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

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BA SCORE
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4,399 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,399
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 940 | FT: 77
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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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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
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semibaked

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a Tulip glass.

A - Pretty damn black with a very nice inch of head and stays around for awhile.

S - Really great smell of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee and dark malts.

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses hit you right about then there is a nice and unexpected bitterness in the middle. Very nice and complex taste.

M - Super creamy and full bodied almost like pudding, this is the highlight of this for me, one of the best mouthfeels of any beer I have had.

D - This is delicious and a great brew from one of my favorite breweries. I am definitely going to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 01:41:20 | More by semibaked
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jcnd9803

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick black color, with some slight amber hues. No head and little lacing in sight.

S: Some licorice and chocolate. Also some smoke it seems. Amazingly, I'm not picking up any alcohol, but I know it's there!

T: Ahh, there's the alcohol. A nice mix of roasted malt and chocolate.

M: Leaves a thick, creamy, sweet, feel on the palate. Also some tickle from the alcohol.

D: I think this is a great beer, fresh and aged. A perfect night cap Plus, given the price of most big stouts, this is a deal IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 02:44:37 | More by jcnd9803
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

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

All right! Time to pop my Bell's cherry, finally. Thanks to my dad for bringing this back to me after his road trip. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a super dark brown into the wine glass. It looks like chocolate sauce as it pours, and looks more black as it settles. An aggressive pour yields a healthy milk chocolate colored head which won't go away. It leaves an uneven patchwork of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, a fair bit of chocolate, and a healthy dose of booze. Nothing spectacular, but what a good RIS should smell like.

T: The usual suspects. The roasted malt seems especially astringent, which is very nice. Dark baker's chocolate comes through powerfully. I'm detecting less coffee than with its brethren, though the astringency of the roast makes up for it. A hint of prune. Booze isn't as prominent as in the nose, though naturally it comes out more as it warms. One thing I'm tasting that I haven't had in a stout before is a hint of a spicy, peppery character. I thought I was making it up, but I'm finishing the six pack now (not all in one sitting, of course), and it's still there. I have no idea what it is. I like it.

M: Thick, thick, thick. Carbonation is on the high side of the style, lively and prickly. Super sticky.

D: A great RIS and a fine introduction to Bell's. Why can't they distribute in New York? Time to get some Hopslam up in this bitch!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 01:32:49 | More by CharlatanSin
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Nesued

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, aged for about 7 months.

Appearance - Dark pour, huge head (at least four-finger) pour formed, big frothy deep tan head I might add, with great lacing holding on to the glass as the head slowly retracts to a rough "lunar landscape". No way to see through this offering so I'll take it for granted that due to the ample head there's ample good carbonation.

Smell - Dense chocolate and sweet malt nose. Nice body of caramel and a roasty, almost refreshing sweetness. Not getting much hop aroma a good bit of anise as well. Nice.

Taste - Roasty malts come shining through in the opening a very present middle-game lead by some great chocolate and sweet notes. The end-game gives a pronounced hop bite that is my only down-tick. I would have thought that having a few months under it's belt would mellow out by now. Good that I have several more in the cellar. The ABV is exceedingly well hidden, amazing.

Mouthfeel - A creamy smoothness is the best way to describe this offering. Little carbonation is present, but no matter. There are good legs here, able to hold it's own based upon the grain bill.

Drinkability - I was suprised by this one. Wasn't expecting an exceptional stout but this is very, very close one of the best in class.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 01:19:52 | More by Nesued
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afordney

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

motor oil black, nice finger wide head. No light gets through

good roasted malt. Very sweet and smoky

sweet malty start, deep roasted flavors, excellent bold flavors

Nice thick mouthfeel, a little sour but quite bitter in the finish

A good beer, would be excellent on a cold day

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 00:49:15 | More by afordney
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a snifter glass. Served at cellar temperature, 45 degrees F.

Pours a deep, dark, inky black. Virtually opaque, but showing some faint deep brown highlights around the edges. A dark cocoa-tinged head rises to a finger in height before falling away slowly to a thick crown, leaving behind some thin traces of lace on the walls of the glass.

The nose shows a nice mix of plum, prune, fig, and sweet dark cherry, with notes of espresso and dark cocoa. As it warms, alcohol becomes rather prevalent, nearly overpowering everything else.

Smooth and rich in mouthfeel with a full body and mild carbonation. Lots of decadent dark chocolate shows up front, nice and velvety, with some espresso coming in next. Things move into a middle that combines dark roasted malt and coffee notes with a large hit of hop bitterness, all of which carries over into the finish, leaving a lingering dryness with a bit of bittersweet cocoa powder lingering on the back of the tongue. Alcohol becomes somewhat noticeable as the temperature rises, but is nowhere near so dominating as in the nose.

