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

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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
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6,183
Reviews:
2,146
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
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12oz. bottle dated 10/22/1012
Notes from 08/24/14 with my FW snifter glass

Big thanks @brooklynbrews for this long time want!

A: The pour is semi-thick and settles dark as coal-black in the glass with no light seeping through whatsoever. A thick and steady sponge of mocha tan foam comes to rest over top. Never fully subsides leaving some large globules of lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Smells intensely dark and roasty with black strap molasses up front. Has that light soy sauce likeness with charred sugars close behind. Deep roast grains evoke a chocolate espresso note and this is fairly rich. I get some some earthy hop presence and mild alcohol noted in the back. Really nice nose filled with dark roast and mild scent of wet tobacco coming through.

T: Very chocolaty with cocoa nib, more molasses, dark grains, and coffee extract. I get a deep roast malt char with a delicious marshmallow note and amazing balance of brown sugar sweetness. There is a bit of gritty loam like bitterness with some stale pine to this and it kind of drives more of a cocoa powder coarseness but it doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment. Alcohol is nicely tamed and I would say this beer is hitting its stride at 2 years. A little light licorice noted in the finish. Delicious stuff here. Drinks so smooth for such a big brew.

M: Full bodied with a super smooth and creamy mouth feel. Turns a little choppy from a moderate amount of bitterness midway but finishes smoother with some light dryness. Nicely balanced with a sticky coat.

D: Drinking smooth and lush with such a rich and complex roast going on. I have never had this fresh but I can say that at two years this is drinking marvelously. A really well balanced drink considering the size of this bad boy. One should probably take their time with this but I struggled to do so.

Really special guy this brooklynbrews who cellared the bottle properly just for my enjoyment long before even ever making my acquaintance.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,183 ratings.
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