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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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4,115 Ratings
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Ratings: 4115
Reviews: 1856
rAvg: 4.23
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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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz fresh bottle

Look is dark. Black with slight cola edges. Oats, coffee, Molasses, smoke round out the scent. Rich and full feeling, its chocolate and roast to the max here, with some dark fruit and English style hops in the background.

Tasty shii

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 23:42:15 | More by jimmah120
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

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

12 oz bottled poured into a Spiegelau glass. Packaged on 8/22. Consumed on 10/24.

A - Brown approaching black with a cinnamon colored head. Less delicate pour yielded a 1 finger head which fades quickly. Carbonation appeared light. No lasting lacing.

S - Rather fragrant. Licorice, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol notes. Somewhat boozy.

T - Licorice, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and almond extract. Slight dark fruit, perhaps, raisin. ABV not completely hidden, but does not taste 10.5%.

M - Higher carbonation initially than comparable stouts and lighter bodied. Carbonation wears off somewhat quickl. Generally sticky in corners of mouth, like most stouts.

O - Good, but not great. Although a wide spectrum of flavors , flavors are less intense. Licorice was an interesting addition though. Mouthfeel compared less favorable... less creamy, lighter bodied than comparable stouts. Worth a try, but better options available.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 02:12:45 | More by Duane_Opfer
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip.

A Pours thick and oily. Pitch black with a thin light brown head.

S First scent is a zesty and boozy grape smell. This is followed by cocoa and raisins and prune. Rich aroma.

T Follows the smell quite directly. Chocolate. Dark fruit. Raisin. There is some coffee bean in the flavor that is not too potent in the smell. Big warm and boozy in the end.

M Thick and rich. Foamy. Full like a big stout like this should be.

O Very tasty. It's got all the flavors that make an Imperial Stout great and none of these overpower the other. Smell is great. I like that the coffee seems to be toned down some as sometimes it's easy to go overboard with that.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:21:04 | More by PieOhMy
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kagent777

Utah

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle purchased in Florida in October of 2010. Batch 9971. Bottled on September 13, 2010 according to bell's website. This beer is over 3 years old and has been in a "cellar" since purchase. Under my stairs until lat night. I poured this one into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Pitch black beer pours as thick as the thickest Imperial stouts I have seen. A vigorous pour yielded a thin dark tan head that did not stick around. Looks like an Imperial stout.

Smell: Dark fruit and roast mingle with coffee, cocoa and some vanilla. Dark and rich.

Taste: Impressive bitter dark chocolate. This could have easily rested another 3 years. The finish is incredibly long. Alcohol is apparent along with coffee and cocoa. Fruits remind me of dark cherries and plums and are also a bit vinous. A complex very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is giant and the carbonation on the low side, right where an Imperial Stout should be. Huge flavors easily coat the mouth.

Overall: One of the more complex Impy stouts I have tasted. Quite bitter and therefore might not be approachable by new craft beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 23:52:33 | More by kagent777
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BeerNutz324

Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a chalice

Ap- pours a dark, motor oil like color with a beautiful cinnamon colored head. Head is about 1/2 inch and has good retention

Ar- tons of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, alcohol

T- roasty malts, bitter chocolate, cream, dark fruit, molasses

M- creamy, good carbonation, thick bodied and the alcohol warms on the hold

O- an awesome stout, I love this one and the availability kicks ass. The price isn't too bad at $15.99 a sixer either.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 03:15:52 | More by BeerNutz324
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black that is near opaque with a wispy mocha head that quickly fades. Fair lacing. The dense, murky, viscous look to this one reminds me of scary night waters.

S- An intense RIS aroma of coffee, vanilla, specialty chocolates, dark cherries that can be detected from a few feet away. Blends well with the intense notes of esters and bourbon booze. This aroma is pure magic.

T- Flavor that certainly has some "wow" qualities. Just as the label indicates with the big hop bitterness. Milky chocolate picked up even more on the tongue than on the nose. Roasted goodness along with damn near overwhelming complexity. Welcoming blend of sweet and acidic sour.

