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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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4,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,475
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 383
Gots: 951 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-26-2012 18:48:24 | More by atoulouk
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-21-2012 23:56:31 | More by rwilde
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-24-2013 20:01:48 | More by BEERschlitz
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-02-2014 22:39:45 | More by devilfluff
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottle thanks to TheJester. Beautiful black body with lasting mocha head. Aroma is standard IS; coffee and chocolate truffle. Flavor is more interesting. So rich. Heavy chocolate brownies with some grapes and almonds. Wow, this is intense. Somewhat boozy though. Creamy and syrupy palate. Its heavyness makes it less enjoyable. I prefer american stouts that are more balanced such as Yeti and Speedway. Still, one of the best intense and over-the-top IS.

08-23-2010 19:11:00 | More by Luk13
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-26-2013 05:24:04 | More by Theniz
Photo of Murph


4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours a midnight black with a decent brown head that leaves a great lace all the way down the glass. Smell is of dark chocolate, slightly bitter coffee, raisins, dark fruit and some light toffee as well. Sweet chocolatey goodness starts off this brew with some slight warming alcohol in the background. Raisins and some other sweet, dark fruits are then brought in with a slightly bitter coffee finish. Extremely creamy and smooth, this brew is amazingly drinkable for its 10% abv. The alcohol is barely perceived and then only in its warming effects. This is one great beer, not quite a Storm King, but damn close. I am going to have to get some of this to sip on this winter.
A big thanks to Deuce for the sample.

07-26-2002 12:10:07 | More by Murph
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours motor-oil black with ruby highlights, including the darkest, thickest meaty head I've seen. Looks like oatmeal floating on top, settles to a thin ring after a while. Aroma is dark malts, pungent but with a fruity, smokey element.

This is a story of two beers in the same glass: At first, the taste is dark burnt malts, almost charcoal, like the crust on a grilled chicken. Has a vinous element, like a merlot spilled into the batch. Very bitter, almost no sweetness, a little salty. Drinks hot with alcohol, like a barleywine.

But after being interrupted by a phone call and returning to the remainder of the glass, this beer awakens: Traces of coffee, raisins, licorice, baker's cocoa. Still with a prominent alcohol presence but silky smooth on the palate, heavy with no apparent carbonation.

Mouthfeel is thick like flannel, fuzzy and sticky. Initially, I was rather nonplussed by this one but the taste and my impressions and ratings improved greatly as the beer warmed. This is one where the rhetoric is true: you *must* let it warm up to just cool before drinking it. I'd like to try this one again after aging it a bit. Thanks to trbeer for sharing this one.

02-04-2005 03:09:03 | More by assurbanipaul
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4.4/5  rDev +4%

I prefer this with some age which smooths it out even more, but will review it fresh. Packaged 11/1/11. Batch 10759

Super thick body on the pour. Small creamy, cardboard-colored head, last for a bit then mostly fades away. Perfect lacing.

Smell is predominantly sweet, roasty, and some coffee-like bitterness.

Flavor is big up front, again very roasty, lingering chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thick, perfect for this beer. Creamy.

Bell's Expedition Stout is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. (please don't) Make this a limited release and its rating would skyrocket. Also, someone needs to send a bottle to the Bros for re-review.

11-30-2011 00:41:52 | More by zachary80
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2011 13:50:21 | More by ej285701
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-30-2013 03:20:50 | More by jburd19
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-24-2014 02:16:29 | More by djgustafson
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3.28/5  rDev -22.5%

Poured into a snifter.

A - Opaque brownish-black colour, almost no head at all, small ring of froth, some spotted lace.

S - Fresh raisins, sweet molasses.

T - Extremely rich, almost to the point of cloying. Rather boozy as well, 10.5% is quite obvious here. Some nice roasted flavors are present, but they are masked by the overbearing sweetness.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation, dry finish, about what I expected.

D - Nice characteristics, but far too sweet for my tongue. Not a bad brew, but not one I'd wish to revisit.

01-27-2011 05:27:05 | More by PhageLab
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

A - This beer poured an oily black that let no light show, it produced a brown fluffy head that retained well and left a great lace around the side of glass

S - The aromas of this beer were burnt, charred malts, bitter chocolate and a good deal of booze

T - The beer starts with a great deal of burnt malts, has some chocolaty bitterness with coffee notes, and finishes with a good kick of booze at the end

M - This mouth was everything I expected from an Imperial Stout, smooth and creamy, thick body, and light carbonation

D - This was a good Imperial Stout, a little more booze on the taste than I like, except in the case of Bourbon Cask aged, of course

01-25-2009 21:02:12 | More by cvfish
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-25-2013 20:45:45 | More by DerekQXQX
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4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Without question one of the finest stouts I've ever had the privelage to know. Outstanding aroma, sweet roasted malt with coffee overtones that remind me of Kahluha. Also reminds me of the very first Mackeson XXX I had some 10 years ago. Smooth full body and very drinkable. Seems to be at its best after sitting a little while and warms up. This is a Stout lovers wet dream!!

06-18-2003 15:52:38 | More by BierReise
Photo of arguemaniac


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a viscous, opaque black with a long-lasting, creamy brown head. Chocolately, roasted aroma. Big chocolate and bitter coffee in the rich, burnt palate. Dark fruit and a fairly intense malt sweetness make their way through as well. Intense coffee and burnt grain in the robust finish.

I’ve heard good things about this one and I would say it lives up to the hype. It’s rich and complex with a nice balance between the rich malt sweetness and bitter, burnt flavors. Highly recommended.

01-28-2007 23:56:46 | More by arguemaniac
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-05-2012 19:55:52 | More by JRBecks
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-02-2014 16:11:01 | More by -NESTO-
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-26-2014 15:53:21 | More by mythaeus
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-17-2013 07:05:32 | More by leprakhan
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3.78/5  rDev -10.6%

A: Pours dark brown, opaque with less than a finger of dark brown head which dissipates quickly.

S: Smells most clearly of chocolate initially, more coffee comes through as it warms.

T: Chocolate and coffee stand out in taste; both are balanced well. A bit of a caramel flavor, and easily noticeable bitterness from hops; pleasant bittersweet finish. Only complaint is that it may be a bit too sweet for my tastes.

M: Soft carbonation; thick, oily body.

D: Moderately drinkable; the sweetness begins to overwhelm me near the end of the glass. Though I enjoyed it, it was best early on and I don't think I would have a second immediately.

12-25-2010 02:55:52 | More by AwYeh
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-16-2011 19:26:42 | More by Kaydogg
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-04-2012 03:52:01 | More by WoodburyMN
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-19-2013 22:48:03 | More by maDUECEgunner
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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