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Bells Expedition Stout - Barrel Aged

Bells Expedition Stout - Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 4.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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Editorís Note: This is not bottled; tap only.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes (2344) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2014
On tap at 2014 GTMW, completely random on this one, just stopped by their tent later in the day with no line at all and they were pouring this without advertising it on their board, awesome. Pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head and a little bit of lacing in the glass, the aroma is still full of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee with the barrel coming through just a little bit adding some vanilla and another layer of complexity, the flavor has more barrel on the front end than I was expecting but not boozy and all over the place by any means, the chocolate and sweetness are there but arenít over done. Really, really good stuff. One of the best finds of the festival.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (2167) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Shag (2637) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Black color with a tan head. Aroma contains chocolate, coffee, espresso, a hint of bourbon in the nose. Flavor is well balanced with some oak some chocolate and some coffee. Bells barrel aged are you fn serious? This is amazing. Overall yes !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierkrug (2133) - - MAR 11, 2014
On Tap at the Vega in Pompano Beach, FL. Is a pitch black color with a nice very dark tan head. Aroma is tar, pine oil, coco and roasted nuts. Taste is is smooth and runs you through the same flavors as the aroma. Palate is smooth. A very nice desert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Draft, Roll out the Barrel Party at the Eccentric Cafe. 2010 vintage. Deep opaque brown-black body, thin brown head. Big, dense, rich nose with butterscotch, oak, vanilla, inky roast, and scorched sugars. The body starts sharp and a tad prickly with bourbon and layers of sticky-sweet raisin and prune, leading to scorched sugars, roast, and loads of tannic bitterness in the finish. Oxidized with oak notes. A huge beer but the normally syrupy body was thinner than expected, likely due to aging. Epic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bammers54 (57) - Camberely, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
after a recent visit to Florida trying many craft stouts and porters this bottle really stood out, I thought it was really very special, for such a strong beer it was beautifully balanced, lovely silky smoothness, I fell in love, also worryingly drinkable for a 10.5% ABV brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gruberm (329) - - DEC 2, 2013
Black opaque beer. Large caramel colored head. Toasty and roasty chocolate flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (2299) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 Tap: nearly black with a deep ruby hidden underneath; a thin, tan film sits atop the dark brew. Aroma is rich, milky chocolates, smooth bourbon, huge vanilla notes, lots of barrel-induced coconut, mild maple syrup, tons of oak... the aroma is this is omnipotent and awesome. Taste is full of bourbon; very smooth and not hot. Oak, sweet vanilla, smooth cocoa nibs, wavy back-end dark prunes. Very big brew, creamy mouth feel and such a presence on the nose and palate. Easy to see now that Black Note takes much of its characteristics from Expedition. This is an absolutely fantastic barrel aged stout, period.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5062) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, coconut, molasses, bourbon, and some faint roast. Itís a dark brown, virtually black, with no transparency and a small tan head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, molasses, and a touch of vanilla. The finish has light-moderate bourbon, maple syrup, coconut, oak, and roast. Itís full bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Swingtop shared by woodchopper on BA! Dark black pour, still some carbonation and a nice slightly boozy aroma. Flavor was more subdued than the original expedition, meld of subtle bourbon, roasted dark chocolate malt and good and creamy. Thanks for sharing this!

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