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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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Ratings: 4115
Reviews: 1856
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%

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 turbine2475


3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Joe1510 for the chance to try this beer:

A - Pours an opaque jet black with a large fluffy mocha head that disipated slowly into a spotty lace.

S - Heavy roasted grainsn mocha, coffee, touches of chocolate, mild hop and alcohol in the nose. Very Nice.

T - Touches of grain, hops, and alcohol. Some darker fruits and burnt coffee as it warms. Not as impressive as the nose.

M - Chewy and creamy with a low carbonation and a sour alcohol burn.

D - Not bad, had some great aspects, but did not live up to the hype. Had some leaking from the bottle cap so I don't know if I had a good bottle. Would try again, but will probably not work too hard to acquire one.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:37:59 | More by turbine2475
Photo of rousee


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black molasses color with a head that is the color of chocolate brownies. I am immediately amazed and slightly worried by the smell--this thing is probably going to taste too boozy and vinous for me but maybe not...

Taste is of dark malts, caramel, licorice with some cherries and other fruits, nuts--almonds, raisins, etc. I can tell this will improve as it warms. It finishes fairly clean but does have a little bourbon-esque burn in the throat after. It is also a bit too flat in mouthfeel. I've had better imperial stouts. Maybe I need to try it again in January when the weather is much colder.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 21:27:48 | More by rousee
Photo of bobbyc881

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice black, thin tan head with bits of it hanging around the sides of the glass - more oily looking than lace, though. Aroma is of dark chocolates, black coffee and red wine.

Taste/mouthfeel begins creamy and chocolaty, slick mouthfeel through the middle, and finishes slightly bittersweet. Slight sourness in the background. Alcohol not masked too well -- which could possibly be fixed with a year or two in my beer closet. As others have said, a bit more carbonation would certainly improve this brew.

Overall, a mediocre imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 02:13:34 | More by bobbyc881
Photo of notlob


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Deep licorice, plums, and fruity-sweet alcohol.

Appearance: Pours jet-black with dark tan head that dissipates quickly.

Flavor: Very roasty with a slight alcohol burn. Some dark fruit character and I think I get some roasty-dark-chocolate notes in the finish. Good balance between the residual sweetness and bitter roasted malt, but just not the right balance for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation. Somewhat of a mouth-coating oil-slick.

Overall impression: Better around 55-60F than right out of the fridge. Slight alcohol warmth. Definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 21:24:45 | More by notlob
Photo of Thur123


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is black, very dark and cannot be seen through. Little to no head of a toffee color. A mellow blended malt is the smell. Not overpowering in any way. Chocolate, earthiness and a surprising lack of smoke or char smell.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is big. Bitter chocolate with roasted bread. The backend of the flavor is heavy with herbal hop bitterness and the aforementioned char. Heavy viscous mouth feel. Good but actually kind of messy to me, and sitting on one of these would most likely make this better. A sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 22:59:13 | More by Thur123
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Opague black with an extremely thick coca-cola colored heading. Stays around for a little white. Great lacing at first then turns flat.

Smell is more or so very ordinary. Heavy roasted aroma with a decent backing of chocolate. No heavy alcohol detected.

Taste is insanely hoppy. Something that caught me off guard for a stout. Black licorice and a heavy warming booziness that burns the tummy.Alcohol is not very well hidden.

Mouth is rough. A bit chewy and thick like molasses. Full bodied for sure but not too smooth.

A decent RIS. A bit overhyped IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 21:21:00 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of mckeowbc


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours like used motor oil. Dark and think for a beer. Almost no head, what little there is is caramel colored. Beer leaves no lacing on the glass.
S - Smell is sweet, hints of alcohol, caramel, coffee.
T - I'm not wowed by the taste. It's sweet and the high alcohol was apparent and it leaves a sweet lingering taste on your tongue but it seems somewhat out of balance. Maybe too much alcohol.
M - Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy, but the lack of carbonation hurts this beer. It isn't creamy and it doesn't have the body of something like Great Divide's Yeti.
D - The sweetness in this beer is out of balance and it's kind of cloying. After one I don't really want a second right away. It's an okay beer, but not a great beer.

I'm kinda disappointed by this beer. I'm a big fan of Bell's Two Hearted and this fell short for me. It's an okay stout, but it's lacking something. I'll finish off the 6-pack but I can't see buying another, especially at what it cost me. Also the 10.5% ABV makes this prohibitive for me to drink on a regular basis. It's not a session beer or weeknight with dinner beer and when I want something for a special occasion I want something more impressive than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 22:57:18 | More by mckeowbc
Photo of chilly460


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with ruby tint, with a very thick mocha head, great lacing.

