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

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Ratings: 4,916
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,102 | 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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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL glass.

A. Pours a thick black that forms a 2 finger brown head. Very good retention. Thick lacing. Color is jet black.

S. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Smells like an Imperial Stout should. Nothing amazing about the smell, but good.

T. Big flavors of chocolate and coffee. Pretty sweet. Some alcohol but not overpowering.

M. Thick and full bodied. Very smooth. Low carbonation.

D. This a a big beer. Its a sipper for me. Not the very best Imperial Stout I have had, but very good. Well crafted and delicous.

siradmiralnelson, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of oldedog
4.75/5  rDev +12%

oldedog, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of timoteo833
4.75/5  rDev +12%

timoteo833, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Tafyob41
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Tafyob41, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Higravity
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well I received 3 new bottles of this beer and after my last experience I am glad to have another try with this beauty. It is a dense black with a chocolate milk colored head that doesn't peter out for a while. Smell of roasted burnt malt, small hints of alcohol and hops. The taste is powerful dark roasted flavors slowly yeild to a bittering creamy swallow, alcohol is present but not overwhelming. I would have liked a little more hops to be present in here though. You could eat this beer with a spoon it has body for days and has a very creamy feel that coats your mouth. This is a great beer and well worth many more visits.

Higravity, May 09, 2005
Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

FaradayUncaged, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of Chaz
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a logoed Bell's tulip. Looks black as pitch! Head is dark tan / mahoganny, about half a finger with very good duration and excellent lacing, and served in this glassware it looks better than ever! Nose is everything I've come to expect in this brew, a near perfect blend of espresso, roasted and dark malts, and yeast. I let the glass warm a bit out of custom, but on first sip it is tangy, bittersweet, and roasty all at once. The lingering bitterness and roasted malt / espresso notes really stick in yer craw. Rather full mouthfeel and rather complex, with broad strokes of green apple, licorice, and molasses. Boozy? Yes and no: there's no arguing with 11.5%, but it's so well hidden here that it would be somewhat easy to drink this all night, and more than one of these in a sitting can be downright dangerous! As it warms the notes of bitter chocolate and light, dusty cocoa emerge and begin a nuanced and masterful interplay with the bigger, broader flavors mentioned above. Hop use is just about perfect: this isn't a style or a rendition that will suit everyone, but Bell's have thankfully resisted the 'bigger is better' approach to bittering hops that resulted in the Imperial IPA style. Carbonation is great here, and apart from one rather infamous batch has always been so. Full-bodied but not heavy, and warming rather than hot. Well balanced but not-quite sessionable . . . this is the epitome of a sipping beer.

Chaz, Jan 25, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

RichD, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

dhbiker0889, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

corysmith01, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

AlpacaAlpaca, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jryanj927, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

rojapa, Oct 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

WuBByG999, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

wellsnb, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Deep brown head, small but substantial and dense, but it receded quickly. The beer is black, and it looked akin to diesel fuel as it flowed out of the bottle. Opaque and dark as a moonless sky.

S-The snifter overflowed with roasted malts, alongside chocolate and dark dried fruits.

T-Heavy roasted malts with a huge chocolate flavor. Hop bitterness is moderate with some dcefinite hop character. Alcohol is present, but quite smooth. Finished is roasty, choco-coffee and lip-smacking.

M-Full, full body. As I said earier, akin to diesel. Chewey to the fullest extent. Alcohol is evident and the warming property is big, with a slight boozy feel in my mouth.

D-GOOD BEER! I really enjoy this brew. It's exceedingly easy to drink, while its flavor profile demands the drinker's respect. Approach with caution: you will fall for this beer. Good thing it comes in six-packs.

CHSLBrew, Feb 04, 2009
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

beerhast, Aug 22, 2013
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4.42/5  rDev +4.2%

jpd026, Oct 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

freemanj, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of hansgruber
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8944 consumed tonight

Thick black pour yields a nice dark tan head. Nice surface foam with a foamy collar. Nice lacing and plenty of tight bubbles rising from the sides with each sip. 

Malty roasty chocolaty yeasty nose. No alcohol detected.

Bitter roasty taste with some chocolate and coffee notes in there too. Virtually no sweetness but I sensed a bit of a molasses flavor deep in there. Very roasty.

Nice thick mouthfeel. Good sipper stout for sure. Nice to have in 12oz form as opposed to a bomber so it's doable if you're alone. 
Solid imperial stout.

hansgruber, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of JRBecks
4/5  rDev -5.7%

JRBecks, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of BrewMaster
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness markings on it. It pours an impervious black and brown color with no true head on it, just a ring of bubbles around the top.

Smell: Toffee, coffee, soy sauce, uncooked semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Taste: Very rich and roasty from the start with notes of chocolate, roasty coffee, caramel, and burnt oak. The beginning is very sweet and it yields to a bit of hop bitterness towards the middle and the end. As the beer warms there is a sour sweetness that develops. An alcohol warmth sits in the mouth and warms the whole body.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth in the mouth. The bold flavors are delivered well with the smooth texture.

BrewMaster, Nov 21, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Screper, Jan 08, 2014
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 4,916 ratings.