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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,074 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,074
Reviews: 1,934
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 426
Gots: 1,172 | 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 korguy123
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into snifter.
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for sending this gem my way.
Batch code 9512 (December 2009)

Quick background story first while it warms a bit. I've been a member here since 2008 but never really participated in reviewing or forums. I used the site to check reviews and ratings of the beers around me only. Last year my brother and his fiancee drove to Iowa to spend time with their friends. There first stop was Kalamazoo... Never heard of Bell's before and off they went. Two weeks later I here of Bell's (specifically Expedition stout and Hopslam) and am floored remembering that my brother drove through there not even a week prior... been trying to hunt them down ever since, and here we are now, a year later and finally sucess. Thanks Marcus!

A- Thick black syrupy pour producing a dense two finger dark khaki head. Quickly recedes to a faint ring. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, medium roast coffee, cream, brown sugar, vanilla, faint earth and wood, slight bourbon.

T- Bitter coffee, molasses, vanilla, smoke taste reminds me of cedar grilling on the bbq. Slight cherry taste. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste.

M- Creamy and chewy. Sticky sweet on the lips after each sip. Very little carbonation (I know this was a point deduction for the Bro's but I kinda like it in this case, there is so much going on flavor wise that I didn't realize it until my third or fourth sip.

D- It's quite cold today so I decided itm was going to be a stout and barleywine day. So far this is keeping me quite warm. Come winter i could see this being a staple. The alcohol is mute in taste, and the complexity is wonderful definitely would have a hard time stopping at one or two (unless I can't make it to the fridge anymore)

Photo of ralree
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Really dark rich brown with a dark brown head. One of the darkest stouts I've ever seen. Pours very smoothly like a syrup. Great retention and decent lacing.

S: Smokey coffee, some chocolate, backed by a nice amount of hoppiness. Very clean.

T: Pretty smokey malt, rather sugary, lots of chocolate flavor now, and the coffee is rather strong as well. Hops are fantastic - very bittersweet and fresh. Flavors continue into the aftertaste nicely. A very good example of the style!

M: Extremely thick, oily, very chewy, heavy-bodied. Astringence is good - not too much, but enough to make you pucker a little. Carbonation is good.

D: Goes down great, especially for such a strongly alcoholic and strongly flavored beer. Well-done!

Photo of goldbot
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/19/2009. Reviewed on 8/18/2010.

Pours pitch black with thin, brown head. The foam fades quickly, leaving bits of lace on the surface of the beer.

Roasty, malty aroma. Hints of chocolate and coffee, but malt, bread, and roasted flavors really dominate. Lacks depth in a way compared to many of its peers.

Sweet milk chocolate flavor followed by a smooth malt and sweet caramel. Fresh roasted coffee beans linger on the palate and provide a nice bitterness.

Full bodied, on the sweet side which works well with the strong malt and coffee flavors. Reminiscent of a mocha dessert drink.

Photo of harpus
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours like used motor oil, one of the thickest imperial stouts out there (behind Hunahpus/Mashal Zhukov), with a nice dark head, decent retention and lacing

S: huge notes of dark chocolate and oats up front, compared to the fresh version, this is much more mellow and chocolatey...personally I think this smells better now than before

T: deep rich roasted notes up front with tons of chocolate, a little licorice and molasses, some coffee, everything is big and bold but nicely in balance. The finish is long and leaves a hint of roastieness on the palate. Wow, 2 years have done wonders for this brew.

MF: thick, velvety viscous, low carbonation

D: I have always loved Expo, but have never tried it at this age. I must say that I am amazed by how much chocolate character comes through now. Delicious.

I have tried this beer three times. The second time was in a stout tasting and this was pick #1 out of 13 different stout.

Photo of ZOXXO
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into Kapok Tree Inn tulip glass

A - Deep dark black colored with a light chocolate colored blanketing head. A tight tiny bubbled lacing

S - Chocolate coffee and to a lesser degree hops.

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, hints of dark fruit and roasted malt with a latent alcohol warming and piney hops flavor

M - Big bodied thick molten flow engulfs the palate.

D - A great first or last brew but I don't consider it a session brew, as to be expected for an Impy Stout.

