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

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4,347 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,347
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 367
Gots: 935 | 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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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-07-2011 10:00:18 | More by Devi0us
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StoutFest

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-07-2011 05:16:27 | More by StoutFest
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-07-2011 04:10:51 | More by jheezee
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Cottzilla

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-07-2011 02:18:25 | More by Cottzilla
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smchenry75

Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-07-2011 01:51:04 | More by smchenry75
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

12-06-2011 23:56:56 | More by JohneHoodlum
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Unchi

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-06-2011 23:49:01 | More by Unchi
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Lantern


4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-06-2011 15:32:02 | More by Lantern
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Jesstyr

Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-06-2011 04:03:36 | More by Jesstyr
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happy5930

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-05-2011 20:38:27 | More by happy5930
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bespin15

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-05-2011 11:00:58 | More by bespin15
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HaysAmerica

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-05-2011 00:19:58 | More by HaysAmerica
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coz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-04-2011 22:28:58 | More by coz
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Finatic

Florida

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

12 oz bottle dated 11/29/11 poured into a duvel tulip glass.

A:Pours a dark black with a creamy light brown head. Decent lacing retention.

S: Dark chocolate and intense roasted malts overwhelm the senses. Also has a hint of sweet coffee and licorice to it's aroma.

T: Man this is one heck of a good tasting stout. The chocolate/coffee taste is unreal and the lingering roasted malts offset the hops perfectly.

M: This just suits my palate perfectly. It has a sweet, syrupy taste that just lingers on the palate.

O: Great stout by Bells and one of my favorites. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 18:57:43 | More by Finatic
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kmatlack

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-04-2011 18:33:46 | More by kmatlack
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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-04-2011 18:07:59 | More by mhaugo
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climax

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had it at the Flying saucer, early December. When the waitress brought the black beast down, and the head was incredible. The fluffiest pillow of dark tan would not sink until I started mucking it up. It notched with every sip, perfect start.

The aroma was as astringent and hoppy as it was sweet. Pure chocolate, coffee, and leafy hop flavors hit the nostrils relatively gently for the style.

Alcoholic phenols are definitely evident in the mouth especially as it warms. It's got commanding bitterness from extremely roasty burnt espresso flavors and intense hop additions. Fleeting dashes of sweet chocolate and caramel lighten things up briefly.

This is among the thickest, chewiest, densest body I have experienced. It's almost like melted marshmallows in the mouth. It finishes brutally dry which makes it easy to keep sipping, emphasis on sipping. Substitute it for a meal.

It's definitely kicks you in the taste buds fresh from the tap.
I would like to try one that has been aged for a while to see how it mellows out. That my make this one a little bit less hot to handle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 17:16:47 | More by climax
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cantfindme

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-04-2011 06:15:44 | More by cantfindme
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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cmsimeur

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-03-2011 17:01:59 | More by cmsimeur
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LostHighway

Maine

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-03-2011 12:52:33 | More by LostHighway
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frisk

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-02-2011 20:23:15 | More by frisk
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jz989

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-02-2011 16:07:51 | More by jz989
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Tap pour in to Bells tulip glass

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Opaque. Head is deep tan, 1/2 in, dissipates to rim of glass. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Deep dark roasted malt and brewers licorice.

T: Follows smell. Deep roasted malts coat the palate, with brewers licorice noticeable but very well incorporated. Alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering. Aftertaste is deep roasted malt.

M: Full bodied. Heavy viscosity from heavy malt use and carbonation.

O: A classic RIS. Masterfully balanced; bold and complex yet very balanced. I do not like licorice, except for when Bells uses it in their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 06:01:12 | More by tsauce2
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-02-2011 05:38:19 | More by tripledbrew
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,347 ratings.