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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,403 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,403
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 939 | FT: 77
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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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Kromes

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter glass. Jet black with two fingers of dark tan foam of all sizes of bubbles. Good lacing all down the glass. Looks incredible.

S: Smokey, peat aroma with bittersweet chocolate and a touch of hop.

T: More of the smoke and peat flavor that gives way to a bittersweet chocolate and hop flavor. Finish is dry, roasty and smoky.

M: It's medium-heavy bodied and not as creamy as some stouts. Ends up leaving the mouth dry.

O: If you like bitter, smokey stouts then you should definitely try this beer. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:22:16 | More by Kromes
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into tulip. Batch 10105.

Pour is as close to black as could be. Glugs out of the bottle - it just looks viscous. Dark brown one-finger head that doesn't hang around for long. Minor lacing.

A classic RIS aroma. A lot of dark fruits, I can pick up plums and prunes in abundance. Some molasses, chocolate notes. There's a pronounced roast quality as well. I can detect just a hint of booze in the nose.

It's not hot at all, but man is this unbelievably bitter. Reminiscent of 90% cocoa combined with an astringent hop bite. There's an acrid, roast, burnt taste that reminds me of very dark coffee or, maybe more accurately, coffee grounds. There are some underlying flavors at work here: some chocolate, deep dark fruits. That said, the over-the-top bitterness drowns out many of the subtler qualities of the taste.

Mouthfeel is well done: it's thick, with medium carbonation. Given how big it is, it goes down pretty easily.

This is atypical of many stouts of similar ABV in that, although it really needs some more time to tone down, the alcohol bite is not overpowering. Rather, there are a ton of huge flavors that just need to coalesce and settle. I could see this drinking very well in a few months - or years - and would love to try an older bottle, but from my sample I can't deem this better than a slightly above-average RIS.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:12:37 | More by amphion1065
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pkeigs

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Expedition has grown to be one of my favorite stouts. I love how accessible it is, and every batch seems to be just as good as the last. Bells kills it!

This one kills me every time I drink, so much complexity packed into a 12 ounce bottle. Smells of dry cocoa, coffee, dark malts. Balanced out with a nice hop bill, but the beer focuses on the malt! Finishes a bit dryer than what I expect, but each sip garners in more complexity. A delicious treat and a beer that I want to have access to all of the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 14:01:16 | More by pkeigs
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atis

Finland

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3 years aged, batch 8864.

Pours black with dense dark brown head that soon fades, leaving patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is intense sweetish dark malt, caramel, alcohol and dark dried fruit, not too complex.

Taste is roasted malts first, followed by bittery coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar and dark dried fruit join in during the long lasting and slowly drying finish. To top it, mouthfeel is silky smooth with faint carbonation and soft warming feeling that slowly sets in.

An excellent Imperial Stout. Amazing. When I get such beers, I always regret I do not live in the US.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 18:15:10 | More by atis
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 9971. Bells Expedition poured into a Deschutes snifter. A beer from my first trade (thanks Steve!) I've now collected several, so thanks to Chase and Jason as well.

A: Pours opaque and noticeably viscous, with a chocolate milk colored head and good lace. Alcohol feet are noticable.

S: More diverse than most RIS, still with a lot of dark malt but caramel sweetness and dark fruit are really prominent as well, as is chocolate and hops. Even though this beer is almost a year old I can detect some booze as well.

T: Dark rich malts with an excellent hop profile that hints of spices, cinnamon and even chillies. That tart sweetness of dark fruit lingers, with flavors of dark cherry and prune. There is a little alcohol but it blends nicely and isn't distracting.

MF: Creamy, silk textures sets this medium/heavy bodied beer gliding over your mouth with heavy viscosity and ample hop dryness on the finish.

O: This is a good RIS, with some pretty vinous characters and excellent hopping, all wrapped up in a strong caramel and dark roasted malt body.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 14:43:39 | More by Scotchboy
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WrathsU

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - deep black pour like staring into a polished onyx gem.

