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

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Ratings: 5,184
Reviews: 1,954
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 436
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 85
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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Photo of JonNunes
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of joeseppy
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Typical stout appearance. Nice fluffy mocha head. Btl 10/2012

Initial pour has cola aroma and as it warms, turns into a milky sweet coffee with roasty malts.

Chocolate upfront with a hoppy alcohol back. Coffee through the nose lingers. Milk chocolate, smoky malts, raisin, brown sugar and alcohol heat. Some bitter black licorice. Do get a molasses presence.

Mouthfeel of smoky malt, creamy pureed dark fruit and a burnt dry hop bitterness. Crisp carbonation.

One of the most complex of stouts. Craftsfully mastered. Age will gracefully transcend this to another level of greatness year after year. Will patiently age the rest of my stash. Yum-Yum.

*on tap November 2013
Freakin' Phenom---detect low alcohol levels. Damn near putting these down one after another. Bumping my score up a bit.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark cola color, settles into the glass as a thick, black body. Huge mocha head that settles after a few minutes, leaving a ton of sticky residue behind.

S- Tons of roasted malts, bitter unsweetened chocolate, some earthiness.

T- Huge roastiness, tons of bitter chocolate with hints of sweetness, hints of burnt flavors.

M- Big, thick, full bodied, but virtually no alcohol presence.

O- Huge, big roastiness, tons of bitterness, huge full flavor and body, a great imperial stout.

Photo of nkeckhar
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jgluck
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dctriman
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of MCain04
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4 month old bottle poured into a 13 oz snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Pours out a 1-2 finger dark tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted dark malts with some booze. This promises to be warming and filling.

Taste: Extremely roasty up front, with chocolate, a little bitter coffee. Pretty hoppy... not sure how I feel about the citrus, tart, acidic, sour notes. Pretty dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Smooth, full body. Decently chewy. Was honestly expecting it to be boozier, this one is pretty drinkable.

Overall: A decent stout. I have another one of these with a year on it, and will put down one of this year's for a little while to see how 1, 2, 3 yrs taste with this. For $3, this tastes pretty good. For the same price though, get a founders imperial stout, you'll be happier.

Photo of lion22
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of chetw
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of shohen
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Christov
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mateuszekxxpl
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of cofeeguru
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of richeddi
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of flipdog0
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mellowmark
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of NW2285
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of alysmith4
3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Was expecting so much from this beer, considering it's high ranking and glowing review (and gift!) from my neighbors. Perhaps I just don't care for this style, but I found it way to syrupy. The malt profile doesn't seem to balance out the beer at all, and I found myself making terrible faces every time I took a sip. It's a cross between coffee and cough syrup, in my opinion. Not my favorite. The appearance however, is lovely!

Photo of siddhartha
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Paul_Kraft586
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Steve_Oldrati
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,184 ratings.