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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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5,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,364
Reviews: 1,995
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,327 | FT: 99
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

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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Ratings: 5,364 | Reviews: 1,995
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Poured from tap into snifter at holy grale in Louisville. Look is amazing...black with thick 3 finger tan brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and a bit of hoppy coffee
Taste is nice...bitter roasted coffee malts followed by a bit of sweetness. Its a bit over bitter but nice. Its a good brew especially for the price and availability.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep black color with a big 4-finger bubbly brown head. Amazing retention and great lacing.

S – Typical RIS aromas of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and dark fruits like plums and figs.

T – Starts off sweet with dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. Bitterness begins to build mid-taste and comes to a crescendo at the finish with lots of roasted barley. Alcohol is apparent.

F – Full-bodied with good carbonation for the style, a creamy and velvety-smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and dry finish. Dark fruit sweetness lingers. Alcohol warmth is definitely apparent.

O – This is a very tasty RIS. The alcohol is certainly apparent here, but the beer is not hot by any means. It would probably smooth out nicely with some age. If I get my hands on another one, I’ll hold onto it for a year and see how it does. Still, for a young imperial stout at 10.5% ABV, it is very drinkable. Bell’s strikes again.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Thanks to kylelenk for two bottles of this brew. I had regular access to this when I lived in Michigan; glad to have another shot at it.

A - black as soot, not a lot of carbonation even with the forced pour. The foam is a nice light brown, lacing up the sides.

S - a little too much cleaning product here. There's something empty about the smell, even when I really stick my nose in there and sniff. Toasty. My girlfriend says "liquor, bourbony," but I don't get it.

T - probably the roastiest, toastiest stout I've ever had. Super burnt tasting malts. I may not want to drink more than one in a sitting, but it's unique enough to earn a 4.5.

M - good, it's ridiculously smooth. I read Jason's review of this before I read mine and couldn't believe he didn't find this smooth. Very little carbonation, hardly any syrup, smooth.

O - I like this beer a lot. It's like the stout version of Two Hearted, the other tried and true offering by Bells.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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

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4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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