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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition 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.

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

A - Poured a thick dark, black as night with a nice 1" cream colored tan head with a real nice retention. Very havy brown lace all through the glass. This one looks like it will hurt ya.

S - Heavy, thick sweet caramel and sugar smell, lots of hints of chocolate and and just very sweet overall. Did I mention it was a thick smell?

M & T - First impression was very creamy and not overly carbonated, lotd of lactose sugar flavors, and lots of chocolate malts. A hint at a smokey profile as it warmed up a bit, but just a really thick and extremely enjoyable heavy stout. I mean this realy tasted awesome. Could have used a bit more in the carbonation, but really just very nice.

D - Overall I give this an awesome, very thick and heavy, not even close to being sessionable in any way. I really great RIS and would love to try some more.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer earns its overall rating on this site honestly. This isn't hype or rarity speaking. This is a damn fine RIS. It's big and syrupy and bad-ass. Let's take a closer look:

A: This beer is an enticing right from the get-go. My snifter bowl fills with a the blackest opaque blackness as the one-finger mocha cream head spreads luxuriously across the top and lingers, languid in its efforts to vacate its perch.

S: Earthy hops and dark roast malts greet the nose. Vienna malt character is apparent with strong notes of creamy toffee and toasted caramel. Heavy coffee and a sage-like spiciness round out the nose.

T: This beers leaves much to be described when it comes to the flavors to be gleaned from its taste. First there is the obvious continuation of flavors picked out in the aroma: caramel, toffee, dark coffee, etc. Herein also lies powdered cacao and espresso roast. Sweet chocolate syrup and lightly toasted barley finish things up.

M: Syrupy is probably a common word used to describe the texture of this beer. Chewy and creamy are also accurate descriptors. The mouthfeel on this beer is really one of its most inspiring features, as velvety and crushed velour-smooth as one could ask for.

D: Drinkable? Absolutely. Though I suppose it depends on the circumstances. For the style this is one of the stronger and also heavier and more filling examples. As my second and last beer of the evening it works perfectly.

Overall Impressions: This is one of those beers that really is a thing unto itself. It may not be for the timid or for those unappreciative of the heavier and darker flavors this world has to offer, but as a nightcap it has few equals. I like how the weighty burnt roast flavors mingle with the super-smooth full-mouth creaminess. I like how the creaminess of the malt comes back on eructation. I like the slightly warming, though otherwise expertly hidden, 11.5% alcohol. Suffice to say: I lock this beer, I lock it a lot.

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Photo of kajerm
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch 7740. Pours thick and black with a finger of brown head that recedes a little and then hangs around, lacing up the glass. Color is right on for an imp-- this is where light goes to die.

The aroma is mostly mixed dark malts-- chocolate, molasses, and coffee in good balance. Some general spices and maybe alcohol. Some notes of dark fruit. There is an undertone of sweetness that ties it all together pretty nicely.

Opens up malty and a little spicy, with coffee flavor appearing mid-palate, which turns into black malt bitterness on the finish. Molasses and restrained alcohol show up in the finish as well. With repeated sips, molasses and dark fruit notes become more evident; the beer also gets hotter. Black patent astringency is strong but not over the top. Outside of the alcohol and maybe being slightly heavy on bitterness, the balance is good.

Boppar's review said his bottle (a previous batch) tasted coiny, but I didn't have that problem at all with this one, even though I've tasted it in bottled Bell's stuff in the past.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, looks and feels like 10W40.

A little hot at times, but weirdly pretty drinkable.

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Photo of mpyle
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very opaque with a thick, brown head. Head is dense, creamy, and with a decent linger for the small head size.

A strong chocolately sweet aroma - straightforward but clean. Not much alcohol and no hops in the aroma.

Malty sweet chooclate flavor, nice dark malt roastiness, alcohol evident but controlled. Finishes roasty and sweet. Sweetness doesn't quite approach the cloying level - enough hop bitterness and dark grain bitterness to maintain a semblance of balance.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with lowish carbonation. Alcohol warming evident, as should be for style. Minimal astringency from the dark grains - actually some sensation of chocolate milk - a bit creamy.

Overall a bit sweet, but doesn't deviate too far from its stout roots. Very flavorful without being overpowering. I'm afraid to say I could drink more than one of these, which at 11.5% ABV might not be a good idea!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour produces a well-sorted, dark khaki head atop a seal brown, opaque body. Aroma has a surprisingly strong hop presence to balance out the big malt notes. Doughy, sugary notes and a hint of alcohol in here as well.

