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:
6,183
Reviews:
2,146
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
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555
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazed to find sixpacks of this BA high-rated stout in Florida. Previously I had only found any Bell's at the Cratf Beer Outlet in Philadelphia, and then only a few of their lower-rated products. Bought one bottle to try, in a mixed fourpack.

Was hoping for something really exceptional, but although I found this very good, it was not amazing. The ABV was hidden quite well, but that is not necessarily that difficult to accomplish with an imperiall stout.

To be fair, I am not the biggest fan of Russian Imperial Stouts. Generally I much prefer a sweeter, good milk stout.

As a caveat, I drank this within a day of purchase. Unfortunately aging it first as recommended was just not practical. OTOH I did not check the bottling date, so cannot vouch for the freshness of the 12 ounces I had.

UPDATE 1/8/14: Back in Florida and bought a relatively fresh bottle in a mixed six at Whole Foods in Orlando. "Packaged 9/19/13" so this was being bottled about the time I was drinking my first one! Here's a more conventional review than I mustered earlier:

Poured from the 1q2 oz. bottle into a glass tumbler.

a: Black with an inch thick tan head which receded to even surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Dark bitter chocolate and coffee.

t: Dark chocolate and black coffee, which is to say a strong imperial stout flavor. Considerable lingering bitterness on the sides of the tongue. High ABV well covered.

m: Medium to heavy.

o: A quintessential imperial stout. Eminently sippable. Raising my previous newt 3.95 ratings for appearance from 4-4.25, smell from 3.75-4, taste from 4-4.25 and overall from 4-4.25.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,183 ratings.
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