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

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Expedition StoutExpedition Stout

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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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Ratings: 6,387 |  Reviews: 2,206
Photo of Abe_Froman
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, and dark fruit. Lots of complexity

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate and some bitterness and then goes into the dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Finishes with lingering roast and bitter espresso

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A classic for a reason. A great RIS that makes for a good sipper. Very straight-forward RIS, but damn well done

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Photo of Explosion72
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

L - Poured black with one finger mocha colored head. Mild ruby undertones. Good lacing.
S - Roasted dark coffee and some chocolate notes.
T - Deep coffee and some roast. A bit boozy.
F - Full body mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy.
O - A big beer in many ways. Deep flavors and smell, with a big punch. Warmed me up as it warmed up.

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Photo of archero
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeandduke
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11/3/18 (Okemos, MI): $17.55 w/ tax six pack 12 oz bottles purchased at a Kalamazoo Meijer. Bottled 8/29/18, poured into snifter. Dark black pour, light tan head with nice lacing. Chocolate malt aroma, creamy coffee taste, malt is excellent. Very rich creamy mouth feel, carbonation olds. Nice and smooth going down, overall very good pour.

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Photo of ntanner83
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Harrison8
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger and a half of dense, caramel-colored foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is big and malty, hitting roasty, toasty, nutty malts along the way. There is a little herbal and spicy hop action that livens up the aroma a bit, although it's still heavily focused and centered on dark malts. A light addition of chocolate and dark fruits rounds out the aroma. Flavor profile is caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits with roasted, toasted, nutty, and bready malts behind. Hops are more of a whisper here, but hit notes of herbal, spicy, and floral. Mouth feel is dense and thick with a velvety texture. Overall, a big stout with big malts and still perceptible hops. It's not overly complex or loaded with additional flavors, just a great straight-forward stout.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of Bogdawg
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Solid deep black color with low to light carbonation. Body has a slight oily slick feel, above average thick heavy feel .
Aroma is bitter black coffee,alcohol, mild amount of smoke and and char. There's also a earthy,wood,and dried fruit aroma hidden deep in the aroma
Taste is boozy, bitter black coffee upfront and it takes a while for that to subside to let the other flavors come through . All the other flavors do show up but the alcohol does dominate to some extent.
Overall its complex,flavorful and really well made

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

Looks jet black with a quickly receding mocha colored head, end of SRM index. Smells like burnt toffee, cacao nibs,booze. Taste is somewhat bitter,(as they state on the bottle) This is the only beer that seems intended to age. It says "Shelf Life-Unlimited" Good god an apocalypse beer!! Feels somewhat well put together. Not viscous or oily feeling. Overall I will try to stash a few bottles of this gnarly elixir. Intense experience but worthwhile.

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Carmack
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nick_perry
2.29/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Very dark with a foamy brown head. Hint of chocolate, but a very strong alcohol / cough syrup flavor that ruins it for me.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottled on date is '08/31/2016'.
Black colored body, with a very thin mahogany edge when back lit. Half finger of tan head blooms at the end of the pour. Leaves behind an oily sheen of lacing that coalesces into scattered small spots.
Aroma of deeply roasted malts, dark chocolate, peat, smoke, and tobacco.
Taste is silky and spicy, with dark roasted malts, a range of chocolate from milk to dark, with a bit of smoke and a hint of dark fruit. Has a bit of peaty char deep into the after taste.
Mouth feel is thick, mouth coating, and creamy. Some felt alcohol but certainly not a burn. Appropriate carbonation.
Wonderful beer drinking experience, with rewards all through the taste profile (which is long and deep). This is a sipper beer because of all the nuances that can be discovered and savored, not because it is a challenging beer to drink.

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RepartoCorse
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be be the True North of Russian Imperial Stouts and all others are measured against.

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/2015 sampled on 10/2018

Opened at fridge temp and allowed to warm in glass

Oily tan head that disapated into small lacing. Near black appearance. Smell of dried dark fruit, unami, some coffee bitterness, vanilla, and chocolate milk. Taste is of coffee bitterness and finish with some of those dark fruits and a nice milk chocolate flavor.

At three years, I can see this lasting at least another three in the bottle. Still a little bitter for my liking. Will revisit next year. I do not think unami flavors will over take the complexities of this beer anytime soon.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottling date of 09/10/18. Sampled October 20, 2018

It has a deep dark brown to almost black appearance with a small, silky, fading mocha head.

Despite it's higher ABV percentage the aroma em its little in the way of alcohol. It does bring out sensations of bold, dark roasted malts with some milk or vanilla and a mild burnt character. Low hop profile.

Full bodied mouthfeel. Smooth.

Along with the roasted sweetness in the flavor I pick up a hint of the 10.5% booze. There is a charcoal like character too and a semi-dry finish. A wonderful Imperial Stout.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer that I’ve been waiting to get my hands on for a while - indeed it’s everything I had hoped for. Nice thick oily black color with minimal head and no lacing, but still looked great. Smells deeply of dark chocolate, roast coffee, dark sweet fruit and vanilla. Tastes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, plum, raisin, molasses, vanilla, caramel, malt and something else...graham cracker? Delicious. Nice smooth, sticky, creamy mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation. The high ABV doesn’t hit you upfront and this beer is dangerously, deceptively easy to drink. Truly a fantastic beer, and I will have to circle back, buy a six-pack and keep it in the beer cellar to see what happens after aging for a year or two.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is the freshest bell's beer in the area and probably one of the few i wouldn't give a damn if it was fresh or not. heavy pour into a tulip showed a thick puddle of black mud with a slim tease of a head. immediately a ton of roasted and charred malts hit, ton of chocolate and vanilla. flavor is dense, lot of different things happening from chocolate/coffee roastiness to some sweet vanilla and bits of fruit, all wrapped up in a blanket of an earthy hop bitterness. fills the mouth and leaves a bit of a boozy warmth but not enough to stop it from going down way faster than a 10.5% stout should. gonna pick up a couple more to hide away for a few years. that unlimited shelf life is going to be put to the test

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

Pours a pitch black color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is very good. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and some java. Creamy chocolate taste with roasty goodness and some java bitterness. Very smooth beer. Heavy bodied with moderate carbonation.

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

Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,387 ratings