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

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6,163 Ratings
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:
6,163
Reviews:
2,137
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
547
Gots:
1,778
For Trade:
131
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown almost black pour with 2 fingers of dark brown head, slow dissipation, good amount of lacing left behind.

Smoky overall aroma, dark roasted grains, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice.

Very tasty profile, right up my alley with charred oak, dark roasted flavors.. Black coffee, ashtray dirt. Lovely.

Creamy mouthfeel.. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Drinks fairly easy for the higher abv.

An excellent stout - very easy to drink, very tasty and dark. Must try if you're into dark roasted flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I have had this several times and never thought to do a review. This particular sample was bottled on 10/02/12, and I saved it specifically for 1 year to see how it aged (could not wait any longer for this). Results are in:

Poured slowly into a snifter, no head, blood red ring around edge of glass, no lacing. nearly black in color, but resembles cola, slightly. It's smooth and has decent legs. Coffee and chocolate aromas, with roasted malt as well, and perhaps some dark fruit as well, but very minimal. All of this offers a really rich smell. Complex.

Taste is similar, but with a bitter character to it. Very bitter coffee. But so good. Not so much dark fruit in the flavor. Rich coffee and dark chocolate dominate.

Feels smooth, minimal carbonation, a bit hoppy for a stout, maybe it's just the bitterness of the coffee and the chocolate.

Overall, this is right up there with my favorite stouts. I need to buy a case of it this year.

Cheers

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,163 ratings.
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