Expedition Stout is a Russian Imperial Stout brewed by Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.
The Stout pours an opaque black with no light showing through. It’s topped by nearly an inch-thick cap of frothy, pock-marked, mocha-colored foam that shows fair retention. A few droplets of residue and a thin ring rounds the glass.
The aroma is strong with a scent of sweet molasses and smoky char.
The palate begins with a taste of coffee and browned bread. Finishes with a mild bite of floral hops and espresso and mixed with sweet notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and molasses. There’s even a savory and slightly salty flavor akin to a steak sauce that’s picked up on the swallow.
Its feel is silky smooth with a body that’s nearly full and low carbonation. Finishes dryly with a mild warming sensation.
Its appearance could show better head retention but otherwise, the Expedition Stout excels in every other way. Its aroma is strong and enticing and its palate strikes a wonderful balance between the roast and sweet flavors. And its luscious feel perfectly supports that decadent palate. A lofty ABV is noticeable but not overpowering. Like most everything about this brew, it’s just right.
Bell’s recommends the following food pairings with their Expedition Stout: cheeses of Blue d’Aubergne, d’Affinois, Stilton or Roquefort; mains of duck foie gras and smoked goose; sweets of dark chocolate truffles, pecan pie, raspberry tart, vanilla poached pears or chocolate raspberry mousse cake.
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