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

6,176 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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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black that is near opaque with a wispy mocha head that quickly fades. Fair lacing. The dense, murky, viscous look to this one reminds me of scary night waters.

S- An intense RIS aroma of coffee, vanilla, specialty chocolates, dark cherries that can be detected from a few feet away. Blends well with the intense notes of esters and bourbon booze. This aroma is pure magic.

T- Flavor that certainly has some "wow" qualities. Just as the label indicates with the big hop bitterness. Milky chocolate picked up even more on the tongue than on the nose. Roasted goodness along with damn near overwhelming complexity. Welcoming blend of sweet and acidic sour.

M- Just like all the other characteristics of this beer, the feel is spot on for the style. Full chewy body, viscous and sheet like velvet. Creamy as can be. Alcohol is present and well received as the warmth invigorates the throat.

O- An absolutely impressive stout. Should age like a fine wine. Cellar will welcome a few for the next year or two...if i can hold out that long. I needed a second glass to verify how good this beer was...any yep, my original thoughts were confirmed. Well done Bells!

$16.99 for a 6pk

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another review taken Winter 2012 though I've had this one many times before.

12 oz brown Bell's style bottle with simple yet very neat artwork. Not much to it, but this is a label that shows what Bell's is all about. One of my favorites from them. Poured into a Bell's pint glass.

A - black in color with dark brown edges. Very RIS like, duh! A dark tan head rests on top and is actually fairly nice In size. This stout pours and looks ridiculously thick and massive. It's an excellent take on the RIS style.

S - chocolate and dark chocolate malts with an abundance of roasted goodness. Black coffee bean creeps up but is fairly minimal to the malt character. Dark fruit and the slightest whiff of licorice were detected down deep. With some smoke in the back end of the nose.

T - bitter chocolate and dark ripe fruit make a real bittersweet start to the taste. Layers upon layers of dark chocolate and roasted malt swing massive right and left hooks into my palate only to take a short break with a small hint of coffee bean and smoke. A massive bittersweet finish.

M - big bodied and thick. We all love thick. It bombs the mouth with loads of stout goodness. This is a big stout. It drinks and tastes like a big stout. It's not something meant to down easily one after another. This as good as it gets in the world of overly huge imperial stouts. This will make a man of you.

O - when you pair Bell's Brewery and the RIS style you get Expedition Stout and boy am I glad those 2 hooked up. This is one of the best year in and year out imperial stouts you'll find. It's something I enjoy every winter and something I look forward to aging. Oh yea, I forgot about that.. Expedition Stout does well setting in a cool dark place for any period of time. But that's another review for another day. If you like big roasted bittersweet stouts get your hands on some Expedition. Highly under appreciated in today's craft beer scene. An all time favorite of mine.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

A-dark brown black with a smallish tan head and minimal lacing

T-chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, molasses

T-dark chocolate, molasses, dark roasted malt, coffee, earthy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with mild carbonation, smooth

O-great balance in this RIS, enjoyable to sip this

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I Had this beer shipped to me after spending about 9 months at my parents house in Michigan. Forgot I had left it there but they included it in with a beer order I had placed on a website, but being in Texas, could not get shipped directly. It was, to date, the best pure Russian Imperial Stout I have ever tasted. The absolutely creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation coupled with the perfect balance of bitter chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and a touch of vanilla, and the fact that the 10.5% alcohol was completely hidden was just awesome. I remember tasting it 9 or so months ago and loving it then, but this I think is aged to perfection. Have on bottle left and will probably drink it very soon too.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,176 ratings.
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