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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Originally brewed in 1999

Re-brewed for Bells 30th Anniversary in 2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Enjoyed on tap at Slows BBQ in Detroit, MI while having some lunch with good friends. Very excited to see this on the menu. I didn’t take tasting notes, but remember this being a very unique and complex dark ale with rich vanilla, raisin, plum, chocolate, and coffee profile. Would definitely have this again if that was a possibility, very much enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (7994) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2016
Tap@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016, Copenhagen - black pour with a tan head. Dark roasted malty aroma and taste with chocolate, caramel, dark dried fruit, nutty, vanilla, some burnt malty notes, roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guruhso (374) - Grindsted, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2016
Tap at CBC 2016, Red session. Malty. Aroma of toasted, caramel, brown sugar and bittering hops. The flavours starts sweet but finish light bitter. Full and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1861) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Tap at Belmont Station. A: Cloudy brown body with a creme color head and legs. N: Raisin, cocoa, smoke, black licorice, roast and coffee, burnt biscuit, and some vanilla. T: Nicely sweet, a bit roasted, and light bitterness. M: Medium body, some alcohol, and prickly carbonation. O: Solid. Plenty of roast coffee flavors in here to balance the big maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2016
On tap at Belmont Station (thanks for grabbing a spot early, Doug!). Colour... very dark brown with almost no head. Nose...sweet, roasty, toasty and chocolatey with cocoa mass powder and vanilla. Palate...big and robust with Dutch cocoa and baking chocolate to start. The next wave is filled with dried dark fruits, especially Italian prunes, cassis and zante currants. The finish is dry and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8331) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2016
On tap at Belmont station. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. A big sweet cocoa cherry nose. The flavor is big sweet chocolate, dark cherries, caramel, pine, light roast. Awesome. More of an asa than a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2016
On tap at Slow’s BBQ in Detroit, apparently a rebrew of the original from 1998ish. Interesting dark aroma, notably cherry and raisin and oak. Rich malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol rising above the liquid. Hotter in the body than the nose but not quite boozy, and many of the same flavors reappear from the aroma. An interesting beer certainly; I wonder how the original would be holding up...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 27, 2016
[5/14/16] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016. Red session. Brown. Caramel, nuts, dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Sweet with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
olsvammel (5808) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016. Boozy smell with dark malts. Taste of dark malts, roasted. Dry with a light body. Rough mouthfeel. Nah, a bit rough around the edges.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1419) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016
On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Dried fruit, sherry, cherries, caramel, toffee. Smooth mouthfeel. Bitter-sweet aftertaste, though mostly sweet.

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