Episode #207: Bell’s Expedition Vertical

Tasting a 7 year vertical of one of the best aging stout in the world, Bell’s Expedition Russian Imperial Stout.

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Comments 7 

  1. From "JeremyH" :

    Great episode. I have a couple of bottles of 2012 in my cellar that I was going to drink this winter but now I’m definitely going to hold on to a bottle for a few more years.

  2. From "Tony Z" :

    What is the taste/smell that you’re picking up when you describe a beer as “oxidized”? Is it a staleness, or metallic flavor? Thanks!

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Hi Tony,

      Oxidation is one of the most complex reactions in beer, and it’s not very well understood in general. It can have lots of flavors. “Bad” oxidation tastes like wet cardboard, a musty basement, or in lighter beers, honey. Good oxidation is more sherry-like notes. In fact, if you want to know what good oxidation smells like, find a good dry sherry, like an Amontillado or Oloroso. What you will taste and smell is oxidation! Hope that helps 🙂

  3. From "Kevin LeBlanc" :

    Thanks to the online store I will be able to start my own vertical of Expedition stout. Thanks for getting it open as I will now be able to try a number of beers that just aren’t available in Louisiana. Thanks so much.

  4. From "Russ Perry Jr" :

    I was just at a Bell’s event, and while they had sold out of the 2010, I was at least able to do a 3-year vertical. It was interesting how much “softer” the 2012 was already in taste to the 2013! Before I went home, I stopped elsewhere to enjoy a Black Note too… Tasty night, that was. 🙂

  5. From "Chad T." :

    Great episode and nice to see your excitement and enthusiasm for this beer. I have eyeballed this beer several times before but never made the leap to purchase…needless to say, I will now!
    Thanks again for your knowledge and opinion on this beer in its entirety.

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