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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,475
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 383
Gots: 951 | 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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Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-19-2011 22:59:39 | More by brewpubbung
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-19-2011 22:11:34 | More by Pahophead21
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-19-2011 20:41:12 | More by andylipp
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California

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Thin film head, very light lacing; super black color that lets no light through at all

S: Sweet malts, chocolate, musky wood, vanilla beans, a touch of bourbon

T: Starts with some raisins and figs up front, transitions into a sweet smoky woodiness that finishes slightly bitter; finishes with flavors of dark fruits and bitter malts that linger.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, barely any booze

O: This was a great Imperial Stout, one that I would probably get again

11-19-2011 20:14:08 | More by Jules11788
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Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-19-2011 16:59:15 | More by sigtau200ws
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Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-19-2011 14:17:00 | More by mmcnaughton
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SeeKpzl8

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-19-2011 05:13:02 | More by SeeKpzl8
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Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-19-2011 05:06:48 | More by dav
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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-19-2011 04:13:24 | More by CoryR
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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-19-2011 03:21:11 | More by bigdaddypolite
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Midnight black and thick like motor oil with a head that looks like chocolate foam. Alcohol legs are shown on lacing, which seems to be little, but is expected to not be very good.

S: Roast and espresso are the main notes, with a tad of dark fruit coming through on the end.

T: Chocolate and espresso up front and it stays with you the role experience. Added in the mid palate is a small dose of dark cherry-like fruit and finishes boozy.

M: Cloyingly sticky sweet and low carbonation.. incredibly full bodied.

D: Sipper, for sure. You want to spend some time with this beer to fully enjoy it.

11-19-2011 01:00:11 | More by tlazaroff
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-19-2011 00:55:18 | More by bacher468
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Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-18-2011 23:38:05 | More by monitorpop
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Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Missouri

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Indiana

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jegross2

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Reviewing the Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Score: 91

Fresh 2011 bottle served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, opaque body -- light does not cut through the beer at all. Pours a finger and a half of mocha-colored head that sticks around a while. 4/5

Smell: Rich, malty milk chocolate, some roasted coffee tones and a faint booziness aroma. The milk chocolate aroma is absolutely divine. 4.5/5

Taste: Smooth roasted chocolate, brown sugar and lots of hops Some dark fruit too. Finishes with a light note of bitter coffee in addition to the above mentioned flavors. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, viscous beer with minimal carbonation. The finish is savory. 4/5

Overall: A very affordable, solid Russian Imperial Stout that is widely available and easy to find when in season. The aroma of the beer is absolutely wonderful, though the flavor lacks some of the creamy milk chocolate characters that were present in the aroma and is a bit hop-heavy out of the gate. The flavor of the beer is nothing innovative, and very "average" and straight-forward for the style, but pretty delicious nonetheless. Another reliable beer from Bells that is quite drinkable.

Recommendation: A very good starter Russian Imperial Stout for casual beer drinkers. Beer geeks are implored to try this one as well.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $15.99 for a six pack.

11-18-2011 07:45:02 | More by jegross2
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-18-2011 04:34:58 | More by jjheinrichs
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,475 ratings.