fruity booze, dark cherry, almond and bitter chocolate, roasty malts.

Taste. Molasses and roasty malts, some licorice and baker's semi sweet chocolate and a little pear. Smooth and tasty.

Mouthfee. Medium-full body with low+, fine carbonation. Very nice.

Overall. A fine RIS. Very drinkable, smooth and full of flavour.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 18:34:28 | More by Rutager
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this brew many times but never did a BA style review for it, so I thought about time.

Batch #7817

Pours to a darkly gorgeous motor oil black body. Head is just about the darkest I have encountered and that is saying alot. Rich chocolate brown bubbles make a foam brick like top that sits at about three fingers. Great carbonation for a beer nearly 2 years aged.

Nose is deeply malty with coco, coffee, a hint of port and smokey malt that shows great promise.

My how mellow while still being a monster of a stout I think to myself with first sip. Dark rich fruits are accompanied by burnt malt. Bakers chocolate and and a nice cordial alchol bite are there also. I am surprised at how well the hops have stayed prevalent in this beer after all this time. Dare I say this beer tastes so much like Darkness now.

There is a bit of age that shows in the mouthfeel with some raw rustic bitter tones and dirty minerals. All of this is overshadowed by the abrubt bitter feel.

Still a very nicely drinkable cold night sipper. This is about as black as a beer gets.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 03:57:37 | More by SPLITGRIN
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a thick oily black with a brown head – some lacing that fades quickly. The smell is sweet, malty and roasted with a hint of licorice. The taste is roasted and malty with chocolate, spice, coffee and fruit flavors present. The mouthfeel is chewy and there is a warming effect from the alcohol which is perfect for this beer. This is a big beer with robust flavors. It definitely hits the spot on this cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 04:57:51 | More by barefootbrewer
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,384 ratings.