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

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BA SCORE
4.26/5
Outstanding
6,254 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
Ranking:
#708
Reviews:
2,165
Ratings:
6,254
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
566
Gots:
1,798
Trade:
124
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Ratings: 6,254 |  Reviews: 2,165
Photo of ADG2995
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metacog42
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giangio
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours out very dark cola brown, and looks pitch black in the glass, with no light coming through even at the edges. Completely black. The head is brown and creamy, very thick and mocha-like. Retention is very good, and a fluffy ring remains 20 minutes later. The edges of the head leaves sheets of wiry, creamy lacing.
The nose offers deep savory umami, dark chocolate with caramel, cocoa butter, some more bitter cocoa powder, gingerbread, molasses, licorice, espresso beans, raisin, allspice, prune, date, and fig.
The palate immediately opens up with that soy sauce, beef broth, umami impression. A salty meatiness that causes mouthwatering. Tons of spices, dark fruits, and a huge bready presence follow. The molasses, licorice, and star anise give way to gingerbread, fruitcake, and rye bread with lots of raisin, dried fig, prune, and date. The massive bready malts of the mid-palate give way to a rich dark chocolate and bitter cocoa flavor with intense dark roast coffee. Finishes slightly sweet at first with rich dark chocolates, but the bitterness lingers, tasting continually of bitter chocolate and coffee beans.
The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy throughout, almost like a milkshake saved for the medium-minus to medium carbonation that pushes the beer along the palate fast enough to make it insanely and dangerously drinkable. The balance is both bitter and sweet, but enough of either to enhance the drinkability and noteworthiness of flavors.
Overall...yes, this is a world-class stout. It's damn good and worth every penny.

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Photo of deonreds
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MHJeff06
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

drinking this at 1 year old. this is excellent stuff, great looking brew with aromas and flavors of sweet chocolate, burnt malt, molasses, roasted nuts, coffee, bitter chocolate/espresso thing. excellent balance between sweet and roasty/bitter notes, very well rounded. solid mouthfeel and not a hint of the alcohol.

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Photo of sethcroisant
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wanderingwheelz
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is more bitter and charred than what some RIS beers. If you're a hophead then this may be a beer for you, but I prefer more sweetness in a RIS. I figured 2 years in the cellar might have reduced the bitterness, but I really don't think it has. Let's give it one more year and see what happens. I'd rather spend my money on Old Rasputin if you're after a true RIS, personally. It's plenty good, but overpriced.

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

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwilcox767
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black pour, just a finger of tan head that stuck around.
S - Caramel, smoky, molasses.
T - Same as the nose, very intense.
M - Full bodied, sticky, medium amount of carbonation.
O - Very smooth and enjoyable, but somehow just not that interesting. Drink again, but not gonna seek it out at $3.25/bottle. I suspect that aging this beer may do it some favors, I'll try to find a cellared version.

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Photo of moundbz
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eppie82
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with caramel colored foam around edge of glass. Smokey, roasty, malty… very dark and some mild chocolate in there. Solid mouthfeel. My favorite non-ba, non adjunct stout.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with tiny beige head.
The aroma is burnt malts, molasses, chocolate, dark fruit, with a little bit of molasses.
The flavor is intensely bitter dark roasted malts with a big dark fruit and chocolate coming in midpalate. It finishes dry with bitter burnt malt that seems a little stale.
The mouthfeel thick and coating, probably the bright spot of the beer.
Overal, this is an overrated beer. It's one of the few classics I just don't get.

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Photo of EMH73
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a well retained half inch tan head that settled to a ring and left lots of lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and molasses. Tastes of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, figs, raisins, molasses, some hops on the finish and a bit of char. Full bodied, creamy, thick mouth feel, appropriately carbonated for the style, finishes dry.

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

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

Looks like motor oil
Smells like cherry, dates, and alcohol
Tastes sweet like dark chocolate up front followed by strong espresso coffee.
Feels thick and full, quite a mouthful.
Overall very smooth and enjoyable. The taste lingers a long time.

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Photo of robertm2152
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,254 ratings
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