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Bell's Expedition Stout

Imperial Stout /10.5% ABV / Michigan, United States

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Imperial Stout
Michigan, United States
Craft, Independent Craft Brewer
Tasting Notes
Bold, Chocolate, Dark Fruit, Roasted
Suggested Glassware
Suggested Serving Temperature
45-50° F

Product description

One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, 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. Available October-March. Rated 100/100 on

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Imperial stout first originated in England, though it was not for the British monarchy — it was brewed for Russia’s Peter the Great. This beer has a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) level than most English stouts. Whereas normal stout is dark, strong and served at a medium temperature, the imperial stout is in a category all its own. It’s heavy on the alcohol (usually around 14% ABV), and the term “imperial” can be taken to simply mean “big:” big on the alcohol, big on the flavor. Sometimes imperial stouts are simply called double or strong, as they’re made with extra amounts of hops and grains.
Imperial stout is an intensely flavorful beer with a rich profile and plenty of complexity to explore. Though different brewers create different iterations, you can expect a wide range of roastiness in these beers, with malt tones that match the color. Hops are quite prominent (how else do you think they get to the average 14% ABV?), and you’ll likely pick up on some fruity esters. Then there are the flavors like coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and burnt grain. That high alcohol content isn’t just for kicks — it contributes to the warmth and the finish of this fantastic beer.
Imperial stout lives up to its glorious name with an average 14% alcohol by volume (ABV) level. That’s pretty darn high for beer, which averages around 5% for standard brews. That high alcohol content could be interpreted to have given the imperial stout its name, though, in fact, the beer was first brewed in England to honor Peter the Great of Russia. Imperial stout is a rich, complex beer that’s got tons of flavors lying in wait for you. And a charming alcohol warmth, of course.
Who would have ever thought that Imperial Stout would one day be gluten-free? Well, that day has arrived. Certain breweries are offering delicious, gluten-free Imperials that lean on millet, buckwheat and rice as their base ingredients. This sets them apart from traditional Imperial Stouts, which not only use grain but also use a double dose of grain to achieve a higher alcohol content. Gluten-free options deliver all the intricate flavors and high alcohol content without triggering gluten sensitivities.
Imperial stout, like other stouts, is a dark ale made with the use of top-fermenting yeast. These yeast prefer to do their work in warmer temperatures, typically between 60°F and 70°F. This separates them from lager yeast, which is a bottom-fermenting breed that works at colder temperatures between 35°F and 50°F. Imperial stouts often use a base of pale malts plus generous dashes of other malts — things like roasted barley, chocolate and black patent (for color and roasted aroma).
Imperial stout packs a whopping punch at 250+ calories and 2+ grams of carbs per 12 oz. serving. That’s not too light, considering regular beer weighs in at 150 calories and 13 grams of carbs per serving. However, consider what you’re getting for that extra calorie/carb count. You’re getting notes of chocolate, coffee, burnt grain and dark fruits. You’re getting hops and malt tones in an extraordinarily rich, complex body. Oh yeah, and you’re getting a staggering 14% alcohol by volume (ABV) to top things off. All for 257 calories and 21 grams of carbs … not so bad after all.

Drizly's take

Sip a brew that has been enjoyed for more than 30 years when you open an Expedition Stout by Bell's® Brewery. Originally called Kalamazoo Brewing Supply Co, the company is the achievement of the dreams and objectives of Larry Bell. In 2006, the name of the brewery changed to Bell's Brewery. In 1989, Bell's Expedition Stout made its debut and has been a hit ever since.

The aroma of this Bell's beer is a combination of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, dark fruit and licorice. It's a flavorful brew with notes of melted chocolate, espresso, slightly sweet malt, vanilla, dark fruit, a slight breadiness and singed brown sugar. The hops provide a touch of bitterness at the end. Whether you enjoy it immediately or after some additional aging to deepen the flavors, drink it on its own or pair it with smoked white meats like chicken or duck. If you have a sweet tooth, enjoy this 10.5% ABV beer with dark chocolate, pecan pie, poached peaches and raspberry pie. Click these links to search for Drizly in your city and check out liquor stores on Drizly near you.

-Enjoy a flavorful Bell's Stout
-Explore the flavors of chocolate, singed brown sugar, vanilla and espresso
-This imperial stout does well when aged

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