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

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Ratings: 5,065
Reviews: 1,933
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 423
Gots: 1,157 | FT: 78
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.

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Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a Karmeliet tulip glass, the hue was blacker than Palpatine's soul, and there was a gorgeous medium brown two-finger head (and I didn't have to really force the pour).

Smell: A rich combination of chocolate and roasted malts, with tart fruit and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: An incredibly complex stout, it struck me immediately with rich roasted chocolate, coffee, and toffee malt, and then tart, dark fruits and licorice. The bitterness was minimal, and the alcohol warmed my mouth and throat a little as it went down.

Mouthfeel: It was the chewiest, thickest stout I've tasted yet.The carbonation was quite low, but not at all missing entirely. The mouth-coating was enhanced by the wonderful complex combination of sweet and tart.

Drinkability: I'd had a few other 9-10% beers before this one last night, which I wouldn't recommend. It might as well have been laced with Lunesta after those. NOT a session beer. Sip slowly, as it should be savored. I feel bad for those who didn't come to love this stout. As a lover of imperials, this is the most complex and tasty imperial I've ever had. I could drink this all da...er, several times a week. Yeah.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
2.78/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a - not good. Looks like motor oil being poured in. Completely opaque black with almost no carbonation. After I was done pouring the head took a second to creep up. It got to about a finger and a half of dark chocolate looking head. It held up for a few minutes before going down to a skim.

s - sweet smelling with chocolate, coffee, and caramel notes.

t - sweet coffee flavor up front. After that the alcohol sets in. I figured it was going to be hard to cover up 10.5% abv and it is. The alcohol gives a good warming with a strong bite. It has a hoppy bitterness that I wasn't expecting. It doesn't really strike me as hoppy, just oddly bitter. This is a little much for me.

m - looked like motor oil pouring it into my glass, and that is also about the consistency. Normally I don't mind a really smooth beer, but I just can't get that image out of my head. More carbonation in the mouth than you would think after pouring it though.

d - I don't know if my palate just isn't ready for this or not, but it's way too much. The only thing I enjoyed about this beer was smelling it. The alcohol and bitterness just doesn't sit well. There wasn't anything interesting up front either. I was hoping for some good stout flavors after smelling it, but :(

Photo of Lothore
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep black with a small dark brown head which fades quickly.

S- Smell is sweet, notes of caramel, toffee and coffee.

T- Taste is deep coffee, lingering sweet caramel, dark fruits, very intense with some alcohol warming at the end. Doesn't sit well on my palate, just not the kind of RIS I enjoy.

M- Thick as motor oil with decent carbonation.

D- I choked this one down. I could see how other people would think this one is good because of its complexity but I just could not get myself to like it.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no batch number printed on label

An aggressive pour yields a full two finger tan head that sticks around a while, leaving nice lace. It pours a little like tar.

Nose is sweet and malty. Big dark grainy bread and a warm sugar sweetness. Some juicy hops and dark fruits emerge as it sits, with much more complexity in the back: light smoke, earthy root, faint coffee, oak, and alcohol.

Taste is full and smooth, with up front roasted grains and cocoa filling in with a wash of bitterness and hop character. Finishes with a nice mix of malt and hops, very tanic in taste and feel mixing with a sticky sweetness that really lingers on the palate.

Feel is full bodied and smooth, extra sticky, even a little puckery from the surprising bitter finish. Little carbonation to speak of, swallowed by the thick body.

Overall drinkability is in question. Certainly a very tasty beer that should be on every big beer lovers list to try. Bitterness and thickness of body leave my mouth and tongue a bit worn, but not necessarily a negative. Might do well with some age to mellow the finish. High abv and full character knock it down for overall, but I'd drink this regularly on a cold winter day.

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

Appearance: It's nearly jet black in color with a huge, three finger cocoa brown head. Retention and lacing were simply excellent.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malts mix with a coffee-espresso aroma and produce a very enticing smell. There's a good bit of toasted nut and just a hint of dark fruit in there. Hops are notable and are more prevalant than I would've expected.

Taste: Loads of dark chocolate and mocha flavor. Chocolate and roasted malts are excellent. Very slight toasted nut and smoked flavors. Alcohol is noticeable, but blended well. Hops provide a little bitterness, but not too much. Bell's got this one just right.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's relatively thick, but very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is on the light side, but perfect for this beer. It is strong at 10.5%, but it's very drinkable. I'll limit myself solely because of its strength, but that's the only reason. This is an excellent offering from Bell's.

