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

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BA SCORE
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5,292 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,292
Reviews: 1,979
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,291 | FT: 93
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: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Firestone snifter. Batch 10068, 12/17/2010.

Appearance - Inky viscous black that yields only the slightest tinge of brown at the edges. Not much of a head. Thin khaki collar around the edge with just a lonely dime-sized island of foam roaming the surface.

Smell - I can smell the molasses from the open bottle. Tons of molasses. A stronger sniff unveils booze, licorice, and ashy burnt malt.

Taste - Ridiculous molasses again. Really creamy in the middle with just a little bit of sweetness and then the onslaught begins. Licorice, dark fruits, the darkest chocolate. Burnt pieces of chocolate, really. Ashy and extremely bitter. Booze comes back at the last gasp and bites the throat.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, boozy, nearly acrid in its ashy bitterness. And yet it manages to be creamy and delicious.

Overall - Every complaint I have ever had about fresh Expedition Stout has turned into an attribute in this bottle. Two years has done this very well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage- Bottle- Also had on tap 2 weeks ago at the Bell's tap takeover, at The Olympic Tavern.

A- Typical stout, a little viscus, some ruby on the outer edges when shun under light. No head, this 2011.

S- One of the best smelling beers period, rich in caramel, prune, brown sugar, mead, malt , honey ham....ole man this is a treat.

T-A toasty and roasting, a little burn, with the bottle less heat that was on tap. More chocolate for the bottle, more towards the dark fruit while on tap. Creamy even. This sucker ages well. So much chocolate, delicious.

M-thick but easy to move around, carbonation still holding up well. really nice and velvet like even.

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Sepia film over that blackest beer I've ever seen.
Blackberry crumble, ash, and fish sauce on the nose - faintly. Warms to some BSDA fruit notes and peat smoke.
Molasses, cold espresso, prune juice, licorice hard candy, with undertones of dark baked pretzels, then gooey pine resin hops.
Christmas pudding finish and long tarry linger with some black malts and port-like cherry.
Full, viscous, smooth, round, chewy, oily, no heat.

Like the Ford of the same name: huge, oily, intimidating and unwieldy.

This is almost too big to enjoy. Every dark flavor of coffee, char and fruit is crammed in here but without the bitterness from either roast or hops to really tame the sweetness. i feel like this is a sugar headache waiting to happen.

Deep and dark, big and smooth, oh so black but maybe too sweet. I'd like to see this one with some age on it.

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,292 ratings.