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

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5,202 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,202
Reviews: 1,958
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 436
Gots: 1,232 | FT: 85
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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Photo of kegger22
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with a tiny head that dissipated to the barest of collars. The aroma was chocolate, coffee and alcohol. The taste was a blend of bitter and sweet. Bitter chocolate, bitter coffee and I believe the alcohol added some harshness. Sweet from the malt. The feel was thick, viscous, heavy with light carbonation. Drinkability was average due to a high ABV and the robust flavors.

I originally sampled Expedition Stout 3 months ago and found it so strongly flavored, I could barely drink it. I decided not to review at that time, to give my palate, and the beer, a chance to mature. I am sure the beer hasn't changed that much in 3 month, but my tastes have, and I'm glad I waited. While still very strong, I can now appreciate the complexities. I bought a sixer and have four left, they are still in the cellar for at least a year. We'll see how Expedition ages.

BTW, I'm thinking my first impression of Expe Stout would have been around 2.2 to 2.5, and now is a 4.05.

Photo of qcghost
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KFrank729
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Crimsontider22
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Pete27lax
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of rcjennings
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsnyder61
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of EricTKole
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of CDCNAM
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of huysmans
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of IronTom
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jcalabre
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Slynger
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.

Photo of Naugros
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Dirty25
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02/11/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A fine, fine brew. First nostril full is of a mild coffee. On the tongue it has a very pleasant bitterness from coffee & a mild chocolate. Steady, steady stuff. Sessionable plus.

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of beerpirates
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Pours pitch black with a small, dark chocolate head .
Aroma is amazing and strong. Smells like roasted nuts, caramel, coffee, and a little bit of bourbon.
The taste is powerful, sweet, and well supported by the thickness of the brew. It's a mix of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, some oak, a nice hint of sourness from the malt, and some alcohol. Finishes thick and a little bitter--coats the mouth so you must drink more. Not quite as overpowering as Bourbon County Stout, making it a little easier to keep drinking.

Photo of jucifer1818
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A:deep, deep, deep black. I can see my refection in this beer is so perfectly dark and black, and it looks amazingly inviting.
light head, tho I cant complain for a beer this strong (which usual has low head retention)

smell: smells beautiful of chocolate...like chocolaty, light toffee, light fudge malt goodness
its beautiful

Taste: very forward with the hops, starting strong for a bit before being overtaken by the malt. Smoked malt, very dark caramel, black patent, roasted barley, and dark chocolate malt are all present with a slight hint of coffee malt as well)
no taste of the 10.5% ABV
aftertaste is of freshly grounded coffee and dark bakers chocolate

mouth-feel: slick, grainy, malty, and slight syrupness, yet still easy to drink

overall: its a fine example of a heavenly stout that goes as black and flavorful as possible.. Could had been a bit lighter on the hops to allow the malt to shine even more, but that's just my own prefrances, this brew balances both aspects of brewing flavors, and finds a beautiful balance for a beer of this heavy level of hoppyness and matlyness

A well earned 5/5

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 5,202 ratings.