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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

4,344 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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miadw3

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-01-2013 02:13:23 | More by miadw3
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-26-2014 17:32:49 | More by JIMTRK16
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cantfindme

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-04-2011 06:15:44 | More by cantfindme
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RKing44

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-09-2014 23:16:23 | More by RKing44
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Alex5

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -35%

12-10-2013 22:07:30 | More by Alex5
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-26-2013 19:17:11 | More by Seaba
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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
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is KICK ASS.

The appearance is what I would expect. It has a great dark dark brown body, no light comes through. A great little chocolate brown head and no lacing, 10 percent ABV is why.

The smell is good, not outstanding. There are very strong hints of cocoa. Alcohol smell is present but not overwhelming.

The taste is great. Cocoa, just a brownie taste with alcohol that is just amazing. Really blown away with this one. There is a little alcohol taste that brings out the flavors so well. Malt is another characteristic. I believe, just from taste, that they used chocolate and burnt malts. These you can taste, along with a bready thick mouthfeel that is throwing me off a little. An alcoholic burn can also be detected.

The drinkability is dangerous. Just keep sipping and sipping tasting different flavors.

Very good.
J

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 00:40:14 | More by Jmoore50
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badboy7113

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-21-2013 11:47:39 | More by badboy7113
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Goobastic

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-04-2013 02:59:05 | More by Goobastic
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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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zerk

California

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

I'll start off by saying that I'm not a big fan of Imperial Stouts... they are usually too powerful flavorwise for me to really enjoy. Having said that, there is absolutely nothing I can fault in this beer... black as can be, with a thick reddish brown head that leaves a ton of lace on the glass. Aroma is full of complixety... coffee, chocolate, cherries, port wine... and on the first sip, I was knocked to my knees with flavor... it began with some sweet and sour port-like flavors... then the chocolate and rum, finishing with creamy and bitter coffee. It feels thick and oily in the mouth, but has quite a bit of carbonation. This is a HUGE beer, and not something you drink quickly. Even though I don't really care too much for the style, I can definately appreciate the craft and care that went into making this fine brew.

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Reveiw edited on Jan 22, 2003

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Although I still find this to be a fine beer, I'm altering the scores based off of a blind veritcal tasting against other Imperial Stouts. Expedition was basically middle-of-the-pack for the style, in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 11:51:29 | More by zerk
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother Sean for the 12 oz purchased at the Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

Appearance - Jet black in color. Thin head, but good retention. I love the etching on the bottom of the Chimay glass, it does help produce more head.

Nose - Sweet sweet, roasted, slightly fruity- plums and blackberries.

Taste - Sweet, but not too much, roasted, very chocolately, melted brown sugar, slightly fruity, finishing with an nice roasted acrid bitterness and a slight alcohol taste. The malty, roasted, and, most prominently, chocolately flavors beat down the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, smooth, viscious and a little sticky in the finish.

Drinkability - This could be the most drinkable RIS I've ever had. The lack of a sharp or even strong alcohol taste makes it a lot more drinkable to me. Smooth and damn tasty.

Overall Impression - What a great RIS. Smooth, balanced with lots of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 03:59:14 | More by ILiveOffHops
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Satan70

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-12-2012 15:20:34 | More by Satan70
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-31-2014 00:26:15 | More by Snellgg5
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drewbage

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Striaght up from a 12oz brown bottle imported from Kalamazoo.

And I tell you now.. I've got a beer in Kalamazoo, a real pipper roo.

Pours deep dank dark black brown into my imperial mug with a low brown head that only rises up on a vigorous pour. But once it's there, it holds like a Irishman to a blade of glass.

Aroma is deep raisin and tobacco. molasses gingerbread and brown sugar.

Beer starts deep and rich with coffee and toffee. Surprisingly little roast for a beer this dark and toasted, In the middle of the brew I get a bunch of bready biscuit and chewing tobacco.

The finish veers to port and chcocolate and a ton of malty goodness.

Is this good beer? Nope. Is it a great beer? Yup. It's a deep dessert beer that's a good finish to the evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 06:28:51 | More by drewbage
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mattboyer182

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-23-2013 02:46:55 | More by mattboyer182
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brealbg

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good stout with lots of flavors and a fairly high hop content for a stout.

APPEARANCE:
*head- large, creamy, medium brown, good lacing, dissipates slowly.
*light carbonation
*almost black in color

AROMA:
*chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted, yeast, black licorice, smoke, vanilla.

TASTE:
*caramel, chocolate, coffee, nutty, roasted, yeast, alcohol, black licorice, oak, red wine, smoke, vanilla

FLAVOR:
*initial- medium sweetness, light acidity, high bitterness, very light sourness, medium saltiness, and very light tartness
*finish- acidity and saltiness reduce to very light, all others same as initial. Long finish length, creamy mouthfeel, hits the middle of the tongue. Good body lacing.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 11:58:29 | More by brealbg
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a snifter

A - Black body with a small circle of dark brown head.

S - Dark malts and roast, a big boozy presence lingers in the back as well.

T - dark chocolate, kind of a burnt grain taste that makes it fairly bitter. Boozy as well but in a grainy alcohol kind of way.

M - heavy body, not much carbonation

D - Not what I remember this one tasting like. Kind of a bitter burnt flavor takes this one down a notch with me.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 20:32:28 | More by jpmclaug
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opwog

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

07-02-2013 17:38:56 | More by opwog
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goschool

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage

Appearance: The pour is black as night with brown highlights with no head to speak of, not for lack of effort on my part.

Smell: The nose is surprisingly sweet with plumb and caramel in front of Starbucks Liqueur, dark chocolate, and a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste: As promised in the aroma, the flavor profile is very sweet. Caramel, plums, figs, and molasses lead the charge while cocoa, coffee with a shot of grappa, and toffee provide the backbone along with a hint of grassy and citrusy hop bitterness with warming alcohol looming throughout the palate. The aftertaste lingers for a long, long time.

Mouthfeel: It's full-bodied and oily with plenty of carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is tasty and uniquely sweet next to most of the roasty, bitter RIS around. It's a taxing beverage, but a very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 07:49:03 | More by goschool
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-30-2013 20:26:10 | More by gr8zehaman
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-04-2013 23:23:46 | More by Lambocalrisien
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-12-2013 14:33:06 | More by Chris77McGrath
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,344 ratings.