S - Not too much here for me, actually picked up hop aroma, maybe some biscuit malts.

T - Good burn from the alcohol but not overpowering, get roasted malts and plenty of hops profile. Didn't get much in the way of dark fruits or chocolate as I expected. Overwhelming taste after initial alcohol burn is espresso.

M - Above average, thick as I'd expect for the style, very nice.

D - Fine for the style, the booze hits a little harder then I'd prefer with a definite bite in every sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 21:21:50 | More by chilly460
Photo of mulder1010


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Mikkeller Tulip

Thanks to Jonno79 for the bottle. 2007 I believe

A-- Dark, thick, sludgy motor oil black. No light penetrating at all. Nice reverse cascading head that was dark leather, want to say black in color. Got to one finger in height and stayed at above film through drinking. Good attractive head. No obvious carbonation on sides of the glass. Just a lot of gurgles in the head.

S-- Dark chocolate, coco powder, coffee, rich thick malt, tobacco, and very strong ABV nose. Very complex and very nice.

T-- Chocolate, malt, coffee and very straightforward but not near as good as the nose was. Thick and sludgy.

M-- Thought Event Horizon without the barrel. Not as complex but quite hearty. Big, thick and chewy but very one dimensional at times. Touches of silk but really somewhat flat in a way.

O-- Good but not that great I thought. Massive, big sipper with a great look and nose but falls a bit flat in the taste and mouth. Good to try and to cellar but not something I would want a whole lot of.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 03:51:31 | More by mulder1010
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black color. No "really dark brown" bollocks, this one is nearly perfectly opaque. The head is a one finger tan color that gives Ten Fidy a run for its money in terms of darkness. The retention is pretty good, and a thick collar around the glass diameter lingers nicely.

S: I immediately notice a large amount of dark fruits, like raisins, currants, and plums. Beneath that, there's a bit of licorice, anise, coffee, chocolate. and light booze. Very similar to a revved-up version of the Stone IRS - if we can compare it to any other RIS on the market, that is.

T: The flavor seems roastier than the aroma. Roasted malts open the flavor profile with a punch to the face, before a fruity midtaste and alcoholic, vaguely hoppy finish. Even for an imperial stout, the balance is lacking. Really, the palate is just beat down with roast, bittersweet dark fruits, and booze. Not much subtlety here - it's aggressive and even harsh. If there was any beer that was more suitable for drinking after a year in the cellar, this is it.

M: Thick as a brick. I can't think of any other way to describe the bigness of the body. It finishes with a lot of wet slickness and lingering roasted malts. It certainly feels decadent, but again, the big booze detracts instead of complimenting the flavor profile.

O: This one is a bit harsh, frankly. Good news is, aging it will kill that harshness stone dead. Bad news is, I only bought a single bottle. Damnit. Then again, I'm of the school of thought that a beer should be consumed as soon as its purchased, so the middling scores stand.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 23:23:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of PaterMorse


3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very complex, very cool, very much WANTED to like it; but just registered a "miss" for me. At times felt like it was a chore to finish the next pour. And phenomenal as the appearance and aroma are, that's an insurmountable indictment for a beer.

A: Pours a gorgeous engine oil golden-black. Head is a stunner as well (milk-chocolate brown), but disappears way too fast -- leaving very little on the surface unless/until agitated. Nice crimson/brown/black hues remain.

S: Changes rapidly. A little chocolate, coffee on initial pour. Agitate it a bit and it's waffles & syrup. As it settles, earthy, roasty, boozy (but only slightly on the nose).

T: Unfortunately, what's only slight on the nose is a kapow on the taste buds. I felt like I'd chomped down on a cotton swab doused with rubbing alcohol. Taste smooths out over time (kind of)); but the alcohol lingers too long and is too in-your-face.

M: Big body, smooth. And though a diplomatic suggestion is that it "warms" as it goes down, a less diplomatic suggestion is that it burns your eyes.

O: Complex for sure; but just a tad over the top on the alcohol confrontation. In my estimation, Dark Horse's Plead the 5th is higher in ABV but an equal in complexity, mouthfeel & appearance and FAR superior in aroma, taste and drinkability.

