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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,661 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,661
Reviews: 1,894
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 402
Gots: 1,015 | 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.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

MallyOMight, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

barczar, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 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.

Rollzroyce21, Mar 22, 2013
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,661 ratings.