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

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BA SCORE
93
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Reviews: 1,981
Hads: 5,514
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 470
Gots: 1,438 | FT: 118
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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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Reviews: 1,981 | Hads: 5,514
Photo of malty
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7817: Fall 2007 - gave it a good year to age in the cellar.

Force poured - pitch black with a khaki head almost 3" high. Very dense & creamy head.

Chouffe coffee liqour-esqe scents; basically high-grade coffee spirits drenched in bitter dark chocolate, dark fruits; figs, black cherries, black strap molasses - all up in your nose!

Smooooth deep flavors of gourmet espresso, dark chocolate powder dissolved into thick cream with marshmallows and rum. Intoxicating flavors that scream (actually moan) rich and full-on deep dark and devilish flavors I already mentioned.

Mouthfeel is oily slick and quite velvety. Ultra full-bodied with fine carbonation at the perfect level. Long, full, lingering bold dark malty/liqouresque finish.

Drinkability is good. I don't know how well I'd be operating after a couple/few of these - but I'd give it the 'ole college try.

Overall an ale that I wasn't truly able to appreciate a couple years ago (this is my 2nd review). After sampling the bourbon barrel version at the Great Taste of the Midwest a couple years ago (poured by Larry Bell himself) and several stints with Kentucky Breakfast & original Breakfast Stout, I’ve been tempered and educated enough to truly appreciate the masterpiece this stout truly is. This RIS is utmost decadent and supremely balanced, and with just enough understated attitude (kinda like Billy Jack) to kick your ass if you mishandle it. I'm humbled to think I gave this a poor rating just over two years ago. This is one of the finest HUGE ales I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Hail to Bell's - the original Michigan micro! (1,612 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I have had this several times and never thought to do a review. This particular sample was bottled on 10/02/12, and I saved it specifically for 1 year to see how it aged (could not wait any longer for this). Results are in:

Poured slowly into a snifter, no head, blood red ring around edge of glass, no lacing. nearly black in color, but resembles cola, slightly. It's smooth and has decent legs. Coffee and chocolate aromas, with roasted malt as well, and perhaps some dark fruit as well, but very minimal. All of this offers a really rich smell. Complex.

Taste is similar, but with a bitter character to it. Very bitter coffee. But so good. Not so much dark fruit in the flavor. Rich coffee and dark chocolate dominate.

Feels smooth, minimal carbonation, a bit hoppy for a stout, maybe it's just the bitterness of the coffee and the chocolate.

Overall, this is right up there with my favorite stouts. I need to buy a case of it this year.

Cheers (953 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. The beer was completely black with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is rich with malt and chocolate and other things that kick ass. It's perfect for the style, maybe even better than Batch 7000 due to easier drinkability. (288 characters)

Photo of noclue
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 11.2 ounce bottle served in matching tulip/snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick pitch-black liquid. Tall brown creamy head that dies quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, faint whiff of hops.

Taste: Brutally harsh malty sweetness. Sweet and fruity up front, but the coffee comes kicking up from behind. Pleasantly bitter finish that lingers on and on. High alcohol content is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, Smooth, and syrupy.

Drinkability/Overall: This is definately a brew to sit back, relax, drink slowly, and enjoy. Let the temperature come down a bit to enjoy some subtle changes. Maybe even stow some away in the cellar. I must say that this is the best Imperial Stout I have come across. A real treat! (790 characters)

Photo of AdamF625
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- black with a thin brown head
S- coffee and chocolate syrup
T-coffee, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, alcohol, sweet fruit flavors
M- creamy, thick, and viscous. low carbonation
O- you can't forget this brew its so thick and sticky the taste stays on your palate for days. (277 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Feloniousmonk said, "this pours dark as sin".
Yep...the poet writes and the blind man sees.
Pours motor oil black but not as thick with a tan half finger that melts to a ring of sticky lacing.
Aromas are coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of dark raisins.
Taste is far more complex.
Dark fruits...mostly dark raisins and prunes,....coffee...not quite espresso but very, very dark and rich...bittersweet chocolate...a touch of vanilla....then you swallow and it's all alcohol warmth without the nasty taste going down. Aftertaste is chocolate covered raisins with a touch of bitter hops drying your mouth.
Someone PLEASE get the brothers another bottle or two to taste and hopefully enjoy this time.
This is wonderful and I can only think they had bad bottles.
Pity. (772 characters)

