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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout
BA SCORE
4.26/5
6,214 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
Ranking:
#688
Reviews:
2,154
Ratings:
6,214
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
558
Gots:
1,775
Trade:
126
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 6,214 |  Reviews: 2,154
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of LookingForBalance
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/22/12

Poured into a 12 oz snifter, very dark black looks like motor oil chugging into my glass and a dark brown creamy thick head.

Oh my this smells amazing, dark chocolate, coffee, mocha, espresso, dark fruits, a slight smokey smell.

Mouth feel is thick and creamy and coats the mouth in a very good way, smooth and almost velvet like.

Taste is out of this world, starts with bitter coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, licorice, dark fruits, has almost a smoked meat/smoked wood taste in the middle and ends with a fair amount of hop bitterness to even it all out.

This is a true RIS Bells knocked it out of the park on this one, i have a few more set back to age another year see how it is then.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle marked clearly with "PKGD 10/22/12" on the label. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Like black ink out of the bottle, an aggressive pour yields a frothy one finger cocoa head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving sparse and silky lacing and a smattering of bubbles across the top of the liquid. A gentle swirl reveals a great deal of carbonation simmering below the surface. Body is jet black with only the faintest hint of chestnut when a light is held directly behind the bottle.

Smell - Upfront involves heavy notes of charred wood, cocoa nibs, molasses and burnt sugar. Subsequent inhalations reveal some subtle smokey elements and overcooked gingerbread. Very unique and promising.

Taste - I'm not quite as big a fan of the taste, although it is a very good example of the style. The baked goods sweet overtones of the smell have faded back for espresso bitterness and a smattering of dark fruits, like plum or raisin. Some astringent alcohol, with a warmth in the chest after swallowing I wish the taste were as well entwined as the aroma, but a solid effort nonetheless. I imagine it would be even better with some more age on it to mellow out the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Viscous and creamy, with lingering mouth coating and heavy carbonation for some kick to the heavy bodied brew.

Overall, a great take on RIS, although there are examples of the style that I would likely drink before this one. I would hazard a guess that six months old is close to the bare minimum age you want to crack a bottle with, based on how it tastes at eight months.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Trifecta1
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2 years old, glad I have 5 left to go.

Pitch black, thick and sludgy, doesn't get better. Smell is heavy roast and chocolate, but a metallic twang that kind of distracts. Taste is insanely strong, complex, roasted coffee and chocolate with heavy grain sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily and creamy. Fantastic beer from a fantastic brewery.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep dark brown, nice half finger of dark chocolate head, head recedes after about 90 seconds and lacing is pretty non existent in my snifter/tulip hybrid.

S - Roasty nose, lots of bitter burnt malts, molasses, woody, smells very rich.

T - Oh man, super roasty and bitter. Coffee and anise, minimal dark fruit flavors, burnt sugar. Lesser rich chocolatey and burnt molasses type flavors. Finish is sweet and transitions into a roasty bitterness. Aftertaste is relatively bitter

M - Quite full bodied, incredibly smooth, no carbonation, a great warming brew.

O - Very robust, tasty, bitter, big stout. A really really fantastic tasting sipper

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ltltony
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Almost a year old now, and it's mellowed out nicely. Drank at 55 degrees.

A - Pours pitch black with about a one finger creamy white head.

S - Boozey with a strong mocha and dark fruit smell. Reminds me of chocolate covered raisins.

T - Roasted chocolate and coffee. Slight sweetness with a bit of alcohol. Still a bit of bitterness, but mellowed very well.

M - Nice mild carbonation, and a slight creaminess. Coats the mouth nicely.

O/D - A fantastic RIS that gets better and better with age.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,214 ratings
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