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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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4,457 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,457
Reviews: 1,875
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 382
Gots: 947 | FT: 78
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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4.84/5  rDev +14.4%

A: black, thick, dark brown tight bubbled head.

S: toffe, coffee, oak, stone fruit

T: upfront roasty malt, coffee and chocolate, with a "cough syrupy" after taste on the first sip, but not so much after that. Perhaps the ABV?

M: Thick, syrupy, smooth and creamy.

O: Excellent. Not a Black Note, but still an excellent Bell's!

02-23-2013 17:39:22 | More by watsonmd
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

02-23-2013 15:14:16 | More by phishbone23
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4.66/5  rDev +10.2%

A- Black as night with minimal dark brown head. Hardly any lacing.

S - Beautiful roast nose, with notes of chocolate, coffee and just a hint of fruit. You can smell the alcohol as well, but nicely so.

T - Very nice maltly, chocolately, espressoy dance of favors in my mouth.

M - Thick and rich, but easy to drink. Leaves a nice feel afterwards.

O - Very pleased with this stout. It is everything I was hoping it would be. I am looking forward to ageing a few of these to enjoy in the future.

02-23-2013 03:45:13 | More by drrone
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-22-2013 21:29:55 | More by parris
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-22-2013 00:46:28 | More by Hardydk1
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-21-2013 04:20:48 | More by Lare453
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-21-2013 00:59:02 | More by AnotherImperial
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Classic Russian Imperial Stout. Black beer and damn dark brownish head. Pretty good head. Smell? Smells like stout. Taste - rich and delicious. To break it down, a Imperial Stout should have a good balance of bitter and sweetness. I get a strong well-roasted malty flavor at first with almost a molasses flavor that is quickly followed with a clean bitter thirst quenching finish. That finish is smooth. This may not be my favorite, but it very well could be yours. Expedition is worth a try.

This beer goes well the the fine soundtracks by the Russian composer Prokofiev's work with film maker Eisenstein like his scores for Battleship Potemkin and Alexander Nevsky.

02-20-2013 22:19:34 | More by frankiepop
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-20-2013 03:44:11 | More by Rion
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-18-2013 19:14:44 | More by DIPAFAN
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-18-2013 18:30:51 | More by oldvines
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-18-2013 14:36:10 | More by Gotti311
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-18-2013 13:38:15 | More by Danielr26
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2013 23:10:32 | More by Davepoolesque
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-17-2013 20:38:19 | More by yokken
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4.59/5  rDev +8.5%

Bottle Date: 12/27/12. Poured into snifter.

Beautiful looking beer. Pitch black liquid with 1/2 inch tan head. Some sparkles in the head due to the frothiness. Nice lacing. I poured this hard into the glass. It's a work of art.

Great smoky aroma, supported by toasted malts. Some cookie-like sweetness.

Firstly, I've never seen the multi-colored head this beer offers after each sip. If you look closely, various hues of brown are floating throughout the froth after you set the glass down.

The taste is magical. A smooth, subtle malt beginning is followed by peanut butter and chocolate. A dry, earthy hop flavor appears, accompanied by a nice, Belgian-like yeast. No alcohol flavor, just a bit of warming. Aftertaste of dark bitter chocolate.

The mouthfeel is silky and velvety, like melting milk chocolate. A dry, bubbly carbonation emerges, followed by more smoothness and a warm, drying finish.

This is the best Russian Imperial Stout I have had.

02-17-2013 20:10:06 | More by erickehoe
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-17-2013 15:38:22 | More by craftbrew502
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-17-2013 05:31:53 | More by Shoo65
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2013 00:54:38 | More by Lipstraw
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2013 00:21:45 | More by nitter
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-17-2013 00:20:37 | More by Mtooman
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-16-2013 07:55:13 | More by JellyJacket
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-16-2013 02:19:37 | More by BGsWo22
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-16-2013 00:42:04 | More by Axnjxn
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4.44/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: Pours very viscous with limited carbonation. Super duper jet black. Nice lacing. Not enough of a head to rank much higher.

Smell: Very forward roasty malts. A little sweet. Alcohol presence is strong. Feels very full and stout.

Taste: Very roasty grain. HUGE malt notes. Coffee is there. The alcohol is very forward and is brought out a little by the sweetness. Very big flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Substantial presence but a little lack of carbonation at first. Spreads nicely across the palate and the carbonation grows. Very enjoyable

Overall: I think this beer is better than the some of it's parts. It's a very big, and bold beer with a huge flavor profile. For being a fresh vintage, i would have liked some more carbonation and a little less sweetness. Overall though, a great beer.

02-15-2013 03:53:38 | More by cradke
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,457 ratings.