Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout 2018

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  1. ColonelHopslam

    ColonelHopslam Aspirant (260) Jan 22, 2014 Michigan

    3:05pm: record number of week long vacation requests submitted from General Store employees
     
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  2. LarryBell

    LarryBell Initiate (114) Dec 2, 2004 Michigan

    We have about 350 bbls. worth of this beer. It will hit distro. Might take a bit to get to smaller Bell’s markets.
     
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  3. LarryBell

    LarryBell Initiate (114) Dec 2, 2004 Michigan

    BA TCOA bottles- look for those on E Day.
     
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  4. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Devotee (439) Apr 8, 2017 Indiana
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    *swoon*
     
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  5. croush

    croush Defender (685) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    And on October 10th, 2018, @LarryBell decided he was going to drop two bombs on BA. Well done.
     
  6. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (374) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    Will that be 12/7? Was actually discussing this with a friend yesterday.
     
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  7. Number1Framer

    Number1Framer Initiate (123) Mar 13, 2016 Wisconsin
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    Wow thank you for the updates! I will be on the hunt when the time comes!
     
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  8. AyatollahGold

    AyatollahGold Savant (908) Nov 28, 2016 Indiana
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    Even Brewers are using these abbreviations. I don't even know what this is. Gosh I can't keep up.
     
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  9. Junior

    Junior Disciple (347) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    Third Coast Olde Ale. It was mentioned a few posts back.
     
  10. AyatollahGold

    AyatollahGold Savant (908) Nov 28, 2016 Indiana
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    Thank you. Just didn't put two and two together and was focused on thinking of stouts.
     
  11. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (374) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    E-Day is eccentric day also as an FYI. If you haven’t been, definitely try to go. It’s absolutely magical, and one of the most fun beer days of the year.
     
  12. FlintB

    FlintB Initiate (149) May 27, 2017 Michigan
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    @LarryBell , you just made my day. My month, really.

    Cheers!
     
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  13. flat_lander

    flat_lander Devotee (452) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Really appreciate the info as this was one of my favs of 2017 too. Distro going to be MI only like last time, or to other states too?
     
  14. LarryBell

    LarryBell Initiate (114) Dec 2, 2004 Michigan

    Distribution to other states too.
     
  15. elbrooksie

    elbrooksie Aspirant (212) Jan 10, 2013 Texas
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    Will it be in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles again, and what will the price be for them?

    Thanks!
     
  16. Lazhal

    Lazhal Devotee (453) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan
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    These forums are not for reasonable and practical questions. You should leave.
     
  17. cmukid87

    cmukid87 Aspirant (278) Jan 30, 2017 Michigan
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    Clearly it's going to be hyped into artificial scarcity and sold only to ticket holders even though it's going to be widely distributed in overpriced bombers....oh wait, that's the CBS release (again)
     
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  18. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,253) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    These are questions more for your local retailer in all likelihood. No reason to think it will not be released in 4 packs of 12 oz bottles. However, your local retailer might very well break them down and sell the bottles individually. Also pricing could vary wildly from SRP. I believe 4pks were selling for 28 last time at the general store so use that as your pricing floor perhaps. :wink:
     
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  19. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Devotee (439) Apr 8, 2017 Indiana
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    I expect to pay $28-35 if I can find it. If the price guys higher, they won't be selling them as 4 packs, but individual bottles for $12 each.
     
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  20. Junior

    Junior Disciple (347) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    I know that this is one is extremely hyped and I hate being that guy, but I just don't get it. IMO, Bell's makes another BBA stout that is better. So do Founders and Dark Horse and others. This thread will be fun to watch in the next few weeks.
     
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  21. flat_lander

    flat_lander Devotee (452) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I'm genuinely curious. BN, BB Pt5, and KBS/CBS? For my taste last year's BA Expo (granted the only vintage I've had) is superior to these. Then again, I like the base beer a lot too.
     
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  22. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (1,890) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois

    Yeah, I'd be fine if they scrapped Black Note & just made Barrel Aged Expedition.

    I think "regular" Expedition is far superior to Double Cream Stout, so it probably makes sense that I'd rather just have that raw, uncut pure shit.
     