Overall, I found this an enjoyable brew but could do with a little less pronounced alcohol flavor.

Photo of axeman9182
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle (cheers to IdrinkGas), warmed slightly from fridge temperature and poured into my Chimay goblet.

The beer pours absolute black, with a two finger dark coffee head. It quickly dissipates halfway and just sits at a finger in height for a long time. A little bit more lacing would have garnered Expedition Stout a five. The smell is of dark chocolate (good) and some black licorice (not as much). As long as the flavor pulls more from the former than the latter I think I'll still dig it. Well, I got my wish, but this beer is *very* rough around the edges. The dark chocolate overpowers the licorice, after an opening dollop of caramel, but there's a harsh graininess and a bitterness that I want to say comes from hops, but there's no accompanying hop flavor. I was ready to score the flavor lower, but it did smooth out some as the beer hit room temperatureIt's a shame too, because the mouthfeel on this beer is great, a chewy and luxurious body and carbonation that's just a tiny bit too high for my taste. The poor taste really hurts drinkability, but the beer gets some credit for effectively masking any alcohol. I'd never had Bell's beer that was less than top notch until Expedition Stout, but I'm glad I got to try and I'd like to try this beer with a few years on it to see if it smooths out.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chubbyswans for this one!

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Code on back label translates to bottle Nov 11, 2009.

Appearance: Pours a thick, gloopy blacker-than-black black with huge amounts of cascading brown head - looks like a nitro beer poured wrong.

Nose: Bitter chocolate, espresso, tree bark, toffee, molasses and vanilla. Big nose.

Palate: HUGE! Thick with dense tiny bubbles. Lots of smokiness on the palate and something like iodine. It actuallly tastes a lot like a blended Scotch...Lots of black malt, dark roast coffee, espresso grounds, tobacco and licorice.

Notes: One of the most complex behemoths out there. Sweet and rich but bitter and with a drying finish. Love every thing about it!

Photo of johnwarne
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A beer haiku for you:

"A Russian delight;
Don't drink too late in the night
Big ole' heavy stout".

Quite a tasty treat: do not, however, drink this after consuming two others in an evening--it becomes overwhelming and frankly tough to finish [good as it is].

Cheers!

Photo of FreshHawk
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark black color with an average sized, creamy, smooth, cafe colored head. Nice retention leaving a beautiful ring of lace.

S - Dark and milk chocolate are abound in the aroma. Cream with touches of coffee. Hints of dark fruit toward the end.

T - Similar to the nose. Loads of chocolate (sweet and dark) along with a fair amount of cream and caramel. Some espresso but not much. Touches of date and fig. A faint whisper of alcohol shows up on the finish.

M - Full body and creamy. Average to low carbonation. Very smooth and velvety.

D - Wonderful beer to sip on. Alcohol is mellow and the flavors meld together well. Not complex but bold.

Notes: The batch was in the 8,000s (from 2009) and it was consumed 06/13/11. Much better with a couple of years on it. Alcohol and the harsh flavors have mellowed and made this a perfect beer to sit back and sip on. I'll have to get some to cellar now.
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A - Deep dark black with a large creamy, frothy, thick, meringue-like, dark tan head. Really good retention that settles into a nice thick, creamy lace.

S - Good amount of chocolate and some black coffee. Roasted malt is very prominent. Some dark fruit tartness and hints of licorice and soy aroma. Some caramel as well. Tartness is fairly strong (for the style).

T - Rich and fairly complex flavors. Dark chocolate and roasted malt are the strongest flavors. Has some burnt sugar and coffee flavors as well. Some dark fruit, although none really stand out much. Also a bit of anise and soy. The tartness in the aroma is also there and mixes along with some roasted bitterness. Alcohol heat is also present. Usually the tartness is toward the beginning of the taste with more of the chocolate and burnt flavors and alcohol mid to finish of the sip. Hints of citrus hops in there.

M - Full thick feel with a good amount of carbonation. Very thick and creamy feel.

D - A little much to want to drink a lot or to have it on a regular basis. Very much a sipper, with the alcohol heat and slight tartness and bitterness making it a bit less drinkable. Wasn't quite as balanced as I would have liked.

