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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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BA SCORE
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4,115 Ratings
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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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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn balloon goblet. Bottled 8/22/13.

A - Pours sludge-black with about a finger of cocoa colored head. The foam is quick to recede, save for a thick halo remaining around the edge. Impressive, layered lacing.

S - The smell is rich; full of fudge, charred mesquite, plum, and a hint of black licorice. As I let it sit, molasses and dark fruits emerge. I enjoy the complexity of malts, chocolate, and char.

T - Starts with sweet, ripe, dark fruit, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Intense bitter char follows. For the first few sips, the burnt flavor dominates and lingers. As my palate acclimates to the charred assault, coffee and roasted nut flavors become more prominent. Milk chocolate on the back end, as well as a considerable alcohol presence.

M - Thick, luxurious feel. Light carbonation. The finish is a bit hot.

O - Although not unusual for an RIS, this beer is a little bit too charred and hot for my liking. I imagine this would improve considerably with time. Overall a very good beer, but it fell just short of my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 01:14:52 | More by NoLeafClover44
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darthvohn

Texas

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass Used: Nonic Pint
Vintage: 7/26/13

Appearance: Dark as the night. Very little head on this one, however it was a milk chocolatey brown. Next to no lacing.

Smell: Boozy (especially after warming), rich dark fruits (prune and fig), chocolate-caramel scents drifting around the glass.

Taste: Chocolate, dark fruits, and boozy heat. A bitter bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, sticky, med carbonation. Creamy smooth.

Overall: Any RIS that's heavy on dark fruits and chocolate wins me over, and this one did. I only wish I would have put some age on this one. The booze was pretty strong on the nose and palate but the flavors, oh man, had me loving every drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 04:49:41 | More by darthvohn
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Jim_Benz

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12 oz. bottle (2013) poured vigorously--at cellar temp--into a shaker pint.

A: Dark brown with a one-finger tan colored head that quickly dissipated and left only small amounts of fragmentary lacing.

S: I have a cold so I wasn't picking up much beyond cocoa, some roasted malt, and a little coffee.

T&M: Rich, creamy, luxurious cocoa--not anywhere near too sweet--backed by the subtly warming presense of its not unsubstantial ABV. I wanted a little dark fruit to be mixed in but couldn't find any; maybe with age? Carbonation was just about perfect for my taste and the body tended medium toward heavy but smooth and creamy. Was a little thick on my tongue at the finish--which lingered for quite awhile-- but overall kind of pleasant. It left a taste of dry cocoa powder on the back of my tongue. The alcohol was warm but it didn't burn. Very nice.

Overall? I'm glad I still have five of these left and will probably let a few age for a year or so (still craving some dark fruit amidst that slightly bitter cocoa). I might even buy another six-pack while they're available. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:07:56 | More by Jim_Benz
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1graywolf5050

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

A: Dark brown blackish with a finger width creamy mocha head
S: Chocolate,coffee, burnt malt and a bit of hops bitterness
T: The chocolate/coffee are up front, then the burnt malt/hop bitterness, a great finish of bitterness and burnt malt. This beer really rocks your taste buds.
M: Full-bodied, bitter but a bit boozy as well
O: Over all love this beer and only draw on this beer is alcohol a bit on the high side

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 20:24:48 | More by 1graywolf5050
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled 7/26/13, poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger mocha-colored head
S: Chocolate, molasses, burnt malt and a bit of hops bitterness
T: Matches the nose, adding in alcohol. The chocolate/molasses are up front, then the burnt malt/hop bitterness, then the alcohol & a lengthy burnt/bitter (in a good way) finish. Big beer, big flavor
M: Full-bodied, bitter but a bit boozy as well
O: Love the flavors, I just wish the alcohol were a bit lower or better hidden

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 22:39:48 | More by ONUMello
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 10-22-12.

A- Dark coffee brown/black with minimal head that has descent retention. Head sits for awhile.

S- This stout starts out with figs and dark fruit, uncharacteristic of an imperial. Chocolate, molasses follows.

T- I am getting more of a baseline chocolate/simple imperial taste. Some dark fruit/fig follows then charred oak.

