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

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Ratings: 4,731
Reviews: 1,898
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 408
Gots: 1,032 | FT: 78
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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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle from 2009 - Thanks to pushkinwow for this

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a small size fizzy/frothy brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, malts, smoke, roasted/burnt nuts, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of chocolate, coffee, and some burnt/roasted nuts. There is also some smoke mixed with malts and it ends with a chocolatey burnt/bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Another fantastic beer from Bell's. It seems like it has aged very well and the booze hits you pretty hard. I would like a touch less charcoal/burnt flavour but the dark fruit notes help balance it out. A great beer.

spinrsx, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours an oily, black ebony with a two fingered tanned head that retains real well.

S - Smells of Cocoa, roasted malt and dark fruits.

T - Chocolate hits up front, followed by some nice roasted malt and burnt caramel flavours. The finish is warm with alcohol.

M - Full body and low carbonation

O - Very impressed with this stout and would have another.

eric5bellies, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of MrHolland10
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MrHolland10, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of quilty
4/5  rDev -5.4%

quilty, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle. Pours very dark with minimal carbonation evident. Just a whisp of mocha foam rises. Coffee and chocolate aromas with prune and raisin notes. Tastes of very rich chocolate and finishes with coffee. Mouthfeel is thick, nearly flat. Slight harsh tannins. Quite drinkable for such a strong beer, but a little subdued.

kscaldef, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

atone315, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

JVan, Feb 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

CPditka, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A: Dark tan two finger head, oily black beneath.

S: Smells of roasted malt, raisins, chocolate, and anise.

T: Slight chocolate roasted malt finishing in a pleasant burnt light caramel sweetness accented by the heat from the abundant alcohol.

M: Viscous and very creamy especially for an RIS. Appropriate level of carbonation.

O: A solid offering. I wish the flavors were just a bit more bold and robust.

chanokokoro, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Ish1, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Loudiamonds305, Feb 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Maltus, Feb 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

keanlacrosse, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

bootsdomino, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

areich6, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Travisnin, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

juanbon, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of One2Remeber
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark khaki tan head, rich in texture. Black body with a faint brown hue.

S: Black licorice, sweet juicy fruits (cherry), dry smokey chocolate powder. Tons of roasted barley. There is a distinct 'fresh leather' aroma.

T: Creamy up front, to a delicious floral hop presence mixed with a dark fruits. Finishes with a licorice candy/boozy finish.

M: Intense viscosity, turns to syrup on the back end. Silky smooth up front. Mild carbonation and no lingering alcohol taste makes for easy drinking.

O: Not crazy over the top with flavor making it more enjoyable than most; it is trying too hard! I would put this up against any RIS.

One2Remeber, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

kspongeworthy, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

bcsbeer, Feb 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

juliusseizure, Feb 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

LPSteve, Feb 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Pat316, Feb 21, 2012
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 4,731 ratings.