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

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4,526 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,526
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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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

matjack85, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

pooogy, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of JDizzle
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 oz pizour, bottled 9/26/11

Looks really dark, as in black night! Head is dirty brown and chokes the rim and holds on tight for the ride.

The smell is a somewhat of a let down for me. It smells like alcohol and a little chocolate, rasted malts and maybe burnt coffee.

It taste like a full bodied stout that has chocolate notes to it with a big alcohol presence. Chocolate and malt arte there, but is overwhelmed by alcohol.

The taste is very thick with a reasted malt that dominates with a little chocolate and malt, but the alcohol is present more than not. solid effort.

Drinkability is so-so with a bitter aftertaste that lingers from the hops and a bitter chocolate and alcohol aftertaste that lingers a tad too long.

Not a homerun, but a solid effort by Bell's!

JDizzle, Feb 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Thecherryman, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BeerMeBrah, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

aaronblain22, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jn84, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ChopsMeister, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

EdelweissDad, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

shep8821, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Coduhhh, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

averagejake872, Feb 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

elchingen, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BKArmstrong, Feb 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

tdmccarthy, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

hollywood_15063, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Japple, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Dara, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

JBGOODE, Feb 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

KevinGordon, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

aflies, Feb 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

reitzbrewing, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of RandomBattle
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle (not sure as to the vintage), poured into a Bell's tulip. Bam!

Appearance - Oily and inky black RIS body, with almost no head, granted I did pour it very carefully.

Smell - I seem to get a large amount of dark fruits, think plums and dates, along with soy sauce. This beer specifically, I have always gotten soy sauce from, not unappetizing just there. After revisiting I get some nice roasty chocolate odors with some subtle hops.

Taste - Nice bitter dark chocolate flavors, followed by dark fruit flavors. Even though I always smell soy sauce in this one I never taste it. This beer has such a wonderful bittersweetness that is amazing and I feel separates it from other RIS'.

Mouthfeel - Full, mouth-coating, and smooth. This beer is liquid velvet. A treat and a sipper.

Overall - This beer is great and thankfully I can get it online when it's available since Bell's doesn't distribute to NY.

RandomBattle, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Casedogg43, Feb 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

LouDogg114, Feb 04, 2013
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,526 ratings.