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

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4,344 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,344
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 367
Gots: 935 | 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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AndyH

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-23-2013 00:01:49 | More by AndyH
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MADPolo

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-22-2013 23:15:50 | More by MADPolo
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lucasj82

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-22-2013 22:39:58 | More by lucasj82
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Tom-Peters

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-22-2013 21:56:59 | More by Tom-Peters
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-22-2013 20:12:20 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Brew33

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-22-2013 19:55:34 | More by Brew33
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ejyoung

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-22-2013 19:02:14 | More by ejyoung
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oregone

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-22-2013 16:38:25 | More by oregone
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-22-2013 16:36:12 | More by HopsHopenstein
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kevanb

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 1/18/2012 poured into a Bell's Tulip.

The beer pours a lovely jet black color, very opaque, hues of cola brown when struck by the light, a very thin, fizzy, caramel colored head appears but dissipates almost immediately leaving behind no lacing. The aroma is really great, loads of dark fruits, cherry, raisin a touch of plum leads to a nice sweet malt layer with just a touch of burnt coffee that lingers ever so nicely. The flavors are even more complex and rewarding, Cherry and raisin are very pronounced, touches of plum and fig behind them, with a bit of sweet vanilla that leads to some rich dark grain. Roasted coffee and a bit of charred wood comes out towards the finish that is wonderfully bitter with just a nice lingering alcohol heat. The body is rich and full, medium carbonation which is a bit higher than I expected it to be, but not distraction with a nice easy finish with a pleasant warming as it goes down.

Verdict: An exemplary Russian Imperial stout and in my opinion, the benchmark for the style. The flavors have continued to increase in complexity and depth and the alcohol has mellowed substantially, a real treat to savor and enjoy on a cold winter night. Anyone who loves a good stout really needs to seek this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 03:29:40 | More by kevanb
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WebGuyMike

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Prospero

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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BeastLU

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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jampics2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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badboy7113

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-21-2013 11:47:39 | More by badboy7113
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ab39z

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -76.4%

01-21-2013 02:44:48 | More by ab39z
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amrozga

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-20-2013 23:22:22 | More by amrozga
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Blueribbon666

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-20-2013 12:54:29 | More by GrindFatherBob
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Keener

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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dragoondingus

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-20-2013 01:36:14 | More by dragoondingus
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screamking

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at The Party Source, 12oz poured into snifter.

Look-pours dark very dark, close to black with a creamy light brown head. 4.5

Aroma- malt, whole bean coffee, small bit of cinnamon, over baked sugar cookies. 4.5

Taste-Big roasted coffee bean, heavy on the dark chocolate, less malt then expected,little bit of char at the end. 4.5

Feel-thick/syrup, alcohol is there, dryness in the finish. 4.25

Overall-this is powerful stuff, I think it could use some age on it which I intend to do. That being said it is a very good representation of this style. Warms you to the bone. A heavy hitter for sure. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:09:41 | More by screamking
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Fanhitter


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass, poured from a bottle aged 10yrs+

Looks a thick, sepia-black brew, as to be expected. The head on this was a solid half inch of creamy, thick, brown bubbles. The pour itself was a thick, syrupy event.

Smells faintly of berry, sweet grape and currant. With a blindfold on, I'd say this was a barleywine. As it warms however, the coffee/chocolate nose becomes more prevalent, but a musty sweet smell exists until this is gone.

Tastes like a creamy, single origin dark chocolate with a faintly sweet sip. The aftertaste is far sweeter than the draw, and maltier too. A bitter/burnt cold SO coffee flavor is present as well, finished with a very faint port grape flavor. It's big, and pairs nicely with the birthday cake on the table. Happy birthday DAD!

Mouthfeel is syrupy, but oily rather than sticky. It's easy to drink, but this begs to be savored. Coats the tongue, but not the teeth.

Overall, I remember getting this bottle (and others) for my birthday many years ago and not being into it, as, at 21 I was a die-hard Guinness drinker. Still love the Guinness, but can appreciate bigger flavors and age has done this well. Gives me a serious lesson on aging big beers, especially after the resinated cake of solids on the bottom needed a drop of water to break up. Even though I'm still not the biggest fan of big imperial stouts, I'd love to try another aged bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 23:46:03 | More by Fanhitter
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,344 ratings.