M- Probably the best characteristic of this beer. The M is thick, rich and smooth. Some carbonation follows down the throat.

O- Being the main part of one of my favorite beers ever (Black Note), this outshines the lesser that make up the beer (Bells Double Cream Stout).

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:09:13 | More by gueuzedreg
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RickS95

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an extremely black beer with only some lighter brown tints when held up to light. The light doesn't come through, but the faint brown only shows then. The head is gorgeous, a mocha colored pillow of bubbles. Retains very well and leaves an attractive film of lace.

The smell isn't as aggressive as I'd like, but it's all malt. No evidence of hops, just malt. A bit of chocolate and smoke.

This bottle has only beer around for five months, so the flavors haven't yet melded together. It's abundantly malty, with a nice kick of alcohol from mid-sip throughout the finish. I've got a four pack and I'm having two tonight, so I expect when I have the next two bottles this score will go up. Currently, there's little complexity as it goes simply from malty to boozy.

Smooth is the word of the day. It's exceptionally smooth and creamy. An initial blast of sweetness precedes the heat from the alcohol, as well as the bitterness from the alcohol and the chocolate. The finish is both warm and dry, and lingering. Full bodied creaminess. It's so soft for such a strong beer.

While a bit bitter and relatively high in ABV, it's quite easy to drink. As it warms more and more sweetness comes out, making it even more drinkable. I've never seen this in town before so I'm really excited to know I can age a couple more bottles for the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 04:09:21 | More by RickS95
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - One of the darkest pours I've seen. Nice dark brown head, about 2 inches worth, and lingers nicely.

S - More complex smelling than a lot of the Russian / Imperial stouts. Alcohol, raisin, caramel, toffee, and vanilla notes.

T - Sweet vanilla, bitterness, toffee, bourbon, and slight malty flavor.

O - It's big, complex, and full of new and interesting flavors with each gulp. I can't wait to see how this beer changes with age. I'll be sure to cellar a few for later. It's not an every day beer, but I would certainly get this one again. Great for cold winter nights. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:40:17 | More by Bowers-Brew
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I seriously have to upgrade my previous 3.75 rating from last summer. Perhaps that bottle at the Come Back In (Madison) last June was oxidized and old. Even more likely, I simply drank it too cold (and without a glass). Whatever the case, the specimen I'm now this moment holding in my hand is fabulous.

A fairly aggressive pour into a tulip glass gives a small head, w/ almost no lacing (a sign of high abv, with slippery solvent alcohol refracting on the glass). The aroma is still remarkably weak (though subtly rich with a quiet majesty--just too quiet). I get in the nose a woody alcohol, plus uncooked pasta. And a bit of leather (but in a good way; I don't know how that's possible, as I detest leather in beer).

But the flavor in the mouth, wow, that's a different story. Incredibly complex. The flavors oscillate between a balance of bitter and sweet: burnt coffee and milk chocolate, black licorice and caramel, honey-baked ham and oatmeal-raisin. Wait, that last pair are both sweet. Plus an alcohol heat and an odd salt that helps cut the sweet.

A fullish-bodied, slick-viscous texture like warm maple syrup. Yet that creaminess is leavened by a mild to moderate carbonation, even as the pour in this tulip glass has risen to room temperature.

Update: several hours later, I'm getting the aroma, now, from the mouth of the empty bottle. Orange peel, black pepper, black cherry juice, unripe tomato, and dopplebock malt.
Update
On tap at Fischman Liquors

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:00:12 | More by martyl1000
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merman69

Arizona

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured very dark, with a nice thick brown head that stuck around for a while. Smelled great, with a nice roasted aroma. Notes of coffee and chocolate. However, was dissapointed once I took a sip.... it is SICKLY sweet! I almost couldn't drink it. The flavor was good, what I would expect from a nice dark stout like this, but the sweetness was too much and by far overpowered the experience. So sweet that I didn't even realize it was a 10% ABV selection until after I had a few sips.

