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

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5,050 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,050
Reviews: 1,928
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 425
Gots: 1,152 | FT: 78
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002)
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally rated on 4 October 2002. thick, rich, chocolatey, nice malt aroma. Has hints of soy sauce & malt. A big beer, w/ the alcohol well hidden. The malt & hops are well balanced. This is not your beginner's Imperial Stout. This is one of the top Imperials available.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with the barest glints of ruby highlights in the lower portions of the glass. A small but creamy mocha colored head with a touch of redness rises slowly from the depths of the glass then rescinds at the same pace.
The nose is deep and distinct without being overly complex. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and cherries with some citrus hops in the background.
Whew doggies! One sip is all it takes to get excited about this one. It is so full, smooth, and creamy but with enough carbonation to liken it perfectly to a milkshake. Tastes of creamy caramel, smooth dark chocolate, sweet cherries, and a lightly bitter mocha / roasted espresso finish that lingers along with some citric hops.
This one is really good. And ranks up close to Old Rasputin and Blackout Stout for me. I hear this one ages well, but I may have trouble waiting on the other five.

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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dark with one of the darkest heads I've ever seen on a beer...it was almost brown. However, it's one of the thinnest heads I've seen on a stout and the retention is not all that great.

The smell took me aback as it smelled like a Belgian triple at first more than a stout, but the usual cast of characters are hiding in the back. Super malty with raisins in the forefront with coffee bitterness and chocolate behind and a touch of bourbon...okay more than a touch...a bit more.

It tastes more like a stout than a Belgian double though and that makes me smile. The coffee comes to the front and a chalky chocolate follows it, adding to a standard RIP mouthfeel. The alcohol does make an appearance in the finish supplying bourbon-like notes. The raisins detected in the nose are gone. Very yummy!

If you're used to drinking RIPs, you'll love this example once you start to drink it. There's nothing special to make it stand out, but it is a solid effort

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4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, batch 9971, bottled September 13, 2010. So, clocking in at about 2.5 years old

A - pitch black, pour produces about 1.5 inches of toffee colored foam. Dissipates pretty quickly, leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides.

S - wow. Molasses, vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate. One of the best smelling stouts I've had. Beats out a lot of the BA stouts. Killer.

T - doesn't let me down after the nose. Molasses again, big time. Vanilla. Milk chocolate. There is just the right amount of bitter chocolate at the end. TASTY.

M - creamy, thicker side of medium feel, lower carbonation. Really nice.

O - I have to say, I'm surprised at how good this is. I've never had it fresh, but I can't imagine that this hasn't gotten better with age. I've got another 2010 that I'll sit on for just a bit longer just to see what happens. Bells killed this one.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served in small goblet that seems to immediately turn to stone after it reached the rim. I felt bad for the bartender, it was just his second day. Heck, I felt bad for myself. Having to go through that torture, I asked for a couple samples alongside, just to pass the time.

After watching the game for an inning & a half, I made the decision to ask for a knife & fork. That thing would of easily lasted till the weekend had I not intervened. :P

Ovaltine. It looks like Ovaltine. Rich, frothy, chocolate head that just wouldn't quit. The body wasn't black, but close.

Strong scents of burnt sugar, whole milk, rum cake, tapoica, & mesquite.

My God, this is Ovaltine! Just so insanely rich & frothy. Creaminess only found in the most fattening of milk shakes. I realize the misguided impressions of nitro, but still, what a joyous invention.

I don't particularly like coffee, so enjoying this beer is even more of a surprise. None of that stale, over-roasted crap(burnt), but genuinely fresh, intense, aromatic, & just plain tasty java. When added in to all this caramel & whole milk I taste, it's just beautiful. As a bonus, the dryness beats back the now subtle bitterness into a corner that's just barely within reach. Any alcohol that was overly obvious has also been beaten back. Oppression at its finest. :)

One is perfect for me, thank you. :)

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 5,050 ratings.