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

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5,201 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,201
Reviews: 1,958
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 436
Gots: 1,232 | FT: 85
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -41%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of acrawf6
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black with a nice dark tan head that sticks around for quite a while and has nice lacing.

Smell. I'm getting a bit of a mocha like coffee bean aroma with a touch of vanilla bean. Heavy burnt malt aroma that gives it a smooth licorice bit to it.

Taste. Has a bold and potent flavor, but is still on the smoother side. A bit of an espresso flavor comes out nicely as does the bitterness. There is an alcoholic bite to it that is a little spicy to my tongue and warming, but is not all that out of hand. Has just a small fruity bit to it too; cherries is what i get. Aftertaste has a little smoky flavor to it that i did not get in the aroma or initial taste, with a little cocoa.

Mouthfeel. Body is full, but as it warms it seems to get a little bit of a slickness to it. Has a nice balance as I can certainly taste the malts and hops and the flavors go together nicely. Carbonation is at a proper level.

Overall, a real nice RIS that i am glad to try. I like the the potent flavors on both sides and how its balanced so well. It's not one i would say i must have again, but would be happy if that happens.

Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of -NESTO-
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of sjrodriguez
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of hoppymeal
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with minimal reddish brown head that fades quickly. Very big, rich aroma is comprised of smoky and peaty smells with roasted malts, and a vinuous and big bourbony booziness. Taste reveals rich sugary malts, a hint of chocolate liqueur, quite sugary as it rolls on the tongue with some cola like flavor as well. A pleasant warming alcohol bite finishes the taste and there is a slightly drying aftertaste of roasted and smoky flavors. Nice big and chewy mouthfeel, a very rich and enjoyable ris. From batch 7205 at cellar temp.

Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First snow of 2008 in NY, time for some stout!
Bell's Expedition pours out a rich black espresso color. Very nice deep brown head, little bit of carbonation, leaving a slight ring of tan head around the rim of my glass. Looks very drinkable.
Smells of bitter espressos,overall Argmanac-soaked prune alcoholic bite,musty leather,tabacco, molasses raisins, port wine, figs, rum-spiked coffees with bitter chocolates. The nose is quite alcoholic,but offers a wide array of fruity spiciness that really is interesting.
Taste is very rendolent of the nose. Bitter espresso, followed by rummy roasted malty fullness. Coffee, peppery spices, cocoa, jammy fruits, tobacco. The thickness of the mouthfeel is pleasant, as the alcoholic finish cuts through the richness, leading to a nicely balanced RIS. I would like to cellar a bottle of this for a year or so, to smooth out all rough edges. Thank you to Duffman for this bonus gift!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Skidz
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just received via BIF 14. This is my second beer of the eight received. Mad props to Signor CRJMellor for his excellent trade opinions. Presentation was a bottle matching the photo. No freshness or bottling date was evident.

This is the deepest, darkest blackness that I’ve seen for some time. Appears to have an oily, thick goodness and it is completely opaque. Only loses points for the lack of carbonation. Initial pour was tepid, with no head. I held back, since my last few stouts were the “Love Stout,” with its heavy fizziness. Dumped the rest in, the forceful pour left a quarter inched, small bubbled, dark brown head that left quickly. No carbonation or lacing to speak of.

Slightly burnt caramel and roasted coffee aromas.
A very diverse mixture of flavors is available. There are some darker roasted malts, with both chocolate and espresso evident. Hops dance around on the finish.
ABV warmness creeps in after a nice creamy bodied beverage. Leaves your mouth warm, dry, and slightly acidic. Has the same slight flatness that I recently experienced with the Czar.

Photo of atigerlife
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Small dark brown head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of soy sauce, dark chocolate and burnt dark malts.

Taste of dark malts. Soy sauce. Stewed plum, dark chocolates. Lots of flavors all melded together. As it warms, more comes out....Smokey, hops, coffee.

Mouthfeel is heavy, lightly dry at end. Cleansing.

Overall, wow! Very impressive. Nice sipper. Extremely well made.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,201 ratings.