Bell’s Expedition Stout

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Expedition Stout is a winter seasonal Russian Imperial Stout from the fine folks at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan.   The Russian Imperial Stout is one of the boldest styles around, and this is a big beer at 10.5% ABV.  It’s designed to be aged, and the brewery explicitly warns that it’ll be intensely bitter for the first few months but will mellow nicely over the years.  The head is medium brown and clings to glass, leaving an opaque film as it recedes.  The nose is chocolate and toast with a  hint of pine in the background.  The middle is bursting with complimentary flavors.  There is chocolate, plums, bitter roasted malt in a heavy milky body.  The finish is a balance of the sweetness of honey and the bitterness of burnt toast.   The flavors are extraordinary  though a bit raw given the youth of the example I’m drinking.   I have another bottle, and I may leave it in the fridge for a year because this beer may be truly exceptional once it’s mature.

I give it a 4.2 out of 5.

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