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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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Ratings: 4113
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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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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler filled at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a deep dark black, with a sizable 2 inch head. Sticky spider-web like lacing.

Aromas include roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and a bit of something that smells like bourbon, even though it's not barrel aged.

Huge roasted malt taste here, lots of bitterness. Some chocolate covered espresso beans as well. There is a bit of an alcohol burn and sweetness, but it is integrated well and doesn't detract. Some mild tastes of earthy dark fruits. There is a richness and depth of flavor here that suggests extended barrel treatment, but it didn't get any. Awesome.

Full viscous and creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

One of the best non-BA stouts I've ever had, this one is knock your socks off good.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2014 20:50:17 | More by GreesyFizeek
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maxpower

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark black color, pours like motor oil, sweet fruity aroma of raisons, plums and chocolate, hardly any head, a few bubbles and they are brown, huge roasty malty and fruity flavors, has a thick, full mouthfeel, leaves deep roasty flavors on my tongue, this is one hell of a stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 14:05:49 | More by maxpower
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is oil black, with a nice bit of head for such a high ABV brew. The smell is sweet malt. The taste is very dark chocolatey, with hints of anise and coffee, and the alcohol is present if not necessarily overwhelming. Mouthfeel is oil-thick. Drinkability-wise, I'd want to drink more of these than I actually could!

A wonderful and rich imperial stout. Not quite as good as some of my personal favorites, it's still up there as a damn good beer nonetheless. Definitely one I'd have in the future!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 02:57:34 | More by beergeek279
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My, my, my, what have we here. Pours like a big fat cup of adult dark cocoa. Nice two finger espresso head.

Lots of chocolate and malt coming up through the vapors. Smells heavenly to this stout lover.

Tastes almost like someone tried a little homemade concoction of melted chocolate and then added some really good colombian coffee. Malts just busting out from every direction. Smoky, charcoal, ash, oak. This one has it all. A huge beer in every sense of the word. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel strikes a balance between being super fat and creamy but due to the goods winds up being fat. Not oily, just big.

Drinkability is very good for such a big beer. I could see having three of these and then calling a cab. Get you some.

JahNoth is the man with the big Bell's hookup.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 00:44:51 | More by yankeeheel
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good lord. I'm sad I hadn't rediscovered Imperial stouts sooner. This one is fantastic. Really nice pillowy head that rises when summoned, but otherwise doesn't. I like having this control.

Big nose. Fruity and chocolaty...very rich. Definately some hops in there too. Also get some nice wine maybe port notes too. Just a little 'sour' like that is quite nice.

Big flavor. Very rich. Very very nice. Like a big hunk of dark dank chocolate cake that makes ethanol run through your nose after you eat a bite...nice. Get a touch of wineyness too...just right for such a big beer. This is hoppy but just enough (which is still a ton!) to balance this beer out.

A very nice mouthfeel. Not as nice as Rogue's Imperial, just a touch on the thick side here, but still really nice...and I suppose it wouldn't be nearly as rich without it.

Actually quite drinkable. Not too bitter to wear your palette out, and just enough roasted toasty to dry out the sweetness.

A beautiful beer to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 04:15:54 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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waldowin

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this beer in a trade that resulted in a *lot* of wonderful already-cellared beers, and I suspect this one was cellared for a while as well, as the carbonation was almost non-existant, and the hops had faded back to a nice compliment to the main tastes.

Appearance - If I saw the oil in my car this color, I'd assume the car was toast. In a beer though, it's glorious. It's a rare treat to see such a dark beer, especially one so viscous. The beer in the glass literally folded around the beer pouring from the bottle. Almost no head, just a thin layer of very dark brown foam that subsided to a ring quickly, but then stuck around forever. Inky black. No light gets through, not even at the edges. This brew sucks ambient light in, darkening a room as soon as the cap is popped. With a better head, this would be the ideal appearance. I suspect this has been aged however, hindering that, so I'm only knocking off a half.

Smell - Thick, thick smell, if that makes any sense. Very faint. Biscuits, cherries and coffee.

