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

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American Imperial Stout
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4.62 | pDev: 1.73%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Aged first for 10 months and then again for another year in freshly retired bourbon barrels from Four Roses Distillery, this version of our Russian Imperial Stout is complex with an incredible depth of flavor and character. Notes of dark chocolate and bourbon compliment this strong, rich, aged stout.
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 5
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4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Maduro's for the pre-GTMW event. Three 10oz pours in a Bell's shaker pint glass.

Pour is pitch black in colour, one finger offwhite head, good retention, a little bit of lacing. Smell is rich bourbon, dark fruit, dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla, light oak, toasted grain, a touch of licorice. In short, this is everything I love about Expedition Stout and bourbon barrels. Flavour follows; it seems like the extended barrel aging added more whiskey flavour and vanillin to the base beer, which is already robust enough to stand up to all that aging. A fair bit of dark fruit which made me wonder if the second barrel was port, but from the description, it apparently was not. I'm still a fan though, and while it's a sweet beer, it's not too demandingly so on the palate. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy bodied, substantial and almost silky smooth. Mild earthy bitterness goes along with oak and vanillin on the backend. A real treat to have, especially if you've enjoyed the single bourbon barrel-aged version and even the base beer.

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Expedition Stout - Double Barrel-Aged from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.62 out of 5 with 5 ratings