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

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BA SCORE
94
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4,410 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,410
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 941 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002)
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Stouttyme

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-10-2011 13:38:45 | More by Stouttyme
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broodog

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10759 pkgd 11/1/11. Poured into a Founder's tulip

A- Pours almost jet black. Not a very lively pour. Very little carbonation. Lacing is minimal.

S- lots of roasted charachter. Nice aroma. Some molasses and chocolate behind the roasted barley.

T- love this flavor. Very well balanced beer. Plenty of roasted barley, coffee molasses.

M- Assertive. Deep, dark, thick. Everything a stout should be here.

O- spot on RIS from bells. Textbook, except for the carbonation and lacing. I'll be sipping this one all winter long by the fire. Wearing my robe and bear claw slippers after a tough day at the rat races.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:20:05 | More by broodog
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hotmanflab666

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-10-2011 03:12:09 | More by hotmanflab666
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kristenrae8

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-10-2011 01:01:39 | More by kristenrae8
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jak

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-09-2011 17:13:01 | More by jak
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eddiechilton

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-09-2011 16:14:06 | More by eddiechilton
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Marti403

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-09-2011 04:14:36 | More by Marti403
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jar2574

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just about the darkest beer you've ever seen. No light gets through the beer. Absolutely none, even on the edges. The head is so dark it's not tan - it's a purplish tan. Good lacing on the way down, but lacing could be better.

Smells of coffee, malts, plums and brown sugar. Could be stronger, but it's nice.

It's a sipper. This sucker is thick, creamy. Way, way thicker than milk. Chewy. A meal here. There's got to be half a days worth of calories per glass.

Bitter burnt malt dominates up front and is the dominant flavor throughout. Mixed with the burnt flavor is some sourness. And combined, the sourness and bitterness leave a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Secondary flavor is plums and brown sugar. Burnt coffee flavors as well. The high ABV is well hidden in this meal-of-a-beer.

In sum: Looks good, smells good, taste is too dominated by the burnt/bitter/sour flavors for me to recommend fully, despite the fact that there's a lot of interesting things going on here.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:27:06 | More by jar2574
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dogfishandi

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks again to mizzouguy fo thhuge box!

12oz bottle, just above fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottle code 10068, roughly 1 year old.

pours out completely opaque black with about 1 finger of some dark mocha colored head that slowly fades to a thin ring. not a whole lot of lace after the head dies down.

as soon as the bottle was cracked i got a big whiff of burnt roast and alcohol. as it opens up the aroma is mostly deeply charred roasted malt, a bit of hot alcohol, and some dark fruits. also somewhat noticable is a bit of cocoa and roasted coffee. maybe a bit of earthy, piney hops trying to show?

again with the deeply charred roast. some warming alcohol, but nothing too excesive. some dark fruits and cocoa at times. a bit of hops in there, hard to really tell with everything else going on.

smooth, sticky, full bodied mouthfeel. kind of light on the carbonation which always works well in a RIS.

a solid tasting RIS, very nice burnt roast character. there is something i cant quite put my finger on that seems like it doesnt really belong, whether it be hops or yeast. but this is still something i would come back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 23:41:23 | More by dogfishandi
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mychalg9

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-08-2011 18:55:46 | More by mychalg9
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2011 Expedition stout, about 5 weeks old.

A: Pitch black pour with a huge, thick dark brown head. Retention is amazing and so is the lacing. Top of the category.

S: Very boozy and loaded with roasted malt. Molasses and maybe a little caramel? Some cherry and raisin noticeable too. Coffee, especially when warm. Stinging alcohol.

T: Huge roasted malt and bitter coffee. Alcohol heat is big up front but fades away under the crushing bitter flavors of coffee, chocolate and burnt malt. Can get a bit of dark fruit - raisin and cherries I think - up front and in the middle before the ensuing wave takes over.

M: Thick and syrupy with stinging alcohol sensations.

O: Big, boozy and bitter when fresh. Will have to try some aged vintages at see how it transforms, I bet it is amazing with a few years on it. An excellent big and complex stout for sure. Let this one warm up for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:05:55 | More by Dope
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Mark000

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-07-2011 23:08:03 | More by Mark000
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amart80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-07-2011 19:16:09 | More by amart80
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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
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,410 ratings.