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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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5,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,356
Reviews: 1,993
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,325 | FT: 97
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

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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Appearance - Very dark, dark brown nearly black color with a small dark, chocolate milkshake colored head. The heas was "tight" and mostly creamy. Did have nice retention and left some real strong lacing on the glass.

Smell - Some very nice coffee, espresso notes that smelled somewhat burnt in the nose. Robust. Some noticeable dark chocolate in there also. Smells nice and toasty and malty. I kind of get a vanilla bean aroma also. Slight alcohol fragrance, but nothing off putting.

Taste - The taste was very similar to the smell. Robust, roasty coffee and chocolate. Burnt flavoring with splash of vanilla. A stronger touch of alcohol in the flavor, but welcome. A nice little burn.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full to mostly full mouthfeel. Smooth. Dry. A lot of flavor left on the palate. A considerable warmth from the alcohol. Chewy and slightly oily. Slick feeling.

Drinkability - This Stout is extremely nice in my opinion. It's strong, so that may exclude some from liking it and it may hurt with overall drinkability for them, but it's still very, very good. Worth a try if you are a Stout lover. I know I am, so therefore I do love this beer. This beer would be perfect on a cold night by the fireplace just sipping.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

both bottles reviewed were obtained in trades. not 100% sure who. maybe vwcraig for the older bottle, and jnn4v for the newer one. please feel free to correct me.

tasted side-by-side in late may 2009.

batch# 7251 (2006)

opaque black. some red-brown tints under the light. 1-finger, brown, foamy, creamy head. fades to wisps and ring. most lacing never sticks, although a splotch here and there and a single thin ring manage to linger.

aroma: malty dark caramel, scorched sugar and chocolatey roast w coffee notes and acidity, blending w gentle fruit esters (dried cherry?) and hint of vanilla. this in turn is met by an unexpected woody, almost cedar or spruce character. blends w the damp earth tones (from hops?) and damp autumn leaves.

taste: malty and fruity characters, plus some molasses and charred sugar, meeting bitter roast and leafy-yet-still-resinous hops, giving bold bitterness. underlying faint coffee-like acidity. that unusual "woody" character again too. resinous finish, w lots of cocoa and coffee lingering into the aftertaste.

quite thick and viscous. syrupy. some smoothness, met by acidic tones and tannic astringency. mild to moderate carbonation is tingly, and helps with creamy feel.


batch# 8864 (2008)

creamier, larger head, less reddish brown in tone and more coffee-like. persists longer as well - a thin but constant creamy layer. much better lacing too.

aroma is much mellower and balanced, with none of that "wood" character from before.

flavors are similar. just more balanced overall. still hoppy and moderately roasty, with bold bitterness. just less "weird" notes, helping to give a smoother perception. less coffee in the finish but still there and pleasant.

feel is not as viscous, but still very smooth, with more balanced resins and tannins.


overall i feel that the age seems to bring out complexities, although not necessarily for the better. then again, it could've just been that particular batch. either way, i still think this is a great RIS.

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