Photo of DougT
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a: Completely black, no light can escape this one! 2 finger, chocolate brown, creamy head settled into a light covering of froth. Foam clings tenaciously to the sides of the glass even down to the last sip.

s: A little subtle at first, but once the foam subsides a nice blend of roasted malt, dark bread, and chocolate.

t: First sip the hopps popped out. Then it settled into some sweat flavors, dark chocolate, dark fruit, with some hopp bitters in the end. Flavor lingers long after the sip is complete. You can tell there's alcohol, but more in the warming sensation than in the flavor. To me that shows a well balanced brew.

m: Creamy, full bodied, just a little effervescence, coats the whole mouth well and lingers. Could use a little more carbonation, but I think it's style right.

o: One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had. Very strong, over 10%, you can feel it but it is not at the top of the taste profile. Hoppy but well balanced, not hoppy to the point of loosing the beer flavor. Malty, yeasty, creamy with good flavor and that hopp bitter in the end to lat you know it's Imperial. (1,104 characters)

Photo of waldowin
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this beer in a trade that resulted in a *lot* of wonderful already-cellared beers, and I suspect this one was cellared for a while as well, as the carbonation was almost non-existant, and the hops had faded back to a nice compliment to the main tastes.

Appearance - If I saw the oil in my car this color, I'd assume the car was toast. In a beer though, it's glorious. It's a rare treat to see such a dark beer, especially one so viscous. The beer in the glass literally folded around the beer pouring from the bottle. Almost no head, just a thin layer of very dark brown foam that subsided to a ring quickly, but then stuck around forever. Inky black. No light gets through, not even at the edges. This brew sucks ambient light in, darkening a room as soon as the cap is popped. With a better head, this would be the ideal appearance. I suspect this has been aged however, hindering that, so I'm only knocking off a half.

Smell - Thick, thick smell, if that makes any sense. Very faint. Biscuits, cherries and coffee.

When cold, it's an extremely smooth, slightly sweet syrup that rolls along the tongue. Chewy, smooth, and with a nice tingle of carbonation at the end. Like a black coffee with a maraschino cherry bobbing in it. Delicious. It's hard to wait for this to warm up.

Now that it's warm, a strong dough-like flavor is coming through, with some cinnamon and brown sugar. Amazingly thick and big in feel and flavor. Almost too much for my tastebuds to take, with all this biscuit, cherry, raisin, cinnamon and coffee goodness. Definitely heartburn material.

This is probably on of the best examples of a RIS I've had to date. If only we had stouts like this in my state, I'd never have to trade to find them. A huge thanks goes out to beerhandy for figuring this to be a good brew for my tastes. (1,824 characters)

Photo of schellsbeer
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A HUGE thank you to my friend Greggy for this beer in a traded 6 pack. I am a very big fan of Bells but never spent the money for a 6 pack of this on my own. This is the bottle that will or will not have me hooked. Here goes....

A - Being a lover dark black beers, this one started speaking to me the moment I opened it. It is all black. No light comes through. NONE. Small head that says goodnite after about 15 seconds. Other than that, looks perfect.

S - Big Bold smell that I notice with the glass sitting a few feet away. It is tempting me, calling to me. Woods, Nuts, Molasses, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, burnt caramel, malt....its all good. And now for the crutial taste...I have been waiting for a long time.

T - Here goes.. Yeah....Thick....Warm...Perfect!
Alcohol is present but in a good way. This thick brew coats the mouth and the throat all the way down. All of the Smells are present in the taste. This is one BOLD beer. The best RIS I have had to date. Period. One of if not the best stout I have ever had. It would at least be in my top five beers of all time.

M - Coats as it medicates all of your troubles away. Wonderful. It is like a great dream that you never want to end. The warming effect continues when the beer hits the stomach. Get a fork boys cause this one is in a food group all by itself.

D - Only problem is that it is high in alcohol but that is ok...Its a RIS. Excellent.

Bells, you continue to impresses. I can't wait to purchase another 6 and cellar this stuff. Excellent. (1,520 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of TMoney2591, via the Support Your Team BIF. Thanks for this one, dude. Batch 9435, 341ml bottle into a snifter. Almost a year on this one at this point.

