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: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JasonR1975 on 07-27-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
109
Reviews:
14
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
6.53%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
30
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 14
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Photo of Lazhal
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Cheers!

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.81/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -11%
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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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jaycase
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 05/04/16
a: black as night. less than one finger dark khaki head which quickly recedes away. Looks like a glass of regular expo.
s: It's got the characteristic expo aroma - roasty malts predominate with notes of dark chocolate. Enveloped with oaky, vanilla bourbon.
t: Barrel flavors (vanilla & oak) dominate here. Roasted malts have a strong presence as well. Small notes of chocolate in the background.
f: low-medium carbonation. creamy. medium body.
o: Huge fan of Expo so quite fortunate to be able to try the BA version. It's quite boozy at this point which is not unexpected. The base beer presence is definitely there but a bit overshadowed at this time by the barrel but this is fine to me as I'm drinking a BA beer and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to revisiting the next bottle in several months' time to see how it changes.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pitch black with a finger of dark brown head
S: sweet molasses and chocolate. Not overwhelming barrel though.
T: oh yeah, very good. Big sweetness, milk chocolate, oak, and whiskey, slightly hot.
F: smooth and creamy. Easy to drink, just not top notch thickness.
O: very good, so glad I got to try it.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%
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4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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