Photo of mwilbur
1.88/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A: Thick and black. Minimal dark tan head with no carbonation (a little odd since I just bought this bottle).
S: Roasted malts and chocolate. Can smell the high ABV...too prominent.
T: Completely unbalanced. Very weak malt can't offset the very high ABV. Roasted malt, chocolate...but not enough of it.
M: I hate to harp on it, but the high ABV distracts too much. Weak body and no taste to linger...just the alcohol.
D: Undrinkable...I hate to do this, but I'm not even going to finish this. I love high ABV beers, but they have to be balanced and have enough malt, flavors, etc. to hold up. This doesn't cut it. I see that others had difficulty with no carbonation. Either this is a major bottling problem or Bell's needs to rethink their approach here.
Definitely the worst russian imperial stout I've had in a long time...and I doubt this will age well as the bottle suggests.

7/26/10: Well, let's check on this one again...cellared for about 2 1/2 yrs. The appearance is actually nice. Thick black-brown with super dark brown head. Looks like you could chew on it (4). Dark chocolate, molasses, and piney hops. Decent (3.5). Dark chocolate syrup, blackstrap molasses, and piney hops. Follows aroma pretty much on cue (3.5). Thick, smooth, oily. Faint alcohol burn and hop bite. I like it (4). OK, so I was wrong. This one does age well, but starts off terrible. It ends up as an ok RIS, but you gotta be patient (3.5).

Photo of PhxHorn
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is basically black, like motor oil. Pretty thick, but not sludge-like. Smells of coffee, malt, chocolate, and tastes of all of the above plus some burnt nuts and molasses and other stuff. A very nice blend of flavors. Where it goes wrong is the lack of carbonation. While I don't have as much of a problem with it as the Bros do, it's a definite minus. It was just a bit too flat. If there had been some more fizz, this would have been absolutely first rate. As it was, it was still a pretty darn good beer.

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic. Pour was black as night. Half-inch coffee colored head quickly dissipated into a quarter-inch layer of foam that maintained decent cohesion. Consistent, sticky lacing coated the sides of the glass throughout the tasting. Strong scents of malt, coffee and alcohol. Taste similar to nose, but also extremely sugary sweet (maybe molasses); burnt taste lingers at the finish. Somewhat of a syrupy mouthfeel with a hint of carbonation. Not bad, but drinkability is somewhat compromised by the thick mouthfeel, pronounced flavor of alcohol and bitter finish that lingers in the mouth. What's weird is that I typically enjoy many of these features in an RIS, but the combination just didn't come together for me.

Photo of JayQue
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer!!!! Pours a dense black with no lighting getting through. The head is big and dark tan. Leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

Good smell kind of a combination of bitter chocolate and port wine (smells better than it sounds).

Taste is fantastic. Semi sweet chocolate, little hint of alcohol and roasted malt follow up.

Mouthfeel is best part. This is the most incredibly smooth, creamy and rich stout I have had. The combination of taste and mouthfeel are exceptional.

Drinkability is very good. At 10.5 abv, I'm sure blithering idiocy awaits after a few. Would be worth it!!!

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

12 oz. brown bottle. Batch 8145. Bottle conditioned.
Served in a brandy snifter. Pours an opaque black with a slight tan head. Roasted malt aroma with a slight whiff of alcohol. Very fully bodied. Rich mouthfeel. Lots of roasted barley flavor with a fair amount of hop bitterness. Super long dry finish with lots of coffee flavors.

A classic version of the style. This one was fresh, save some for the cellar.

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

Bottle Inspection: Nothing useful

Aroma: Burnt raisins with a light hop finish. Deep roasted barley is obvious, smells a bit oxidized which is a bit odd. Potent alcoholic fumes as well.

Appearance: Black as Dick Cheney's soul. Holds a thin cover of dark tan lacing that laces in a half curtain with thin tidemarks.

Flavor: An American Stout to be sure, the citric and pine hop flavors come through pretty well. For as heavy as the mouthfeel is, it is remarkably balanced and almost mellow in flavor. A fair amount of creamed coffee, roasted barley, and hop finish. A pretty simple profile with a chicory deep roast aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Tons of chew in a frothy melted milkshake texture. Carbonation is pretty low and the finish is surprisingly dry. A bit oily.

Overall Impression: Clean, simple, tasty. Heavy body, full but not over the top taste, definitely worth some praise. A must try for stout lovers.

