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Bells Traverse City Whiskey Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout

Bells Traverse City Whiskey Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout
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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Expedition Stout aged in Traverse City Whiskey barrels. Vanilla, bourbon, nutty, chocolate, warming.

Note: This edition has only been available at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe and special events. All Barrel-Aged Expedition batches prior to the 2016 bottled version, which used Four Roses bourbon barrels, have used Traverse City Whiskey barrels, and the most recent batch is 13.2%. The exceptions to this rule are the Two James and Heaven Hill barrel-aged variants, which were one-offs and have their own unique entries.

For the bottled version introduced in 2016, please use this entry: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-bourbon-barrel-aged-expedition-stout/423017/


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2016
Draft @ CBC 2015. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate whiskey aroma. Roasted malty woody whiskey chocolate vanilla flavor. Has a roasted malty woody whiskey chocolate and vanilla finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahshuwuh (564) - USA - SEP 10, 2016
Dark thick, slight bit of dark khaki head. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, rye. Taste is a chocolatey bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, spicy roasted hop. Smooth with great barrel character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatmatt (1466) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2016
On tap at MBGSF 2016. Black pour with a light brown head. Strong bourbon cocoa aroma. Flavor is also very strong on bourbon, cocoa roastiness, creamy coffee. Sweet syrupy finish. Really, really good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2016
On Draught,
Pours black with a big head and lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is nutters bro, lots of chocolate, some vanilla and caramel, big booze, big roast... Fairly restrained whiskey.

The flavor is big and roasty... Bitter like expedition... but also somehow sweeter. It’s got lots of chocolate & toffee, lots and lots of whiskey... Some almost cherry like stuff happening. Dark chocolate, alcohol, vanilla... sheeee-it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Tap. Poured a black color with a moderate creamy brown head that diminished very slowly and produced sticky legs and fair lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate malt, vanilla and woody bourbon aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy complex sweet stout flavor with a heavy smooth bourbon woody sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5370) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Poured a deep black color with aromas of bourbon soaked fudge and eat with light oak. Flavors are earth and roast, and tons of bourbon, lots of bourbon, this is hot needs time to mellow. Solid as it is now but would like it to be a little smoother.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guruhso (415) - Grindsted, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2016
Tap at CBC 2016, Red session. Malty. Aroma of roasted, caramel, cacao with bourbon notes. Boozy. The flavours starts sweet but finish bitter. Full and creamy. A nice one... good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2760) - GREECE - JUN 12, 2016
From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016 - Red session. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, licorice, vanilla, light fruity, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky oily body with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (8114) - Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Draft to snifter at the Eccentric Cafe. Looks good; an opaque black with beige head that dissipates into lacing fairly quickly. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and roast. Tastes like it smells with even more vanilla (which I enjoy). Mouthfeel is full-bodied and finishes with some mild bitterness. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (3493) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Tap at Eccentric Cafe. Incredible aroma of nuts, bourbon, vanilla, mild chocolate, mild coffee, and molasses. Tastes so smooth. Huge nutty bourbon and vanilla, some underlying sweetness, mild bitter coffee in the finish. It’s boozy but still smooth. So easy to drink for over 13%. Dangerous beer.
Earlier Rating: 7/28/2014 Total Score: 4.4
Sampled at the 2014 MBG Summer Fest. Deep black pour. Aroma is so rich. Chocolate fudge, bourbon, vanilla, and coconut. Tastes so creamy and smooth. The fudge and bourbon balance each other well. Oak-y finish. Only a hint of booziness. Drink this side by side with Black Note and this was better.


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