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Bells Expedition Stout

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RATINGS: 2710   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Nose is predictably boozy with caramel, deep sugars and fruits like plum. First taste hits you with the abv with a little sugar tang finishing into a tobacco, coffee earthy tone. Not gonna nitpick this is what I want out of this style, to a T.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - SEP 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-9-13- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma was dark and roasty with lots of roasted malt, chocolate malt and coffee aromas. The chocolate is a mix of both bitter cocoa and sweet milk chocolate with aromas of vanilla and caramel adding to the milk chocolate sweet smell. Mixed with these aromas is a little bit of smoke and hop as well as some lighter notes of darker fruits giving a rather roasted and sweet aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted malt flavor with lots of chocolate and coffee upfront. The chocolate starts out a little more on the roasted/cocoa side but gains a sweetness as vanilla, milk and caramel come to the tongue. While a more milk chocolate flavor develops more toward the middle it is balanced by an increase in the coffee bitterness of the brew. Toward the end the sweeter flavors fade more while the coffee remains the same. With a lighter earthy and herbal hop flavor coming to the tongue at the end, along with a light alcohol flavor that comes to the tongue at the end, a nice roasted and moderately sweet and bitter (of coffee and hop) flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and quite creamy side with a carbonation level that was rather average. The feel of this one was quite nice and very appropriate and fitting for the roasted flavors and big feel of the brew. Overall - A very delicious imperial with a good blend of roasted malt flavors, sweetness, a tad of booziness, and a nice bitter hop and coffee flavor mixed within. Definitely one to try.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
birdiecox12 (5) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014 does not count
Love this beer. Next to the batch 8000 & 9000 editions. My favorite. Smooth, strong, bite and a clean finish

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (86) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Pours black tan head and big carbonation. Aroma of rich french roast coffee. Wonderful. Taste takes it to the next level, dried fruit of raisin and prune with some black licorice. Fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (2160) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2014
One heck of a brew, slick and oily, black with fast disappearing beige head. Robust but mild aroma leads into sharp, crisp and deep smoky taste. Mouth feel is slick and slippery, lingering coffee bitterness/ Well worth its high ratings.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (1384) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
2008 vintage at Akkurat. Pours matte black with a low semi-compact mocha head with some froth on top. Swirling it leaves almost no lacings on the i side of the glass. Aromas of chocolate, muscovado sugar, honey, slight leather and tobacco, roasted nuts, vanilla. Taste is chocolate, honey, muscovado sugar, roasted nuts, dark red berries, slight burnt meat tones as well as some vanilla hints. Mouthfeel is very smooth yet with oly coatings and a long-lasting impression. Aftertaste is heavily roasted chocolate with roasted nuts and some honey as well. Superbly well balanced!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fitwitchik (315) - USA - JUL 30, 2014
2012 bottle pouted into a snifter darkest black brown with a brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of molasses dark fruits dark cocoa. Flavor is incredible rich chocolate cherry coffee roasted malts. So smooth and luscious. Wonderful blend of flavors. Almost perfect.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (124) - Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Well not much to say most people have had this and it is great. This was bottled 10/22/12. Today is 7/30/14. It is like a thick dark chocolate milkshake in aroma, appearance, taste, and palate. A little bit of smoke in taste. Excellent! Cheers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
furthur (172) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle pour, big tan head over opaque black body. Aroma is raisin, bread, bourbon, roasty malt. Taste is raisin, molasses, spice, coffee, bourbon - boozy, roasty bitter malt. Mainly sweet, slightly bitter finish. Palate is rich and thick, carbonation subdued. Pretty big contrast between sweet start and bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2549) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2014
355ml bottle thanks to BenH. Appearance - opaque black and viscous with fawn head. Nose - dark chocolate with booze and spiced fruit cake. Taste - raisins sweet spices and chocolate all engulfed in a boozy case. Palate - full bodied with a big sweet viscous texture and a fairly balanced finish despite the big sweetness at the front. Overall - yeah great stuff. A multi dimensional imperial stout.


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