Almost exactly 13 months after the last release, Bell’s Brewery has starting selling a barrel-aged version of one of its most loved beers.
The beer in question is Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout 2017, a 12.8 percent ABV version of the Comstock, Mich.-based brewery’s Expedition Stout (10.5 percent ABV) that has been aged in bourbon barrels for 12 months. The barrel-aged version debuted in 2004 as a draft-only option and was last released on May 6, 2016.
“This 12 month barrel-aged version of our award-winning Imperial Stout thirsts for travel but is perfectly content to sit in your cellar, maturing, until you are ready,” reads a label filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB.) “The tough part? Deciding if you want to enjoy now or wait until later. You can’t go wrong either way.”
According to a spokesperson at the brewery, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout 2017 is packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles ($28) and was released today at the brewery’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich. with a limit of two four-packs per person. In addition, the spokesman told Tenemu that bottles would see distribution, but that it would be “very limited” and only in the state of Michigan.