Repeat? No, no reason. Not terrible by any means; but nothing so unique or good to warrant another round. Other RIS pours are more enjoyable and equally complex.

Ideal Setting To Have One On Hand? To clean any open wounds or accelerate fire-starting...

Two Word Description: Alcohol Swab

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 00:49:38 | More by PaterMorse
Photo of colts9016


3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got is from mday, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A deep dark black color with a solid one finger head. The head is a dark tan color, that is foamy and creamy. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There is lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nice roasted barley, with chocolate, toffee, fruity esters, espresso, and molasses. A very rich alcohol aroma and a hint of phenols. There is some caramel, burnt character, anise, and a port like aroma hidden in the background.

Nose: A nice roasted malt with espresso, molasses, dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel. There are some of the burnt character, anise, raisins, and fruity esters.

Overall: The mouth feel is creamy and carbonated. The body of the beer is thick and the finish linger for a few moments. I do have a few issues with this beer. The beer to me is a bit sweet. I feel that there is really no bitterness that makes a great RIS. Don't get me wrong it is an okay beer, but nonetheless it is not a great RIS. After a 5 minutes the beer went flat.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 00:26:48 | More by colts9016
Photo of ILikeGoodCider


3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 02.07.2010. Batch number on bottle: 9384. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 14 oz. pint glass.

A: Pours thick and black, viscous, remind me of motor oil. I was a little surprised at the head that developed on this, it just kept rising to almost two inches of light brown creamy foam. Lacing was down the glass.

S: Aromas were a bit complex with a mix of coffee, prunes, and a bit of brown sugar. There is also a faint bit of alcohol but no hops.

T&M: Heavy and full on the tongue, thick & chewy. Lots of coffee and thick sweet malts. It's hard to tell where the bittering is coming from - the bittering of the dark roast or something else. There are other flavorful hints in here too, like raisins, candy sugar, something like black licorice, and several layers of other malts. The carbonation is very fine and rather minimal, but it is there and seems to be well matched to the brew. The finish on this is long, as you might expect, with sweet malts that fade quickly to a long linger of bitter coffee tones.

D: Smooth and creamy texture is an interesting contrast to the aggressive coffee bittering, sort of a hard & soft complex. The ABV makes this a stiff drink, but it's enjoyable just the same.

I do love me a Bell's Stout...I've cellared three of these for sampling in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 03:44:59 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of JayS2629


3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pitch black with creamy tan head, great retention and creamy rings of lace.

S- Chocolate, hints of coffee and licorice. Toffee undernotes. Hint of vanilla. Booze.

T- Toffee undertones, caramel notes, dark chocolate, hints of bold roasted coffee and a touch of licorice. Hints of vanilla. Hops on the finish is very bitter. Mecicinal aspirin taste in the back of throat. Booze is present as well.

M- Rich and creamy, thick, bitter finish

D- Complex flavors get destroyed with bitter medicinal finish. Booze burn isn't well hidden either.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:07:00 | More by JayS2629
Photo of jar2574


3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just about the darkest beer you've ever seen. No light gets through the beer. Absolutely none, even on the edges. The head is so dark it's not tan - it's a purplish tan. Good lacing on the way down, but lacing could be better.

Smells of coffee, malts, plums and brown sugar. Could be stronger, but it's nice.

It's a sipper. This sucker is thick, creamy. Way, way thicker than milk. Chewy. A meal here. There's got to be half a days worth of calories per glass.

Bitter burnt malt dominates up front and is the dominant flavor throughout. Mixed with the burnt flavor is some sourness. And combined, the sourness and bitterness leave a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Secondary flavor is plums and brown sugar. Burnt coffee flavors as well. The high ABV is well hidden in this meal-of-a-beer.

In sum: Looks good, smells good, taste is too dominated by the burnt/bitter/sour flavors for me to recommend fully, despite the fact that there's a lot of interesting things going on here.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:27:06 | More by jar2574
Photo of macktbone


3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As part of a trade with Aforbes and hoped to be enjoyed with ThirdLap. I was told this would be one of my top stouts...not so much

This beer is jet black with a dark brown head that quickly dissappears in an alcoholic haze. It stains the glass an oily brown.

The smell is super soy with figs.

Taste & mouthfeel leave a lot to be desired

So little carbonation that it is hard to get down. Hold your breath prior to contact, the soy is overpowering. Bitter end with a sweet aftertaste that grows on you a little.

Extremely thin for a "good" stout. When I pour a beer and it glubs, I expect it to be thick, or at least feel thick on the toungue.

