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

6,184 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 11/1/11. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Pitch black, with a slightly red tint when held up to the light. Pours with a huge 4 fingers of frothy brown head. Lacing is great.

Smell. Coffee and chocolate are dominant. Some roastyness and grassy and earthy hops in the distant background.

Taste. Starts out roasy with some lingering yeasty flavors. An intense sweetness builds with an equally intense chocolate flavor. Some moderate bitterness comes in to dull down the sweetness. Roasted malts join this into a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel. Very thick in body. Carbonation is moderate.

Lots of huge flavors here. Cant wait to see how this is with some age on it.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sept 26, 2011.

Beer is jet black and a large cocoa coloured head sits atop. Dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving some lacing.

Smell contains roasted malt (actually some burnt scents), some alcohol, vanilla, coffee. Nice.

Taste is excellent. Lots of roasted malt, nice dark chocolate flavours, burnt caramel, and what tastes exactly like roasted marshmallows. There is an ice cream place near me that makes a roasted marshmallow flavour and this tasts like a much less sweet version of that in some respects. I love that flavour and this beer! Alcohol is present and noticeable, especially at the end, but in just the right amount. Just fantastic.

Full bodied, low carbonation, rather oily.

Overall, a terrific beer. The smell is nice but the taste is just excellent. I look forward to experiencing the apparently excellent aging abilities of this one.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. I found a six pack of 5 year old Expedition Stout on the shelves of a tiny deli. No regrets.

A - Motor oil pour with a chocolate milk colored head. Slight legs on the glass. Absolutely gorgeous.

S - A world of difference from a fresh bottle. All alcoholic heat is muted, and instead milk chocolate, molasses, and fig dominate. Wonderful sherry notes that are only achievable with age.

T - Holy moly. The taste follows the nose. The tannic, angular bitterness from the fresh bottle is nowhere to be found. Everything has been brought together in a glorious state of absolution. Bravo.

M - Chewier than a wookie. Alcoholic burn is non-existent. Extremely creamy.

O - I don't alway rate beers absurdly high, but when I do - they deserve it. Apparently 5 years of being ignored does this ale great justice. Now if I can make it to 10...

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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

P-Nice star to show the meaning of the beers name.

A-Nice and dark, wouldnt say a full pitch black but super dark. Nice dark mocha head. Got about a half fingers worth.

S-This beer smells super good. Sweet chocolate and vanilla and cherries. Subtle alcohol in the mix doesnt make a strong showing.

T-Wow, lots of flavor. Like a bomb going off in your mouth. Get a nice sting from the alcohol with a sweet front and a dark chocolaty finish. Vanill and little coffee are very present. This stout is incredibly hoppy as well.

M-Has a full body and very heavy palate. Carbonation is rather high for this one but its not bad, adds a crisp touch which is nice. Lots of flavors on this one.

O-Really good stout. Recieved this as an extra in a trade, hopefully i come by another one next winter and let it age.

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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%

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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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Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,184 ratings.
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