Release Bells 2018 bba expedition stout

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Dmott, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. Dmott

    Dmott Initiate (16) Oct 24, 2018 Indiana
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    Bells has released their 2018 bba expedition stout and will be shipped to most bells areas according to site. How hard is this to come by in stores? I know it's limited but how much? If anyone has picked some up in previous bottlings let me know your thoughts. I have never had this. Thanks
     
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  2. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (829) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I picked up a 6 pack last week in North NJ. It was the last one the store had. This is the first year that Bells has been in NJ so I had never seen it before.
     
  3. mumbles44

    mumbles44 Initiate (166) Jan 22, 2016 New Jersey
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    damn..what store? i need to be on the lookout
     
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  4. Obsidian81

    Obsidian81 Initiate (31) Mar 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I'm guessing this is super limited because I've never seen it anywhere, and I've seen Black Note around here. With that said, if I ever did see it, I'd pick it up without a second thought because the original version is world class.
     
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  5. elohim

    elohim Initiate (191) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    2018 is in 4-packs and wasn't available last week it was just released at the brewery on monday
     
  6. Dmott

    Dmott Initiate (16) Oct 24, 2018 Indiana
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    Ya I'm in southern indiana and my stores said it will take 2 weeks to a month to see it if it was just released at their general store.
     
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  7. Dmott

    Dmott Initiate (16) Oct 24, 2018 Indiana
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    6 pack? I called bells and they said only in 4 pks. Maybe you got some regular expedition.
     
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    eldoctorador Zealot (533) Dec 12, 2014 California

  9. mumbles44

    mumbles44 Initiate (166) Jan 22, 2016 New Jersey
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    maybe it was regular expedition
     
  10. gcasher

    gcasher Devotee (480) Dec 20, 2008 Pennsylvania

    my distributor said Bell's rep said very limited distribution in bottles, more likely to get on draft. End of November, December in Pittsburgh at earliest.
     
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  11. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (829) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Sorry guys I didn't read the OP carefully enough. It was the regular
     
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  12. Dmott

    Dmott Initiate (16) Oct 24, 2018 Indiana
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    Regular is hard enough to get in my area. Only got 3 bottles
     
  13. waltari

    waltari Initiate (55) Jan 28, 2016 Georgia

    How much are they charging for a single?
     
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  14. Dmott

    Dmott Initiate (16) Oct 24, 2018 Indiana
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    A single of regular expedition was like 3 or 3.50
     
  15. KBS

    KBS Aspirant (288) Apr 25, 2014 Michigan
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    You can go to the Great Lakes forum and read the thread if you want. Essentially, they produced about 4800 cases worth which is a lot more than any other batch. 10% got kegged, 10% at the general store (480 cases sold out in about 5 hours). Bells is in 39 states and it is supposed to hit full distro which means about 100 cases per state, or not even a case per store. It can be had, just be on your toes.
     
  16. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (829) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I had to pay $17.99 for my 6 pack.
     
  17. MoreBeer4me

    MoreBeer4me Aspirant (242) Aug 25, 2014 New Jersey
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    Since Bells has been available here in N,J I've been very impressed with those I've bought. Will be on the lookout for this one.
     
  18. beersampler6

    beersampler6 Defender (665) Apr 4, 2018 Michigan
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    Just tried the regular Expedition Stout for the first time yesterday...will be on the lookout for the BBA version.
     
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  19. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,611) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Never had a BA Expedition, sounds good.
     
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  20. BunsMcGillicuddy

    BunsMcGillicuddy Initiate (18) Aug 12, 2015 Illinois
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    Talked to my guy at Binny's (Chicagoland chain) yesterday, he said each location should get about a case, probably to drop middle next week
     
  21. BenHoppy

    BenHoppy Zealot (515) Nov 15, 2017 Michigan

    I got BBA Expedition Stout last year and went to about 4 local shops to get it as it was tough to find and I live in Michigan. Bells is very sneaky sneaky when dropping this off.
    I finally called a place that was releasing at noon next day so I showed up and no crowd. Cost me $10 for that bottle and could've gotten more but $10 was already enough spent. It was good but wouldn't pay $10 again just for a single.
    Now regular Expedition I can get any time and funny thing last year as it's usually $16.99, well someone at the grocery store mispriced it and I got a 6pk for $10, not my fault someone screwed up, that's business.
     
