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

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BA SCORE
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4,895 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,895
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 416
Gots: 1,092 | FT: 75
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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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazed to find sixpacks of this BA high-rated stout in Florida. Previously I had only found any Bell's at the Cratf Beer Outlet in Philadelphia, and then only a few of their lower-rated products. Bought one bottle to try, in a mixed fourpack.

Was hoping for something really exceptional, but although I found this very good, it was not amazing. The ABV was hidden quite well, but that is not necessarily that difficult to accomplish with an imperiall stout.

To be fair, I am not the biggest fan of Russian Imperial Stouts. Generally I much prefer a sweeter, good milk stout.

As a caveat, I drank this within a day of purchase. Unfortunately aging it first as recommended was just not practical. OTOH I did not check the bottling date, so cannot vouch for the freshness of the 12 ounces I had.

UPDATE 1/8/14: Back in Florida and bought a relatively fresh bottle in a mixed six at Whole Foods in Orlando. "Packaged 9/19/13" so this was being bottled about the time I was drinking my first one! Here's a more conventional review than I mustered earlier:

Poured from the 1q2 oz. bottle into a glass tumbler.

a: Black with an inch thick tan head which receded to even surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Dark bitter chocolate and coffee.

t: Dark chocolate and black coffee, which is to say a strong imperial stout flavor. Considerable lingering bitterness on the sides of the tongue. High ABV well covered.

m: Medium to heavy.

o: A quintessential imperial stout. Eminently sippable. Raising my previous newt 3.95 ratings for appearance from 4-4.25, smell from 3.75-4, taste from 4-4.25 and overall from 4-4.25.

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I lived in Michigan for years and never got into craft beer while I was up there. This beer is an example of why I should have. Bottled on 10/22/2012 - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stout glass.

Appearance - 4.75 - Pours like motor oil. Pitch black beer with two fingers of brown head that dissipates down to one finger, with nice lacing on the glass. Bottle is simple, like Bells usually is.

Smell - 4.5 - Really milky chocolate and roasted notes on this one. Creamy. Dark Fruits. Little bit of hop smell in the background.

Taste - 4.75 - Super creamy chocolate and roasted malts come through. Some espresso like flavors too. Dark fruits are definitely present. Bitterness coming both from the roasted malts and the hops in the background.

Mouthfeel - 4.75 - Thick, like a chocolate milkshake, it's creamy as hell. Alcohol is well hidden. Aftertaste is roasty and creamy, and when you breath you continue to get a nice blast of espresso like flavor. Awesome.

Overall - 4.75 - Great beer, I would say this is one of the best imperial stouts that I've had. It's creamy, full bodied and well rounded. Sitting for a year may have done a lot for this beer.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 4,895 ratings.