Expedition Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CRJMellor on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#254
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
279
pDev:
6.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
74
Trade:
19
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Ratings: 279 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of maltznhopz
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tbulling
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Westmi
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RealDeal
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LumpkinBrews
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SadMachine
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buschbeer
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 05/04/16

This beer pours black in color and had just a skim of dark cocoa colored head that leaves a little spotty lacing.

The base beer shines through in the aroma. I get dark chocolate and anise. The bourbon barrel adds caramel and vanilla.

As with the smell, the base beer is easily discernible. The anise is more subdued and the dark chocolate comes through more. The caramel from the bourbon melds with dark chocolate to give some dessert qualities along with the vanilla.

Full mouthfeel

The barrel treatment really enhanced a very good stout. I like the sweetness the bourbon adds to a stout that is not sweet. The alcohol warms my cockles.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours motor oil black with a thin brown head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel and bourbon.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, caramel, dark roasted and bourbon.

M - Full body with medium/low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - This is extraordinary. The base beer and bourbon barrel are balanced perfectly. As good as Black Note.

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

So glad I got to try this. A truly well made and delightful brew. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tasting glass. (Because I split with a buddy to give him the pleasure of trying too) This beer pours out pitch black with a thin caramel colored crown on top. The smell is beautiful with the bourbon and oak and the taste does extremely well in calming and taming the regular with notes of bourbon, thick chocolate and absolutely amazing barrel qualities. The barrel qualities are what truly impressed.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheeWarPig
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Massive huge beer. Balanced perfect in my opinion.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle 06/02/2017

Had this in the hot, Vegas sun this past summer and it wasn't as enjoyable. This beer is phenomenal! First one came as my focus in a trade and this one came as a dope ass extra. Low boozy heat and big, malty richness flow. As close to a perfect beer as it gets. Base is present. Barrel adds the extra bit of "umph" needed to make this a bit superior.

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Photo of eppie82
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparty1224
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12 oz. bottled poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. Bottled on 6/2/17, making this just under 7 months old.

A: Man, this is one slick beer. Pitch black, pours like motor oil. Reminiscent of BCBS. Way slicker than Black Note.

S: Lot of barrel up front, oaky, some char. Very similar to Black Note and the lack of Double Cream Stout isn't noticeable here.

T: Very nice. The hoppy aggressiveness of Expedition is still noticeable here up front, but it's definitely tamed by the barrel. The sweetness balance from DCS is definitely missing. Barrel character is nice.

M: This is where this beer wins. Super thick mouthfeel, a huge departure from Black Note. Not sure why there's such a difference, but maybe the lighter DCS thins out Black Note?

O: Very nice beer, as expected. I was surprised by the huge mouthfeel and slick appearance, which I liked. But also surprised by how much residual bitterness is still there from the Expedition. Makes me appreciate the balance of Black Note. If Black Note had the appearance and mouthfeel of this beer, that would almost be perfect. In a blind test, I might prefer this over Black Note for the mouthfeel. But head to head, they're almost equals. Definitely an improvement on regular Expedition Stout.

Recommendation: Extremely hard to come by, this beer is worth trading for (just like I did - shout out to BeerEconomicus).

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - dark espresso brown/black beer with a mocha head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing.
S - interestingly big dark malt, roasted malts, burnt marshmallow, smoke (But I don't think Expy has any smoked malt in it). Definitely some bourbon and barrel character as well but very well balanced with the rest
T - big chocolaty, dark/roasted malts, burnt marshmallow, caramel, smoky, vanilla, bourbon Barrel, toasted oak.
M - very heavy mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is dark roasted malts, umami, very slight bourbon
O @ amazing beer. Cannot complain. Bourbon barrel is balanced with the base beer but not overpowering. I love it. I think they should release this every year with the regular expedition. Actually they should both be year round.

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Photo of jmd88
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brpendergast85
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jschott75
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutHunter
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Bell's Barrel Aged Expedition Stout at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now and I'm excited to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice classy look to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't change when held to the light and it had a quarter fingers worth of darker tan head that was just a little bubbly and it died to a thin ring that eventually faded away to nothing and didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, it's what I would expect from the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the bourbon barrels being the first to show up and they impart some strong bourbon, boozy, lighter oak and lighter vanilla like aromas and it's the aroma that sticks out the most in this beer. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast with some noticeable alcohol and that leads into the malts which impart some dark malt, roasted malt, light charred malt, dark chocolate, light smokey and sweet malt like aromas. Towards the end comes the dark fruits which impart a little bit of a dark cherry like aroma. This beer has a very nice aroma, but I wish it was a little more balanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but more balanced and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the bourbon barrels still being the first to show up and thy impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are lighter and they still lean towards the bourbon and boozy aromas and I wish that was a little more balanced. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast with a noticeable amount of alcohol that's burns a little and it's warming. Up next comes the malts which impart al the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they show up just a little more this time with the dark chocolate sticking out the most. Towards the end comes the dark fruits which are just a little lighter then they were on the aroma and they still impart some dark cherry flavors. On the finish there's a little bit of bitterness with some more sweetness and some more alcohol and it has a bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malt and slight dark fruit aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's more balanced than the aroma and all the key aspects come through nicely.

M - A little smooth, motor oil like, very velvety, a little creamy, a little crisp, full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer, but I wish it was just a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and it's a very nice example of the style, it had all the aspects that I was looking for and they all came together nicely to make a tasty and intense beer. This beer had ok drinkability, one would be my limit, anymore than that and it would become too much for me. What I like the most about this beer is the taste, it's more balanced than the aroma and all the key aspects show up. What I like the least about this beer is the drinkability, I wish it was just a little smoother. I would buy this beer again and I'm really interested to see how it ages, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a big and bold barrel aged imperial stout. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was a little impressed with how well the taste came together, but I think I still prefer Black Note. It's one of the better Bells beers I've had and it's a very nice example of the style. Great job guys, this is one tasty and intense beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of Eddiehop
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of midlifec
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nat1975
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Expedition Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 279 ratings