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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Originally brewed in 1999

Re-brewed for Bells 30th Anniversary in 2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2811) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2015
On tap at GTMW 2015, pours a very dark brown, nearly black with a tannish head and a little bit of lacing, the aroma has a strong amount of chocolate and malt, the flavor has a chocolate forward front end with a sweeter finish, not overly sweet though and goes well together, nice stuff here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njager246 (678) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle- chocolate and spices on the aroma and taste, it has thinned out some... still holding on very well for 16 years

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (7140) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Draft to taster at the Eccentric Cafe. Looks solid; a slightly translucent dark brown with off-white head. Smells malty with notes of dark chocolate and roast. Tastes like it smells with with notes of sweet anise as well. Mouthfeel is medium full-bodied and smooth for the abv. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (1383) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2015
From notes. Enjoyed at the Great Taste of the Midwest on August 08. There is a beautiful brown pour with a khaki colored head and some light lace. The aroma is barrel and boozy with an excellent malt profile. There is a good amount of oak in this with not a lot of booze to be found in the nose. There is a little bit of dark fruits and maybe a touch of licorice. The flavor is hot and way malty. Once you get past the booze, there is a decent complexity there, but the heat drowns it out. There is a nice dark fruit and molasses going on, and the resounding boozy heat. The mouth feel is thinner than I was hoping and has a light carbonation. Finish is a hot booze and strong malt bomb. Tone back on the alcohol a little bit, and this could be great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (630) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2015 Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest. Aroma is sweet malt, metallic, nutty. Appearance is brown, light tan head. Taste is nutty, booze, dark fruit and molasses. Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation and pretty thick. Overall, impressive representation for age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobertDale (4557) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2015
12 ounce bottle at a tasting. Obviously an old, old bottle. Pours dark brown with a tiny tan head. Aroma of malt and fruit. Taste is malt, fruit, caramel, and some chocolate. Oxidation for sure! Interesting to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a really dark brown body with pretty much no head. The aroma is similar to Sam Adams Triple Bock. It has lot of deep charred black malts with sweet aged maple syrup, sherry, and toffee. The flavor has a lot of charred black malts, sherry, and super heavy malt. The char is really nice. The palate is medium full bodied texturally but has a clean finish. The beer held up REALLY well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7429) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottled. Poured medium-deeper brown with just a loose-bubbled beige ring for head. The aroma was slightly sour with chocolate and black patent malts leading.. touches of earth and definite degradation around.. still a sweet overall impression, and the oxidation didn’t totally take over. The flavor found lightly sour, moderately-roasted black patent on the front, with baker’s chocolate joining across the middle.. darker fruit and light oxidation around.. finished with some dark roasty sourness and prickly, brighter broken down hops. Medium-bodied or a tad shy of that with more sourness than it probably once had.. quite a bit of roast.. this was probably better 9 years ago, but it somehow held up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Clear brown pour, small head. Aroma consists of caramel, light chocolate, light oxidation and some light fruity notes too. Flavor is a bit roasty, light chocolate and some slight oxidation. But its held up remarkably well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1714) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Greyish brown hue. Cinnamon, chocolate, some light fruit in the aroma, pit fruits mainly; it certainly smells a bit dull, like a chocolate pudding more than chocolate, like toast with cinnamon on it more than cinnamon.

Taste shows a little wet wood, and its more obviously oxidized than the aroma would suggest. But there is still a warm and ample nutty malt flavor, some blueberries, and no burnt or truly worn out flavors, except that it occasionally tastes like overripe banana. For the most part the decline seems to have been really slow, because it still tastes fine.

Mouthfeel is medium, still fairly carbonated. A nutty bittersweetness and a mild ashiness in the finish. Overall surprisingly resilient, and pretty pleasant. So cool to try this, thanks Zac!

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