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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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pDev: 11.11%


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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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We crack a bottle of their 2012 stock, pouring a brew of the deepest brown-ebony coloring. It puts up a two finger head of oily, golden brown colored bubbles, showing nice retention. Uniform spots of lacing adorn the glass, and a tight aggregate remains atop the liquid for most of the rest of the tasting. No haze is noted, but variably thick chunks of lacing are seen floating about. Carbonation appears to be surprisingly active, with the bubbles rising rather quickly in the syrupy muck of it all. The aroma is dark and brooding, with darkly roasted sweet grain of chocolate, brown, coffee, oat, and cereal varietals, with accompaniment from boozy warmth, buttered cornbread, soy sauce salts, cinnamon, Tootsie roll sugars, baby powder cleanliness, light plastics, vanilla extract, almond milk, and coconut flesh. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much fruitier than the nose would suggest, with nice sweetness to contrast against the hotness of the booze, and the bottomless of the grain. As we sip, the taste opens with syrupy brown sugars, clean powdered oat, fusel booziness, milk chocolates, raisin and fig sugars, plum flesh, warmed pear, chocolate malts, and what appears to be a plastic, soapy-like hop character. Moving to the peak is a mash of buttered pie crust, dark toffees, black pepper spiced booze, powdered cinnamon dryness, white sugar, vanilla extract, and an intensely calming smoothness of heavy creamer and lactics. The ending wash comes with stark booziness just as it hits, with a rumbled following of cocoa powder, burnt chocolate malts, raw barley and oat, chalk, biting yeast, coin, dark molasses, dark cherry tartness, roasted almond, bittered grainy roast, and soy sauce saltiness. The aftertaste breathes of burnt caramel, faint charred smokiness, black leathers, phenolic plastics, black pepper, fusel alcohol, powdery dryness, chalky graininess of oat and cereal, muddy earthiness, and further bittering dark cocoa nibs. The body is as full as can be, while carbonation is light to medium, but with distinct prickle to the center of the tongue. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, with pleasant cream and froth. Finishing pop is excellent, with syrupy licks to the lips, and a boozy pucker to pull it down to the center of your palate. The mouth is initially oiled and slick, dripping into ethanolic coolness and mild, gritty astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is a definite sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its nice look on the pour, and its rich flavoring. The latter explodes from that first sip, with surprising sweetness and fruitiness after that dry, heavy aroma. The flavors run deep, cutting grooves with raw cocoa, bittered roast, gritty grain, soft smokes, and intense booziness. These remain robust throughout, with little melding by the end of the tasting. Rather, they keep at odds with each other, acting to provoke the strength of the next through competition and contrast. That said, the final picture is cohesive enough to appreciate, and you are left kind of wondering what just had its way with you. Tasty, weighty stout, really left only to those who can handle a big Russian bad boy such as this.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:15:56 | More by TheBrewo
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rmcnealy

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/2/2012

Poured a non-translucent, dark brown that didn't appear to have much, if any sediment. The mocha tinted dirty ivory head faded quickly to leave a small but evident ring around the glass. It was a bit colder than ideal when initially poured so it's been sitting for a few. The first smells had a bit of aged funk but as it warms those scents have become less straightforward. Dark java roast, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, and slight funk can best describe the aromas. There is a slight bitterness and the 10.5% abv is masked pretty well. It is very thin and nowhere near the typical syrupyness you come to expect in higher ABV stouts. The tastes fade quickly and leave something to be desired. Overall it's not a bad stout. The consensus seems to be that Expedition stouts get better with time. Perhaps in another 9 months I'll give another go and update. Not my favorite Bell's brew or RIS, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 03:48:43 | More by rmcnealy
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Date: Bottled 2012-10-02
Glass: Standard US Pint glass

Bell's Expedition Stout is an excellent version of the style, filled with robust flavors of charred bread, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. One I would definitely get again, though other strong stouts (Plead the 5th, Blackout Stout, Founders RIS) are more competitive in price and overall experience.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of dark tan to light brown-colored foam, made up of small bubbles with a fairly dense appearance, with average retention time of one minute. The head fades to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a thin layer of wispy lace atop the body of the beer that remains for the duration of the drinking session. Lacing is modest, but present, smallish dots and blotches cling to scattered portions of the glass. Beer's body is dark brown to black, opaque, with light changing nothing. Carbonation is not visible in this beer's void of a body.

Aroma is good, but not as potent as I was expecting or desiring: it's almost subsumed by its own weight. Scents primarily of dark chocolate powder, burnt toast, minor roasted coffee beans, and ethanol.