Taste is a complex beast, raisin and hops again balancing the chocolatey malts. Alcoholic flavor isn't afraid to rear its beautiful head. Body is thick and creamy and leaves a great bitter finish. This RIS comes on a bit too strong for my liking, despite the fact that is is very tasty. The ABV seems to override the palate and leaves it hurtin', but I'll definately have this one again.

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

12 oz bottle received as an extra from Photekut. The color was solid midnight black with a dark brown head. The smell was doughy and heavy. The taste was doughy, syrupy, and roasty. Alcohol was not tasted but felt afterward. This was a very good RIS but I find that I am liking the style less and less. Solid beer but I didn't want more than one.

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Photo of kpantz
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: A heavyweight in the world of Imperial Stouts. I can see the reason for its reputation. Slightly more boozy on the palate than others I've had. In all, a fantastic stout.

Appearance: Pours like syrup into my tulip glass. Pitch black with a dark tan head. Gorgeous lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and a woody aroma with distinct molasses and coffee essence.

Taste: Alcohol more present than expected here. Woodiness is here, too, as is a smoky element I didn't detect in the nose. Definite molasses presence with accents of dark chocolate. Pronounced hop bitterness on the way down, too, like a swift kick in the ass (like you need it with this sucker).

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. Light carbonation. Slightly sticky. Just awesome.

Drinkability: It's pretty hefty. A sipper. A damn tasty sipper, but a sipper. Wouldn't have more than one at a time.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour release a thick jet black liquid with a big, beautiful and creamy dark chocolate head. It really does look quite nice. Smell is coffe and alcohol, airline glue and milk chocolate. Astringent. The chocolate and roastiness combats the alcohol as well as couold be expected, but there is no hiding it. Almost no "soy sauce" taste that I associate with most RISs until it warms up a bit. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. The carbonation is all in the head. Well, I'm glad this came in a 12 oz. A 750 would be way too much. This is a heavy beer - a real sipper. The tastes and alcohol are both way aggressive. A bit much for me I'm afraid.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I think motor oil has been used for the appearance, but yes, think motor oil. The head could be a little better, but not suprised.

S: it has a nice coffee caramel aroma, enjoyable but with a twinge of estery alcohol.

T: Too much alcohol for me, not strength just in how much i can taste. There is a coffee and sligth caramel sweetness. it has some nice complexity and balance, but a little too much alcohol taste for me, makes it less smooth for me.

M: thick thick thick, if you want a full bodied beer, this is it. its a good beer a little to much alcohol taste for me, but a good beer just the same

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Photo of soupyman10
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer twice, 10 months apart, and decided to average the scores to create my final score.

Pours jet black beer with nary a hint of brown. Dark tan head with great lacing. Nose is incredible - molasses, roasted malt, raisins, and other dried fruit. Complex and aromatic. Taste is likewise amazing. First roasted malt and coffee. Soon after lots of sweetness, brown sugar. Some light but not offensive alcohol, raisins and apricot, lemon. Closes with good hop bitterness and roasted malt again. Feel is full-bodied and creamy, almost syrupy. Absolutely excellent, one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

Tried this one after aging from a sixer for about a 10 months. Pours an exceptional dark black color with a deep orange-brown head that quickly dissolves down to a fine glaze of foam. Looks pretty solid, and the lacing stays with it as the beer drains, although I would have liked the head to stick around a little longer. Nose is extremely sweet: caramel, chocolate malt, and lots of dried fruit. Maybe pomegranate. Breadiness. A nice nose, although you really have to dig at it to get all the aromas out. Felt like I was just about dip my nose in the thing. Flavor is sweet as well. Dried fruit up front, all over the place. Roasted malt shows up in the middle a bit and wears on the tongue, adding some graininess and toning the whole thing down a bit. Alcohol shows up at the back end, although its fairly well hidden in the spicy hops. The hops makes a sort of bitter coffee malt taste. Breadiness as well. Body is low on carbonation (although it feels a bit fizzier as the beer goes on) and high on body - very thick and exceptionally creamy. Interesting to notice that the Bros do not feel this one due to the lack of carbonation. I guess in my mind that's not a problem, and adds to the creaminess of the beer - its almost Guinness-esque. Overall, after a year I expected the alcohol to be non-existent, but its still a fairly strong presence. I guess that sort of diminishes the score for me a little bit. Overall though, quite tasty, still.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is from the first trade I ever made. It was over a year ago...maybe 2 yrs ago. Thanks Dertbert!!
Pours a used motor oil thick opaque. No head just a dark brown rim of lace on the crown.
Smells of dark liquer chocolate. Molassas. The aroma is not as punget as I was expecting. Maybe this is because of the age.
Huge dark chocolate flavor. Nice bitter hoppiness. Molassas. Slight roasted flavor and a hint of coffee. Spot on for the style with a bit more bitterness. Alcohol is barley noticable. This is one smooth beer.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smoooth, with a very minimum carbonation.
This goes down easier than an 11.5% beer should and leaves you wanting another.

