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

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BA SCORE
94
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4,484 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,484
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 385
Gots: 950 | 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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imfrommichigan

Utah

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-27-2013 05:57:19 | More by imfrommichigan
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-27-2013 05:07:54 | More by Jamison85
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MadScientist

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-27-2013 03:23:42 | More by MadScientist
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-27-2013 02:56:10 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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JulianB

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-27-2013 00:42:37 | More by JulianB
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barczar

Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -4%

Pours an opaque black with a dense, frothy quarter inch cocoa head that slowly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

Cocoa, hints of plastic, sorghum, roast malt, figs, and dark berries are fairly subtle in the aroma by the time I get to the fourth in the flight.

Dark cherries and roast malt dominate the initial sip, finishing fairly bitter with coffee grounds and a bit of acridness. Molasses sweetness, dark chocolate, and nutty, toasted malt add complexity at the base. Plums, figs, and soft raisins emerge later, along with booze.

Body is thick, creamy, and smooth, with low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and roast malt are well represented, but drier and more bitter at the finish than I prefer. Think majority of the bitterness is hop derived. Fairly complex. The nutty malt saves it for me. Wish the aroma were more pronounced and the finish were less bitter.

03-27-2013 00:20:55 | More by barczar
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-26-2013 20:29:16 | More by jvillefan
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aranton

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-26-2013 20:17:47 | More by aranton
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JeffZeltwanger

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-26-2013 17:18:53 | More by JeffZeltwanger
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mrzazz

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-26-2013 16:37:37 | More by mrzazz
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TheSamKuehn

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-26-2013 04:06:06 | More by TheSamKuehn
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alelover

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-26-2013 04:02:57 | More by alelover
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kevinthedriven

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-26-2013 03:22:03 | More by kevinthedriven
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jzdecourcy

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-26-2013 03:16:30 | More by jzdecourcy
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2GOOFY

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-26-2013 01:55:39 | More by 2GOOFY
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bcostner1

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-25-2013 23:29:08 | More by bcostner1
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Rons35

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-24-2013 23:11:46 | More by Rons35
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Hobo

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-24-2013 19:50:51 | More by Hobo
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user785335

Florida

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-24-2013 16:22:20 | More by user785335
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VicVinegar

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-24-2013 11:50:45 | More by VicVinegar
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-23-2013 21:13:39 | More by Sparky44
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Dirtinabottle

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-23-2013 17:57:33 | More by Dirtinabottle
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Stoutlad

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-22-2013 21:22:22 | More by Stoutlad
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

- Bottled 22-Oct-12
- 12 oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 21-Mar-13 (aged 5 months)

Overall a solid RIS, but it's got some heat at the tail end that unbalances things so I'm expecting the aging to raise the bar on this one.

- Bottled 10105 (15-Apr-10) / Cellared 7-Apr-12
- 12 oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey teku on 4-Nov-13 (aged 3 years 7 months)

One of the top 5 non-BA stouts I've ever had. Nice roast with toasted nuts and velvety dark chocolate. Love to get a 6-er sometime and start cellaring a bunch of these.

03-22-2013 13:27:51 | More by Rollzroyce21
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-21-2013 20:53:39 | More by MSandahl23
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,484 ratings.