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

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BA SCORE
94
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4,454 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,454
Reviews: 1,875
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 382
Gots: 947 | 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.

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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ommegang tall snifter. Pours a dark, thick black with little initial head. As the pour taps off, the head grows big, light brown with great sticky frothy lacing.

Aroma is fairly light with lots of bitter notes. Roasted coffee...but a slight ash-tray smell...weird.

Very thick creamy taste. Pleasant flavor...bitter-sweet chocolates, dark roasted coffee. Great warming sensation down the throat. Wow, after smelling this beer, I espected a bad stout. Flavor is actually very good! Full body. Drinkability down due to thickness...but a must try!

01-06-2010 02:33:29 | More by ShadesOfGray
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AlMarzo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-05-2014 00:02:49 | More by AlMarzo
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-06-2013 00:33:13 | More by Hopmarc
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

6 1/2 years after I received 2 bottles from mlh1227 - I cracked the second one.

Holy hell...this is still delicious. Not as hot as it was..still complex and rich. Bell's - great job on this one. Feel confident about putting this one away for 5+ years, no deterioration at all.

2006 review:

12oz. bottle from mlh1227. What a guy!!

A - 1 1/2" deep chocolate milk colored head that sits on top of a beer so black that no light will ever pass through. The head is dense and retains for a while at 1/2" before falling to a cap. Full sheet of tan lace clings to the backside of the pint glass.

S - Rich, roasted malt. Coffee. A little boozy (rum) aroma. Mild sweetness. Clay, dirt. Feed store smell -- oats, grains.

T - WOW! Thick with roasted malt. Bitter dark chocolate. Bourbon like heat in the finish. Raisins and rum. Coffee....strong ass coffee!!! Delicious and complex.

M - Huge, thick mouthfeel. Slick. Smooth drinking Imperial Stout. Long, long, long finish.

D - Great drinkability for any beer, let alone a RIS with 11.5% abv! Huge beer! Excellent. Thank you mlh1227 for the sample.

03-09-2013 23:48:10 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

a- bottle poured into a nonic pint, dark, thick pour, two fingers head fade to even layer of lacing.

s- lots to the nose, raisins hit first - liquored soaked, dark chocolate and black coffee, alcohol here.

t- lots of roast and flavor here, some liquor soaked raisins, a smoky flavor, dark burnt chocolate, dark black coffee, some alcohol turnes to more alcohol as it warms.

m- huge, thick and creamy.

d- this is a sipper for a nice cold night, it wasn't as wonderful as i was expecting but certainly drinkable, and I won't have any trouble drinking the remaining single i have on hand - might throw in in the cellar for a year or so.

03-06-2011 01:12:55 | More by thecarster1
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kevindp9

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-08-2014 04:50:16 | More by kevindp9
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Abbbp

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-04-2013 08:59:05 | More by Abbbp
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Notacraftdrinker

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-13-2014 05:07:35 | More by Notacraftdrinker
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%

Knowing that I've got six more of these scheduled for delivery tomorrow (along with several other awesome MI brews, courtesy of BA hoppymeal), I decided to crack open this bottle I received in a trade from BA nflmvp last summer. Poured into a 17-ounce snifter, Expedition Stout is viscous and tar-black. The ghost of a coffee-colored foam cap appears for a brief moment, then is gone, leaving only a nascent tan ring around the glass. Deep chocolate aromas emerge at first sniff; then scents of dark Bing cherries soaked in anejo rum along with a slight coffee aroma as well as a heady cabernet character. The taste starts off with bitter Belgian chocolate bar flavors -- at least 75% cocoa -- and dark fruits (plums, cherries, blackberries) all drunkenly swimming in a bourbon bath. Then -- and this is my favorite part -- there is the most wonderful roasted coffee finish, thick and damn near burnt it's roasted so dark. Lovely vinous aftertaste. Appropriately heavy on the palate, but incredibly silky overall. Low carbonation, dryness from alcohol content, but the booze has melded nicely (I think this bottle may be a little over a year old). This is the first Russian Imperial Stout I've had in a few months, and I certainly feel welcomed back home. Bell's brewed the hell out of this one. Easily one of the finest representations of the style in the world. Exceptional.

