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

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5,282 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,282
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 448
Gots: 1,288 | FT: 93
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of confer
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours as black as motor oil with a half-finger tan head that never leaves.
The really isn't much aroma, which is a little surprising.
This bottle I had must have been a young one. It was very bitter and the start but ended with a deep coffee taste that hung around for a long time.
Thick and creamy which i did expect.
The other bottle is going into the basement for at least a year.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of silver0rlead
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with no light shining through, and a good size tan colored head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is rich dark chocolate, gourmet coffee, cream and alcohol. This beer is extremely rich and viscous. Taste is dark belgian chocolate, coffee, blackstrap molasses, and an earthy hops flavor at the end. The beer finishes with a dry, roasted bitterness that perfectly compliments the sweetness in the middle of the beer. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms and is strong but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth which increases the drinkability of such a strong beer. A really tasty and excellent stout from Bell's, lives up to the hype in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of errantnight
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first Russian Imperial Stout to really blow me away... (not at the time of this review, but ever... I first experienced this beer over a year ago, and it's stuck with me... this bottle was picked up a couple months ago when I was in Iowa)

Pours like motor oil, with a gorgeous deep brown head. The lacing and head are definitely on the thin side, but it sticks around as well as any. It just looks fantastic.

The aroma and taste are definitely dominated more by raisins, prunes, and coffee. The chocolate/mocha notes are present but subdued, and particularly towards room temperature rich, french pressed coffee and a rich sweetness providing great balance. A dessert, for sure. Aroma could be more intense, but it hands in there nicely. A delightful sipper.

So rich and thick that it doesn't go down as nicely as Stone's, or Smutty's (two of my favorites), but I love this beer, and I pick up a few every time I'm in the midwest. Even at 12 oz I like this best as a beer to share at the end of an evening, best with a little bit of chocolate.

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3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- About a 1/4-1/2" mocha head on a pitch black body. When pouring it looks like black ink.
S- Big roasted malts, maple syrup, toffee, black currants, hints of coffee, brownies, alcohol, and just a tiny hint of grass hops.
T- Alcohol, light syrup, brownies, burnt malts...lots of them, black currants, and a really dry medium bitterness on tongue. It is mostly made up of burnt malts and different roasted flavors. Alcohol comes in after tickling the tongue and warms up back of throat and makes it quite hot.
M- Really dry finish! Full body with low carbonation.
D- It is alright. I think it focuses to much on just the different burnt flavors for my liking. I can drink it but I doubt I will be searching for it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/28/12.

Appearance: Pours out pretty near pitch black and fairly viscous looking. About 1" of dark tan head forms, which has good retention and lacing. Good looking stout.

Smell: Bitter roasted malts and dark chocolate sweetness are the primary scents I get off of this beer. I might get a light hint of vanilla sweetness as well. Good; not overly complex, but good. A classic stout smell.

Taste: Roasted malts, sweet dark chocolate, hints of black licorice and vanilla. A bit more complex than the nose but about at the same overall quality.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium to full bodied with appropriate, low carbonation. Very good. Overall, a very solid stout. Nice flavors and good balance of bitter and sweet.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an aged bottle. About 2 years old. I've had it before but never reviewed it. Pulled from my cellar.

Appearance isn't much. Had to force a head as it was pouring out flat and like motor oil. A film stayed though after I poured it hard. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is weird. Lots of roastyness like a stout should be but there is a hint of either soy sauce or BBQ sauce. Not a ton of aroma either.

Taste is very roasty. Like a double roasty Old Rasputen. A little too roasty. A little bit of rasen and toasted sugar.

Mouthfeel is low on carb. Makes the beer too viscus.

Overall it's a little heavy and it's an ok beer. I would have it again but I don't think it's top 100 worthy

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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

A- This beer poured very very thick, almost like motor oil. The black liquid awaits below a half a finger tan head. The head is fluffy and dense.

S- Dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and coffee are smells that seem to emanate from the glass.

T- There is a great sweet chocolate taste, very smooth and creamy. This beer is very dry and has the taste of being wood aged. Its almost like sucking this through a wooden straw. The roasted flavor accents the chocolate and vanilla flavors. Hops are there, but they aren't the star of the show.

M- This is a thick beer, and I like that a lot.

D- Easy to drink, nice and smooth with great complexity.

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,282 ratings.