M- Just like all the other characteristics of this beer, the feel is spot on for the style. Full chewy body, viscous and sheet like velvet. Creamy as can be. Alcohol is present and well received as the warmth invigorates the throat.

O- An absolutely impressive stout. Should age like a fine wine. Cellar will welcome a few for the next year or two...if i can hold out that long. I needed a second glass to verify how good this beer was...any yep, my original thoughts were confirmed. Well done Bells!

$16.99 for a 6pk

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 04:11:41 | More by Bosoxfan20
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another review taken Winter 2012 though I've had this one many times before.

12 oz brown Bell's style bottle with simple yet very neat artwork. Not much to it, but this is a label that shows what Bell's is all about. One of my favorites from them. Poured into a Bell's pint glass.

A - black in color with dark brown edges. Very RIS like, duh! A dark tan head rests on top and is actually fairly nice In size. This stout pours and looks ridiculously thick and massive. It's an excellent take on the RIS style.

S - chocolate and dark chocolate malts with an abundance of roasted goodness. Black coffee bean creeps up but is fairly minimal to the malt character. Dark fruit and the slightest whiff of licorice were detected down deep. With some smoke in the back end of the nose.

T - bitter chocolate and dark ripe fruit make a real bittersweet start to the taste. Layers upon layers of dark chocolate and roasted malt swing massive right and left hooks into my palate only to take a short break with a small hint of coffee bean and smoke. A massive bittersweet finish.

M - big bodied and thick. We all love thick. It bombs the mouth with loads of stout goodness. This is a big stout. It drinks and tastes like a big stout. It's not something meant to down easily one after another. This as good as it gets in the world of overly huge imperial stouts. This will make a man of you.

O - when you pair Bell's Brewery and the RIS style you get Expedition Stout and boy am I glad those 2 hooked up. This is one of the best year in and year out imperial stouts you'll find. It's something I enjoy every winter and something I look forward to aging. Oh yea, I forgot about that.. Expedition Stout does well setting in a cool dark place for any period of time. But that's another review for another day. If you like big roasted bittersweet stouts get your hands on some Expedition. Highly under appreciated in today's craft beer scene. An all time favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 14:38:27 | More by BradtheGreat7
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black with a smallish tan head and minimal lacing

T-chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, molasses

T-dark chocolate, molasses, dark roasted malt, coffee, earthy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with mild carbonation, smooth

O-great balance in this RIS, enjoyable to sip this

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 02:24:27 | More by MDDMD
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Andonato

Texas

4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I Had this beer shipped to me after spending about 9 months at my parents house in Michigan. Forgot I had left it there but they included it in with a beer order I had placed on a website, but being in Texas, could not get shipped directly. It was, to date, the best pure Russian Imperial Stout I have ever tasted. The absolutely creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation coupled with the perfect balance of bitter chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and a touch of vanilla, and the fact that the 10.5% alcohol was completely hidden was just awesome. I remember tasting it 9 or so months ago and loving it then, but this I think is aged to perfection. Have on bottle left and will probably drink it very soon too.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:29:30 | More by Andonato
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is an intense black, like it came from an oil well. The head is light brown that hangs around with a light film. Terrific lacing.

Nose is a densely sweet malt, with raspberry dark chocolate. Toffee and brown sugar. Light alcohol smell too.

Taste is simultaneously very sweet and bitter. Chocolate, roasted cashews, vanilla, and caramel are all there, but not overwhelming. The flavors are dry and balanced.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied while not overly thick. Carbonation is low, and the high alcohol brings a tingle at the finish.

Overall, this is a hardy but drinkable stout that would pair greatly with a robust meal or a cold evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:56:32 | More by dorianmarley
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter

A - Creamy black liquid with a thick and frothy chocolate milk cap that holds up throughout the entire session. Speckled lacing left on the glass.