S - Caramelized sugars up front. Roasted coffee tones and chocolate throughout.

T - So good. Tastes like bittersweet chocolate, fresh ground coffee, and caramel.

M - Smooth, very smooth for its abv. Perfectly carbonated.

D - I could drink this forever, one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 22:03:34 | More by WrathsU
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jmich24

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

8 months aged
Sniffer

A: One finger, very dark tan head. Color is basically black, traces of ruby. Sporadic sticky lacing, cap that never goes away completely.
S: Sweet and Strong! Dark and milk chocolate. Touch of vanilla and burnt malts. Overpowering booziness.
T: Very smooth!! Not what I had expected from the smell at all. Big roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate. Touch of booziness towards the end but not nearly as apparent as the nose. Amazing lingering bitterness to balance this puppy out.
M: Super big mouthfeel. Very chewy.
O: I would say I like this a lot at this age,but I admit it needs more time. Still a bit hot, cant wait to try again with one to two years on her.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 23:07:22 | More by jmich24
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byteme94

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is currently my fav go to beer when i want a nice RIS w/o unloading my cellar/wallet. (<3$ 12 oz.)

pours with a two finger head. hides alcohol extremely well with a nice slight hop(which i personally enjoy). Tastes a little bit bitter/burnt coffee at the end.

Overall graded on a hard scale - I give this a B, B+ :giving the A's to barrel aged RIS's. As for a grade among RIS thats not BA, an A.

I try to have these on hand at all times(make nice extra's for those that havent had) - Very nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 23:58:58 | More by byteme94
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this at Whole Foods yesterday. What a fabulous stout. Worth every penny. Opaque would be a good word for how this looks in a glass, only because there isn't a word that describes something that's darker, and permits less light to travel through it. There was absolutely zero head on this as I poured it, and lacing is nonexistent. This is about as smooth as a stout gets. Subtle bourbon hints, chocolate, and coffee comprise the bulk of the flavor profile. Does NOT taste like it's 10.5% ABV. Did I mention it was smooth? What an awesome offering by Bell's. I'm so grateful I have 5 more bottles in the fridge. This is a beer I have every intention of returning to early and often.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 23:58:20 | More by Retail1LO
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samie85

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a rich motor oil black with a finger and a half of dark brow head.

S-Very dark and milk chocolate and roasted notes with some vanilla.

T-Dark chocolate and roasted coffee with some vanilla, alcohol notes with a bit of bitterness on the end.

M-Medium approaching full-bodied with light carbonation and a slick, dry feel.

D-For a relatively high ABV stout this one is pretty drinkable with only a mild alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:36:06 | More by samie85
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kaseydad

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a Bell's beer. Had to travel to Arizona to pick this beauty up. Couldn't age it long though. Poured into a snifter and I am met with a pure black ale and a beautiful brown fluffy head that quickly turns into a light layer. The aroma is very much chocolate with some heavy maple syrup in the background and some smoke, vanilla and caramel in the mix. Awesome stuff! The taste has a little bite to it with more chocolate coming through and a big smokey, coffee bean background to it. Almost like sucking on a coffee bean. Cigarette smoke-like aftertaste. A lot going on here. All good. Lightly carbonated but I was hoping for a smooth sip each time with all the explosions in the mouth going on.

Overall I must say this beat my expectations. I had to go to AZ to find this and I am happy I did. This beer packs a whallop in a 12 oz. pour and it makes me yearn for me. If all Bell's products are like this....I am beginning my quest.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:03:29 | More by kaseydad
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ehammond1


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Jet black. Big and thick brown head. Thick and consistent lacing. Perfect. What more could you want?

Big and bold aromas of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. A touch of alcohol heat in the nose.

Taste is more of the same. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavors, a touch of alcohol, and some definite hop bitterness.

