Expedition Stout
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #127
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,782
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 10.09%
Reviews:
2,273
Ratings:
4,320
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 08, 2022
Added:
Jan 10, 2002
Wants:
  599
Gots:
  1,849
SCORE
95
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Notes: 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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Rated: 4.38 by Sparty1965

Nov 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by Belthorm from Pennsylvania

Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.47 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by GFK from Michigan

Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.65 by DrunkenClam from Pennsylvania

Aug 18, 2022
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Reviewed by NevadaBill

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
New to me, and a solid daily drinker; for an RIS, to me at least! I use Old Rasputin as my benchmark, but this one is not expensive and delivers on flavor! Unlike the famous ones that have 10% more flavor and 50% more cost. Dark pour from chilled bottle in to 12oz. pint glass. Some head, decent. Motor oil consistency; can't see through it. Just a hint of fruit sweetness, but not overly so. Not sure where the sweetness comes from, but it is muted. Great roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, malty flavor. Nice mouthfeel; just about right for RIS. This has some smokiness to it (for me), and I love that. It has both a bit of sweet and bitter finish. But walks the line pretty well here; not going overly one direction. Nice after dinner drink by the fire!
Apr 14, 2022
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Reviewed by grumpyskolman from Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
If you’re looking for a really thick, heavy beer, this is it. I like Guinness and Leine’s dark (among others), but this one is a bit thick and heavy for me. It certainly has chocolate tones.
Apr 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - Deep black with a tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a thin cap and some lacing
S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some dart fruit. Smell is pretty faint however
T - roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, some molasses, some hop notes. Some charred notes. Hints of coffee.
F - full bodied, light carbonation. Smooth.
O - a well done, yet simple imperial Russian stout.
Mar 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.3 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Mar 04, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.65 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Jan 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.9 by KevO1266 from New Jersey

Jan 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.65 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Dec 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by beerrat from Virginia

Dec 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by GrumpyGas from Illinois

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 oz bottle, born on 11/11/19, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark and silky with a head that quickly dissipated
S - molasses, hint of roasted malt, chocolate
T - Roasted malt, molasses, char, dark chocolate, coffee, lot's going on
F - thick mouthfeel minimal carbonation
O - excellent, my favorite Bell's beer
Nov 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.36 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.6 by Resistance88 from California

Nov 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.7 by Meddwol from Michigan

Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by doclh from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Found this one in our local grocery store known for a manager who loves his brews. After opening the first bottle, I immediately lifted the bottle to my nose. The aroma of a malting barn hit me. The heavy, rich, sweet aroma took me back to my days baling wet hay on the family farm. Organic, real, substantive, with sweet smells. Very few beers have hit me this way. The taste was rich and full. I may have found the beer to replace Dragon’s Milk as my second favorite after Founder’s KBS.
Nov 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by BigMac59 from Texas

Nov 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
One seriously tasty brew. I haven’t tried it much due to the price point but I think that’s been my loss. Bottled 9/21 consumed 10/21. Great now but what might happen w time?
L: from the bottle. Classic stylish.
S: coffee chocolate. Toffee? Nice!
T: almost smoky. Bittersweet chocolate. Lots of bitterness. Powerful. I like it.
F: kind of forgot about it. Nice but after the taste who cares?
O: helluva offering. Worthy!
Oct 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by KT3418 from Colorado

Oct 01, 2021
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 9/3/20. Poured at 57°. Ink black; one finger of dark tan mixed bubbles head quickly dissipates leaving a small filmy island and solid ring; spots of lace and thick legs on swirl. Nose is roast malt, chocolate and coffee. Roast bitterness, char and burnt brown sugar up front; bittersweet dark chocolate, chocolate brownie batter; raisins; roast coffee as beer warms; star anis and molasses on backend. Medium full body, moderate minus carbonation; some warmth from 11.5% abv; dryish finish. Overall, layers of flavors, however, at almost one year old the char/bitterness is still strong with a long bitter linger; a tasty RIS, yet more bitter roast than I want…it would be interesting to see how this beer tastes in a few years.
Aug 16, 2021
 
 
Rated: 4.49 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio

Jun 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.08 by beast464 from Maryland

May 31, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Black beauty with a nice tan head. Unusually complex flavor profile brings chocolate and dark fruit on parade for your palate. It is hearty, in your face, yet smooth and beautifully blended.
May 18, 2021
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle conditioned. Cellared since 2015. Almost black with a dark tan, frothy head which recedes to a lasting thin layer.
Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee with dark rum and raisin fudge.
A bittersweet cacophany of flavours reflecting the bouquet. Charred bitter finish.
Full in body. Viscous. Soft carbonation.
Deserves the accolades.
May 01, 2021
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Rated by eameslover from Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had it a few nights ago. Have had it before. Delish Imp Stout. Mapley, molasses notes.
Apr 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by Khaack from New York

Mar 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.43 by CAcker from California

Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Argento from Rhode Island

Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.44 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Mar 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by micada from New York

Mar 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by o29 from Texas

Mar 18, 2021
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Reviewed by BergBeer from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

Look: Opaque pitch black with a thick mocha head

Smell: Rich bittersweet coffee, hops, coffee,

Taste: Big bold bittersweet coffee up front that gets blasted away by bitter floral and pine hop that stick to the palate and slowly fades to notes of coffee and honey toast

Feel: Big and rich. Not cloying but still clings to the palate with bold bitterness. Medium alcohol. Good carbonation.

Overall: A Russian imperial stout that isn’t afraid to show off the hoppy side of the style. Solid.
Mar 06, 2021
Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 6593 ratings