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

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BA SCORE
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4,403 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,403
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 939 | 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.

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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin layer of tan head. Nose is dark roasted malts, coffee beans & molasses. Taste is heavily coffee malt base, dark cocoa, roasted chocolate. Well rounded and smooth with no abv presence. Highly enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout. Will definitely pick up more when I see this beer on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 17:49:39 | More by heebes
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GrabMeAnAbbey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-31-2011 21:44:43 | More by GrabMeAnAbbey
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soju6

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a nice tan head and lots of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, bit of chocolate sweetness, trace of vanilla and dark fruit. No hint of the alcohol.

T: Taste starts with bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. There is an earthy bitterness that lingers just a bit.

F: Full body, smooth and very well balanced. As it warms it seems to develop more character.

O: Excellent sipper. The perfect beer on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 21:37:32 | More by soju6
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cerunincos

Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-31-2011 20:01:40 | More by cerunincos
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cornucopia

Puerto Rico

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-31-2011 15:48:34 | More by cornucopia
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-30-2011 23:25:43 | More by ROBSTARR
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-30-2011 18:16:51 | More by funkyaudio
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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brew really looks like motor oil pouring into the pint glass. It appears flat until right at the last 1/6 of the bottle or so produces about 2 fingers of a brown sugar looking head. When I say that, I mean it's so condensed you really can't see bubbles. An imposing RIS.

S- Molasses on the first few whiffs, then heavy amounts of chocolate as I inhale deep. Deep roasted malts, and that signature RIS scent that my nose always picks up as being somewhat smokey and minty. A little bit of toffee for good measure, why not. No booze.

T- Bittersweet chocolate in the initial flavor, leading into a charred malt flavor. This is pretty intense. The aftertaste reminds me if peanut brittle. Theres a bit of a harsh roasted profile, that I'm sure would blow over with some age. Booze is very well masked.

M- Full bodied, rich and chewy in the mouth. Medium level of carbonation. This is how a stout should feel.

O- I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and can see why everyone loves it. My bottle was from this year, but I would love to let some age and see how the flavor and the amount of roast change. Hats off to Bells for making this great beer, and it's fairly easy to come by which is even better.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:53:28 | More by haazer
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porkinator

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours creamy and dark as night. Beautiful tan nickel thick head.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate - Pretty much everthing you want in an RIS. Small amount of raisin & alcohol.

T - A little bitter. Lots of chocolate and malt up front finishing with coffee. Alcohol is very subtle for 10.5%

M - I couldn't ask for more when it comes to mouthfeel. Very smooth, carbonation is on point. Flavor lasts from the tip of my tongue to the back.

O - I'm very excited that I got to try this amazing beer. I hope some of these Midwest beers can start making their way out to the west coast.

Salud
-Porky

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:35:55 | More by porkinator
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AJacob81

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-29-2011 19:46:09 | More by AJacob81
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elNopalero

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a dark, thick black with a cocoa colored layer of foam. Intensely roasty, and sharply so. Dry and bitter finish. There’s all sorts of dark roasty delicious things coming across in this brew—espresso and coffee and dark chocolate. Thick and lasting. I enjoyed taking this expedition, sip by sip.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 18:19:07 | More by elNopalero
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BrewtalAlement

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-29-2011 18:00:45 | More by BrewtalAlement
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-29-2011 09:47:15 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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Grebdioz

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-28-2011 07:42:47 | More by Grebdioz
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dgugliuzza

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Pitch black pour with sticky thick brown head. Large and medium sized bubbles sit atop the head. After the head settles, a sandy film remains.

Dark roasted malt, molasses, coffee and dark fruits combine to create a rich aroma. The sweetness is balanced by a woody bitterness.

Heavily roasted and bittersweet aromas explode on the palate. Dark fruit and coffee flavors follow along. A bit of chocolate and sweet malt is followed by a pleasant bitter finish. Perfectly balanced. One of the more bold and flavorful imperial stouts.

Creamy and silky mouthfeel. Viscous beyond belief as it takes on a motor oil like consistency. Low and appropriate carbonation. It's definitely a sipper, but goes down easy.

Expedition Stout embodies the RIS category. It's bold with roasty, sweet and bitter flavors. The Viscous mouthfeel sets it apart from most others.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 05:02:04 | More by dgugliuzza
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

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

~ Review number 50 ~

Bottled 12/17/10. Served at cellar temperature.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my new Xmas gift. A Deschutes tulip glass.

A: This beer is stunning! It pours a deep rich black with no light shining through. 3 fingers of thick rich tan head. Nice tight bubbles and great retention. Lots of lace.

S: Nice roasty notes with a smooth milk chocolate smell. Some dark fruits come out as well. A touch of alcohol present at times.

T: A nice balance between the roasty flavor and the sweet chocolate and fruity notes. Alcohol is still very present after a year of age. Lingering coffee bitterness and some alcohol in the finish.

M: Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation and a moderate to heavy but silky body.

Overall this a silky smooth nicely balanced stout. It's still ready for more years ahead and I can't wait to see how this beer evolves. Its a wonderful representation of the style! 23 more to go :)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 18:09:11 | More by muletrane
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-27-2011 16:18:05 | More by mrebeka
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-27-2011 15:48:50 | More by SPRichard
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michaelmatters

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-27-2011 08:15:53 | More by michaelmatters
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brock146

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick pour with thinner than average "stout" head

S - Big time sweet raisins, a hint chocolate and coffee tones.

T - Malty sweet raisins, followed by a tad of chocolate with a hint of bitter coffee flavor and booze on the end note.

M - Big bodied with perfect (minimal) carbonation.

O - I had purchased a six pack of this stout (not aged) and was decently impressed. However, I must say that I was lucky to be able to pick up a year aged bottle of this at my favorite liquor store here in Minneapolis. In all honesty I have to say that after a year of aging this beer improves exponentially. I am a big fan of stouts, this one really takes the cake. Perfect balance of flavor that really packs one hell of a punch. This beer should, in my opinion, most definitely be aged before it is released. FANTASTIC. Sad that I didn't buy another one... or 7.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 05:06:00 | More by brock146
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-27-2011 03:46:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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dlello2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-27-2011 03:17:25 | More by dlello2
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-26-2011 20:57:18 | More by HoneyLamb
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tugg407

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-26-2011 00:39:47 | More by tugg407
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Jakers90

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-25-2011 21:05:19 | More by Jakers90
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,403 ratings.