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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,404 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,404
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 940 | 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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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 1/2 years after I received 2 bottles from mlh1227 - I cracked the second one.

Holy hell...this is still delicious. Not as hot as it was..still complex and rich. Bell's - great job on this one. Feel confident about putting this one away for 5+ years, no deterioration at all.

2006 review:

12oz. bottle from mlh1227. What a guy!!

A - 1 1/2" deep chocolate milk colored head that sits on top of a beer so black that no light will ever pass through. The head is dense and retains for a while at 1/2" before falling to a cap. Full sheet of tan lace clings to the backside of the pint glass.

S - Rich, roasted malt. Coffee. A little boozy (rum) aroma. Mild sweetness. Clay, dirt. Feed store smell -- oats, grains.

T - WOW! Thick with roasted malt. Bitter dark chocolate. Bourbon like heat in the finish. Raisins and rum. Coffee....strong ass coffee!!! Delicious and complex.

M - Huge, thick mouthfeel. Slick. Smooth drinking Imperial Stout. Long, long, long finish.

D - Great drinkability for any beer, let alone a RIS with 11.5% abv! Huge beer! Excellent. Thank you mlh1227 for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:48:10 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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csrbv

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A--Black with a nice tan head. Looks great!

S--All I get is a ton of smoke--not a fan of the smell.

T--Like burnt bitter chocolate and maybe burnt sugar--very bitter with other bold tastes, but not in a good way.

MF--OK full bodied.

O--I don't get this beer. Maybe I just had a bad 4 pack, but I would have to power though each one until the bitter, and I mean BITTER end. Each time I opened a new one, I would think maybe this time it would be better, but it was a disappointment each time. I'm sure that all the other people who have reviewed this as a 94 are right and I'm wrong.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 20:04:30 | More by csrbv
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zestar

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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mixed_master7

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Snikwad1020

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-08-2013 01:02:11 | More by Snikwad1020
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-06-2013 18:36:43 | More by huskermike12
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DJButters

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-06-2013 16:59:13 | More by DJButters
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weerezboy

Washington

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-06-2013 16:50:43 | More by weerezboy
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tmarretti

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-06-2013 04:20:30 | More by tmarretti
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DrewV

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottling date of 10/12.

What a brew! An overly aggressive pour may have robbed this one of some carbonation, as it's a bit flat, but every drop of the flavor remained. A bit restrained in the aroma compared to the flavor, but again that may be due to my clumsy pour. Ridiculously creamy with a thick, viscous mouthfeel. Heavy, dark roasted malts and chocolate flavors are supported by a serious amount of hop bitterness. The depth of flavor and balance is off the charts. Almost a meal all by itself. I've had some outstanding Impy stouts, but Expedition Stout is just dynamite and stands alone in the deep, dark, heavy-duty stout category. I envy those of you who have regular access to this gem. A solid A+ rated beer, no less.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 01:27:11 | More by DrewV
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-06-2013 00:57:08 | More by ChrisMon02
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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headyhopzhead

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-05-2013 00:54:32 | More by headyhopzhead
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diverite

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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sodensp

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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RickDeLucio

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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cfh64

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-04-2013 00:37:10 | More by cfh64
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle from Pawel. Batch 10105. Thanks!

A; Black and lightless as a brick. Very dark mocha head that settles in at about an inch. Looks like motor oil.

N: Roasted malt, green hops, dark chocolate, dark cherry, prune. Has a pronounced dark fruit sweetness, particularly that of raisins. Lots of raisins. Truly a smell of dried grapes.

T: Deep rushes of dark chocolate. Leather and bark. Cedar, tobacco, raisins. Smoke and roast. Hops lend an earthy backbone with some leafy hints. Coffee overtones. Superb, and reminiscent of HotD Adam of all things.

M: Thick, coating, yet somehow, supremely drinkable.

O: This is just sublime. Really wise to store it for the extended aging and very much worthy of the high score. Might be my favorite non-BA stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 00:05:48 | More by writerLJBerg
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cw577enfield

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-03-2013 22:14:46 | More by cw577enfield
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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OldTime

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Pando

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2013 00:35:26 | More by SaisonRichBiere
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,404 ratings.