When cold, it's an extremely smooth, slightly sweet syrup that rolls along the tongue. Chewy, smooth, and with a nice tingle of carbonation at the end. Like a black coffee with a maraschino cherry bobbing in it. Delicious. It's hard to wait for this to warm up.

Now that it's warm, a strong dough-like flavor is coming through, with some cinnamon and brown sugar. Amazingly thick and big in feel and flavor. Almost too much for my tastebuds to take, with all this biscuit, cherry, raisin, cinnamon and coffee goodness. Definitely heartburn material.

This is probably on of the best examples of a RIS I've had to date. If only we had stouts like this in my state, I'd never have to trade to find them. A huge thanks goes out to beerhandy for figuring this to be a good brew for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 06:26:03 | More by waldowin
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BlackAngus

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours like bubblin' crude oil. Very slight head that dissipated to lace quickly. Head is color of dark coffee, beer is black like, like, something really black. Crankcase oil. A QUANTUM SINGULARITY.

S - Jesus, but this is complex. Coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, no discernable hops. I could go on here, but suffice it to say it's very, very pleasantly complex.

T - Taste is coffee and roasted malts big at the front, with the other complex flavors backing it up. See the Smell portion, they're all here. I get none of the soy sauce others have picked up on, but it just may be me. Just as complex as the aroma.

M - Body on this baby is like syrup. Very full-bodied, very little carbonation. Roasted malt/coffee in the finish. Not clean, but it's not supposed to be. You taste this one for a while after you finish it.

D - Exceptionally drinkable over the long term, I don't think I could have more than one or two a day. But that's every day. :-D

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 00:02:29 | More by BlackAngus
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IntriqKen

California

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Feloniousmonk said, "this pours dark as sin".
Yep...the poet writes and the blind man sees.
Pours motor oil black but not as thick with a tan half finger that melts to a ring of sticky lacing.
Aromas are coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of dark raisins.
Taste is far more complex.
Dark fruits...mostly dark raisins and prunes,....coffee...not quite espresso but very, very dark and rich...bittersweet chocolate...a touch of vanilla....then you swallow and it's all alcohol warmth without the nasty taste going down. Aftertaste is chocolate covered raisins with a touch of bitter hops drying your mouth.
Someone PLEASE get the brothers another bottle or two to taste and hopefully enjoy this time.
This is wonderful and I can only think they had bad bottles.
Pity.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 03:50:26 | More by IntriqKen
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BMoney575

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 12-11-06
Batch: 7251
Bottled: 2-25-06

Looked fantastic pouring out of the bottle, thick and pitch black, with a good amount of carbonation to create a one-inch head that went away decently quickly.

The smell hits you as soon as the cap comes off. Dark fruits, raisin, plum, are very apparent, a malty sweetness and a good amount of smokiness make it even better.

Taste is unbelievable. Same fruit flavor up front, with the sweet malt balanced by a perfect amount of hoppiness. The finish is smoky and stays around for awhile. No noticeable alcohol taste, which shows how very balanced this beer is.

The mouthfeel is great, thick and creamy.

Drinkability is very good, it would not be hard to finish two or three of these.

Overall my favorite example of an RIS, and maybe one of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 22:32:00 | More by BMoney575
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense black with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Chocolate, coffee, and anise to the nose.

Taste of coffee and roasted malt. So smooth and decadent, with a hint of alcohol in the finish.

Coats the mouth as one of the densest brews I've tried. The taste just lingers.

Quite drinkable concidering the ABV, which is really well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 16:30:35 | More by techdiver
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle a pitch black with a medium sized head of foam that shrinks rather quickly leaving just a fine ring around the edge of the glass.

The smell is very strong but nice. There's oodles of roasted and sweet malt on the nose and also some fruitiness.

The taste is also hugely malty. Lots of roastiness and sweet caramel malt along with chocolate and hot cocoa that adds some nice bitterness that creates one heck of a complex and pleasing experience to my palate. Wow is this ever a great sipping Imperial Stout! I did have a couple bottles of it a few years back but I think I'm enjoying it more now because of my "evolved" appreciation of quality microbrews.

