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

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94
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4,388 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,388
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 373
Gots: 936 | 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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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-07-2013 02:25:02 | More by tdmccarthy
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-07-2013 01:50:50 | More by hollywood_15063
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Japple

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-06-2013 21:47:21 | More by Japple
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Dara


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-06-2013 21:08:11 | More by Dara
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JBGOODE

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-06-2013 18:43:18 | More by JBGOODE
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-06-2013 06:15:49 | More by KevinGordon
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aflies

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-06-2013 03:42:40 | More by aflies
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-05-2013 23:36:14 | More by reitzbrewing
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RandomBattle

New York

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle (not sure as to the vintage), poured into a Bell's tulip. Bam!

Appearance - Oily and inky black RIS body, with almost no head, granted I did pour it very carefully.

Smell - I seem to get a large amount of dark fruits, think plums and dates, along with soy sauce. This beer specifically, I have always gotten soy sauce from, not unappetizing just there. After revisiting I get some nice roasty chocolate odors with some subtle hops.

Taste - Nice bitter dark chocolate flavors, followed by dark fruit flavors. Even though I always smell soy sauce in this one I never taste it. This beer has such a wonderful bittersweetness that is amazing and I feel separates it from other RIS'.

Mouthfeel - Full, mouth-coating, and smooth. This beer is liquid velvet. A treat and a sipper.

Overall - This beer is great and thankfully I can get it online when it's available since Bell's doesn't distribute to NY.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:26:41 | More by RandomBattle
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Casedogg43

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-05-2013 00:08:50 | More by Casedogg43
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LouDogg114

Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-04-2013 23:22:36 | More by LouDogg114
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shahn

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-04-2013 21:08:56 | More by shahn
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A -Pours an impenetrable black with a three finger bubbly white head. Left a ton of lacing.

S - Huge chocolate on the first sniff, followed by some cocoa. A second sniff yields sweet dates and chocolate covered cherries. The smell ends with moderate boozyness.

T - Sweet dark coffee up front along with dark chocolate covered cherries and dates. Alcohol also makes it's presence known.

M - Creamy body with light carbonation.

O - Overall, this was a great stout. Only complaint is that I wish the sweetness were toned down a bit. It would do wonderfully with some age.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 07:50:40 | More by SometimesIfart
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-04-2013 05:25:33 | More by BrewmanCapote
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like all imperial stouts this beer is pitch black. The dark tan had head dissipated very quickly to a thin ring around the edge of my snifter. I can some carbonation coming up the edges, not very much but it's there.
The aromas that I'm picking up are all coming from the malt base. I get chocolate, roasted malt as it warms I was able to pick up the fruity esters of the yeast and alcohol.
Again the flavors are malt related, chocolate, roasted malts and as it warms the alcohol. The roastiness lingers on he palette for a good long while.
Full bodied for sure. It's mouth coatingly smooth with malt flavors that run deep. The finish is rather dry and it lingers for awhile.
This is a very good malty based imperial stout. This has a nice roastiness and cholateyness about it. The feel is great and I'm excited about the prospect of this aging in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:48:48 | More by JCaweinstein
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California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-03-2013 20:45:22 | More by rtaps
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boot11222

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-03-2013 19:41:33 | More by boot11222
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dsauter

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-03-2013 09:27:15 | More by dsauter
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anjah

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this aged three years from peabody's personal favorites collection. Nice, sweet smell and very dark color but not much head. Pretty strong but goes down smooth and rich with notes of chocolate/cocoa. Only complaint is that the after taste is a bit bitter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:34:12 | More by anjah
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miked563

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-03-2013 02:51:21 | More by miked563
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Nicolas_James

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2013 22:31:02 | More by Nicolas_James
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I nice extra from a great trader, Envelopes, poured into my favorite Struise tall tulip glass.
A-I started pouring a little agressive with the initial lack of head and it ended up overflowing (Idiot, I hate wasting beer!) So big lacing, but did carry through consumption.
S-Aroma has a ton of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and some dark fruit in the finish. Maybe a little smoke?
T-Very complex, usual suspects like coffee, molasses, and chocolate, but big combination of roasted malts which seem to take on coffee and chocolate notes with each different sip. I know they advertise big hops, but a bit too much hop bitterness on backside for my stout tastes. Very little alcohol from the 10%+ ABV.
M-Smooth, a little thick, creamy, nice carbonation, finish is a touch dry.
O-Overall an awesome beer! Now to pursue more!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 19:21:22 | More by mtbdonn
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2013 19:07:57 | More by Budinetz
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, a bit of sweetness. Taste is the same, chocolate, some hops, a bit of coffee, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 10:07:31 | More by tone77
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-02-2013 09:21:50 | More by xdtfx
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,388 ratings.