Drinkability here is hindered for some obvious reasons, mainly the powerful flavors and the high dosage of alcohol. This makes one heck of a warmer, though, and would make a perfect companion on a cold winter's expedition through the mountains or down the street to the nearest pub.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 03:11:56 | More by superdedooperboy
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Evocatus

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours either a really dark brown or just plain black with a brown head that dissolves rather quickly. Aroma has scents of roasted nuts, sweet malts, and some cocoa. Taste follows the aroma, only the 10.5% really kicks in, maybe to the extent of overpowering everything else. It was really thick and lowly carbonated, almost drinking like a thin syrup. Because of the relative strength and thickness, I could probably only have one of these at a time, but a good strong beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 05:40:18 | More by Evocatus
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - batch 9359, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours a nice healthy inch of loose but bubbly dark khaki foam, already lacing like crazy the little amount it has fell. the beer is black as night, no light gets through here.

S - huge nose of roasted malt right off the bat, joined in by some very dark and over-ripened fruit, charred toast, hints of coffee, bakers chocolate, earthy hops, bourbon, and of course, booze.

T - sweet start, roasted malts and nuts, big alcohol kick livens things up, chocolate, coffee, minerals. finishes with more alcohol burn, burnt toast, healthy hop bite.

M - outstanding - insanely thick body, unbelievably creamy. carbonation is tight and lively, but not distracting...more of a vehicle to break up some monotony.

D - this was one of the first "big" RIS i can remember having, and loving it at the time. still holds its own against all the special one-off bourbon barreled whatevers. a damn fine RIS, easily attainable, and good for the price point. definitely need to stock up on these and see how it ages. Bell's impresses yet again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 04:46:59 | More by Stigs
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Telix

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to have this served from a cask at Slows BBQ in Detroit, MI.

A: The pour is a tarry jet black, with a nice 1/2" puffy, bubbly head. There is a bit of cool looking lacing around the head, but not much in the remainder. It's perfectly attractive, but most stouts aren't anything unique.

S: The aroma is mild, with a bit of roasted nuts and booze. I wish it were bigger, to be honest.

T: Extremely complex and inviting you to drink more. A super creamy maltiness forms the backbone, as bright sharp citrus notes shine through and give it an awesome acidity and tongue bite, aided by a controlled booziness. Some roasted coffee notes are in the background. I realized that THIS is what a coffee stout should be, really, not those beers that taste like cold coffee in a bottle, but this complex beverage with hints of tropical fruit, roasted malts, honey and caramel sweetness.... truly epic goodness.

M: Creamy, thick, somehow avoiding syrupyness even though it lacked much carbonation in the cask. So smooth, I almost think it has to have some oats. Great.

D: I could sit and sip this all day. It's such a smooth, creamy, complex ale, truly exceptional. The booziness and ABV might get to you after a bit, but it's not meant to be a session beer.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2010 19:33:04 | More by Telix
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice jet black murky color with a deep brown head.
Smell: You can really sense the depth and richness in the spicy aroma. Very much reminds me of bread with a very aged fruitiness.
Taste: Great blend of dark malt and a slight hoppy spiciness afterward. The malt almost leaves you with a chocolatey bread aftertaste that sticks on your tongue for a long time.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Just enough carbonation to smooth out the heavy oily texture of this masterpiece. Great stout. Its presence really stays with you and gives you a warm feeling.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 00:16:47 | More by pzrhsau
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, FL. Right off the bat I realized this is one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Just a gorgeous brew. Ranked 11th on RateBeer's Top 50 in the US, and for good reason.

Pours an impenetrable black with a paper thin ring of tan/brown head. Dots of lacing all over the snifter. Smell and taste are oak, earth, strong nut and bread aromas, fruity, floral, and resinous hops, sweet figs and plums, roasted malt, thick caramel and taffy flavours, burnt toast, and a beautifully smoky aftertaste with warm, biting alcohol. Full-bodied mouthfeel mimics gooey chocolate syrup with a dry coffee finish and some warmth going down. Lingering chalkiness on the palate. Heaven in a bottle, the complexity defies description. Only Americans make beers like this. Very close to a perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 07:31:15 | More by cratez
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runningjoke

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.
Agressive pour brought out a foamy head that dropped to a halo on the cap. Onyx black in color.
Smells of burnt toast, roasted malts, maybe some dark fruits, and alcohol.
Tastes imediately sweet with a hot finish, mildly peppery. Leaves a minerally bitter aftertaste. Aromatics faintly present.
Coats the mouth and thankfully not overly carbonated so it lingers for ponderance. Unfortunately, the aromatics are so faint, it doesn't leave much to ponder.
I enjoy most beers, present one included, I am happy with the purchase, I just wish they would have focused more on developing the aromatics than the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 00:07:42 | More by runningjoke
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

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

Pours a near black color with a modest, very dark tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but maintains a small ring and leaves some decent lacing. Smells and tastes of coffee, toffee, and caramel. nice creamy mouthfeel and a very smooth beer. Alcohol is slightly noticeable but is not overdone at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 04:41:55 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this one for a long time. Thanks to paco1029384756 and Noslenwerd for providing this beast to me.