S - Chocolate malts, roasted malts, chocolate bread, muddled fruit, sweet cream, chocolate lined alcohol.

T - Creamy milk chocolate upfront, sweet and decadent, heavily roasted malts and strong bitterness come in quickly and overtake the creamy sweetness. The middle provides anise, smoked molasses, and a strong bitterness that runs throughout the drink. The finish brings intense roasted malts, bittering chocolate, notions of fruit, hints of grass and winds up for a smooth and roasted chocolate finish.

M - Incredibly viscous, thick and full bodied. Moderate micro carbonation, dry roasted finish. One of the best mouthfeels I've come across.

There's something to be said about being complex in a simple way. This beer is simple but it brings outstanding precision and subtle complexities, with a strong bitterness to round out the sweetness. Very focused flavors that bring maximum flavor with a stellar body that is as creamy as they come. My favorite Bells by far!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:43:00 | More by StaveHooks
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JohnG190

New York

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

Pours inky black with a thin mocha head. Good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, burnt coffee and a whiff of smoke. Bitter on the palate, lots of dark fruit, bitter chocolate and nice hop character. Thick, rich mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall, a great example of Russian Imperial Stout. Well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 22:33:00 | More by JohnG190
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7/26/13. Pours black as a starless night with a lasting head. Subdued nose of roast. Nice creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation and with the 10.5% alcohol content well covered by the malty sweetness, hops and roast. A strong, but pleasant, aftertaste of roast and malt sweetness with that alcohol "burn". For such a "big" stout, this is exceptionally well balanced. One of the best stouts I have ever tried and this one struck me as smoother than their Kalamazoo variant. Smooth finish with the chocolate malt asserting itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 20:15:27 | More by tillmac62
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown almost black pour with 2 fingers of dark brown head, slow dissipation, good amount of lacing left behind.

Smoky overall aroma, dark roasted grains, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice.

Very tasty profile, right up my alley with charred oak, dark roasted flavors.. Black coffee, ashtray dirt. Lovely.

Creamy mouthfeel.. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Drinks fairly easy for the higher abv.

An excellent stout - very easy to drink, very tasty and dark. Must try if you're into dark roasted flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 19:47:11 | More by facundoCNB
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have had this several times and never thought to do a review. This particular sample was bottled on 10/02/12, and I saved it specifically for 1 year to see how it aged (could not wait any longer for this). Results are in:

Poured slowly into a snifter, no head, blood red ring around edge of glass, no lacing. nearly black in color, but resembles cola, slightly. It's smooth and has decent legs. Coffee and chocolate aromas, with roasted malt as well, and perhaps some dark fruit as well, but very minimal. All of this offers a really rich smell. Complex.

Taste is similar, but with a bitter character to it. Very bitter coffee. But so good. Not so much dark fruit in the flavor. Rich coffee and dark chocolate dominate.

Feels smooth, minimal carbonation, a bit hoppy for a stout, maybe it's just the bitterness of the coffee and the chocolate.

Overall, this is right up there with my favorite stouts. I need to buy a case of it this year.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 00:32:09 | More by rodlavers
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/19/11...so if my math is correct, it's two days from being two years old! Picked this up at the Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo with a sign on the cooler door that said temperature fluctuations of beer in a bottle is fine as long as they aren't extreme temps. Learned something and therefore didn't stress about carrying this in my trunk with some other beer on a roadtrip from Denver. Downtown Kalamazoo is pretty nice, by the way.

A: Dark as any beer could possibly be with a huuuge dark brown, bubbly, frothy, sticky head that leaves behind great lacing and retention. One of my finer pours.

S: So deep and complex. Lots of dark fruit, super dark chocolate, roasted and charred malt, dark earth, wood, licorice, black strap molasses, and definitely some sharp booze.

T: Whoa. Everything that's in the nose but better. Way better! So rich, so flavorful, so damn good. Heavy on the roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and dark, sweet, dried fruits.

