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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,303 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,303
Reviews: 1,979
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 446
Gots: 1,290 | FT: 93
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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3 month old bottle poured into snifter, bought an extra bottle to cellar until next year

A: Nice tan head that dissipates quickly, lacing on side of glass, deep black color with brown tinges on side of glass

S: Strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Extremely strong smell and one of the best smelling beers I've experienced

T: Almost sweet taste, without a nice amount of bitterness for the style, deep roasted malt with espresso undertones, dark fruit notes expressed as well

M: Extremely creamy mouthfeel without a lot of carbonation, really enjoyable texture with a thick mouthfeel

O: One of the better Imperial Stouts that I have had, but not the best, looking forward to aging a bottle!

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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

6 month old bottle

A: Pours close-to-oil black - thick, opaque. Really nice lightly burnt mocha head, very creamy - good lacing and retention.

A: Really hoppy and roasty, can definitely tell it's fresh. Grapefruit citrus and some pine, heavily roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Follows the nose well, but is more rich and intense. Big espresso and bitter dark chocolate notes, the hops are not as present and enhance the bitter stout characteristics. Very creamy and smooth. Almost an ash flavor on top of the roasted coffee. Fantastic tasting beer, can definitely imagine it settling and balancing with age.

P: Full and creamy. Very soft carbonation, syrupy smooth.

O: A fantastic fresh impy stout, can imagine it getting much better. Awesome beer

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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12 oz. bottle poured into a Firestone snifter. Batch 10068, 12/17/2010.

Appearance - Inky viscous black that yields only the slightest tinge of brown at the edges. Not much of a head. Thin khaki collar around the edge with just a lonely dime-sized island of foam roaming the surface.

Smell - I can smell the molasses from the open bottle. Tons of molasses. A stronger sniff unveils booze, licorice, and ashy burnt malt.

Taste - Ridiculous molasses again. Really creamy in the middle with just a little bit of sweetness and then the onslaught begins. Licorice, dark fruits, the darkest chocolate. Burnt pieces of chocolate, really. Ashy and extremely bitter. Booze comes back at the last gasp and bites the throat.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, boozy, nearly acrid in its ashy bitterness. And yet it manages to be creamy and delicious.

Overall - Every complaint I have ever had about fresh Expedition Stout has turned into an attribute in this bottle. Two years has done this very well.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,303 ratings.