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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
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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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BrewmanCapote

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-04-2013 05:25:33 | More by BrewmanCapote
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like all imperial stouts this beer is pitch black. The dark tan had head dissipated very quickly to a thin ring around the edge of my snifter. I can some carbonation coming up the edges, not very much but it's there.
The aromas that I'm picking up are all coming from the malt base. I get chocolate, roasted malt as it warms I was able to pick up the fruity esters of the yeast and alcohol.
Again the flavors are malt related, chocolate, roasted malts and as it warms the alcohol. The roastiness lingers on he palette for a good long while.
Full bodied for sure. It's mouth coatingly smooth with malt flavors that run deep. The finish is rather dry and it lingers for awhile.
This is a very good malty based imperial stout. This has a nice roastiness and cholateyness about it. The feel is great and I'm excited about the prospect of this aging in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:48:48 | More by JCaweinstein
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rtaps

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-03-2013 20:45:22 | More by rtaps
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boot11222

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-03-2013 19:41:33 | More by boot11222
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dsauter

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-03-2013 09:27:15 | More by dsauter
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anjah

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this aged three years from peabody's personal favorites collection. Nice, sweet smell and very dark color but not much head. Pretty strong but goes down smooth and rich with notes of chocolate/cocoa. Only complaint is that the after taste is a bit bitter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:34:12 | More by anjah
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miked563

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-03-2013 02:51:21 | More by miked563
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Nicolas_James

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2013 22:31:02 | More by Nicolas_James
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mtbdonn

Colorado

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

I nice extra from a great trader, Envelopes, poured into my favorite Struise tall tulip glass.
A-I started pouring a little agressive with the initial lack of head and it ended up overflowing (Idiot, I hate wasting beer!) So big lacing, but did carry through consumption.
S-Aroma has a ton of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and some dark fruit in the finish. Maybe a little smoke?
T-Very complex, usual suspects like coffee, molasses, and chocolate, but big combination of roasted malts which seem to take on coffee and chocolate notes with each different sip. I know they advertise big hops, but a bit too much hop bitterness on backside for my stout tastes. Very little alcohol from the 10%+ ABV.
M-Smooth, a little thick, creamy, nice carbonation, finish is a touch dry.
O-Overall an awesome beer! Now to pursue more!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 19:21:22 | More by mtbdonn
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2013 19:07:57 | More by Budinetz
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, a bit of sweetness. Taste is the same, chocolate, some hops, a bit of coffee, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 10:07:31 | More by tone77
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xdtfx

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-02-2013 09:21:50 | More by xdtfx
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JonNunes

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-02-2013 08:48:02 | More by JonNunes
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Typical stout appearance. Nice fluffy mocha head. Btl 10/2012

Initial pour has cola aroma and as it warms, turns into a milky sweet coffee with roasty malts.

Chocolate upfront with a hoppy alcohol back. Coffee through the nose lingers. Milk chocolate, smoky malts, raisin, brown sugar and alcohol heat. Some bitter black licorice. Do get a molasses presence.

Mouthfeel of smoky malt, creamy pureed dark fruit and a burnt dry hop bitterness. Crisp carbonation.

One of the most complex of stouts. Craftsfully mastered. Age will gracefully transcend this to another level of greatness year after year. Will patiently age the rest of my stash. Yum-Yum.

*on tap November 2013
Freakin' Phenom---detect low alcohol levels. Damn near putting these down one after another. Bumping my score up a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 05:26:58 | More by joeseppy
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark cola color, settles into the glass as a thick, black body. Huge mocha head that settles after a few minutes, leaving a ton of sticky residue behind.

S- Tons of roasted malts, bitter unsweetened chocolate, some earthiness.

T- Huge roastiness, tons of bitter chocolate with hints of sweetness, hints of burnt flavors.

M- Big, thick, full bodied, but virtually no alcohol presence.

O- Huge, big roastiness, tons of bitterness, huge full flavor and body, a great imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 01:44:42 | More by stephenjmoore
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nkeckhar

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2013 01:35:48 | More by nkeckhar
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jgluck

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-02-2013 01:17:33 | More by jgluck
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-01-2013 19:51:56 | More by jbdpsu82
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dctriman

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-01-2013 01:58:38 | More by dctriman
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MCain04

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4 month old bottle poured into a 13 oz snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Pours out a 1-2 finger dark tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted dark malts with some booze. This promises to be warming and filling.

Taste: Extremely roasty up front, with chocolate, a little bitter coffee. Pretty hoppy... not sure how I feel about the citrus, tart, acidic, sour notes. Pretty dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Smooth, full body. Decently chewy. Was honestly expecting it to be boozier, this one is pretty drinkable.

Overall: A decent stout. I have another one of these with a year on it, and will put down one of this year's for a little while to see how 1, 2, 3 yrs taste with this. For $3, this tastes pretty good. For the same price though, get a founders imperial stout, you'll be happier.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 21:16:32 | More by MCain04
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lion22

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-31-2013 15:43:22 | More by lion22
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chetw

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-30-2013 20:37:40 | More by chetw
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shohen

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-30-2013 14:04:43 | More by shohen
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Christov

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-30-2013 04:45:22 | More by Christov
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-30-2013 03:58:59 | More by Duff27
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,400 ratings.