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

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4,341 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,341
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 367
Gots: 933 | FT: 76
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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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kingcrowing

Vermont

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

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a thick oily back with bascally no head or bubbles at all. Nose is very roasted and burnt. It's slightly boozy but very well covered given the high abv.

Taste is a bit harsh but mellowing as it warms. Burnt coffee dominates and leaves a bit of an unplesant aftertaste is slightly bitter and harsh.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 02:09:36 | More by kingcrowing
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

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

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a thick black syrup. The mocha hued head rises to about two fingers and just keeps going over the top of my glass. Thankfully I was next to the sink when I poured it. After settling a thick curtain of lace is left around the rim.

The aroma is sweet for sure. Much sweeter then I had expected. Plenty of chocolate and coffee but neither of the bitter variety. Light hints of smoked malt can be picked up as it warms.

The flavor is rich roast malt with intense black coffee. Light chocolate tones come through as well. The hops are very present in every sip. Some molasses and moderate smokiness is present as well.

Full thick body. Little to no carbonation.

Overall a fine RIS. Easily drinkable. Nothing really seperates it from the pack but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 00:12:09 | More by beerwolf77
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Expedition Stout into snifter (roughly 1yr old)

Pours from the bottle a deep brown, but in the glass it sits a depth of black that can only be described as moonless midnight. On top of this sits a medium tan head that looks more reminiscent of a whole wheat pancake, dense with tiny bubbles. Spots of lace stick after a few drink. The head leaves lots of bubbles and patching on top, never letting the surface break through.

Nose is powerful and balanced. Lots of roasted black malt, dark roasted coffee, earth, dark cocoa, booze, raw/oily hops. Doesn't jump from the glass, but sits and lets you enjoy it fully. I sniffed this for a good 5 minutes before pulling back a drink.

The palette isn't as roasty and raw as the nose leads on. Lots of roasted malt, espresso, dark cooking cocoa powder, high cocoa chocolate, hop biting bitterness that is subdued and balanced. This is not a cloyingly sweet imperial stout, it is balanced and rich. The hops are surprisingly oily and flavorful at this age, I want to hold one for another year or two and see what it's like. Right not the espresso/chocolate/hop dance is beautiful. Such an immensely long finish.

The mouthfeel is heavy, thick, lightly carbonated with an oily finish. It moves around in the mouth and penetrates every taste bud with a velvet vengeance.

Now this is a proper drinking imperial stout. Big and bold, in your face attitude with a graceful refinement. I could easily kill half a sixer of these, but that would be some bad juju. This is so much better than many of the other in the style, I think this is my new favorite imperial (non-adjust/barrel aged) stout, right up there with Nogne O and Old Rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 12:46:07 | More by Flashsp2
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slimstout

Iowa

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

Appearance: Black and very thick -- reminds me of syrup. Almost no head.

Smell: I can smell the alcohol (10.5% abv). It also smells malty.

Taste: Rich and malty. The alcohol taste is largely masked by its richness, I would have expected to taste the alcohol more. Chocolate (but not so much as to be a chocolate stout), vanilla. It has loads of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very, very little carbonation. It seems thick and smooth. Slight alcohol burn.

Drinkability: It's definitely a sipper. If you're a something of a lightweight (like me), you'll definitely notice the alcohol in your system through the second half of the beer even when sipping it slowly and drinking water and eating.

This beer brought a big smile to my face as I poured it, watching its thick viscous blackness, and seeing the last bits of it drizzling like a syrup over the thin head that slowly developed. Its flavors are complex but not overwhelmingly so. I think it's taken me over an hour to drink but I've enjoyed every sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 02:38:21 | More by slimstout
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vivalanation734

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an epic RIS.

Pours a thick motor oil color with a thin cappuccino head. First aromas are of dark chocolate and roasted espresso. Flavor is very similar. Very little alcohol burn. Much better as it warms up.

This is a winner RIS in my opinion and is up there with Old Rasputin for sure!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 00:27:14 | More by vivalanation734
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BeckyFreesTibet

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A real classic of a beer. It pours thickly, coating the glass like port or cough syrup. The body is almost completely black with a thin, caramel-colored head. Strong presence of vanilla, bourbon and molasses in the aroma with a hint of port and raisins.

