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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,390 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,390
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 373
Gots: 938 | FT: 76
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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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
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-30-2013 03:31:47 | More by calcnerd
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mateuszekxxpl

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-29-2013 22:52:39 | More by mateuszekxxpl
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

01-29-2013 22:41:02 | More by cofeeguru
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supa0525

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-29-2013 18:51:29 | More by supa0525
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richeddi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-29-2013 17:59:19 | More by richeddi
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flipdog0

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-29-2013 15:34:47 | More by flipdog0
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mellowmark

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-29-2013 05:29:34 | More by mellowmark
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NW2285

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-29-2013 03:36:24 | More by NW2285
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Was expecting so much from this beer, considering it's high ranking and glowing review (and gift!) from my neighbors. Perhaps I just don't care for this style, but I found it way to syrupy. The malt profile doesn't seem to balance out the beer at all, and I found myself making terrible faces every time I took a sip. It's a cross between coffee and cough syrup, in my opinion. Not my favorite. The appearance however, is lovely!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:05:32 | More by alysmith4
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siddhartha

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-29-2013 01:52:30 | More by siddhartha
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,390 ratings.