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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

4,381 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,381
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 373
Gots: 935 | FT: 76
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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Ratings: 4,381 | Reviews: 1,871 | Display Reviews Only:
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JohnDMartin

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-27-2013 22:56:31 | More by JohnDMartin
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johnyb

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-27-2013 22:04:29 | More by johnyb
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yankhawk

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-27-2013 21:52:05 | More by yankhawk
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dave122382

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-27-2013 21:44:19 | More by dave122382
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2013 15:40:08 | More by Hopsiam14
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2013 08:02:24 | More by popery
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mmikey8

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-27-2013 03:59:16 | More by mmikey8
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sdonegan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2013 03:49:19 | More by sdonegan
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Jose2412

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-27-2013 03:26:45 | More by Jose2412
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NickSMpls

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-27-2013 01:29:32 | More by NickSMpls
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amishbooze

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-26-2013 23:56:27 | More by amishbooze
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Tracker83

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-26-2013 23:21:11 | More by Tracker83
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LaChupacabra

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-26-2013 21:27:49 | More by LaChupacabra
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amp138

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-26-2013 18:30:24 | More by amp138
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TorsHammer

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-26-2013 17:21:07 | More by TorsHammer
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tomholland

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-26-2013 17:18:52 | More by tomholland
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great big stout. It does not hit you when you open it or smell it, but the taste and especially the aftertaste are really where they should be.

It is a typically nearly opaque almost black color with a little head and beautiful lace. The aroma is subtle and roasty. The taste is a bitter hops blast of a stout. The sweetness is balanced by the bitterness. This I consider correct for the style.

The aftertaste is a wonderfully mouth full of bitter. It's the best part. I don't think I ever had this before and I don't know what I was waiting for!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 00:52:51 | More by schoolboy
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tastymug

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

01-25-2013 21:34:54 | More by tastymug
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BMan33

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-25-2013 20:27:08 | More by BMan33
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brewsclues

Pennsylvania

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
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mtrog313

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-24-2013 23:56:06 | More by mtrog313
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avalonct

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-24-2013 19:58:18 | More by avalonct
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Gehrig13

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-24-2013 19:09:38 | More by Gehrig13
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jonbeer89

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-24-2013 04:11:46 | More by jonbeer89
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Hash

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-24-2013 03:54:40 | More by Hash
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,381 ratings.