Pours a heavy and thick black with a short milk chocolate brown head, both thick and creamy. Tons of beautiful lace. So much in the nose in terms of dark fruits (figs, plums), licorice, molasses and a touch of milk chocolate. Molasses and dark fruits lead the charge on the tongue, and flows effortlessly into some bitter dark chocolate and dry coffee beans. Finishes slightly dry as a result, full and syrupy with a ton of body. Excellent mouthfeel and outstanding drinkability for the alcohol content. One of the best I've had, easily. (709 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In a chalice, this beer provided me a glimpse of visual beer nirvana. A vigorous pour kicked up a more than healthy stack of satanically dark head and storm-cloud drapery. It meringued a full 2" above the rim of the glass. Surface tension, meet Larry Bell. Outrageously gorgeous.

The nose of this beer is a car-crash of ridiculously gooey sweetness and a tanker truck of roastiness. Baker's chocolate soaked in boozy fudge.

The taste of this beer is less explosive, and while amazingly viscous it still has a remarkably un-fat mouth cloaking capacity to it. Thin or watery isn't it, but not necessarily what you expect for something so filled (and filling). It has to be experienced.

Bitterness and sweetness have never existed in such harmony on these taste buds before. This beer is everything, oily, gooey, roasty, stupidly sweet, mouth-meltingly stark and chocolately. I can't believe the lack of booze. Best of both overblown worlds? I think so. (959 characters)

Photo of Blybloke
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love this time of year. Just bought this and sixer of Sierra Nevada Celebration. I've had this before and it's nice to compare the flavors year to year.

Poured pitch black into a snifter. The caramel-colored head rose an inch and a half. Lace in curtains after about 5 minutes. A gorgeous and intimidating beer.

The alcohol is perhaps a bit too prevalent in the nose but... it still smells incredible - the old stand-bys introduce themselves: toffee, chocolate, coffee, figs, licorice, caramel and banana. But, over everything, there's just a small fraction too much alcohol.

Taste is what you'd expect from the pour and the aroma. It's one of the most complex flavors I've ever come across in 33 years of food and drink. Everything in the aroma is represented here in spades. Plus there's a pleasant subtle sting of alcohol as this clocks in at 10%+ abv.

Mouthfeel is heavy, thick and oily. It leaves a syrupy film wherever it touches on the palate. This is as heavy a stout as you'll come across. Simply wonderful.

This is a perfect beer for a feast, or perhaps to sip while you stare at the fire. If you're an adventurous beer drinker or heavy stout fan, don't miss this one.

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Photo of krustster
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle (fresh).
Very dark brown, not quite black but close. Not quite as syrupy in appearance as some imperial stouts but still nicely thick. Big, fluffy, dark brown head that stuck around for a good few minutes with lacing that sticks all over the glass. Very appetizing appearance.

Smell is "big chocolate and coffee with a lot of roastiness" (feels stupid saying that, but it's accurate). This one is a lot stronger on the chocolate elements than any I've had, second to Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout, and this one isn't even made with chocolate as far as I know. Just the right hint of alcohol to bring things together.

Taste is amazing. As usual it follows the nose, with lots of dark chocolate up front, coffee second, not a lot of the expected "dark fruits" but some reasonably strong bitterness. The first time I tried this it seemed more bitter than it does now. Drinking it again I can tell how perfectly balanced this thing is. The alcohol is well hidden but at the same time it comes out in the finish with just the right amount of heat to seal in the flavor, a phenomenon that I absolutely love and is the main reason I prefer high ABV brews. This has just the perfect level of heat washing over your tongue but never becomes "boozy" (which isn't a bad thing in itself). Everyone keeps screaming about how good this is with age on it. Well, I have a six pack left over that I plan to save for a while, but when it tastes this amazing fresh, I don't know how long that sixer is going to last.

Mouth feel, which I already covered in the tasting notes, is near perfect as well. The carbonation is just high enough, the alcohol heat just high enough, and the viscosity just thick enough to stay on your palate for a long time after each sip.

Overall this isn't quite perfect but can still be called an absolute masterpiece from Bell's. I wish I had bought more than I did while it was available so I could age a bunch of it while still blasting huge amounts in its current condition, because it's pretty amazing as-is. (2,041 characters)

Photo of 94Sip
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a BIG stout (as expected). The bottle said it was brewed Oct 2014 and I had it March '15, poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The label said this stout was meant to be aged and I would highly agree with that sentiment. There is a significant booze presence and the flavors were overall "tight". It reminded me of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, in that I think that beer is amazing after sitting in the cellar for a year or two. This beer will probably be incredible with a little age on it.

