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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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4,118 Ratings
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Ratings: 4118
Reviews: 1856
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%


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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DPMomutant

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is the expected pitch black. The head is very brown and much larger than I expected. I did not need to pour nearly this hard but I was not expecting as much head. Obviously, this bottle has not suffered the flatness problems as some batches apparently did. This head is lasting absolutely forever, no matter, a beer of this style needs to warm a bit anyway. Massive lacing.

The smell is mostly very strong fruit, like raisins but bolder. I'm catching a hint of brown sugar. Reminds me some of wine or sherry, but not much alcohol in the smell as I would expect of a big beer like this.

The taste does not come out quite as sweet as the smell. There is some coffee taste here and the wine-like alcohol comes out as well, but is not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, I'm imagining what it will be like if I let the rest of the bottles sit until the dead of winter.

Obviously as big as this is, more than 12oz of this in a session where you've already had a couple, you don't want more than one. That one, though, I have little problem finishing.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 05:43:08 | More by DPMomutant
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Boilermaker88

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's cooled off out here in SoCal so I decided to finally pop the cap off my Bell's Expedition Stout, graciously sent my way by CRJMellor.
Poured into my handy-dandy tasting glass, the first thing I noticed was the 1" tall, firm, resilient mocha-colored head that slowly settled down to a ring, leaving blotchy lace behind. Then I noticed the complete absence of light penetrating the brew. Just an inky blackness. No ruby highlights, no maroon or brown edging. Just a uniform deep-in-a-mine black.
The nose was rich and inviting, loaded with a hearty roasted malt aroma, a bit of a prune note, sherry, port wine, and coffee. Some cocoa aroma, too. The taste had a potent vinous flavor, a la port wine. Lots of roasted dark malts and baker's chocolate. Some mild dark fruit sweetness and molasses mid-palate before a counterpointing herbal hops bitterness struck in the finish. The feel was full, viscous, and dry with a real tight zippy carbonation lending a creaminess that was quite pleasant.
Overall, I really enjoyed this imperial stout, actually one of the best I've tried so far. Interesting that the reviews (and consistancy) are all over the map for this brew. Guess I'll just sit back, enjoy what's left in my glass and count my blessings. Mmm...Expedition Stout..

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 04:11:13 | More by Boilermaker88
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coco colored head fades slowly leaving a scattered coat of lace. Deep black colored beer, the kind that sucks all the light out of the room.
Raisins, brandy, a bit of spice (fig), and pretzels? Nice aroma.
Fairly thick body, smooth mouthfeel almost feels like microscopic carbonation.
Flavors of roasted malt, coco, red wine until a bitter bite, kind of coffee-ish, kicks in half way and holds solid throught the finish.
Let it warm up a little and the bitter finish fades and the subtle flavors come out.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 22:36:28 | More by HappyHourHero
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out the darkest brown imaginable and appears silky smooth out of the bottle. Sits completely black, and totally opaque in the glass with thick brown head on top.

Smells sweet, with caramel, chocolate, roasted grains and a light hint of dark fruits.

Tastes of bitter-sweet chocolate, heavy on the roastedness, alcohol becomes present in the full bitter finish. Great taste all around the board.

This beer is as smooth and silky as I could ever imagine a beer to be. Big, thick body really compliments this. Great for social occasions and is best made a treat, not for a six pack night.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 16:11:30 | More by Skidz
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tar

Bahamas

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black, with a thin brown head composed of many very fine bubbles. Smells strongly of roasted chocolate and coffee malts. The taste, like the aroma, is of roasted chocolate and coffee malts. Some hop bitterness comes through nicely in the finish. This beer has a thick, oily mouthfeel, and goes down quite smooth although it does feel a bit heavy. Overall a good beer, although I must admit that I was a bit disappointed by it--I've been wanting to try it for some time and so may mentally have built it up beyond what it could live up to.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 15:36:51 | More by tar
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Pours an ultra dark brown-black with a poofy dark tan head of about an 1.5". Looks quite thick. Nasty lace sticks as the beer is drank.

