2014 Bell’s Expedition Stout 13504 PKGD 09/18/14 C stamped on back label. Cellared in box In basement at 60-65F. Poured into a snifter. A: Jet black with beige ring of head that lingers and leaves dots of lacing. S: Amazing dark malt aroma — black coffee, prunes, roast but not ashy, lightly sweet caramel, touch of oxidation, tons of toffee in the retronasal. F: Flavor is also stellar with none of the licorice notes (maybe slight in the finish but ignoring) that older vintages sometimes have a high amount of. Delicious decadent dark malt and toffee notes with raisin, prune, light roast, espresso, and vanilla sweet notes in the finish. Really a treat —I was expecting a licorice bomb but this is a spectacular cellared beer. Alcohol is very well-hidden but the flavor is dense. Aftertaste with smoky dark coffee and burnt raisin. M: Full-bodied but not syrupy with some residual carbonation. O: I am going to be hitting these ExpStouts hard over the next 6-12 months if they taste like this. I am going to try a few older ones I have saved back to see if they tend to have more licorice like I remember.