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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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Ratings: 4,404
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 940 | FT: 76
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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Photo of beerphan


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

12oz bottle
batch# 7740
packaged 12/19/2006 according to http://www.bellsbeer.com/

Pours black with a full 2inch dark tan head that calmly settles to a thick blanket, then a small film. Lacing is minimal.

Nose: Roasted chocolate malts, some mild dark fruit, a tad bit of sour apple, and some piney hops. Alcohol becomes present with some time.

Taste: Roasted dark malts gives chocolate, plum, and coffee. Finishes with a stiff drying bitterness that balances the complex roasted flavors well. Flavors seem a little more sharp, than the mellow balance i got from the tap this afternoon at Vintage Beer and Wine in Boardman, OH.

Mouth is thick and chewy.

An imperial stout that could be sipped delicately during long winter sessions. The 11.5% is well hidden and packs a wallop.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 19:59:17 | More by beerphan
Photo of ne0m00re


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

10/13/10- Had a 12 oz bottle of this (Batch 9971).
A: Jet black with a nice caramel one-finger slow head that dies to a collar.
S: Caramel mocha, oatmeal barrel, whiskey alcohol.
T: Caramel, roast, chocolate, banana, raspberries, lingering burnt character.
M: Thicker, but nicely frothy.
D: Really good. I'd have a pint or two.

I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 20:54:43 | More by ne0m00re
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-04-2011 00:24:53 | More by pavpav12
Photo of divineaudio


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. batch 9554 - bottled on jan 27 2010.

color is an opaque dark brown, like used motor oil. forms a thin cap worth of dark brown head that gives me almost no lacing.

smells strongly of raisin and molasses. a little roasted malt comes through as does a slightly medicinal alcohol presence. taste follows with big burnt malt character, tobacco espresso, a little vanilla and a noticeable alcohol presence. bitterness hangs on the back of the tongue for quite a while. flavor wise this is much darker and more bitter than many of other ris i have tried.

mouthfeel is on the heavier side with a pleasing co2 profile.

pretty drinkable for being so strong and rich, but i doubt anyone could have more than 2 of these in a sitting. not my favorite ris, but it fits the style and i would certainly buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 06:11:51 | More by divineaudio
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-16-2013 00:49:29 | More by kguard
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

04-13-2014 18:50:52 | More by Beestin
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-06-2013 03:42:40 | More by aflies
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Darkness snifter.

Bottle Date: 9/13/2010

A- Dark motor oil color, nice lacing, ½ finger mocha head dissipates quickly, to a thin ring around the glass, slight carbonation
S- Dark fruits (plums, raisins, cherries) caramel, roasted malts, slight coffee in the background.
T- Sweet and bitter, warming, dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla, slight soy sauce but does not take away from the taste, roasted coffee notes as well.
M- Medium to big mouth feel, sticky, crisp, slight mouthfeel.
O- I’ve heard mixed reviews about this beer, so I was not sure what to expect coming into this. I would have to say that I really enjoyed this brew, very good stout, big warming beer, with complex flavors, really easy drinkability, the abv is well hidden, although the carbonation was not there it did not take away from the beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 06:28:43 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Maudite Tulip glass... a thick brown three-finger head floats upon one of the darkest black beers I've ever seen. No light at all!!! Head lasts forever and leaves sticky tan goodness all over!

S- Dark Chocolate, black coffee, roasted nuts, sweet dried fruit, hints of smoke and charcol. Really heady... caramel sweetness.

T- Dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, roasted pecans... sweet and syrupy, but with a nice dry hop bite! WOW!!!

M- So thick!!! Just sticks to every part of your mouth! Like drinking a chocolate shake!

D- One and done on this fantastic brew! I could have one everyday, but then move on to something a bit less thick and hearty! It's a sipper for sure... I am in love!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 22:35:32 | More by Thickfreakness
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black and opaque. I could only squeeze out a quarter inch of tan head that took a few seconds to appear and stuck around for a while. Sheets of lace spotted the glass.

S - Roasted notes and bittersweet chocolate are first apparent. They are quickly backed up by espresso and a sweet aroma that reminds me of maple syrup.

