Thursday, January 25, 2018

Bell's Expedition Stout (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 9/12/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 20C Imperial Stout

AROMA: Rich malty sweetness with a chocolate character, but nothing roasty or burnt. Also a strong fruity aroma (cherry, currant, black grape). Low earthy/floral hops. Minor alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque jet black (44+ SRM). Moderate, brown, creamy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Rich dark malt flavor immediately. Very sweet with a milk chocolate taste. Roasted malt emerges at the apex to offer balance. There is a moderate hop presence with a slight piney/earthy/floral flavor throughout. Fruity flavors are present, but not as intense as aroma would make them seem. There is a dark fruit flavor of currants and grapes as it finishes. A dark chocolate/roasted malt flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol is noticeable throughout with a drying sensation but little actual warmth. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied; moderately low carbonation. Very smooth with a slightly sticky feeling. The 10.5% ABV alcohol is present, but not obtuse (gentle warming). Quite drinkable for the potency. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An almost perfect impy stout in every way. One of the premiere, widely-available examples of the style. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: See my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/03/bells-expedition-stout-chadz-beer.html

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