Stout expeditions are my favorite kind of expedition. This holds true as long as you consider drinking on a plane an expedition… Either way, Expedition Stout by Bell’s Brewery seems like a perfect fit. It also seems like an excellent candidate for cellaring, given the 10.5% ABV and advertised complexity. So if your preferred airline does not carry Expedition, you could line up multiple vintages and have a flight of your own!
Expedition pours a dark black with a ruby tint. The redish brown head is thin and creamy. The aroma is roasty and malty with thick molasses, chocolate, figs, dark fruit, and brown sugar. The sweet characteristics on the nose allow only a slight boozy sensation to show through.
The flavor profile is similarly complex with an onslaught of malt tones. Dark chocolate, toffee, and rich coffee notes bombard the palate with a sweet, roasty sensation. This leads into dark fruit and a lasting bitter finish. The gargantuan body holds up to the malt well with a silky, smooth texture that gives it a creamy feel.
Overall, Expedition is an excellent stout with complex, robust flavors that don’t overpower one another. This malt lover’s dream is the perfect complement to a winter night by the fire. I would expect some of the alcohol and bitterness on the finish to mellow over time, so cellaring a few of these every year is a must. However, enjoying immediately isn’t a bad idea either.
- Appearance: Black, Ruby / Redish Brown Head
- Aroma: Molasses, Chocolate, Figs, Brown Sugar
- Flavor: Chocolate, Toffee, Coffee, Dark Fruit, Bitter Finish
- Mouthfeel: Heavy Body / Silky, Smooth Texture
- ABV: 10.5%