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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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5,368 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,368
Reviews: 1,996
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,329 | FT: 99
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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Ratings: 5,368 | Reviews: 1,996
Photo of TheWiredDJ
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a thick black body with hints of reddish chocolate. The one finger head was a dark bakers chocolate with varied sided bubbles. The head did not linger long but it did leave a ring around the collar. There was a dense lacing that became spotty over time.

S: It had the full aroma of roasted malts, dark bakers chocolate and hints of coffee. There are ripe dark fruit flavors as well as charred brown sugar.

T: The chocolate flavors dominate. It has the taste of milk and bitter chocolates complemented by ripe dark fruits (figs, plums). As the beer rests on the tongue there is a bitter bite and some light coffee flavors.

M: It is creamy and full-bodied with a rich sweet front and biting bitter back. It finishes arm and clean with some minor sweet and sour aftertaste.

D: This is an enjoyable RIS with decent balance and excellent richness. It is too heavy and has too high an ABV to be a session brew but it is an excellent beer for a cold winter night.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black, thick beer. Looks almost as if you can cut the beer with a knife. It has a milk chocolate colored head that starts small and builds to a billowy one inch pillow. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Smells like warmed dark malts, a little chocolate, dried cherries, currants and some love by the brewers at Bell's.

Taste is nothing short of exceptional. It has a silky mouthfeel that coats your tongue with flavor. There is a little of everything in this beer and the flavor are so well balanced they don't fight. It starts out with some sweet dark malts followed by dark fruits and mild hops. There is a nice chocolate after taste that lasts through the warmth from the higher ABV. Spectacular.

I've read some of the earlier reviews of this beer and I have to give credit to Bell's. If the old batches were poor they definitely got their act together for this one. The 2007-08 batch is world class.

Photo of MNPikey
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.42/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of -NESTO-
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of droomyster
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with a rich, frumpy brown head. Smells are remarkably toasty (rather than roasty) with a dark chocolate aroma as well. The taste, on the other hand, is very roasty indeed. Big flavors of dark and burnt chocolate, with some sweet phenolic action going on. My favorite Bell's beer. Very good stuff.

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.

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

darrrrk. nothing but blackness. no light will pass through this one. well done. thick head with amazing retention and big big lace. smells of chocolate, coffee, and roast. nose is not incredibly strong, but the taste is wonderful. full full body with hints of unsweetened chocolate, coffee, burnt toffee, caramel, and some hops. minimal bitterness/burn from the alcohol, roasted malt and hops. what a great beer!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ahommell
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black with a thin chocolate head that disappears fairly quickly. No light coming from this big beer. The smell is not as strong as the taste, but you get chocolate, coffee and a little hops which increase as this one warms up. The taste is great- chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, hops all make their appearance known. Definite alcohol burn on the aftertaste, but it's a 10.5% beer, so I don't hold that against it. Still, I've had beers in this style w/ this ABV that hide their alcohol a little better. Really get a bitter coffee in the aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is smooth, but there's an edge to it as well.. Drinkibility is good, might be a little better if the alcohol was better masked. All in all though, this is a great beer. I keep thinking I'll age some, but they never make it very long in my fridge.... Cheers!

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

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