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

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Reviews: 2,049
Hads: 5,802
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 506
Gots: 1,592 | FT: 125
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

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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Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the ale I chose to celebrate my 500th review. I picked this up at Capone's in Norristown and cellared this for 6 months. Decanted at approx 45 degrees in a snifter and goblet for the sake of experiment.

A - Very, very very deep brown w/ medium brown head that appears like a sturdy tree trunk w/ rings after a swirl of the glass. The bead is ultra fine w/ a smooth cappuccino-like appearance on the foam.

M - Dry, luscious roasted malt w/ a toasted charred feel like the texture of over-roasted marshmallows. Intense spice and sweetness w/ moderately low carbonation and a decent amount of hop bitterness as the liquid is swallowed.

S - Supreme dark malt w/ heavy roast and fruit aromas. The sweet chewy malt has a creamy milky caramel aroma. There is subtle molasses and smokey wood notes w/ light spiced hop odors that round out the smell of this complex ale.

T - Dark fruit and berry flavors w/ vanilla-like oaky and slightly smokey flavored sweet chocolate cookie-like malt. The hops are pungent w/ sweet leafy and piney flavors that have a sugar coated taste. The flavors of dark crystal malt w/ roasted grains tastes as fresh as fresh brewed wort. A nice brown sugar-like note w/ a nice accent of citrus coming from the hops works in a synergystic way. There are many flavor layers w/ a dominant dark chocolate flavor that surrounds the tongue and makes this stout seem like a hoppy version of liquid truffles w/ anise spice added for good measure.

D - One of the best American Imperial Stouts I have tasted in a bottle. Just about flawless w/ a balance of hops and so much malt flavor you can't go wrong here. Even the boozy taste is within optimal range for my taste (6 months cellared) I prefer the bottled version, but I will update this when I can w/ the draft version. I can honestly say this deserves all the accolades this big stout receives.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark pour, very thick black with rich tan head. Great smell of dark fruits, molasses, roast coffee. A nice balance of roast and sweet. Taste is also very nice. Some sweetness of dark fruits and molasses up front followed by a deep roast flavor. They blend pretty effortlessly together. There is also a hop presence lying underneath, adding a nice edge. Creamy mouthfeel made of silk and and velvet. Perfect carbonation and the lightest tickle on the tongue from the faint complimentary hops. Quite drinkable and it reminds me why I enjoy this beer so much. I might have to pull out a bottle to keep that memory fresh in my mind.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black with a good 2 fingers of creamy dark brown head. Brown sticky lacing everywhere

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, leather, smoke and dark fruits.

T - Roasted malt, cocolate, bitter coffee, molasses, dark fruits, sweet candy and a touch of boozyness that actually goes well with the other flavors.

M - Thick and chewy but more creamy than syrupy. Bitter finish that lingers.

D - A very strong beer for how little you can taste the alcohol. One of the better RIS I have tasted.

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Photo of Lunch
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA into my Bell's tulip at the appropriate temperature (01/01/10).

A: Pours a deep oily jet black with a two finger cap of a cappuccino foam that dissolves slowly leaving some patchy lace.

S: Excellent bouquet of fresh espresso and dark chocolate along with a roasted malt. Some tones of milk chocolate and cocoa are present as well.

T: Beautiful flavor containing notes of fresh coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, chocolate malt, and some bittering hops. The bitterness seems to linger on the tougne for some time and continues into the finish.

M: Thick and full-bodied with smooth and creamy carbonation. None of the 10.5% abv is present at all.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the flavors are well balanced and rich. The 10.5% abv. is hidden expertly never showing itself at in the slightest.

Overall this was a truly a wonderful Imperial Stout that certainly lives up to the hype. Another quality product from Bell's and certainly one that has to tried by all Imperial Stout fans. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to c64person for sending me two of these, both bottled on "9/19/11." Thanks! I've never had this fresh (I really want to), but this apparently only gets better with time so I felt around now was a good time to crack one open. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a teku glass.

Pours not totally opaque (black with brownish tones), yet in the glass, I can barely get any light to pass through this. Looks almost solid, like hardened chocolate syrup when left alone. The mocha colored head adds to the effect, with tons of lacing sticking around with each swirl in a shrapnel coated manner. I'm impressed that carbonation is this good this late in the game - it's very elegant yet powerful in presentation. Really delightful looking and fresh I'd only imagine it looks better.

