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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CRJMellor on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#286
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
259
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Photo of jschott75
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutHunter
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of midlifec
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nat1975
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tourdot
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BenHoppy
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good barrel aged stout but I'd still prefer regular expedition due to the barrel whiskey flavors taking over the chocolate coffee flavors that shine in regular expedition, however both are better choices than blacknote. Funny blacknote stands above, must be the rarity.

This one has strong bourbon barrel forward flavors along with subtle coffee and chocolate. There's some oakiness, toffee, and tobacco as well with hints of vanilla. With a $9 a bottle price tag I will stick to regular expedition and never come back to this unless given to me as a gift. Nevertheless it's definitely worth seeking out, highly recommended, and glad I got to try it.

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 2016 Darkstar November glass, with a quarter finger of foam that persists. I can small this from about a foot away as I pour it. Tons of caramel and dark fruit on the nose with chocolate fudge, toffee, butterscotch, hops, and a smidge of black licorice. Palate is fantastic: fudge, oak, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and oak working together, and finishing with leather, tobacco, more oak, and hop resin. Super rich mouthfeel; perhaps a smidge cloying but otherwise delicious and decadent. Far better and more interesting than Black Note.

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Photo of Botulizard
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aleigator
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours entirely black with a sturdy khaki colored head, slowly fading to a slim ring of lacing.

The aromas intensity on this is insane - liquid dark chocolate hits the nostrils in a rather unprepared way, enhanced by roast and a subtle toffee sweetness, which leads to well nuanced, wooden bourbon aroma. There is an interesting glimpse of matured hops, which surprisingly enough adds to the prominent chocolate onslaugt, giving a light, herbal edge to the heavier, oily and decadent ingredients.

Has a perfectly smooth and creamy mouthfeel, complimenting to the huge body of the beer in a marvellous way. Turns almost a little chewy in the finish, without loosing its whipped cream softness at all.

Tastes of milk chocolate, which steadily turns more bitter and roasty, until it ends up as a potent example of dark chocolate with lots of roast and an opposite oily silkness, carrying a note of licorice. Bourbon joins in after the swallow, intruduced by a short herbal leaf note, adding a well placed warming dryness, spicy and sweet, rounded off by an earthy, oaken barrel. Finishes with brownie dough, almonds and a light smoke note among an even more profound chocolate foundation.

Incredibly tasty and well brewed, with just a well pronounced note of the bourbon barrel, which adds an oily, spicy decadence to the already huge body of the beer.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich chocolate, dark fruits, smooth oak and bourbon. Fantastic offering.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bugsmcl
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Grizzarky
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of @blackop555.
Bottled 6/2/17, poured I'm to snifter.
Pours motor oil black, with a thin layer dark orange foam.
Nose is figs, caramel, bourbon
Taste is bakers cocoa, heavy caramel, bourbon, and oak.
Feel is thick and full as expected.
Overall a long time want that lives up to my expectation. No harsh booziness, and the bourbon is very tame and balanced by the heavy oak character.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wjbent
3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dankacheese
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of linnymtu
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ale_addin
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bell's Barrel Aged Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 259 ratings
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