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

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BA SCORE
94
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4,655 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,655
Reviews: 1,893
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 402
Gots: 1,010 | FT: 77
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap (most recently at Stub and Herb Darkness Day Eve, I think I had 08) but for some reason I've never had a bottle of this! Thats all about to change.

Picked up a sixer, extremely fresh (cases at the store had 10/29/09 on the side, literally 2 weeks ago) so this is as fresh as it gets. I've heard Expedition is a stellar in the cellar, so lets see how it is fresh!

Poured into a Darkness tulip, how fitting, as this is about as dark as it gets. Deep deep brown, nearly black-hole black, with a very creamy two finger smooth brown sugar colored head. Head has good retention, but nothing spectacular, and leaves tons of lacing. Great looking beer.

The nose is very strong on sweet and toasted malts, chocolate, molasses and raisins. Pretty complex and pleasing smell. Light warming alcohol in the finish.

The taste is sweet and toasted malts, bitter chocolate, raisins and lightly toasted coffee beans, molasses and more dark fruits. Very complex. A nice earthyness in the finish, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Come to think of it, this is pretty bitter, but you wouldn't get a clue from the nose, which is very sweet smelling. Alcohol comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick, with a high carbonation that gives a sharp bite when swallowing. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a solid Imperial Stout. I know that this beer is highly regarded on the "other" beer rating web site (pretty sure it's Top 10 in the world) but I think this site has the rating closer to it's actual rating. It's a great RIS, don't get me wrong, just not spectacular. The 08 I had was actually a lot better than this, so I'll see how these do in a year or two or three, and get back to you.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for the trade.

Undated bottle pours an incredibly dark black, that lets no light through whatsoever, even around the edges. One finger head falls quickly, leaving nothing behind at all.

Aroma filled with chocolate, coffee, and booze. Rum soaked raisons, kaluha liquor, and dark bakers chocolate aromas are huge. Smells pretty good to me.

Flavor here is massive. Big time chocolate flavors, backed by good amount of espresso. Fairly roasty, but not astringent at all. Bit of alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is very heavy and smooth, due to light carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but alcohol shows through a bit much.

I really enjoyed this beer, and thanks again to TheManiacalOne for sending it to me. I think it could use a bit of age, and wish I had another for the cellar. Overall a great imperial stout, that can hang with some of the best of them.

phisig137, Oct 17, 2006
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,655 ratings.