Ahhh, yes, haven't had a imperial stout that smelled like this in a while - the last one being Marshal Zhukov - it's an effect that I'd like to call the "truffle" condition that the best of these imperial stouts hold. At first, there's a chocolate truffle roasted richness (think 85% cacao), with lingering notes of peanut brittle, cashews, as well as lightly burnt toffee, molasses, cinnamon, and coffee. Underneath, there's a plethora of dried dark fruit and herbal qualities that are often found in high quality aged tannic red wines - raisins, figs, prunes, and dark cherry pits. Bright mint, peppercorns, licorice, and light spicy notes from the alcohol finish it up. Everything is wonderfully balanced, and the alcohol is hidden gracefully. Quite extraordinarily opulent, bright stuff.

Wow! This is amazingly rich, yet unlike Zhukov, not nearly as mouth coating or hedonistic - this is far more approachable, with an easy drinking texture and loads of layers of flavors that open up over time. At first, the palate is coated with a dense, dark chocolate flavor, with a powdery, melting sensation akin to eating fudge, alongside toffee, caramel, and burnt brown sugar notes. Then, the fruit flavors explode, to which my friend and I agreed it tasted like a chocolate covered raisin filled with molasses, or a coffee chocolate covered raisin or fig of sorts. Finishes spicy, with light chili powder notes, some mint, light black licorice, kirsch, and light cocoa butter at the finish. The aftertaste is powerful - goes on for a while and rewards the senses with a rich chocolate chili flavored sensation alongside the fruit. This is surprisingly medium body given the style, and it's definitely less carbonated than one would expect, but it somehow works perfectly, driving up the drinkable qualities and yet simultaneously makes this a sipper due to its rich roasted qualities, rather than the sweet qualities that your everyday RIS provides. Creamy, rich, yet very approachable. World class stuff.

This is one of the greats, and with its tremendously high aging qualities, this is perhaps one of the most unique stouts brewed in the country that is available quite often. I'd love to get a case of this and age it, but location is seriously screwing me up here. Simply phenomenally complex and easy-drinking stuff. Rewards you in the long run and sticks it to the hyped beers as any old school craft recipe should. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CSquared
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle donated by Ninjaworm

appearance: can't get any better than this for a stout. midnight black with a huge dark brown head. the head is dimpled and looks like it could suspend small objects.

aroma: bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, and slightly burnt notes.

taste: the taste is huge on this beer, with flavors of chocolate and coffee reflected in the aroma. mild notes of alcohol, amazingly few for such a big beer.

mouthfeel/drinkability: thick and chewy, this beer has loads of body. a wonderful wintertime beer. for the style, this a moderately drinkable stout

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Photo of Bumpon10s
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from batch 6811 that I let warm up a bit before opening.

A - Black with a tan head that dissapates into a bumpy lace. Looks thick before it ever hits your mouth.

S - Coffee and chocolate, sweet but with just enough roast to stop it from being sugar. For sure a bittersweet chocolate resides.

T - Roast at the very front, and very back, otherwise all chocolate. A very sweet RIS, most are a charcoal fire in my mouth. Also, if you know what you are looking for you can still get a nice hop touch out in front.

M - Outside of maybe Dark Lord, and maybe even running with that, the richest and creamiest I've had. Super thick and smooth.

D - Drinkability is outstanding, even at a more than wealthy 11.5%. I've had this a few times, and this is the first time I am reviewing it and for some reason it seems so much better this time around.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer poured into my chalice a clear, almost opaque brown-black with a thin layer of head that disappeared immediately.

The aroma was stangely faint... slightly sweet, some alcohol, no roasted character at all. And I served it at a little above cellar temperature.

This did NOT carry through to the flavor. It was not sweet at all... I got MASSIVE roasted barley, which faded to a coffee aftertaste. DAMN this was powerful. But 11.5%? Where? Sure as hell didn't taste like it. Very deceptive.

Mouthfeel was wonderful... thick, chewy, and it coated the tongue.

Drinkability... very good, but the flavor was so strong and powerful that I couldn't give it a perfect rating. I could only have one of these and I would have my fill. I would gladly go back to it, however.

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Photo of Doppel07
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, opaque and flat as Lubbock, Texas. Sorry but it ain't pretty. Aroma of licorice, soy sauce, alcohol, chocolate, black coffee, and hops. Ultra-thick and full bodied, this beer is jam packed with flavors of figs, coffee, chocolate, licorice, raisins, plums, berries, soy sauce, tobacco, smoke, port, nuts, molasses, hops, and ethanol. Evokes memories of the three-course meal gum from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory that turned Violet into a giant blueberry. The aftertaste is rich and indulgent. Lack of carbonation and ultra-complex flavor make this brew a fantastic slow port-like sipper.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at Total Wine in Tampa. Bottled 10/22/12.

