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

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4,461 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,461
Reviews: 1,875
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 381
Gots: 949 | 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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iparaez

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-01-2013 06:09:35 | More by iparaez
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grrrah

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

04-01-2013 06:02:23 | More by grrrah
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Pookie

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-01-2013 02:57:53 | More by Pookie
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint.

Appearance- So black. Very little mocha head. Some lacing.

Smell- Booze, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, sweet malts.

Taste- Bitter chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate malts, some light vanilla, mild hop bitterness. Finishes bitter, which is great because it had a very sweet smell. No booze which is astounding.

Mouthfeel- Quite viscous. Very smooth. No heat. Coats the mouth.

Overall- Damn fine bitter RIS. Another good one from Bells!

04-01-2013 02:28:14 | More by Seanniek91
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gjoker321

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

04-01-2013 01:09:06 | More by gjoker321
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timahood32

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-01-2013 00:09:53 | More by timahood32
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bacasnax

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-31-2013 23:28:46 | More by bacasnax
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-31-2013 16:31:27 | More by griffeyb
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-31-2013 14:54:30 | More by UNCCTDawg
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beergod1

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Grizzlybearbb

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-31-2013 01:06:27 | More by Grizzlybearbb
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MagnusThunnus

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-31-2013 01:05:43 | More by MagnusThunnus
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-31-2013 00:37:49 | More by rolltide8425
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schoon

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-30-2013 22:39:12 | More by schoon
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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beercatbrew

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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RyanB4

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Forluhn

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-29-2013 23:58:54 | More by Forluhn
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mcc1654

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-29-2013 21:38:40 | More by mcc1654
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plato

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-28-2013 23:20:14 | More by plato
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LCB_Hostage

Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -29.3%

Came across this on the beer menu at a restaurant last night and was excited to give it a try. Bell's distribution around us is spotty at best, but I did see a couple Six-packs of this in a bottle shop recently and almost picked one up. The $20 price tag was a bit high for the moment, though so I held off. Now very glad that I did.

Served on tap into a tulip

A: Deep, dark black. Little to no head by the time it arrived at the table. No lacing to speak of.

S: Less than I would have expected. Alcohol was very present as was roasted grains and some sweet fruit. A bit of chocolate lingered, too.

T: Again, not quite what I was anticipating. Almost cloyingly sweet and relatively smooth upfront with some alcohol warming on the way down, but not that much given the 10%+ ABV. I guess I'd say this was very well balanced, because no individual flavor stood out (unless you consider sugary sweetness a flavor). It did leave a trace of rather unpleasant bitterness on the back of the tongue -- not in a hoppy way, but more in a "something burnt" way.

M: The only word I could think of as I was drinking this was "oily." I expected a syrupy character from a RIS, but this just coated everything and wouldn't come off.

O: I guess I'm just not in Bell's target audience. This is the second highly acclaimed Bell's beer (the other being 2-hearted) that seem seriously over-hyped to me. This wasn't a bad beer by any circumstances, but neither was it something that lived up to its reputation or pricetag. I know that "balance" is supposed to be a sign of superior brewing skill, but to me, if NOTHING stands out about a beer, it's balanced to the point of being boring. And I would have to say that for me, Expedition Stout was an $8 glass of Meh. Oh well, different brews for different crews.

03-28-2013 15:32:53 | More by LCB_Hostage
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Shagator

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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solargoat

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

03-27-2013 20:21:53 | More by Maxwell
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,461 ratings.