Smell: I can stand 5 feet away and smell rich black roasted malts and twinges of imperial bitterness. I'm salivating. Rich chocolate smell also. Very Storm Kingesque with regard to smell.

Taste: Uh oh. I might just go back to the store and clean them out of the rest of these. This is better than good. Immense hop profile gives this the perfect imperial stout aftertaste and such a good signature. There is an obvious roasted barley body, good presence of chocolate, some light butterscotch, lots of molasses, coffee. Very classic flavor, quite aged Rogue Imperial Stoutesque.

Mouthfeel: Super heavy, slick and smooth. Paints a coating on your tongue, and it's a nice memory of the beer. Very sludgy and super low carbonation begins to become really bothersome towards the finish.

Drinkability: Well, this is where it gets kind of odd. This beer goes down really slowly. It's sort of tough to have more than one, and even that has to go slow. I feel like its almost too heavy, doesn't dance on the tongue as much as it ought. It initally doesn't seem like 11.5%, but it does feel heavy and slow due to a lack in carbonation, even for an imperial stout. Still excellent though, just a bit off.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 02:53:38 | More by 99bottles
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murphyl

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured thickly, about the consistency of Kahlua coming out of the bottle, pitch black, absolutely opaque (no joke - I put my emergency see-it-a-mile-away LED flashlight against the glass and saw nothing out the other side). Piles of toffee-colored head left copious lace on the glass.

Smell: Hmm, that's interesting. Alcohol is definitely right up front, along with chocolate, raisins and dried cherries (appropriate for Michigan, but in a stout...?). This certainly piques my interest.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Reminiscent of Kalamazoo Stout, only heavier and thicker, almost like a barley wine in terms of mouthfeel. Chocolate and rum flavors, plus a hefty hit of alcohol up front, fading a long, long roasted finish, with the dried cherries making an encore appearance.

Drinkability: I wouldn't advise you drink more than two of these a night, as the 11.5% ABV will sock your brain and your tastebuds into next week. As a nightcap, a special occasion beer or the end of a session, however, you could do far, far worse.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 23:11:53 | More by murphyl
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LuckySevens82

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
I have to thank FeloniousMonk for letting me try this one.
Pours an oil black with a very similar viscosity. Almost no carbonation, a head was forced and disappeared very quickly.
Smell is coffee, chocolate, some alcohol. You can smell the sweetness right off the bat.
Taste is overwhelmingly sweet. While this beer is very smooth (which I like in an imperial stout) I think the complete lack of carbonation in the brew is a detriment. This brew has a huge chocolate taste.
This is like alcoholic chocolate syrup. It is way to thick and syrupy for my tastes. I can certainly understand why people like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 01:03:21 | More by LuckySevens82
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Crosling

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first Bell's beer.

Black as black gets. The head is well developed, a light chocolate brown, dense, creamy and sticky.

Deeply roasted malts, chocolate, anise, dark fruits, coffee beans, charcoal and cream all add to a splendid nose.

The texture is so smooth and so creamy. It just glides across the palate. Pecan, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee beans compete with vanilla, nutmeg and sharp fruits. The bitterness is well perceived. A delicious malt experience but it has a few issues. The lack of carbonation does not effect the flavor but it does effect the way I perceive the flavor. This could be so much better. That being said, the 11.5% tastes more like 7. Very drinkable for the style. A very solid imperial stout. Rereview. After several dozen bottling and batches, this is my favorite beer ever.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 05:16:22 | More by Crosling
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good.Bittersweet chocolate nice complement after food with strong taste. Loved the initial creamy head, just had to slurp some up. Beutiful chocolate brown with the head initial pour, then head tails off as expected. 11.5% was not detactable, thought it was 6 and change. Expresso soft drink.
Almost 6.5 years later, a two-yearold aged, good coffee and chocolate and so drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 19:53:52 | More by Sammy
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drewbage

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Striaght up from a 12oz brown bottle imported from Kalamazoo.

And I tell you now.. I've got a beer in Kalamazoo, a real pipper roo.