Notes: Batch 9554, consumed 08/28/10. Decent stout, but not my favorite. Seemed just a little off balanced. Not bad overall and I would drink it again, but for the price there are others that are better. The score is for the cellared 3 year offering not this one that was consumed fairly fresh. For fresh I gave:
A 4.5
S 4
T 4
M 4.5
D 3.5

Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9512, which means it was bottled in December 2009. An 8-month-aged stout? Don't mind if I do!

Looks: Stygian. The liquid creeps from the bottle an inky, syrupy, dense, all-encompassing black. Absolutely ZERO light penetration. The head is such a late arrival I'd almost given up hope of it even showing up to this party, but when it comes, it does so in full form: nearly 1.5 fingers of thick, sticky mahogany. While it leaves rather quickly, it doesn't go quietly; great expanses of unbroken lace grip the sides of the glass.

Smells: like all the best parts of roasted malt. Espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, tree bark, steak, a tinge of vanilla and charred oak. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this was wood-aged.

Tastes: charred. These malt must have been roasted to within an inch of their lives, as the flavor of twice-burnt toast overloads the palate. While the liquid sits in the mouth, the beer's raw and woodsy -- I get a lot of pine, oak and fruity dates. After the swallow, waves of flavors shift and transition like the hues of the Wizard of Oz's horse of a different color. First there's vanilla, then brown sugar, then port, then peanut skins, then plums, then rum, and a satisfying finish of bitter espresso and charcoal rounds it all out. Each sip evokes a different experience.

Feels: treacly. Full-bodied and nearly syrupy, with a perfectly subtle carbonation. The alcohol is warming but not distracting -- impressive when you're wrangling in nearly 11 percent.

Drinks: below the radar. If Expedition Stout was a limited release, I can almost guarantee it would be a far more popular beer. As it is, it's one of the better RISes out there, and easily accessible -- an dangerous combination.

Photo of rembrant
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

visual....1 finger light brown head,lots of lacing,opaque and very dark brown-near black

aroma,initial impression...grape? Then a real nice dark chocolate,toasty malt blends,hops. As it warms and airs some coffee + licorice appear. rather aromatic and complex.

Taste? Oh My...

10% abv? They did a slick job hiding it.. The coffee,chocolate,step up...along with that hint of grape juice. Big Malts all tastefully balanced and deep. Hops?...there but not very upfront,besides the mouthfeel the taste is rich, a meal in a mug,with the main brown food groups fullfilled...chocol;ate,coffee,ale, though Bell's pulled of the illusion without adding coffee or chocolate...or that fresh concord grape juice. That makes it quite the crafty gem at weaving in flavors and illusions of flavors in a fashion where like a good bluegrass band, each steps up for his solo.

Mouth...pretty fine,about perfect. The foam is tasty,the brew is tasty,everything has body,the texture shows substance and the flavor really lasts

Drinkable? At 10%,WTF? get a buddy to drive you or somebody to put you to bed. This puppy is WAY too drinkable. Were it cheaper and about 7% I'd do these a lot.

I like me some chunky stouts, but I'm all for that perfect balance as much as the "Blow Me Away" intensity.
They combine the pinpoint execution of Deschutes Obsidian with the big complexity of Victory Storm King and fine tune the concept to where I can't find any flaws.

Photo of jsanford
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Batch 9459, so this is right around 10 months old.

A - Pours inky black with a 1-finger, cola brown head.

S - Dark roasted malt, coffee, licorice and raisins.

T - Very rich and sweet with a ton of dark roasted malt character, cocoa powder and coffee. Getting a bit of an alcohol burn towards the end, but it's not unpleasant.

M - Rich and creamy with low carbonation. Very dry finish, almost as if my mouths been coated with cocoa powder.

D - Very solid drinkability, I could see sipping on one or two of these throughout the night. The initial overwhelming sweetness evens out nicely as the beer warms up, making this much more enjoyable then I would have initially thought. Great beer from one of my favorite brewers!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, I believe its about 6 months old or so. I've always been a fan of this beer, figured it's time to put in a review, also my first one on BA.

