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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout
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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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Ratings: 6,278 |  Reviews: 2,169
Photo of atigerlife
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Small dark brown head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of soy sauce, dark chocolate and burnt dark malts.

Taste of dark malts. Soy sauce. Stewed plum, dark chocolates. Lots of flavors all melded together. As it warms, more comes out....Smokey, hops, coffee.

Mouthfeel is heavy, lightly dry at end. Cleansing.

Overall, wow! Very impressive. Nice sipper. Extremely well made.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a minimal tan head. Slight ring of lacing.

Smells of bold roasted malts, some bitterness, baker's chocolate and coffee.

Big boozy flavors. Bitter roasted malts along with some serious sweetness along with dark fruits, figs and chocolate. Big and juicy up front, but still finishes somewhat dry.

Thick and luscious mouthfeel. A tad sweet, but it works with the thickness of the mouthfeel.

Very good easier to get stout and I love my big beers in smaller format. Always a go to every year.

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Photo of jdhasse
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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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%

Photo of MichPaul
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer before, and just now having another one. What a great Stout! Big taste and keeps up with all the other Michigan Stouts as far as I'm concerned.
This beer pours nice thick and black with quite a thin head.
Not much of an aroma to speak of, but this seems quite common with stouts.
As I said earlier, what a big taste! Very strong and complex, with a medium to strong bitterness.
Overall, I LOVE this stout. This has a nice kick with a 10.5% ABV. If you like the thick, strong, complex type of stouts, you gotta search this out. I know I will be buying this every year it comes out.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Homebrew35
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep drown creamy one finger sized head. Inky black body.

Smells of rich milk chocolate, espresso, light roast, sweet pleasant alcohol, vanilla and rum raisins.

Tastes like a big and rich dark chocolate beer. Espresso beans, coco, vanilla, rum, dark fruits and toffee.

Medium full, fairly dry finish considering the rich semi-sweet flavors. Low carbonation. Mid palate and somewhat in the finish I get a gritty sensation, maybe it's a roasty grain, it's a texture that's kind of off putting.

Overall this is an awesome beer. Everything is great about it, with the exception to the minor texture or feel I get mid palate. Alcohol is well hidden, big flavors, great price and very drinkable.
Batch dated sept 09
$3.30 a small bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of magsvmi
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,278 ratings
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