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

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4,920 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,920
Reviews: 1,916
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,103 | 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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Pours a nice solid two-finger mocha head. Decent lacing.

S: Rich, sweet malts with a bit of espresso in there.

T: Sweet, creamy, malty goodness that is rich and decadent. This will definitely age well. It just is good. All I can say is it is a exemplar of the style and is how a great RIS should taste.

M: Thick, viscous and creamy, with a nice subtle carbonation.

O: I wish I had gotten a six-pack of this, which I think was rare for it being 9 months old. Finally, Bell's hits a knockout for me. This one takes your mouth on an expedition. I can see why people want this one.

gillagorilla, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of sliks96
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

sliks96, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Packaged 10/2/12, so it has a little over 9 months under its belt at this time.

Appearance: entirely black body with two fingers of extremely rich and creamy tan foam. Wonderful.

Smell: richly malty with lots of roast in the works. Very good indeed, but it lacks the complexity often found in the style.

Taste: now that's more like it; we start off with a rich and bitter roasty character. Some dark fruit flavors are beginning to develop at 9 months: raisin and date especially. Some lighter fruity character from the alcohol is also present, which adds a nice depth. It finishes off with a mild bitterness and a little bit of vegetal hop flavor, but this doesn't detract too much. A nicely complex and very tasty RIS.

Mouthfeel: all the body in the world, this thing is like black oil. Not a huge level of carbonation, necessarily, but the massive body has a wonderful smoothness that I love.

Overall: this is a very delicious beer. Since this was my first Expedition, I couldn't wait to age it any longer; I just had to dive in. In future, if I can get my hot little hands on some more, I will age 2-3 years and see what happens.

flagmantho, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of bmwats
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles fairly quickly. Light spider web lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, and oak chips.

T: Roasted espresso, unsweetened dark chocolate, black licorice, wood chips, peat, and...bourbon.? Maybe some clove and oregano in there.

M: Hearty and thick. High alcohol apparent. Peaty finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is very nice. Thick head, and some slight but persistent lacing. Nose is roasted coffee, chocolate and wood. Flavor... coffee chocolate, licorice, woody, with some high alcohol. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Jul 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

HopBrain, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

blklabel, Jul 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

starshockey9, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was dark and roasty with lots of roasted malt, chocolate malt and coffee aromas. The chocolate is a mix of both bitter cocoa and sweet milk chocolate with aromas of vanilla and caramel adding to the milk chocolate sweet smell. Mixed with these aromas is a little bit of smoke and hop as well as some lighter notes of darker fruits giving a rather roasted and sweet aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted malt flavor with lots of chocolate and coffee upfront. The chocolate starts out a little more on the roasted/cocoa side but gains a sweetness as vanilla, milk and caramel come to the tongue. While a more milk chocolate flavor develops more toward the middle it is balanced by an increase in the coffee bitterness of the brew. Toward the end the sweeter flavors fade more while the coffee remains the same. With a lighter earthy and herbal hop flavor coming to the tongue at the end, along with a light alcohol flavor that comes to the tongue at the end, a nice roasted and moderately sweet and bitter (of coffee and hop) flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and quite creamy side with a carbonation level that was rather average. The feel of this one was quite nice and very appropriate and fitting for the roasted flavors and big feel of the brew.

Overall - A very delicious imperial with a good blend of roasted malt flavors, sweetness, a tad of booziness, and a nice bitter hop and coffee flavor mixed within. Definitely one to try.

Darkmagus82, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DrewShalvoy, Jul 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

kinmundy77, Jul 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

eph1291, Jul 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

pathman, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

dejones, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

doremite, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep brown to black color forming a medium and nice thin bubbled beige head. Medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings left on the glass. A thin layer persists for quite a long time

S: Strong roasted malts and coffee aroma. Licorice and very earthy yeasts. Strong notes of wood too. Very earthy and boozy in the end

T: Strong roasted malts, mainly. Strong notes of coffee, brown bread, licorice, oak, earthy yeasts. Upfront taste is slightly sweet and molasses but, in overall, it's very bitter and roasted. Intense. And really bitter as an American Imperial Stout should be

M: Heavy, thick, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Intense roasted and bitter aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. An American RIS classic

eduardolinhalis, Jul 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

clay23, Jul 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

opwog, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BullBearHawk, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TravisR, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

rmehughes, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BrewSTL, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

hellhammermario, Jun 29, 2013
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 4,920 ratings.