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

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Ratings: 4,895
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 416
Gots: 1,092 | FT: 75
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Spartan213, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

2beerdogs, May 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

klipper, May 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer before, and just now having another one. What a great Stout! Big taste and keeps up with all the other Michigan Stouts as far as I'm concerned.
This beer pours nice thick and black with quite a thin head.
Not much of an aroma to speak of, but this seems quite common with stouts.
As I said earlier, what a big taste! Very strong and complex, with a medium to strong bitterness.
Overall, I LOVE this stout. This has a nice kick with a 10.5% ABV. If you like the thick, strong, complex type of stouts, you gotta search this out. I know I will be buying this every year it comes out.

MichPaul, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

tsylee, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SgunnarW, May 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

lilnicky068, May 11, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep drown creamy one finger sized head. Inky black body.

Smells of rich milk chocolate, espresso, light roast, sweet pleasant alcohol, vanilla and rum raisins.

Tastes like a big and rich dark chocolate beer. Espresso beans, coco, vanilla, rum, dark fruits and toffee.

Medium full, fairly dry finish considering the rich semi-sweet flavors. Low carbonation. Mid palate and somewhat in the finish I get a gritty sensation, maybe it's a roasty grain, it's a texture that's kind of off putting.

Overall this is an awesome beer. Everything is great about it, with the exception to the minor texture or feel I get mid palate. Alcohol is well hidden, big flavors, great price and very drinkable.
Batch dated sept 09
$3.30 a small bottle

Homebrew35, May 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

zvanwink, May 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

bdbd, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

tulipcitybob, May 10, 2012
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redliner8, May 09, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.8%

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AlexM, May 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

magsvmi, May 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

akttr, May 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

elizago, Apr 30, 2012
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closisinthehouse, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

bdkucharski, Apr 28, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Poured into a Bell's branded nonic class I picked up at Knightly on the cheap.

Simply put, this brew looks amazing. To borrow from the great film"This is Spinal Tap", how much more black could this beer be? The answer is none. None more black. The pour yielded a full inch of deep mocha foam that would not quit, and left behind a mighty series of lacing rings in its wake. It earned the 5 simply because I can't find any fault here.

Nose is also pretty damned rockin', though not this brew's greatest attribute. Roasted grain, coffee, chocolate and cream - a bit of dark fruit as well. Not as potent as I've run into, but still pretty great.

Man this is one tasty stout - wish I had brought back more. Methinks a summer sojourn to Buffalo or somesuch is in order to get a few extra bottles, because as far as stouts go, this is one of the greats. Rich coffee, caramel, a nice finish of wood and toasted grain, dark fruit and a nice creaminess. Lots to think about, lots to enjoy.

The feel is just superb - silky, creamy, coats the tongue like a champ. Carbonation is mild and compliments the brew nicely.

I was excited to try some Bell's brews, and Knightly had a great selection, but I was underwhelmed/normal whelmed by the previous offerings (Pale Ale, Best Brown, respectively). But this brew really impressed me. There isn't a specific extra detail they added to the brew (anise, barrel-aging, coffee, etc), so it might not be the most unique, but it is superbly crafted and highly enjoyable. Well done to Bell's!

JohnnyBarman, Apr 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

kirkse, Apr 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

rbmjr1, Apr 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

geoffsm12, Apr 24, 2012
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 4,895 ratings.