As I get further away from events in my life, especially time spent with old friends, the more strained those relationships become. Having a family keeps my free time occupied, especially now that they are involved in sports. Receiving a phone call from an old friend is really appreciated. Erik, a friend from high school, beach bum buddy in college, and a basketball friend throughout my 20s dropped me a line for the first time in a couple of years (I am guilty for not calling him either). After catching up on each others families we realized that we work a little over a mile from each other and lunch is in store in a week or two.
It has been a while since I had an Expidition Stout by Bell’s Brewery. Specifically it has been about two years, if not more. I was at a local beer store recently which sold singles (my favorite) and I noticed Expedition Stout, how could I pass up a single bottle.
The beer is still a bit bright with alcohol aroma and flavor. The aroma almost burns the nose hairs while roasted malt is the focus of the aroma that is slight over all. The taste carries the roast that transitions to a an ashy or burnt flavor before the alcohol takes over. A bit above average but I think this could be much better, becoming complex with a couple of years of age. Enjoy!
Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 7 (35%), Overall: 7.6
Useless Fact: Verdi wrote the opera Aida at the request of the khedive of Egypt to commemorate the opening of the Suez Canal.