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

6,163 Ratings
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.

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3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10068, bottled on 11/11/2010. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a solid, jet black. A vigorous pour yields a massive 3 and half finger dark brown head. The head recedes and leaves a nice soap-like tan cap. Nice wispy lacing is left on the glass.

The nose is extremely roasty, burnt almost. There is some burnt coffee and bitter dark chocolate that come through as well. There is a certain earthiness to it as well, not from the hops but from something else. Perhaps it's just the intense roasted notes.

The taste follows along with the nose. It's roasty, extremely burnt, charred even. But it's really pleasant. There is some nice dark, bitter chocolate that comes through before a hit of some dark fruit. The fruit doesn't really show itself enough to put a finger on the type, however. The earthy notes that were in the nose come across here as well, but in the end it seems like maybe the roasted notes are just a bit rough around the edges and it makes it seem that way.

There is a huge mouthfeel here. The carbonation is low and the body is thick. There is a slight warming from some alcohol at the back of the throat.

This is an excellent beer. The roasted and burnt characters are really intense but they sort of walk right up to the line of unpleasantness but don't cross it. And that, in turn, makes it extremely enjoyable for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of secondtooth
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sleek black with ruby undertones. Carbonation is slight, with a light crown of tan foam. Lace is slight and almost undetectable.

Nose is deeply earthy, with notes of fruit, candied pears, toffee, and peaty malts. Complex.

Taste is profoundly rich, with heavy burnt dark chocolate malts developing across the palate. An exquisite Russian Imperial stout, worth seeking out for an enjoyable evening sipping experience.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass

Appearance - Pitch Black in color, Stouts don't get any darker than this! Head is a very dark brown with a fluffy 3 finger width with excellent retention

Smell - Cocoa, Roasted Malts, and figs. I may be crazy when I say this but it can smell mashmellows in here too. It also has a very sweet scent to it and comes off as more of a Russian Imperial Stout/Winter Warmer hybrid. This is a pretty awesome smelling beer

Taste - Chocolate, Figs, and Coffee along with a very hefty malt backbone. The overall flavor comes off as being fairly sweet and delicious. The alcohol is very well masked at 10.5% ABV. This tastes absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel - Very Thick and creamy beer. The carbonation has a slight kick to it which adds a bit more flavor. To summarize, it feels excellent on the tongue and palette; It's really hard to top this in terms of mouthfeel

Overall - Simply put, you need to try this beer if you're able to get your hands on it. Any beer enthusiast should give this beer a try at least once.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark brown/black, very similar to used oil, with a thin, tan cap of foam that slowly fades away.

Aroma: Roasted malt, burnt coffee and dark chocolate. The burnt notes become more assertive as it warms.

Taste: A thick and creamy roasted malt bomb. Very heavy and coating with lots of roasted flavor, with more cocoa and a touch of bitterness showing up on the back end. The finish is lingering with residual roasted malt, but isn't is heavy as I though it would be.

The Rest: Wow, this is one heavy beer. It's has so much body, it right on the border of being excessive. As a result, it hides its 10.5% very well. You only get some warming after a few swallows. While I enjoyed this beer, It is definitely a one-serving beast.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally opened a bottle I'd had laying around for a few years. Probably 4-5 years old, and may have been a bit past it's prime.

Appearance was still an impressive, deep black with a very dark tan head. Little carbonation or head was left, perhaps partially a function of the age. Smell was rather sweet, with dark chocolate, soy sauce, smoke and tobacco notes. The taste was also sweet. A lot of malt, chocolate and some alcohol warmth. A few hoppy, earthy bitter notes were detectable in the finish, along with a little coffee. Mouthfeel was very thick and oily, lacking in carbonation. I need to try this one again fresh.

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,163 ratings.
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