It is not too hoppy like some of the west coast stouts, but does have just the right amount of bitter to it. The booze hit me initially with each sip, then followed with some of the dark fruits/prunes/raisins. Then the finish gives you some good chocolate/toffee flavors which is my definition of a perfect stout.

With a little age I expect the booze to subside and those middle flavors to come forward and the chocolate/toffee to stay with it and be perhaps a bit more pronounced.

Overall, just a really great imperial stout and ranks up there with the others that I really like. (1,103 characters)

Photo of DackAchan
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with a one finger head of mahagony. Little bit of lacing.

S- Smells of chocolate, and raisins, dominated by roasted toffee and very woody.

T- Excellent taste. Rich complex flavors. Roasted toffee and smoked wood. Undertones of chocolate and raisins.

M- Heavy body, pretty smooth, slight alcohol bite to it at the end.

D- Good drinkability, little bit of bite adds to the experience. One I'll have to have again. (439 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a dark, thick black with a cocoa colored layer of foam. Intensely roasty, and sharply so. Dry and bitter finish. There’s all sorts of dark roasty delicious things coming across in this brew—espresso and coffee and dark chocolate. Thick and lasting. I enjoyed taking this expedition, sip by sip. (309 characters)

Photo of sniper061
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-This beer is ridiculously dark. I held it to a light and nothing comes through. With that being said it has a wonderful thick brown head that seems to hold on forever.

Aroma-This beer is filled with rich roasted malt and chocolate with a finish of licorice and a bite of coffee.

Taste- This beer delivers everything the aroma offers and more. Roasted malt and chocolate form the base taste, with bitter spice and caramel blending in the middle. Finishes with a fairly strong and bitter coffee taste while holding onto the base flavors.

Mouthfeel-This beer is thick, but still incredibly smooth. Surprisingly drinkable considering the thickness of the brew along with the high abv

Serving type: bottle (717 characters)

Photo of punkrkr27
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick brown black that looks like used motor oil with a small brown head. Aroma is loaded with roasted hops, malts, coffee beans and molasses. Flavor is much the same with almost a cognac like note. Lots of coffee flavor on the finish with a notable alcohol burn. Nice medium full body. (294 characters)

Photo of JDizzle
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 oz pizour, bottled 9/26/11

Looks really dark, as in black night! Head is dirty brown and chokes the rim and holds on tight for the ride.

The smell is a somewhat of a let down for me. It smells like alcohol and a little chocolate, rasted malts and maybe burnt coffee.

It taste like a full bodied stout that has chocolate notes to it with a big alcohol presence. Chocolate and malt arte there, but is overwhelmed by alcohol.

The taste is very thick with a reasted malt that dominates with a little chocolate and malt, but the alcohol is present more than not. solid effort.

Drinkability is so-so with a bitter aftertaste that lingers from the hops and a bitter chocolate and alcohol aftertaste that lingers a tad too long.

Not a homerun, but a solid effort by Bell's! (781 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I lived in Michigan for years and never got into craft beer while I was up there. This beer is an example of why I should have. Bottled on 10/22/2012 - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stout glass.

Appearance - 4.75 - Pours like motor oil. Pitch black beer with two fingers of brown head that dissipates down to one finger, with nice lacing on the glass. Bottle is simple, like Bells usually is.

Smell - 4.5 - Really milky chocolate and roasted notes on this one. Creamy. Dark Fruits. Little bit of hop smell in the background.

Taste - 4.75 - Super creamy chocolate and roasted malts come through. Some espresso like flavors too. Dark fruits are definitely present. Bitterness coming both from the roasted malts and the hops in the background.

Mouthfeel - 4.75 - Thick, like a chocolate milkshake, it's creamy as hell. Alcohol is well hidden. Aftertaste is roasty and creamy, and when you breath you continue to get a nice blast of espresso like flavor. Awesome.