Flavor of heavily burnt toast, charred sweetness as from a very dark chocolate bar, dark roast coffee beans, flourishes of alcohol-soaked vanilla, and ethanol itself. Front palate finds charred, chocolate-like bread with some residual sweetness, and dark roast coffee beans. Mid-palate of burnt toast with residual sweetness, very dark chocolate, dark roast coffee beans, vanilla, and spicy ethanol. Back of palate notes burnt toast with rich, heavy sweetness, dark chocolate and roast coffee beans, and ethanol. Aftertaste of spicy ethanol with charred toast and cacao nibs.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, carbonation of a medium-low intensity, yielding a minimally foamy, primarily chewy stout. Ethanol is definitely present, particularly in the nostrils and back of throat, though tingling can be felt on the palate, too. Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate and lips after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 05:41:57 | More by falloutsnow
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suspect

New York

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Thick black oil-like stout. Super aggressive pour led to a light espresso colored two finger head that sticks and then slowly dissipates.

S: Dark malty forward brew. Brings the abv in the nose along with some molasses a touch of smoke, licorice and star anise but only in the end and because I was looking deeper.

T: Pretty complex flavor full of toasted and roasted chocolate malts with a bit of burned cocoa and over brewed coffee. Somehow it all blends in nicely but the after taste certainly lingers for some time. It's excellent and powerful all at once.

M: A touch thin but still good given that this is an RIS.

O: A really good RIS. Not great, but good.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:51:30 | More by suspect
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SouthSideSox24

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 2012 release of Expedition Stout.

A: Pours a deep black with 1/2 inch of mocha head. Head develops slowly after the pour, and takes time to begin dissipating. Not much lacing left as the beer is consumed.

S: Heavy roasted malt and coffee odor is apparent. Also, heavy boozy smell is evident.

T: First taste is malty and strong with coffee. As the beer travels, notes of sweetness and alcohol take over. Wonderfully flavorful.

M: Heavy, slight carbonation with the burn of alcohol.

O: A spectacular stout, with all elements being enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 03:29:24 | More by SouthSideSox24
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Pours a nice solid two-finger mocha head. Decent lacing.

S: Rich, sweet malts with a bit of espresso in there.

T: Sweet, creamy, malty goodness that is rich and decadent. This will definitely age well. It just is good. All I can say is it is a exemplar of the style and is how a great RIS should taste.

M: Thick, viscous and creamy, with a nice subtle carbonation.

O: I wish I had gotten a six-pack of this, which I think was rare for it being 9 months old. Finally, Bell's hits a knockout for me. This one takes your mouth on an expedition. I can see why people want this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:08:40 | More by gillagorilla
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flagmantho

Washington

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Packaged 10/2/12, so it has a little over 9 months under its belt at this time.

Appearance: entirely black body with two fingers of extremely rich and creamy tan foam. Wonderful.

Smell: richly malty with lots of roast in the works. Very good indeed, but it lacks the complexity often found in the style.

Taste: now that's more like it; we start off with a rich and bitter roasty character. Some dark fruit flavors are beginning to develop at 9 months: raisin and date especially. Some lighter fruity character from the alcohol is also present, which adds a nice depth. It finishes off with a mild bitterness and a little bit of vegetal hop flavor, but this doesn't detract too much. A nicely complex and very tasty RIS.

Mouthfeel: all the body in the world, this thing is like black oil. Not a huge level of carbonation, necessarily, but the massive body has a wonderful smoothness that I love.

Overall: this is a very delicious beer. Since this was my first Expedition, I couldn't wait to age it any longer; I just had to dive in. In future, if I can get my hot little hands on some more, I will age 2-3 years and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 06:20:30 | More by flagmantho
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles fairly quickly. Light spider web lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, and oak chips.

T: Roasted espresso, unsweetened dark chocolate, black licorice, wood chips, peat, and...bourbon.? Maybe some clove and oregano in there.

