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

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4,389 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,389
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 373
Gots: 937 | 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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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
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into snifter...

A: Pours a thick black and very viscous with almost no head, half a finger maybe and dark mocha in color, quickly falls to a thin ring around the edge and leaves decent lacing.

S: Huge roasted malt profile with molasses, raisin and brown sugar rounding things out along with just a hint of booze. Pick up just a hint of roasted coffee as well. Very nice, but not overly complex or huge.

T: Follows nose with added bitterness in the finish from a little hop and it really helps balance things out. A lot more depth in the flavor profile than in the nose.

M: Heavy body with nice carbonation, fine bubbles that are really smooth. Very nice.

D: Booze is only faintly detected and this beer goes down pretty darn smooth for the high abv. Very nice overall and would love to get my hands on more of these!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 05:03:04 | More by RedBrewer83
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beeragent

Texas

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a thick motor oil black, forming a good 1 inch mocha head. Thick rings of lace stick to the glass and dont move.

S - The aroma is all roasted malts on this one. Maybe a hint of bitter cocoa, but mainly the roasted malts. No alcohol is present on the nose.

T - Thick and smooth roasted malts coat the palate. A light coffee cocoa flavor then dominates the finish, with a hint of raisins. Not as complex as other RIS's but still very tasty. The taste still coats the mouth long after the swallow. Again, the alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Heavy bodied with a smooth and thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D - Great flavor in this beer. I think its the appearance and mouthfeel that really make this beer stand out from the rest. Good thick taste just like an RIS should be along with the heavy body. Thick rings of lace cling to the glass the entire time. Overall just a great looking and tasting RIS!!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 00:42:13 | More by beeragent
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Quite surprised I haven't reviewed this beer on here!

A- Pours a nice black color. When held to the light you can see faint brown hues on the sides of the glass. Two finger mocha colored head stays for a good couple of minutes before dying down to whisps of foam on the top of the beer. Lacing was streaked on the sides of the glass.

S- Big roasted malts in the front of the aroma. Ground coffee smell was muted a little in the middle with some light chocolate notes and even lighter hints of prunes. Alcohol is present in this but it almost takes on a semi-sweet note to it. I picked up some brown sugar hanging around the alcohol. For a stout of this size though the overall aroma was muted.

T- This beer starts off with a nice roasted taste that lasts well into the middle of the beer. Light darker fruits in the middle that shine through in small doses. The ending on this one is a little more chocolate sweet than I remembered. Light roasted taste in the back end of this one as well.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Left a oily slick roasted mess on the palate and into the aftertaste. Chewy is good feature with this beer. Sludge like...heh. Makes you want to take a sip right after you are done with the first one.

D- This is a good drinkable stout. The only reason I gave it a 3.5 was because I could not drink a sixer of this even if I tried. It was a very filling beer for me and after a couple I would need to switch to something lighter in feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 04:12:15 | More by alleykatking
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hardy008

Minnesota

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

Dark black color with which lets no light pass through. Has a large brown head with good retention. Smells of chocolate, molasses, raisins, and coffee. The taste mirrors the aroma nicely. Has a nice mixture of sweetness and coffee bitterness. Full bodied, creamy, and properly carbonated. Bell's does a nice job of disguising the 10.5% abv. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 02:45:37 | More by hardy008
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Florida9

Illinois

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

A: Black in color, but not overly viscous. Pours with a light brown crema-like head .

S: Sweet chocolate, raisins, plums. Complex of dark fruit aromas.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and a little coffee. Long dry cocoa finish. Alcohol is perceptible.

M: Thick, but not overly thick. Carbonation is on the lighter side, but is appropriate. Leaves a powdery or dry sawdust feeling in the mouth.

D: A very good, quite complex beer. Excellent sipper and another very good beer from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 02:22:48 | More by Florida9
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ILikeGoodCider

California

3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 02.07.2010. Batch number on bottle: 9384. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 14 oz. pint glass.

A: Pours thick and black, viscous, remind me of motor oil. I was a little surprised at the head that developed on this, it just kept rising to almost two inches of light brown creamy foam. Lacing was down the glass.

S: Aromas were a bit complex with a mix of coffee, prunes, and a bit of brown sugar. There is also a faint bit of alcohol but no hops.

T&M: Heavy and full on the tongue, thick & chewy. Lots of coffee and thick sweet malts. It's hard to tell where the bittering is coming from - the bittering of the dark roast or something else. There are other flavorful hints in here too, like raisins, candy sugar, something like black licorice, and several layers of other malts. The carbonation is very fine and rather minimal, but it is there and seems to be well matched to the brew. The finish on this is long, as you might expect, with sweet malts that fade quickly to a long linger of bitter coffee tones.

D: Smooth and creamy texture is an interesting contrast to the aggressive coffee bittering, sort of a hard & soft complex. The ABV makes this a stiff drink, but it's enjoyable just the same.

I do love me a Bell's Stout...I've cellared three of these for sampling in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 03:44:59 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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rustymoore

Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I strongly disagree with the recent rash of poor reviews for this beer and I am thinking that a bad batch got out to the public or something. I find this to be a good to fair imperial stout.

A: Pours midnight black with my aggressive pour creating a massive creamy head that seems to go on forever, excellent lacing throughout.

S: Maybe the weakest attribute to this one. Just nothing interesting. Very high alcohol notes with some coffee sprinkled in there.

T: Thick and sweet (two attributes I like in a stout most of the time) with coffee and chocolate throughout. I wouldn't call it the best imp stout I have had but definitely is worthy of a "good" rating.

M: Somewhat acidic, thick like most stouts you would want to drink.

D: I wouldn't drink many of these in a sitting but definitely a good sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 18:24:55 | More by rustymoore
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very understated aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of espresso, roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. It's a big, bold flavor - very robust, as a Russian Imperial Stout should be.

M: A very well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Full-bodied, but not obnoxiously so.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, well made and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 14:38:16 | More by avalon07
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glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Festival.

Pours black with a surprisingly large one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of mild dark malts with a nice roastiness and hints of pine hops.

Tastes much more robust than it smells. Smooth roasted malts with large unsweetened chocolate flavors kick things off. Hints of anise enter into things midway through the sip along with very mild amounts of pine hop flavors. Roasted malt flavors mosey back in before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. I was looking forward to trying this on cask simply because of the mouthfeel and I was not disappointed. A great thickness with grainy and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a more intense smell away from being a great beer however as it is it's still knocking on the door. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

02-06-2010 03:01:53 | More by glid02
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oceanman

Virginia

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

Batch 8864 (bottled Dec '08), tasted Feb '10

No light gets through. Thin dark brown head.

Big aromas of chocolate, mint, leather.

Nice, full roasted quality on palate. Powerful flavors of chocolate/coffee on finish. Burns a bit on the way down.

Certainly hefty, but quite creamy and smooth.

No gimmicks to this beer, just a serious imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 04:44:03 | More by oceanman
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,389 ratings.