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

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4,913 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,913
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 418
Gots: 1,100 | FT: 77
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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Photo of happygnome
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a jet black non transparent color with about a half inch of tan head that disappears quickly leaving a lot of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass and middle of the beer. The beer is too dark to see if there is any carbonation rising to the top

s: Rich sweet dark fruits, a hint of a fine whiskey, roasted chocolate. The nose is balanced slightly with a hint of hops

t: roasted coffee and chocolate flavors, alcohol is present in the taste. There is a little hop bitterness to balance. the booze is present in the taste but not as much as the 10+% would lead you to think

m: full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i am glad to have tried this

happygnome, May 26, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Stone IRS tulip/snifter.

A: Black as night, 2 fingers of dark khaki head with sticky lace.

S: Coffee beans, anise, and nuttiness.

T: Bitter dark fruits, coffee, strong cocoa, and licorice.

M: Thick and sticky. It makes it considerably less drinkable.

O: This has very boisterous flavors and is one of the only non-sweet Imperial Russian Stouts I've had.

bucklemyshoe, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Stoutfan23DJ, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of MCain04
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4 month old bottle poured into a 13 oz snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Pours out a 1-2 finger dark tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted dark malts with some booze. This promises to be warming and filling.

Taste: Extremely roasty up front, with chocolate, a little bitter coffee. Pretty hoppy... not sure how I feel about the citrus, tart, acidic, sour notes. Pretty dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Smooth, full body. Decently chewy. Was honestly expecting it to be boozier, this one is pretty drinkable.

Overall: A decent stout. I have another one of these with a year on it, and will put down one of this year's for a little while to see how 1, 2, 3 yrs taste with this. For $3, this tastes pretty good. For the same price though, get a founders imperial stout, you'll be happier.

MCain04, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of perrymarcus
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
thanks to abanton for the opportunity.

pours a deep chestnut / mahogany, sits a jet black tone... yields a 1/2" mocha head that lapses fairly quickly into a collar around the glass; some lacing evident.

nose offers a nice potpourri of a lot of the usual suspects: roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, with secondary notes of vanilla and some dark fruit elements.

more of the same carry pull through in the flavor. lots of roastiness, chocolate and coffee with distinct cherry / fig notes, vanilla and a touch of molasses. some booze, notably in the finish. chewy, full bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall an excellent RIS, packed with flavor and very tasty.

perrymarcus, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Brewski
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Brewski, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of cmwilliq
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

cmwilliq, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of theboozecruise
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark like motor oil. Not much head but what little there was retained well.

S - chocolatey and rich. Caramel and toffee notes. Phenomenal.

T - rich as well and boozy. Caramel again, burnt chocolate notes and a little coffee bean bitterness at the end.

M - thick, creamy, boozy. Man, still really blown away.

D - the alcohol makes it tough to drink a lot but I'd still live another.

theboozecruise, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of griffeyb
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkipple for the half bottle.

A- Black as used oil, a finger of tan head that lasts as a single layer forever.

S- Rich molasses, toffee, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and a good hop balance.

T- Molasses again, tons of burnt grain and chocolate - the burnt grain lends a strong bitterness that lingers in the finish along with the sweet malt. Hop balance is there too, but there are more acrid, burnt notes than hoppy.

M- Chewy, silky, rich, heavy, medium-high carbonation, and a dry, almost puckering finish.

D- I'd have one once a week if I could.

khiasmus, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

sonofliberty2, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

heysuz, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

s1ckboy, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of HopsMatt
5/5  rDev +17.9%

HopsMatt, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of MichPaul
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer before, and just now having another one. What a great Stout! Big taste and keeps up with all the other Michigan Stouts as far as I'm concerned.
This beer pours nice thick and black with quite a thin head.
Not much of an aroma to speak of, but this seems quite common with stouts.
As I said earlier, what a big taste! Very strong and complex, with a medium to strong bitterness.
Overall, I LOVE this stout. This has a nice kick with a 10.5% ABV. If you like the thick, strong, complex type of stouts, you gotta search this out. I know I will be buying this every year it comes out.

MichPaul, May 13, 2012
Photo of Abbbp
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Abbbp, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of cowboy83
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

cowboy83, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of jshusc
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jshusc, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of kguard
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

kguard, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Guitars_and_beer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Guitars_and_beer, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a sinister,opaque black with a 1/2 inch of lasting,mocha head that dwindled slowly leaving a nice film of lacing.

S-Rich,dark roast coffee,dark toast and bittersweet

T-Refined coffee,scalded milk,lightly charred malts
and creamy chocolate.

M-Creamy,full bodied and smooth.No hint of ABV at all.Really nicely done.

O-A readily available and high quality stout.

StlHopHead77, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Tracker83, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ToddThompson
4/5  rDev -5.7%

ToddThompson, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Lothore
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep black with a small dark brown head which fades quickly.

S- Smell is sweet, notes of caramel, toffee and coffee.

T- Taste is deep coffee, lingering sweet caramel, dark fruits, very intense with some alcohol warming at the end. Doesn't sit well on my palate, just not the kind of RIS I enjoy.

M- Thick as motor oil with decent carbonation.

D- I choked this one down. I could see how other people would think this one is good because of its complexity but I just could not get myself to like it.

Lothore, Feb 24, 2008
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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