The taste is heavy on chocolate, vanilla and bourbon with a slight woody smokiness. Very sweet up front with raisin-y notes and a mellow aftertaste with only a very light bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. It is sweet, syrupy and completely coats the mouth. Even though this beer tastes and smells a bit boozey, I love the punchy, unapologetic bourbon-iness of it and I find it completely appropriate for a russian imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:23:32 | More by BeckyFreesTibet
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pitch black, minimal brown head and lacing.
S: dark dried rum soaked fruit, dark caramel, molasses, vanilla, coffee, chocolate.
T: big sweet dark malts, roastiness and some hop bitterness vainly attempt to bring balance, lingering sweet finish. a bit boozy.
M: thick, viscous, lightly carbonated.
D: definitely a sipper and might improve with some cellaring time.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:04:58 | More by MrMcGibblets
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cgmees

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second Bell's I have tried. 12 oz. pour from bottle. Black, deep rich black. Thick dark brown foamy head that lingers for a short time before ending up in a thin skin of bubbles. Nice chocolate with roasted coffee notes. Slightly sweet, with a lingering taste without over powering me. Fairly high abv but really doesn't taste it. Like it but can rarely find it in Dallas.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:03:27 | More by cgmees
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 9512

Poured quite oddly, with a moderate pour no head was appearing,so poured aggressively and after the pour the head built up nicely leaving a mocha head of a finger atop an inky opaque body. Moderate lacing. The aromas coming off were initially very strongly of molasses with a slight coffee undertone, evolving to a more balanced nose of molasses and malt.

Burns lightly of alcohol on the palate. Feels too cold initially,so I need to let it warm up. A strong bitterness that is upfront and lingers. Molasses, with maybe a bit of roasted malt underneath. As the drink built a cloying sweetness that seemed wrong for this beer built and built until it became difficult to drink and the bitterness lingers too strongly.

Prickly in the mouth and covers it initially but doesn't feel like its there after save the bitterness stuck on your tongue.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 03:38:06 | More by kjyost
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BeerGodz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Black color, medium tan head with decent retention & good lacing

Smell: Raw chocolate, some dark fruit, and not much else. Strangely devoid of roasted malt and coffee notes

Taste: Up Front: Dark fruit, chocolate. Finish: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. licorice, lingering sweetness. A lot more going on then that smell led me to believe

Mouthfeel: Full body, low/medium carbonation, slightly cloying

Drinkability: Ok, but the sweetness gets in the way a bit

Overall Impression: This beer is all over the place: Great look, funky lackluster smell, complex & powerful flavor, with a sweet sticky feel. Somehow it managed to come out as "good", but just barely

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 22:57:21 | More by BeerGodz
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2008 vintage batch #8311

Poured out dark with a khaki head. Moderate carbonation for a stout. The aroma was eerily similar to Dark Lord. Dark, thick and chewy malt. Very sweet and syrupy.

Taste was like the smell. I was putt off by how sweet it was. Mouthfeel was waxy and thick. I just didn't think it was a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 19:26:41 | More by BearsOnAcid
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (presumably 2009) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black as a dark steer's tuckus on a moonless prairie night, with a two-finger head of creamy dark-brown foam. Solid retention and some spotty lace. Beautiful and extremely dark stout.

S: Dark fruits, roasted malt (slightly more coffee than bittersweet chocolate), and some smooth vanilla. Huge, sweet, and roasty. Terrific.

T: Extremely creamy flavors of raisins, prunes, licorice, port, and coffee. Good balance of big sweetness and bitterness. Some alcohol on the finish, but not too much considering the strength and relative youth. Gorgeous beer.

M: Mouth-filling and eminently creamy. Wonderful.

D: Delicious, but not the easiest to drink - lots of booze, lots of sweetness.

Notes: This is undeniably a huge beer, but it's remarkably well refined as well. The dark fruits are especially prevalent, but never overbearing. I'm really surprised this one isn't in the top 100, as IMO it's distinctly better than a number of stouts that are on there. I'll enjoy drinking (at least) one each year for the next half-decade.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 00:43:17 | More by woosterbill
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oregonskibum

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks bainard for throwing this in as an extra.

A: dark inky brown, approaching pure black. Pours a really nice, big, cocoa colored head that stays around for a while. Looks great.

