Bell's Expedition Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Pitch black body. A one finger dark chocolate head that reduced really quickly. Good looking brew.
Overall sweet aroma. Lots of sweet dark fruits including raisins and currants. Some light chocolate comes through as well. Flavor is loaded with dark toasted malts followed by a sweet caramel body. The alcohol presents an overall sweetness adding possibly a touch of vanilla. Alcohol isn't really overwhelming, definately blended with the flavor in a tasty fashion.
Mouthfeel is oily and creamy on the tongue. Coats well and lingers for quite a while. Dangerously drinkable. Probably one of the most drinkable brews I"ve had with this much alcohol.
Overall a nicely crafted brew. Definately a sipper.
Thanks to feloniousmonk for the opportunity...
11-16-2005 04:10:41 | More by blitz134
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
Got a pint before Dave Boston's tragedy of losing a whopping 4 gallons from an exploded bung on the cask.
A-poured thick as motor oil and frothy as all get out. A Coffee black/brown frothy head that lingered like an uninvited guest that just won't leave. It seemed like hours and was at least a full 20 min before the head died down sufficiently. The tension mounted as the head retained.
S-Slight rasin, plum, Chocolate, coffee, cream? must be lactose sugars
T-A little sweet, frothy from the force carbonation of the cask. Chocolate malt, Black Patent, non-malted barley, hints of smoke. finish thick and sweet but still black like my lungs back when I smoked clove cigarettes. Sticky on the lips like back when I smoked them as well. Alcohol creeps up and quick. I'm wondering if it's the same percentage it has always been, but 11.5 isn't shabby by a long shot. Oh, hoppiness comes out in the finish as well.
M-Thick like a mouthfull of blood after getting hit with a baseball bat. I'm a little morbid today, let's go closer to thick like eggnog, with almost as much creaminess. I'm glad I had water nearby as well to balance it out so I could drink it all and soak it in over the duration. Slight drying finish.
D-This is by far the best cask conditioned beer I have ever had. I could have drank this all night but only dealt with one due to the tasting after. I regret that I have but one palate to blow away for my community.
These are the stouts that myths are made of.
04-21-2007 04:58:29 | More by blakesell
3.43/5 rDev -18.9%
Thanks to babydoc who sent me this as part of BIF18. What a variety of big brews in that box. Gotta love BAs.
12 oz bottle pours an oil slick black into the imperial. Hard pour produced a small quickly dissipating dark beige head. Smell is burnt coffee, caramel, and raisins. Taste is where the wheels leave the tracks a bit. Starts creamy with sweet molasses and then the mishmash of hops and cough cyrup kicks in. Finish is somewhat thin, bitter without either a bite or pleasant hoppiness. Mouth is coated in Vicks (the cough syrup, not Ron Mexico.) Unless this matches your palate, this beer is not highly drinkable. Maybe I'll get an opportunity to have one that has aged a bit more to see if the flavors blend and mellow a bit.
05-17-2005 02:10:12 | More by pentathlete
3.13/5 rDev -26%
Pours an extreme dark brown, almost black. No head to speak of, just a light brown ring that disappears quickly. No lacing.
The smell is rather sweet from lots of chocolate along with some dark fruits (cherry, plums) & molasses. The taste is nothing like the smell--bitter citrus-like hop flavor with burnt coffee & some booziness. The lack of sweetness is a negative. Mouthfeel is kind of carbonated at first, but then ends up flat at the end; weird.
This should probably be aged to cut down on the bitter flavor. Not the most drinkable at this moment. An RIS should have some trace of sweetness. My concern is that if the carbonation goes away this quickly, it will be nonexistent with age.
09-29-2009 03:34:37 | More by theghost3
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
Batch 7817: Fall 2007 - gave it a good year to age in the cellar.
Force poured - pitch black with a khaki head almost 3" high. Very dense & creamy head.
Chouffe coffee liqour-esqe scents; basically high-grade coffee spirits drenched in bitter dark chocolate, dark fruits; figs, black cherries, black strap molasses - all up in your nose!
Smooooth deep flavors of gourmet espresso, dark chocolate powder dissolved into thick cream with marshmallows and rum. Intoxicating flavors that scream (actually moan) rich and full-on deep dark and devilish flavors I already mentioned.
Mouthfeel is oily slick and quite velvety. Ultra full-bodied with fine carbonation at the perfect level. Long, full, lingering bold dark malty/liqouresque finish.
Drinkability is good. I don't know how well I'd be operating after a couple/few of these - but I'd give it the 'ole college try.
Overall an ale that I wasn't truly able to appreciate a couple years ago (this is my 2nd review). After sampling the bourbon barrel version at the Great Taste of the Midwest a couple years ago (poured by Larry Bell himself) and several stints with Kentucky Breakfast & original Breakfast Stout, Ive been tempered and educated enough to truly appreciate the masterpiece this stout truly is. This RIS is utmost decadent and supremely balanced, and with just enough understated attitude (kinda like Billy Jack) to kick your ass if you mishandle it. I'm humbled to think I gave this a poor rating just over two years ago. This is one of the finest HUGE ales I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Hail to Bell's - the original Michigan micro!
11-18-2007 02:19:10 | More by malty
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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