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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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5,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,364
Reviews: 1,995
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,327 | FT: 99
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:
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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Ratings: 5,364 | Reviews: 1,995
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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle (not sure as to the vintage), poured into a Bell's tulip. Bam!

Appearance - Oily and inky black RIS body, with almost no head, granted I did pour it very carefully.

Smell - I seem to get a large amount of dark fruits, think plums and dates, along with soy sauce. This beer specifically, I have always gotten soy sauce from, not unappetizing just there. After revisiting I get some nice roasty chocolate odors with some subtle hops.

Taste - Nice bitter dark chocolate flavors, followed by dark fruit flavors. Even though I always smell soy sauce in this one I never taste it. This beer has such a wonderful bittersweetness that is amazing and I feel separates it from other RIS'.

Mouthfeel - Full, mouth-coating, and smooth. This beer is liquid velvet. A treat and a sipper.

Overall - This beer is great and thankfully I can get it online when it's available since Bell's doesn't distribute to NY.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A -Pours an impenetrable black with a three finger bubbly white head. Left a ton of lacing.

S - Huge chocolate on the first sniff, followed by some cocoa. A second sniff yields sweet dates and chocolate covered cherries. The smell ends with moderate boozyness.

T - Sweet dark coffee up front along with dark chocolate covered cherries and dates. Alcohol also makes it's presence known.

M - Creamy body with light carbonation.

O - Overall, this was a great stout. Only complaint is that I wish the sweetness were toned down a bit. It would do wonderfully with some age.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like all imperial stouts this beer is pitch black. The dark tan had head dissipated very quickly to a thin ring around the edge of my snifter. I can some carbonation coming up the edges, not very much but it's there.
The aromas that I'm picking up are all coming from the malt base. I get chocolate, roasted malt as it warms I was able to pick up the fruity esters of the yeast and alcohol.
Again the flavors are malt related, chocolate, roasted malts and as it warms the alcohol. The roastiness lingers on he palette for a good long while.
Full bodied for sure. It's mouth coatingly smooth with malt flavors that run deep. The finish is rather dry and it lingers for awhile.
This is a very good malty based imperial stout. This has a nice roastiness and cholateyness about it. The feel is great and I'm excited about the prospect of this aging in my cellar.

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