I'm about halfway through now and though the abv is pretty darned high, I'm not getting any of it in the taste, just some warming as it goes down. What a great brew to have on this very cold Casper winter evening...

Bottom line: A *superb* full bodied, full flavoured Imperial Stout that borders on perfection. I can't recommend this one enough!

Thanks to ColoradoBobs for allowing me to try this beauty again!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 00:37:03 | More by Bitterbill
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kenito799

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Brought back from the midwest.

Pours an opaque chocolate brown/black, hard pour raises a slowly forming, relentlessly growing chestnut brown head, which slowly recedes...beautiful lacing pattern from the start. One look and you know this is a serious beer.

Dark roasted aroma,chocolate, coffee, and interesing fresh vegetal notes, I guess it's hops. Good dark stout aromas.

This is one amazingly rich and complex brew. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate is the first impression, with some fruity (raspberries!) sweetness, and then spicy allspice-gingerbread underneath. Fantastically drinkable for such a big rich beer. The most impressive aspect for me is the long, evolving finish...a lasting bitterness from the dark roast...then floral grapefruity hoppy bitterness comes in...then your tongue continues to pulsate with flavor and bitterness for a full two minutes, the flavor keeps coming back in waves, perhaps because the rich creaminess of the brew has coated your palate and taken full command...really amazing.

A wonderful after dinner beer to savor and contemplate. This beer definitely passes the "I am so sad the glass is finished" test. The folks at Bell's have done it again...they continue to impress.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 00:50:31 | More by kenito799
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - jet black, big and creamy dark tan head. Sticking lacing. Head does not hold up that great, but readily comes back with a swirl of the glass.

S - HUGE figgy/raisin notes, some cocoa undertones, not exactly what I think of when it comes to stout aroma, but it is awesome.

T - big dark fruit sweetness to start, it just washes over your mouth like a tidal wave on a beach, but then as it recedes, a smooth chocolately finish slowly reveals itself. Hop character and bitterness are both low, although I don't see how they could possibly compete with the malt anyways.

M - Chewy, creamy, sticky, soft; just a lucious mouthfeel. Huge alcohol, but oh so refined.

D - Amazing.

I am totally blown away by this beer. I don't know if my brain and tastebuds could handle anything much bigger or complex. The best beer I have had to date.

Thanks to Demcorhip for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 19:16:49 | More by markaberrant
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black with a brown head that slowly settles. Overall rich aromas of chocolate and coffee with hints of fruity alcohol esters; smooth mouth-feel. Alcohol stands out, but is well balanced by the bold flavors. For being an Imperial Stout guy, this is my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 01:12:15 | More by barnzy78
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Arbitrator

California

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass (2009 vintage).

A: Pours a pitch black in the snifter, totally impenetrable. The head is an attractive inch of fluffy mocha-colored foam, with impressive retention for the ABV. Minutes later, it has collapsed onto thick clumps of scattered bubbles on top of the brew, with a heavy collar that deposits some lace.

S: Smoke, earth, and roasted grain jumps out at me; it reminds me of a cigar in some respects. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee, with some anise, caramel, and toffee lurking beneath.

T: The taste progression is interesting. Where I usually find the malts jump out first, this one leads the way with smoke, earth, roasted grain, and some small citrus hop character. It remains smoky and earthy even as bittersweet chocolate develops in the flavor. I find anise throughout. One of my favorite non-barrel aged imperial stouts; the combination of smoke, roasted grain, and anise just does something for me.

M: Creamy, full-bodied. Very fine bubbles that pepper the tongue slightly and assist in the slight warming effect from the alcohol.

D: It's hard to criticize this imperial stout. I find the smoke unusual, but it works somehow. I'm really impressed by this beer.

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I also had a 2008 vintage. I'd give that a 4.5 / 4.5 / 5.0 / 4.5 / 4.5 (overall 4.7 / A+). I definitely prefer this with some age.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 04:08:27 | More by Arbitrator
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joshrosborne

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of the best Stout's I've ever tried. Almost like a dessert in a glass. Good stuff.

