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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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Ratings: 5,071
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 426
Gots: 1,170 | 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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4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. 2011 Bottle with a date of 11/01/11.

Appearance: Pours dark black with no other noticeable colors. Decent three finger deep tan head that slowly fades into a thin tan layer. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big dark aroma of roasted caramel and toffee malts. Lots of chocolate with some hints of coffee, vanilla, and creamy milk. Also some dark fruity raisins and figs. Some hints of molasses and syrup. Smells very rich and creamy.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a big roasty chocolate filled taste. Dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with a bready toast taste that lingers in the finish. Lots of chocolate with notes of coffee, cream, milk, and vanilla. Some good hints of dark fruits including raisins, figs, and dark cherry. Also a little molasses and sugary syrup. Some earthy hops in the finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Sticky and creamy. A little alcohol heat but still fairly smooth.

Overall: A great stout. One of the better Russian Imperial Stouts out there. Tastes great fresh to me. It will be interesting to see what some age will do.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle

Pours black with a small mocha head and very little lacing.

Smells like roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, strong bitterness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste opens up with a slight sweetness, moving into bitter coffee and chocolate flavors. There is a long, lasting bitterness that lingers for a long time. Went very well with a nice, sweet, blueberry pie.

Mouthfeel is a tinge thin, but good carbonation.

Overall, this needs some time to smooth out. It's harsh in most aspects.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11-01-11, so yes still very fresh. Poured into a Bell's tulip for good measure.

Pours opaque black with a caramel head. Started very uncarbonated, but eventually exploded with a thick gigantic head.

Smells of roasted malts, but not too strong. hints of bitter baking chocolate and coffee are side by side with creamy smoothness.

The first thing I notice is an overwhelming bitterness. It feels just as bitter as a breakfast stout. A decent hop presence really just multiplies the bitterness from the roasted malts and other bitter flavors. As it warms, it gets even more bitter. There is a slight creaminess int he background.

The mouth is left feeling very bitter, not exactly my favorite stout, but its not the worst stout in the world.

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Thanks again to jzmaxson27 for trading me a bunch of great beers!

A: Gorgeous dark brown with absolutely no light penetration. Huge, thick light brown head with nice lacing. This is an incredibly inviting beer. Love the way it looks.

S: Roasted malts and tons of chocolate. Almost a syrupy, boozy aroma too. Some dark fruits are kicking around there too.

T: Huge flavors here. Tons of roastiness and velvety chocolate. It has quite the bitter finish too which I love. There's definitely a big malt presence here too. It's really rich, almost a little too rich.

M: Love the mouthfeel. Huge body and really, really thick.

O: Really tasty but definitely a sipper. I think I really needed something a little more easy drinking at the moment, but hopefully it didn't taint my review. Really intense beer. I highly enjoyed it.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,071 ratings.