Overall - 4.75 - Great beer, I would say this is one of the best imperial stouts that I've had. It's creamy, full bodied and well rounded. Sitting for a year may have done a lot for this beer. (1,165 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Motor oil black. 2 plus finger head with a moderate to aggressive pour. The head reminds me of a beautiful espresso crema (if it was 2 fingers tall over my coffee). Great lacing up the glass.
Aroma definitely boasts some alcohol. I do get a presence of some dark fruits soaked in rum, some molasses, brown sugar, and coffee.
Taste is rather pleasant. It really doesn’t have much sweetness. The beer is only 3 months old, so it has some bitterness, but I find that the slight bitterness makes it drinkable. I think it has the perfect mouth feel: not overly thick, but not overly carbonated. I get huge burnt coffee and smokiness, molasses in the middle of the palate with a nice malt flavor. Not as much dark fruits as on the nose. You get them primarily near the middle of the mouth. I primarily get a rum soaked date flavor with some raisins thrown in. Almost an oak flavor. I do taste the alcohol a little at the end as the beer warms, but it isn’t as much as the nose would make you think. Definitely coats the palate.
Overall, not a bad stout. This beer is readily available and totally drinkable. I like this beer because it has more substance and thickness than some boasting the same flavors. It isn’t overly thick, but the rights blend. Aging would work well for this beer; it would tame the bitterness down making it beautifully balanced. While I like the bitterness, as it warms, it is a little too much for the beer. I could see something remarkable after a year or so. This would be a good beer with some beignets. I give it 94/100. (1,553 characters)

Photo of phishgator
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2002
This pours into and Imperial pint glass with large clunks and chugs. A thick brownish black (liquid?) with a decent head for such a big brew. Thought the head does receed in just a short time. The aroma is of perfection for an Imp. Stout, roasted coffee and dark bitter choclate. The taste is every bit the same as the aroma but with a bit of heat from the alcohol! There is also a strong bitter presence. The mouthfeel is thick and coating, as it should be. The drinkability is out of this world. I always want more after I finish the first one; although I'm not too sure that I should have another?! (614 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My, my, my, what have we here. Pours like a big fat cup of adult dark cocoa. Nice two finger espresso head.

Lots of chocolate and malt coming up through the vapors. Smells heavenly to this stout lover.

Tastes almost like someone tried a little homemade concoction of melted chocolate and then added some really good colombian coffee. Malts just busting out from every direction. Smoky, charcoal, ash, oak. This one has it all. A huge beer in every sense of the word. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel strikes a balance between being super fat and creamy but due to the goods winds up being fat. Not oily, just big.

Drinkability is very good for such a big beer. I could see having three of these and then calling a cab. Get you some.

JahNoth is the man with the big Bell's hookup. (785 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Brought back from the midwest.

Pours an opaque chocolate brown/black, hard pour raises a slowly forming, relentlessly growing chestnut brown head, which slowly recedes...beautiful lacing pattern from the start. One look and you know this is a serious beer.

Dark roasted aroma,chocolate, coffee, and interesing fresh vegetal notes, I guess it's hops. Good dark stout aromas.

This is one amazingly rich and complex brew. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate is the first impression, with some fruity (raspberries!) sweetness, and then spicy allspice-gingerbread underneath. Fantastically drinkable for such a big rich beer. The most impressive aspect for me is the long, evolving finish...a lasting bitterness from the dark roast...then floral grapefruity hoppy bitterness comes in...then your tongue continues to pulsate with flavor and bitterness for a full two minutes, the flavor keeps coming back in waves, perhaps because the rich creaminess of the brew has coated your palate and taken full command...really amazing.

A wonderful after dinner beer to savor and contemplate. This beer definitely passes the "I am so sad the glass is finished" test. The folks at Bell's have done it again...they continue to impress. (1,267 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Expedition in about 2 years and I remember it being one of the best stouts I've had so I'm excited. Pours pitch black with a rich, chocolate head that settles down to a cm or so and leaves a lot of lacing. The nose is so rich its crazy. Dark chocolate, coffee, booze, roast, slight char, a bit more chocolate, some prunes and a hint of raisins. The taste isn't as hot as I was expecting, though it does light a bit of a flame deep down in your gut. Booze, raw cocoa, coffee, prunes, dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, roasted malts and maybe some figs in the back. Its full bodied with a thick, chewy mouthfeel. This is exactly what the body and mouth of a stout should be. I am super excited to try one every year for the next 5 years. At least I know I'll have one cellared away for a cold night every winter until 2017. (850 characters)

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 1,981 ratings.