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:
6,163
Reviews:
2,137
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
547
Gots:
1,778
For Trade:
131
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle dated 11/29/11 poured into a duvel tulip glass.

A:Pours a dark black with a creamy light brown head. Decent lacing retention.

S: Dark chocolate and intense roasted malts overwhelm the senses. Also has a hint of sweet coffee and licorice to it's aroma.

T: Man this is one heck of a good tasting stout. The chocolate/coffee taste is unreal and the lingering roasted malts offset the hops perfectly.

M: This just suits my palate perfectly. It has a sweet, syrupy taste that just lingers on the palate.

O: Great stout by Bells and one of my favorites. Highly recommended.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had it at the Flying saucer, early December. When the waitress brought the black beast down, and the head was incredible. The fluffiest pillow of dark tan would not sink until I started mucking it up. It notched with every sip, perfect start.

The aroma was as astringent and hoppy as it was sweet. Pure chocolate, coffee, and leafy hop flavors hit the nostrils relatively gently for the style.

Alcoholic phenols are definitely evident in the mouth especially as it warms. It's got commanding bitterness from extremely roasty burnt espresso flavors and intense hop additions. Fleeting dashes of sweet chocolate and caramel lighten things up briefly.

This is among the thickest, chewiest, densest body I have experienced. It's almost like melted marshmallows in the mouth. It finishes brutally dry which makes it easy to keep sipping, emphasis on sipping. Substitute it for a meal.

It's definitely kicks you in the taste buds fresh from the tap.
I would like to try one that has been aged for a while to see how it mellows out. That my make this one a little bit less hot to handle.

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P: Tap pour in to Bells tulip glass

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Opaque. Head is deep tan, 1/2 in, dissipates to rim of glass. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Deep dark roasted malt and brewers licorice.

T: Follows smell. Deep roasted malts coat the palate, with brewers licorice noticeable but very well incorporated. Alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering. Aftertaste is deep roasted malt.

M: Full bodied. Heavy viscosity from heavy malt use and carbonation.

O: A classic RIS. Masterfully balanced; bold and complex yet very balanced. I do not like licorice, except for when Bells uses it in their beers.

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