A - Pours black with a one finger creamy brown head. Spotty lace and a film of retention. Expected for the style.

S - Some booze, mocha, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, roast. Complex as all hell. Sweet but with depth as well. Very inviting and let's you know what you're in for. There is a really nice chocolatey smoothness there as well that is delicate, but lovely.

T - Chocolate, roast, burnt. Way more roast, coffee, and chocolate. Less complex than aroma, but not necessarily in a bad way. Very mild alcohol notes are there. Really chocolatey after it warms a bit. Nice stuff.

M - Full body, good mild carbonation, a nice bitter/roasty finish. Coats the mouth incredibly well.

O/D - A great RIS. Wonderful complexity, rich, and strong without being noticeable. Far too easy to drink. I could go on, but it's just really good.

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Photo of dmfrench
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge, syrupy, fruity/chocolate/coffee milkshake


A: Absolute black with no highlights, even when held to a light. Crowned with a huge three finger khaki head that just stares at you, crawling all over the glass A beautiful cascade effect is the icing on the cake.

S: Dark fruit, molasses, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, a bit of burnt malt, and perhaps a hit of piney hops, in that order. A good nose, but not overly potent.

T: Huge, sweet roasted chocolate body greets you up front, with dark fruit in the middle, ending on burnt cocoa and a slight embittering hops. The finish is so long that drinking one of these usually takes me the better part of two hours.

M: Perfection... can be chewed if desired. Creamy as can be.

D: Outstanding for such a huge beer.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

awesome Imp stout!
thick dark deep brown color with chocolate tan head that's barely there (good!)
creamy mouthfeel, FULL body, low carb.
warming alc on the finish that feels great.
roasty, toasty, and with complex changes in flavor as it warms.
wait at least 6 months from bottling to try this. best after a year. keep some saved for a two year open, and you won't be disappointed.
very highly recommended indeed.

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Photo of menkros
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black motor oil. Smells of sweet dark fruit. The taste is unexpected and welcome, coffee undertones. Absolutely wonderful. 1 year old beer that pours dark brown, medium fine head, a good looking stout. Aroma up front is malty dark fruit with strong alcohol, the roasted malts come in at the end. Taste is a huge mouthfeel, this is a big ass beer, malty, alcohol, some sharpness which is a warming alcohol. With hop flavor as well. Roasted malts which go very well with chocolate desserts. I have this as a desert beer with chocolate ice cream or desserts often. try this with Ben and Jerry’s New York Super fudge chunk. Great beer one of the top ten I have had made in the US if not the world.

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Photo of jmalex
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part 2 of 2 of Bell's stout tasting session for me tonight. While the first was a sweet stout (Kalamazoo), this one is quite the change up. Either way though, tonight is a good beer night for me.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thick, chunky, motor oil black with a small but sturdy latte brown head. It falls to a hearty collar with a thin layer of bubbles.

SMELL: A fantastic balance of roasted malts, dark fruits, floral hops, and even a hint of winter spice. This is really, really nice. The various aromas work so well in balance with each other. The smells are strong and let you know you're about to drink one hell of a beer, but they don't overwhelm to the point of being offensive. Simply wonderful.

TASTE: Good lord, this one packs a punch. This beer comes out with fists a-flying, and the intensity of this is something to behold. It starts out with a full malt flavor (chocolate, roasty) and hits your taste buds with a hop bitterness to match. Flavors of sweet licorice and then coffee start to come on. The finish is bitter and roasted with strong indications of black malt and burnt coffee. Every imaginable RIS flavor can be found in this beer, and with great balance. Alcohol is detectable, but certainly not 11.5% worth.

MOUTHFEEL: This is the other striking thing about the initial taste. The thickness of this beer just assaults your mouth, forcing you to savor every last drop. Full-bodied would be a gross understatement. Now that's what I'm looking for in a RIS!

DRINKABILITY: Sadly, this beer is so hard hitting that it'll take some time to get through. And it's got to be one and done... at least for me. But that doesn't mean my one is a chore. Far from it. I will enjoy and savor this one for as long as I need to.

Bell's continues to impress. This is exactly what I think of when I want a heavy hitting Russian Imperial Stout. It simply has it all. It may suffer from being so hard hitting, but that just means I'm getting my money's worth. Thank you Bell's for giving us such a fantastic beer!

