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

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Ratings: 4,516
Reviews: 1,880
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 388
Gots: 964 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

dgugliuzza, Dec 28, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

~ 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 :)

muletrane, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mrebeka, Dec 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

michaelmatters, Dec 27, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

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

brock146, Dec 27, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

ygtbsm94, Dec 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

dlello2, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

HoneyLamb, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

tugg407, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Jakers90, Dec 25, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottle of 2011. Into Duvel glass.

Appearance: 4.5
Almost jet black opaque body, with an inch of creamy light brown head. Good lacing.

Aroma: 3.5
Strong notes of molasses and candy sugar. Notes of dark fruit and faint notes of milk chocolate and roasty espresso.

Taste: 4
Initially, semi-bitter dark chocolate/cocoa, dark fruits and coffee with notes of dark fruits. Slight warmth and presence of the alcohol. A moderate dry bitterness soon after that lingers through the whole taste. Finishes with amazing rich roasty flavour with a touch of sweetness, contrasting with a moderate amount of coffee and bitterness from the hops. The flavour changes quite a bit as it warms, improving significantly. As it approaches warmer temp, flavour soften and melt together with more mellowing out of the bitterness/sourness and bring forward more roasty cocoa flavors.

Mouthfeel: 4
Moderate thickness, a touch on the dry side because of the notable bitter presence. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: 4.5
A nice beer with pleasant dark chocolate and roasty characteristics. Quite enjoyable, overall excellent stout. Good aging potential. Smooth mild presence of alcohol even though ABB 10.5%.
Recommend to try.

EnemyWithin, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

12oz bottle stamped on 11-1-11, poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A - Pours a seriously thick black that at first appears flat, but once the last drop lands in the glass, a pencil-thin dark maple head forms. It fades quickly but lots of chocolately lace rounds the glass. 

S - Coffee liqueur, raisins, molasses, pretzel rods, dark chocolate

T - Sweetened black coffee, milk & dark chocolate, noticeable hop presence but it adds a nice balance that cuts through all the thick, dark flavors.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation that's held down by the overall thickness. Prickly finish, lingering bitterness but oh so good. Perfect mouthfeel for my stout preference.

O -  Picked this up as a trade extra even though we normally get this beer in south Florida. Haven't seen it on shelves yet this season but planning to buy at least a couple six packs. Easily one of my favorite 12oz stouts and can't wait to get more. 

xpdrinker, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

hemorhoidzz, Dec 24, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

A-pours a deep brownish black with a thin layer of light brown foam that slowly recedes to the edges of the glass

S-light and slightly nutty. Nothing overpowering

T-very smooth with light coffee and nutty flavors

M-smooth and slightly malty as expected

O-great flavor and pleasantly smooth. one of the better stouts out there.

Jammies, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

PowDay, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

SolarMikey, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mhenson42, Dec 24, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Not much notes, drank at Crunchys

Very full bodied very sooth and velvety. Jet black colored beer not much head to it, just spots of lacing that fall quick.

Bready and smokey malts in the taste.

Nutty in the aftertaste, alcohol has a great presence.

Big time smokiness. Warming but not too hot at least it was well masked.

4, 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5


Bottle tasting 03/12/14

Bought on my trip to Michigan over winter break. Bottling date 07/26/13 so we are looking at about 7.5 months aging. Poured into a snifter.

A&S: initially the aroma is a strong charred smokiness and dark chocolate. The body looks on lighter side when poured. Very minimal latte colored head even when poured viciously. Black, but not pitch black colored beer.

T&M: Upfront I'm mostly getting chocolate. About midway through it starts getting smokey. Very smokey (almost ashtray like, a bit too much) in the finish. I getting a tad bit of nuttiness in the finish like a previously noted. Alcohol isn't hidden but not unpleasantly apparent. More warming than I expected at just above 10%. Body is medium, while carbonation is low.

Overall: Great brew. With my limited beer aging space, I don't think I will be aging this one again until I get some more space, but nevertheless a good beer to age for a bit. Surprisingly a kinda straight foreword brew. A little too smokey for me, but if you are into that taste this beer would be a good one to check out.

3.75, 4.25, 4, 4, 4.25

minterro, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

jminch, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

nathanjohnson, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MarcatGSB, Dec 23, 2011
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz bottle, 9/26/11
SN Snifter

A: carbonation is good, about 1 finger of dark brown chocolate foamy head, bubbles form on the top. brew is completely opaque. a chocolatey ring hangs around the side of the glass.

S: chocolate, fruits, some sweet malt, caramel, soy sauce, dark malts, roasted, some alcohol present

T: tons of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted coffee, soy sauce, this beer just coats your mouth and won't let go, tons of bitterness, both roasty and hoppy hang onto your palate

M: heavy bodied beer, coats the entire mouth and it sticks around. carbonation is decent, but not expecting too much from a super thick heavy stout.

O: this is an amazing beer, the nose on it is so complex and amazing, the taste delivers in every aspect that is possible, and overall it is one of the best RIS. LET THIS WARM UP

fields336, Dec 23, 2011
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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