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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,480 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,480
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 383
Gots: 950 | 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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Pando

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2013 06:00:52 | More by Pando
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2013 00:35:26 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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ImageFX

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-01-2013 08:23:38 | More by ImageFX
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GarretD

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-01-2013 03:17:51 | More by GarretD
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Eric908

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-28-2013 23:41:26 | More by Eric908
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-28-2013 20:45:19 | More by DeutschesBier
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JamesWn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-28-2013 20:33:51 | More by JamesWn
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ressling

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-28-2013 04:14:41 | More by ressling
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-27-2013 19:06:42 | More by sixerofelixir
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danwho

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-27-2013 18:56:10 | More by danwho
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JoninVT

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-27-2013 00:24:11 | More by JoninVT
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-26-2013 19:17:11 | More by Seaba
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-26-2013 06:14:01 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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PaterMorse

Indiana

3.36/5  rDev -20.6%

Very complex, very cool, very much WANTED to like it; but just registered a "miss" for me. At times felt like it was a chore to finish the next pour. And phenomenal as the appearance and aroma are, that's an insurmountable indictment for a beer.

A: Pours a gorgeous engine oil golden-black. Head is a stunner as well (milk-chocolate brown), but disappears way too fast -- leaving very little on the surface unless/until agitated. Nice crimson/brown/black hues remain.

S: Changes rapidly. A little chocolate, coffee on initial pour. Agitate it a bit and it's waffles & syrup. As it settles, earthy, roasty, boozy (but only slightly on the nose).

T: Unfortunately, what's only slight on the nose is a kapow on the taste buds. I felt like I'd chomped down on a cotton swab doused with rubbing alcohol. Taste smooths out over time (kind of)); but the alcohol lingers too long and is too in-your-face.

M: Big body, smooth. And though a diplomatic suggestion is that it "warms" as it goes down, a less diplomatic suggestion is that it burns your eyes.

O: Complex for sure; but just a tad over the top on the alcohol confrontation. In my estimation, Dark Horse's Plead the 5th is higher in ABV but an equal in complexity, mouthfeel & appearance and FAR superior in aroma, taste and drinkability.

Repeat? No, no reason. Not terrible by any means; but nothing so unique or good to warrant another round. Other RIS pours are more enjoyable and equally complex.

Ideal Setting To Have One On Hand? To clean any open wounds or accelerate fire-starting...

Two Word Description: Alcohol Swab

02-26-2013 00:49:38 | More by PaterMorse
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Ohio

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JackOGreen

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-25-2013 07:35:39 | More by JackOGreen
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bonSreeB

Alabama

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-25-2013 02:57:43 | More by bonSreeB
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plinythederek

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-25-2013 02:14:22 | More by plinythederek
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speedvagen

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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whynot44

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Beautiful black beer with a slight burgundy cast with a nice dark tan head that lingers and laces all the way down.

The aroma is complex - roasted malt, espresso, plums, raisins, hints of chocolate and smoke.

The taste is much like the aroma, a fantastic balance of sweet and bitter. Thick malty flavor, some fruity sweetness with dark roast coffee, some dark chocolate and a touch of burnt toast.

Full bodied, rich and velvety smooth with a dry but still smooth finish. There is a definite alcohol presence but not obtrusive, just warming.

Altogether, an outstanding Imperial Stout.

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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watsonmd

Georgia

4.84/5  rDev +14.4%

A: black, thick, dark brown tight bubbled head.

S: toffe, coffee, oak, stone fruit

T: upfront roasty malt, coffee and chocolate, with a "cough syrupy" after taste on the first sip, but not so much after that. Perhaps the ABV?

M: Thick, syrupy, smooth and creamy.

O: Excellent. Not a Black Note, but still an excellent Bell's!

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phishbone23

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,480 ratings.