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

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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout
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Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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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Photo of azdback
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10105. Poured into a large tulip glass. Dark as sin. Absolutely no light through this or any highlights to speak of. The head is maybe a finger and a half, dark coco colored and frothy like something you would get at Starbucks. The lace doesn't seem to want to stick around.

First smell is alcohol and coffee, with the alcohol on top. There is also dark roasted malts and molasses black strap, and a lot of dark chocolate. Very nice!!

The taste is as awesome as the smell. It isn't as much chocolate or coffee, as the smell, but more tart of a currant.. At least at first. As I swallow the rich flavors of the roasted malts come out. Dark coffee and dark chocolate. The alcohol shows it's face at the end, and then some more tartness.

The mouth is a bit above what I expected. I know this beer is seasonal and quite expensive, but I didn't expect the mouth of a top notch wax topped RIS. I would give this a higher score but the tart dryness kept it from being perfect.

Overall I was really surprised by this one. I tried a bottle of this last year but don't remember it being this good. I will cellar the last two from my six pack and see how good it is next year and the next.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Thanks to xmarcnolanx for this trade.

Pours jet black with a thin brown head. The nose is of chocolate cake and java beans. Incredibly tasty with lots of dark malt. Coffee bean and dark chocolate come to mind. Big big flavor with great hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is chewy and creamy as hell and rides slick down the throat. Hop and coffee bean flavors dominate the finish and there is a strong alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Very warming and quite drinkable for 10%. This is a great offering from Bells. i would love some of their double cream. This expedition will have a nice home in my cellar for a few years.

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Photo of smanson56
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black color into my tulip glass. Nice malty nose with hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste is full and smooth with a rich dark malt flavor with hints of cacao and coffee. The mouthfeel is perhaps a little thin for this stout. A good stout that should age gracefully.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.6/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chubbyswans for this one!

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Code on back label translates to bottle Nov 11, 2009.

Appearance: Pours a thick, gloopy blacker-than-black black with huge amounts of cascading brown head - looks like a nitro beer poured wrong.

Nose: Bitter chocolate, espresso, tree bark, toffee, molasses and vanilla. Big nose.

Palate: HUGE! Thick with dense tiny bubbles. Lots of smokiness on the palate and something like iodine. It actuallly tastes a lot like a blended Scotch...Lots of black malt, dark roast coffee, espresso grounds, tobacco and licorice.

Notes: One of the most complex behemoths out there. Sweet and rich but bitter and with a drying finish. Love every thing about it!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) This is jet black and pours out like motor oil as expected. Nearly 2 fingers of milk chocolate head, with decent retention. This had good lacing and legs.

S) Dark malt + roast. This has some espresso bean, and a hint of dark fruit sweetness. There is a little booze, but at 10.5 % what do you expect.

T) Near the nose... Good amount of roast. A little dark chocolate, and dark fruit, mainly raisins. This definitely has some hops on the backend. Finishes up with roast, hops and alcohol warmth.

M) Close to full bodied... Hell, I'll just get off the fence and call it full bodied. The carbonation was light. This was very smooth and creamy from a feel standpoint, however, my score came down a notch due to an aftertaste that I found a bit to bitter and boozy.

O) This is a highly enjoyable sipper. I'm really interested to try this with some age on it. Definitely a RIS that is worth a try. Glad to recommend.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,278 ratings
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