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

BA SCORE
94
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6,163 Ratings
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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Absolute pitch black with a very thin dark brown head that disappears almost completely. Smells of reduced dark berries and coffee. Starts out very thick and sweet across the palate, then fades into amazing dark fruity cherry roastiness mingled with hefty hop bitterness, some yeasty spicyness and caramel shows up, and then disappears into a long roasty finish burnt coffee becoming and hops becoming prominent. Incredibly full in the mouth and without a shred of obtrusive alcohol, this is beautiful. Though I'd prefer it to be a little less sweet. Tremendous nonetheless.

Huge thanks to deejaydan for this.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**
11/21/2015
Go Lehigh. Lafayette Sucks. 2014 Bottle (13 months old) to goblet. Aroma is a lot of roasted barley. Hints of coffee also. Appearance: Dark black color, very thick, with thick light tan head. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, roasted barley, maybe a touch burnt. Excellent beer though. Feel is thick and meaty. Not quite as tasty as some other stouts, but all the peripherals are on the mark. Excited to age a few of these further.
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03/25/2016
Picked up a younger bottle. Bottled 9/11/15, so about 6 months. Very nice. A tad less bitter than i remember the 13month old bottle.
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10/19/16
Bottle to pint glass. Bottling Date=10/23/14.

At just under 2 years, this is still sublime.

A truly expeditious stout.
**

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this is such a great beer. I'm cellaring some, but wanted to try a fresh one because I had never tried Expedition (Bell's just came to TN this year) and couldn't resist. Look is black and thick and a beautiful bright brown on the edges, with a creamy, thick tan head that slides down the glass almost glacially. Smell is dark chocolate, malty biscuit, hot chocolate espresso, big, and bold. Taste is deep, dark, bitter, toasty, roasty chocolate and molasses, with a touch of peat and licorice. So rich. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy and extremely creamy. Just a fantastic stout.

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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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Expedition Stout pours an opaque dark brown with a very minimal tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma smells like malted milk balls to me. The body is thick and smooth. The flavor is quite intense, this is definitely a sipper, coffee and bitter chocolate and a few other things that I can't really put my finger on. The alcohol is always present too, but never really seems to overpower things. Excellent beer.

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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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