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Photo of blakesell
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint before Dave Boston's tragedy of losing a whopping 4 gallons from an exploded bung on the cask.

A-poured thick as motor oil and frothy as all get out. A Coffee black/brown frothy head that lingered like an uninvited guest that just won't leave. It seemed like hours and was at least a full 20 min before the head died down sufficiently. The tension mounted as the head retained.

S-Slight rasin, plum, Chocolate, coffee, cream? must be lactose sugars

T-A little sweet, frothy from the force carbonation of the cask. Chocolate malt, Black Patent, non-malted barley, hints of smoke. finish thick and sweet but still black like my lungs back when I smoked clove cigarettes. Sticky on the lips like back when I smoked them as well. Alcohol creeps up and quick. I'm wondering if it's the same percentage it has always been, but 11.5 isn't shabby by a long shot. Oh, hoppiness comes out in the finish as well.

M-Thick like a mouthfull of blood after getting hit with a baseball bat. I'm a little morbid today, let's go closer to thick like eggnog, with almost as much creaminess. I'm glad I had water nearby as well to balance it out so I could drink it all and soak it in over the duration. Slight drying finish.

D-This is by far the best cask conditioned beer I have ever had. I could have drank this all night but only dealt with one due to the tasting after. I regret that I have but one palate to blow away for my community.

These are the stouts that myths are made of.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Boston's here in good old Dayton, OH. Pitch black in color, with no highlights at all. An incredible, huge frothy tan head that never goes away. Incredible retention, and great patches of lace.

Nose full of roasty malts, tobacco, chocolate and some darker fruits. Floral and citrusy hops in the background. Not as pronounced nose as the bottle or draft version.

Great roasty, chocolate flavors, and dark fruity flavors at the end. The fruits seem to have a slight sourness to them. A good amount of floral bitterness that helps to round all of it out. Very nice.

Full body, nice soft, gentle carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a fantasic beer, made very interesting in cask form.

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Photo of mcallister
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on cask at Boston's in Dayton. Been waiting a month for them too tap this and off the pour it's not dissapointing at all. Black as midnight with a 2 inch creamy, fluffy mocha head that has retention that won't quit. Head has not faded after a good 5 minutes and counting...and counting....and counting....and counting.

Chewy caramel aromas with a dark chocolate backing, vanilla, black currant, coffee, hints of strawberry milk? huh, mollasses, and many other dark fruits. Delightful and pleasing to say the least.

As usual a huge masculine, robust, bold beast of a beer. Full of bitter as hell and full of dark bakers chocolate. Caramel with hints of roasty barley stand forward on the mid palate. But damn the bittering hops and pure tannin from the ground coffee and barley shine through the entire palate spectrum.FInish lasts longer than most insect lifetimes. Black and red currants, mollasses, gooey and resiny mouthfeel, hot fudge, creamy and delicious.

On cask it looks as though I will be drunk soon very soon from multiple glasses.

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Photo of Boppar
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass with a half-finger of leathery head. Standard evil-looking obsidian black.

Aroma of raisins, molasses and chocolate.

Tastes pretty much the way it smells, but with chocolate far and away the leading flavor. Some alcoholic spiciness, but not nearly as much as one would expect from 11.5% ABV. Lingering dry finish of smoke, leather, spicy hops and... damn it! Pennies! A slight metallic aftertaste knocks this down from a 4.5 to a 4.0 in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and briskly carbonated (much more so than I had expected).

Drinkability is about what you'd expect from a Russian Imperial with 11.5%, which is to say not that much. I think two of these would be pushing it, but that's normal.

