Bell’s 30th Anniversary Ale

I’ve been drinking more coffee lately. We order coffee in bulk at home and we’ve been having really solid flavors lately (Black Bottom Cup Cake is my favorite). This beer is one that really embraces the coffee notes.


ABV: 11%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 1985, Larry Bell set out on a quest for better beer with his 15-gallon soup pot. Thirty years later, we will release our 30th Anniversary Ale. An American Imperial Stout, Bell’s 30th Anniversary Ale is also a nod to another beer and one of the earliest examples of the style released here in the United States, Bell’s Expedition Stout. ‘This beer is a testament to three-plus decades of hard-work. It honors all that has helped us get to this point – hard work, quality and authenticity,’ said Larry Bell, Bell’s President and Founder. ‘It reminds us of where we’ve been, how we’ve grown over the years, the challenges we’ve faced and at the same time, looks forward to what comes next,’ he added. Flavors of dark chocolate and fruit meld to create a full-bodied, roasty stout. A fair amount of Polaris hops lend a brightness and a nice character that will help carry the beer in its early stages making it incredibly drinkable and interesting. Malt characteristics will continue to develop over time, so that beer drinkers who choose to cellar it can enjoy the beer for years to come.”

Random: I got an espresso maker for Christmas and still haven’t used it.

The brew poured with a one finger, light brown head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was pungent with lots of roasted malts and espresso. It had dark chocolate as well. The taste was much the same as the nose, but showed incredibly balance. Espresso, roasted malts and smoke came through first. Then, dark chocolate appeared. The alcohol was very hidden, and could make this dangerous. The body was thick with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with smoke and roasted malts. This was an outstanding beer and made for a great sipper. If you can still find it on the shelves, pick two up, one to have now and one to age. At $4.50 a bottle ($.38 per ounce), it’s a good investment.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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