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:
6,182
Reviews:
2,145
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
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554
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1,780
For Trade:
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Ratings: 6,182 |  Reviews: 2,145
Photo of rpaul2012
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of quaybr
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Had a huge mocha head that dissipated after several minutes of extreme patience! Color a dark brown, nearing black.

Smelled of roasted and chocolate malts, quiet bitter hops, and alcohol.

Taste is amazing. A ten degree warmup result in a completely different beer. So you should let that happen (50 degree range). Right after the pour, it tasted like a slightly roasted, hoppy, thick ale. As it warms up, however, the coffee and chocolate undertones get louder and louder in a wonderful way. So damn good.

Mouthfeel is thick and relatively smooth, not quite silky. Good level of carbonation.

Visiting Ohio for Christmas. I have spent that past few weeks hoping this beer would be accessible once I got back into the distribution area. Quarter Barrel in Oxford did me one better. This is a great beer. Well balanced and consistently delicious.

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

This beer pours a dark brown to black color with a 1/2 mocha colored head. the smell is roasty and chocolatey, with a nice sweetness. the taste is pretty much spot on with the smell, the chocolate flavors are a little more pronounced the roastiness is subdued and finishes sweet. the mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. overall this is a great beer.

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Photo of eroc360
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of NvMyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of MaddogOrlando
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of laymansbeerfan
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Dotterr1
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of gphillips5300
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Kelton
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of sjstraub
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of kenm2118
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Holland
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: this is black with dark brown highlights, a decent sized head when you pour it for one. Head and lacing don't stick around for long, though.

S: smells sweet, very bitter with hops, and boozy as it warms. Slight cherry and chocolate notes.

T: this tastes like a legitimate 10.5% beer. Wonderfully big stout, it tastes like bitter chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and slight cherry again.

M: good carbonation for a heavy-bodied beer. Definitely not smooth due to the bite of the alcohol when it warms, though.

O: have this before it warms up and you will be happy. It does not increase much in complexity when it warms, but the booze flavor and smell come out. This bottle was from less than 3 months ago - I'll age and rerate if it's different.

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Photo of jheiss
2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of szartman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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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  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Cwillia9
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/1/11 and poured into a tulip.

A: Insanely dark beer. No light, no color, just black. Kind of boring. It did pour with a nice light brown head.

S: Roasty, with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Finding it hard to get my nose out of the glass.

T: The roasty malt comes out a lot. The chocolate and coffee is subtle but present.

M: it has a very soft feel but not thin or watered down, just soft and a little creamy.

O: I think this a solid RIS and I am looking forward to opening one every six months to see how this develops.

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Photo of jackie7787
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of metalgdog
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Mscarpen
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,182 ratings.
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