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

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10.33%
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Draught 12oz snifter at Frisco Taphouse in Columbia, MD

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Appearance: black as night; dark tan head that thins out to a ring around the glass

Aroma: smells roasty and chocolatey; malty and rich; some coffee in there; dark fruit

Taste: oooh…nice dark fruit flavors all the way through; nice bready/malty flavor up front; a hint of coffee, then a dark chocolate explosion; great roasty finish; leaves dry and a bit bitter, just begging for another sip; delicious

Mouthfeel: silky, smooth, and perfect; thick; perfect carbonation

Overall Impression: oh my goodness…this is a truly wonderful beer; rich, bold, extremely complex, and incredibly well-balanced; it is silky and oh-so-smooth; really pumped to have one that’s been aged a while

From notes taken on 11/26/2012

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Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau Stout glass.

Look is absolutely pitch black with a dark brown head.

Aroma is roast malt and soy sauce.

Taste is more of that intense malt.

So good

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Another thanks to Craig for this 2015 bottle...

Expedition Stout pours black as sin even coming out of the bottle. Chestnut highlights give it a little glow, and a thin espresso foam barely shows itself off despite a heavy hand.

Heavy roast is first and foremost. A combination of over toasted bread, dark roast coffee, and for the first time in my life, I'm finally getting what I have heard over and over again with some aged stouts...soy sauce. Brown sugar and a little savory spice top it off.

Very rarely do the aroma and flavors seem to match perfectly for me, but Expedition Stout does just that. With a little addition of dark chocolate and a splash of clean booze, this is really enjoyable. This 'soy' experience is working for me, especially thanks to my love for and in this case perceived salinity.

It feels right. Rich and smooth, sticky, sappy, with a nice roasty bitter finish. The alcohol warmth is perfect. Not too intense, but makes itself known.

Most of Bells offering I think are great. This one is in their top tier for me. With so much attention going to bourbon barrel aged and adjunct stouts, it's always a pleasure to enjoy a true imperial stout in it's intended raw form. Cheers, and thanks again Craig.

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12oz bottled 8/31/17 poured into a snifter at fridge temp 10.5% ABV. The beer pours dense black with mocha brown head that recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malt. As it warms, the fruit and raisin aroma comes through. The taste is dark bitter roasted and chocolate malt. There is a bit of dark fruit and booze in there as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, adequately carbonated and surprisingly dry and clean in the finish. Overall, excellent. This beer can be what you want it to be. Very bitter and raw fresh or mellow as it ages. Recommended.

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