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

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#739
Reviews:
2,177
Ratings:
6,308
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
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Ratings: 6,308 |  Reviews: 2,177
Photo of -steve-
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samlover55
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Libbey tulip
Bottled on 8/31/17...5 months ago
L- pours a midnight black, with a nice dark brown head, that dissapates into a ring of lacing
S-dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, slight roastiness
T- black chocolate, sweet molasses, dark fruit, subtle coffee on finish
F- this beer is smooth drinking despite 10.5% ABV, has a nice thick feel to it as well
Overall this is a very drinkable Imperial Stout, that is way too sweet for my liking. This is relatively fresh at about 5 months, looking forward to drinking my 2015 vintage soon

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m feelin’ buzzed and it’s all because... Yep! Raul got himself some Bell’s Expedition and he is ok with that.

Dark like the lump of coal I got in my stocking in the 4th grade (it was a bad year, my peeps) yet aromatic enough with bitter chocolate and coffee... Raul is like, “ok, let’s dig a bit deeper.”

So the Raul man digs, and he sips, and he’s like: yeah, it’s aite. But it ain’t no FIS. Flavor is there, but like my baby mama it’s also a bit ornery, hot, and insipid.

Throw Bells Expedition stout out of bed for eating crackers - no no no. But if I had my first choice in who I’d like to invite, FIS would get my vote instead.

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Photo of HawkeyeJosh
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MNAle
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/31/17. Reviewed 1/18/18. Rich, malty, aroma; dark fruit and chocolate. Deep black color with a 1/2 inch tan-to-brown head, receding fairly slowly, leaving thick lacing down the side of the glass. Thick, creamy feel. Chocolate and dark fruit (but less fruit in the taste than in the aroma), mild start with a nicely bitter middle and finish. You can tell this is a strong beer, but the alcohol is well-controlled in the taste. Just a very slight burn in the finish.

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

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jduprey007
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsnScotch987
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vader444
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LANManic
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a single-serve into a stout glass

Pours opaque and motor-oil thick with a fantastic, two-finger, tan, foamy head and outstanding sticky lacing.

The aromas are super and complex. Multiple types of chocolate (cocoa, semi-sweet, and cake batter at various levels); dark fruits; toasted marshmallow; char; and just a hint of booze.

The flavors may be even more complex and nuanced than the nose. Chocolate on multiple levels, sweet, semi-sweet, and bitter, with hints of coffee (but not too much); dark fruits (fig, raisin) and dark cherries steal the show. The char is less pronounced on the palate than it is on the nose. The booze is definitely there, but it's a pleasing warming note, not a burning one.

The mouthfeel is simultaneously thick, chewy, and viscous, and eminently drinkable thanks to some extra carbonation and just the right amount of dryness. It never gets cloying or too sweet.

This RIS is right there at the top of the list. I've had RIS's that are better at certain attributes than this one, but the total package here it tough to beat. It is one of the best beers I've had lately, if not ever.

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

Photo of chiefbender
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of TheeWarPig
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent at 24 months plus.

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

Photo of MeIquiades
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

12oz bottle into a tulip. bottled 9/28/16, so 15 months old.

jet black body, dark tan head, really nice lacing initially. faint carbonation up the sides of the tulip.

Nice and plummy dried fruit aroma.

taste is quite strongly molasses. medium roasted malt on the back end, dark fruit and faint chocolate notes. ever so slightly smoky and bitter. excellent taste.

mouth gets pretty close to full. finish is slightly sweet with roasted malts around the edge of the tongue and faintly bitter in the back of the mouth. 10.5abv isn't all that noticeable.

Overall, really enjoyable RIS. Happy to have the rest of the 6 pack for the next few weeks.

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Photo of Manthon
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmurphy7
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tnelson1
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/13, drank 12/17

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Photo of ericjb9
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wicked stout. Never thought motor oil could taste so good. Not a sessionible beer but a perfect night cap.

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Photo of JColin
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottled on 9/11/15 poured into a two brothers snifter

Black with a brown sugar head. Big bubbles and lacing on the glass. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt on the nose. Taste follows the smell with a pleasant bitter sweet chocolate finish and some coffee. Mouth feel is fudge with a heavy body. 2 years has mellowed the bitterness present in this beer when fresh. A great stout. Great for cellaring.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,308 ratings