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

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Ratings: 4,476
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 383
Gots: 951 | 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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Photo of afrokaze


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Thanks to hmmm for this one! Love my Stone IRS Snifter for big stouts. Enjoying this along with True Grit.

Deep ruby brown but not quite black with a finger of tan head with decent retention and some lacing.

Layers of deep roast coffee, earthy malt sweetness, dark chocolate, plus a bit of rum/bourbon barrel-ish character that I know isn't really there.

Tons of roasted chocolate malt, earthy grains, toffee, hints of vanilla and toasted marshmallow, plus a noticeable amount of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, lots of body and appropriately low carbonation. A bit chewy and sticky but not overdone. A nice bit of burn but maybe a bit too much.

Really amazing for a regular release RIS. Reminds me of Ten Fidy in body and ABV (obviously), pleasantly hot but I can imagine it being an A+ beer in a year or two. Wish I could get this on the regs out here on the best coast.

02-09-2012 05:16:53 | More by afrokaze
Photo of msarver16


4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-09-2012 05:02:56 | More by msarver16
Photo of iabeerbaron


3.15/5  rDev -25.5%

Picked this beer up at Dirty Johns in Iowa City, IA. Beer pours a dark black color with a thick dark brown head. Smell is of roasted malts and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, malts, coffee, and carmel. Very intense flavor and very intense beer. Not sure if I was ready for this one yet.

02-08-2012 19:30:01 | More by iabeerbaron
Photo of drperry11

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-08-2012 05:44:20 | More by drperry11
Photo of Fitzmke


4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-07-2012 21:57:13 | More by Fitzmke
Photo of mfield14


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-07-2012 04:36:06 | More by mfield14
Photo of mpdrago


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-06-2012 05:07:46 | More by mpdrago
Photo of PEIhop


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-06-2012 02:17:57 | More by PEIhop
Photo of jfcaa193


5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-05-2012 20:02:58 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of gomejar


3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-05-2012 15:47:30 | More by gomejar
Photo of will1256


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Batch number 9554 (January 2010).

Pours jet black with no light whatsoever making its way through the side of the glass. Half finger of tan head quickly dissipates, leaving very little lacing.

Nose is excellent, lots of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and hints of dark fruits/cherry.

Follows the nose - first taste is coffee and sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla, slight roasty bitterness at the middle and finishes with more coffee, chocolate and a bit of booze-soaked cherry. The cellar has been kind to this one - definitely smoother and more mellow than the fresh stuff, which can be a little hot imho.

Nice full body, low carbonation, exactly right for the style.

Overall a fantastic RIS, one of the best ones out there. Wish I had a few more to see what another few years would do.

02-05-2012 03:39:37 | More by will1256
Photo of BeRanger


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders Snifter.

A: Pours jet black, a rim of mocha colored head. Slight spotting, no real lacing.

S: Smells of Chocolate, Vanilla, subtle cherries, roasted malts and a little bit of alcohol.

T: All the flavors come through wonderfully, no real alcohol taste - the chocolate and vanilla kind of linger on the back-end. It finishes very smooth.

M: Full-bodied with low carbonation.

O: Wonderful stout by Bells - this is a great warm-up to the Bells Black Note I was able to score today. This is certainly another must have on release - glad to see such great beers by Bells that are readily available in their respective markets.

02-05-2012 00:34:06 | More by BeRanger
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-04-2012 22:51:00 | More by dgfishhead36
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-04-2012 07:52:53 | More by Durb777
Photo of dudeabides76


3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-04-2012 01:44:11 | More by dudeabides76
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-04-2012 00:26:17 | More by BHansen214
Photo of jtingue

New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

Bottle dated 11/1/11. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Pitch black, with a slightly red tint when held up to the light. Pours with a huge 4 fingers of frothy brown head. Lacing is great.

Smell. Coffee and chocolate are dominant. Some roastyness and grassy and earthy hops in the distant background.

Taste. Starts out roasy with some lingering yeasty flavors. An intense sweetness builds with an equally intense chocolate flavor. Some moderate bitterness comes in to dull down the sweetness. Roasted malts join this into a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel. Very thick in body. Carbonation is moderate.

Lots of huge flavors here. Cant wait to see how this is with some age on it.

02-04-2012 00:17:01 | More by jtingue
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-03-2012 19:05:39 | More by chrispoint
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-03-2012 18:35:41 | More by whitekiboko
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Bottled Sept 26, 2011.

Beer is jet black and a large cocoa coloured head sits atop. Dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving some lacing.

Smell contains roasted malt (actually some burnt scents), some alcohol, vanilla, coffee. Nice.

Taste is excellent. Lots of roasted malt, nice dark chocolate flavours, burnt caramel, and what tastes exactly like roasted marshmallows. There is an ice cream place near me that makes a roasted marshmallow flavour and this tasts like a much less sweet version of that in some respects. I love that flavour and this beer! Alcohol is present and noticeable, especially at the end, but in just the right amount. Just fantastic.

Full bodied, low carbonation, rather oily.

Overall, a terrific beer. The smell is nice but the taste is just excellent. I look forward to experiencing the apparently excellent aging abilities of this one.

02-03-2012 03:19:51 | More by jrenihan
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-02-2012 23:37:26 | More by danoeltico
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-02-2012 21:37:12 | More by redfacedshooter
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-01-2012 23:46:06 | More by fountainofyouth
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-01-2012 14:11:22 | More by jhimstedt
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-30-2012 17:57:57 | More by time4abeer
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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