Bell's Expedition Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by tewaris:
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Note: Taste score raised to 4 and drinkability to 4.5 after a different sampling of a 13 months old bottle that was noticeably smoother. Also, a tart dry fruit character (prunes, cherry) was noted in this tasting.
Bell's Expedition Stout
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Russian Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle, bottled December 18, 2009, poured into a Bell's tulip.
Pours black and opaque with a big, dark brown head that takes its own sweet time to build up. The head recedes to a thin collar eventually and leaves an excellent lacing. On a first glance, it's impossible to comment on clarity but after the head has receded, clear dark brown edges can be seen. Inviting!
This is the smell of a big badass stout. Hard to describe fully because there are a lot of things going on here. Reeks of molasses and malts initially. Then chocolate, and possibly, coffee and vanilla. Booze, especially when it gets warm.
Big, dark malts surrounded by hoppy bitterness that stays until the long finish. There's booze in finish, noticeable even 9 months after bottling. Then plenty of rich aftertaste which is so roasty, that it seems burnt at times. Everything about this beer is big, but too rough and oddly bitter.
Silky, but not cloying over one bottle, which is the ideal amount to drink for this beer. Low carbonation, which is perfect for this beast. Body is big, as expected.
I have had the cask conditioned version too, and that was one of the best beer experiences I have had. Noticeably better on cask. Still, the drinkability is alright. However, this beer seems very rough which affects the score.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2010 07:47:11 | More by tewaris
More User Reviews:
4.46/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice dark tan head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (mainly raisins) and perhaps a touch of vanilla.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a ton of roasted malts followed by bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, light raisins and some faint vanilla.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 21:24:06 | More by SebD
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,341 ratings.