M: Hearty and thick. High alcohol apparent. Peaty finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is very nice. Thick head, and some slight but persistent lacing. Nose is roasted coffee, chocolate and wood. Flavor... coffee chocolate, licorice, woody, with some high alcohol. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 04:45:42 | More by bmwats
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was dark and roasty with lots of roasted malt, chocolate malt and coffee aromas. The chocolate is a mix of both bitter cocoa and sweet milk chocolate with aromas of vanilla and caramel adding to the milk chocolate sweet smell. Mixed with these aromas is a little bit of smoke and hop as well as some lighter notes of darker fruits giving a rather roasted and sweet aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted malt flavor with lots of chocolate and coffee upfront. The chocolate starts out a little more on the roasted/cocoa side but gains a sweetness as vanilla, milk and caramel come to the tongue. While a more milk chocolate flavor develops more toward the middle it is balanced by an increase in the coffee bitterness of the brew. Toward the end the sweeter flavors fade more while the coffee remains the same. With a lighter earthy and herbal hop flavor coming to the tongue at the end, along with a light alcohol flavor that comes to the tongue at the end, a nice roasted and moderately sweet and bitter (of coffee and hop) flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and quite creamy side with a carbonation level that was rather average. The feel of this one was quite nice and very appropriate and fitting for the roasted flavors and big feel of the brew.

Overall - A very delicious imperial with a good blend of roasted malt flavors, sweetness, a tad of booziness, and a nice bitter hop and coffee flavor mixed within. Definitely one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 00:09:43 | More by Darkmagus82
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep brown to black color forming a medium and nice thin bubbled beige head. Medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings left on the glass. A thin layer persists for quite a long time

S: Strong roasted malts and coffee aroma. Licorice and very earthy yeasts. Strong notes of wood too. Very earthy and boozy in the end

T: Strong roasted malts, mainly. Strong notes of coffee, brown bread, licorice, oak, earthy yeasts. Upfront taste is slightly sweet and molasses but, in overall, it's very bitter and roasted. Intense. And really bitter as an American Imperial Stout should be

M: Heavy, thick, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Intense roasted and bitter aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. An American RIS classic

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 20:26:31 | More by eduardolinhalis
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured into a Trophy Brewing tulip.

Appearance: Pitch black, completely opaque even when held to a light. Tan head that didn't disappear quite as quickly as I expected it to at 10.5%, but when it did it left behind some excellent lacing and a solid thin layer of foam behind.

Smell: Very pungent, which I was hoping for. Both sweet and roasty at the same time. Right up front I get a sweet caramel/ milk chocolate maltiness with some deep roasted expresso notes as well. Hints of dark fruits underneath (very slight.. raison/fig) with a touch of wood. Also, Idk how it works so well with the other scents (but it does) I am definitely getting some hops in the nose as well. Not so much a stinging citrus scent but more of a smooth, juicy, mango sort of hop presence underneath it all. Definitely complex but not in a bad way what-so-ever.

Taste: Bitter roastiness definitely takes the stage right up front (dark bitter chocolate/expresso). Alcohol is prevalent but melds decently with the sweetness that comes through midway (sllight vanilla/caramel flavors). Way underneath Im still getting some of those dark fruits but not nearly as much as in the nose. The hops break through a bit in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Super thick and rich with a nice warming sensation on the way down. Cant believe the alcohol doesnt bight harder at 10.5%. The mouthfeel fits the flavor profile perfectly and is exactly what I hope for every time I drink this style.

Overall: This is an excellent, EXCELLENT beer. Would definitely recommend picking one up if you have the chance and have never tried it. Actually not just one... but a few. As much as I enjoyed this with 8 1/2 months on it I think any little qualm I may have had with it would be worked out with a bit more aging. I would absolutely LOVE to experience a vertical of this beer one day.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 06:32:47 | More by RyanLigeia
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a colossal beer, and one that comes with quite a bit of hype. for me, it was a shade under the quality of the most elite Russian imperials, but its a damn good beer nevertheless. it pours a really dark brown color, coffee in color really, with a robust milky cream head and an aroma of black barley and more hops than expected, this is bitter for sure. some hot alcohol greets my lips, followed by raw cocoa, toasted nuts of some kind, maybe macadamias, something oily, and then the bitter super dark, almost burnt barley. its quite the journey, but the whole thing really is overshadowed a little bit by the alcoholic intensity. some age may indeed do this good, as mine is less than a year old. fortunately I have some more bottles for this. which reminds me, thanks again to thebrewo for making yet another great beer possible for me in Colorado. obviously full body, but not as thick or viscous as some, decent carbonation for what it is, and a very warming alcohol finish on top of all the bitter. this is an impressive beer, but one that age will service well I think. bells can really do no wrong for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:49:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz Bottle poured into a Pint glass. Bottled on 10-22-12

Appearance: Pitch black with a 1/2" tan head that vanishes quickly leaving only a ring.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and (unexpected) hops.

Taste: Very well balanced with the chocolate flavor coming through first then the coffee then a pleasant hoppy bitterness. The bitterness from the roasted malt works very well with the bitterness from the hops contrasted against some sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy on the palate and clean on the finish.

