Bell’s Expedition Stout
Bell’s Brewery is responsible for producing today’s brew. Hailing from Kalamazoo, MI, Bell’s was founded in 1985 “with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle.” They produce at least one of my favorite beers, including but not limited to the Two Hearted ale, which I will cover in depth another day. Today we’re talking about the Expedition Stout. A stout, you say? Yes, I do enjoy stouts and other types of beer as well. It does say Hops and Things. Other beers are things, I’m told.
Black like the night. Crude oil. Ink black, like a squid. The Head is a voluptuous brown during pore, brightening to desert tan after rest.
Look at that backward curve. This is a thick, high viscous brew. It’s not fucking around.
Dark chocolate and dark roasted malt. The aroma reminds me of the Ghirardelli factory in San Francisco.
Starts smooth and creamy, almost has the texture of a good glass of organic milk.
The chocolate is mild at first but grows rapidly to overcome other flavors. Most of the complexity this beer exhibits is at the start of the journey with dark malt balanced by a small amount of bittering hops. Most of the hops in this beer can be detected at the midpoint of premium flavor, about 5 seconds into a mouthful.
The sweetness level is slightly higher than I prefer. I like dry beer and wine.
I like this beer. Definitely best on a cold day, or when you want to get nice and buzzed from one beer. At 10.5% ABV, it packs quite a punch.
This is not an introductory stout. If you want one of those I highly recommend the Left Hand Milk Stout, which I will cover at some point in the future, I’m sure. It’s also a delicious beer.
At $16-18 per 6 pack, this beer is not a cheap one. Buy it if you like stouts.