Bells X-Slam Ale
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
A blend of Expedition Stout and Hopslam, aged in second use Black Note barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2015 Wow! What a wild beer, both beers are clearly there and it is an gre a time balance of citrus hops, chocolate and coffee. There is also some barrel in there... great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2013
On tap at the source...pours mostly black with reddish hues at the edges... Thin off-white rests on top...Bourbon barrel upfront with pinapple tropical fruit with some bitter roastiness to pair along side it...Bitter piney pineapple/grapefruit and bittersweet chocolate notes throughout with a vanilla barrel aspect to it. Sour mash barrel again is what Iím getting again. Bigger bodied, somewhat syrupy with expected level of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2439) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
On draft at All Stouts Day. The pour is more of a darker brown than black, and has a little red in there. The head is pretty minimal, but there is decent lace on the cup. The aroma is all Hopslam. There might be a little roastyness but it's minimal. The flavor... Whoa. You get the initial blast of hops, and then the expedition takes over. The roast, the licorice, and the malt take over before finishing dry and hoppy like a Hopslam. This is a beer that has completely different aromatic and flavor profiles. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2013
I didnít know about the Black Note barrel thing on this, how cool. Pours a deep inky black with a tan ring of head, leaving some soapy lace. nose involves buttery notes, some pine, licorice, cocoa, toast, and citrus rind. Quite sweet, fairly bitter. Heavy bodied, thick, sticky, syrupy, with a toasty pine bitter finish. On the weird side. Definitely could pick out elements of each beer, and they seemed to clash somewhat with the Expo Stout prevailing. Fun to try, but Iíd rather drink one or the other (or some Black Note).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2014 Tap: Deep brown, pretty close to being black with a solid and deep tan head that survives forever as a foamy collar around the edge. The aroma is mostly Hopslam, with light roast and stout notes hidden underneath. Citric hops, leaves, grapefruit peels, pines, some back-end sweetness, a touch of roast, faint cocoa powder. Taste is very hoppy - good to see the hops have survived a bout of barrel aging so well. Ashy hops, grapefruit, oranges, huge citric notes without the brash bitterness of regular Hopslam. Smooth roast rides the undercurrent with cocoa and oaky notes in the end. Not much explicit bourbon - wouldnít guess bourbon barrel aging just from tasting. Hopslam, black IPA style. With some booze. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bwa5879 (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Black like dark roast coffee, no head. Faint nose, smells like sweet citrus hops. Average carbonation, viscous oily mouthfeel, clean finish. Tastes like hop slam thatís been bourbon barrel aged, lots of whiskey-y malt, honey is very evident, and exactly like the two base beers mixed. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy citrus hops, tropical fruits, faint chocolate, and roast. Itís dark brown with some faint orange highlights. It has a small khaki head that eventually fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate with a touch of caramel. The Hopslam characteristics are very apparent in the finish with moderate-heavy citrus hops, mango, and a touch of roast. Itís medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, itís basically a Black IPA version of Hopslam.

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