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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,365 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 5,365
Reviews: 1,996
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,328 | FT: 99
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

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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Ratings: 5,365 | Reviews: 1,996
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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in July of 2013

A: Pours black with half a finger of light brown head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, creamy coffee, and some dark fruit aromas dominate here. There are some graham-like aromas as well.

T: Roasted malts here as well with semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. There are some slight dark fruit flavors and a bit of char towards a finish that is sweet and slightly boozy.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and smooth. It's a little sticky-sweet feeling as well.

O: A good imperial stout overall. Viscous and tasty with a good amount of depth.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Having tried some of Bell's other offerings and reading the reviews prompted me to seek this one out for a try. This stout pour very dark with a very dark head on the pour. There was enough of a boutique that made me want to take a nice long sip and enjoy but I was a bit disappointed. I don't equate a stout necessarily with hoppiness but that is what over-rode this tasting.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours very little head but still leaves a nice brown ring around the inside of the glass. Despite the lack of head, the beer still leaves some nice lacing. The beer is less of a pitch black and more of a very dark brown similar to dark chocolate. Unlike other Russian Imperial Stouts, the beer appears to have smooth surface. The beer has a strong sweet dark chocolate smell but with bitter undertones such as cocoa and the occasional hint of smoke. Additionally, the smell has hints of booziness with slight fruity hints. The smell is not very strong but is certainly complex. Unlike the smell, the taste is extremely strong and complex. The strongest flavors appear to be roasted malts and cocoa but become subtly overwhelmed by a dark chocolate taste at the end. The beer also has a slight boozy and vanilla taste as well that complements the other notes. The mouthfeel is very smooth and rich. Even though the beer is full-bodied, the beer is not heavy. Rather, the feel is more present that you know its there but not so much that it overwhelms. Overall, an excellent beer despite its price range and worth getting and aging.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a minimal head of coarse mocha bubbles that settle teasingly on the brink of dissipation. The beer features a deep molasses color even as it streams from the bottle, which is generally a sign of quality in stouts as far as I'm concerned. The aroma smells of molasses, dark fruit, toasted bread crust, and shades of alcohol that singe the nostrils slightly. Shades of raw sugar emerge with subsequent acquaintance as well.

Bold flavor greets you like a kick in the teeth upon sipping. Molasses-like sweetness is offset by bittering roast, alcohol, and a healthy dose of peppery, herbal hops. These constituents engage recklessly at first before settling into an appreciable stasis. The bite on the front end is nearly caustic, but the rich sweetness of the malt staves off total annihilation just in time. The finish, once it is finally revealed, affords a very nice roasted character with shades of bittersweet chocolate. The body is full, and the mouthfeel lush and wholesome, the way a stout should be.

This is definitely a slow sipper, even for an imperial stout. The upshot is that it's rich, full beer brimming with the bold flavors expected of the style. The bite of the hops is slightly excessive on the front end, but it's not a fatal transgression by any stretch. It's certainly the best thing I've had by Bells, which typically struggles to impress me.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,365 ratings.