Photo of Gehrig
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most expensive six-pack I've ever purchased (over $18 at the Good Time Beer Store in Northville, MI; review of the establishment soon on its way), Expedition Stout is a full-throated monster of an imperial stout. It's not the best, but certainly one of the most unique, IS's I've ever had. A solid, durable finger of brown froth rests atop a black body. The appearance is nothing short of menacing.

The smell is positively loaded with coffee and caramel, more of the latter than I would have thought, and it's a fascinating melange, and is followed by some brown sugar striving for air. The taste is quite good, but here I'm impelled to review it with the mouthfeel, which drags down the taste, and the beer as a whole. Lots of caramel and coffee, good enough. But it's a bit gritty and, coupled with tinges of bitterness which aren't in and of themselves bad, Expedition Stout seems to be working at cross purposes, rather than just being complicated. Its carbonation is good and durable--good show--but I think it would work better if it were smoother.

Nonetheless, it's quite good, but a big, brawny brew. I felt the very high ABV (10.5%) was hidden fairly well. But the texture ensures sipping this rather than quaffing. All told, that might not be so bad. Grab it but, unless you can afford it, try grabbing a couple and spending the rest of the scratch on a few others. The price is as big as the beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a jet black body with a full, frothy tan-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of black malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate syrup, scorched almonds, molasses, and herbal, piney hops.

Taste: Black roasted malts with flavors of coffee and exceedingly dark chocolate. Some burnt almonds and fire-blackened marshmallows. The hops are bold in their bitterness, but not overbearing, and provide a taste of dried herbs and pine. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and acidic char taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel. Warming from the first sip.

Drinkability: A very fine stout both fresh and cellared. To wit, I had an '02 this past weekend that had morphed into a slightly roasty chocolate liqueur.

Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like deep brown-black oil topped by a tight medium sized frothy head. Head is a dark cocoa brown color and bits of straggly but dense lace appear, disappear and reappear in new locations as the beer moves in my glass. Head fades to a thin but even layer resembling the top surface of a hot cocoa. Smells full of densely gritty-deep rich coffee, raisins, semi tart berries, chocolate cream, evergreens, molasses, thick chewy malts, butterscotch, and flowery ethanol. Good. Taste begins with a smooth wave of malt and chocolate and piles of soft sweet fruit and flowers. Then it erupts with a surge of biittersweet coffee/chocolate and tingly 10.5% abv. Flavors are long an extended. They flow into a smooth coating mouthfeel. Drinkable and yummy.

Hooooray russian imperial stout!

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

This beer was purchased at the brewery and aged 3-4 years before being consumed. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass at about 50F on the night that Barack Obama won the Virginia primary.

Appearance is pitch effing black. Almost no visible carbonation. Aroma is of strong dark roasted, nearly burnt, malt.

assertive hoppiness, strong roastiness, strong malt backbone, and a beautiful sweetness spotlighted right in the middle of the palate. There is a slight lingering hops aftertaste.

Shockingly, there is amazing hops character considering the age of this beer. almost any other beer would have no hop character at this point. with this beer, it is right there, almost in your face. very well-balanced. This beer must be pretty much undrinkable when young.

One quasi-negative thing --- I don't detect the wine-like qualities which I normally associate with a fine, well-aged English barleywine or imperial stout. I might opt for a more English version next time. Or maybe I should have aged it a little longer! Oh well --- the six pack is now gone.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ncvbc for this brew!

12 oz.>postel chalice glass

This one pours out slow and thick, black as a moonless night night with a healthy, one-finger deep head at first then it slowly settles to 1/4" deep ULTRA tight, compact, smooth and perfectly even dark-mocha brown head that is retained throughout the duration. Very impressive look, the lacing left behind is intricate patterns and very sticky. It doesn't get any heavier looking than this.

The nose is sweet, smokey molasses, Guatamalan coffee and cream, peanutbutter, and a high alcohol heat, but it's not overpowering. Big Wow aroma.

I'm stunned, my mind is blown, my tastebuds have been nuked, it has a deer-in-headlights effect on my brain. The malt is Soooo huge it's unreal. World class Malt complexity which includes: A very sweet, dark chocolate covered caramel, brown sugar and a big roasty coffee edge, but the thick, sticky sweetness is what's amazing here. The hops are big too, which is needed to form some kind of balance beyone the roastiness and sweetness...it's easily achieved here with an agressive earthy and bitter hop, not as hoppy as the Smuttynose RIS or some West-coast style RIS's but it's pretty big. The bitter, earthy hops blend well with the high heat of the alcohol which just adds further depth and balance. As the brew warms up even more I can taste wild blackberries and an almost zesty edge to the hops. The complexity has never been better...This stuff is extreme in all ways, pushing the envelope...totally beyond the pale.

