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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,471 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,471
Reviews: 1,875
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 383
Gots: 951 | 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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Harvey98

Arizona

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-16-2011 23:01:53 | More by Harvey98
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RusImpStoLuv

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-20-2014 02:05:18 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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RichieS2

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Trappist Goblet.

Appearance - Opaque black even when held up to a light source. Had a mocha brown froth with a good amount of lacing. Textbook appearance of I-stout.

Smell - Strong hints of coffee with some detectable undertones of chocolate. Overall very pleasing almost like being in a coffee shop. Again textbook for an I-stout.

Taste - Heavenly to say the least. The beer starts with strong malt sweetness that fills the palate. Then the malt transitions to the more bittersweet taste of roasted malt, which again brings the coffee analogy to mind. The bitter sweetness ends with bitterness equal to that of pale ale. In case you were not keeping track that is 3 tastes in the beer's flavor, each and everyone one of them is not just good but great.

Mouth feel - Satisfyingly thick and warm in the mouth.

Overall - I do not hand out a perfect score easily. This beer has earned it.

12-28-2012 17:10:28 | More by RichieS2
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gdhawley

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-28-2011 15:48:33 | More by gdhawley
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dnh2

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-14-2011 16:42:21 | More by dnh2
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TheBandit1

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-28-2011 03:38:32 | More by TheBandit1
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Goldfoot

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-16-2011 16:38:22 | More by Goldfoot
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draimegould

Missouri

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-07-2012 18:52:19 | More by draimegould
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CardShark

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-23-2011 04:18:26 | More by CardShark
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dirtydisk

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

06-30-2014 00:48:30 | More by dirtydisk
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-16-2011 19:26:42 | More by Kaydogg
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FedExPope

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-19-2011 18:51:43 | More by FedExPope
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Listers

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-17-2012 18:27:56 | More by Listers
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BAbaracus

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

My scores are going to be largely out of line with everyone elses, but my only explanation for this is that the Expedition may be a hit-and-miss beer. This is my first time experiencing it so it’s possible I stumbled across one of their better batches aged for just long enough to blend the flavors perfectly. Anyway, disclaimer out of the way, here we go: Pours pitch black with a gorgeous (almost edible) milk chocolate head, with dense packs of carb bubbles clinging seductively to the sides of the glass. Smells of brown sugar, molasses, a touch of black licorice, and dark malt, all of which blends into a bouquet far more inviting and less intrusive than other beers of this abv magnitude. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, very milkshake like, leaving a sticky coating on the lips and tongue. Cholocate and sugars predominant up front followed by dark roasted malt on finish. Superb flavoring - all other ingredients whiffed before drinking blend so well into the chocolate and malt as to be almost individually imperceptible. Alcohol is unbelievably well hidden, probably the best that I’ve ever seen for this strong of a brew. Although the alcohol does eventually make its presence known, it’s more in the "gullet burn" than in the taste. You really have to be looking for it on the tongue to even realize it’s there. No perceptible way to improve this beer at all in my eyes, so perfect 5.0’s all around. I do believe this one has slipped into my top 5. I plan on having more very soon so we’ll see if the honeymoon period lasts.

05-24-2006 20:27:04 | More by BAbaracus
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trixdout

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-21-2012 19:06:19 | More by trixdout
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SLUGLIFE

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.2%

08-28-2012 00:32:43 | More by SLUGLIFE
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-25-2014 01:29:44 | More by Justinbshelton
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-23-2011 12:35:53 | More by nathanjohnson
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gshak

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

I've had this a number of times, and rated it around 4.75-5. Decided this time, to chime in and write a review. Poured from a year-old (Jan '12) bottle into a Meukow snifter at refrigerator temperature. I had the desire but not the discipline to let this one sit for long and warm up. Here we go:
A - With an aggressive pour, the liquid still went flat into the snifter, only for the bubbles to gradually rise up towards the end, generate a thin mocha-colored head, and fade back into a tiny, persistent, ring. Viscous, and pitch-black; upon swirling leaves noticeable signs of alcohol legs. The mocha-tint lets you know where the beer's been through in your glass. Impressive.
S - Chocolatey, very, very chocolatey with hints of molasses. Now, this may not be much to rate the stout on, but there is that almost zen-like statement from this stout (hyperbolic, I know) the subdued appearance, the subdued aromas that portend of awesome things to come. And for that feeling alone, this gets a 5.
T - Yes, yes, yes. A big hit of dark chocolate and sweet molasses coats the mouth. Transitions into a slightly vinous sensation on the palate most likely the alcohol. I want to keep this in my mouth for as along as I possibly can - ah, the sweet, sweet delight of sipping on this beauty. As it goes down, it dries the palate - possibly a combination of hops and alcohol coming into play. I never felt the alcohol at any time, and the hops are only there to balance out the sweetness of the beer. Even so...this is a malt-lover's dream!
M - Thick, viscous, silky, smooth....the ultimate sipper.

As far as non-barrel aged imperial stouts go, this is the one to beat. I do not see how anyone could possibly out do this one. And even among the barrel-aged ones, I can only pick a few that could, possibly, go toe-to-toe with the Bells Expedition.

12-19-2012 22:39:34 | More by gshak
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akinsja

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-27-2011 21:42:23 | More by akinsja
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caninedevotion

Oregon

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-14-2011 07:00:22 | More by caninedevotion
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SiRCRX

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-08-2012 18:48:10 | More by SiRCRX
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spham

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-25-2014 21:43:03 | More by spham
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nh2032

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-20-2011 14:44:54 | More by nh2032
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Pellinore1

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-15-2011 05:37:08 | More by Pellinore1
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,471 ratings.