A: Pours dark as night with a tan milky head that, after dissipating, leaves a nice tan film over the beer. Same colored lacing on the glass.

S: You get a ton of roasted malt from this. I can't smell the espresso, but the chocolate is evident. You can smell the alcohol a bit, too.

T: Almost tastes like a boozy chocolate milk at first. Finishes with a little bitterness from the roasted malts that were in the smell. A little bit of burn from the ABV.

M: Very creamy and smooth. There is a bit of carbonation, but it does nothing but enhance and deliver the creaminess.

D: You don't want to drink this quickly not just b/c of the high ABV, but b/c it tastes so damn good. I couldn't believe this was 10.5%. You can taste the booze, but I had no idea it was that high. This could be a dangerous one.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:09:05 | More by joshrosborne
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this at Whole Foods yesterday. What a fabulous stout. Worth every penny. Opaque would be a good word for how this looks in a glass, only because there isn't a word that describes something that's darker, and permits less light to travel through it. There was absolutely zero head on this as I poured it, and lacing is nonexistent. This is about as smooth as a stout gets. Subtle bourbon hints, chocolate, and coffee comprise the bulk of the flavor profile. Does NOT taste like it's 10.5% ABV. Did I mention it was smooth? What an awesome offering by Bell's. I'm so grateful I have 5 more bottles in the fridge. This is a beer I have every intention of returning to early and often.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 23:58:20 | More by Retail1LO
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin layer of tan head. Nose is dark roasted malts, coffee beans & molasses. Taste is heavily coffee malt base, dark cocoa, roasted chocolate. Well rounded and smooth with no abv presence. Highly enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout. Will definitely pick up more when I see this beer on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 17:49:39 | More by heebes
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Carloco

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A --> Beer poured darker than chocolate brown. Very caramel looking, with a very small head.

S --> Aroma is that of chocolate, syrupy, MAJOR coffee, vanilla?, and get almost a tad cinnamon

T --> Taste is coffee, chocolate vanilla, slightly bitter, very malty

M --> the mouthfeel is THICK with not much carbonation. Wonderful flavors, stay in your mouth for a while due to the thickness.

O --> Overall VERY complex beer. many different flavors and great aroma. I should have aged it a little because I hear it is even better, but regardless was awesome. Only criticism I have is that you definitely taste and smell the 10% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:45:11 | More by Carloco
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Sunn

Iowa

4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm new to the craft beer scene. I started with stouts and got sick of them. I switched to IPAs and got sick of them. When I first had this beer I was so sick of stouts I'd rather drink real motor oil than this Castrol impersonator.

BUT! After a multi-month binge on IPAs I burnt myself out. I looked into my fridge to see a few Expedition Stouts left. My brain compartments told me to drink it and I did. And it tasted DAMN good.

I'm really glad I held onto this beer and gave it another shot. It's INSANELY roasty at the beginning, but you're soon greeted by this silky smooth dark fruit flavor that balances the beer out extremely well. I feel like Barry White should be playing in the background while I write this review.

This beer's sexy. Yeeeaaah.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:12:24 | More by Sunn
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Viking

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as pitch? Black as midnight? No, those are understatements. Expedition Stout is the very definition of the color 'black'. And it's got a nice thick, brown head with excellent retention. Few non-nitro brews hold a head like Expedition Stout.

Aroma is filled with rich roasted malt and chocolate, with something spicy which I can't quite place (licorice maybe?) and a bit of coffee and caramel. Very rich and complex, very well blended aroma. Taste delivers everything the aroma offers and more. Roasted malt and chocolate form the base taste, with bitter spice and caramel blending in the middle. Finishes with a fairly strong and bitter coffee taste while holding onto the base flavors.

This beer is thick and oily. Perhaps a bit too thick, but still incredibly smooth. Surprisingly drinkable considering the thickness of the brew along with the high abv (something around 10% I think?). This will certainly be one of the brews I keep around for Sunday breakfast!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2002 18:17:28 | More by Viking
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out with a creamy sinister-looking deep dark tan head that falls upon inky blackness. The nose is a cornucopia of delights...coffeeish, leathery, chocolatey, fruity and roasty. Superb! Moving on to the taste, I get ultra rich and oily thick mouthfeel supporting a plethora of flavors such as charcoal, chocolate, strong black coffee, deep dark fruits, roasty barley, rummy notes...everything but the kitchen sink here! Finishes as long and slow as a sunset on a long Summer's day, just fades to a complex and complatitive gorgeous ending. This is a Beer among Beers!

