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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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5,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,181
Reviews: 1,954
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 435
Gots: 1,226 | FT: 83
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint three months after bottling.

Appearance: Looks like used motor oil, thick, dark and viscous. Dark tan head with tiered lacing on sides.

Smell: Sweet cocoa and some dark fruit. Nice.

Taste: Very chocoately starting out. Tends to overwhelm other flavors. Some chocolate-covered cherries, as well as some smoky wood taste. Some coffee flavor begins to appear in time, but is not prominent. A bit of alcohol heat begins to make its presence known, but the chocolate and other flavors try to hide this, and do pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Very, very thick and heavy. More than just chewy.

Overall: A good chocolatey stout, but a lot of the flavors are buried under the chocolate, and this hides the complexity. Gooey goodness, but this beer retains a good deal of its mystery.

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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 6 month old bottle into a Bruery Snifter.

A- after an initial slow pour I dumped the rest of the bottle to create a nice mocha colored one (fat) finger head. After ten minutes there us still a nice foam skim encircled by a khaki ring. The body is a black coffee and totally opaque.

S- best thing about this beer. You put your beak in your glass and this beer blows you away. Hits you with unroasted coffee and blasts you with chocolate. A deep wiff must be what Gustaf smelled moments before he fell into the chocolate river. Two dimensional but done very well.

T- The taste is less attractive then the smell for only one reason and that is the heat of this beer. You are greeted by a dark chocolate wave with a beautiful under tow of dark coffee and even a welcome pinch of pepper that holds it together. After all of these great flavors you are walloped by all 10.5% and your beer turns into a nice Kentucky Bourbon. Cellar this beer at least a beer if you have the willpower.

M- medium weight that is silky. Like drinking milk. In this case bourbon infused chocolate milk. There is a nice touch of carbonation that arises from the black depths to give your tongue a tingle.

O- a world class beer that needs time to develop. But a t 6 months it is a beer best enjoyed in a cold night when you need warm me up.

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4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from bottle to tulip glass
A-pours dark black with a tan head that dissipate
S-rich aromas rich roast malt, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and hops
T-very similar to the smell, but taste caramel now
M-full bodied, sticky and thick. Can't taste the alcohol
O-great imperial stout very smooth smell, taste and palate. Great beer even thou I don't drink coffee

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3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Being a fan of Bell's Brewery and having read all the hype on Beer Advocate for Bell's Expedition Stout I expected to really enjoy this one but I can't say that I did.

A: Thick and as dark as I have seen, strong head, seriously pitch black though

S: Strong coffee and dark chocolate smell, pretty much what you would expect

T: Syrupy would be the first word I would use. This tasted very thick like chocolate syrup (more so than I would have liked or expected). Heavy dark chocolate taste but not as heavy on the coffee taste as one might think. Not terrible but definitely not as good as I had expected.

F: Creamy and syrupy would sum this up nicely. Thick to say the least.

Overall: Not a fan. Taste was OK and the smell was excellent but the mouthfeel is simply too thick to enjoy much. My least favorite Bell's brew thus far.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black in color, with a nice finger tan head at the top that leaves some nice retention of lacing around the glass as you drink it, beautiful looking.

S: Strong espresso notes up front with a slight hint of chocolate on the tail end, very pleasant nose on this one, lots of roast and a bit of dark fruit.

T: Very sweet on the tongue at first, sweeter than the nose, a nice bitterness up front that warms up with the alcohol after you take it down, very good taste.

M: Slick and sticky, mid carbonation, warming aspect to it as well.

O: A fantastic brew, well balanced, the alcohol is very present but not overpowering in any shape or form, Bells never dissappoints.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,181 ratings.