A: Pours a dark semi thick rich pitch black color with a dark almost black head, which rises about a finger of thick creamy goodness.

N: Nose is loaded with chocolate! Bakers and milk chocolate dominate. Also adds some roast and a little coffee on the nose. Some sweet caramel, and a slight bright fruit. A slight boozy aroma also comes out.

T: Taste starts with tons of dark chocolate and bakers chocolate. Very earthy bitter stout flavor! Some creamy darkness. More roast and spicy dark malt flavor. Lots of malt to go with that. A little coffee with the roasted flavor. Some dark fruit. It's very heavy, thick, rich, spicy, earthy, bitter, roasted, chocolate, and perhaps too much of all. Some boozy warmth adds to the spicy dark flavor.

M: Super thick and heavy, rich, and more carbonation than I expected for the style.

F: Finishes pretty dry and super bitter still. Lots of earthy dark stout like char and scorched malts. The dark flavors just feel like they are pulling the water and nutrients out of my mouth. The thick syrupy barely liquid seems to stick to everything as well and coats the mouth, leaving the flavors for a while. More chocolate, roast, coffee, bitter earthy stout, and the lingering boozy flavors just go for a while. Considering how thick it is, with the boozy quality, and so bitter and dry its difficult to drink. Glad it isn't a bomber! Still a great beer though.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 03:43:35 | More by jlindros
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- I poured this glass kinda rough because the glasses I have had in the past didnt achieve much head at all. This pour yielded a nice big mocha colored fluffy head that throws all sorts of lacing. The beer is a the typical solid black.

S- Roasted malts, jerky, charcoal, vanilla and chocolate chip cookies. Smells really good. There is a big of hops hiding under it all, but this is dominantly a sweet and roasty smelling beer.

T- Chocolate, charcoal and jerky, some whiskey like alcohol. A very rich bittersweet dark chocolate finish. The flavors are sharp and powerful. I be some age would make this a truly stellar beer.

M- Barely any carbonation. Very full bodied beer with a creamy smooth texture.

D- Pretty warm and high in alcohol. This is one rich beer. Sip on this one.
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7/19/10
This is beer #5 from the blind beers BIF. Sent to me by MMAJYK Reviewed totally blind.

#5, quite obviously an imperial stout. Marc has me going from dark to light to dark to light. This seems well thought out.

4.5/5/4/4.5/4
Pours very thick with a head that struggles to survive. The foam is a deep red and the beer is crazy opaque.

Smells very vinous and malty. Oak, vanilla, port wine, berries, deeply roasted malt, milk, charcoal, caramel. The smells just go on and on. This is one complex beast. In many way it shares smells with this year's Dark Lord.

Very sweet and vinous, just like the nose leads on. Lots of licorice all over. A milky creaminess, dark berries, charcoal and more. This beer is huge, Id say the ABV is damn near double digits. It is nice but overall I think its way too sweet. Licorice and port wine are very strong.

Very full body. Chewy and smooth. Low carbonation. Slightly sticky, mostly in the throat.

The guy who sent it to me says he thinks its an 06 but there is no batch #. Either way this was phenomenal. It ages very very well. Thanks Marc!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 19:53:08 | More by MbpBugeye
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The good folks at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, Pa have provided me with some long sought after brews these best few weeks. Bell's Expedition Stout was next on this list.

A: Pours a thick, pitch black color with a nice mocha colored head that stuck around for the ride.

S: There's a lot going on here with strong roasted coffee, chocolate, and boozy aromas.

T: Once again a lot going on here (too much to be honest). Rich, rich roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate which then has a big, robust boozy compliment. Then an extremely raw hoppy undertone showed up to just add to the overwhelming flavor blend. This was an odd brew where instead of one of the flavors being out of control, they were all WAY TOO BIG resulting in an over the top taste. Just too much...

M: Thick texture with good carbonation.

D: This brew wasn't bad, but it didn't really work for me and was well below expectations. Expedition Stout seemed to suffer from the curse of too much, where all the flavors where just way over the top and resulted in an overwhelming brew. A decent sipping brew but I've had a lot better RIS's and this is not one I'll be looking for again. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 17:40:21 | More by jdg204
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backfat

Indiana

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

this was the last beer during one of our epic stout tastings. after all the 10%+, my beer notes aren't as detailed and start to become hard to read/understand. this beer had been cellar aged for one year. enjoy. pours beautiful, with a gorgeous one finger brown sugar head. smells strong a potent. clean as cream. tastes like angels tears. the 10.5% is apparent but i don't care at this point. low carbonation. roast malts. time to take a nap.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 22:20:32 | More by backfat
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,399 ratings.