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

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BA SCORE
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4,399 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,399
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 940 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002)
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-20-2013 03:28:02 | More by warrenout330
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Keener

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-20-2013 02:11:31 | More by Keener
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dragoondingus

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-20-2013 01:36:14 | More by dragoondingus
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screamking

Ohio

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

Purchased at The Party Source, 12oz poured into snifter.

Look-pours dark very dark, close to black with a creamy light brown head. 4.5

Aroma- malt, whole bean coffee, small bit of cinnamon, over baked sugar cookies. 4.5

Taste-Big roasted coffee bean, heavy on the dark chocolate, less malt then expected,little bit of char at the end. 4.5

Feel-thick/syrup, alcohol is there, dryness in the finish. 4.25

Overall-this is powerful stuff, I think it could use some age on it which I intend to do. That being said it is a very good representation of this style. Warms you to the bone. A heavy hitter for sure. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:09:41 | More by screamking
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Fanhitter


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass, poured from a bottle aged 10yrs+

Looks a thick, sepia-black brew, as to be expected. The head on this was a solid half inch of creamy, thick, brown bubbles. The pour itself was a thick, syrupy event.

Smells faintly of berry, sweet grape and currant. With a blindfold on, I'd say this was a barleywine. As it warms however, the coffee/chocolate nose becomes more prevalent, but a musty sweet smell exists until this is gone.

Tastes like a creamy, single origin dark chocolate with a faintly sweet sip. The aftertaste is far sweeter than the draw, and maltier too. A bitter/burnt cold SO coffee flavor is present as well, finished with a very faint port grape flavor. It's big, and pairs nicely with the birthday cake on the table. Happy birthday DAD!

Mouthfeel is syrupy, but oily rather than sticky. It's easy to drink, but this begs to be savored. Coats the tongue, but not the teeth.

Overall, I remember getting this bottle (and others) for my birthday many years ago and not being into it, as, at 21 I was a die-hard Guinness drinker. Still love the Guinness, but can appreciate bigger flavors and age has done this well. Gives me a serious lesson on aging big beers, especially after the resinated cake of solids on the bottom needed a drop of water to break up. Even though I'm still not the biggest fan of big imperial stouts, I'd love to try another aged bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 23:46:03 | More by Fanhitter
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Beer21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-19-2013 23:29:12 | More by Beer21
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Lethargy99

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-19-2013 22:40:51 | More by Lethargy99
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black in the glass you catch no other hues or coloring in the light. A thin yet creamy brown head rests atop the darkness and sticks to the edges.

Sweet whiffs of chocolate malt mix with a malty graham cracker scent. Touches of vanilla and coconut give the impression it's barrel aged.

Nicely thick and viscous the taste is of burnt coffee and burnt malt. There is a sweetness of chocolate but its fleeting. The burnt flavors are strong and smooth but there is a slight tinny alcohol after taste. Very warm going down its a great cold weather ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:06:55 | More by KYGunner
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RyanBeer13

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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smogfood

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Alabama

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-19-2013 12:47:53 | More by Toadhopper
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-19-2013 01:50:56 | More by RandyBoBandy
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nUgZ

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a minimal head and a little lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and some smoke.

T: The taste is very much like the smell with the addition of some bitter hops. The alcohol is somewhat detectable.

M: Full bodied with ample carbonation. More carbonation than I like in a RIS.

O: Very enjoyable. I would like it more with a little less carbonation, but overall it's a very solid RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:08:41 | More by nUgZ
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Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-17-2013 08:07:40 | More by millertime416
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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-15-2013 07:24:27 | More by DCgolfpro
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,399 ratings.