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

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Ratings: 5,280
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 448
Gots: 1,288 | FT: 93
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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:
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TheBeerologist
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a bottle from batch 10068 - bottled 11/11/2010 and poured into a snifter.

Pours nice and thick, dark brown/black with a thin brown head. Looks like a great RIS.

This smells sweet and malty and strongly of raisins and tastes pretty much the same. Still a little hot after 15 months. The carbonation is nice, present but light, with a sticky sweetness.

Overall, I am underwhelmed at this point. It is a good solid RIS but I really prefer it fresh and cannot wait to get some from from a recent batch to review again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2/5  rDev -52.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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1/5  rDev -76.4%

Photo of afrokaze
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hmmm for this one! Love my Stone IRS Snifter for big stouts. Enjoying this along with True Grit.

Deep ruby brown but not quite black with a finger of tan head with decent retention and some lacing.

Layers of deep roast coffee, earthy malt sweetness, dark chocolate, plus a bit of rum/bourbon barrel-ish character that I know isn't really there.

Tons of roasted chocolate malt, earthy grains, toffee, hints of vanilla and toasted marshmallow, plus a noticeable amount of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, lots of body and appropriately low carbonation. A bit chewy and sticky but not overdone. A nice bit of burn but maybe a bit too much.

Really amazing for a regular release RIS. Reminds me of Ten Fidy in body and ABV (obviously), pleasantly hot but I can imagine it being an A+ beer in a year or two. Wish I could get this on the regs out here on the best coast.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.18/5  rDev -25%
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
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4.23/5  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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3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,280 ratings.