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Photo of nickss
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

The darkest beer I've ever seen? Quite possibly. Absolutely pitch black with a smallish chocolate colored head. Aside from its intense darkness, nothing to write home about.

Delicious aroma... wine and vinous berries... molasses and even a touch of peppermint,,, quite interesting. Strong toffee notes are intermingled with some coffee as well... fantastic and complex aroma.... so much going on here.

Bam! Bitterness hits the tongue like a freight train.... strong coffee flavours with a huge alcohol kick. Certainly not as balanced as the aroma would have suggested... this one is way too hot and could use a year or more in the cellar. As it warms, it rounds out a bit more... some of the berries come through the bitterness. Still... I'll be aging the rest of these for another time.

The mouthfeel would also be aided by some aging. The carbonation is a bit too active in my opinion, making the beer seem a bit thin (which it most certainly is NOT).

Big time sipper... it's going to take me well over an hour to drain through this one. Will that change as the beer ages? Stay tuned....

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Photo of dstc
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark like a stout with a brown head. Not much head though, a little flat. Does leave thin lace behind. Strong roasted malt smell and a bit metallically. Nice strong flavor with bitter aftertaste. Good, but nothing special. Somewhat thick, low carbonation mouthfeel. Average stout. I was dying to try this after seeing some reviews and had a friend bring me a six pack from Michigan since I couldn't find it here in Florida. Was also excited when I poured the first glass (I love seeing a brown head, not white, on a stout) but was disappointed in the taste. Again, it's not bad, just average.

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Photo of brdc
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours creamy, thick like whole milk, even oily. It is pitch black and it makes a nice dark brown head that looks nice but has almost no retention, although it does lace the glass well.
Nose is very rich, roasted malts, coffee, burnt sugar, milk and alcohol.
It has a very nice, creamy, velvety full body, and it starts sweetish on the palate, finishing dry and bitter, with intermediate layers of roasted malts, hops, chocolate and sugar. Very satisfying with a single small bottle.
I might have a new favorite stout; this is one impressive brew, and every time I go back to it, it amazes me more. The price is unbeliveable for the quality, which makes it better.
Not to be missed.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This hefty stout show's no sign of light thru it! A nice mocha color head with good head retention. The nose was dark roast coffee with licorice and burnt toast. The taste is very surprising, yeah this beer is black as night but the first sip has good carbonation the flavors of dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate with a licorice creamy mid palate. And for the grand finally a nice bite of hops say's hi just at the end. The alcohol level mixes well. Very smooth.

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Photo of AltBock
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle that has a simple beige with blue edges label that has a picture of a compass or what Bell's thinks the North Star looks like. Above the North Star is the Bell's symbol of 3 big chiming bells and below the North Star is the name of the beer and where the Bell's Brewery is located. The neck label is the same color and has the same picture as the main label, but it's just a small variation of it. The back label has a little blurb about how it ages well, Government warning, refund prices, and a batch number you need to input into their website to see when your beer was packaged. Mine was batch # 7740, which means it was packaged on December 19, 2006. Hopefully this beer isn't like their label, plain and simple. Served in an average Snifter.

Appearance: Do you know what used motor oil looks like? Of course you do. You take the color of the used motor oil, add some black ink into it and you'll come close to what the color of Expedition Stout really is. I'm not exaggerating, it is that black! Just when I thought the color of the beer was really nice, you should see the head of foam. On top of this motor oil/black ink beer was a beautiful 1 finger tan/mocha colored head of foam that had pretty good retention that left behind a small tan film, a few mocha colored rings, and a dab of mocha lace around the glass. After it warms up a little bit, all the film, rings, and lace are gone and looks more like a fine black brandy (if it exists) instead of a really black beer.

Smell: Had a rich complex aroma of alcohol soaked black cherries, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, a pinch of fresh baked wheat bread, roasted hops, a splash of roasted coffee beans, more alcohol, and then this complex aroma ended with a with a small whiff of bing cherries. I can't get enough of this wonderful aroma! Bell's Brewery just filled the aroma to brink with all the dark and roasted flavors they could find. You need to smell this beer for yourself to believe.

Taste: When I first took a sip of Expedition Stout, my senses were overwhelmed with dark and roasted flavors. I could believe it at first, so I took another sip and got the same reaction. I actually had to build my body's tolerance of Expedition Stout before I could take a big sip of it. It has most of the same flavors that are in aroma with just a few differences here and there. The taste was chock full of roasted malts, dry roasted hops, bitter dark chocolate, a touch of sweet caramel, roasted coffee beans, dark fruits, and then finished with a slight alcohol burn. I would have thought the dark and roasted flavors would have enhanced the alcohol burn, but instead it calmed it down to just a slight taste of it.