10-05-2006 03:22:17 | More by orfeu
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ILikeGoodCider

California

3.35/5  rDev -20.8%

Enjoyed on 02.07.2010. Batch number on bottle: 9384. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 14 oz. pint glass.

A: Pours thick and black, viscous, remind me of motor oil. I was a little surprised at the head that developed on this, it just kept rising to almost two inches of light brown creamy foam. Lacing was down the glass.

S: Aromas were a bit complex with a mix of coffee, prunes, and a bit of brown sugar. There is also a faint bit of alcohol but no hops.

T&M: Heavy and full on the tongue, thick & chewy. Lots of coffee and thick sweet malts. It's hard to tell where the bittering is coming from - the bittering of the dark roast or something else. There are other flavorful hints in here too, like raisins, candy sugar, something like black licorice, and several layers of other malts. The carbonation is very fine and rather minimal, but it is there and seems to be well matched to the brew. The finish on this is long, as you might expect, with sweet malts that fade quickly to a long linger of bitter coffee tones.

D: Smooth and creamy texture is an interesting contrast to the aggressive coffee bittering, sort of a hard & soft complex. The ABV makes this a stiff drink, but it's enjoyable just the same.

I do love me a Bell's Stout...I've cellared three of these for sampling in the future.

02-08-2010 03:44:59 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-15-2014 04:17:59 | More by heerboth
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-18-2014 01:27:07 | More by JasonTaverner
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jwswigs

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-08-2014 07:36:48 | More by jwswigs
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Coldsnack

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-31-2013 01:47:17 | More by Coldsnack
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dedbeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-27-2014 22:47:07 | More by dedbeer
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-19-2013 03:38:43 | More by Lurkerson
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shredder83

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-20-2013 02:20:40 | More by shredder83
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cmwilliq

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-26-2014 21:39:26 | More by cmwilliq
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-10-2012 10:51:30 | More by IPAFrankieH
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badboy7113

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-21-2013 11:47:39 | More by badboy7113
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Screper

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-08-2014 15:20:52 | More by Screper
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-30-2013 20:26:10 | More by gr8zehaman
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-16-2013 13:37:12 | More by Cyclone8
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bifrost17

Washington

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip (October 2012 vintage) 9 months old.

A: Couldn't ask for anything better. I wish I could post a picture in this review of how perfect it looks. Jet black, but not menacing...beautiful...? Awesome mocha colored 2 1/2 finger head with a vigorous pour into the tulip. Head subsides pretty quickly but leaves some awesome lacing behind.

S: So much going on in the nose. Booze, bitter espresso, roasted malts, chocolate, floral hops, and dark fruits are the prevailing scents that I pick up.

T: The taste is a little strange up front. Sourness initially, but after that it's damn near perfection. Dark chocolate notes on the middle of the tongue, and then the beer finishes with an intense espresso like bitterness from the blend of hops and roasted malts. Leaves a lingering flavor of dark chocolate and espresso in my mouth. Amazing.

M: Not too much to say about the mouthfeel, other than it's ideal. Smooth soft creamy silky goodness. Moderate (perfect) carbonation.

O: The first time I ever had this beer was a fresh bottle about 9 months ago. I enjoyed it, but thought it was a little bit of a mess, kind of all over the place, but now, after only 9 months of aging I see the potential that this beer possesses. When Bells states that this beer was designed with aging in mind they weren't kidding. I can only imagine this beer getting better and better with age. What a beautiful beer. I almost wish I lived somewhere in the Midwest so I could load up on this stuff when its in season, but at least my trading buddy in Chicago can send me it during the winter months. Anyways, final thoughts on Expedition...AGE THIS BEER! Can't wait to see what a few years does to this masterpiece.

10-29-2012 17:27:44 | More by bifrost17
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-10-2013 23:17:10 | More by dataylor21
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,454 ratings.