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

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BA SCORE
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4,344 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,344
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 367
Gots: 935 | 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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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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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-19-2012 16:29:24 | More by King_KongDCO93
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-NESTO-

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-02-2014 16:11:01 | More by -NESTO-
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ToadiesForCody

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-07-2014 17:20:49 | More by ToadiesForCody
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sweethome

Illinois

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

I've been drinking this for many years now. I've found the quality to be up and down the last few years. This years model:

Black, opaque as ever. So thick. Actually developed a head, which in some years it does not. Big bubbles in the head leave rocky, surface of the moon apperance.

Huge chocolate nose with some roast, and signature hops fighting through.

The thickest mouthfeel I've ever had - always has been and I still wait for the day something thicker comes along. The heft of this beer is amazing. Somewhat overwhelming, even after having it every winter it shocks me with it's depth.

Chocolate off the tip, but hops present right away too. Mid mouth it delivers a bit of a soy sauce flavor - something I noticed in the 2002 version. That really detracts. But hold on, this comes back for so much more. It fills out with lush chocolate and roast. How the hops fight through the huge amount of malt is beyond me. A liquid chocolate bar - decadent. Pour it over vanilla ice cream - it'll hold up.

Over the top and one of a kind.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 03:47:35 | More by sweethome
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baggio

Sweden

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle@home

A: Pitch black with a big, beige, head and lots of lacing.

S: Roasted malts, Chocolate, Cookies, Molasses.

T: Espresso, Chocolate, Roasted malts, Dark sugar.

M: Thick and very heavy. Massive chocolate/espresso up front and ends with a lingering bitterness.

I dig this. Not as complex as some other stouts but thick and kickass like a stout should be.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:10:44 | More by baggio
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imfrommichigan

Utah

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-27-2013 05:57:19 | More by imfrommichigan
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camartin27

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2014 21:29:42 | More by camartin27
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IronTom

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-31-2013 20:38:51 | More by IronTom
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dtomes

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-20-2014 16:29:11 | More by dtomes
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TheDM

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew has a very hoppy aroma and an extremely black, as in a black hole, body with no head whatsoever. It had a very strong coffee flavor. It almost burns as it goes down. Somewhat of a bitter initial taste that lingers well after is has gone down.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 15:01:51 | More by TheDM
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ILikeGoodCider

California

3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 02.07.2010. Batch number on bottle: 9384. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 14 oz. pint glass.

A: Pours thick and black, viscous, remind me of motor oil. I was a little surprised at the head that developed on this, it just kept rising to almost two inches of light brown creamy foam. Lacing was down the glass.

S: Aromas were a bit complex with a mix of coffee, prunes, and a bit of brown sugar. There is also a faint bit of alcohol but no hops.

T&M: Heavy and full on the tongue, thick & chewy. Lots of coffee and thick sweet malts. It's hard to tell where the bittering is coming from - the bittering of the dark roast or something else. There are other flavorful hints in here too, like raisins, candy sugar, something like black licorice, and several layers of other malts. The carbonation is very fine and rather minimal, but it is there and seems to be well matched to the brew. The finish on this is long, as you might expect, with sweet malts that fade quickly to a long linger of bitter coffee tones.

D: Smooth and creamy texture is an interesting contrast to the aggressive coffee bittering, sort of a hard & soft complex. The ABV makes this a stiff drink, but it's enjoyable just the same.

I do love me a Bell's Stout...I've cellared three of these for sampling in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 03:44:59 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-13-2013 00:21:25 | More by DMarlinJ
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freemanj

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-01-2014 20:30:00 | More by freemanj
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Bustersuess

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-14-2014 00:59:52 | More by Bustersuess
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2013 01:04:29 | More by a0lbudman
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Screper

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-08-2014 15:20:52 | More by Screper
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-10-2012 10:51:30 | More by IPAFrankieH
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RichD

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-17-2014 23:20:06 | More by RichD
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours dark and sludgy, like motor oil. A head forms of dark tan, almost chocolate brown, tiny bubbles that are very closely knit together and fade away quick, as might be expected at 10.5% alcohol. The beer’s lacing is nearly nonexistent due to the alcohol, but does live a few thin spots and some slight legs from the alcohol. The beer’s body is too dark to properly gauge. On the nose, this beer is thick with raisiny and plum malts, almost quad-like in intensity. Beneath the raisin sits a healthy cocoa smell that plays beside roasted coffee malts and thick creamy dark chocolate. The smell is boozy sweet, and stings the nostrils just enough to let us know there is thick sweet alcohol in this. On the tongue, the beer tastes thickly of bitter coffee roast with a light sweetness at the back of the tongue. The beer’s flavors begin with chewy thick almost raisiny sweet malts that move swiftly into chocolate and then into thick roasted smoky malts that bring lovely RIS flavors. The sweet malts briefly touch on a cloying level of sweetness, but are swiftly washed away by the bitter roast of the malts. The finish is fat with roasted coffee malts, char, and a slight sweet touch of raisin and dark fruit. The aftertaste is burnt char and light chocolate flavors. The alcohol of this beer, while briefly present with the cloying sweetness, is actually nicely hidden, and helps to mellow the bitter roast of the malts. In the mouth, the beer feels thick and chewy in body. The carbonation is light and nearly nonexistent on the tongue, leaving a thick creamy, velvet feel on the tongue. The mouth is left charred dry with saliva on the sides of the tongue from the light but not noticeable acidity. Overall, this is a lovely RIS. Great big flavors that are not overdoing it, and certainly seem ready to mellow into beautiful things with age. The raisiny sweetness is a little off putting at first, but works beautifully to prepare the tongue for the bitter roast of the middle and finish of the flavor. I’m excited to have tried this beer, and excited to see what it does with age. According to Bell’s this is one of the earliest examples of an American RIS, and I believe they did it beautifully. Try this beer for sure, and age it too, my bottle was a little less more than half a year old.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 20:21:53 | More by Maxwell
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OB1

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-31-2013 20:28:34 | More by OB1
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Jd2391

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-18-2013 18:26:08 | More by Jd2391
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jeffwright

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-14-2014 01:28:19 | More by jeffwright
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-11-2012 03:00:18 | More by lilnicky068
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Supergenious

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-22-2011 01:28:37 | More by Supergenious
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,344 ratings.