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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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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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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip...

A: Pours a viscous, black...motor oil in a glass. My bottle actually gave a little "glug, glug" as it poured. Very fine looking stout...

S: Burnt chocolate and caramel is the first thing I get. Also detecting a little alcohol astringency with a little vanilla sweetness rounding out the nose. Smells like a big ass bold RIS with sharp teeth. Ready to dive in head first....

T: Chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, fine Texas BBQ...this beer is deep. So complex with wave after wave of sweet then bitter...then a gust of alcohol followed by caramel sweetness. Very complex and intriguing.

M: As the pour suggests...very viscous and creamy. Clings to your tongue and your lips. The mouthfeel on this beer is exactly on par with the best RIS's out there. So chunky and enjoyable.

O: This is a huge beer. I told a friend the other day that this is Brooklyn Black Chocolate but more complex and bigger. It's a little hot fresh but I have a couple bottles I'm going to let hang out for a while. I think some age will pair wonderfully with this beer. Very grateful to have snagged a few bottles of this big, tasty RIS and I hope to come across more in the future.

02-20-2012 06:15:51 | More by lokieman
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-19-2012 23:48:11 | More by CarpalTunnell
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-19-2012 17:24:33 | More by ChocolateJesus
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-19-2012 15:21:52 | More by djcira
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-19-2012 00:11:29 | More by KMcG
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-18-2012 22:49:38 | More by buddyvelt
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-18-2012 02:37:36 | More by djwhit24
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2012 19:36:48 | More by Kgristoff
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-17-2012 18:27:56 | More by Listers
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2012 14:16:08 | More by sgoro
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2012 04:34:21 | More by Beezee
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

A- Pours essentially black and thick. Small, chocolatey brown head that is gone quickly with good lacing.

S- Main scents are a sweet, black licorice type smell with dark roasts underneath. Maybe slight hints of anise. Definitely some dark chocolate notes.

T- Not as sweet as the smell, with very deep roasts. Almost has a burnt toast taste. Coffee and chocolate notes are present. Deep malt character.

M- Thick and creamy with little carbonation. Slight alcohol heat is present towards the end of the drink. Weight compliments flavor profile.

Overall, not a great, but a very good stout. Slightly deeper than most with burnt malts. A very solid brew.

02-17-2012 00:24:24 | More by boilermakerbrew
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-16-2012 13:27:02 | More by ninner00
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

had this on draft at the Oasis Brew pub in rockford. This beer is reivewed from notes taken on 1/27/12.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a dark brown head almost 2 fingers of head that lingers for a while and falls down to a ring around side of the glass. Lots of lacing on the side of glass.

Smell: heavy roast and lots of malt. smells good!

Taste: same as nose. Lots of big roast notes and moderate bitterness; tastes very similiar to coffee. Also in the mix is tobacco, tar, molasses and dark chocolates. The beer has a mild sweetness to it. The beer finishes moderately bitter and the flavors all just linger for what seems to be forever.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation. Its thick and chewy. It drinkable considering the big heavy flavors that are present in the beer.

Overall: This RIS by Bells is a Beast! Its a beer that would be more enjoyable for someone with a well tested palate. Not a beer for someone new to this style.



serving: bottle

poured into snifter.

Vintage 2007(September 17th) batch number 8145

Appearance: black bodied beer with one finger of dark brown head. head drops to a ring and thick lacing on the glass. This beer still looks good after many years of age! 4.0

Smell: The nose is really subtle at this point. roasty malts and dark fruits. maybe a hint of sherry from oxidation. 4.0

Taste: This beer is now sweeter and less roasty. It still has got decent roasty notes and some smoke, but it got some serious milk chocolate notes. Little bit of raisins, fudge, molasses, and brown sugar. There is a hint of sweet cherries and bitter black licorice in the aftertaste; its aged fantastically. Still got lots of depth and compexity. 4.5

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. The carbonation is still holding up well and the beer has become quite silky smooth. There is not any sharpness to this beer at all. Really nice and mellow stout after some time on it! Wow. 5.0

Overall: This beer does improves with aged without a doubt! I was skeptical, but now that I have tried some vintage Expedition stout, I think that its the only way that I want to drink it! Put some away and see for yourself...if you have the patience to wait 4 years and 7 months! This beer just made be a believer of aging big stouts! 4.5



serving: bottle

bottle into snifter.

Vintage 2008(September 16th). Batch number 8728!

Appearance: Black bodied beer with one full finger of dark brown head. Head drops to a moderately thick cap with a few large bubbles. This beer looks very similiar to the 2007 vintage! 4.0

Smell: Huge dark fruits especially raisins. The beer is more smokey than roasty, but it got both going on in the nose. Some sweetness imparted from the malts. Black licorice is in there too. The nose is quite robust at this time! 4.5

Taste: Nice balance of smokey, roasty, and sweet. Dark fruits is the big player right now. Raisins, figs, and plums. A little chocolately sweetness with moderate black licorice notes. The beer finishes with moderate bitterness that overpowers the black licorice. 4.25

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. The carbonation is still holding up well; the beer is silky smooth and mellow. There is not any heat from the alcohol. 4.75

Overall: Bells must brew Expedition Stout specifically for aging. My opinion after drinking/reviewing 3 seperate vintages of expedition stout... age or forget about this beer for a least 3 years; its really better with age than it is fresh. The beer really comes into its own with lots of time! 4.5

02-16-2012 01:54:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-15-2012 19:01:04 | More by jwmarcum
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-15-2012 00:18:16 | More by SuperNova777
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-15-2012 00:02:16 | More by justinm4bama
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-13-2012 00:37:47 | More by baerb69
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-13-2012 00:21:46 | More by LambicKing
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-12-2012 17:48:27 | More by heysuz
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
thanks to abanton for the opportunity.

pours a deep chestnut / mahogany, sits a jet black tone... yields a 1/2" mocha head that lapses fairly quickly into a collar around the glass; some lacing evident.

nose offers a nice potpourri of a lot of the usual suspects: roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, with secondary notes of vanilla and some dark fruit elements.

more of the same carry pull through in the flavor. lots of roastiness, chocolate and coffee with distinct cherry / fig notes, vanilla and a touch of molasses. some booze, notably in the finish. chewy, full bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall an excellent RIS, packed with flavor and very tasty.

02-12-2012 04:31:59 | More by perrymarcus
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-11-2012 06:52:31 | More by Crstumpf
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-11-2012 05:32:02 | More by millelacsmark
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Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

Opened a bottle from batch 10068 - bottled 11/11/2010 and poured into a snifter.

Pours nice and thick, dark brown/black with a thin brown head. Looks like a great RIS.

This smells sweet and malty and strongly of raisins and tastes pretty much the same. Still a little hot after 15 months. The carbonation is nice, present but light, with a sticky sweetness.

Overall, I am underwhelmed at this point. It is a good solid RIS but I really prefer it fresh and cannot wait to get some from from a recent batch to review again.

02-11-2012 00:14:22 | More by TheBeerologist
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-10-2012 21:03:05 | More by jharkins07
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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