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