Overall: Delicious stout, unique it having a hop profile which is noticeable in a roasted malt forward beer. It deserves it's excellent reputation.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 15:59:49 | More by BobZ
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured a night black, little to no carbonation, slight tan head that didn't linger long

Smell - Sweet chocolate mixed with wet hops and roasted malts

Taste - Wow what a mix of flavors for a stout. Off the bat a massive thick malt bill with loads of chocolate steal the show but then it transitions into an almost salty sweet roasted malt flavor that carries you right into a dank hop flavor that finishes with a sweet milk chocolate aftertaste

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is thick but not quite to the level of being chewy, but almost

Overall - This is a fantastic stout. One of the five best I have ever had and personally I think it is a better offering than Bell's highly acclaimed Black Note Stout. If you are a fan of stouts you have to try this one. Simply amazing

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 23:49:01 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours jet black. Very thick, light brown head, good carbonation and lacing.

Nose is heavy on roasted malt. Dark Chocolate. Smokey smell, wet burnt wood.

Taste is very bitter. Smoked meat, peat flavor. Heavy roasted malt, coffee.

Mouthfeel is full bodied. Creamy finish.

Overall, this is a great beer, but a bit too bitter for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:46:14 | More by nmann08
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TomTown

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle dated 10/22/12.

Pours pitch black with a 1/2 inch light brown head.

Smells of milk chocolate and coffee. More assertive roast than recent stouts I've had.

Strong bitterness for a stout. Definitely within acceptable range, but the IBU's and roast level work well together to add a strong edge to the sweetness present in a beer of this size.

Mouthfeel is pretty full but the bitterness cuts that a little earlier than other interpretations.

Overall a very tasty beer and I'm glad I had one relatively fresh. I'll try again in a year to see how some of the roast and bitterness has mellowed.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 20:56:45 | More by TomTown
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip (bottle on 8/28/2012) wanted to give it longer but I have another bottle for that

Appearance- Jet black, about half finger of tan head that fades quick

Aroma- Wow, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, plums, raisons, very deep complex aroma on this, there also some alcohol coming through

Flavor- a lot going on, strong coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, its pretty bitter, thick but not syrupy, dark fruit, maybe a slight piney hop, alcohol warmth but I wouldn't guess 10.50

Mouthfeel- full, medium carb, slight alcohol warmth

Overall- I had this maybe three months old, its was very good then, its even better now, a top RIS for me, I have one more bottle that i'll try to keep for a while, will def try to get more for aging

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 02:03:42 | More by LI_PO12
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Imperial Russian Stout: Expedition Stout

Another excellent stout! Mouth feel is correct - just a bit on the thinner side of cream (hinting towards a Porter style) but that just adds to the deep flavor gamut's mystery. A gargle of it just makes you want to get a V8 of huskies together for a 3,000 kilometer mush! The flavor is complex; coffee first, chocolate, smoke & caramel with a very faint echo of bourbon.

A = pours opaque black with a mocha tan head with open lacing
S = feigns at Porter style with a wet smoke (rain on burned wood after a fire)
T = again, feigns at Porter style but delivers the deeper, more complex character of the Stout
M = thinner than cream, but within Russian Stout style.
O = A great beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:44:10 | More by GoldHorde
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TheSixthRing

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 10/22/12

Appearance - Pours midnight black with a dark mocha colored finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a layer of thin microbubbles across the surface. Lacing is solid to spotty, with good stick.

Smell - Strong cocoa aroma and an anise undertone. Mild earthiness. A faint soapy aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate layers and a mild coffee roast, resulting in a strong mocha flavor upfront. Fair anise in undertone. Earth and leafy character that, to me, comes across as acrid and a touch soapy near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, but with a light and lively carbonation, giving this beer a more feathery feel than what actually is. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - Reminds me a bit of the Victory Storm King... a beer I found too soapy on the back end to find enjoyable. While not nearly as soapy, the Expedition Stout does have a touch of that character that I can't look past. This is a good beer, but there are plenty of imperial stouts I'd rather have. It's certainly nothing I'll go out of my way for again. To each their own! Maybe this would be better with a year or two of aging on it, but I'll probably never know.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 05:25:33 | More by TheSixthRing
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Roman5150

Spain

4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle into tulip, 6 months on age

appearance: Jet black, dark thick beer. Tan foamy head 1 finger thick, lots of lacing.

smell: dark chocolate, roasted coffee, espresso, chocolate syrup, earthy hops, dark fruit

taste: chocolate syrup, roasted malt, coffee, espresso, some dark chocolate, dark fruits, figs, alcohol is so well ridden this is a dangerously drinkable beer. some minor hop presence but it is very chocolate and coffee dominant... Amazing.

mouthfeel: full bodied and well balanced

overall: One of my favorite stouts, or beers of all time for that matter. I have one aging along with a Stone IRS to see who the ultimate champion is. This is one damn good beer, i'm still trying to find Bell's Blacknote Stout, but I don't know how it could even top this.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 05:08:56 | More by Roman5150
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a completely opaque and mirror-like black. A fingers worth of bubbly deep tan foam with some decent retention. Leaves spotty lacing with each sip.

