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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,374 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,374
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 372
Gots: 934 | FT: 76
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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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dtomes

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-17-2014 18:56:46 | More by anhigdon
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Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

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Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-06-2013 00:33:13 | More by Hopmarc
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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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jeffwright

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-30-2014 23:38:29 | More by bruindre
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark viscous black almost sludgey (in a good way), with a good, mocha colored 3 finger head. Great looking stout.

S - Smells of roasted malt, coffee and mocha, chocolate, and dark fruits. A lot of great smells mixing together here, makes a good bittersweet combination.

T - Heavy on the chocolate up front that fades into a bitter roasted coffee. Sweetness is muted, but a great taste if you like heavy coffee stouts.

M - Coats the entire mouth before leaving a faint dryness. Hides the 10.5% ABV very well, to make a very, very drinkable, high ABV beer.

Overall - I loved this beer. Being a fan of coffee stouts, I couldn't get enough of this. An absolutely delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:08:12 | More by BeerBuckeye
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DannyDan

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a thick black oily body with a tan head. Not much in carbonation, not much in lacing and little retention. Did get a good size head by giving it an aggressive pour.
S. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice is the most notable smells in this brew.
T. Bitter chocolate, and coffee up front followed by some licorice and sweet molasses in the middle and finishes off with some caramel and some alcohol.
M. This is a nice smooth and creamy feel that leaves a little stickiness on the lips and leaves the mouth dry.
D. For being a strong full bodied beer it goes down nicely. This is one that I'll gladly buy again. Not perfect, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:46:51 | More by DannyDan
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domtronzero

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear deep dark brown, almost opaque. Average lasting, big mocha head with lots of lacing.

S - Dark fruits, caramel and sweet malts. Chocolate and a little roast. Light alcohol.

F/M - Bitter baker's chocolate with toffee, caramel and sweet bready malts. Medium high bitterness accentuated by the dark malts. Dry finish with a lingering chocolaty roasty aftertaste. Moderate carbonation, light alcoholic warmth.

D - Okay, but this is a pretty big beer. Thick and rich makes it quite challenging to put down more than a bottle of this in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 05:23:14 | More by domtronzero
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California

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North Carolina

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Initially, a shock to the palate! I couldn't believe how strong tasting this beer is. Pours like 10W 30, little head, no lace. Super malty and super hoppy at the same time. It got tastier as I went, and left me feeling no pain. Quite bitter, with some chocolate sweetness. I'm glad I got to try this (thanks, Monk). This is one of those beers that I wish I always had around, for when the mood strikes me. In the same category as Speedway and Stone in that regard. An excellent and powerful stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 23:26:52 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,374 ratings.