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, that's black.
They should have another word for things this dark.
I spilled a drop on the countertop while I was pouring. I think my countertop is stained now. It's black.
But not relaly much of a head. A tan head surfaced at first, but by the time I sat down, the head was gone, and didn't really bother to cling to the side of the glass, either. Oh well.
The smell is lovely. Chocolate, coffee, and jsut general sweetness. No alcohol is discernable on the nose. It's nice. Really nice.
Taste? Holy cow! Huge! Massive! Chocolate just kicked me in the face. It's sweet, but with a bitter finish. Warm on the back of the throat. Really nice.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with those same microscopic tiny bubbles that I tasted in Westvleteren beers. It's great.
But huge. Huge to the point that drinkability might suffer a bit. I couldn't imagine drinking more than one in a sitting. But what a sitting!

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Photo of lenbert
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled on 10/2012. Pours black with very slight head. The head that it has lingers a good long time!

The aroma is of dark fruits, and malty chocolate. The taste mirrors the aroma, chock filled with malty and chocolaty goodness. The mouth feel is thick and very pleasing.

This is an amazingly delicious Russian Imperial Stout, currently my favorite.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, oil hue, nearly black into my glass, with an off-white frothy head covering the top. It remains there clinging to the side and holding steady at about 1/2 inch. This beer's appearance is on point - exactly what I am looking for, it's as if this is just a very large espresso I have here. The aroma is nothing short of an absolute delight! A complex array of flavors enters my nose, such as raisin, purple grapes, cream, molasses, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a slight woody, earthiness. After a healthy gulp I am pleasantly surprised to find that the aroma was not all hype in the slightest. I initially get some fruit flavors, again the grapes, dark fruit, and also a hint of cranberry, and noticeable hops of the "grapefruit" variety. Those first aspects are then overtaken by bitter chocolate, a splash of coffee, and a more musty, yet sharp "barrel" finish. The alcohol content is not as striking as you would imagine, although the warming sensation eventually does come when you sit for a second. For the mouthfeel, of course it's relatively heavy, but it's not as velvety and full coating as I would like. Overall though its quite delicious and worth picking up because of the more prevalent fruit and hop flavors within this excellent stout. I do wonder what aging this a few years would do to it as well...

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Photo of rawthar
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

One more from my Bell's Darkside case, about two months after purchase. This is my favorite of the bunch, time to rate it.

A- As dark as a black hole, no light that enters makes it through to the other side. A finger-and-a-half capaccino head, light and fluffy slowly dissipates, leaving some of the nicest lacing I've seen, and a nice thick filmy froth on top. Beautiful.

S- Hints of chocolate and dark roasted coffee mingle and swell like a double helix around a strong backbone of booze, and a buttery loaf of whole grain bread.

T- Boozy flavor hits like a wave against a cliff during a squall, followed promptly by the billowing smoke of a tribal bonfire carrying the essence of the roasting meat of a fresh hunt. Sweet notes of the darkest caramelized sugar rendered with dripping animal fat.

M- Oily alcohol floats on the brine like the rendered fat referenced above while the creamy carbonation bubbles from the darkest depths.

D- One is enough for even the fiercest of warriors after the most viscous of battles. Undoubtedly drank by Cimmerians during the spring raids into Pictland and Vaneheim.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a beautiful pitch black with a nice frothy brown head and some lacing on the glass.

S: Dark chocolate, some toasted malt, a little black olive, Roasted malt, Dark stone fruits. Very good smelling beer.

T: Dark chocolate, Roasted malt, Dark fruits, a nice bitterness from the chocolate. Complex and fantastic.

F: Creamy thick mouthfeel, with light carbonation.

O: One of the better stouts I have had.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - At first it looks as if it's a pretty good russian stout. It has the molasses black oil look, with a faint bit of dark brown bubbles that shoot up and form a tiny ring right after the pour. It settled down too quickly though and appeared somewhat lifeless. Should have a bit more life to it.

Smell - Real BIG! Heavy burnt espresso notes, and a noticeable alcohol personality behind it. Also has that cherry oak scent to it that is present in some stouts. Hops also play their part too, backed by a bittersweet chocolate.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Smooth as silk with a sticky oily mouthfeel. I really frickin love this beer. Coffee and sweet chocolate are the biggest part of this beer, and hit you the whole way through the front half of the taste. The second half is a hoppy licorice taste with a oak and wood flavor. Maybe some vanilla dropped into to smooth things out as well. Hardly taste any alcohol at all, and it's a sledgehammer of a sipper.