I've heard good things from their other stout, but I don't think I'll be having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 01:43:14 | More by merman69
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draheim

Washington

4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (code 10068) poured into a snifter. Just pulled another one of these out of the cellar, sent by BucketBoy in December 2010. Thanks again!

Pours an opaque pitch black with a mocha head that dissipates immediately, leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface. Leaves oily legs on the glass.

Aroma is intensely dark, bitter roasted malt, rich chocolate, and booze. This isn't barrel-aged, but it almost smells like it is.

Taste is bitter, oily, rich, and boozy. A nice balance of some very intense elements but like a dark chocolate torte, I wouldn't want this in large quantities. 12oz is perfect.

Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

Overall this is a solid representation of a classic Russian Imperial Stout. A straightforward, no-nonsense, very enjoyable example of the style. Probably my favorite non-barrel-aged imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 20:38:10 | More by draheim
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spark3148857

California

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage poured into a snifter:

Pours a viscous black with a beautiful creamy mocha coffee colored head. Head dissipates quickly leaving only a ring of bubbles. Smells of roasted malt, char, burnt coffee, dark cocoa, with a graininess. Taste is well balanced with a nice chocolate coffee burnt flavor upfront. Not overly sweet, instead there is a solid wall of bitterness on the back end of the palate that lingers. Mouthfeel is as would be expected. Overall, an excellent RIS, though maybe a step behind Founders.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 06:20:09 | More by spark3148857
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n2185

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in July of 2013

A: Pours black with half a finger of light brown head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, creamy coffee, and some dark fruit aromas dominate here. There are some graham-like aromas as well.

T: Roasted malts here as well with semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. There are some slight dark fruit flavors and a bit of char towards a finish that is sweet and slightly boozy.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and smooth. It's a little sticky-sweet feeling as well.

O: A good imperial stout overall. Viscous and tasty with a good amount of depth.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 04:38:45 | More by n2185
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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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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours very little head but still leaves a nice brown ring around the inside of the glass. Despite the lack of head, the beer still leaves some nice lacing. The beer is less of a pitch black and more of a very dark brown similar to dark chocolate. Unlike other Russian Imperial Stouts, the beer appears to have smooth surface. The beer has a strong sweet dark chocolate smell but with bitter undertones such as cocoa and the occasional hint of smoke. Additionally, the smell has hints of booziness with slight fruity hints. The smell is not very strong but is certainly complex. Unlike the smell, the taste is extremely strong and complex. The strongest flavors appear to be roasted malts and cocoa but become subtly overwhelmed by a dark chocolate taste at the end. The beer also has a slight boozy and vanilla taste as well that complements the other notes. The mouthfeel is very smooth and rich. Even though the beer is full-bodied, the beer is not heavy. Rather, the feel is more present that you know its there but not so much that it overwhelms. Overall, an excellent beer despite its price range and worth getting and aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 03:33:07 | More by HattedClassic
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a minimal head of coarse mocha bubbles that settle teasingly on the brink of dissipation. The beer features a deep molasses color even as it streams from the bottle, which is generally a sign of quality in stouts as far as I'm concerned. The aroma smells of molasses, dark fruit, toasted bread crust, and shades of alcohol that singe the nostrils slightly. Shades of raw sugar emerge with subsequent acquaintance as well.

Bold flavor greets you like a kick in the teeth upon sipping. Molasses-like sweetness is offset by bittering roast, alcohol, and a healthy dose of peppery, herbal hops. These constituents engage recklessly at first before settling into an appreciable stasis. The bite on the front end is nearly caustic, but the rich sweetness of the malt staves off total annihilation just in time. The finish, once it is finally revealed, affords a very nice roasted character with shades of bittersweet chocolate. The body is full, and the mouthfeel lush and wholesome, the way a stout should be.

This is definitely a slow sipper, even for an imperial stout. The upshot is that it's rich, full beer brimming with the bold flavors expected of the style. The bite of the hops is slightly excessive on the front end, but it's not a fatal transgression by any stretch. It's certainly the best thing I've had by Bells, which typically struggles to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 02:16:12 | More by MaximalC
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MaxAdvo

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a very dark, almost black, with deep, dark reddish hues. Almost no head, but don't let that fool you.

