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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,475
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 383
Gots: 951 | 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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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Classic Russian Imperial Stout. Black beer and damn dark brownish head. Pretty good head. Smell? Smells like stout. Taste - rich and delicious. To break it down, a Imperial Stout should have a good balance of bitter and sweetness. I get a strong well-roasted malty flavor at first with almost a molasses flavor that is quickly followed with a clean bitter thirst quenching finish. That finish is smooth. This may not be my favorite, but it very well could be yours. Expedition is worth a try.

This beer goes well the the fine soundtracks by the Russian composer Prokofiev's work with film maker Eisenstein like his scores for Battleship Potemkin and Alexander Nevsky.

02-20-2013 22:19:34 | More by frankiepop
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Rion

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-20-2013 03:44:11 | More by Rion
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-18-2013 19:14:44 | More by DIPAFAN
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oldvines

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-18-2013 18:30:51 | More by oldvines
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-18-2013 14:36:10 | More by Gotti311
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Danielr26

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-18-2013 13:38:15 | More by Danielr26
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2013 23:10:32 | More by Davepoolesque
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yokken

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-17-2013 20:38:19 | More by yokken
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erickehoe

Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +8.5%

Bottle Date: 12/27/12. Poured into snifter.

Beautiful looking beer. Pitch black liquid with 1/2 inch tan head. Some sparkles in the head due to the frothiness. Nice lacing. I poured this hard into the glass. It's a work of art.

Great smoky aroma, supported by toasted malts. Some cookie-like sweetness.

Firstly, I've never seen the multi-colored head this beer offers after each sip. If you look closely, various hues of brown are floating throughout the froth after you set the glass down.

The taste is magical. A smooth, subtle malt beginning is followed by peanut butter and chocolate. A dry, earthy hop flavor appears, accompanied by a nice, Belgian-like yeast. No alcohol flavor, just a bit of warming. Aftertaste of dark bitter chocolate.

The mouthfeel is silky and velvety, like melting milk chocolate. A dry, bubbly carbonation emerges, followed by more smoothness and a warm, drying finish.

This is the best Russian Imperial Stout I have had.

02-17-2013 20:10:06 | More by erickehoe
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craftbrew502

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-17-2013 15:38:22 | More by craftbrew502
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Shoo65

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-17-2013 05:31:53 | More by Shoo65
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Lipstraw


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2013 00:54:38 | More by Lipstraw
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nitter

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2013 00:21:45 | More by nitter
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Mtooman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-17-2013 00:20:37 | More by Mtooman
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-16-2013 07:55:13 | More by JellyJacket
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BGsWo22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-16-2013 02:19:37 | More by BGsWo22
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-16-2013 00:42:04 | More by Axnjxn
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cradke

Texas

4.44/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: Pours very viscous with limited carbonation. Super duper jet black. Nice lacing. Not enough of a head to rank much higher.

Smell: Very forward roasty malts. A little sweet. Alcohol presence is strong. Feels very full and stout.

Taste: Very roasty grain. HUGE malt notes. Coffee is there. The alcohol is very forward and is brought out a little by the sweetness. Very big flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Substantial presence but a little lack of carbonation at first. Spreads nicely across the palate and the carbonation grows. Very enjoyable

Overall: I think this beer is better than the some of it's parts. It's a very big, and bold beer with a huge flavor profile. For being a fresh vintage, i would have liked some more carbonation and a little less sweetness. Overall though, a great beer.

02-15-2013 03:53:38 | More by cradke
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vcoggins

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-14-2013 16:05:40 | More by vcoggins
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pointone

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-14-2013 05:35:13 | More by pointone
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sandiego67

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-14-2013 03:48:01 | More by sandiego67
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-14-2013 03:22:49 | More by funkel81
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Drtfinelli

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-14-2013 01:43:31 | More by Drtfinelli
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aaronplayford

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%

Purchased from bells as vintage 2007. The numbers match.

Pours mildly carbonated with a dark tan head.

Smells roasty and warm.

Tastes full, robust, roasty and still slightly bitter and warms after the swallow. Roast and slight bitterness lingered after.

Viscosity is thick but on par for its style.

Overall if you can age a beer 5-6 years and have it still taste this robust and roasty you've really got something. Wish I'd been aging this stuff since I knew what craft beer was.

02-13-2013 04:40:43 | More by aaronplayford
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matjack85

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-11-2013 22:04:24 | More by matjack85
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,475 ratings.