Pours deep dank dark black brown into my imperial mug with a low brown head that only rises up on a vigorous pour. But once it's there, it holds like a Irishman to a blade of glass.

Aroma is deep raisin and tobacco. molasses gingerbread and brown sugar.

Beer starts deep and rich with coffee and toffee. Surprisingly little roast for a beer this dark and toasted, In the middle of the brew I get a bunch of bready biscuit and chewing tobacco.

The finish veers to port and chcocolate and a ton of malty goodness.

Is this good beer? Nope. Is it a great beer? Yup. It's a deep dessert beer that's a good finish to the evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 06:28:51 | More by drewbage
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freed

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another batch imported by our man in the midwest; Bill. Thanks!

Yet another lovely label from Bell's, simple and elegant. I should have been wary when I popped the cap and there was no rush of gas. Pouring was enough confirmation though - there was no carbonation to the beer. The pouring was uneventful, despite the troubling black liquid. It sat dully in the glass, deeply brown with body. The very top, visible without any head, gave hints of amber around the edges. There's even some odd sediment that almost looks like it belongs in hot & sour soup.

The aroma is welcoming though - deep, filling, and robust with mocha goodness. The combination of malted barley and coffee hide the barely noticeable smell of alcohol.

The taste is also very robust - nearly syrupy without carbonation, but still good. There are very bitter chocolate flavors, dark espresso flavors, and a smooth maltiness all around.

The sensation is somewhat lacking without the balance of gasses, and the mouthfeel is somewhat alcoholic. Especially while brewing beer and having skipped breakfast and lunch.

This is a very tasty beer, but I feel it must be tried on cask, or tap. Preferably close to the source. I'll see what I can do.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 22:14:04 | More by freed
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good lord. I'm sad I hadn't rediscovered Imperial stouts sooner. This one is fantastic. Really nice pillowy head that rises when summoned, but otherwise doesn't. I like having this control.

Big nose. Fruity and chocolaty...very rich. Definately some hops in there too. Also get some nice wine maybe port notes too. Just a little 'sour' like that is quite nice.

Big flavor. Very rich. Very very nice. Like a big hunk of dark dank chocolate cake that makes ethanol run through your nose after you eat a bite...nice. Get a touch of wineyness too...just right for such a big beer. This is hoppy but just enough (which is still a ton!) to balance this beer out.

A very nice mouthfeel. Not as nice as Rogue's Imperial, just a touch on the thick side here, but still really nice...and I suppose it wouldn't be nearly as rich without it.

Actually quite drinkable. Not too bitter to wear your palette out, and just enough roasted toasty to dry out the sweetness.

A beautiful beer to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 04:15:54 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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abents

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick oily black that looks delicious. Thick brown head that laces beautifuly. Smells of roasted malts and chocolate hint of alcohol. Tastes of coffee with a bigger malt taste that follows. Very noticible alcohol, but not overpowering the taste is smoothed out and feels very creamy. Some bitterness but very sudden. Mouthfeel is a full bodied with that interesting creamy texture. Low carbonation and alcohol warming. A very drinkable brew to say the least. A great stout from Bell's well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 03:09:47 | More by abents
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Billolick

