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
Ratings:
6,177
Reviews:
2,143
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
553
Gots:
1,780
For Trade:
129
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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint three months after bottling.

Appearance: Looks like used motor oil, thick, dark and viscous. Dark tan head with tiered lacing on sides.

Smell: Sweet cocoa and some dark fruit. Nice.

Taste: Very chocoately starting out. Tends to overwhelm other flavors. Some chocolate-covered cherries, as well as some smoky wood taste. Some coffee flavor begins to appear in time, but is not prominent. A bit of alcohol heat begins to make its presence known, but the chocolate and other flavors try to hide this, and do pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Very, very thick and heavy. More than just chewy.

Overall: A good chocolatey stout, but a lot of the flavors are buried under the chocolate, and this hides the complexity. Gooey goodness, but this beer retains a good deal of its mystery.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 6 month old bottle into a Bruery Snifter.

A- after an initial slow pour I dumped the rest of the bottle to create a nice mocha colored one (fat) finger head. After ten minutes there us still a nice foam skim encircled by a khaki ring. The body is a black coffee and totally opaque.

S- best thing about this beer. You put your beak in your glass and this beer blows you away. Hits you with unroasted coffee and blasts you with chocolate. A deep wiff must be what Gustaf smelled moments before he fell into the chocolate river. Two dimensional but done very well.

T- The taste is less attractive then the smell for only one reason and that is the heat of this beer. You are greeted by a dark chocolate wave with a beautiful under tow of dark coffee and even a welcome pinch of pepper that holds it together. After all of these great flavors you are walloped by all 10.5% and your beer turns into a nice Kentucky Bourbon. Cellar this beer at least a beer if you have the willpower.

M- medium weight that is silky. Like drinking milk. In this case bourbon infused chocolate milk. There is a nice touch of carbonation that arises from the black depths to give your tongue a tingle.

O- a world class beer that needs time to develop. But a t 6 months it is a beer best enjoyed in a cold night when you need warm me up.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from bottle to tulip glass
A-pours dark black with a tan head that dissipate
S-rich aromas rich roast malt, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and hops
T-very similar to the smell, but taste caramel now
M-full bodied, sticky and thick. Can't taste the alcohol
O-great imperial stout very smooth smell, taste and palate. Great beer even thou I don't drink coffee

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Being a fan of Bell's Brewery and having read all the hype on Beer Advocate for Bell's Expedition Stout I expected to really enjoy this one but I can't say that I did.

A: Thick and as dark as I have seen, strong head, seriously pitch black though

S: Strong coffee and dark chocolate smell, pretty much what you would expect

T: Syrupy would be the first word I would use. This tasted very thick like chocolate syrup (more so than I would have liked or expected). Heavy dark chocolate taste but not as heavy on the coffee taste as one might think. Not terrible but definitely not as good as I had expected.

F: Creamy and syrupy would sum this up nicely. Thick to say the least.

Overall: Not a fan. Taste was OK and the smell was excellent but the mouthfeel is simply too thick to enjoy much. My least favorite Bell's brew thus far.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black in color, with a nice finger tan head at the top that leaves some nice retention of lacing around the glass as you drink it, beautiful looking.

S: Strong espresso notes up front with a slight hint of chocolate on the tail end, very pleasant nose on this one, lots of roast and a bit of dark fruit.

T: Very sweet on the tongue at first, sweeter than the nose, a nice bitterness up front that warms up with the alcohol after you take it down, very good taste.

M: Slick and sticky, mid carbonation, warming aspect to it as well.

O: A fantastic brew, well balanced, the alcohol is very present but not overpowering in any shape or form, Bells never dissappoints.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,177 ratings.
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