S - the aroma is deep and complex. Silky notes of chocolate syrup, mocha, and cocoa nibs. Decent amount of roast quality coming through in the form of city roast coffee and hints of charcoal. All wrapped around a piney and woody hop profile.

T - notes of bakers chocolate and mocha on the front palate. Notes of toasty grains and espresso beans. The leafy bitterness of hops come through in the middle as well as notes of sticky pine needles and suggestions of oaky wood which linger long after the finish.

M - super silky texture. Full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O - very nice imperial stout. Has the consistency of hot chocolate. Glad to have finally tired this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:32:59 | More by Teleweizen2
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with ruby glints on the pour, thin, creamy mocha head. Good Lacing.

A: Sweet roasted coffee and chocolate notes, dark cherry, caramely dark fruits, graham cracker. Some boozy alcohol notes detectable as well as some very astringent, resinous hops.

T/M: Big coffee bitterness up front, sweet caramel and dark fruit works in with some chocolate notes and graham cracker malt. A big battle between the dry roasted malts and sweet caramel malts in the finish. Very warming, creamy finish.

Overall, a very tasty stout, it's reputation likely suffers from being compared to the likes of FBS, but it is certainly a great beer. I look forward to aging the rest of the six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:40:39 | More by Siriusfisherman
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DougT

Ohio

4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a: Completely black, no light can escape this one! 2 finger, chocolate brown, creamy head settled into a light covering of froth. Foam clings tenaciously to the sides of the glass even down to the last sip.

s: A little subtle at first, but once the foam subsides a nice blend of roasted malt, dark bread, and chocolate.

t: First sip the hopps popped out. Then it settled into some sweat flavors, dark chocolate, dark fruit, with some hopp bitters in the end. Flavor lingers long after the sip is complete. You can tell there's alcohol, but more in the warming sensation than in the flavor. To me that shows a well balanced brew.

m: Creamy, full bodied, just a little effervescence, coats the whole mouth well and lingers. Could use a little more carbonation, but I think it's style right.

o: One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had. Very strong, over 10%, you can feel it but it is not at the top of the taste profile. Hoppy but well balanced, not hoppy to the point of loosing the beer flavor. Malty, yeasty, creamy with good flavor and that hopp bitter in the end to lat you know it's Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 03:50:26 | More by DougT
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'09 bottle acquired in an IP trade w/ Ahappyhiker2, thanks man!

A- Poured into Stone IRS snifter. Pours pitch black, viscous, and with a thick light-brown head that has incredible retention (especially w/ the age), and leaves generous lacing.

S- Surprising start to the nose as it is reminiscent of a bourbon barrel aged stout with lots of booze and a bit of vanilla. Dark bitter chocolate, Belgian candi-sugar, molasses, brown sugar, and dark alcohol soaked fruits are also perceived.

T- There are huge chocolate flavors right off the bat, both dark/bitter and sweet/milk. There is a healthy dose of roasted malt/coffee in the mix, particularly in the finish. There is also a distinct vinous flavor in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and creamy with nearly no perceivable carbonation. It is less boozy than expected from the nose, which is a positive.

O- I have not had this fresh, but this is drinking fantastic with ~3.5 years on it! I would have been happier if some more of the complexity in the nose came through in the flavor, but it still tastes superb!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:20:00 | More by SadMachine
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade from ? I forget!

A-Pours a jet black body with a beautiful dark brown head that reduces to a bubbly film and leaves thick lacing.

S- Milk chocolate and cream, rich cocoa, vanilla fudge.

T- Roasted malt, rich milk chocolate, fresh coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate on the finish that lingers and leaves an excellent roasty aftertaste.

M- Rich and creamy, thick with low carbonation. Like drinking a beer milkshake.

One of the best stouts I've tasted and definitely a benchmark of the stye. Rich, creamy, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 02:48:53 | More by gcamparone
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,114 ratings.