CRJMellor, I am indebted to you for this 6-pack!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 20:54:34 | More by beerluvr
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The poured out an opaque ink black with a huge brown head I had to sip to keep from spilling over the glass. Great retention and chunks of lace left decorating the glass as I consumed this. Aroma is thick with dark chocolate and roasty coffee as well as a touch of fruit and some other unidentifiables. I will have to try and figure out more with my other bottle. The flavor was similar with a strong chocolate taste and notes of roasted malt and espresso. Dark fruits were also in the mix as well as some earthy hops. The finish was a mixed of roasted malts, hop bitterness and a slight alcohol bit. Excellent all around flavor that I couldn’t ask any more of. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Damn good drinkability here. Great all around Russian Imperial Stout that is near the top of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 15:20:10 | More by meathookjones
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Two bottles of Expedition were tasted side by side for this review. One was roughly 6 months to a year old, while the other was around 2 years old. Neither bottle showed any defect, but the 2 year old was remarkably smoother and far more caramelish as some of the roastiness and hop character had softened. Both were quite similar, but the aged bottle was stellar. This scoring for this review is based on the aged bottle, but even if the newer sample had been rated it would have scored almost as high.

A completely opaque black body is capped by a good-sized head of frothy dark tan foam with a slightly reddish tint to it. The alcohol cuts the head a bit, and it dies a slow death; but, surprisingly, it maintains a solid surface covering and the spotty and splashy lacing it leaves is very nice!

The nose is rich and bold, loaded with bittersweet chocolate, some simple, straight-forward graininess, and a whiff of citrusy hops (a little quirky - but it works!); and accentuated by a thin thread of dark fruitiness and background whiffs of espresso, dark caramel, nutty toffee, and alcohol. And although it's not overtly complex, simply based on its richness, this is a beer that could be enjoyed based on just the nose alone - although the temptation to partake of its flavors would be too great for any man to resist!

In the mouth it's exceptionally creamy and rich with a very full body and exceptionally fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation that leaves it overtly creamy and velvety smooth! WOW!

The flavor, however, is more full-throttle than that! It's almost too much to comprehend - and yet again, it never goes too far out on a limb in it's complexity. It's succulently rich, but not confusingly diverse. Upfront, rich caramel lathers the palate; followed by a mild slap of fruitiness (apple, very soft prune, figs) and notes of toffee and mocha. It's always slightly awash in alcohol (although it's never agressive); and as it crosses the palate a smear of leafy and grassy hops appears (far more so in the younger version than the 2 year old), ushering in a drying bitterness and some mild licorice flavors. It lingers in the mouth, seemingly forever, not unlike the smoke from a good cigar; an amazing cup of cappuchino; or some caramel-chocolate-coffee-and-liquor-drenched dessert. Again, this is STUNNING! This is an amazing beer to cellar, believe me!!!! Go get some now for next year or the year after!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 23:04:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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kohoutek

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark as the darkest night with a nice brown head. The foam quickly dissipates into an oil drop experiment of xylem cells and migrating plasmodium.

The beer smells of dark fruits, plums, slivovicz, cherry pits and currants. A good swirling reveals smoky roasts with layers of complexity, herbal hops, fruity acidity and chocolatey/espresso warmth. This beer is heavily ester laden. These aromas are beautifully integrated into this complex, rich beer.

The flavors are winey/vinous and maltiliciously acidic, all wrapped in a roasty, fruity, chocolately/caramel blanket.

The mouthfeel is rich, medium-thick. It is enhanced by the lively acidity, hop bitterness and low carbonation.

I have enjoyed up to four expeditions in a row (lots of time in between) and they are very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 20:27:53 | More by kohoutek
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,113 ratings.