Beer Review – Expedition Stout from Bell’s Brewery – Hide this beer from yourself

This is a heavy thick beer that is expensive and needs to be aged.  I learned about the aging the hard way when I cracked open my first 6 pack last year.  I was overwhelmed with the taste of molasses and a harsh finish. After 1 year of aging this beer is amazing.  The trick is to buy this beer and hide it from yourself.  Seriously, buy it, hide it and forget it.IMG_20140209_151416_730

Rating: Outstanding, will buy every year

Alcohol by Volume ABV :  10.5% 
Type: Stout
Pairs with: Heavy rich beer doesn’t pair well with anything other than snacks
When to drink: Winter


From the brewer:

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.

One Year Update:

Things have gotten out of control.  I now have over 40 bottles of this Russian Imperial Stout aging in my basement cellar.  Part of the allure is the low price (less than $3/bottle) and it’s ever changing complexity over time.  A couple of buddies and I had a 3 year vertical with this beer and were amazed at how much better year 3 was over the fresh stuff.  It was my first vertical and I’m glad I tried it with Expedition stout, one of my favs.


Bell’s Expedition Stout

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Expedition Stout Summary: Affordable price, ages well, fun for vertical tastings a good candidate to clone for a homebrew.

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