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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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5,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,356
Reviews: 1,993
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,325 | FT: 97
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: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer blows me away from the first sip. Huge chocolate and coffee tastes and smells. And even though the abv is high, it is very easy to drink and not really a sipper like you'd expect. Flavors balance well with the alcohol. Bells just knows how to make stouts, and this is no exception. Very worth seeking out.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a a 12oz bottle into a regular ole pint glass.

A: Swirling black hole. Like right when you shut the lights off before your eyes can adjust. Startlingly dark. Nice toasted marshmallow head that doesn't hang around too long. The lacing is high and tight. Cirrus clouds up near the top of the glass.

S: Real sludgy italian espresso. The faintest wisp of chocolate. Stewed black tea and some cola tones. A semi-sweet vegetality, darker than any dark fruit. Beets, maybe.

T: Crushing dry bitterness with a boozy superstructure. Like black coffee liqueur. Sweeter than on the nose, shifting to black currants and acai. Lots of fennel and tarragon. The alcohol is there, but only to spice the tongue very slightly. Nicely put together.

M: A bit oily, which leads it to hang out in some weird places on the palate longer than it needs to, but lands properly for the most part. Dry and full.

O: Layered but invitingly drinkable. You feel warm after finishing but less so than you might expect for the ABV. Definitely would like to put a couple years on a few of these. Spot on for the style.

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