New York

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating.
Think and goey, rich and chewy.
This is as dark, rich, flavorful and robust as any beer I've had. To my tastes its over the top and not all that pleasant, and I like stouts and rich, strong beer in general. HEAVY roasted, burnt, chocolate, coffee flavors. Mega sweet malt in the finish with a bit of bittering. Extreme after dinner beer. not for women and children or the feint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 05:43:44 | More by Billolick
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date. Now this is a seriously dark beer. The creamy head was actually a shade of orange, rather than tan. Midnight black in color, like liquid coal and completely opaque. The aroma yields rich and roasted grains, dark chocolates, vanilla extract and gives a slight hint of the alcohol in this beer. Smells rich and complex. Wonderful flavors in this one – Dry roasted coffee, dry spices, alcohol among other thing. Actually, there’s no mistaking the alcohol in this beer. It isn’t shy. This has a dry and woody roasted bitterness that is very intense, and is very prominent in the finish. It actually coats the tongue. There’s a medium to full body of malt somewhere in here. I must say that I enjoyed this strong dark beer and can appreciate the craft here, but it is for the initiated only, and not for the faint of heart. Very powerful and intense, but mellows a bit as it warms. Way to go!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 23:36:53 | More by pezoids
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a very dark espresso color with a small but lasting mocha head and some stringy-type lace.
The aroma of fresh coffee and then dark cocoa rise up. A smell of fresh baked bread and dark rum are also pretty noticeable. A nice floral hop nose manages to work its way into the scene.
The luxuriously oily malt body offers up a potent extra dark bitter chocolate flavor. Sweet roasted malt, cookie dough and buttered biscuits come to mind. The tastes of rum-soaked prunes and licorice are also in the mix.
The big fresh hop cluster taste releases piney esters, along with tangy citrus bitterness and orange peel zestiness.
I splashed a little on my keyboard tray setting it down. When I touched it with fingers, I noticed just how thick and oily this brew is.
A big thanks to Feloniousmonk for the chance to try this wonderful brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 00:22:55 | More by BeerResearcher
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Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours an inky black, as dark as the darkest night, impassable to light. One finger of frothy cocoa colored head swells promptly, then settles slowly to patches of foam. Sticky fingers of lacing gild the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings earthy tones of dark roasted malt, bitter and burnt, but full of espresso and chocolate notes. A milder caramel undercurrent duels with a sherry character in the olfactory underworld, and gives way to a hoppy resonance. The alcohol throughout is present but fairly mild.

First sip delivers a dense, syrupy malt sweetness, roasted and leathery, which is allied with chocolate covered espresso beans and a mellow biscuit grain presence. A vinous character plies its trade in the middle in unison with the warming, vaporous strains of alcohol. A black cherry sweetness caresses the sides of the tongue briefly. The finish is a lingering bitterness of artfully burnt grain and distantly floral hops. This is one delightfully complex blend of bitter and sweet.

Heavy bodied, pouring like ebony oil, it slides about the mouth like chilled molasses, leaving traces of nectar everywhere. A dry glow at the finish caps a textural massage of the palate.

It captures light and transforms it splendidly into a smooth and distinguished elixir. Everything about it takes the extra steps to excel, delivering more than you expected, no matter what you expected. The balance is fun but seriously grounded in the down-to-earth components. The high ABV is very apparent, but everything about this makes you want to ignore its strident warnings and have yet another, and I think it's worth whatever risk you may run. Any expedition you need to undertake to procure this fine stout is one you should make gladly, and soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 14:28:38 | More by Foxman
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jwilli7122

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I finally located this one, and am quite eager to try it out...

pours an opaque black with a purple tinge. absolutely zero head - I poured it hard and I can literally count the bubbles. there is a somewhat frightening looking smoke-colored film covering about 1/3 of the surface.

smell is wicked plum and alchohol, smells more like a barley wine than a stout.

taste: wow. unlike anything i have ever had. i shouldn't, but i'll try -black licorice, chocolate syrup and...some sort of coffee-type flavor that i have never experienced...with alchohol, dark fruit and black malt in the back.

mouthfeel is syrupy-thick with almost no carbonation, and it's right.
absolutely the most aggressive, indefinable beer i have ever had.

note: after reading other reviews - and seeing that this beer is supposed to have a head and big hops - i wonder if my bottle was abnormal.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 05:17:23 | More by jwilli7122
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kwalters

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The grand daddy of the Bell's stout lineup finally makes an appearance in my glass.

My expectations were very high having read many good reviews and having enjoyed several other imperial stouts and Bell's stouts. Expedition pours as black as a new moon in a midnight sky. The head is small but tightly bubbled and beautiful. Surprisingly, the aroma from this brew is subdued. You can pick out roasty tones, but you'll have to work a bit.

The taste is not at all subdued. Roastiness and burnt wood abound. Bittersweet chocolate and hoppiness are easy to find and enjoy. But I kept wondering if something was missing. The best part of Expedition is the mouthfeel. Like so many of Bell's stouts, Expedition is very creamy and smooth.

