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

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Ratings: 4,515
Reviews: 1,879
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 388
Gots: 962 | 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.

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Photo of jsulko
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a dark black with a chocolate head that lingers for a bit.

Smell is dominated by chocolate and coffee with a hint of malt

Taste is chocolate with dark fruit presence o the finish. Slight coffee like bitterness on the finish.

An excellent stout, don't know if it is good enough to warrant the high price point.

jsulko, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a deep black with a decent milk-chocolate colored head. Head recedes quickly but not entirely.

S: Potent aroma of chocolaty alcohol. Overripe strawberries. Sharp fruit-like acidity mixed with roasty notes. Very sweet.

T: Incredibly smooth. Starts with an onset of bright milky chocolate. Fruity alcohol cuts through, eventually turning into bitter char, dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Alcohol is anything but hidden, but not unpleasantly so. Giant bitter roastiness in the finish, with some subtle notes of vanilla and raisins in the back.

M: Silky, creamy, nice and thick, with subtle carbonation.

O: A very smooth, sweet, and complex RIS. The roastiness in the finish was a bit extreme and wasn't exactly pleasant, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the beer.

Etan, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ChefHopMeister
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ChefHopMeister, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of elec
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

elec, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Redglimmer
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Redglimmer, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

A - Pours pitch black, finger of dark mocha head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Rich chocolate, espresso, sweet cherries and figs, vanilla and molasses.

T - The ABV is noticeable off the top, the chocolate and espresso notes conthrough alongside some leafy greens. ABV sweetness complements some musty cocoa on the finish.

M - Medium bodied ale, with a prominent ABV heat, though not to be interpreted as burning going down, and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Super tasty RIS, loads of flavour, rich and chewy. This is a bold beer with an ABV kick that could knock the toughest critic down.

andrenaline, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Metal4Breakfast
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Metal4Breakfast, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

12oz Bottle from 2009 - Thanks to pushkinwow for this

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a small size fizzy/frothy brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, malts, smoke, roasted/burnt nuts, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of chocolate, coffee, and some burnt/roasted nuts. There is also some smoke mixed with malts and it ends with a chocolatey burnt/bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Another fantastic beer from Bell's. It seems like it has aged very well and the booze hits you pretty hard. I would like a touch less charcoal/burnt flavour but the dark fruit notes help balance it out. A great beer.

spinrsx, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours an oily, black ebony with a two fingered tanned head that retains real well.

S - Smells of Cocoa, roasted malt and dark fruits.

T - Chocolate hits up front, followed by some nice roasted malt and burnt caramel flavours. The finish is warm with alcohol.

M - Full body and low carbonation

O - Very impressed with this stout and would have another.

eric5bellies, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of MrHolland10
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MrHolland10, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of quilty
4/5  rDev -5.4%

quilty, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

2010 bottle. Pours very dark with minimal carbonation evident. Just a whisp of mocha foam rises. Coffee and chocolate aromas with prune and raisin notes. Tastes of very rich chocolate and finishes with coffee. Mouthfeel is thick, nearly flat. Slight harsh tannins. Quite drinkable for such a strong beer, but a little subdued.

kscaldef, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

atone315, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev -5.4%

JVan, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of CPditka
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

CPditka, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A: Dark tan two finger head, oily black beneath.

S: Smells of roasted malt, raisins, chocolate, and anise.

T: Slight chocolate roasted malt finishing in a pleasant burnt light caramel sweetness accented by the heat from the abundant alcohol.

M: Viscous and very creamy especially for an RIS. Appropriate level of carbonation.

O: A solid offering. I wish the flavors were just a bit more bold and robust.

chanokokoro, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Ish1, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Loudiamonds305, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Maltus
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Maltus, Feb 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

keanlacrosse, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of stoutlover1978
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of bootsdomino
4/5  rDev -5.4%

bootsdomino, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

areich6, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Travisnin, Feb 26, 2012
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,515 ratings.