Thick, big, chewy mouthfeel. A pleasure. Perfect.

A wonderful, flavorful, and aromatic big stout. Would love to have this readily available. It does everything right.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 19:18:54 | More by ehammond1
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wo87810

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great, nice carbonation. Aroma is of alcohol, toasty malts.

Mouthfeel is awesome, coats your mouth like a thin creamy syrup.

Taste is great too, very complex with chocolate, caramel, alcohol, and hints of fruity aspects.

Overall this is a great stout, and not as expensive as some of the other RIS of its caliber.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 13:47:53 | More by wo87810
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Cavery

California

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz shared with Klym, bottle courtesy of SpdKilz (thanks for the throw in!)

This bottle was born in 2009, a good soldier.

into an Oversized wine glass.

A: Classic motor oil with small brown bubbles. Sticky groups of bubbles clump at the side, giving a look of caviar. Perhaps this thing is quite fancy! a thin creme brulee burnt sugar film keeps form above the motor oil body.

S: Bright biscotti milk chocolate. A heavy hand of nutmeg; with dashes of cinnamon and burnt sugars. Really quite a crazy nose for how BRIGHT the notes are. I mean really this is a bakery status nose. The chocolate notes are so pronounced that you can essentially visualize the texture of the cake. Graham cracker crusts wear heavy on the nose throughout.

T: Very milky flavors of nougat with swirls molasses and butterscotch. Caramel comes through in the collision of all 3 prior mentioned flavors. Carob chips, peanut butter, and chocolate all fly through the mouth in an unexpectedly cheap way. There's a crap load of flavor in here, it's really almost shocking. Cocoa nibs really hit me in the end, but they almost taste glazed in Splenda. A bit of an artificial sweetener taste in the end I'm not so fond of. However, there's much more going on here that's good than bad. Chocolate covered leather in the finish (love this note).

M: Really ever so milky without a definitive feeling of lactose. A medium-heavy body that isn't quite fully realized, but strong never the less. There most certainly is carbonation, but there's a strong feeling of wetness that stays in the mouth. Which I would say is much more characteristic of much flatter brews. This is not a flat beer, there is however, a weird transition.

O: At times, this is really very good, the flavor is far bolder than I ever could have hoped for. If I were to give a visual of this beer, it would be like a triple chocolate mousse pie with peanut brittle whip cream; speckled with cocoa nibs. However, if you were to consume this pie, you couldn't help but think that it was really just baked good version of a butter-finger. It comes off a bit cheaper in parts; but I can't deny that this is still a treat. Sometimes you'd like a cheap candy bar, and this beer is just that -- your cheap candy bar beer. You kind of have to be in the mood for a beer like this, and tonight I was in the mood. Tasty, but not fancy.

Edit - This beer gave me a pretty nasty headache, I didn't have anything else besides an amber, and it really tortured my skull. I downgraded the overall for this reason by .5 ! You've been warned ~_~

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 07:13:10 | More by Cavery
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Klym

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for SPDKilz for supplying this to Cavery in a recent trade and thanks to Cavery for sharing it. 2009 bottle. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a typical RIS black, but perhaps a little browner than most. Head is a light brown and is small but very lasting (to the end of the drink, there was at least a little head still sitting there). Lacing is spotty but so much more than you'd typically expect from a beer like this. Really good look.

S: Dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins) is perhaps the most stand out and typical aspect of the smell, but there's definitely a lot more going on. Graham cracker, a little vanilla, chocolate, coffee, woody-ness, nutty-ness, etc. are all definitely roaming about. Also, it admittedly smells pretty hot. The smell of this (much more than the taste) changed majorly with temperature so it's worth letting this sit out a bit.

T: Just like in the nose there's a lot going on here. Dark fruits hit with a smoky bite in the beginning, graham crackers (strong in the spice), grapes, and tons of nuts come in in the middle and it finishes off with a spicy coffee like bite and lingering nuts with vanilla. I can't quite do it justice; really complex and hard not to enjoy.

