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:
6,177
Reviews:
2,143
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
553
Gots:
1,780
For Trade:
129
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Poured into a Bell's branded nonic class I picked up at Knightly on the cheap.

Simply put, this brew looks amazing. To borrow from the great film"This is Spinal Tap", how much more black could this beer be? The answer is none. None more black. The pour yielded a full inch of deep mocha foam that would not quit, and left behind a mighty series of lacing rings in its wake. It earned the 5 simply because I can't find any fault here.

Nose is also pretty damned rockin', though not this brew's greatest attribute. Roasted grain, coffee, chocolate and cream - a bit of dark fruit as well. Not as potent as I've run into, but still pretty great.

Man this is one tasty stout - wish I had brought back more. Methinks a summer sojourn to Buffalo or somesuch is in order to get a few extra bottles, because as far as stouts go, this is one of the greats. Rich coffee, caramel, a nice finish of wood and toasted grain, dark fruit and a nice creaminess. Lots to think about, lots to enjoy.

The feel is just superb - silky, creamy, coats the tongue like a champ. Carbonation is mild and compliments the brew nicely.

I was excited to try some Bell's brews, and Knightly had a great selection, but I was underwhelmed/normal whelmed by the previous offerings (Pale Ale, Best Brown, respectively). But this brew really impressed me. There isn't a specific extra detail they added to the brew (anise, barrel-aging, coffee, etc), so it might not be the most unique, but it is superbly crafted and highly enjoyable. Well done to Bell's!

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 9 July 2011.

A: Obscenely beautiful head. Very creamy, dense, and dark brown. Fades slowly. Great, comprehensive lacing. Black as emptiness and utterly impenetrable by light.

S: Sweet alcohol. Some fruit. Some coffee. Some vanilla. Deep, strong, and impressive. Boozy.

T: Pretty much one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Immensely dense and chock full of flavour. Fruit, roasted malts, meat, soaring alcohol. Smack-worthy and utterly magnificent!

M: Round, smooth, sweet, slinky, drinkable, and excellent.

O: Go as far as it takes to find this beer. You couldn't ask for a better imperial stout. Utterly marvellous.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is approximately 2.5 years old at this point (from 10/09) and I'm excited to see how it's held up.

The beer pours a near jet black with a razor thin, oily tan head. There's still some lacing, but generally it's a dense, saturated stout blackness. Very fine, dense bubbles leave a thin head of carbonation that fades in seconds. The beer smells intense with a strong fruitiness, coffee, chocolate & vanilla, and some metallic undertones. There's almost no hint of ethanol.
The taste doesn't fail to disappoint with intense stout flavors including bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, and a light fruitiness (mainly consisting of pit fruits such as cherries and plumbs). As the beer warms up to a proper serving temperature the alcohol pipes though the darkness with a vengeance. A buttery, smooth mouthfeel, which is characteristic of a good sipping stout, dominates every sip. This beer is very bold and oily, something I actually didn't expect. The bitter aftertaste brings balance to the syrupy sweet body.

Hard to get beer, and unfortunately I had to trade for it, but it's very tasty for being in a 12oz bottle....Reminds me of an oskar for the price, volume, and general tasting experience...just isn't in a can.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle date 12/17/10

poured into a pint glass

appearance: dark as tar, small light brown head, pours smooth

aroma: soft notes of chocolate and smoke, nice but not very strong

palate: big big body, but so so smooth. for such a big bodied beer with a high abv this drinks amazingly well.

taste: huge chocolate, smokey and coffee taste. they compliment each other perfectly, better than in most stouts.

overall: this aged greatly. like it much more than i did a year ago. wish i bought more at that time!

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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, poured from bottle into CBS Snifter. Pours a rich black color, nice tan head that recedes quickly. Some lacing. Beautiful so far. Smell- rich dark chocolate, molasses, roast, some mocha. Still plenty boozy. Man, after 2 yrs I would have thought this would mellow more. Its truly built for looong term cellaring, and I will be laying the rest that I have for awhile more. Taste- rich dark chocolate just coats my mouth. A touch of espresso hits the tongue and sides of mouth, followed by a nice roasty bitterness. This is just so complex. The booze doesn't present itself on the taste, it is really covered by the rich dark chocolate taste. Mouthfeel- still nice carbonation, super creamy and thick. This is a great beer. I am looking forward to seeing what else happens over time.

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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,177 ratings.
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