Expedition Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Expedition StoutExpedition Stout

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 9971, bottled 13 September 2010.

Pours black in the glass, with two fingers of deep coffee-brown head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Smells of rich dark chocolate, a touch of smoke, and deep roasted wood. Great depth and complexity, but with light sugary notes as well. Yum.

Tastes is rich as well, though not quite as complex as the smell. Chocolate dominates as well, followed by coffee, then a distinct hop bitterness that persists through the finish.

Mouthfeel is big, full, and heavy. Like chewing a chocolate cookie. One of the sludgier beers that I've had, and it works. Could use a touch more carbonation, but with the age, I really can't complain about that.

A very tasty, very rich imperial stout. I like this beer, a lot. Chocolate-forward, and sludgy, with the smell as the highlight. Yum.

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09/19/2011 vintage. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. Reviewed on 08-27-2012. Thanks a ton apocolypsezombie!

A - Pitch black body with a two finger high mocha head. Super sticky lacing and retention. 4.0/5

S - Charred malts, milk chocolate, and some faint ripe dark fruit notes. Somewhat simple. 3.5/5

T - Very roasty with some sweeter notes of chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste is a tad bitter with a warming alcohol presence. Again, rather simple. 3.5/5

M - Pretty amazing mouth feel. Super thick and silky with decent carbonation. Sticky and coating which really works with the basic flavor profile. 4.5/5

O - A very standard but delicious RIS. The flavor and nose are somewhat boring for the style but the mouth feel is one of the best I've had. Excellent beer. 4.0/5

Batch 9512 - December 18, 2009. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Reviewed on 10-05-2012. Thanks to Rempo for this killer extra.

A - Same as the 2011

S - Seems a bit less roasty than the fresher bottle. Ripe dark fruits, chocolate, espresso beans, light smoke and a touch of booze. Excellent aroma. 4.5/5

T - Dark fruits and milk chocolate. Some coffee and hop bitterness. Really rich and smooth. 4.0/5

M - Again, just excellent. Super thick and coating as all hell. 4.5/5

O - Age did some pretty amazing things to this beer. Much more layered and well rounded. Super solid RIS. 4.0/5

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Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,302 ratings