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

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Ratings: 5,293
Reviews: 1,979
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,291 | FT: 93
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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of anjah
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this aged three years from peabody's personal favorites collection. Nice, sweet smell and very dark color but not much head. Pretty strong but goes down smooth and rich with notes of chocolate/cocoa. Only complaint is that the after taste is a bit bitter.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I nice extra from a great trader, Envelopes, poured into my favorite Struise tall tulip glass.
A-I started pouring a little agressive with the initial lack of head and it ended up overflowing (Idiot, I hate wasting beer!) So big lacing, but did carry through consumption.
S-Aroma has a ton of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and some dark fruit in the finish. Maybe a little smoke?
T-Very complex, usual suspects like coffee, molasses, and chocolate, but big combination of roasted malts which seem to take on coffee and chocolate notes with each different sip. I know they advertise big hops, but a bit too much hop bitterness on backside for my stout tastes. Very little alcohol from the 10%+ ABV.
M-Smooth, a little thick, creamy, nice carbonation, finish is a touch dry.
O-Overall an awesome beer! Now to pursue more!

Photo of Budinetz
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Re-visiting this one aged over a year. Date on the label reads packaged on 09/25/13. So this brew is roughly 14 months old.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet
Pours an onyx black color with a dark tan, half inch head. Good head retention for vintage ale. Very little lacing around the glass. 4.5

Smells of rich caramel, toffee, coffee beans, and bitter chocolate, figs. Phenomenal nose on this brew. 4.75

Initial sip tastes sweet with a roasty flavor up front that dissipates ever so slowly. Minutes later the palate has a pleasant bitterness. Very well balanced. 4.75

Feels slick on the tongue and very viscous. Old engine oil has nothing on this viscosity. Very chewy, but pleasant to the mouth. 4.5

Overall a rock solid Russian Imperial Stout that has improved with age. I would definitely try to get a vertical of this with two bottles to drink
One and age one. 4.75


Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, a bit of sweetness. Taste is the same, chocolate, some hops, a bit of coffee, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,293 ratings.