M: Not surprising here...incredibly smooth. Great body, minimal carbonation, and flavor that is off the scale. Fairly easy drinking for its' strength. But the finish is very sweet, strong, and dark.

O: An outstanding and unique stout. I imagine this would be pretty harsh fresh so I'm glad I was able to enjoy it after two years of aging and mellowing.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:23:08 | More by Gatch
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazed to find sixpacks of this BA high-rated stout in Florida. Previously I had only found any Bell's at the Cratf Beer Outlet in Philadelphia, and then only a few of their lower-rated products. Bought one bottle to try, in a mixed fourpack.

Was hoping for something really exceptional, but although I found this very good, it was not amazing. The ABV was hidden quite well, but that is not necessarily that difficult to accomplish with an imperiall stout.

To be fair, I am not the biggest fan of Russian Imperial Stouts. Generally I much prefer a sweeter, good milk stout.

As a caveat, I drank this within a day of purchase. Unfortunately aging it first as recommended was just not practical. OTOH I did not check the bottling date, so cannot vouch for the freshness of the 12 ounces I had.

UPDATE 1/8/14: Back in Florida and bought a relatively fresh bottle in a mixed six at Whole Foods in Orlando. "Packaged 9/19/13" so this was being bottled about the time I was drinking my first one! Here's a more conventional review than I mustered earlier:

Poured from the 1q2 oz. bottle into a glass tumbler.

a: Black with an inch thick tan head which receded to even surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Dark bitter chocolate and coffee.

t: Dark chocolate and black coffee, which is to say a strong imperial stout flavor. Considerable lingering bitterness on the sides of the tongue. High ABV well covered.

m: Medium to heavy.

o: A quintessential imperial stout. Eminently sippable. Raising my previous newt 3.95 ratings for appearance from 4-4.25, smell from 3.75-4, taste from 4-4.25 and overall from 4-4.25.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 20:48:10 | More by scotorum
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I lived in Michigan for years and never got into craft beer while I was up there. This beer is an example of why I should have. Bottled on 10/22/2012 - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stout glass.

Appearance - 4.75 - Pours like motor oil. Pitch black beer with two fingers of brown head that dissipates down to one finger, with nice lacing on the glass. Bottle is simple, like Bells usually is.

Smell - 4.5 - Really milky chocolate and roasted notes on this one. Creamy. Dark Fruits. Little bit of hop smell in the background.

Taste - 4.75 - Super creamy chocolate and roasted malts come through. Some espresso like flavors too. Dark fruits are definitely present. Bitterness coming both from the roasted malts and the hops in the background.

Mouthfeel - 4.75 - Thick, like a chocolate milkshake, it's creamy as hell. Alcohol is well hidden. Aftertaste is roasty and creamy, and when you breath you continue to get a nice blast of espresso like flavor. Awesome.

Overall - 4.75 - Great beer, I would say this is one of the best imperial stouts that I've had. It's creamy, full bodied and well rounded. Sitting for a year may have done a lot for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:46:21 | More by ISmith87
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LookingForBalance

Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/22/12

Poured into a 12 oz snifter, very dark black looks like motor oil chugging into my glass and a dark brown creamy thick head.

Oh my this smells amazing, dark chocolate, coffee, mocha, espresso, dark fruits, a slight smokey smell.

Mouth feel is thick and creamy and coats the mouth in a very good way, smooth and almost velvet like.

Taste is out of this world, starts with bitter coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, licorice, dark fruits, has almost a smoked meat/smoked wood taste in the middle and ends with a fair amount of hop bitterness to even it all out.

This is a true RIS Bells knocked it out of the park on this one, i have a few more set back to age another year see how it is then.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 03:14:23 | More by LookingForBalance
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle marked clearly with "PKGD 10/22/12" on the label. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Like black ink out of the bottle, an aggressive pour yields a frothy one finger cocoa head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving sparse and silky lacing and a smattering of bubbles across the top of the liquid. A gentle swirl reveals a great deal of carbonation simmering below the surface. Body is jet black with only the faintest hint of chestnut when a light is held directly behind the bottle.

