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

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Ratings: 5,293
Reviews: 1,979
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,290 | FT: 93
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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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Wetpaperbag
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.

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

A- Pours essentially black and thick. Small, chocolatey brown head that is gone quickly with good lacing.

S- Main scents are a sweet, black licorice type smell with dark roasts underneath. Maybe slight hints of anise. Definitely some dark chocolate notes.

T- Not as sweet as the smell, with very deep roasts. Almost has a burnt toast taste. Coffee and chocolate notes are present. Deep malt character.

M- Thick and creamy with little carbonation. Slight alcohol heat is present towards the end of the drink. Weight compliments flavor profile.

Overall, not a great, but a very good stout. Slightly deeper than most with burnt malts. A very solid brew.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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

This poured to a deep and heavy black with only minor head and lace.

The smell is great. Roasted malt, chocolate, and a touch of coffee come through strong, while a touch of esters and molasses can be found too. The taste is also powerful. Dark malts dominate up front. Chocolate and coffee come back, then hops take over the finish. The mouthfeel is full and pleasing. Drinkability is very good for the alcohol content.

This is a very good beer.

Photo of gmfessen
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, beer is so dark, light cannot penetrate it. There is almost no head and the beer is very heavy. The smell is wonderful, of intense/complex chocolate malts with hints of caramel. The taste is just as complex, with an alcohol bite at the end, but not too bad considering the 11.5%. Almost no hop taste is apparent, covered completely by the roasted chocolate malt taste. The mouthfeel is dense and smooth, a very thick beer with little carbonation. This beer would be best served as a nightcap, served in a snifter - to be smelled, enjoyed and sipped, not drank in mass quantity.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

No head, opaque brown, brown highlights.

Tart coffee, some booze and wood on the nose. A bit of smoke.

Actually quite of bit of smoke and a trace of bacon at the beginning. Bitter hops and wood. Even after being laid down a year, still quite sharp.

Thinnish, fine, but relatively bright carbonation.

I expected the hop character to mellow after a year. but no such luck. It's good, but not for the price point.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -41%

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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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%

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 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%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/22/13.

Appearance: Pours jet black, as expected with a small khaki head that collars quickly.

Smell: Cocoa, graham cracker, roasted malt, dark fruit and some booze heat. Kind of reminds me of Marshal Zhukov's aroma, in that the aroma is nice, but not overwhelming.

Taste: Begins with rich dark chocolate paired with an element of soft cocoa. Middle of the mouth is hop bitterness with nice roast. Finishes pretty bitter with detectable but not by any means overwhelming heat.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, velvety, silky. Very full feel, though not in the realm of Hunahpu viscosity.

Overall: I can see the influence this has on Black Note and am glad I finally got to try it. Can definitely see this getting amazing with age as the bitterness subsides, but it's still not bad at all in its current state.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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