S - The smell is slightly off-putting of rubbery leather, but also with a dark, roasty, chocolately coffee.

T - Here's where she pulls on through! It's very robust, full of roasty, Brazilian-like coffee bean. Also a slight of dark fruits. Very similar to Oskar Blue's Ten Fidy.

M - Don't be fooled with having almost no head because you feel the carbonation. It's not overpowering, and has a very creamy fill. Very pleasant with lingering notes of dark coffee and chocolate

O - A very great imperial stout! I really enjoyed this, and will definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 01:53:16 | More by MaxAdvo
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Brenden

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick and rich, this midnight-black stout looks every bit as big as the any RIS could strive to be. It's got the motor oil viscosity that makes these beers so appealing, not to mention great for cold weather. The brown head forms a solid cap between one and two fingers high with lots of density to it. It drops fairly chunky lacing rather plentifully.
The aroma doesn't pop out of this brew, but it is big. It's heady, too, some sweeter sort of rum-like booziness tempting the nostrils along with some moderately bitter, somewhat milkier chocolate, almost smoky roast, and mostly sweet dark fruits with a touch of tartness. It's almost complete, and some char tickles the nose a bit much, but this is nice regardless.
The big malts start off with sweeter notes of toffee and vanilla even as the chocolate comes in along with coffee grounds, not spent but not quite fresh. Still, this is very tasty stuff, and the alcoholic heat is kept pretty well in check as well. Char comes out with the roast in the middle, while the blend of dark fruits rounds out the finish.
Where this beer really shines is the feel. If ever I was tired of middle-of-the-road breweries brewing a medium or barely full-bodied RIS and I needed something I knew I could find, there's no question this substantial, robustly-bodied beauty would do it. It coats the tongue almost luxuriously but doesn't sit too heavy though it's seriously thick and rich. A little char adds a drying note into the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 22:42:19 | More by Brenden
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krustster

Michigan

4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle (fresh).
Very dark brown, not quite black but close. Not quite as syrupy in appearance as some imperial stouts but still nicely thick. Big, fluffy, dark brown head that stuck around for a good few minutes with lacing that sticks all over the glass. Very appetizing appearance.

Smell is "big chocolate and coffee with a lot of roastiness" (feels stupid saying that, but it's accurate). This one is a lot stronger on the chocolate elements than any I've had, second to Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout, and this one isn't even made with chocolate as far as I know. Just the right hint of alcohol to bring things together.

Taste is amazing. As usual it follows the nose, with lots of dark chocolate up front, coffee second, not a lot of the expected "dark fruits" but some reasonably strong bitterness. The first time I tried this it seemed more bitter than it does now. Drinking it again I can tell how perfectly balanced this thing is. The alcohol is well hidden but at the same time it comes out in the finish with just the right amount of heat to seal in the flavor, a phenomenon that I absolutely love and is the main reason I prefer high ABV brews. This has just the perfect level of heat washing over your tongue but never becomes "boozy" (which isn't a bad thing in itself). Everyone keeps screaming about how good this is with age on it. Well, I have a six pack left over that I plan to save for a while, but when it tastes this amazing fresh, I don't know how long that sixer is going to last.

Mouth feel, which I already covered in the tasting notes, is near perfect as well. The carbonation is just high enough, the alcohol heat just high enough, and the viscosity just thick enough to stay on your palate for a long time after each sip.

Overall this isn't quite perfect but can still be called an absolute masterpiece from Bell's. I wish I had bought more than I did while it was available so I could age a bunch of it while still blasting huge amounts in its current condition, because it's pretty amazing as-is.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:31:39 | More by krustster
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Cyrion

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint three months after bottling.

Appearance: Looks like used motor oil, thick, dark and viscous. Dark tan head with tiered lacing on sides.

Smell: Sweet cocoa and some dark fruit. Nice.

Taste: Very chocoately starting out. Tends to overwhelm other flavors. Some chocolate-covered cherries, as well as some smoky wood taste. Some coffee flavor begins to appear in time, but is not prominent. A bit of alcohol heat begins to make its presence known, but the chocolate and other flavors try to hide this, and do pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Very, very thick and heavy. More than just chewy.

