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

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4.26/5
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6,254 Ratings
Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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
Ranking:
#708
Reviews:
2,164
Ratings:
6,254
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
566
Gots:
1,798
Trade:
124
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn balloon goblet. Bottled 8/22/13.

A - Pours sludge-black with about a finger of cocoa colored head. The foam is quick to recede, save for a thick halo remaining around the edge. Impressive, layered lacing.

S - The smell is rich; full of fudge, charred mesquite, plum, and a hint of black licorice. As I let it sit, molasses and dark fruits emerge. I enjoy the complexity of malts, chocolate, and char.

T - Starts with sweet, ripe, dark fruit, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Intense bitter char follows. For the first few sips, the burnt flavor dominates and lingers. As my palate acclimates to the charred assault, coffee and roasted nut flavors become more prominent. Milk chocolate on the back end, as well as a considerable alcohol presence.

M - Thick, luxurious feel. Light carbonation. The finish is a bit hot.

O - Although not unusual for an RIS, this beer is a little bit too charred and hot for my liking. I imagine this would improve considerably with time. Overall a very good beer, but it fell just short of my expectations.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass Used: Nonic Pint
Vintage: 7/26/13

Appearance: Dark as the night. Very little head on this one, however it was a milk chocolatey brown. Next to no lacing.

Smell: Boozy (especially after warming), rich dark fruits (prune and fig), chocolate-caramel scents drifting around the glass.

Taste: Chocolate, dark fruits, and boozy heat. A bitter bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, sticky, med carbonation. Creamy smooth.

Overall: Any RIS that's heavy on dark fruits and chocolate wins me over, and this one did. I only wish I would have put some age on this one. The booze was pretty strong on the nose and palate but the flavors, oh man, had me loving every drink.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,254 ratings
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