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

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Ratings: 5,071
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 426
Gots: 1,170 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002)
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3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this beer up at Dirty Johns in Iowa City, IA. Beer pours a dark black color with a thick dark brown head. Smell is of roasted malts and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, malts, coffee, and carmel. Very intense flavor and very intense beer. Not sure if I was ready for this one yet.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of will1256
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 9554 (January 2010).

Pours jet black with no light whatsoever making its way through the side of the glass. Half finger of tan head quickly dissipates, leaving very little lacing.

Nose is excellent, lots of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and hints of dark fruits/cherry.

Follows the nose - first taste is coffee and sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla, slight roasty bitterness at the middle and finishes with more coffee, chocolate and a bit of booze-soaked cherry. The cellar has been kind to this one - definitely smoother and more mellow than the fresh stuff, which can be a little hot imho.

Nice full body, low carbonation, exactly right for the style.

Overall a fantastic RIS, one of the best ones out there. Wish I had a few more to see what another few years would do.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders Snifter.

A: Pours jet black, a rim of mocha colored head. Slight spotting, no real lacing.

S: Smells of Chocolate, Vanilla, subtle cherries, roasted malts and a little bit of alcohol.

T: All the flavors come through wonderfully, no real alcohol taste - the chocolate and vanilla kind of linger on the back-end. It finishes very smooth.

M: Full-bodied with low carbonation.

O: Wonderful stout by Bells - this is a great warm-up to the Bells Black Note I was able to score today. This is certainly another must have on release - glad to see such great beers by Bells that are readily available in their respective markets.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 11/1/11. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Pitch black, with a slightly red tint when held up to the light. Pours with a huge 4 fingers of frothy brown head. Lacing is great.

Smell. Coffee and chocolate are dominant. Some roastyness and grassy and earthy hops in the distant background.

Taste. Starts out roasy with some lingering yeasty flavors. An intense sweetness builds with an equally intense chocolate flavor. Some moderate bitterness comes in to dull down the sweetness. Roasted malts join this into a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel. Very thick in body. Carbonation is moderate.

Lots of huge flavors here. Cant wait to see how this is with some age on it.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sept 26, 2011.

Beer is jet black and a large cocoa coloured head sits atop. Dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving some lacing.

Smell contains roasted malt (actually some burnt scents), some alcohol, vanilla, coffee. Nice.

Taste is excellent. Lots of roasted malt, nice dark chocolate flavours, burnt caramel, and what tastes exactly like roasted marshmallows. There is an ice cream place near me that makes a roasted marshmallow flavour and this tasts like a much less sweet version of that in some respects. I love that flavour and this beer! Alcohol is present and noticeable, especially at the end, but in just the right amount. Just fantastic.

Full bodied, low carbonation, rather oily.

Overall, a terrific beer. The smell is nice but the taste is just excellent. I look forward to experiencing the apparently excellent aging abilities of this one.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,071 ratings.