Expedition Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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

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#1,342
Reviews:
2,204
Ratings:
6,384
pDev:
10.09%
 
 
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Ratings: 6,384 |  Reviews: 2,204
Photo of y2kawakami
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MartyMoser
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ichorNet
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a bit late to enter this into my New Beer Sunday, so I guess I'll just give it a good ol' straight-up review... I've been a big fan of Bell's darker beers that I've been able to get my hands on since we've started to see distribution over in New England. This is a beloved RIS, and one that I've never before been able to weigh in on. Super glad to get my hands on a single bottle! I had Black Note last week and thought it was great, but I definitely felt like I didn't quite know where it was coming from. This beer is the missing piece that I need to experience to put it all together!

Pours an intensely-dark color with a thin but very retentive mocha-colored head. Solid lace forms as I sip, giving this a really solid appearance. It reminds me of the very first few batches of Clown Shoes' Blaecorn Unidragon, a similarly huge RIS that went straight for the style.

The nose is incredibly roasty, with a big chocolate and caramel aspect that inevitably falls behind the roast. Caramel maltiness and Belgian chocolate round everything out. There's very little dark fruit compared to other Russian Imperial stout beers... this is all about the cocoa and earthiness! Hops seem relegated to backing up said earthy elements, but also seem to give off some herbal and floral character. Mostly sweet caramel and chocolate, though... a very decadent smelling RIS.

The flavor profile is sweeter than expected, with strong elements of Belgian chocolate, earthy hops and caramel/toffee. My tongue is utterly inundated by the intense roasty cocoa flavors here... it's almost too much; beyond the realm of what I want in this style of beer. Just absolutely decadent with pine-like bitterness following through and a bit of a floral element kicking around toward the finish. I'm unsure of whether or not this beer is really what I want in the RIS style, however. It tastes quite excellent, but it does have a bit too much roast for my taste.

The feel is moderately heavy with a bit more carbonation than I expected. Once again, this betrays what I assumed it would be... it is a large beer with an appropriately done body, and I get that, but it's just a little on the nose for me. I've known about this beer for a long time, and having now had it... I'm somewhat nonplussed. It's excellent for a strong stout, but maybe I would feel that it's even better with some time on it? Black Note is great with a year on it, so this is probably in the same realm.

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Photo of G-R-Fracassa
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Too bitter and black liquorice-y fresh; 3.5 - 3.75. Way better aged; I'd give it between a 4.5 and 5. Aged, it's very smooth, almost as if it contained lactose. Definitely age this one!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/15/15; drank 9/2/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice, noisy dark tan head; minimal lace.

Blackberry, dark chocolate, marshmallow, mild raspberry & faint fresh earth notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, blackberry & marshmallow flavors up front; fresh earth & mild raspberry notes on the finish. No booze heat.

2 years in this is a delicious, complex monster. I bet in another year it will be even better...

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Photo of dsippel
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LGFitz2
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KevinMc
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeff4900
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwiech
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great stout! Chocolate notes throughout. Wanted more of a head to showcase the aroma more.

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Photo of Greener
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChittyChambers
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of megaman85
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Skabiski
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dandandan79
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep black with a dark brown head. Strong complex full beer. Taste of coffee, chocolate, dried fruit. The taste is intense, alcohol comes through. A great stout.

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Photo of StormAles
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of depechemode1983
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out pitch black with a brown head. Head is somewhat dense and has moderate retention. Lacing is minimal and splotchy.

Getting dark fruits and chocolate. Raisins come to mind. There is also a hint of coffee. Alcohol on this one is noticeable.

Taste is off roasted coffee and grains with a raisin sweetness and an alcohol warmth. It is fairly sweet. Chocolate is also part of the show.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and quite silky. Coats the palate nicely. The carbonation is medium and gives it a little lift.

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Photo of jripley97
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jkhobbs99
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hornsdude77
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,384 ratings