  23. flat_lander

    flat_lander Devotee (452) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    That's some fuckin' truthiness right there.
     
  24. Junior

    Junior Disciple (347) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    You got it. I'd rather have any of those over BA Expo. I realize that I am in the minority here. It's a good thing there are so many great ones to choose from.
     
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  25. core42

    core42 Zealot (515) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    BAE >>>>CBS> BN>KBS>>>BBPt5th

    Your results may vary
     
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  26. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Devotee (439) Apr 8, 2017 Indiana
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    Did you have the last batch of BA Expo (AKA BAE)? If not, just batch 1 two years ago - it is not the same.

    If you have, I'd love to know why you prefer the others. You are one of the few that have this opinion. It's yours and not criticizing; I'd just like to understand.
     
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  27. KBS

    KBS Aspirant (291) Apr 25, 2014 Michigan
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    Wow, 350 is a lot of BAE. Like it and will definitely grab some but patiently waiting for a top 5 beer of all time (for me) to be bottled, BA 30th!
     
  28. croush

    croush Defender (685) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    CBS>>KBS>>>>>BN>BA Expo>BBPt5th

    Perhaps I should see myself out of this thread now.
     
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  29. Junior

    Junior Disciple (347) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    If I did the math right, that would be about 4,800 cases. I would also love to see BA 30th bottled.
     
  30. Junior

    Junior Disciple (347) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    I had the batch from last fall. Unfortunately, I did not review the beer so I do not have notes to refer to. I remember it being very boozy and more bitter than the others mentioned. Black Note for me has a subtle complexity, great balance, and is extremely smooth. BA Expo was just too in your face. I have a few bottles left that I will likely drink in the next few months. My hope is that it has mellowed some.
     
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  31. DragonflyJones

    DragonflyJones Initiate (52) Mar 22, 2018 Illinois

    Agree. Had it on tap at the brewery and I was hoping for a growler fill. Still sitting on 6 of the base beer and it just keeps getting better each year.
     
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  32. Number1Framer

    Number1Framer Initiate (123) Mar 13, 2016 Wisconsin
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    Hey if you don't want those last couple bottles I'm right over here...watching...constantly thirsty...waiting in the shadows...
     
  33. KBS

    KBS Aspirant (291) Apr 25, 2014 Michigan
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    Not sure how you drank it but cold and warm were a completely different experience for me. I agree that cold it’s a little “sharp”. At room temp it was really, really smooth. Specifically talking about the last batch.
     
  34. Dactrius

    Dactrius Meyvn (1,121) Apr 23, 2012 Wisconsin
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    So the others don't feel too lonely, I as well agree that BN is a better, more balanced beer than BAE. There is a reason Bell's blends the two.

    These days most people (including myself sometimes) seem to want really in your face, less balanced BA beers and that along with scarcity/newness is why I think BAE gets so much more love than BN.
     
  35. AyatollahGold

    AyatollahGold Savant (908) Nov 28, 2016 Indiana
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    I've even poured Double cream and expedition together before when I've not had black note just to get somewhat of a fix. Very good. Mellows the expedition a little and brings more to the double cream to make a great balanced stout.
     
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  36. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Poo-Bah (1,731) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska
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  37. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,301) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Well the grandest of all poobahs for this brewery (and the secret society) went and poo-pooed the secret society this time by his proclamation to the masses. But there's nothing wrong with that as long as there is that much of this beer that will be available to us peons. :grin:
     
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  38. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Poo-Bah (1,731) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska
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    Don't get me wrong, it's better this way. Plus, I was afraid I was going to lose my membership after moving out of Michigan this summer.
     
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  39. cmukid87

    cmukid87 Aspirant (278) Jan 30, 2017 Michigan
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    I drank a '17 BAE last night at about 60 degrees. Fantastic. Any "harshness" was either mellowed by temperature or age. Considering these were released late Spring 2017 they are well over a year old now. I have a few left that will remain untouched until 2018 version is in my hands.
     
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  40. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,301) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    From Michigan to Nebraska?! Oh my!! :wink:

    BUT, once a Michigander, always a Michigander. We'll offer an ex-officio membership and keep you in the secret loop.
     
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