I like this Brewery Focus thing. The last one, Scotland's Isle of Skye Brewing, isn't done and yet I can start another. Why? Because a pal went to Michigan for work [Ed.: (later) he has revealed himself in the comments.] and all of a sudden, realizing the implications, we made calls to his cell phone before he passed Port Huron and Ryan's Party Source. As a result we are all drinking Bell's this week.
This one, Bell's Expedition Stout, is a 10.5% imperial stout. Dandy. You forget about how dandy imperial stouts are in the summer even though once the sun is down the big minty roasty brew isn't that far off that chocolate pepperminty nutty something you would get at the Mary's Frosty King or Steve's Freezie Snack-shack. Stouts are good. Imperial stouts are gooder. Much gooder.
This beer pours deepest inky brown with a deep mocha foam lacy head. Sweet chocolate and coffee on the nose with a fail wiff of the grain as well. In the mouth you fall off a cliff (Wile E. Coyote style) into the Le Brea Tar Pits of of stout - thick with hot asphalt mineral hidden by swaths of dark chocolate, espresso, mint hops, pumpernickel malt, double cream yeast. Rich and massive with a soft water moreish mouthfeel. Huge BAer approval.