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

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

BEER STATS
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#1,362
Reviews:
2,209
Ratings:
6,401
pDev:
10.09%
 
 
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Photo of JakerLou
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of azmckee
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle, taste of dried plum, raisins, fig. Excellent RIS.

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Photo of MercInc
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Celtics76
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fettpopps
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RDW
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtk21351
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the best Bell's I've had to date...

I found this beer to be surprisingly special. I wasn't really expecting much but that's usually the time when the unexpected happens. The unexpected was simply what I got with this - from a beautifully dark beer with late forming, tan head (another unexpected surprise) to the roasted malt smell with chocolate notes - all of this was a very good first impression. Mouthfeel was a bit watery but still medium-bodied with a taste that matched. Yes sir, this is something unexpected, and good.

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Photo of jcoleMA66
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Unclevince
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rpimentel94
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L — Pitch black in the glass with a half finger of light brown head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and great lacing
S — Fudge, digestive bitters, leather, booze, umami, deep woodsiness
T — Black licorice, chicory root, bittersweet chocolate, French roast coffee, herbaceous hoppiness, char, semi-sweet dark fruits
F — Thick and chewy. Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Long lasting, roasty finish
O — A big, bitter, roasty RIS. Decent stuff, although like most of Bell's offerings, they haven't quite kept up with the current state of brewing in America. Good price

82/100

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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BFCarr
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cb8282
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Avi
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Date from 10/2017 and opened the bottle a year later. It is a nice stout and I throughly enjoyed it. Prominent chocolate and licorice taste. After a year of aging, it still has a strong alcohol taste.
I think another year or two of aging the stout would mellow it and make it even better.
I would recommend buying a few bottles. I will buy again.

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Photo of ian_graf
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blogjackets
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black malt bomb of a Russian imperial stout. Boozy at 10%, heavy chocolate and deep fruit flavor. My favorite non barrel aged stout.

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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sauced4life
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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