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

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
55
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
6
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 55
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmcurran
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PackenGreen
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JDizzle
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Bferber
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ One Mile House in Manhattan. 13% ABV (2016 vintage).

Aroma promises a chewy malty stout with leathery bourbon notes, tobacco, caramel, and dark malts. Excellent barrel character. Ideal level of sweetness. Base beer could offer more, but it doesn't get eclipsed. Aromatic intensity is moderate.

Leathery chewy thick texture, with a smooth wet mouthfeel. Plenty of body here, but no overcarbonation.

Bourbon barrel notes slip seamlessly into the malty base beer, evoking leather and tobacco but no overt vanilla/vanillin, coconut, or toasty oak. Malty core offers chocolate malts, caramel, and dark malts. Well balanced and built, even if the dazzling intricacy and nuanced subtlety of the best expressions of the style isn't quite paralleled. Well built fare.

Overall, it's drinkable fare particularly for an imperial stout (let alone a 13% ABV one) and will please fans of regular expedition. The bourbon could be improved as could the beer as a whole, but it's nice stuff as-is. Worth the $1/1oz pricetag, but I wouldn't go out of my way to nab a bottle - astonishingly well-disguised though its high ABV may be.

High B- (3.46) / WORTHY

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Photo of raszputini
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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