I was glad this was split two ways. I have had other boutbon type stouts but without the subtle compexities and joyous notes this maybe my first and last time "ringing the bell".

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 20:07:38 | More by macktbone
Photo of claminat420


3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #8864

A- poured a nice dark color that any stout should be. nice tan/ light brown half finger head.

S- malty with the scent of the alcohol. i mean what do you expect with a 10.5abv stout???

T- roasted malts with the slightest coffee taste. the alcohol definitey hangs in the backend.

M- light bodied with the right carbonation i would say.

D- just a couple and i'm good.

Overall- this is one hearty beer. not so much in the full bodied but the 10.5abv. i'm not usually a stout fan but i can dig this one. like i said you could only have a couple. i recommend this to any stout fan. would be better during some freezing cold weather or a family xmas party. haha.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 02:14:17 | More by claminat420
Photo of harrymel


3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to NB globe.
Batch 9971: 09/13/10
First tasting: 08FEB11
Second tasting: 30AUG11

A: Pours dark brown with no head formation. Upon stir, get a temporary dark mocha, loose bubbled head (1/2 finger) which disappears very quickly. Border remains.
A2: Dark brown, under 1/2 finger dark mocha head falls slowly to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Clarity irrelevant.

S: Roasted malts, grains, hints of dates, figs, licorice. There's quite a metallic scent here too, a bit off setting. (2.5)
S2: Roasted malts of coffee, dates and prunes. My initial impression upon opening this beer was a healthy dose of molasses, I no longer really smell this. Some cocoa there as well. Licorice is evident, but nicely integrated. (3)

T: Wow, the licorice takes over here. Also quite bitter. Dark, unsweetened cocoa in here. Fairly one dimensional. Finish resonates for what seems forever. It tastes burnt. (3)
T2: Dry cocoa powder, licorice, burnt coffee, molasses now bites back. Hmm, reminds me of burnt toast with a wee bit of cinnamon/sugar over the top (very wee bit). (3.5)

M: Thick, low carbonation, very very sticky. (3)
M2: Thinned out a bit, medium on low carbonation. Leaves a sticky finish with a dry feel. (3)

D: One is more than enough. I can't stand behind this beer. (3)
O2: This beer is too roasted and burnt tasting for me. If it had a bit more molasses flavor, it would remind me of Nightstalker by GI. Although I dislike how sweet NightStalker comes across, this one comes out with too much of the burnt malts and not enough balance with the other flavors. (3)

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 06:32:08 | More by harrymel
Photo of sopor


3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Like old used motor oil. I would not be in the least bit surprised if you were actually able to use this as lubricant for an internal combustion motor. Of course I'm not testing this on my VW. Beautifully cascading head cascade FOREVER! Finally settles to three fingers of barely moving thick creamy brown foam. It looks like it will aslt forever, to the point of needing scooped off so I can drink this already! (not likely) Oh well, this will give the brew time to warm I guess, as I'm sure it needs to be warmer than my fridge! You could give the earth a solar eclips if you could put this beer inbetween you and the sun.

Ok I'm back, I let the head die a while while I took care of other business. 8" away from this beast I can smell toasty biscuity malt. As I get closer the toasty quickly changes to extremely dark roasted bitter malt.

Now take this taste rating with a grain of salt, as I'm not a huge stout fan, I'm just starting to like them. Well this beast is the extreme stout and should probably have not been one of my first stout experiments since gaining a taste for them. This thing is way bitter with dark roasted malt. Did they intentionally burn the malt? Quickly coffee bitterness steps in to stomp on my tastebuds to make room for the extremely sweet syrupy malt. Next up is the resinous, oily, sappy hops. Not like it needs to be more bitter. Bitter malt and slightly hoppy aftertaste.

It feels like motor oil in the mouth to, maybe 5W-20 as it's not as thick as 10W-30 (yes I do know what 10W-30 feels like in my mouth. Don't ask.)

Respectable, but way too big for me. Not drinkable in the least bit for me. I'll try thi again in a year. We'll see what I think then!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 17:25:07 | More by sopor
Photo of morimech


3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice. It has a very deep, dark black color with a large chocolate milk colored head. Good head retention with plenty of lacing. A thick cap lingers long after the pour.

The smell is a bit lacking. Dark fruit and roasted malt dominate with alcohol barely coming through. Smells more sweet than bitter.

