Bell's Expedition Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
Bottled on 11/1/11 and poured into a tulip.
A: Insanely dark beer. No light, no color, just black. Kind of boring. It did pour with a nice light brown head.
S: Roasty, with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Finding it hard to get my nose out of the glass.
T: The roasty malt comes out a lot. The chocolate and coffee is subtle but present.
M: it has a very soft feel but not thin or watered down, just soft and a little creamy.
O: I think this a solid RIS and I am looking forward to opening one every six months to see how this develops.
12-18-2011 00:28:57 | More by Cwillia9
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +4%
From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/15/11
-- Vintage 2010 --
A: Dark, brooding black. A generous pour yields a killer 2.25 finger cascading mocha head. The retention is top notch, as is the lacing which rims the glass.
S: Dried and candied dark fruits with just a touch of smoke.
T: Really a massive dose of char up front. Yeah, this is aging beautifully. Though it's rather roasty, there's still a solid hop kick on the mid, even after it's been in the cellar for a year. Black coffee runs from the mid to finish, and it lingers for some time.
M: Just over the top. It's silky, creamy and velvety. It feels like a penthouse suite in mouth.
O: Bell's Expedition Stout is easily one of my favorite non-BA RIS's. It's big, bold and brash, yet deceivingly elegant and easy to drink. This has aging potential unlike many others. Though a bit pricey, it's worth every cent you'll pay.
A hearty recommendation.
12-15-2011 00:46:07 | More by Rhettroactive
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
A pint at Harrison's in Cary, NC on 12/13/11.
Black with decent lace until the head disappeared about 10% into the beer. Aroma is dark roast coffee, raisins, and a whiff of alcohol. Soft mouthfeel, possibly a bit too soft (on the flat side). Oily rich body. Flavor makes me think of rum-raisin ice cream with a fair amount of sweetness, dried fruit, and a noticeable alcohol presence. Finish has a healthy bitterness to it.
12-14-2011 12:06:32 | More by LittleDon
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
Thanks to heyta for sending me this one!
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 12/17/2010 (Batch 10105)
A: Ridiculously black. No light getting through. Some carbonation evident with a semi-vigorous pour. Any cap that appeared quickly vanishes leaving, well...not much. This appears oily and quite viscous.
S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, licorice, black pepper and roasted malt.
T: Bitter chocolate and coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. Also a bit of caramel that helps transition you to the finish. Alcohol shows up early but it’s not as much as you might expect. The coffee, chocolate and malt are wonderfully intense! This is a pretty hot one but I like it.
M: Pretty thick...heavy body. Carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum but it’s enough to keep it lively.
O: This is a delicious tummy warmer. I drank this before its prime to do the review, but I’ve got a second bottle of ‘10 and another from ‘09. I’m going to sit on these for awhile and hopefully collect some more vintages.
12-14-2011 04:41:47 | More by mjtiernan
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
2010 12oz bottle, nice extra from Josh - thanks mang! poured into tulip.
pours an oily near-black. thin, brown head, recedes to a whisper of foam. nose - burnt toffee, warm alcohol. taste - big, full flavor, bitter front end, some coffee notes, nutty/cocoa middle, dry finish.
excellent mouthfeel, great sipper as it warms.
very nice stout, love to try it again.
12-13-2011 05:37:46 | More by robbrandes
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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