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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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Ratings: 5,069
Reviews: 1,933
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 425
Gots: 1,162 | 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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Photo of robbrandes
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 12oz bottle, nice extra from Josh - thanks mang! poured into tulip.

pours an oily near-black. thin, brown head, recedes to a whisper of foam. nose - burnt toffee, warm alcohol. taste - big, full flavor, bitter front end, some coffee notes, nutty/cocoa middle, dry finish.

excellent mouthfeel, great sipper as it warms.

very nice stout, love to try it again.

Photo of WickedMonkey
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mikem0487
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an ale glass

Appearance-Pours pure black with a very thin brown head forming. Not noticing to much lacing.

Smell-Initially got a whiff of the alcohol but as it sat for a moment the alcohol smell has become minimal. Get dark chocolate with a slight toffee smell. Hints of vanilla throughout the roasted malt aroma.

Taste-Smooth chocolatey taste at first than a roasted bittering taste to finish. Good aftertaste that is slightly boozy for a split second than cascades back to the roasted chocolatey goodness.

Mouthfeel-Great creamy mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. What this beer should be.

Overall-This is a very enjoyable beer that does not taste like it contains the abv labeled. Disappointed with the appearance which was lacking lacing and the brown frothy head some people here have stated. However I enjoyed this beer and cannot wait to see how it taste after aging!

Photo of HuaiDan
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Shango42
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of thanmad
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of robboyd
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bezakjon
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of cld253
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of marct
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of blackcompg
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a 5oz glass as part of a 6 beer flight at Bell's Brewery...

Appearance - Poured a deep dark opaque brown/black color, thin brown head which left some nice lacing.

Smell - Molasses, dark fruits and dark chocolate, with faint vanilla and cream.

Taste - Starts semi-sweet coffee n cream with some carmel which quickly lends to burnt toffee, dark fruit peels and licorice, drying to a nice roasty finish. Alcohol is well hidden, and adds warmth between sips. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel, very substantial, heavy and mouthcoating, carb is somewhat low which gives a fuller mouthfeel but adds a nice crisp nuance to the drying finish.

Overall - Great depth and complexity here, wonderful balance, rich and silky smooth. Two thumbs way up, and a case in my trunk to bring home. Will age a least a 6xer of this.

Photo of Stouttyme
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of broodog
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10759 pkgd 11/1/11. Poured into a Founder's tulip

A- Pours almost jet black. Not a very lively pour. Very little carbonation. Lacing is minimal.

S- lots of roasted charachter. Nice aroma. Some molasses and chocolate behind the roasted barley.

T- love this flavor. Very well balanced beer. Plenty of roasted barley, coffee molasses.

M- Assertive. Deep, dark, thick. Everything a stout should be here.

O- spot on RIS from bells. Textbook, except for the carbonation and lacing. I'll be sipping this one all winter long by the fire. Wearing my robe and bear claw slippers after a tough day at the rat races.

Photo of hotmanflab666
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of kristenrae8
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Marti403
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jar2574
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just about the darkest beer you've ever seen. No light gets through the beer. Absolutely none, even on the edges. The head is so dark it's not tan - it's a purplish tan. Good lacing on the way down, but lacing could be better.

Smells of coffee, malts, plums and brown sugar. Could be stronger, but it's nice.

It's a sipper. This sucker is thick, creamy. Way, way thicker than milk. Chewy. A meal here. There's got to be half a days worth of calories per glass.

Bitter burnt malt dominates up front and is the dominant flavor throughout. Mixed with the burnt flavor is some sourness. And combined, the sourness and bitterness leave a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Secondary flavor is plums and brown sugar. Burnt coffee flavors as well. The high ABV is well hidden in this meal-of-a-beer.

In sum: Looks good, smells good, taste is too dominated by the burnt/bitter/sour flavors for me to recommend fully, despite the fact that there's a lot of interesting things going on here.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks again to mizzouguy fo thhuge box!

12oz bottle, just above fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottle code 10068, roughly 1 year old.

pours out completely opaque black with about 1 finger of some dark mocha colored head that slowly fades to a thin ring. not a whole lot of lace after the head dies down.

as soon as the bottle was cracked i got a big whiff of burnt roast and alcohol. as it opens up the aroma is mostly deeply charred roasted malt, a bit of hot alcohol, and some dark fruits. also somewhat noticable is a bit of cocoa and roasted coffee. maybe a bit of earthy, piney hops trying to show?

again with the deeply charred roast. some warming alcohol, but nothing too excesive. some dark fruits and cocoa at times. a bit of hops in there, hard to really tell with everything else going on.

smooth, sticky, full bodied mouthfeel. kind of light on the carbonation which always works well in a RIS.

a solid tasting RIS, very nice burnt roast character. there is something i cant quite put my finger on that seems like it doesnt really belong, whether it be hops or yeast. but this is still something i would come back to.

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2011 Expedition stout, about 5 weeks old.

A: Pitch black pour with a huge, thick dark brown head. Retention is amazing and so is the lacing. Top of the category.

S: Very boozy and loaded with roasted malt. Molasses and maybe a little caramel? Some cherry and raisin noticeable too. Coffee, especially when warm. Stinging alcohol.

T: Huge roasted malt and bitter coffee. Alcohol heat is big up front but fades away under the crushing bitter flavors of coffee, chocolate and burnt malt. Can get a bit of dark fruit - raisin and cherries I think - up front and in the middle before the ensuing wave takes over.

M: Thick and syrupy with stinging alcohol sensations.

O: Big, boozy and bitter when fresh. Will have to try some aged vintages at see how it transforms, I bet it is amazing with a few years on it. An excellent big and complex stout for sure. Let this one warm up for sure.

Photo of Mark000
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,069 ratings.