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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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Ratings: 4,471
Reviews: 1,875
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.

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Photo of jwswigs


4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-08-2014 07:36:48 | More by jwswigs
Photo of pentathlete


3.43/5  rDev -18.9%

Thanks to babydoc who sent me this as part of BIF18. What a variety of big brews in that box. Gotta love BAs.

12 oz bottle pours an oil slick black into the imperial. Hard pour produced a small quickly dissipating dark beige head. Smell is burnt coffee, caramel, and raisins. Taste is where the wheels leave the tracks a bit. Starts creamy with sweet molasses and then the mishmash of hops and cough cyrup kicks in. Finish is somewhat thin, bitter without either a bite or pleasant hoppiness. Mouth is coated in Vicks (the cough syrup, not Ron Mexico.) Unless this matches your palate, this beer is not highly drinkable. Maybe I'll get an opportunity to have one that has aged a bit more to see if the flavors blend and mellow a bit.

05-17-2005 02:10:12 | More by pentathlete
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-24-2013 23:56:06 | More by mtrog313
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-08-2014 04:50:16 | More by kevindp9
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-21-2014 06:23:09 | More by tviz33
Photo of Matthew607


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-08-2014 04:31:46 | More by Matthew607
Photo of dataylor21


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-10-2013 23:17:10 | More by dataylor21
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-10-2014 03:22:19 | More by dspinler
Photo of theghost3


3.13/5  rDev -26%

Pours an extreme dark brown, almost black. No head to speak of, just a light brown ring that disappears quickly. No lacing.

The smell is rather sweet from lots of chocolate along with some dark fruits (cherry, plums) & molasses. The taste is nothing like the smell--bitter citrus-like hop flavor with burnt coffee & some booziness. The lack of sweetness is a negative. Mouthfeel is kind of carbonated at first, but then ends up flat at the end; weird.

This should probably be aged to cut down on the bitter flavor. Not the most drinkable at this moment. An RIS should have some trace of sweetness. My concern is that if the carbonation goes away this quickly, it will be nonexistent with age.

09-29-2009 03:34:37 | More by theghost3
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-21-2012 22:40:58 | More by poppyjohn
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-10-2013 22:25:31 | More by sonofliberty2
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-31-2013 17:37:39 | More by AKuehn47
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-06-2013 00:33:13 | More by Hopmarc
Photo of malty


4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

Batch 7817: Fall 2007 - gave it a good year to age in the cellar.

Force poured - pitch black with a khaki head almost 3" high. Very dense & creamy head.

Chouffe coffee liqour-esqe scents; basically high-grade coffee spirits drenched in bitter dark chocolate, dark fruits; figs, black cherries, black strap molasses - all up in your nose!

Smooooth deep flavors of gourmet espresso, dark chocolate powder dissolved into thick cream with marshmallows and rum. Intoxicating flavors that scream (actually moan) rich and full-on deep dark and devilish flavors I already mentioned.

Mouthfeel is oily slick and quite velvety. Ultra full-bodied with fine carbonation at the perfect level. Long, full, lingering bold dark malty/liqouresque finish.

Drinkability is good. I don't know how well I'd be operating after a couple/few of these - but I'd give it the 'ole college try.

Overall an ale that I wasn't truly able to appreciate a couple years ago (this is my 2nd review). After sampling the bourbon barrel version at the Great Taste of the Midwest a couple years ago (poured by Larry Bell himself) and several stints with Kentucky Breakfast & original Breakfast Stout, I’ve been tempered and educated enough to truly appreciate the masterpiece this stout truly is. This RIS is utmost decadent and supremely balanced, and with just enough understated attitude (kinda like Billy Jack) to kick your ass if you mishandle it. I'm humbled to think I gave this a poor rating just over two years ago. This is one of the finest HUGE ales I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Hail to Bell's - the original Michigan micro!

11-18-2007 02:19:10 | More by malty
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3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

Appearance is very nice, the head is thick and doesn't dissapte very fast and has a good lacing that sticks. Black color is solid.

Smell has coffee, molasses, dark fruit tones and is full in body and flavor.

Taste has flavors of coffee, molasses, and slight flavors of dark fruit like prune.

Mouthfeel is very silky and smooth, very nice.

Drinkable for sure, I would buy this for sure.

05-04-2006 04:54:38 | More by Erdinger2003
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3.35/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

02-08-2010 03:44:59 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of ShadesOfGray


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ommegang tall snifter. Pours a dark, thick black with little initial head. As the pour taps off, the head grows big, light brown with great sticky frothy lacing.

Aroma is fairly light with lots of bitter notes. Roasted coffee...but a slight ash-tray smell...weird.

Very thick creamy taste. Pleasant flavor...bitter-sweet chocolates, dark roasted coffee. Great warming sensation down the throat. Wow, after smelling this beer, I espected a bad stout. Flavor is actually very good! Full body. Drinkability down due to thickness...but a must try!

01-06-2010 02:33:29 | More by ShadesOfGray
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-05-2014 00:02:49 | More by AlMarzo
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-18-2014 01:27:07 | More by JasonTaverner


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

6 1/2 years after I received 2 bottles from mlh1227 - I cracked the second one.

Holy hell...this is still delicious. Not as hot as it was..still complex and rich. Bell's - great job on this one. Feel confident about putting this one away for 5+ years, no deterioration at all.

2006 review:

12oz. bottle from mlh1227. What a guy!!

A - 1 1/2" deep chocolate milk colored head that sits on top of a beer so black that no light will ever pass through. The head is dense and retains for a while at 1/2" before falling to a cap. Full sheet of tan lace clings to the backside of the pint glass.

S - Rich, roasted malt. Coffee. A little boozy (rum) aroma. Mild sweetness. Clay, dirt. Feed store smell -- oats, grains.

T - WOW! Thick with roasted malt. Bitter dark chocolate. Bourbon like heat in the finish. Raisins and rum. Coffee....strong ass coffee!!! Delicious and complex.

M - Huge, thick mouthfeel. Slick. Smooth drinking Imperial Stout. Long, long, long finish.

D - Great drinkability for any beer, let alone a RIS with 11.5% abv! Huge beer! Excellent. Thank you mlh1227 for the sample.

03-09-2013 23:48:10 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

a- bottle poured into a nonic pint, dark, thick pour, two fingers head fade to even layer of lacing.

s- lots to the nose, raisins hit first - liquored soaked, dark chocolate and black coffee, alcohol here.

t- lots of roast and flavor here, some liquor soaked raisins, a smoky flavor, dark burnt chocolate, dark black coffee, some alcohol turnes to more alcohol as it warms.

m- huge, thick and creamy.

d- this is a sipper for a nice cold night, it wasn't as wonderful as i was expecting but certainly drinkable, and I won't have any trouble drinking the remaining single i have on hand - might throw in in the cellar for a year or so.

03-06-2011 01:12:55 | More by thecarster1
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-30-2013 20:26:10 | More by gr8zehaman
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

09-07-2013 02:43:18 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-04-2013 08:59:05 | More by Abbbp
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-27-2014 22:47:07 | More by dedbeer
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,471 ratings.