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

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Ratings: 4,406
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 940 | 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.

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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with a thick tan head that dissipates to a think layer. Good lacing.

S - Roasted malts, cocoa. Something herb or spices in the nose. Very nice. A bit of alcohol as well.

T - Thick dark roasted malts, cacao and coffee notes. Faint hops and herbs/spices. A bit of alcohol as well.

M - Full bodied. Awesome drinkability. Great carbonation levels. Nice aftertaste.

O - Bells Expedition Stout is a fantastic Russian Imperial Stout. Another well done beer by Bells...well worth the time, expense and effort!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:22:06 | More by WMEugene
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with less than one finger of diminishing light brown foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very dark, with pure cacao and unctuous qualities prominently displayed. Depth is shown as citrus and other fruit, as well as some syrupy malt and spirit, complement the other aromas.

T: Begins sweet, with dynamic dark citrus hop aromatics and roasted grain. Acidity is fairly lively but still mild due to its abbreviated duration, with plenty of added citrus character to stay interesting on the tongue. Bitterness surges early in the middle, bracing in intensity and bordering on medicinal in quality. A lengthy denouement sees drying flavors taper off gradually, leaving boozy dark chocolate, minerality, and husky malt to linger.

M: Thick viscosity, creamy and soft but also slightly astringent on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This imperial stout combines dark yeast and grain qualities with hops that stand out amongst the more traditional elements. It is an all-around respectable contribution, though heaviness and intensity do wear the palate down after a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 00:52:50 | More by beagle75
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for hooking me up

Review adapted from notes taken 8/9/11

Appearance: Pours a jet black color, great looking tan head - leaves behind a ton of lacing - looks viscous and intimidating, just as an RIS should

Smell: Rich and burnt - severely burnt, charred malts - roasted malts, but with some lighter malts underneath that impart some sweetness - some dark fruits, some dark coffee, and some dark chocolate - some creaminess, some herbal aromas (hops?)

Taste: Burnt, burnt, burnt - yeah, it fits the style - burnt chocolate malts, char, some smoke - some roasted, dry malts, too - some alcohol - a nice amount of bitterness, from both the burnt malts and the leafy hops - dark fruits - burnt coffee shows up at the back of the mouth, adds a nice touch - fresh, this is good but very wild (taste=4), but I sense that with some aging, it will become liquid magic (taste=5), so I'm putting in a 4.5 for now (may revise later)

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of heavy - thick, chewy, semi-syrupy, could use some more carbonation, but it doesn't need it

Overall: Such a good example of an IRS

This is quite extreme, yet not at the same time. It's intense, but the flavors that are intense seem like they would mellow over a year or two of aging. This is yet another winner from Bell's. If I could get this in my area, I'd probably buy a case and age it all.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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A-dark brown with almost no head that doesn't need to fade because it didn't appear

S-some dark roast chocolate smells along with alcohol

T-a little sweet coffee and chocolate but the alcohol makes itself known here also

M-medium to full bodied but little carbonation

O-I wasn't overly impressed but I am going to cellar some and give it another shot maybe some of the alcohol will mellow a bit

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,406 ratings.