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

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BA SCORE
94
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4,390 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,390
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 373
Gots: 938 | FT: 76
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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Ratings: 4,390 | Reviews: 1,872 | Display Reviews Only:
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ScottRansom

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-18-2014 21:47:54 | More by ScottRansom
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jrdaniel859

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-18-2014 15:59:01 | More by jrdaniel859
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Bristol5

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-18-2014 00:46:59 | More by Bristol5
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surlytwinsfan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-17-2014 18:55:58 | More by surlytwinsfan
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MattSharpless

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-17-2014 18:32:01 | More by MattSharpless
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

07-17-2014 16:19:58 | More by DrMindbender
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ZBR101

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-16-2014 23:54:43 | More by ZBR101
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Fr0stb1te

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-16-2014 21:40:30 | More by Fr0stb1te
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Desimoaj


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-16-2014 18:50:09 | More by Desimoaj
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KG710

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-16-2014 03:23:48 | More by KG710
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kingston2

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-16-2014 03:11:00 | More by kingston2
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Alpar

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-16-2014 02:57:27 | More by Alpar
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weonfire

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-16-2014 02:38:52 | More by weonfire
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huntermop

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-15-2014 23:37:36 | More by huntermop
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Stillyman11

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-15-2014 03:55:30 | More by Stillyman11
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Geekly

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.1%

07-15-2014 00:14:38 | More by Geekly
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_morandi_

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-14-2014 20:38:28 | More by _morandi_
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-14-2014 19:15:25 | More by DrBier
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loverofthecraft

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-14-2014 05:19:41 | More by loverofthecraft
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Mongrel

Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/22/12.

A - Pours thick but smooth. Basically black with a nice dark khaki head that hangs around for a few minutes.

S - Smell just oozes syrupy, chocolate sweetness as soon as it hits the glass, with a touch of licorice.

T - Smooth and luxurious, with a perfect balance of sweetness and roastiness. There's dark chocolate, espresso, dark fruit and again that subtle hint of black licorice to keep things interesting. The flavors are so well melded. It's also got some over the top X factor, like umami but not really, that really sets this beer apart. Absolutely stunning with two years on it. Almost no suggestion of the big booze.

M - thick, but silky smooth. Fills your mouth to the extent that you can almost feel the bitter-sweet effervescence in your sinuses. Big sweet center that dries out nicely on the finish, leaving some lingering roastiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 20:35:56 | More by Mongrel
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, CorgiDad!

A: Black with shades of brown. No head, but a tan ring wraps around the glass. Light lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, light coffee, anise.

T: Rich and robust. Sinful. Chocolate cascades in with lighter coffee notes than I expected. Dark fruits (raisins, dates, plums). Cocoa.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: Another winner from Bell's. A great sipper. Make sure to go on this Expedition.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 20:19:20 | More by brewskifan55
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majorbase2

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very very dark brown with a small lighter brown head. Okay retention, with some light lacing.

Aroma of alcohol, dark chocolate, and coffee. Roasted malts and molasses, as well. A little bit of nuttiness. Surprising amount of sweetness.

Roasted malts up front (that really stay on the tongue). More nuts, a little bit more than in the aroma. Good deal of alcohol warmth. Coffee. Not as much chocolate present. Just the slightest hint of dark fruits. Not quite as strong of a taste as I was hoping for, honestly.

Mouthfeel is sensational. Heavy bodied. Smooth and creamy. Very little carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall: Doesn't quite match the hype. Still a very good beer. Not quite as heavy as I expected it to be. Surprisingly easy to drink. A very solid Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 01:58:09 | More by majorbase2
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Rvageneralee


4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-12-2014 15:53:19 | More by Rvageneralee
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PickleBucket29

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-12-2014 14:26:34 | More by PickleBucket29
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SteveDoeschot

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-11-2014 19:00:58 | More by SteveDoeschot
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,390 ratings.