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

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Ratings: 4,527
Reviews: 1,881
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 392
Gots: 970 | FT: 76
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Lare453, Feb 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

AnotherImperial, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of frankiepop
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

frankiepop, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Rion, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

oldvines, Feb 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Gotti311, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Davepoolesque, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

yokken, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of erickehoe
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

erickehoe, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

craftbrew502, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Shoo65, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Lipstraw, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

nitter, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Mtooman, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

JellyJacket, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

BGsWo22, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Axnjxn, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of cradke
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

cradke, Feb 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

vcoggins, Feb 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

pointone, Feb 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

sandiego67, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

funkel81, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Drtfinelli, Feb 14, 2013
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,527 ratings.