M: Mouthfeel could be a little thicker, but it is quite creamy and really acceptable as it is. The flavor and mouth sensations really travel up through the back of the tongue to the top of the mouth and the throat, but I find it a pleasant transition and experience and not an imbalanced one.

O: There's a big disparity between people and the bro's rating here and I feel confident the people have it right. I've had some average/mediocre RISs and this is definitely not one of them. Tons of complexity and plenty of delicious drinking to be enjoyed here.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 06:59:59 | More by Klym
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful slick black pour, mocha head, 1" deep, no carbonation issues here. Looks professional, and one of those used motor oil type descriptors. Aroma of deep roast, chocolate.

Amazing coating of the palate with the luscious black liquid, great chocolate consistency throughout, larger than any other flavor component to the beer, and does a magnificent job at hiding over 10% abv. Similar to Rogue's double chocolate stout, but a little less chocolate, but hides the alcohol better and is much smoother. Somehow, despite the motor oil sludge appearance, this is kind of light on the palate in terms of drinkability and mouthfeel, gotta love something that brings that amount of chewiness and flavor, but doesn't just stick to your tongue/ribs. Can't beat the creaminess of this one. Slight cherry noticeable in the end, along with resonant notes of light espresso. Only bitterness comes from the chocolate.

Huh, I see the bros re-tooled their review from a C- to a C.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 17:48:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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1Adam12

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black, hard pour gave it a nice 2 inch head. Smells of malt and alcohol. This seems like it's going to be hot. And it is. Tastes of a bit of malt, but it is an alcohol bomb. I want more depth! Very creamy mouthfeel, but the insane amount of alcohol on the tongue diminishes how creamy it really is. Overall....eh. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 17:11:40 | More by 1Adam12
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into my Celebrator chalice

No bottling/freshness dates found on the bottle.

A- Black body with no light perception. Head is 2 fingers and nearly chocolate ice cream in colour. Retention is good considering ABV(reducing to a crown slowly) and lacing is average to good.

S- Rich malt. Toasted malts dominate but are supported by notes of treacle toffee and milk chocolate.

T- Roasted malts with some toffee/milk chocolate sweetness. Roasted malts produce high bitterness in the finish and touch of hop gives a touch of dryness. Touch of alcohol presence.

M- Thick full body with a moderate carbonation.

D- A nice stout. This one is more on the roasted bitterness side in malt character whereas i prefer more support in the form of sweeter toffee/chocolate malts than evident here. However, alcohol is smooth and the feel of the beer is thick and rich, as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 22:55:31 | More by seanyfo
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DoctorB2B for hookin me up

A- very dark black and sits completely black in my glass. Nice brown mocha head that has smaller retention with smaller lacing.

S- dark fruits, malt, alcohol, and some smoke. Really nice amd complex scents.

T- sweet alcohol heat and dark fruits dominate with a generous ammount of smoke. Same as the nose.

M- silky smooth with medium carbonation

O- very nice stout with complex scents and flavors
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Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 21:30:26 | More by Gushue3
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BayouBengal1537

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black color with no head at all, rather disappointing. Smells of dark chocolate, sweet molasses, roasted malts very pronounced. Taste has rich chocolate notes, sweet roasted malts, slight bitterness from the hops, followed by dark fruit sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy, creamy, pretty amazing. Full bodied but little carbonation. Overall, a very complex brew, nice and tastey, would like to have tried this aged a little bit longer, but a pretty damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 01:39:30 | More by BayouBengal1537
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ptykozoon

California

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'08
Dark brown, sticky layer remains on top with rampant lacing.

Bitter chocolate, alcohol, nuts, a touch of caramel.

Quite bitter, smoked flavors, coffee, black licorice.

Nice dense mouthfeel, dry yet sticks in the throat.

