1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,892 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 4,892
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 416
Gots: 1,089 | FT: 75
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 4,892 | Reviews: 1,915 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bendukes86
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

bendukes86, Wednesday at 11:42 PM
Photo of BPMeyer27
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

BPMeyer27, Wednesday at 11:35 PM
Photo of Jeffh84
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Jeffh84, Wednesday at 04:08 PM
Photo of bens0n
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

bens0n, Wednesday at 01:37 PM
Photo of JSeilhamer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JSeilhamer, Wednesday at 04:31 AM
Photo of OBD
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

OBD, Tuesday at 07:56 PM
Photo of gregcordle
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

gregcordle, Tuesday at 02:26 PM
Photo of Hazmatt419
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Hazmatt419, Tuesday at 02:07 PM
Photo of Evango
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Evango, Monday at 11:55 PM
Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours almost exactly like Old Engine Oil, a thick, viscous black. Almost no head formed with my pour, with what did appear a deep tan. It quickly receded to a ring and patchy cap. No light gets through this beer. None. Not a speck of it, anywhere, along any edge.

S: The smell is roasted chocolate malt, with notes that remind me of a bourbon barrel, oak and booze. There's definitely some dark fruits playing around in the background as well, like midgits running along the hills the FSM made with His Noodly Appendages.

T: A rush of darkly-roasted, burnt-black bitter chocolate malt opens the taste,which quickly transforms into a swirl of flavors. Seared molasses, espresso, cherries, prunes, and figs all dance about the mouth, atop a stage of dark earth bitterness with some pine needles mixed in. There's some alcohol burn involved as well, particularly on the back and finish.

M: Oily, thick, chewy, and sticky, this is what a good RIS should drink like.

O: This is a darned good RIS. Being a malthead, I'd have loved to see a little less showcasing of the earthy-pine hop flavors, which are noticeable and sort of horn in on the malt profile. This beer also did not hide its ABV at all to me, though the bottle was only three months old - perhaps the burn fades with more age.

UrbanCaveman, Monday at 03:44 PM
Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev -5.7%

AD17, Monday at 03:33 PM
Photo of Wolvmar
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%

Wolvmar, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of VeggieNugget
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

VeggieNugget, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of smi69
4.75/5  rDev +12%

smi69, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Gkruszewski
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Gkruszewski, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: motor oil-black ale underneath a tower of mocha head that left some vague lace behind

S: bittersweet chocolate and espresso with vanilla and molasses weaving throughout

T: deep roasted dark malts conjure impressions of sweet espresso and molasses, suffused with melted bittersweet chocolate and vanilla extract; decadent and rich-tasting

M: dense and smooth, tingle of heat, modest carbonation on the feel, touch of sticky sweetness on the close

O: a superior stout, Russian Imperial-style - something you must try when you get a chance.

Greywulfken, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of ttroha
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Taste of chocolate, vanilla and molasses, along with chocolate and coffee. Excellent imperial

ttroha, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of ericofelipo
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%

ericofelipo, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of GarrettBoots
4/5  rDev -5.7%

GarrettBoots, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of AdamP
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

AdamP, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of harryhops
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%

harryhops, Nov 15, 2014
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 4,892 ratings.