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

6,166 Ratings
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ybnorml
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black beer, pours like ink. Has a small deep brown head. The aroma starts with hints of cherries. With a deep chocolaty malt coming in stronly behind it. There is a quick rush of cherry like sweetness that runs over your tongue. Followed rich strong dark chocolate/bittersweet chocolate character. Sort of the beer equivilent of biting into an expensive chocolate covered cherry liquor.
Thanks skyhand

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

12oz bottle

Damn this thing wins the 'black of the black' award, no light penetration. The head on this thing is frickin enormous, real sticky and brown, the thing looks like a sponge soaked in coffee atop the brew. Sweet burnt malts in the nose, its an all out marshmallow roasting campfire in a glass. Sweet toasty grain, and lots of it, come through initially, definitely some quality malt used here. A bit of boozy heat while tasting but its warming, rather than unpleasant, very nice. Coffee and cream come through as well as the usual suspects of chocolate, molasses and brown sugar notes. This is a big beer, packed with flavor, but god damn what a drinkable body, perfectly creamy, slightly coating and leaves a long sweet malty finish. Yea, i recommend it. I recommend Bells should come into NJ and wreak havoc upon my wallet!!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a three-month-old 2016 version. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 13 ounce tulip. I was able to get the whole beer in the tulip with the head. Pours deep black with about 1/2 inch dark brown head that dissipated quickly. There is a ton of cocoa on the nose and a very little bit of dark fruits. The taste is deep, burnt roasty malt flavor with deep chocolate flavor blending perfectly. There is also a slight hoppy bitterness and the dark fruit is lingering underneath. The mouthfeel is thick and silky smooth. Overall this beer is unreal, especially for how easy it is to get. I had a 2013 a week ago. The hoppy bitterness had faded and the score went up to a 4.75 for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick and black with a dark brown, bubbly head that has good retention; it has a similar appearance to a dark-chocolate mousse.

S: Coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malts hit you up front; rich with a subtle alcohol burning through the malty goodness; slightly sweet brown sugar/ caramel at the back of the aromas

T: Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness up front; delicious roasted malt presence; alcohol is prevalent making this a sipper; a nice brown sugary sweetness balances out the bitterness

F: Thick with a slightly syrupy viscosity; good even mouth coat eventually--after the beer slowly works its way around

D: Great beer that is wonderful to sip on for any occasion; however, the strength of the roasted malts and the alcohol presence makes this a tad bit difficult to handle for too long. Great beer--just approach slowly and with caution

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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2/5  rDev -52.6%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/2/16 into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with a half-finger tan head. Initial impression is roasted grains, charred oak, chocolate, molasses, coffee - there is a bunch of stuff going on here! Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Carbonation is medium light - actually a little less carbonation would improve things, IMHO. Finish is smooth and chocolatey, with a hint of blackstrap molasses and dark chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden. Really good stuff.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a jet black with a 1 finger deep red-brown head that turned into a nice lace that left sticky rings on the glass.

S- It had mostly roasty chocolate tones. More coffee aroma came through as the beer warmed.

T- It had more roasty chocolate character in the flavor. The alcohol was pretty well masked. There were hints of coffee and a sweet bourbon-like flavor (similar to what I think of as a smoke flavor in the sour mash). The hop flavors were fairly light.

M- It was thick and creamy with medium-light carbonation.

D- The alcohol was nicely hidden in the rich flavor. It was an easy sipper that I most recently enjoyed while watching the snow fall down.

Overall- A great example in my opinion. It had robust flavor and was easily sippable.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,166 ratings.
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