If it weren't for the big price ($14.99/sixer) this big brew would be topnotch. But considering that I can get comparable Michigan imperial stouts from Arcadia and Founders for $5 less, Expedition will have a hard go of it trying to frequent my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 15:01:54 | More by kwalters
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many other beers, I've had this one a few times before I got around to reviewing it. My remembrance of it was that it was just about the best Imperial Stout one got get stateside. I've let the bottle warm up some before I uncapped it. Pours inky darkest brown color with a generous milk chocolate brown head that goes to a lacing around the glass. Dark chocolate, black patent malt, nutty Kona blend coffee bean and some fruitiness from the yeast comes through in the aroma. Whoo. Intese roasty malt flavors intertwined with a vinous, yeasty alcohol bite that warms the esophagus. Bittersweet and winey. Lovitt man... This beer should be a one time in a while kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 09:14:40 | More by crookedhalo
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BitteBier

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout means business. Pours black and opaque with a cakey, bronze head that remains intact and laces nicely. Smell is striking, melding alcohol dryness, roasted notes, and the standard choco-coffee mix one expects from a stout. Taste smoothes out after a few drinks, especially after the optimum temperature is reached. Taste mimics the smell--rather smooth with a dry bite that piques your interest. Mouthfeel is pleasant; despite a somewhat sticky feel, the taste lingers, rather than the texture. Its strong smell and taste weaken its drinkability a bit, but this beer is worth having even just one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 01:38:53 | More by BitteBier
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled February 2004
Pours a deep black color with a creamy brown head. Thick aromas of chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, an aroma I usually associate with Lactose stouts, and alcohol all waft form my glass. What a thick viscous brew, it is quite creamy on my tongue. The thickness and body of this brew helps to balance the roast character, so that it is not overwhelming. It is like a rich, creamy, chocolate covered espresso bean, but accentuated a bit more towards the creamy dark chocolate. This beer has a burnt/ roast astringent finish, which, helps to balance the rich malty sweet flavors that are up front. There is not much in the way of hops, but they would seem out of place in this brew. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste, and is only really noticeable in the aroma. Wow, what a wonderful, smooth, sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 19:26:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at room temperature into a Fuller's pint glass, this pours an inky, opaque dark brown with a fascinating head that is only 2 cm, but appears to give garnet hues on the tan fringe. Nice sheets of lace are left behind. Aroma is inviting, with a big mocha chocolate punch, some wood smoke, and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with medium carbonation. Taste is delicious. Creamy, milk chocolate dominates the palate, with burnt coffee, wood smoke, walnut nuttiness, raisins, and some English hops for bittering balance. Alcohol remains well hidden until it emerges a bit near room temperature. Finish is dry and bitter, with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. Exceptional flavor here, and very nice balance. One of the best stouts I've ever enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 01:14:45 | More by merlin48
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jackndan

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bell’s Expedition Stout: In a twelve ounce brown bottle. This beer has a small label around the neck, so I believe it to be a recent vintage.

An extremely vigorous pour spills up a large (two inch) head. The head is deeply packed with tiny bubbles and pours a creamy brown color. The last few drips of the brew slowly work their way through the dense head. The color of the beer is almost pure black, and even when held up to the strongest light, does not let any light through.

The aroma is very nice, as it poured out of the bottle, I could smell the coffee/chocolate malts. Giving this brew a nice swirl emits the same aroma, very nice and rich with just a bit of alcohol.

The taste is fantastic. Extremely malty, very nice dark chocolate flavors, with a hint of dried fruits, raisins, and a tiny bit of freshly mown hay. As the beer moves over the palate, the coffee espresso flavors assert themselves. Leaves a malty aftertaste, almost like melted dark chocolate. There is a definite warming from the alcohol towards the end as well. This beer is not a smooth stout, its got more than a little bite to it as well.

Extremely tasty, and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 03:48:36 | More by jackndan
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,118 ratings.