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

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4,519 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,519
Reviews: 1,880
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 388
Gots: 965 | 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

juanbon, Feb 26, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark khaki tan head, rich in texture. Black body with a faint brown hue.

S: Black licorice, sweet juicy fruits (cherry), dry smokey chocolate powder. Tons of roasted barley. There is a distinct 'fresh leather' aroma.

T: Creamy up front, to a delicious floral hop presence mixed with a dark fruits. Finishes with a licorice candy/boozy finish.

M: Intense viscosity, turns to syrup on the back end. Silky smooth up front. Mild carbonation and no lingering alcohol taste makes for easy drinking.

O: Not crazy over the top with flavor making it more enjoyable than most; it is trying too hard! I would put this up against any RIS.

One2Remeber, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

kspongeworthy, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

LPSteve, Feb 21, 2012
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Pat316, Feb 21, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -13%

Expedition Stout, a brew I've had multiple times over the years and never bothered to review. Time to remedy that. Thanks to pmsawyer for gifting me with this aged bottle. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears black with a brown head that fizzes fast. Just a few bubbles remain atop.

The smell is heavy of roasted grains, raisiny alcohol and a bounty of licorice notes. As it warms up, some smooth semi-sweet chocolate character evolves towards the back but there is a solid inclusion of raisiny alcohol that tingles the nose with almost a solvent touch.

The tastes hits upfront with licorice and roasty bitter chocolate. Some hop inclusion accents a dark fruity alcohol character. More sips reveal more and more solvent alcohol with some raisin, plum and a bit of roast that is earthy and faintly of coffee.

This is quite a bold, warming sipper that really hasn't mellowed with more than a year of aging. It is medium to full bodied with an enjoyably low level of light carbonation. It is a fairly enjoyable brew but I much rather enjoy a stout that focuses more on roast and dryness than big fusel alcohol that is fruity. To each their own but this one doesn't quite do it for me.

stakem, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

bishocr, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%

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

A: Pours a viscous, black...motor oil in a glass. My bottle actually gave a little "glug, glug" as it poured. Very fine looking stout...

S: Burnt chocolate and caramel is the first thing I get. Also detecting a little alcohol astringency with a little vanilla sweetness rounding out the nose. Smells like a big ass bold RIS with sharp teeth. Ready to dive in head first....

T: Chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, fine Texas BBQ...this beer is deep. So complex with wave after wave of sweet then bitter...then a gust of alcohol followed by caramel sweetness. Very complex and intriguing.

M: As the pour suggests...very viscous and creamy. Clings to your tongue and your lips. The mouthfeel on this beer is exactly on par with the best RIS's out there. So chunky and enjoyable.

O: This is a huge beer. I told a friend the other day that this is Brooklyn Black Chocolate but more complex and bigger. It's a little hot fresh but I have a couple bottles I'm going to let hang out for a while. I think some age will pair wonderfully with this beer. Very grateful to have snagged a few bottles of this big, tasty RIS and I hope to come across more in the future.

lokieman, Feb 20, 2012
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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,519 ratings.