A- Pours out dark as night, with a great finger of brown cola colored head, just what I like to see in a big stout like this.

S- First off, the smell is definitely there, but not as big as I'd thought i'd be for a beer of this magnitude. Perhaps its the snifter not doing it justice. The smell is of huge roast/malt character, smoke, licorice, and that molasses/sweet caramalized smell that you fear if you are smelling an IPA (meant its gone bad). Good thing its not a hoppy beer!

T- A huge malted roast flavor. Huge! I love that taste in a stout. Must be black malt. There is a beautiful straight black coffee taste at the back of the flavor. That burned, smoky flavor thats present in the smell is definitely in the flavor as well. Personally, I really dig smoky flavor. Not sweet at all, a dry flicker probably from the hops and a nice lingering finish from the alcohol, which for 10.5% is balanced very nicely. Awesome. I am defintely the opposite of a super taster, I always go for the beers with a lot going on.

M- I'd say on a scale of 10, this has about a 8.5/9 out of 10 on thickness in this catagory. Very creamy and beautiful. Again that lingering alcohol flavor is beautiful.

D- This is a beer perfect for winter or late fall, but also enjoyable any time of year of course. Awesome roast meant for warming. I love this, in my opinion one of the best big stouts thats somewhat easy to find in most areas these days. Highly recommended, surprised at some of the lower ratings on this one.

As a side, try this on cask if you see it, it's unreal.

Photo of Luk13
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to TheJester. Beautiful black body with lasting mocha head. Aroma is standard IS; coffee and chocolate truffle. Flavor is more interesting. So rich. Heavy chocolate brownies with some grapes and almonds. Wow, this is intense. Somewhat boozy though. Creamy and syrupy palate. Its heavyness makes it less enjoyable. I prefer american stouts that are more balanced such as Yeti and Speedway. Still, one of the best intense and over-the-top IS.

Photo of BeerShirts
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #8729 made Sep. 08

A- Oil black, little creamy head that dies to a lace around the edges.

S- roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, a little bit of liquor, a small bit of fruit too

T- BIG taste, coffee, roasted malt, a light sweet chocolate taste, the alcohol does come through but it is really good.

M- Thick creamy oil, no carbonation

D- Great beer but it will get you into trouble pretty fast

Photo of JLeege
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch 8864, bottled Dec '08, snifter

Appearance- jet black, nice dark tan creamy head, decent lacing

Smell- roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, some dark fruit

Taste- taste like a dry chocolate milk, with a little alcohol burn. pretty damn good actually.

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, very thick, great for this style

Overall- with about 1.5 years of age this has mellowed out nicely, cant wait to try my last bottle of this batch around x-mas.

Photo of teamizm
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark, oil like black. No light shining through this beer. One finger head, decent looking carbonation.

S - licorice, dark fruits, dark chocolate, a little bitterness

T - Roasty, heavy coffee and chocolate flavors, a little long-lasting bitterness afterwords. Good RIS, but lacks a bit of complexity.

M - A little thin, with a little bit of burn. Not as complex and viscosity i was hoping for.

D - Pretty drinkable, but burns a bit.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours like black oil and there are some weird chunks in the bottom of the glass which I'm not sure what it is. A brown, creamy head, about 2 fingers thick, is mostly lasting with a lot of sticky lace left on the glass.

S: A strong aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and licorice are evident in this beer. There are some notes of booze and brown sugar, maybe dark fruits, but one thing for sure, not a lot of hops.

T: A very rich roasted malt flavor with notes of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. A somewhat complex taste with hints of some booze. Also, a long lasting and bitterness aftertaste that is on the pleasant side of things. Exactly how I imagine a stout to taste.

M: A silky, full bodied beer with very little carbonation. A dry after taste, but on the good spectrum.

D: Would love to drink this in the summer. Maybe 3 or 4 at a time.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish body with a solid one-finger head that stuck around forever. A thick, hearty malt aroma of chocolate and roasted malts along with a touch of breadiness; hops are minimal but give off dark fruit like black cherry. A sweet stickiness greets my tongue and then I pick up chocolate and hints of toffee but there's a greater bready, biscuity, almost coffee-like roasted sensation that gives this thick beer a hearty finish. Plum and tasty with minimal hop bitterness and fruit flavorings make for a great sipper that goes down smooth and the ABV is complementary on the backbite but does not bleed into the beer.