T - Bitter roasted flavors abound. Followed by chocoloate, coffee, cherries, and burnt caramel. All this is tied together with a warm alcohol flavor. Balance is very good considering all the strong flavors that are present.

M - Full bodied. Bitter. Carbonation is at a level that I like for this strong of a beer.

D - Drinkability is high. I would highly rocommend this beer to anyone looking for a big bold stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 03:11:20 | More by csmiley
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4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all... WOW!!! This beer is a thing of beauty indeed! This beer pours THICK AND BLACK with a solid, creamy, 1 1/2 finger espresso crema colored head that has excellent retention and lacing.
S-Right off the bat, chocolate notes along with toffee and warm alcohol fill the nose. After the beer warms a little and a swirl in the glass, sweet burnt caramel notes become quite pungent. Also, way in the back are licorice notes. The nose is quite comples indeed.
T-In the flavor, bittersweet chocolate is the main player here. The burnt caramel comes through as well. After searching for more complexity, I found there is a huge roastiness in the flavor of this beautiful stout. The warming alcohol also translates into the flavor.
M-Of course this beer has a huge, thick, creamy body. The finish is extremely long with bittersweet chocolate burnt caramel lingering on my palate.
O-Overall, I am very thrill to have tried this beer, happy I picked it up when I was in Ohio. I had a couple of beers from Bell's Brewing Company and I am thoroughly impressed with their brewing skills.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:03:57 | More by hoplover82
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 12:25:19 | More by gopens44
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-15-2013 00:00:47 | More by jman005
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-28-2013 22:55:52 | More by Dcunicelli
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-06-2014 02:00:34 | More by ArtZan
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body. A one finger dark chocolate head that reduced really quickly. Good looking brew.

Overall sweet aroma. Lots of sweet dark fruits including raisins and currants. Some light chocolate comes through as well. Flavor is loaded with dark toasted malts followed by a sweet caramel body. The alcohol presents an overall sweetness adding possibly a touch of vanilla. Alcohol isn't really overwhelming, definately blended with the flavor in a tasty fashion.

Mouthfeel is oily and creamy on the tongue. Coats well and lingers for quite a while. Dangerously drinkable. Probably one of the most drinkable brews I"ve had with this much alcohol.

Overall a nicely crafted brew. Definately a sipper.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for the opportunity...

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 04:10:41 | More by blitz134
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-05-2014 20:21:15 | More by Pete27lax
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-23-2013 18:30:31 | More by ChicagoNick
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-05-2011 11:00:58 | More by bespin15
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-22-2013 02:00:37 | More by ackeeper
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-13-2013 21:20:13 | More by wmobley
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-22-2011 06:55:09 | More by bob727
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint before Dave Boston's tragedy of losing a whopping 4 gallons from an exploded bung on the cask.

A-poured thick as motor oil and frothy as all get out. A Coffee black/brown frothy head that lingered like an uninvited guest that just won't leave. It seemed like hours and was at least a full 20 min before the head died down sufficiently. The tension mounted as the head retained.

S-Slight rasin, plum, Chocolate, coffee, cream? must be lactose sugars

T-A little sweet, frothy from the force carbonation of the cask. Chocolate malt, Black Patent, non-malted barley, hints of smoke. finish thick and sweet but still black like my lungs back when I smoked clove cigarettes. Sticky on the lips like back when I smoked them as well. Alcohol creeps up and quick. I'm wondering if it's the same percentage it has always been, but 11.5 isn't shabby by a long shot. Oh, hoppiness comes out in the finish as well.

M-Thick like a mouthfull of blood after getting hit with a baseball bat. I'm a little morbid today, let's go closer to thick like eggnog, with almost as much creaminess. I'm glad I had water nearby as well to balance it out so I could drink it all and soak it in over the duration. Slight drying finish.

D-This is by far the best cask conditioned beer I have ever had. I could have drank this all night but only dealt with one due to the tasting after. I regret that I have but one palate to blow away for my community.

These are the stouts that myths are made of.

Serving type: cask

04-21-2007 04:58:29 | More by blakesell
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,404 ratings.