S: Strong dark chocolate flavors. Very little roasted coffee bitterness like many RIS. Seems sweet, but smooth. Very little bitterness present on the nose.

T: Deep, rich, creamy. Chocolate flavors dominate with a slightly sweet, syrupy finish. A touch of hop bitterness, but very mellow and only noticed on the long finish. This is all about the rich malts and chocolate flavors. As the beer warmed, I noticed a sligh roasted coffee flavor sneak in, but only slightly. For the ABV, this has almost no heat or boozy sensation.

M: Slightly heavy with moderate carbonation. This is a big RIS, so I guess in character.

D: Reminds me of a baby Chokolat seeking a home. This was enjoyable to drink, don't get me wrong. In fact, I'll likely hunt out a couple more to put in the cellar. But this beer doesn't quite have enough cocoa flavors to be called a chocolate stout, yet carries many of the sweet flavors to fall in that category. Overall, a very nice beer and something I'll enjoy again in the future.

Follow up note: I wrote notes on this beer while consuming it. Unfortunately, the beer got a little tiring to drink as I finished the bottle and I knocked its score down appropriately.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 05:40:13 | More by oregonskibum
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rawthar

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

One more from my Bell's Darkside case, about two months after purchase. This is my favorite of the bunch, time to rate it.

A- As dark as a black hole, no light that enters makes it through to the other side. A finger-and-a-half capaccino head, light and fluffy slowly dissipates, leaving some of the nicest lacing I've seen, and a nice thick filmy froth on top. Beautiful.

S- Hints of chocolate and dark roasted coffee mingle and swell like a double helix around a strong backbone of booze, and a buttery loaf of whole grain bread.

T- Boozy flavor hits like a wave against a cliff during a squall, followed promptly by the billowing smoke of a tribal bonfire carrying the essence of the roasting meat of a fresh hunt. Sweet notes of the darkest caramelized sugar rendered with dripping animal fat.

M- Oily alcohol floats on the brine like the rendered fat referenced above while the creamy carbonation bubbles from the darkest depths.

D- One is enough for even the fiercest of warriors after the most viscous of battles. Undoubtedly drank by Cimmerians during the spring raids into Pictland and Vaneheim.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 01:58:02 | More by rawthar
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GregSVT

Texas

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

12oz bottle into a snifter...extra from a recent trade. Thanks Edgar!

A: Pours pitch black like motor oil with a big dark brown head that fades relatively quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very different from most RIS I've smelled. I can't quite place the aroma but it's very good. After some warming I can smell loads of sweet malt.

T: The taste is very unique as well. A sharp hop bite that is quickly overwhelmed by dark fruits, licorice, slight roasted malt, very sweet malts, and a boozy alcohol flavor. The alcohol isn't that bad and doesn't really detract from the enjoyment but the large amount of sweetness does.

M: Relatively thick and creamy. Good carbonation and slick.

D: Pretty good and unique from most other RIS I've tasted over the past year or 2. I'd buy a 4pack if it was available in my area. The sweetness and ABV would make it tough to drink more than one though.

Worth a try if you can get some and you like malt bombs.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 06:16:03 | More by GregSVT
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zoso493

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Appearance: Expedition Stout pours a creamy, deep black that allows absolutely no light to pass through. Atop the beer is a minuscule but very dark tan head that recedes quickly but maintains an omnipresence over the surface of the beer.

Smell: The nose is a typical imperial stout. There is a huge presence of dark, syrupy malts that smells as if it might be an extract of some fudge-brownie mix. In addition, there is a milky alcohol sweetness emanating from somewhere. To counter these is a nice roasted malt bitterness that only partially resembles coffee and a pine sap blend of hops.

Taste: Expedition Stout is a nice example of the style and what I would call prototypical without being exceptional. This is no knock on the beer at all, as it is very tasty and has all the ingredients for a good imperial stout. The fudge tastes come out first, followed by a good roasted malt bitterness and ending with a burst of piney hops. There's no doubt that Expedition Stout is a big, bold and brash stout that makes no qualms about being unrefined. I suspect this would make a nice brew to stick in the cellar for a year or two.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel in this is almost perfect. It is very full-bodied and feels like an oil coating your tongue. I think some of this body is derived from an intermediate amount of carbonation, which does leave an oily feeling on your palate.