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

From notes consumed 7/11, poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, opaque black with a one finger of mocha colored head. Head recedes pretty quickly and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of roasted and charred malts, coffee, a bit of dark fruit, and light chocolate notes.

T: Taste is chocolate and coffee hits right up front, slowly moving into a roasted and charred malt flavoring. Dark fruit notes are present throughout with a sweet brown sugary finish.

M: Full body, low carbonation, smooth body.

D: Goes down rather easily for a 10% with no age on it, nice representation of style, yet another solid brew from Bell's.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Opaque black with perhaps a tinge of brown to it. Outstanding burned-tan head, about one finger thick.

Smell: Exciting! Black licorice and/or sun-dried raisins up front. A little bit of a coffee edge follows, rounded out with a toasty alcohol vibe. Not a lot of hop action in the scent, let's see if that changes at all...

Taste: Ultra, ultra sweet. Not balanced out with bitterness. As much as I want to give this rave reviews, it's not a good example of my favorite style of beer. Minutes later, still tasting sugars within it. The coffee flavor is minimal, but the malt tone is HEAVY. No hops though, just as the nose determined.

Mouthfeel: It's like a beer Vesuvius in my mouth. You know the reaction that you get from mixing baking soda and vinegar? Same thing here. A small sip ballooned into a piledriver of foam in my mouth. The maltiness gets more handleable as the beer warms a bit. Set apart from the taste, the mouthfeel is decent.

Drinkability: Eh, it's not a BAD beer by any means. But it's a little heavy to call a "usual" and a little strong to drink more than two or three of at any given time. So-so drinkability.

Decent beer. Definitely a sipper. Worth a try, but barely.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours darker than oil with about a 1 finger, dark mocha colored head. If this baby was just thicker, the score would be too.

S: The nose dark chocolate and liquorice dominate. Hints of coffee grain, and maybe a little hop tingle.

T: The flavor profile is a little heavy on the liquorice, but nonetheless is excellent. The coffee notes blend well with the chocolate. Alcohol is present, but well tamed. This stout is more bitter then sweet, and darker in the grain than most.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is full and creamy, the drink can improve with age (this bottle is about a year old or so...batch 8728).

Overall, I really enjoy expedition stout. It's one of the best RIS' that is widely available, but my only gripe is the price.

Photo of stonelis
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 9512. Bottled Dec 18 2009. Thanks to Bells batch Finder! This poured like a dark motor oil. Thick tan head with nice lacing which stayed on the sides of the glass. Taste of espresso, some hop bitterness, chocolate and roasty malt. The alcohol becomes more evident as it warms. Would love to taste this after a few years of cellaring if only I could keep my hands from prying off the cap!

Photo of hansgruber
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8944 consumed tonight

Thick black pour yields a nice dark tan head. Nice surface foam with a foamy collar. Nice lacing and plenty of tight bubbles rising from the sides with each sip. 

Malty roasty chocolaty yeasty nose. No alcohol detected.

Bitter roasty taste with some chocolate and coffee notes in there too. Virtually no sweetness but I sensed a bit of a molasses flavor deep in there. Very roasty.

Nice thick mouthfeel. Good sipper stout for sure. Nice to have in 12oz form as opposed to a bomber so it's doable if you're alone. 
Solid imperial stout.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep, dark brown/black, with a creamy tan head with excellent staying power.

Smells delicious; coffee, dark chocolate, hops, alcohol, a bit of burnt caramel, and dark candied fruit.

Rich, full, and complex in taste. Rum, espresso, and raisins/figs hit first. A resiny hops follows, squeezing the tongue as you swallow it down. The alcohol taste is almost overwhelming.

With a very full mouthfeel, you need to take your time with this one.

Drinkability is slow; sip, rest, sip, rest. And, at 10.5% ABV, you'll need to put this one down easy. After one, you'll be full, but also looking forward to the next time you have one.

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,074 ratings.