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

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Bell's Barrel Aged Expedition StoutBell's Barrel Aged Expedition Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JasonR1975 on 07-27-2014

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 59
Photo of barczar
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lots of caramel and vanilla in aroma, with hints of roast.

Flavor is fairly boozy, though there's a roast, oak finish that dries it out. Vanilla from bourbon adds a marshmallow character. Could use some time to meld and allow the dark fruit to come forth.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle. Black with a nice khaki head. Smells of whiskey and strong roasted malt. Some molasses, but not too sugary smelling. Tastes of licorice, molasses, heavy oak. Bourbon is kind of a burner in the back end. The bourbon is a little rough, but it's nice. Heavy and definitely a sipper. Happy to have an imperial stout that isn't stupid sugary.

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Photo of kevanb
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, dated 05.04.16, stamped 13.0% ABV, poured into a Bell's tulip glass.

The beer pours an extremely deep, jet black color, a touch of cola brown hues when struck by the light with a tight khaki head, nearly a finger high that has low retention but does yield some soapy lace. The aroma is huge, intense chocolate, bittersweet with strong oak, light bourbon, a touch of stone fruits, some vanilla and strong malted barley. The chocolate character on the nose is great, the alcohol presence starts to creep out as it warms, but this is more oaky, and tame and it opens up some nice complex aromas that make it one of the better smelling barrel aged stouts I've encountered in a while. The flavors are pretty harsh, really big barrel character right off the bat, chewy oak, light toffee forward bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley, a touch of coffee flavor, vanilla, stone fruits, caramel and alcohol round out a pretty complex beer, but as it warms, the alcohol gets very sharp and this beer gets a bit more roasty and oaky at the same time, which is an odd flavor combination, and leaves a very earthy flavor on my tongue that lingers almost indefinitely. The mouthfeel is very nice, thick and chewy, mildly prickly carbonation props this beer up but it coats the mouth so well, very sticky with a finish that is very warm and almost dry.

Verdict: A nice barrel aged stout from Bell's. I can easily say that I prefer the base beer, it's a bit more complex and nuanced, the barrel treatment here kind of flattens this beer and it's so barrel forward that it becomes a bit too harsh. That being said, the huge chocolate aroma on this beer is so inviting and enjoyable that it really makes up for that big barrel flavor.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick black with a nice tan head. Nice rich dark roasted malt smell with awesome bourbon smell. Tastes exactly like it smells. Nice back end bourbon finish. I wish I had more of this.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Tons of bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, burnt malts, dark chocolate, and cream. Thick full body and low carbonation. Hot.

Overal really good but hot; if you like that you'll love it.

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Photo of Lazhal
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really glad to have gotten some of this, so I figured I'd give a review a fair shot.

This beer is one of those barrel aged beers that doesn't try to do too much. It's barrel + stout and nothing else and it does an excellent job at it.

Bottled ten days ago and its a bit hoppier than I like my stouts, but nothing like the hoppiness of Yeti beers/variants. The barrel character really smooths out the taste. Closest cousin might be Dark Horse Barrel Aged Plead, but Plead is a tad sweeter, at least that's what my palette tells me today. It also could just be the bitterness masking it.

Mouth feel is great, not too thin or thick. Nose is fine. Wouldn't call it anything special. The best thing that I've done with this beer is let it warm. My first drink was at 50, and that was way too cold. Definitely needs to sit at room temp for a while.

If you are a big fan of the non adjunct/flavored format (I hesitate to say basic, because of the connotation) of big BA stouts, then this is a must try. However, if you prefer the cinnamon + bacon + coconut + coffee + vanilla + cat piss or one of the thousand other ridiculous things they put in beer these days, you may find yourself a bit underwhelmed considering what this beer is trading for.


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