Overall: A good chocolatey stout, but a lot of the flavors are buried under the chocolate, and this hides the complexity. Gooey goodness, but this beer retains a good deal of its mystery.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:31:48 | More by Cyrion
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Kelly88

Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 6 month old bottle into a Bruery Snifter.

A- after an initial slow pour I dumped the rest of the bottle to create a nice mocha colored one (fat) finger head. After ten minutes there us still a nice foam skim encircled by a khaki ring. The body is a black coffee and totally opaque.

S- best thing about this beer. You put your beak in your glass and this beer blows you away. Hits you with unroasted coffee and blasts you with chocolate. A deep wiff must be what Gustaf smelled moments before he fell into the chocolate river. Two dimensional but done very well.

T- The taste is less attractive then the smell for only one reason and that is the heat of this beer. You are greeted by a dark chocolate wave with a beautiful under tow of dark coffee and even a welcome pinch of pepper that holds it together. After all of these great flavors you are walloped by all 10.5% and your beer turns into a nice Kentucky Bourbon. Cellar this beer at least a beer if you have the willpower.

M- medium weight that is silky. Like drinking milk. In this case bourbon infused chocolate milk. There is a nice touch of carbonation that arises from the black depths to give your tongue a tingle.

O- a world class beer that needs time to develop. But a t 6 months it is a beer best enjoyed in a cold night when you need warm me up.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 22:22:36 | More by Kelly88
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from bottle to tulip glass
A-pours dark black with a tan head that dissipate
S-rich aromas rich roast malt, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and hops
T-very similar to the smell, but taste caramel now
M-full bodied, sticky and thick. Can't taste the alcohol
O-great imperial stout very smooth smell, taste and palate. Great beer even thou I don't drink coffee

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:16:21 | More by reebtaerG
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walkinginplace

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Being a fan of Bell's Brewery and having read all the hype on Beer Advocate for Bell's Expedition Stout I expected to really enjoy this one but I can't say that I did.

A: Thick and as dark as I have seen, strong head, seriously pitch black though

S: Strong coffee and dark chocolate smell, pretty much what you would expect

T: Syrupy would be the first word I would use. This tasted very thick like chocolate syrup (more so than I would have liked or expected). Heavy dark chocolate taste but not as heavy on the coffee taste as one might think. Not terrible but definitely not as good as I had expected.

F: Creamy and syrupy would sum this up nicely. Thick to say the least.

Overall: Not a fan. Taste was OK and the smell was excellent but the mouthfeel is simply too thick to enjoy much. My least favorite Bell's brew thus far.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 20:52:39 | More by walkinginplace
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black in color, with a nice finger tan head at the top that leaves some nice retention of lacing around the glass as you drink it, beautiful looking.

S: Strong espresso notes up front with a slight hint of chocolate on the tail end, very pleasant nose on this one, lots of roast and a bit of dark fruit.

T: Very sweet on the tongue at first, sweeter than the nose, a nice bitterness up front that warms up with the alcohol after you take it down, very good taste.

M: Slick and sticky, mid carbonation, warming aspect to it as well.

O: A fantastic brew, well balanced, the alcohol is very present but not overpowering in any shape or form, Bells never dissappoints.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 17:08:03 | More by thedoubler55
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jpro

South Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (12-27-12) poured into a tulip glass...

A: Pours super viscous; black; mocha, one-finger head; no head retention; no lace; looks like a big, powerful, imperial stout.

S: Thick layers of malt aroma; dark chocolate; rich caramel; fudge; coffee.

T: Sweet malt / molasses; roasty charred malt; a hodgepodge of chocolate; coffee; finishes with a touch of smoke; hop bitterness is impressive.

M: Full bodied; low-moderate carbonation; sticky on the palate and sweet; creamy and viscous.

O: Wow. One of the best Russian imperial stouts around! Have a couple more that I'll let age for awhile.

*from notes 11.05.13

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 17:24:55 | More by jpro
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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