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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,519 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,519
Reviews: 1,880
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 388
Gots: 965 | 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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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
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

brez8791, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

webb534, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ajs4bd, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

SteelCityHops89, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

rpaul2012, Dec 22, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Served in a tulip glass. Had a huge mocha head that dissipated after several minutes of extreme patience! Color a dark brown, nearing black.

Smelled of roasted and chocolate malts, quiet bitter hops, and alcohol.

Taste is amazing. A ten degree warmup result in a completely different beer. So you should let that happen (50 degree range). Right after the pour, it tasted like a slightly roasted, hoppy, thick ale. As it warms up, however, the coffee and chocolate undertones get louder and louder in a wonderful way. So damn good.

Mouthfeel is thick and relatively smooth, not quite silky. Good level of carbonation.

Visiting Ohio for Christmas. I have spent that past few weeks hoping this beer would be accessible once I got back into the distribution area. Quarter Barrel in Oxford did me one better. This is a great beer. Well balanced and consistently delicious.

quaybr, Dec 21, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

This beer pours a dark brown to black color with a 1/2 mocha colored head. the smell is roasty and chocolatey, with a nice sweetness. the taste is pretty much spot on with the smell, the chocolate flavors are a little more pronounced the roastiness is subdued and finishes sweet. the mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. overall this is a great beer.

rowingbrewer, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

eroc360, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

NvMyBeer, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

MaddogOrlando, Dec 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

laymansbeerfan, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

SWMeyer4141, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Dotterr1, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

gphillips5300, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Kelton, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

sjstraub, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

kenm2118, Dec 19, 2011
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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%

A: this is black with dark brown highlights, a decent sized head when you pour it for one. Head and lacing don't stick around for long, though.

S: smells sweet, very bitter with hops, and boozy as it warms. Slight cherry and chocolate notes.

T: this tastes like a legitimate 10.5% beer. Wonderfully big stout, it tastes like bitter chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and slight cherry again.

M: good carbonation for a heavy-bodied beer. Definitely not smooth due to the bite of the alcohol when it warms, though.

O: have this before it warms up and you will be happy. It does not increase much in complexity when it warms, but the booze flavor and smell come out. This bottle was from less than 3 months ago - I'll age and rerate if it's different.

Holland, Dec 19, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

jheiss, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

schoun, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

szartman, Dec 18, 2011
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,519 ratings.