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

BA SCORE
94
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6,177 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:
6,177
Reviews:
2,143
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
553
Gots:
1,780
For Trade:
129
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Ratings: 6,177 |  Reviews: 2,143
Photo of seedyone
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

02/11/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A fine, fine brew. First nostril full is of a mild coffee. On the tongue it has a very pleasant bitterness from coffee & a mild chocolate. Steady, steady stuff. Sessionable plus.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of little_star
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of dtm426
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kenai4
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of kaseydad
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a Bell's beer. Had to travel to Arizona to pick this beauty up. Couldn't age it long though. Poured into a snifter and I am met with a pure black ale and a beautiful brown fluffy head that quickly turns into a light layer. The aroma is very much chocolate with some heavy maple syrup in the background and some smoke, vanilla and caramel in the mix. Awesome stuff! The taste has a little bite to it with more chocolate coming through and a big smokey, coffee bean background to it. Almost like sucking on a coffee bean. Cigarette smoke-like aftertaste. A lot going on here. All good. Lightly carbonated but I was hoping for a smooth sip each time with all the explosions in the mouth going on.

Overall I must say this beat my expectations. I had to go to AZ to find this and I am happy I did. This beer packs a whallop in a 12 oz. pour and it makes me yearn for me. If all Bell's products are like this....I am beginning my quest.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ybnorml
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black beer, pours like ink. Has a small deep brown head. The aroma starts with hints of cherries. With a deep chocolaty malt coming in stronly behind it. There is a quick rush of cherry like sweetness that runs over your tongue. Followed rich strong dark chocolate/bittersweet chocolate character. Sort of the beer equivilent of biting into an expensive chocolate covered cherry liquor.
Thanks skyhand

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ATPete
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Damn this thing wins the 'black of the black' award, no light penetration. The head on this thing is frickin enormous, real sticky and brown, the thing looks like a sponge soaked in coffee atop the brew. Sweet burnt malts in the nose, its an all out marshmallow roasting campfire in a glass. Sweet toasty grain, and lots of it, come through initially, definitely some quality malt used here. A bit of boozy heat while tasting but its warming, rather than unpleasant, very nice. Coffee and cream come through as well as the usual suspects of chocolate, molasses and brown sugar notes. This is a big beer, packed with flavor, but god damn what a drinkable body, perfectly creamy, slightly coating and leaves a long sweet malty finish. Yea, i recommend it. I recommend Bells should come into NJ and wreak havoc upon my wallet!!

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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/2/16 into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with a half-finger tan head. Initial impression is roasted grains, charred oak, chocolate, molasses, coffee - there is a bunch of stuff going on here! Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Carbonation is medium light - actually a little less carbonation would improve things, IMHO. Finish is smooth and chocolatey, with a hint of blackstrap molasses and dark chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden. Really good stuff.

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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.22 out of 5 based on 6,177 ratings.
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