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

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4,906 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,906
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 418
Gots: 1,097 | 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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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours almost exactly like Old Engine Oil, a thick, viscous black. Almost no head formed with my pour, with what did appear a deep tan. It quickly receded to a ring and patchy cap. No light gets through this beer. None. Not a speck of it, anywhere, along any edge.

S: The smell is roasted chocolate malt, with notes that remind me of a bourbon barrel, oak and booze. There's definitely some dark fruits playing around in the background as well, like midgits running along the hills the FSM made with His Noodly Appendages.

T: A rush of darkly-roasted, burnt-black bitter chocolate malt opens the taste,which quickly transforms into a swirl of flavors. Seared molasses, espresso, cherries, prunes, and figs all dance about the mouth, atop a stage of dark earth bitterness with some pine needles mixed in. There's some alcohol burn involved as well, particularly on the back and finish.

M: Oily, thick, chewy, and sticky, this is what a good RIS should drink like.

O: This is a darned good RIS. Being a malthead, I'd have loved to see a little less showcasing of the earthy-pine hop flavors, which are noticeable and sort of horn in on the malt profile. This beer also did not hide its ABV at all to me, though the bottle was only three months old - perhaps the burn fades with more age.

UrbanCaveman, Nov 17, 2014
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AD17, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: motor oil-black ale underneath a tower of mocha head that left some vague lace behind

S: bittersweet chocolate and espresso with vanilla and molasses weaving throughout

T: deep roasted dark malts conjure impressions of sweet espresso and molasses, suffused with melted bittersweet chocolate and vanilla extract; decadent and rich-tasting

M: dense and smooth, tingle of heat, modest carbonation on the feel, touch of sticky sweetness on the close

O: a superior stout, Russian Imperial-style - something you must try when you get a chance.

Greywulfken, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Taste of chocolate, vanilla and molasses, along with chocolate and coffee. Excellent imperial

ttroha, Nov 16, 2014
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

Appearance: Pitch black with a nice tan head that dissipates fairly quick. Lots of tiny bubbles in the head. Nice lacing, looks great, sloshes around in the glass.

Aroma: Very nice aroma, big chocolate licorice roasted malts on the nose, I am not getting any alcohol.

Taste: Taste is just like the aroma, big chocolate roast malts, some bitterness in the middle, not getting a big alcohol presence, really smooth for a such a big ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Viscous, very thick, lots of carbonation, tiny bubbles, great mouthfeel.

Overall: This is an excellent imperial stout, from the imperial stouts I have had, I would judge that this is one of the smoothest. The beer's flavors blend really well, nice thickness, high drinkability, just outstanding, glad to have this in CA. This is a must try.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 4,906 ratings.