The feel is as heavy, full and thick as you could want, the carbonation is low, but not void of feel, which is fine with me. I love my RIS's to be as heavy and thick as possible, this one is just that. My lips got sticky really fast, due to it's massively sweet malt.

This is really everything I could ask for from this style. totally rightous stuff...a true sipper, enjoy slowly. Have stout, will travel!!

Photo of blackie
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably my introduction to the Midwestern beer world, or maybe it was Two Hearted. In any case, a review is long overdue.

a: Pours a nice brick-mocha head with decent retention. The beer is a deep brown in color, essentially black.

s: Rich roasted malt aromas coupled with earthy, pine hops. A touch of creamy bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Welcome ethanol note. Very rich.

m: Carbonation on the low side, and very smooth. The body is very full, and everything balances out very well. Creamy. Can't ask for much more here.

t: Roasted malt backbone with a big dose of piney Centennial hop flavor...perhaps killing some complexity. A range of creamy roasts makes up the bulk of the flavor, with a touch of smoke coming through. Moderate bitterness in the long espresso finish. A great RIS, but this fresh the depth is lost to the astringent roast and fresh hop combination.

d: easy enough for the style

batch 8295

bottle dated 9.25.13 consumed 12.06.13 - 5/6 on this rootsy Bell's night - perhaps my first realization of what an ris or double stout could be, lovely black in color with a rich mocha head, the nose swims with rich, impressive dark chocolate played off blackstrap molasses, coffee cream, tobacco fruit leather, the trademark soy sauce, and a touch of pine hops, full and smooth in body with a low, creamy carbonation, the flavor follows with dark chocolate, molasses, charred sugar, tobacco, dark fruits, and a nice little pine hop flavor and bitterness...incredible and tough to beat in the ris world, no hype, no frills

previous scores 4.5, 4.5, 4, 5, 4

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 Version

Poured from a 12oz bottle, Pitch Black with ¼ inch dark tan/light brown head. Smell of carmel/toffee malts, coffee with hops in the background. Totally black with no light able to show thru. Heavy, heavy lacing. Strong coffee taste of espresso along with a lot of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy.

Not my favorite of this style. The hop bitterness does not balance well with the rich malts and coffee. It's a clash, like an unhappy marriage. Why can't they get along? This beer is also not as complex as others in this style.

Photo of joepais
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one too

Bottle poured into a sniffer produced fingers worth of coco colored head that turned quickly to a skin coat of lace .it sat on top of a jet black body

Aromas of vinous fruit, fist time I really can say that but pretty mild aromas after that some toasted malts

Flavors here roasted malts and chocolate some raisins with a heavy bitter finish

Thick and creamy finishes with oily coating on the tongue

I don't know I think I had this bottle to early will have to revisit this one was bottled Nov 07 I've being drinking a lot of stouts lately and this is not one of the tops but not on the bottom either

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think the brothers must have had a bad bottle.

Bottle marked '8145'. Special thanks to ilovedarkbeer (of ratebeer) for this one. Aroma is very nice with pine hops, chocolate, and Raspberry. Pour yields a dark black body with a very dark creamy head. Good lacing. Sweet and bitter balanced flavor. The coffee and chocolate are hidden by hops. Creamy texture with nice lively carbonation.

Photo of number1bum
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks once again to mymrnngjckt for this one. Batch 7817.

Pours a nearly pitch black, thick and opaque with about an inch and a half of creamy coffee-colored head. Head recedes to a nice lace and leaves a little bit of stick.

Smells of chocolate, molasses and caramel, quite sweet, along with strong aromas of ripe dark fruits. Also some alcohol in the nose.

Taste is much bolder than the smell, with tons of sweet (but not too sweet) malty flavor. Chocolate, molasses and some caramel, and then midway through there is a blast of roasted malt that fades into a chocolaty sweet and roasty aftertaste. There is some dark fruit flavor toward the back end, as well, but not as prominent as in the nose. Alcohol shows up a little bit in the finish. Delicious.

This is incredibly thick and rich in the mouth, very full bodied and very creamy. Smooth and chewy. Dangerously drinkable as the alcohol is masked quite well.

This baby is tasty as hell and is so rich it's practically a meal. Awesome brew. Thanks Kevin!