Good solid stout. This, in my opinion, is missing a certain something however. Vanilla? Cherry? Oak? Not sure but its a bit too bitter, dry and not particularly complex. Good though.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 04:39:28 | More by ptykozoon
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a good dark brown head present. Spots and a ring of head linger.

Smell is bitter roasted malts, lots of sweet molasses, a little dark rum soaked fruit, and some alcohol heat.

Roasty malts mix with bittersweet chocolate and sweet molasses and brown sugar upfront. Little dark fruit sweetness. Taste follows through to the finish. Little more roasted bitterness and alcohol heat at the finish.

Full bodied and syrupy with a little chewiness and light carbonation. Little chalky and powdery. Some alcohol heat at the finish.

Fairly sweet overall with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Roasted bitterness helps round the taste out at the finish. Pretty standard. I remember this beer being better than this in the past. Bottle from winter 2010/2011.

5/2/2011

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:21:35 | More by sidetracked
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Motor oil black, small head that leaves a bit on the glass as it dissipates. Coffee, roasted grains and dark, dried fruit (prunes?) on the nose. All of the above plus a bit of licorice on the nose. Stong bitterness from both hops and roasted malt. Sweetness that borders on cloying for me, but not quite too much. Very long finish, and low, but creamy, nicely integrated carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 09:28:04 | More by BeerAmbassador
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Darkness snifter.

Bottle Date: 9/13/2010

A- Dark motor oil color, nice lacing, ½ finger mocha head dissipates quickly, to a thin ring around the glass, slight carbonation
S- Dark fruits (plums, raisins, cherries) caramel, roasted malts, slight coffee in the background.
T- Sweet and bitter, warming, dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla, slight soy sauce but does not take away from the taste, roasted coffee notes as well.
M- Medium to big mouth feel, sticky, crisp, slight mouthfeel.
O- I’ve heard mixed reviews about this beer, so I was not sure what to expect coming into this. I would have to say that I really enjoyed this brew, very good stout, big warming beer, with complex flavors, really easy drinkability, the abv is well hidden, although the carbonation was not there it did not take away from the beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 06:28:43 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Number on bottle: 8944, which didn’t mean much to me until I saw it was the exact same number as the last review on here, so apparently this is a 09 batch. I got this as a stand alone from a private liquor store where it was the only one, and the label does look quite worn.

A: Pours an opaque jet black. Poured very aggressively, it gives 1.5 fingers width of light caramel colored head, which appears dense, but dissipates relatively fast to leave a non-uniform film for about half the drink, then absolutely none for the remainder. Leaves effectively no lacing.

S: A nice, strong roasted malt aroma dominates, accompanied by some burnt malts, a smoky character, and some subtle bold-roast coffee aromas. Alcohol is noticeable. Pleasant aroma, but nothing particularly complex.

T: Lots of roasted and burnt malts, accompanied by hints of chocolate, bold-roast coffee, and an oaky character. There is an appreciable sweetness throughout, coming from dark fruits (maybe fig) with hints of bing cherries, plus a subtle hop bitterness on the back-end. It does a great job of balancing sweetness, burnt roasted malts, and bitterness all while making the alcohol presence known, but kept in check. Great flavor to this beer.

M/D: Smooth, creamy, an almost oily mouth feel. I’m not sure what all this talk from others about the no carbonation is all about, my bottle had plenty of carbonation, in fact, just the right amount. Incredibly easy to drink, and does a great job of masking the 10+%ABV.

O: This beer may have restored my faith in the RIS style. I went away from the style for a while, but recently decided to come back, and in the last couple of weeks have tried a handful of RIS’s, some of which are very highly ranked on this website. I was uniformly disappointed with them all, as they were mostly ruined by a dominating alcohol presence that killed the drink. Not this one. Expedition Stout maintains a great, well balanced flavor, good mouth feel and great drinkability. Cheers to Bell’s who never seems to let me down.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 01:55:24 | More by zac16125
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,403 ratings.