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

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Ratings: 4,532
Reviews: 1,882
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 393
Gots: 971 | FT: 76
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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5/5  rDev +18.2%

jono0101, Dec 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

A: Thick and black with a dark tan head, looks amazing

S: Dark, fruity with some smokiness

T: Roasted malt is upfront with hints of dark fruit and smoke. Taste improves and the beer warms

M: Thick and sweet, but not too sweet.

O: I have had this beer with some age on it and it definitely improves over time. This is probably my favorite RIS and for good reason

barhoc11, May 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

bigdipip, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

sm0key, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Beardedone, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an oily black color. It boasts a thick, creamy brown head that fades slowly, leaving a massive lacing that coats the entire glass. This beer is so thick, it looks like tar.

This beer has so many aromas that it is hard to describe it all. I smell figs, and raisins. Also some chocolate covered cherries. Some chocolate and coffee are also present. It has some licorice aroma also. Molasses and caramel are also present. The beer smells very sweet.

As with the aroma, this beer has a multitude of flavors. Dark fruits mostly. It has a bittersweet chocolate flavor. The caramel sweet malt flavor is quite nice. The alcohol content is well hidden in the flavor. A slight coffee flavor is also present.

This beer is very full bodied. It goes down smooth, but very thick, leaving a sweet malty aftertaste. This beer is very aggressive. It is low in carbonation, adding to the style.

This beer is not a session beer. It is very aggressive, and with the high alcohol content, it might prove to be hard to put down many. However, just one is easy to put down.

Overall: Wow. Thank you Himerman for this trade. I think this is one of the best beers I have ever had. I owe you one man. Cheers

OStrungT, Jan 15, 2007
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

sag1189, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

46333, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

elkabong, May 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photekut, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer heaven, I have finally found you. Six years ago, a camp counselor friend in Michigan told how great Expedition Stout was and since then, I've been looking forward to trying it. I was not disappointed one bit.

It was poured in a nice snifter. No carbonation with lots lacing, thick and murky. Wonderful mix of chocolate, raisins, caramel, and malts. I loved every bit of it more than i've ever loved another beer.

Backer2004, Aug 31, 2006
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

PaBeerLover, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

cmanzer, Oct 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

cates1tg, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

jwerner23, Jun 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

rliebgott, Jun 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

kirkse, Apr 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

incubuscience, Jan 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

hemorhoidzz, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

oso, Mar 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Black Hole of Beers.

Expedition pours out jet black into a pint glass with little carbonation evident, just enough to form a thin head which hangs around. The beer clings to the sides of the glass much like motor oil upon shifting and has an intense roasted and molasses scent which invites you to partake.

Strong and varied flavour on this one with coffee and chocolate being dominant but not overwhelming and an exceptional roasty bitter finale. Feels incredibly 'thick' in the mouth with a strong taste that lingers on your taste buds seemingly forever.

The drinkability rating represents my overall feelings about this beer relative to other imperial stouts. I've had a lot of them at this point, as it's one of my favourite styles, and though it might be hometown pride talking, I still think Expy is the best, plain jane Russian Imperial out there. It's affordable given its style, and I'm always in the mood for it.

Hard to find a more flavourful or tasty imperial stout, my current favourite, and the crown jewel of Bell's impressive line of stouts.

(Also worth noting that Expy ages wonderfully, like many of the more powerful beers, letting this stuff sit for a year or two only deepends the flavour, and takes the edge off the hops, an interesting juxtaposition with the fresh product, and just as tasty, simply in a different way)

CortexBomb, Jan 13, 2004
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

TheSamKuehn, Mar 26, 2013
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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,532 ratings.