  22. rypkr

    rypkr Champion (825) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I didn't think it was released last year
     
  23. BenHoppy

    BenHoppy Zealot (515) Nov 15, 2017 Michigan

    Yes it was around the summer I want to say but perhaps only got released in Michigan.
     
  24. cmukid87

    cmukid87 Aspirant (239) Jan 30, 2017 Michigan
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    Yes, released in late May if I remember right. It was a silent release with very limited distribution. I can't speak on how far out it went but I'd imagine nearly all of it stayed in Michigan.
     
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  25. TheeWarPig

    TheeWarPig Initiate (64) Sep 30, 2015 Michigan

    Was bottled last year on 6/2/2017. It was a limited distribution to Michigan only, and a limit of 2 4-packs at the GS. No announcement and it sold out in 4 hours. They did make a lot less last year.

    ABV - 2016 - 13.0%, 2017 - 12.8%, 2018 - 13.4%. This year's batch has been the best by far in my opinion.
     
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  26. BiddzzBA

    BiddzzBA Initiate (25) Jan 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    Would like to try one...I love BA stouts. In all honesty though, Bells has never impressed me in the least.
     
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  27. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Disciple (318) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont
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  28. AyatollahGold

    AyatollahGold Crusader (761) Nov 28, 2016 Indiana
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    If it's the whiskey barrel aged one, if you like whiskey, try it. If it's the 30th anniversary reserve, if you like cherry juice, try it. That's what they both amounted to me. Wanted more balance from each. But, that's me.
     
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  29. BiddzzBA

    BiddzzBA Initiate (25) Jan 26, 2018 North Carolina
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  30. TheeWarPig

    TheeWarPig Initiate (64) Sep 30, 2015 Michigan

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  31. DISKORD

    DISKORD Aspirant (205) Feb 28, 2017 Virginia

    What about Black Note?
     
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  32. BiddzzBA

    BiddzzBA Initiate (25) Jan 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    Was OK...just not impressive. Gave it a 3.25
     
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  33. DISKORD

    DISKORD Aspirant (205) Feb 28, 2017 Virginia

    LMAO! I don't think you know what good beer is. What are your top rated BA Stouts?

    With a comment like that one, I don't think anybody can take you seriously.
     
  34. BiddzzBA

    BiddzzBA Initiate (25) Jan 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    Vanilla Rye, FO B1 , BA Darkness , It Was All a Dream, Vietnamese Speedway are some of my tops. Black Note not even in the same ballpark.
     
  35. DISKORD

    DISKORD Aspirant (205) Feb 28, 2017 Virginia

    Oh I see! You're one of those "cool kids", who can taste the rarity. Gotcha!
     
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  36. Lazhal

    Lazhal Devotee (446) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan
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    I suppose it's 5 o'clock somewhere
     
  37. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Initiate (181) Dec 24, 2011 Texas

    Someone has a different opinion than you so they don't know what good beer is? Got it.

    I'm in the camp of thinking Black Note is about average in terms of barrel ages stouts but I still can't wait to try BA Expedition.
     
  38. coquet

    coquet Initiate (90) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia

    I honestly see where he's coming from, though 3.25 is stingier than I would assign. I have no doubt Black Note was at the top of the game the first several years it was released, but the market has caught up to and passed it.
     
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  39. Rajaholick

    Rajaholick Initiate (134) Jan 9, 2011 Minnesota
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    You are entitled to your opinion of course but I just wanted to point out that only one of the best you listed doesn't use adjuncts, BA darkness.

    Black note definitely stands up there with the non adjunct BA stouts in my opinion. BCS, BA10/50 etc...
     
  40. MikeP64

    MikeP64 Initiate (155) Jan 24, 2015 South Carolina

    If you don't like...no,love Black Note...you don't like beer.
    And just because you rate something a 4.5 doesn't mean a 4.0 is bad...
     
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