Mouthfeel: If you haven't guessed already, it's definitely full bodied with a complex aftertaste that's almost as complex as the initial taste. The aftertaste was filled with roasted malts, a few roasted hops, dark fruits, and a pinch of alcohol. For a beer that has a 10.5% ABV (that's what Bell's website says), the alcohol was actually quite mellow. It came in like a tired lion and came out like a ferocious lamb. Just watch out because this will probably sneak up on you.

Drinkability: This beer is nothing like the plain and simple label that's adorns the bottle. It's in fact the complete opposite. Is it well suited for November storms and trips across the Sahara? It sure is! In fact it's suitable for any journey, just as long you're not driving there. I don't know about you, but I sure could go for another one. If drinking another one is wrong, then I don't want to be right. Another winner from Bell's Brewery! I'm finally going to end this review by saying this beer is black gold and worth ever penny.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A:Pure pitch black with a cocoa colored two finger head. Lots of sticky lace all about the glass.

S: Big aromas of bready malt, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and hops.

T: Right off the bat I'm struck with a big biscuity-bready maltiness that's mingling with spicy hops and alccohol. There's a dark sweet fruit undercurrent and a spicy sweetness that I compare to maple candies.

M: At once creamy and also spicy/prickly. Sweet and bitter.

D: A wonderful stout that's so complex, that anymore than one and you're just asking for friggin' trouble. Wow!

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Photo of mmcave
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pmcavena and greenbeaner for making this happen for me.
Sixer of 12oz bottles 13.99 no freshness date.
I served this lightly chilled into a nonic. The head is a dense gray milk chocolate/cocoa color, about three fingers thick, with good retention and thick billowing lacing densely coating the glass. The body is so black its unquestionable opaque, mahogany times four, slightly oily, but o’ so pretty. The smell is straight up dry roast coffee, some buiscuit, dark chocolate, nutty notes, with a pinch of salt and smoke, but just a pinch (which becomes much more apperent as it warms up). Alcohol is almost undetectable in the nose. Hops are not very present, except for a tinge of earth or grass / dirt. This is definitely a malt forward beer. Taste is excellent I might even say ‘’huge" tons and tons of roasted malt, black patent, good maybe crystal or even Munich malt sweetness, which is balanced excellently by a tasty IBU. I get roast coffee, chocolate, home made soy sauce (only in the good way), biscuit, with that same slight smoky salty flavor. The mouthfeel on this is so thick and full maybe the thickest of all the RIS I’ve had this season. Wonderful stuff I suggest only one or two at the most in a session. Great stuff all around; I can’t wait till next year to get enough to hold me over until the following year.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with no drink by date. The appearance is quite nice with a pitch black color topped by a brown head, two fingers high and perfect. The head is a color brown that I rarely see in a beer, but, it is frothy and leaves some very nice lacing.

The aroma is brought in as sweet and roasted malts along with some caramel notes. The roasted malts have a small sense of burntness. The taste is excellent and a couple of times, it took me by surprise with its boldness. There are definitely the roasted malt and coffee flavoring, but, there is a very nice addition of some very tangy hop flavor, which you don't expect from a stout.

As the beer warms, the flavor deepens and becomes sweeter. There is a distinctive fruit flavor in there. The alcohol is present and accounted for and rises up with the warming of the beer. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy and bold with lots of zip and tartness in the mouth. Very good Stout.

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Photo of philberinghele
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bolsheviks took these
the emperor's private stock
redistribute wealth

Imperial is the only way to describe this beer. I'd give you a faberge egg for a six pack and a portrait of Lenin. The workers at Bell's have created a monument to the excesses of the Czars and offered it to the revolution. There is a specter rising over Michigan, the specter of me drinking this beer and savoring every last fucking drop.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Like motor oil. A surprising and enticing dark chocolate head. S: Coffee, hops almost completely subsumed under the heavy pull of cocoa and roasted malt. T: Hops now making a bold appearance, nice bitter finish. M: Milky, not much carbonation. Drinkability: Very, very nice, though with the heavy body and staggering alcohol content, this is definitely a sipping beer.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,106 ratings.
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