Drinkability: This is one of the more drinkable imperial stouts that I've had. Despite being extremely thick and high in alcohol, it goes down very smoothly and there is absolutely no trace of the alcohol anywhere in the taste. I wouldn't drink a lot of these, but this is a very pleasant glass of beer.

Overall, Expedition Stout is just yet another example of why Bell's Brewery is a fantastic producer of beer. It's a rough example of an imperial stout and I'm a big fan of it's raw display of flavors. I only bought this one but I plan on buying a six pack as soon as is convenient to stick a couple in the cellar. There's a thunderstorm happening outside right now, and I couldn't imagine a better scenario for opening up an Expedition Stout. Do yourself a favor and buy a couple of these, stash them away and open them up when the weather turns sour - Expedition Stout won't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 00:20:25 | More by zoso493
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ryanonline

Florida

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

deliciously thick looking black pour with no light coming through, very little deep tan head with a vigorous pour. excellent lacing.

smells of a wonderful raisiny sweet smell with a hint of roasty chocolate malts and anise. very syrupy/sugary scent.

the chocolate and coffee i expect from an imperial stout come jumping right up front on the first sip, subsiding into a roasty, almost tobacco like flavor a little raisin notes throughout. brown sugary malts in the finish. there is also a definite hoppy presence.

very viscous, almost syrupy and slightly creamy in the finish. strong sweet finish that gradually becomes dry.

this is an incredibly complex beer but not so much so to the point it ruins your palette and its not to filling despite it's thick and syrupy body. really good, kind of different from most imperial stouts but in a really excellent way.

man oh man, bells has some good stuff, i really love two hearted and hopslam and this one has really opened my heart to them. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 03:40:51 | More by ryanonline
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khumbard

Indiana

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

Bottled in 2008.

Pours thick and dark. Small tan head that falls pretty quickly. Nose is full of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, and a little coffee. Taste follows suit. Roasty and delicious. Finishes with a slight bitterness, similar to a really dark chocolate. Very good. Little to no alcohol noticeable. I love Expedition with over a year on it. Fresh is good, but a little too hot. Buy some, and put it down for a year and it will hold up against some of the more highly regarded big boy stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 02:33:29 | More by khumbard
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mrkrispy

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at the Cafe, enjoyed it in my hotel room so to speak.

Pours black as death. No head or foam whatsoever. Thin tan layer of bubbles from the pour immediately disappear.

Aroma of dark malts, some coffee, some dark chocolate, plums?, some hop aroma.

I get a lot of cocoa and roasted malts immediately in the taste. Lingering chocolate, some coffee...bit of a roasty finish. Bit hot.
Coffee flavors linger afterwards too.

Could benefit with 6-12 months in the cellar. Quite a drinkable stout though. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 22:24:32 | More by mrkrispy
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL glass.

A. Pours a thick black that forms a 2 finger brown head. Very good retention. Thick lacing. Color is jet black.

S. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Smells like an Imperial Stout should. Nothing amazing about the smell, but good.

T. Big flavors of chocolate and coffee. Pretty sweet. Some alcohol but not overpowering.

M. Thick and full bodied. Very smooth. Low carbonation.

D. This a a big beer. Its a sipper for me. Not the very best Imperial Stout I have had, but very good. Well crafted and delicous.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 19:37:09 | More by siradmiralnelson
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with just a hint of brown into a standard pint glass. One finger head is dark brown and disappears rather quickly. I cannot see through its defenses.

S: Lots of dark chocolate with touches of anise and toasted malts. Some dark cherry and fig scents are also present.

T: Has a very smoky taste upfront that marries with the sweet chocolate/fruit flavors decently. Over the duration of the sip, the smokiness wins out over the sweetness, leaving a slightly unbalanced taste. The finish has a pretty acidic coffee flavor. The taste kind of reminds me of a s'more with a marshmallow that was held over the campfire a bit too long.

M: It has a pretty big feel, which I appreciate. It doesn't quite coat my palate in waves like other beers of the style I have had, though.

D: The high a.b.v. and competition between the sweetness and acidity in the taste make this beer lack in the drinkability category a little for me.

I think this is definitely a beer that could improve with some age on it and I will probably update my review when I've had a bottle with a year or more in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 04:43:08 | More by TCHopCraver
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Joe for the bottle. I've been wanting to try Expedition stout for a long time. Batch 9384

Poured straight in to my tulip, it has an unimpressive appearance. It's black in color with a dark brown head. Unfortunately, the head is thin, making the beer look flat. Very quickly after pouring, it needs a swirl just to have a visible head.

