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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

5,357 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 5,357
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 446
Gots: 1,326 | FT: 98
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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Ratings: 5,357 | Reviews: 1,994
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled 7/26/13, poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger mocha-colored head
S: Chocolate, molasses, burnt malt and a bit of hops bitterness
T: Matches the nose, adding in alcohol. The chocolate/molasses are up front, then the burnt malt/hop bitterness, then the alcohol & a lengthy burnt/bitter (in a good way) finish. Big beer, big flavor
M: Full-bodied, bitter but a bit boozy as well
O: Love the flavors, I just wish the alcohol were a bit lower or better hidden

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 10-22-12.

A- Dark coffee brown/black with minimal head that has descent retention. Head sits for awhile.

S- This stout starts out with figs and dark fruit, uncharacteristic of an imperial. Chocolate, molasses follows.

T- I am getting more of a baseline chocolate/simple imperial taste. Some dark fruit/fig follows then charred oak.

M- Probably the best characteristic of this beer. The M is thick, rich and smooth. Some carbonation follows down the throat.

O- Being the main part of one of my favorite beers ever (Black Note), this outshines the lesser that make up the beer (Bells Double Cream Stout).

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an extremely black beer with only some lighter brown tints when held up to light. The light doesn't come through, but the faint brown only shows then. The head is gorgeous, a mocha colored pillow of bubbles. Retains very well and leaves an attractive film of lace.

The smell isn't as aggressive as I'd like, but it's all malt. No evidence of hops, just malt. A bit of chocolate and smoke.

This bottle has only beer around for five months, so the flavors haven't yet melded together. It's abundantly malty, with a nice kick of alcohol from mid-sip throughout the finish. I've got a four pack and I'm having two tonight, so I expect when I have the next two bottles this score will go up. Currently, there's little complexity as it goes simply from malty to boozy.

Smooth is the word of the day. It's exceptionally smooth and creamy. An initial blast of sweetness precedes the heat from the alcohol, as well as the bitterness from the alcohol and the chocolate. The finish is both warm and dry, and lingering. Full bodied creaminess. It's so soft for such a strong beer.

While a bit bitter and relatively high in ABV, it's quite easy to drink. As it warms more and more sweetness comes out, making it even more drinkable. I've never seen this in town before so I'm really excited to know I can age a couple more bottles for the future.

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A - One of the darkest pours I've seen. Nice dark brown head, about 2 inches worth, and lingers nicely.

S - More complex smelling than a lot of the Russian / Imperial stouts. Alcohol, raisin, caramel, toffee, and vanilla notes.

T - Sweet vanilla, bitterness, toffee, bourbon, and slight malty flavor.

O - It's big, complex, and full of new and interesting flavors with each gulp. I can't wait to see how this beer changes with age. I'll be sure to cellar a few for later. It's not an every day beer, but I would certainly get this one again. Great for cold winter nights. Prost!

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,357 ratings.