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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings:
48
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4.48
pDev:
8.26%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CRJMellor on 12-13-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by JDizzle:
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brandy snifter with a large tan head. Black as night with just hints of red,showing through.
Aroma of bourbon mash on a highly potent backbone of chocolate, nuts and burnt toffee. Really quite amazing on how much the bourbon dominates a fairly aromatic beer anyway.
Flavor is an amazing mix of the peat and charcoal hit of the bourbon with the heavy malts and bitterings of the Expedition. For some reason the burnt characteristics of the regualr Expedition co-mingle so well with charcoally hints in the bourbon notes. Really compliment one another.
Mouthfeel is a highyl alcoholic punch of cocoa and charcoal with some resiny bitterness on the finish. Imagine regular Expedition with well blended addition of some peat and charcoal.
Drinkability was great, could not have just one. Poured too cold but after it warmed appropriately this was truly a world class beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i feel like the base expedition stout is an early cellar beer for a lot of budding beer geeks. its widely available, ages with the best of them, and fairly affordable. i think its been over hyped to some degree as a result, but i still adore it. this bourbon barrel aged edition is next level, but has surprisingly no hype at all. must be that its not packaged, but it absolutely should be. hear that bells?! do it up! its great beer, still huge and roasty with dark espresso and yeasty dryness, but the bourbon brings out the best of the malt, char and char, vanilla and honey, and a wooded smoothness thats just amazing in the already huge bodied luxurious brew. still more bitter than sweet, which i really admire in stout this big, its true to that. its also not overly flavored by the barrels, or changed too much, its more accentuating and highlighting various features, and it does so sequentially and beautifully. i think this should be packaged, straight up. these guys are big enough now to pull the resources together to make it happen, and i think a lot of us out here in beer geek land have been waiting patiently. i almost wish i never tried it, because now i want it more than ever. really top notch. hard to improve on a classic, but theyve come real close to doing that...

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Photo of DanGeo
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tectactoe
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mmcurran
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of buzze40
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of kkazemi
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonnyRebel
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PackenGreen
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bferber
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of raszputini
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap at Thirsty Monk to a sifter. Incredibly fierce, big stout. Nose is chocolate, alcohol and coffee. Pours jet black with a thin tan head that sticks around. Looks creamy. Notes of chocolate, coffee, cocoa and, milk are followed by intense bourbon tones. Syrupy mouth feel. One of my favorites of the barrel-aged imperial stouts. This is definitely a "on and done". it will hurt you.

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Photo of Jakers90
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of trginter
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Devman171
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of jemarent
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sposter4
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a snifter. Jet black with thin head. Nice smoke and barrel in the nose. Taste is not as bold as the base (malt, tabacco, little heat) but the bourbon makes up for it and this great beer to a new level.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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