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

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Ratings: 4,923
Reviews: 1,916
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,102 | 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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Photo of Greywulfken
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
Photo of ttroha
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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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%

ericofelipo, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

GarrettBoots, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of AdamP
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

AdamP, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of harryhops
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%

harryhops, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of chefduff2
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

chefduff2, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of theschmooz
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

theschmooz, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

pauldave1976, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

xICooRsYIx, Nov 15, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Jordanpaterson08, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Rizzy17
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Rizzy17, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Catracho5
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Catracho5, Nov 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

jacobmex, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Jproche08, Nov 14, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Philvillani, Nov 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Fievel, Nov 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

cdtoffers, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

mccorvey, Nov 14, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

chcfan, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Kendo
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle (package date: 8/22/14; consumed on 11/13/14 - as we get the first modest snow flurries of the year, leading me to think "Stout season!") into a Speiglelau tulip. It's thick on the pour, and black in the glass with a half-finger brown head on top. Very nice collar of lace on top, with slow-fading legs of lace after each sip refracting the light like the prism on Dark Side of the Moon.

S: Big stout nose. Dark fruits, molasses, chocolate and roasty malt.

T: Big stout flavors too. Chocolate-covered raisins, molasses, black cherry, roasted malt, charcoal and smoke all play nicely together, with a bit of cocoa powder and piney hops at the finish. Booze makes its presence known at the end of the sip, though after a few sips I've gotten used to it and barely notice anything more than the warming in the belly. And the buzz on the brain.

M: Thick in heft, modest carbonation at best leaves it slightly syrupy - but that's fine with me for a big stout like this.

O: Awesome stuff. I will likely drink this sipper far too fast.

Kendo, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of hopflyer
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/22/14

Pours pitch black with dark tan head that dissipates quickly but maintains a thin ring around the glass.

Nose is chocolate, coffee bean, and toffee. Some charted wood and a touch of licorice.

Taste is full flavor of rich dark chocolate and mild coffee. Very roasty and rich. Awesome! Charred wood notes come thru and are prominent and some bitterness rounds out this big stout. Almost no booziness detected but just a slight burn hits nicely.

full body and silky smooth. This is what a stout should be. Low to medium carbonation. The mouthfeel fits the taste profile well. long finish and flavors hang around a while.

This is definitely the best stout and best bells brew I've ever had. full of flavor and perfect texture. Bonus for being available in 6pk format. Perfect stout while watching the first snowfall of the year tonight.

hopflyer, Nov 14, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

Merl77, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

EuphonicHops, Nov 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

SteveD082791, Nov 13, 2014
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 4,923 ratings.