Bell's Expedition Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.36/5 rDev -20.6%
Very complex, very cool, very much WANTED to like it; but just registered a "miss" for me. At times felt like it was a chore to finish the next pour. And phenomenal as the appearance and aroma are, that's an insurmountable indictment for a beer.
A: Pours a gorgeous engine oil golden-black. Head is a stunner as well (milk-chocolate brown), but disappears way too fast -- leaving very little on the surface unless/until agitated. Nice crimson/brown/black hues remain.
S: Changes rapidly. A little chocolate, coffee on initial pour. Agitate it a bit and it's waffles & syrup. As it settles, earthy, roasty, boozy (but only slightly on the nose).
T: Unfortunately, what's only slight on the nose is a kapow on the taste buds. I felt like I'd chomped down on a cotton swab doused with rubbing alcohol. Taste smooths out over time (kind of)); but the alcohol lingers too long and is too in-your-face.
M: Big body, smooth. And though a diplomatic suggestion is that it "warms" as it goes down, a less diplomatic suggestion is that it burns your eyes.
O: Complex for sure; but just a tad over the top on the alcohol confrontation. In my estimation, Dark Horse's Plead the 5th is higher in ABV but an equal in complexity, mouthfeel & appearance and FAR superior in aroma, taste and drinkability.
Repeat? No, no reason. Not terrible by any means; but nothing so unique or good to warrant another round. Other RIS pours are more enjoyable and equally complex.
Ideal Setting To Have One On Hand? To clean any open wounds or accelerate fire-starting...
Two Word Description: Alcohol Swab
02-26-2013 00:49:38 | More by PaterMorse
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Beautiful black beer with a slight burgundy cast with a nice dark tan head that lingers and laces all the way down.
The aroma is complex - roasted malt, espresso, plums, raisins, hints of chocolate and smoke.
The taste is much like the aroma, a fantastic balance of sweet and bitter. Thick malty flavor, some fruity sweetness with dark roast coffee, some dark chocolate and a touch of burnt toast.
Full bodied, rich and velvety smooth with a dry but still smooth finish. There is a definite alcohol presence but not obtrusive, just warming.
Altogether, an outstanding Imperial Stout.
02-24-2013 07:33:10 | More by whynot44
4.84/5 rDev +14.4%
A: black, thick, dark brown tight bubbled head.
S: toffe, coffee, oak, stone fruit
T: upfront roasty malt, coffee and chocolate, with a "cough syrupy" after taste on the first sip, but not so much after that. Perhaps the ABV?
M: Thick, syrupy, smooth and creamy.
O: Excellent. Not a Black Note, but still an excellent Bell's!
02-23-2013 17:39:22 | More by watsonmd
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,480 ratings.