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%
 
 
Wants:
555
Gots:
1,780
For Trade:
128
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Ratings: 6,183 |  Reviews: 2,146
Photo of AgentMunky
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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Photo of danoble1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
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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Photo of mobius387
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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Photo of DanGolfs86
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of lnashsig
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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Photo of airbag11
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of howard12
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type -- Bottle, dated 1.18.12

A -- Dark, dark brown almost black

S -- Molasses, Coffee, Chocolate, some hop, mcintosh apple

T -- Bitter chocolate/espresso with hops slight vanilla but only very slight

O -- Legit carbonation, bitter but smooth, espresso; will buy again, certainly

definitely a fan of the beer

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Photo of drwolfe
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of matzah
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waxed bottle, batch 9435, bottled November 11, 2009. Thanks Hooliganlife!

Appearance. Pours a deep brown, close to black with a skim of brown, bubbly head.

Smell. Fruity booze, dark cherry, almond and bitter chocolate, roasty malts.

Taste. Molasses and roasty malts, some licorice and baker's semi sweet chocolate and a little pear. Smooth and tasty.

Mouthfee. Medium-full body with low+, fine carbonation. Very nice.

Overall. A fine RIS. Very drinkable, smooth and full of flavour.

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Photo of cardern
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Deshon2688
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/18/12 Poured into Duvel glass

A: Half-finger mocha head that retains around the edges of the glass nicely, jet black color, good carbonation, and a little bit of lacing

S: Chocolates, nice blend of malts, dark fruits, espresso

T: Same as above, bitterness, some earthiness, a bit boozy

M: Smooth and silky, good carbonation, medium-full bodied, warming

O: Very good RIS, got a few to see how it ages and maybe re-review if it changes much

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Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of originsbrewery
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of matthageman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mzeld
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Iowacraft
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Scout11
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of TheBierBoutique
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Cstromberg57
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of nknauz
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of augie
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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