I really liked the aroma. It had a medium intensity, which was fitting since the aromas were subtle. Sweet dark malts, chocolate truffle, a bit of coffee and a touch of hops round out the nose. No alcohol detected.

The flavor is very sweet and dark up front with notes of brown sugar/molasses and licorice. Some dry roast on the finish. This beer really needs to warm up to be fully enjoyed, as its a bit harsh and poorly integrated when cold. The flavors are really intense, but there is too much heat from the alcohol for my tastes.

The mouthfeel of this beer is impressively big. It's thick and full on the palate with substantial weight. Carbonation is low, and towards the end of the glass, it was low enough to change the texture to a syrupy consistency. Expedition is a little hot for my tastes, but it had some good things going on that make me want to try this after its aged a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 00:43:17 | More by jeffthecheff
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl oz/355 ml bottle
Batch 8728
Served in a snifter
Acquired in a trade with Popkas

The beer poured an oily, viscous, absolute pitch black with a creamy, near one-finger head of reddish-tinged, saddle brown froth. Rather quickly, the head faded to a thin yet clingy ring. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass with each sip.

The aroma was huge. Quite sweet overall. Milk chocolate and brown sugar notes were instantly detectable. Roasted malts came through strong. Slight char. Woody and a bit boozy with port-like accents.

The flavor profile was spectacular, and similar to the aroma in many ways. Lots of sweet malts and brown sugar up front. Roasty. Woody and slightly oaky. Coffee and maple syrup were quite noticeable in the center. The coffee flavor could be likened to that of coffee ice cream. Both milk and dark chocolate notes were apparent as well. Espresso came through strong on the finish, along with a touch of char and a pinch of piney hops. A bit smoky. Some bourbon notes appeared as well. The hops definitely showed their head more in the lingering aftertaste. Overall, an incredibly well balanced brew.

The mouthfeel was uber thick, viscous and oily. Super rich and creamy. Chewy. The residual sugars in the liquid left a sticky coating on my lips.

This beer was remarkably drinkable for a 10.5% ABV Russian imperial stout. While the flavor profile was so intense, it was also super mellow, smooth and well rounded. Perhaps the year of aging helped in this regard.

Bell's Expedition Stout is a world-class beer that unfortunately does not garner the attention on BA that it deserves. If you have not yet had the opportunity to try this, definitely seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 23:47:29 | More by Damian
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branimal9

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle, poured into my New Belgium tulip glass...

appearance - 'bout an inch of nice looking brown head, creamy n' fluffy. beer itself is a deep, dark brown. real nice.

aroma - coffee, dark chocolate, a little licorice. getting a bit of vanilla & fruit in there as well. a hit of booziness also.

taste - lots of chocolate. dark chocolate. milky. warming. roasted malts a bit of nice hop bitterness.

mouthfeel - full bodied, thick & creamy. oily. real nice.

drinkability - warming alcohol present, but it's nice n' smooth. this is really drinkable considering the height of the ABV, but this is also my favorite style of beer, so i'm a bit biased.

overall, a really finely crafted imperial stout. glad i scooped up a decent amount of these, as i think they'll age well.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 02:43:26 | More by branimal9
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chiefkellen

Illinois

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

-12oz bottle served in 22oz snifter
-02/23/2010 At home, relaxed

Aroma: Alcohol present with some deep caramel tones. Agitation revealed a depth of dark fruits, namely prunes, with a hint of licorice. Hops are present in the nose, but not overpowering.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black with a dark reddish/brown hue about the sides of the glass at beer's surface.

Taste: Burnt malt noted upfront with some dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Lingering bitterness from the hops caresses the palate as roasted malt sticks to the lips and back of tongue. Some coffee notes present as well as alcohol.

Palate: Full body with mild carbonation. Beer coats the mouth with flavor ending in satisfaction on back of the tongue.

Overall: Extremely enjoyable imperial stout from Bell's with great malt complexity with strong roasted notes. The hop aroma and bitterness is nice. Alcohol is present, but should mellow with age.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 15:21:56 | More by chiefkellen
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,341 ratings.