Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bells Expedition Stout - Tom #10

Hello everyone, as winter is quickly winding down before we are even noticing it I have been in a stout mode. As a lot of new, we will label them as winter into spring beers, are emerging on the shelves of your local shops. So I have been hitting my stock of stouts fairly hard recently. For this review this particular stout is one of the ones I finally got my hands on back in December from Gus and recently as a freebie in a trade. That beer would be Bell's Expedition Stout.

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About the beer:
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.5% 
IBUs: N/A
Availability: Winter (6packs) 
 
Info from Bell's
One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruits, and other aromas. Intensely bitter in its early months, the flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages.

I poured this into my Cigar City Snifter

Appearance: Well first I have to start with that this brew to date has been the closest resemblance of pouring motor oil out of a beer bottle. (Yes I change my own oil so I know what real oil looks like!) This brew poured so thick but yet so smoothly. So being as it poured like motor oil it was pitch black with a half of finger of dark khaki head that lasted a fairly decent amount of time.

Aroma: This was a little tricky as I picked up on a number of different things so rapidly. It was from a little chocolate at first straight to coffee from the pour than once sat and swirled a bit it gets roasty and some alcohol notes appear. On the back you get some mild dark fruit notes.

Taste: This was the real treat. This 10.5% RIS drank so smooth it should be illegal. This is one of the most smoothest stouts I've ever had the pleasure of drinking from a bottle. Nice subtle malt starts on the pallet than to a nice balance chocolate taste. Coffee is present but hidden behind the chocolate in my opinion. Alcohol wasn't upfront at all with zero burn.

Verdict:  Overall this was a bomb, a massive big profile bomb. Every stout lover should definitely have a try at this and makes me wanna seek out some black note stout even more! Overall this deserves a well earned A+. It is loaded with all the things one would seek in a superb brew; appearance, aroma and taste are all out of this world! 

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Cheers!
-Tom