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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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4,389 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,389
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 373
Gots: 936 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002)
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-12-2012 00:19:48 | More by uvm2003
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-11-2012 23:16:32 | More by lccrunchy
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cirtap

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-11-2012 21:14:18 | More by cirtap
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-11-2012 17:22:36 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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zenwatts

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-11-2012 16:41:59 | More by zenwatts
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mcorwin

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-11-2012 04:08:08 | More by mcorwin
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown with almost no head that doesn't need to fade because it didn't appear

S-some dark roast chocolate smells along with alcohol

T-a little sweet coffee and chocolate but the alcohol makes itself known here also

M-medium to full bodied but little carbonation

O-I wasn't overly impressed but I am going to cellar some and give it another shot maybe some of the alcohol will mellow a bit

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:55:05 | More by tvv375ia
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-11-2012 01:10:53 | More by fiedler84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-10-2012 17:21:14 | More by djrn2
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Slats1221

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-09-2012 23:22:57 | More by Slats1221
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PaulMc

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-09-2012 22:59:04 | More by PaulMc
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N8DAGR8

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-09-2012 15:05:16 | More by N8DAGR8
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decadance

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-09-2012 07:21:14 | More by decadance
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SiRCRX

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-08-2012 18:48:10 | More by SiRCRX
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-08-2012 06:18:56 | More by MacStinson
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rpjordan

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-07-2012 16:29:33 | More by rpjordan
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LiquidDegenerate

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-07-2012 00:39:47 | More by LiquidDegenerate
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jstewart1130

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-07-2012 00:31:21 | More by jstewart1130
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a goblet to savor this evening. We don't get Bell's in New Jersey, and I was glad to emigrate a bottle of Expedition into the state. I have been cellaring a bottle for about a year now.

I used a goblet because I was all out of snifters. The stout was as dark as midnight and about a half a finger of foam. Expedition smells amazing. You get coffee, tobacco, and a little like bourbon.

I enjoyed sipping this fine stout. The texture is perfect and the flavor is extremely well balanced. The coffee/espresso flavor is sublime.

Yet another amazing Bell's brew. I really wish I get could get beers like Expedition and Two Hearted here.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:29:45 | More by ummswimmin
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azorie

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-06-2012 18:42:08 | More by azorie
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claspada

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 9/13/2010

Pours a jet black body with a full, frothy dark tan colored head.

Aromas begin with a ton black malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate syrup, scorched/burnt almonds and molasses. Really roasty and almost smokey which I am not a fan of. As it warms I get a large amount of herbal and floral hops, also not my favorite thing in a stout.

The tastes begin with fairly intense black, roasted malts with flavors of coffee and exceedingly dark chocolate. Some burnt nuts again and extreme dark espresso beans. The hops are bold in their bitterness, and provide a taste of earthiness and herbal flavors. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and acidic char taste.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Quite a chewy mouthfeel. Warming from the first sip and well into the finish, alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms.

Overall this is a high quality made stout but a bit too hoppy and charred malt forward for my liking. Lovers of dark porters and Russian Imperial Stouts will find this a great pleasure but my tastebuds have eschewed from enjoying these highly roasted and bitter flavors that I enjoyed early on in my craft beer lifetime. This probably needs at least 2 years in the cellar to be drinkable for my liking and to fully reach it's peak and hide the intense flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 18:25:54 | More by claspada
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-05-2012 23:13:36 | More by jsnoek
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-05-2012 23:12:49 | More by drummermattie02
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MrHirschybar

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-05-2012 22:55:10 | More by MrHirschybar
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vitters03

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-05-2012 21:20:25 | More by vitters03
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,389 ratings.