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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Maple, Honey...


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 27, 2016
Draft. Pours a very dark brown. Aroma and taste are roasted malts and some light maple and honey sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3525) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2016
On tap in Decatur, GA
Catching the tail end of some sort of special Bells event at the Brickhouse I was able to get a pour of this solid imperial stout. For Bells it might be ho hum. For the style in general it sits somewhere above the median. I’d give it a second shot.

Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base and sticky mocha head lend presence to a deep inky glass. Chocolate malts, maple, and sweet coffee pull in different directions as you examine the smells radiating from within.

Flavor / Palate - A slow warmth radiates outwards from the first sip. This mild mannered imperial stout doesn’t break 10% but still offers a nice robust texture. The resulting experience makes it much more accessible and easy going with a finish that doesn’t immediately make it your final nightcap. If this hits Cleveland I will give it a try again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7881) - Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2016
4/2/16. On tap during the BHB 3rd Anniversary Bash. Black pour under a nice tan head. Roasted aroma, touches of sweetness, dark coffee and ashy malts. Roasted malt flavor, dark chocolate, sweet sugars. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2487) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2016
On tap at Champps in Brookfield. Black pour with a brown/beige clingy head leaving great lace. Sweet malty nose. Chocolate, honey, dark grains. Light roast, if squinting. Taste is of sweet caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa, light sweet honey. not a great flavor combination, somehow, unfortunately, but ok. Body is medium to full, blend is solid, carbonation is low and there is some alcohol presence. Finishes very bittersweet. Decent, not great. 13.8

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (2309) - Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2016
At BHB depot fest...big dark stout. Very nutty malty sweet. Didn't get a ton of maple but it was sweet, slightly roasty.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (2063) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Black. This is confusing to me. Very dry. Roasted...almost burnt but not smokey. Tasted at stlhops 8th anniversary party

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanfolty (2382) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2016
March 12, 2016 - on tap at Rare Beer Fest held in the Minnesota History Center. Black pour with big head. Very hoppy aroma and likewise in the taste. There was a time where Bells would have been one of my early stops, but stuff like this is why they have become one of my last stops at beer fests.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (1256) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Never would guess honey. Smell a sweetness, and taste it, but only know it is honey cuz the deScription said so. It is a great beer though. Sweet scent, with bitter malts to balance. Dark black color. Medium to low carbonation. Taste is mellow toasted malts and barley. Some hops, a bit of boozy hits at the end. Full mouth feel that lingers. Tap.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (205) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Aromas of molasses and nuts with a touch of chocolate. Very malt dominated, hops are definitely in the background. Small light brown head, dark brown colored beer. Fairly heavy sweetness, moderate bitterness. Full bodied, long finish of nuts, molasses and chocolate with some heat from somewhere. Overall there are a fairly complex, diverse set of flavors which I like.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernbourbon (1537) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Draft at hy-vee. Pour is deep dark brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, light tobacco, and light alcohol burn. Flavor is roasted malt, light tobacco, and light alcohol burn. Just like it smells. Not overly complex. Not getting too much maple or honey. I really like bells stouts, this is not my favorite though.


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