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

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5,049 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,049
Reviews: 1,928
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 425
Gots: 1,151 | 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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Photo of sniper061
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-This beer is ridiculously dark. I held it to a light and nothing comes through. With that being said it has a wonderful thick brown head that seems to hold on forever.

Aroma-This beer is filled with rich roasted malt and chocolate with a finish of licorice and a bite of coffee.

Taste- This beer delivers everything the aroma offers and more. Roasted malt and chocolate form the base taste, with bitter spice and caramel blending in the middle. Finishes with a fairly strong and bitter coffee taste while holding onto the base flavors.

Mouthfeel-This beer is thick, but still incredibly smooth. Surprisingly drinkable considering the thickness of the brew along with the high abv

Serving type: bottle

Photo of twoplustwoisfive
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a late-forming small mocha head. Smells very sweet like tootsie rolls with some licorice and a hint of vanilla. Very sweet but with a nice bitter finish that keeps it from being cloying. Brown sugar and vanilla up front with a burst of chocolate as it goes down. Good carbonation. Lingering cocoa. Solid stout on national stout day.

Photo of wde83
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense and creamy mocha head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, coffee, and some hops.

T: Strong flavors of roasted malts with bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit sweetness. Fairly strong flavors of hops that impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness. Light to moderate flavors of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: I wish that the alcohol was a little more well hidden in this beer - there are some very nice aspects to this beer and it would likely mellow out a bit with age. Not the easiest beer to drink, definitely requires some slow sipping over quite a bit of time.

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of shockrocker65
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TheBronze
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of baker2gs
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of YumYumGumGum
2/5  rDev -52.8%

Photo of kirbmeist
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Dave1999
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pure black with a small tan head which lasts a little while.

The smell is sweet roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. It's a bit on the subtle side but nice none the less. Although as it warms up you get a definite whiff of alcohol.

The taste is milk chocolate up front and dark fruits with a bitter coffee taste at the end. The bitterness is quite harsh at the start but mellows as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low carbonation.

This is very tasty beer the mouthfeel is great and the chocolate taste is great, there's just a little too much bitterness. Although as the beer warms it tastes better and the bitterness dies down. You can't taste 10.5% abv at all.

Photo of Scparks
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Pinknuggets
1.35/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A: very dark basically black small thin mocha head that dispates quickly and stays in a thin ring

S: reaks of alcohol and rotting fruit like some sort of fig extremely off putting one of the worst smells for a beer I've seen

T: follows the nose with a weird taste that is really off putting could not finish

M:thin not smooth can't really stand to drink it

O:this is officially the worst is I have ever tasted total drain pour couldn't even get half way through I'm real disappointed I had bigger expectations from what is heard from bells

Photo of visualmartyr
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a while since I reviewed a beer, but wanted to review Expedition because I liked it so much and think that some recent reviews of it are (way, way) off base. Expedition is a very nice stout with a lot of flavor combos going on. Solid high marks across the board for this beer as one of my favorite winter seasonal stouts. Appearance and taste are all right on, deep black with a nice mocha head...love to look at this beer each time I pour one! Mouthfeel is truly smooth and I think they hint of bitterness is nice in this stout. Overall, one of my favorites from Bells.

I have about a case of this set aside and can't wait to continue drinking them over the next fews years....they should age great!

Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(bottled in Aug 2014 - poured into a fat Chouffe tulip)

L: thick, black liquid with a reddish-brown, motor-oil outer edge... dark, chocolate-brown head to start... even explosion of lace on the top half of the glass - sinking down, the head recedes to just a thin collar, with no lace the bottom half of the glass

S: very dark, bitter chocolate... fresh celery/parsley... prune, vodka... mild, sweetened black coffee... maybe some piney hops poking through... odd, floral-medicinal phenolics that threaten to smear out any other fine aroma... somehow, a bit of toffee comes through as well... overall, a bit rough and solventy

T: sweetish, berry-like up front...really roasty and mild dark cocoa midway... cleansing wash of alcohol carrying it all out... somewhat wonderfully balanced, but intense... long-lingering roasty/hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste

F: nice silkiness... dry... med-full body... quiet and smooth as hell... fantastically cozy on the palate... not much to stop me from knocking this back in 1-3 sips

O: fairly well-balanced, fairly decadent, desserty... becomes boozy and 'fuel'-like later, but you'll be in too fine a mood at that point to throw up a fuss

Photo of robmoak
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Anonymous1
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of AdamBear
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black with a nice dark tan head

S-really dark semi-sweet chocolate. reminds me of the little morsels. it has a decent strength. smells quite powerful.

T-comes in with a good and sweet taste of dark semi-sweet baking chocolate. its quite a warm taste. it tastes like a strong RIS. the after-taste is matching with just a slight grassiness and dark roasted aspect to it. it has a certain bitterness to it as well. a very thorough RIS, very representative of the style.

M-heavy body. medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-this along with the Rasputin, i think, are the quintessential russian imperial stouts. they're full of a good strong dark roasted flavor, and they're not afraid to show some warmth along with bitterness. both are fairly slow drinkers, even for the style. even the 12 oz i wouldn't mind just sharing with a friend. i'd say this one is a bit more even, with a louder touch on the cocoa. definitely worth taking a snab, though there are many other stouts i'd much rather have. its a tough category though, so for the price...this isn't bad.

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 5,049 ratings.