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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

4,400 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,400
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 940 | 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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JDizzle

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 oz pizour, bottled 9/26/11

Looks really dark, as in black night! Head is dirty brown and chokes the rim and holds on tight for the ride.

The smell is a somewhat of a let down for me. It smells like alcohol and a little chocolate, rasted malts and maybe burnt coffee.

It taste like a full bodied stout that has chocolate notes to it with a big alcohol presence. Chocolate and malt arte there, but is overwhelmed by alcohol.

The taste is very thick with a reasted malt that dominates with a little chocolate and malt, but the alcohol is present more than not. solid effort.

Drinkability is so-so with a bitter aftertaste that lingers from the hops and a bitter chocolate and alcohol aftertaste that lingers a tad too long.

Not a homerun, but a solid effort by Bell's!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 15:10:39 | More by JDizzle
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Thecherryman

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-10-2013 00:48:54 | More by Thecherryman
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BeerMeBrah

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-09-2013 23:19:38 | More by BeerMeBrah
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aaronblain22

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-09-2013 22:27:34 | More by aaronblain22
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SlamLord

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-09-2013 21:51:48 | More by SlamLord
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-09-2013 20:00:48 | More by ChopsMeister
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EdelweissDad

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-09-2013 00:36:39 | More by EdelweissDad
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shep8821

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-08-2013 17:50:40 | More by shep8821
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Coduhhh

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-08-2013 06:16:31 | More by Coduhhh
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averagejake872

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-08-2013 02:14:03 | More by averagejake872
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elchingen

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-07-2013 23:24:38 | More by elchingen
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BKArmstrong

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-07-2013 03:42:25 | More by BKArmstrong
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-07-2013 02:25:02 | More by tdmccarthy
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-07-2013 01:50:50 | More by hollywood_15063
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Japple

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-06-2013 21:47:21 | More by Japple
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Dara


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-06-2013 21:08:11 | More by Dara
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JBGOODE

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-06-2013 18:43:18 | More by JBGOODE
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-06-2013 06:15:49 | More by KevinGordon
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aflies

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-06-2013 03:42:40 | More by aflies
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-05-2013 23:36:14 | More by reitzbrewing
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RandomBattle

New York

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle (not sure as to the vintage), poured into a Bell's tulip. Bam!

Appearance - Oily and inky black RIS body, with almost no head, granted I did pour it very carefully.

Smell - I seem to get a large amount of dark fruits, think plums and dates, along with soy sauce. This beer specifically, I have always gotten soy sauce from, not unappetizing just there. After revisiting I get some nice roasty chocolate odors with some subtle hops.

Taste - Nice bitter dark chocolate flavors, followed by dark fruit flavors. Even though I always smell soy sauce in this one I never taste it. This beer has such a wonderful bittersweetness that is amazing and I feel separates it from other RIS'.

Mouthfeel - Full, mouth-coating, and smooth. This beer is liquid velvet. A treat and a sipper.

Overall - This beer is great and thankfully I can get it online when it's available since Bell's doesn't distribute to NY.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:26:41 | More by RandomBattle
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Casedogg43

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-05-2013 00:08:50 | More by Casedogg43
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LouDogg114

Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-04-2013 23:22:36 | More by LouDogg114
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shahn

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-04-2013 21:08:56 | More by shahn
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A -Pours an impenetrable black with a three finger bubbly white head. Left a ton of lacing.

S - Huge chocolate on the first sniff, followed by some cocoa. A second sniff yields sweet dates and chocolate covered cherries. The smell ends with moderate boozyness.

T - Sweet dark coffee up front along with dark chocolate covered cherries and dates. Alcohol also makes it's presence known.

M - Creamy body with light carbonation.

O - Overall, this was a great stout. Only complaint is that I wish the sweetness were toned down a bit. It would do wonderfully with some age.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 07:50:40 | More by SometimesIfart
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,400 ratings.