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

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5,206 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,206
Reviews: 1,959
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 435
Gots: 1,238 | FT: 85
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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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big assed props to my bizzle in crizzle andrenaline for including this in our lastest trade
A - tar black with a thumb of dark brown head after, dissipated slowly and retained at a good level given the ABV
S - sweet milky chocolate and dark roasty aromas, leafy hops are strong enough to come through with some light musty aromas
T - silky milk chocolate and cold pressed espresso, bitter roastiness and leafy hops, light earthiness with a pleasant ABV kick on the finish
M - thick chewey feel, quickly moves to a tingly warm ABV heat that thins the feel out through the finish, but leaves the mouth coated
O - this is such a tasty mix of big malts, chocolate, coffee, and hops compliments that i could drink this on the reg, too bad for me that Bells is not available in my area code

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only brewed in the fall & winter of each year, this is one of Bell’s Brewery’s most absolute potent stouts, and it has the flavor to back it up.

I had my first taste of Expedition last October and I have been in heavy search of it wherever I go since. Dark and complex, this is a near-perfect beer (aside from some of the bitter aftertaste) that will delight the senses.

Bell’s is one of the most diverse and consistent breweries in America, and this is one of their royalty.

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a dark black with a chocolate head that lingers for a bit.

Smell is dominated by chocolate and coffee with a hint of malt

Taste is chocolate with dark fruit presence o the finish. Slight coffee like bitterness on the finish.

An excellent stout, don't know if it is good enough to warrant the high price point.

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4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a deep black with a decent milk-chocolate colored head. Head recedes quickly but not entirely.

S: Potent aroma of chocolaty alcohol. Overripe strawberries. Sharp fruit-like acidity mixed with roasty notes. Very sweet.

T: Incredibly smooth. Starts with an onset of bright milky chocolate. Fruity alcohol cuts through, eventually turning into bitter char, dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Alcohol is anything but hidden, but not unpleasantly so. Giant bitter roastiness in the finish, with some subtle notes of vanilla and raisins in the back.

M: Silky, creamy, nice and thick, with subtle carbonation.

O: A very smooth, sweet, and complex RIS. The roastiness in the finish was a bit extreme and wasn't exactly pleasant, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, finger of dark mocha head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Rich chocolate, espresso, sweet cherries and figs, vanilla and molasses.

T - The ABV is noticeable off the top, the chocolate and espresso notes conthrough alongside some leafy greens. ABV sweetness complements some musty cocoa on the finish.

M - Medium bodied ale, with a prominent ABV heat, though not to be interpreted as burning going down, and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Super tasty RIS, loads of flavour, rich and chewy. This is a bold beer with an ABV kick that could knock the toughest critic down.

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,206 ratings.