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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#775
Reviews:
2,178
Ratings:
6,316
pDev:
10.09%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
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Ratings: 6,316 |  Reviews: 2,178
Photo of cub7
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sbuck
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkblr
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of zbelair
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AuntBea
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,316 ratings