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

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4,918 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,918
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,102 | 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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uturn, Dec 01, 2011
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kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

HopsMatt, Dec 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

bpattt, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

KingBiscuit, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a goblet glass.

Batch 9971 Bottled September 13th, 2010

A- Pours a thick solid black with 1 finger off light brown head that sticks ends up a nice rim around the edge of the glass with different sized bubbles. Not much lacing but some nice legs

S- Dark roasted malts with a good amount of dark chocolate, raisins, and slight coffee.

T- Tons of sweet yet bitter dark chocolate up front with a nice roasted flavor from the malts and strong black coffee in the finish.

M- Medium to full body that's super creamy with moderate carbonation and a nice slightly dry bitter finish.


Arenbeer, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: A black color stout with a large frothy brown head.

S: This imperial stout has a intense chocolaty nose and roasted malt aroma as well.

T: This full bodied stout has a warming mouth feel with a bold chocolate flavor that is mildly sweet. Also, there is a soft bitterness finish and alcohol taste, but for the most part the alcohol is disguised well.

O: This is a great beer for the winter months. It has a many bold flavors and packs a punch. I would absolutely recommend this stout to those who can enjoy and appreciate huge beers and are fans of the imperial stout style.

seanwhite, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

strangebrew321, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

jbck109, Nov 30, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I prefer this with some age which smooths it out even more, but will review it fresh. Packaged 11/1/11. Batch 10759

Super thick body on the pour. Small creamy, cardboard-colored head, last for a bit then mostly fades away. Perfect lacing.

Smell is predominantly sweet, roasty, and some coffee-like bitterness.

Flavor is big up front, again very roasty, lingering chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thick, perfect for this beer. Creamy.

Bell's Expedition Stout is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. (please don't) Make this a limited release and its rating would skyrocket. Also, someone needs to send a bottle to the Bros for re-review.

zachary80, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

RudiNicole, Nov 29, 2011
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EasyReader, Nov 29, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap a month or two ago and decided to grab a bottle from work tonight to try it again.

Appearance - It is very dark. Black. I poured this into a tulip and hardly got a head on it, but what was there stuck around.

Smell - A nice sweet malty smell. I was getting some coffee and chocolate in the smell.

Taste - Very similar to the smell. A very heavy and malty beer with some coffee taste up front and chocolate coming after. The 10.5% ABV is hidden.

Mouthfeel - Kinda syrupy. The taste is sticking around on my lips and leaves a coating in my mouth. Not a bad thing though.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer more when I had it on tap a month or two back, but it is still great and one that I recommend for anyone looking for a nice stout for dessert.

MikeRoper1989, Nov 29, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was nearly 14 months old (October 5th, 2010).

What a big, intense, phenomenal stout. I’m kicking myself for not trying this one sooner. A quarter inch of chocolaty brown head sinks quickly down to a thin band, leaving minimal lacing. Visibly thick and viscous, totally black and opaque. The nose is huge, with strong coffee and molasses flavors up front, malty notes, chocolate, and fumy alcohol underneath.

The flavor is on the sweeter side, without much in the way of hops, so the bitterness comes mostly from the roasted malt and dark chocolate taste. Very creamy and thick, full of coffee, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, booze. Not overwhelmingly alcoholic, fortunately. Coating mouthfeel with low carbonation, sticky and lingering aftertaste.

I split the 12 oz. bottle with the missus and some fudge brownies and that was enough; I suspect it would be pretty tough to finish the whole bottle, particularly if you’d already had a few others (as I had). Big and chewy and memorable. Wish I’d bought a few more to have on hand when the mood strikes.

tobelerone, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.. Pitch black pour. An almost cinnamon in color head which is very tiny and disappears quickly. Smell is extremely malty.. Molasses, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Taste is the same kick.. Very malty.. Dark chocolate forward, caramel, brown sugar. Velvety, creamy mouth feel. Dark chocolate & Black coffee like bitterness lingering.

JustinMatthew, Nov 28, 2011
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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 4,918 ratings.