The malt and alcohol dominate the taste. It is not well balanced. A little of the flavor complexity that other reviewers noticed is there but very faint in my sample. It finishes bitter with the alcohol combining making it difficult to finish. The body is thick and creamy but maybe has a bit too much carbonation. This beer seems a bit "raw" and would benefit from some aging. I will stow a few bottles away to sample years from now.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 00:24:59 | More by morimech
Photo of trentley87


3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a obviously thick dark brown from the bottle. Barely a finger of deep brown head that quickly recedes. Leaves generous lacing all the way down.

S: Roasted coffee and sweetness backed by the slightest hint of bitterness. I expected some alcohol considering the high ABV but I can't detect any.

T: Dark roasted coffee flavors, maybe a hint of chocolate. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste at first but becomes more and more pronounced as this beer warms.

M: Very, very full bodied but slightly under-carbonated for my taste. Smooth, filling, but lacking in some respect I can't quite put my finger on.

D: The high ABV means one of these is about enough. This is a decent winter beer but it is a bit heavy to make it one of my go-to brews.

I'm just not seeing this one as A or A+ material...it seems this one is either really good or really bad. Maybe Bell's needs stay a little more consistent.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 23:34:54 | More by trentley87
Photo of damienblack


3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first appears lowly carbonated, minimal head that takes a minute to billow up just a bit, like one finger or less, thin and dissipate, doesn't leave much in the way of bubbles or lacing on the side. Smells like chalky cocoa powder, and a blast of yeast. Not a great start on the first 2 senses.

Impressions: Reminds me a lot of Yeti in that it's a hop forward Impy Stout. Also in that way, most of the flavor comes from the harsh roast malt. Not much impressions of coffee or chocolate flavors at all. Slightly grassy, very hoppy in finish. Almost lingers like an IPA on the palate. Not much depth of flavor for me, unfortunately. I can see where the bros comment on a lack of creaminess, this feels pretty flat and dead to me. Dead hops linger on the palate, there is no refreshment, no cleansing to it. This may be the least enjoyable Impy stout I've had thus far. While it's not terrible, there are many others I've enjoyed more.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 07:59:08 | More by damienblack
Photo of davesway10


3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've drank several of these just trying to develop an honest feel for this beer. It's a beautiful black color with an exceptional deep tan head, and thats where it ends for me. I don't get the chocolates and the coffee flavors others have written of, what i get is molasses and smoke and the smoke doesn't do it for me. Its not that the beer is bad, its just not me.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 21:28:15 | More by davesway10
Photo of brewsclues


3.29/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Sharp Edge (Pittsburgh, PA).

Appearance: Pitch black, tan head. Pretty nice to look at. Stout-y!

Smell: Whoa, did we just sit down next to a campfire?

Taste: Did someone just throw dark, bitter chocolate and molasses on a campfire and put it in my pint glass? (Thought so.)

Not subtle. Too smokey. Too bitter at the end. Massive, bold tastes in all the wrong ways.

I'll admit: I don't get this beer. I'm sure the 2,602 people who have reviewed this as a 94 are right and I'm wrong. I think this is a slightly above average beer, even for a stout. Another example of an "extreme beer" that sacrifices subtle and complex characteristics that ease into your palette for an "in-your-face" marketing pitch. I enjoy stouts and I could barely finish this beer without a splitting headache - you know, the type you get from smoke inhalation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 05:44:50 | More by brewsclues
Photo of marburg


3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The last time I drank this beer, it was called Robitussin. Seriously.

Poured a deep, purple-black with zero head. It's Valvoline in a bottle, baby -- viscous doesn't even begin to describe this. In fact, there's no carbonation in this beer at all. Low carbonation seems normal enough for a stout, sure. But this is just flat.

Anyhow, the aroma is mostly derived from the high alcohol content -- rubbing alcohol, pine needles, raisins (or grapes?). The taste is the lone redeeming factor of this beer but even then, I rate it highly only because of its complexity. I think this beer is actually kind of poorly balanced, and the alcohol flavor is way too overpowering. I generally dig high-abv beers -- trappists, barleywines, even Sam Adams Triple Bock. But this just didn't do it for me. If you don't drink this nearly ice cold, the flavor -- like many overdone American microbrews -- just overpowers any semblence of balance. And having so little carbonation in this really hurts the texture and feel.

Naturally, I couldn't see myself having more than (n)one of these -- at most. I have a pretty wide range of tastes for beer, but this one just didn't fit into it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 16:46:45 | More by marburg
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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