Expedition Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Expedition StoutExpedition Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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

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Ratings: 6,289 |  Reviews: 2,174
Photo of wanderingwheelz
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is more bitter and charred than what some RIS beers. If you're a hophead then this may be a beer for you, but I prefer more sweetness in a RIS. I figured 2 years in the cellar might have reduced the bitterness, but I really don't think it has. Let's give it one more year and see what happens. I'd rather spend my money on Old Rasputin if you're after a true RIS, personally. It's plenty good, but overpriced.

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

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

Photo of jwilcox767
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black pour, just a finger of tan head that stuck around.
S - Caramel, smoky, molasses.
T - Same as the nose, very intense.
M - Full bodied, sticky, medium amount of carbonation.
O - Very smooth and enjoyable, but somehow just not that interesting. Drink again, but not gonna seek it out at $3.25/bottle. I suspect that aging this beer may do it some favors, I'll try to find a cellared version.

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Photo of moundbz
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eppie82
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with caramel colored foam around edge of glass. Smokey, roasty, malty… very dark and some mild chocolate in there. Solid mouthfeel. My favorite non-ba, non adjunct stout.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with tiny beige head.
The aroma is burnt malts, molasses, chocolate, dark fruit, with a little bit of molasses.
The flavor is intensely bitter dark roasted malts with a big dark fruit and chocolate coming in midpalate. It finishes dry with bitter burnt malt that seems a little stale.
The mouthfeel thick and coating, probably the bright spot of the beer.
Overal, this is an overrated beer. It's one of the few classics I just don't get.

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Photo of EMH73
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a well retained half inch tan head that settled to a ring and left lots of lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and molasses. Tastes of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, figs, raisins, molasses, some hops on the finish and a bit of char. Full bodied, creamy, thick mouth feel, appropriately carbonated for the style, finishes dry.

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

Photo of Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like motor oil
Smells like cherry, dates, and alcohol
Tastes sweet like dark chocolate up front followed by strong espresso coffee.
Feels thick and full, quite a mouthful.
Overall very smooth and enjoyable. The taste lingers a long time.

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Photo of robertm2152
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomBanahan
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Blackop555
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500th beer.
Been waiting to put this review in until i hit 500 on here. I've had it years ago and i continue to yearly. My favorite beer

Pours black. Thick, short, light brown head lasts a little while. Lasting ring.

Smells dark fruit, roast malt, dark chocolate, earthy hops, mollases, light coffee. So complex

Tastes very roasty and dark fruit, figs, molasses. Followed by earthy hops, dark chocolate and touch of coffee. Finish is dry with a roasty Linger. Full body and creamy, smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of JoeLev
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHEAD1522
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Realsambo
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark and roasty, the mouthfeel was a tad thin. Good flavors, goes down smooth, nothing offensive about this beer. Nice beer to have around, if i was in distro I'd pick it up more often.

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Photo of bostonbrand65
2.54/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

This beer came highly recommended, so I was happy to chase down some to try. I didnt age it - so that may be part of the issue. Exciting pour. Very nice color, really up on this beer. Then the taste. Plug tobacco. Thats the overwhelming taste here. I enjoyed chewing plug tobacco working at an orchard in my youth, and you spit. This was waaaay too reminiscent for me, of a good plug of tobacco. Gave a second bottle a pour a couple weeks after my first - still the same. Glad I tried it, if you've chewed plug tobacco, this may not be the beer for you.

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Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rufus1
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with dark ruby highlights into a fifteen ounce glass mug the same temperature as the beer. One finger of thick mocha head that disappears half way through. Very little lacing. Some legs.

Nose is assaulted by deep dark chocolate followed closely by big expresso coffee. Dark fruits. Plum and apricot. Alcohol. Very rich. Some molasses.

Deep dark chocolate on the palate followed by expresso coffee. Huge dark roasted malts provide the necessary bitterness to offset the sweet chocolate. Dark fruits. Black walnuts. A little boozy but the creamy texture and flavor overwhelms the alcohol easily. Very earthy.

This brew is smooth as silk. Excellent carbonation.

This is a massive stout. Very complex. Impossible to describe all the aromas and flavors. Without a doubt one of the best available.

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Photo of hogrider
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This was poured into a mini snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a less than a finger’s worth of foamy tan head that dissipated within less than about 30 seconds. The smell had a big roasty to semi-smooth bitter coffee bean leading into a delicate cocoa and light vanilla to round it all out. The taste was pretty smoothed due to the date, I’m guessing, still a nice roasty smooth coffee and cocoa delicately weaves together to lead to a decent sly roasty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation definitely smoothed a bit with a nice drying edge leading into a rounded out stickiness over my tongue. Overall, an absolutely awesome RIS well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On a bit of a beer sabbatical. Trying to enjoy summer and not get too carried with the drink, eh. However, with a beer drinking session cut short (I"m out of beer, good beer that is).. A half intoxicated beer drinkers mind wanders to a thought of a dark over grown cellar. The jungle of OHio has overtaken a cellar I haven't been in for a year or so. So, sitting thinking about a time I bought this beer and stuck it in a cool dark place,Thinking did i leave a bottle or two in there.. Apparently, my nostrils have sucked in something. Or lack their of, no micro in the frig.,,Hmm... any options
Getting up from my wooden couch and hacking thru some vines, yee one finds expedition stout. Wow , date reads Oct. 2014. Let the adventure begin..

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Photo of jwarsenal9
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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