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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,462 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,462
Reviews: 1,875
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 381
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.

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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-25-2013 20:45:45 | More by DerekQXQX
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BierReise

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Without question one of the finest stouts I've ever had the privelage to know. Outstanding aroma, sweet roasted malt with coffee overtones that remind me of Kahluha. Also reminds me of the very first Mackeson XXX I had some 10 years ago. Smooth full body and very drinkable. Seems to be at its best after sitting a little while and warms up. This is a Stout lovers wet dream!!

06-18-2003 15:52:38 | More by BierReise
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a viscous, opaque black with a long-lasting, creamy brown head. Chocolately, roasted aroma. Big chocolate and bitter coffee in the rich, burnt palate. Dark fruit and a fairly intense malt sweetness make their way through as well. Intense coffee and burnt grain in the robust finish.

I’ve heard good things about this one and I would say it lives up to the hype. It’s rich and complex with a nice balance between the rich malt sweetness and bitter, burnt flavors. Highly recommended.

01-28-2007 23:56:46 | More by arguemaniac
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JRBecks

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-05-2012 19:55:52 | More by JRBecks
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TheSamKuehn

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-26-2013 04:06:06 | More by TheSamKuehn
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djgustafson

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-24-2014 02:16:29 | More by djgustafson
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leprakhan

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-17-2013 07:05:32 | More by leprakhan
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%

A: Pours dark brown, opaque with less than a finger of dark brown head which dissipates quickly.

S: Smells most clearly of chocolate initially, more coffee comes through as it warms.

T: Chocolate and coffee stand out in taste; both are balanced well. A bit of a caramel flavor, and easily noticeable bitterness from hops; pleasant bittersweet finish. Only complaint is that it may be a bit too sweet for my tastes.

M: Soft carbonation; thick, oily body.

D: Moderately drinkable; the sweetness begins to overwhelm me near the end of the glass. Though I enjoyed it, it was best early on and I don't think I would have a second immediately.

12-25-2010 02:55:52 | More by AwYeh
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devilfluff

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-02-2014 22:39:45 | More by devilfluff
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-16-2011 19:26:42 | More by Kaydogg
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-04-2012 03:52:01 | More by WoodburyMN
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-19-2013 22:48:03 | More by maDUECEgunner
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Looking up the production code on Bell's website shows that it was bottled on 02/01/07. Leaves a one finger espresso-foam colored head that has good retention and leaves good lacing. Body is black. Excellent looking ale.

Smell - roasted malt, toffee, coffee, chocolate, and cherries. Mouthwatering.

Taste - same as the smell promises, all washed down with some medicinal alcohol. Very hearty and delicious.

Mouthfeel - full, chewy, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good. Only high abv holds down sessionability.

06-04-2007 13:18:55 | More by ultralarry2006
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-08-2012 21:40:30 | More by rpstevens
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HopBrain

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-13-2013 01:15:27 | More by HopBrain
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Theniz

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-26-2013 05:24:04 | More by Theniz
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-26-2014 15:53:21 | More by mythaeus
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Legendary stout, my first taste of it. Beautiful appearance, total pitch midnight in a glass topped with creamy mocha head, rocky with lacing to boot. Smell is good, but doesn't leap out like expected. Still, nice sublime chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is intense. Very bitter, but rich with coffee, chocolate, wood, and spice. As it warms, green pepper and green olive notes reveal themselves. Mouthfeel is amazing, hefty yet with a lift that elevates this to the exceptional. Drinkable, not easygoing, but you would certainly like another.

11-20-2007 05:17:52 | More by sacrelicio
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

A- Poured into the glass with a substantial medium-brown foamy head, which left little traces of lacing, over a completely opaque jet-black body. The head is reasonably retained. No visible carbonation; although any carbonation present could be easily hidden by the opacity of the brew.

S- The aroma is comprised of stewed and roasted malts; very malt-forward... with a light & zesty hop aroma, reminiscent of citrus zest. No esters- simple and elegant.

T- An exceptionally bold flavor. The roasted malt peeks though- intensely roasty- and then the hops kick-in with a piney intense bitterness that lingers on the tongue substantially after each sip. There's also a little bit of booziness that hits you partway through as well. While it's bold and dynamic, it's almost overboard...