Photo of kkipple
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

** 2007 vintage, drunk early 08.

A. What's left to say? Uber-dark, thick brew with a small lingering dark red-brown head, some lacing. Thick and absolutely opaque.

S. Heavy malt, heaps of molasses, cocoa and coffee. Dark bread and burnt sugar, deadening alcohol, a single bitter, angry hop note and a touch of red grape. Very hefty, this one. Could be more complex.

T. Very dense roasted grain in this one, pure darkness! Big big roasty flavor with the usual coffee and dark chocolate, pretty aggressive alcohol, molasses and brown sugar. Viscous and oily, dense and slick. Hints of vanilla and charcoal. Sort of like a mini World Wide Stout. It's all very intense, but wears on you after a while and I must confess, couldn't sustain my interest for the duration.

M. Extremely slick, low carbonation, warming. Massive roast-coffee / malt aftertaste.

D. No. This is pretty solid, but too thick and intense for more than a single bottle. Even then I'd recommend 6 ounces as an optimal pour. This is good, not great, but IS better as it ages. Try if you can.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black, thick beer. Looks almost as if you can cut the beer with a knife. It has a milk chocolate colored head that starts small and builds to a billowy one inch pillow. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Smells like warmed dark malts, a little chocolate, dried cherries, currants and some love by the brewers at Bell's.

Taste is nothing short of exceptional. It has a silky mouthfeel that coats your tongue with flavor. There is a little of everything in this beer and the flavor are so well balanced they don't fight. It starts out with some sweet dark malts followed by dark fruits and mild hops. There is a nice chocolate after taste that lasts through the warmth from the higher ABV. Spectacular.

I've read some of the earlier reviews of this beer and I have to give credit to Bell's. If the old batches were poor they definitely got their act together for this one. The 2007-08 batch is world class.

Photo of muffins
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 7205 (aged a year or more)

Poured into a thin-walled brandy glass, as a small pour, as I am wont to do with massive brews. The viscosity is readily apparent. Swirl the glass and it coats the sides like a chocolate sauce. Literally after minutes the beer has not completely settled back down.
Color is dark, dark dark. Hints of dark amber peek through around the edges, but otherwise it is opaque. After 30 seconds I can count the bubbles in the head. There are 104 bubbles and they do not appear to be going anywhere.
Aroma: medium roast coffee, dark cherries--almost brandied or dried cherries; prunes, raisins, some woods and soil, toffee and other sugar notes (brown, notably), fresh cut tobacco, high notes of all the citruses, Spanish anise's high note and licorice root's low note, toasted pecans, smokiness including peat, and the alcohol is present but fits well, as with other things I'd put in a snifter and smell all night, and I could just keep smelling it all night, it is so vibrant and complex.

Mouthfeel is true to the notorious thickness of the style. It's like taking a cola and reducing it by half--nearly a syrup. Carbonation kicks up a little when sipped.

Taste- the malt is huge, the hops might be huge, but it picks up more as accents off of the mammoth malt. Everything I picked up in the aroma is in there, playing off the dark malt. Images of pecan pies, fudge, maple syrup. More subdued is grapefruit. Alcohol is present but again, only slightly and it fits in.

You could probably cut it with soda water by half and it would still be awesome. In fact, I just got a second glass and put a little ES in and added some water. The color is that of a darkly caramelized sugar. The flavor is stretched out, emphasizing the berries.

This is one of my all-time favorite beers. I can barely drink a bottle by myself. I wish it came in 4 oz bottles. A hazelnut-chocolate biscotti is a fantastic accompaniment, as is a large chair and a fine checkers match.

Photo of Stoneman78
2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received in trade from MuenchenerKindl

Appearance is clear brown-to-black hue, huge thick brown head of creamy condensed foam dissipates to a moderate thickness, moderate lacing on the glass

Smell is toasted malts and alcohol mostly, tones of bitter chocolate and coffee, some toffee and earthy green tones

Taste is bizarre, so much so that I wonder if this may be a bad batch, mostly burnt bitter coffee malts and a strange load of dark fruits and grassy earthy hops, some sour buttermilk sensation creeps through, the finish is bitterly acidic with slight alcohol warming

Mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied, creamy smooth texture borders on watery, low carbonation

Drinkability is poor, i have heard a lot of good things about this beer and would love to give it another shot, perhaps on draft, just in case this was a bad bottle. if this taste is indeed representative, there is just too much sourness and bitter burnt malts to warrant a return visit

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 5,065 ratings.