Drinkability - This turned out to be a bad ass mofo of a beer, especially since I put some age on it. I can tell it did it well, as it prolly smoothed out some of the original harshness and allowed it to settle down into a smooth well rounded beauty. I expect nothing but the best from bells.

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Photo of korguy123
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into snifter.
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for sending this gem my way.
Batch code 9512 (December 2009)

Quick background story first while it warms a bit. I've been a member here since 2008 but never really participated in reviewing or forums. I used the site to check reviews and ratings of the beers around me only. Last year my brother and his fiancee drove to Iowa to spend time with their friends. There first stop was Kalamazoo... Never heard of Bell's before and off they went. Two weeks later I here of Bell's (specifically Expedition stout and Hopslam) and am floored remembering that my brother drove through there not even a week prior... been trying to hunt them down ever since, and here we are now, a year later and finally sucess. Thanks Marcus!

A- Thick black syrupy pour producing a dense two finger dark khaki head. Quickly recedes to a faint ring. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, medium roast coffee, cream, brown sugar, vanilla, faint earth and wood, slight bourbon.

T- Bitter coffee, molasses, vanilla, smoke taste reminds me of cedar grilling on the bbq. Slight cherry taste. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste.

M- Creamy and chewy. Sticky sweet on the lips after each sip. Very little carbonation (I know this was a point deduction for the Bro's but I kinda like it in this case, there is so much going on flavor wise that I didn't realize it until my third or fourth sip.

D- It's quite cold today so I decided itm was going to be a stout and barleywine day. So far this is keeping me quite warm. Come winter i could see this being a staple. The alcohol is mute in taste, and the complexity is wonderful definitely would have a hard time stopping at one or two (unless I can't make it to the fridge anymore)

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Photo of bnes09
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ink black and completely opaque. Ample amount of auburn colored foam. Exceptional retention for a beer of this strength, thanks to the hops, in part. Lots of sticky lines on the glass.

Highly complex, deep roasted aromas. Coffee and licorice. Assertive alcohol spice reminisent of a dark merlot. Smoked maple, molasses and prunes come through as well.

Spectacular flavors of dark coffee, baking chocolate, licorice, molasses, prunes, raisins, and sweet maple syrup. Hops are assertive, pungent, almost biting with a piney, soap-like bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste. Alcohol spice of bourbon rounds it out nicely. Highly complex and delicious from beginning to end.

Full-bodied, thick and chewy mouthfeel, just like a meal. Low level of carbonation is fitting.

Simply an excellent brew and a great example of the Russian imperial stout. Bell's has done it again!

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother Sean for the 12 oz purchased at the Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

Appearance - Jet black in color. Thin head, but good retention. I love the etching on the bottom of the Chimay glass, it does help produce more head.

Nose - Sweet sweet, roasted, slightly fruity- plums and blackberries.

Taste - Sweet, but not too much, roasted, very chocolately, melted brown sugar, slightly fruity, finishing with an nice roasted acrid bitterness and a slight alcohol taste. The malty, roasted, and, most prominently, chocolately flavors beat down the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, smooth, viscious and a little sticky in the finish.

Drinkability - This could be the most drinkable RIS I've ever had. The lack of a sharp or even strong alcohol taste makes it a lot more drinkable to me. Smooth and damn tasty.

Overall Impression - What a great RIS. Smooth, balanced with lots of complexity.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, poured from bottle into CBS Snifter. Pours a rich black color, nice tan head that recedes quickly. Some lacing. Beautiful so far. Smell- rich dark chocolate, molasses, roast, some mocha. Still plenty boozy. Man, after 2 yrs I would have thought this would mellow more. Its truly built for looong term cellaring, and I will be laying the rest that I have for awhile more. Taste- rich dark chocolate just coats my mouth. A touch of espresso hits the tongue and sides of mouth, followed by a nice roasty bitterness. This is just so complex. The booze doesn't present itself on the taste, it is really covered by the rich dark chocolate taste. Mouthfeel- still nice carbonation, super creamy and thick. This is a great beer. I am looking forward to seeing what else happens over time.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very good stout. Pours black with thick mocha head. Nose is subdued roasted malts. Loads of chocolate flavor with coffee up front. It is a bit "hot". Mouthful starts thin and thickens after a moment. Very chocolate milk like

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 2,049 ratings.