M- A full chewy body, with texture presumed to be from unattenuated sugar. Very soft carbonation and a moderate astringency. Just a touch of heat from the EtOH. Stellar mouthfeel.

D- Drinkability is hindered by the high alcohol content, and further inhibited by the over-the-top roasty and hop flavors. One 12oz. bottle is enough for me in one sitting...

08-07-2010 16:06:48 | More by jgasparine
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Jd2391

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-18-2013 18:26:08 | More by Jd2391
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-NESTO-

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-02-2014 16:11:01 | More by -NESTO-
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -9%

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Batch 8864, packaged on December 4, 2008.

A: Blacker than black with a smaller-than-expected head that quickly dissipates. Lots of lacing.

S: Alcohol, roastiness, a bit of chocolate, something between licorice and soy sauce.

T: Roasted malts with hints of licorice. As the beer warms up, chocolate notes start to show up. Finishes with huge hop bitterness. Pretty big alcohol burn.

M: Thick, almost viscous. The hops dry the mouth out in a hurry.

D: A solid sipping RIS.

03-20-2009 02:12:23 | More by BarrelO
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Randomly decided to grab a bottle of Expedition Stout from the cellar...probably because I wanted to make brownies with it. Regardless, this bottle is from batch 8728 (Sept. 08) and has been poured into a snifter.

This beer is black. Like, Kueth Duany black. Or Charlie Murphy Darkness black...you get the point. So black, you think it could possibly be a really dark blue. About a finger of rich, chocolate mousse foam absolutely will not go away, and the walls of the glass are completely coated. Hard to imagine a better-looking stout.

Big, rich chocolate nose. Dark and milk chocolates, with plenty of roasted barley. It's got a great balance between bitter/sweet chocolate and bitter, smoky, coffee-like roast. I can't decide if I'm actually smelling licorice, or if I've just associated it with this beer via Kalamazoo Stout. The nose is big, it's robust, it's not really alcoholic at all (BIG bonus, can't wait to see what more time does)...It's definitely mellowed down and has become a bit sweeter, and more subtle/complex.

Bell's Expedition Stout is pretty much everything I want my imperial stouts to taste like. Big chocolate sweetness, balancing roast and bitter hops in the finish...just a HUGE flavor.

The only thing bigger than the flavor is the texture. This beer may have the absolute best texture of any beer I've had. Deliciously rich and very, very chewy. And, again, after a little over a year and a half, the alcohol isn't nearly at noticeable as, say, Stone IRS. Perfect carbonation. Never-ending finish. Unbeatable.

I thought Expedition Stout was actually pretty drinkable fresh. With 21 months on it, it's hard to keep it in the glass. Really, really tasty stuff. Can't wait to put some more years on my remaining bottles.

03-24-2009 05:34:07 | More by Gyle41386
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Pete27lax

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-05-2014 20:21:15 | More by Pete27lax
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gopens44

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

OK, I have no idea how long this bottle had been at my house. It went from cellar to fridge about 2 months ago (planned on drinking it, but forgot to...) and I reckon I bought it 3 - 4 months ago. I even forgot to check the date. I'd assume this was a 2010 release though. Sorry for sketchy vintage notes!

A - Poured all sorts of black. I didn't see much head happening so I began pouring this with some vigor. Still didn't see much. I turned away for a moment while it was settling only to return to a dark brown head explosion flowing out of the snifter onto my counter top. So let's just say it eventually developed a monster foam head....

S - I let this warm up pretty well in order to get some decent aroma. What I found was a pretty run of the mill RIS signature, holding coffee and chocolate

T - This is where I was blown away. Deep, rich bitter chocolate flavor with coffee in there as well. Very well masked alcohol (couldn't detect any at all in the taste actually). I can compare the depth of flavor to the depth of color in barrel dyed leather. No matter how far you try and sift through this to find a point where the flavor drops off, it simply doesn't happen. At no point throughout this wonderful thing did it ever waiver from the richness that I initially tasted, and in fact, it just grew more tasty throughout.

M - Very viscous, almost chewy. Silky and creamy. There was certainly some alcohol warmth in the back of the throat as well. Full bodied with very little carbonation on the tongue. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

O - To say I was "wowed" by this is a gross understatement. I'm sad that I hadn't discovered this sooner, but now I know!

04-01-2011 12:25:19 | More by gopens44
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,462 ratings.