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

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5,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,365
Reviews: 1,995
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,327 | FT: 99
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 | 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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a lovely, toffee colored, thick head. Lots of lacing.

S-Huge roasted notes here. Lots of char and oaky notes as well. Very bold and not too boozy for a 10.5% brew.

T-Bold roasted notes come through most prominently. Fades into a bitter char flavor with a spiced boozy finish. Very in your face but I enjoy it.

MF-Creamy, rich, smooth. Body is thick and syrupy.

O-Just what an RIS should be. Very robust and rich.

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A: A deep dark black color that allows no light to come through. A normal pour produces a 3 finger light brown and reddish head. Nice full glass lacing sticks.

S: Lots of stuff going on here. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, espresso, tobacco, tar and some dark fruits. Wow.

T: Follow the nose on this one. Loads of dark chocolate, coffee grinds, huge roasted flavors, some tobacco and slight dark fruit flavors. Not much sweetness on this one and then the finish turns into a bitterness bomb. Alcohol is tasted at the end but is very well mixed with the other flavors. The beer is a bit edgy when young, so be ready for it. This is a fantastic and complex beer.

M: Full, coating, prickly, bitter and alcoholic. Nice.

O: This is a top shelf stout that will stand up with the best of them. It's fantastic fresh but quite extreme when young. I also know it ages with the best of them so don't be afraid to stash a few of these away. I bought an entire case and will be enjoying them over the next 2 years.

Awesome beer, not for the faint of heart, but if you like extreme beers, this one is it.

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