Smell - Upfront involves heavy notes of charred wood, cocoa nibs, molasses and burnt sugar. Subsequent inhalations reveal some subtle smokey elements and overcooked gingerbread. Very unique and promising.

Taste - I'm not quite as big a fan of the taste, although it is a very good example of the style. The baked goods sweet overtones of the smell have faded back for espresso bitterness and a smattering of dark fruits, like plum or raisin. Some astringent alcohol, with a warmth in the chest after swallowing I wish the taste were as well entwined as the aroma, but a solid effort nonetheless. I imagine it would be even better with some more age on it to mellow out the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Viscous and creamy, with lingering mouth coating and heavy carbonation for some kick to the heavy bodied brew.

Overall, a great take on RIS, although there are examples of the style that I would likely drink before this one. I would hazard a guess that six months old is close to the bare minimum age you want to crack a bottle with, based on how it tastes at eight months.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:59:37 | More by LambicPentameter
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Trifecta1

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2 years old, glad I have 5 left to go.

Pitch black, thick and sludgy, doesn't get better. Smell is heavy roast and chocolate, but a metallic twang that kind of distracts. Taste is insanely strong, complex, roasted coffee and chocolate with heavy grain sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily and creamy. Fantastic beer from a fantastic brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 17:47:46 | More by Trifecta1
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep dark brown, nice half finger of dark chocolate head, head recedes after about 90 seconds and lacing is pretty non existent in my snifter/tulip hybrid.

S - Roasty nose, lots of bitter burnt malts, molasses, woody, smells very rich.

T - Oh man, super roasty and bitter. Coffee and anise, minimal dark fruit flavors, burnt sugar. Lesser rich chocolatey and burnt molasses type flavors. Finish is sweet and transitions into a roasty bitterness. Aftertaste is relatively bitter

M - Quite full bodied, incredibly smooth, no carbonation, a great warming brew.

O - Very robust, tasty, bitter, big stout. A really really fantastic tasting sipper

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:51:52 | More by MacQ32
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ltltony

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Almost a year old now, and it's mellowed out nicely. Drank at 55 degrees.

A - Pours pitch black with about a one finger creamy white head.

S - Boozey with a strong mocha and dark fruit smell. Reminds me of chocolate covered raisins.

T - Roasted chocolate and coffee. Slight sweetness with a bit of alcohol. Still a bit of bitterness, but mellowed very well.

M - Nice mild carbonation, and a slight creaminess. Coats the mouth nicely.

O/D - A fantastic RIS that gets better and better with age.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:22:58 | More by ltltony
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at Total Wine in Tampa. Bottled 10/22/12.

A - Pours black with a one finger creamy brown head. Spotty lace and a film of retention. Expected for the style.

S - Some booze, mocha, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, roast. Complex as all hell. Sweet but with depth as well. Very inviting and let's you know what you're in for. There is a really nice chocolatey smoothness there as well that is delicate, but lovely.

T - Chocolate, roast, burnt. Way more roast, coffee, and chocolate. Less complex than aroma, but not necessarily in a bad way. Very mild alcohol notes are there. Really chocolatey after it warms a bit. Nice stuff.

M - Full body, good mild carbonation, a nice bitter/roasty finish. Coats the mouth incredibly well.

O/D - A great RIS. Wonderful complexity, rich, and strong without being noticeable. Far too easy to drink. I could go on, but it's just really good.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 23:39:19 | More by tbeckett
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deg

New Hampshire

4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured the beer into a pint glass. Dark. Coffee with cream colored head. Smells of something roasty plus some fruit. Fig maybe? Definitely not raisin. There are lots of flavors in the beer. It's tough to sort them all out. Chocolate cherry, roasted malt, maybe a little coffee in there too. A little warmth from the alcohol. I'm sipping the beer. If you take it slow, it is quite enjoyable. Don't go fast, you'll miss out.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 23:06:18 | More by deg
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,115 ratings.