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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,668 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 4,668
Reviews: 1,894
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 402
Gots: 1,016 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

marshmeli, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served lightly chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance: Inky black with no highlights whatsoever. Wow, über-dark. Topped with a fantabulously gorgeous and healthy mahogany brown head. It eventually settles down to a film and a ring, but only after a good long while. Extraordinary lacing, just plain extraordinary.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee, high quality cocoa, light prunes, mild smoke, and slight biscuit aromas. Damn, that's dark and complex. I spent a good few minutes just sniffing this incredible elixir of the gods.

Taste: Intense and bittersweet coffee flavor with hints of smoke. Notes of prunes and raisins. Aftertastes of pepper and piney hops that last forever. Just friggin' incredible.

Mouthfeel: Thick, robust body. I've often pondered comparing the body of a beer to a woman's body, but have quavered for consideration of those possessing homozygous sex chromomes. Now, I shall throw caution to the wind and just say it: if this beer were a woman, she'd have the body of a 50's starlet like Jane Mansfield of Marilyn Monroe. Va-va-voom!

Drinkability: Well, I sadly only have one bottle, and this is it. *sniff* >.< *weep* I love this. Trades will be made, oh, yess.. yes they will. Worthy of it's placement in the top 50. Curse you Bell's for making such tasty stouts of all stripes!!!

Mad crazy props to feloniousmonk for making this possible. My second child shall be named after you, even if it's a girl.

ManekiNeko, Nov 25, 2003
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

azorie, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of zachary80
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I prefer this with some age which smooths it out even more, but will review it fresh. Packaged 11/1/11. Batch 10759

Super thick body on the pour. Small creamy, cardboard-colored head, last for a bit then mostly fades away. Perfect lacing.

Smell is predominantly sweet, roasty, and some coffee-like bitterness.

Flavor is big up front, again very roasty, lingering chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thick, perfect for this beer. Creamy.

Bell's Expedition Stout is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. (please don't) Make this a limited release and its rating would skyrocket. Also, someone needs to send a bottle to the Bros for re-review.

zachary80, Nov 30, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

paresis, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

kevindp9, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a generic pint glass. This beer is deep pitch black. I hold it up to the light and nothing gets through. A seriously dark stout. Very nice. Pours a fat, heavy two-finger head which is a burnt orange color. It is thick and sticky, and cakes along the side of the glass as the beer recedes, leaving a very nice lace. It's strange, but I just don't get much out of the aroma here. I would have expected more, but the aroma is thin, with some slight coffee notes and hints of hoppiness. But otherwise, there's just not much in the way of aroma here. However, what it lacks in smell is made up for in flavor. This beer is delicious. Creamy, dark chocolate sweetnees mixed with a bitter coffee taste. It is nutty as well. Finishes with a noticeable amount of heat; you can really taste the alcohol in the aftertaste. Still, it's not a huge distraction, but it's just too hard to hide all of that 11.5% ABV. A wonderful winter brew, this stout will definitely keep you warm on a cold February night.

Atlas1, Feb 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Skye1024, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

aflies, Feb 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

metalgdog, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mhenson42, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Hopmarc, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

jshusc, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

csiewert, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

atoulouk, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

NJB145, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

freemanj, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

straightlambic, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

dedbeer, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Luk13
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to TheJester. Beautiful black body with lasting mocha head. Aroma is standard IS; coffee and chocolate truffle. Flavor is more interesting. So rich. Heavy chocolate brownies with some grapes and almonds. Wow, this is intense. Somewhat boozy though. Creamy and syrupy palate. Its heavyness makes it less enjoyable. I prefer american stouts that are more balanced such as Yeti and Speedway. Still, one of the best intense and over-the-top IS.

Luk13, Aug 23, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Thomas_Picton, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Carl_R, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

maDUECEgunner, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Murph
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a midnight black with a decent brown head that leaves a great lace all the way down the glass. Smell is of dark chocolate, slightly bitter coffee, raisins, dark fruit and some light toffee as well. Sweet chocolatey goodness starts off this brew with some slight warming alcohol in the background. Raisins and some other sweet, dark fruits are then brought in with a slightly bitter coffee finish. Extremely creamy and smooth, this brew is amazingly drinkable for its 10% abv. The alcohol is barely perceived and then only in its warming effects. This is one great beer, not quite a Storm King, but damn close. I am going to have to get some of this to sip on this winter.
A big thanks to Deuce for the sample.

Murph, Jul 26, 2002
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours motor-oil black with ruby highlights, including the darkest, thickest meaty head I've seen. Looks like oatmeal floating on top, settles to a thin ring after a while. Aroma is dark malts, pungent but with a fruity, smokey element.

This is a story of two beers in the same glass: At first, the taste is dark burnt malts, almost charcoal, like the crust on a grilled chicken. Has a vinous element, like a merlot spilled into the batch. Very bitter, almost no sweetness, a little salty. Drinks hot with alcohol, like a barleywine.

But after being interrupted by a phone call and returning to the remainder of the glass, this beer awakens: Traces of coffee, raisins, licorice, baker's cocoa. Still with a prominent alcohol presence but silky smooth on the palate, heavy with no apparent carbonation.

Mouthfeel is thick like flannel, fuzzy and sticky. Initially, I was rather nonplussed by this one but the taste and my impressions and ratings improved greatly as the beer warmed. This is one where the rhetoric is true: you *must* let it warm up to just cool before drinking it. I'd like to try this one again after aging it a bit. Thanks to trbeer for sharing this one.

assurbanipaul, Feb 04, 2005
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,668 ratings.