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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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Ratings: 4,533
Reviews: 1,882
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 393
Gots: 971 | FT: 76
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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3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown with almost no head that doesn't need to fade because it didn't appear

S-some dark roast chocolate smells along with alcohol

T-a little sweet coffee and chocolate but the alcohol makes itself known here also

M-medium to full bodied but little carbonation

O-I wasn't overly impressed but I am going to cellar some and give it another shot maybe some of the alcohol will mellow a bit

tvv375ia, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

fiedler84, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Slats1221, Jan 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

PaulMc, Jan 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

decadance, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

SiRCRX, Jan 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

MacStinson, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

rpjordan, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

LiquidDegenerate, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

jstewart1130, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a goblet to savor this evening. We don't get Bell's in New Jersey, and I was glad to emigrate a bottle of Expedition into the state. I have been cellaring a bottle for about a year now.

I used a goblet because I was all out of snifters. The stout was as dark as midnight and about a half a finger of foam. Expedition smells amazing. You get coffee, tobacco, and a little like bourbon.

I enjoyed sipping this fine stout. The texture is perfect and the flavor is extremely well balanced. The coffee/espresso flavor is sublime.

Yet another amazing Bell's brew. I really wish I get could get beers like Expedition and Two Hearted here.

ummswimmin, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

azorie, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 9/13/2010

Pours a jet black body with a full, frothy dark tan colored head.

Aromas begin with a ton black malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate syrup, scorched/burnt almonds and molasses. Really roasty and almost smokey which I am not a fan of. As it warms I get a large amount of herbal and floral hops, also not my favorite thing in a stout.

The tastes begin with fairly intense black, roasted malts with flavors of coffee and exceedingly dark chocolate. Some burnt nuts again and extreme dark espresso beans. The hops are bold in their bitterness, and provide a taste of earthiness and herbal flavors. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and acidic char taste.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Quite a chewy mouthfeel. Warming from the first sip and well into the finish, alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms.

Overall this is a high quality made stout but a bit too hoppy and charred malt forward for my liking. Lovers of dark porters and Russian Imperial Stouts will find this a great pleasure but my tastebuds have eschewed from enjoying these highly roasted and bitter flavors that I enjoyed early on in my craft beer lifetime. This probably needs at least 2 years in the cellar to be drinkable for my liking and to fully reach it's peak and hide the intense flavor profile.

claspada, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jsnoek, Jan 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Bobbydigi, Jan 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

ZPB, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Brewsed, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,533 ratings.