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

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Ratings: 4,887
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 414
Gots: 1,084 | FT: 75
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured into a Trophy Brewing tulip.

Appearance: Pitch black, completely opaque even when held to a light. Tan head that didn't disappear quite as quickly as I expected it to at 10.5%, but when it did it left behind some excellent lacing and a solid thin layer of foam behind.

Smell: Very pungent, which I was hoping for. Both sweet and roasty at the same time. Right up front I get a sweet caramel/ milk chocolate maltiness with some deep roasted expresso notes as well. Hints of dark fruits underneath (very slight.. raison/fig) with a touch of wood. Also, Idk how it works so well with the other scents (but it does) I am definitely getting some hops in the nose as well. Not so much a stinging citrus scent but more of a smooth, juicy, mango sort of hop presence underneath it all. Definitely complex but not in a bad way what-so-ever.

Taste: Bitter roastiness definitely takes the stage right up front (dark bitter chocolate/expresso). Alcohol is prevalent but melds decently with the sweetness that comes through midway (sllight vanilla/caramel flavors). Way underneath Im still getting some of those dark fruits but not nearly as much as in the nose. The hops break through a bit in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Super thick and rich with a nice warming sensation on the way down. Cant believe the alcohol doesnt bight harder at 10.5%. The mouthfeel fits the flavor profile perfectly and is exactly what I hope for every time I drink this style.

Overall: This is an excellent, EXCELLENT beer. Would definitely recommend picking one up if you have the chance and have never tried it. Actually not just one... but a few. As much as I enjoyed this with 8 1/2 months on it I think any little qualm I may have had with it would be worked out with a bit more aging. I would absolutely LOVE to experience a vertical of this beer one day.

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this is a colossal beer, and one that comes with quite a bit of hype. for me, it was a shade under the quality of the most elite Russian imperials, but its a damn good beer nevertheless. it pours a really dark brown color, coffee in color really, with a robust milky cream head and an aroma of black barley and more hops than expected, this is bitter for sure. some hot alcohol greets my lips, followed by raw cocoa, toasted nuts of some kind, maybe macadamias, something oily, and then the bitter super dark, almost burnt barley. its quite the journey, but the whole thing really is overshadowed a little bit by the alcoholic intensity. some age may indeed do this good, as mine is less than a year old. fortunately I have some more bottles for this. which reminds me, thanks again to thebrewo for making yet another great beer possible for me in Colorado. obviously full body, but not as thick or viscous as some, decent carbonation for what it is, and a very warming alcohol finish on top of all the bitter. this is an impressive beer, but one that age will service well I think. bells can really do no wrong for me.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 4,887 ratings.