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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Originally brewed in 1999

Re-brewed for Bells 30th Anniversary in 2015


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krej (210) - USA - JAN 17, 2016
Very good stout. Not much of a smell but tastes nice and smooth and creamy. Pretty darn good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Thanks Brad for sending the bottle with Ryan for our little tasting, you are forgiven for not showing up now: Murky brown with floaties, some small fizzy bubbles and a light oily film. Man this smells like an old stout with oxidized hops, tobacco, dusty yeast, charcoal black patient malt, chocolate and hint of over-ripened plums. I LOVE IT, no really I DO!

The taste is still very roasty and a bit papery. Notes of anise and pomegranate, tobacco and leather, bittersweet bakers chocolate leads to a stunning alcoholic finish. The mouth feel is extremely dry and warming. WOW, a lovely expression of a well aged but still vibrant stout. My rating does not do this beer justice.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gdh8888 (5) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2007 does not count
Disappointed, mainly due to the HIGH price for this grog. It was very, very good, but not the sublime experience I had expected. Definitely shows that Bells is not mailing it in, but striving to produce something out of the ordinary.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (774) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Dr. Bill is the Man for breaking out this brew for us. It pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a little caramel and anice bitter notes and alcohol esters. The flavor is sweet and malty with notes of candy sugar and caramel, as well as, a little bitterneasss and some alcohol. Full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Wonderful! New to the market in August 1998, this is a real gem. The aroma is all plummy maltiness, soy sauce and salt. Hops are essentially gone as far as I can tell except for some thinning, cutting of the body. Alcohol is melded to the body perfectly although its a bit thin. Great raisiny flavors! Very effervescent even this many years out! Great beer, but seems barleywineish, winey, not so stoutlike. Shared with hopsrus. Thanks to the Motor City BBB provider.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Moderate brown in color and hazy. Aroma is very malty(similiar to a barleywine) and a little burnt. Flavor is big malt, light smokeness with a little tartness. It was well carbonated, expecially for its age. Finish was lip smacking sweet up front with an alcohol dryness that crept in toward the end. Provided by and shared with PsychProf, thanks old friend.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyotehunter (695) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2009
And with this bottle l pull into the lead as no.1 for Bells. Biggest thanks to Trevor for this. Pours a reddish brown with no head. Im a bit concerned that theres no pop to the top.regardless the flavor has held up remarkably well for its age. Notes of caramel, some apple and strangely in the finish some chocolate. Good alcohol finish. Yea!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2846) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 24, 2002
winey feel. little to no head. starts out with some coffee and a surprisingly strong hop presence, especially considering it came out we figure about 5-6 years ago. alcohol notes throughout, quite strong


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