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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Maple, Honey...


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6227) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. Deep dark black pour, khaki head. Fuller bodied. Roasty aroma. Flavors of roast, chocolate, light maple. Good stout

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (817) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Draft at Logans Alley - pours jet black with thin tan head . Big roasty RIS ... Some sweet notes (honey?) and a smooth palate . Outstanding ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2183) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Tap at The Oak. Pitch black pour with a 1 finger creamy head that fades slowly to a nice film and leaves perfect lacing. Great appearance. Aromas are currants, maple, dark chocolate, light roast, and light licorice. Tastes more roasty than I expected from the aroma. Lots of chocolate and roast, some charred wood, dark fruit, and coffee. A little nutty too. Medium to thick body. Smooth. Long aftertaste of char and licorice. Really like this even though it has more licorice than I usually care for.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2348) - Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Tap @ Bells: Dense brown color with a foamy, thin beige film perched on top. Aroma includes some milky cocoa, roasted woodsiness, burnt caramel, pine forward hoppage, a touch of maple, & some vague sweetness perhaps in the form of brown sugar? Lots of burnt & caramelized sugars in the flavor, molasses, & milk chocolate, though the sweetness is balanced & blunted by a big hop balance; lots of woody pine needles & bitter grapefruit peel. Hint of brown sugar towards the finish, ending with a little earthiness. I start picking up some faint maple syrup about halfway through the glass in the back-end. Really enjoyed this one!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5097) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate maple, chocolate, molasses, and a touch of espresso. Itís a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. There are some decent laced rings on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with with moderate chocolate and lighter molasses. The finish has light-moderate maple syrup, light coffee, and nuts. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1592) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Savor 2014. Aroma of maple, chocolate. Medium light bitterness. Still never had a bad stout from Bellís - ever.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pras (491) - Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle at Savor. Kudos to Bells for bringing unique offerings to Savor. They never disappoint. This poured pitch black with roast, chocolate, and coffee aromas. Taste was more of the same, but sightly astringent and finished dry. Very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1526) - Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2014
On tap at bells cafe. Black pour. Body is a bit thin for imperial sour but probably about right for 8.5%. Sweet an bitter. Didnt notice the honey or maple until I read the description but it is there maybe more honey than maple, honey probably gives it the sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Draft at Bells. Pours black with thick tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate. Taste is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, strong chocolate notes, hop bitterness. Not as balanced as the Expedition stout but a strong showing from Bells. Enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Criz (129) - - DEC 26, 2013
Nice roasty imperial for winter time. Nose of roasted coffee. Hints of coffee, vanilla, and caramel. Small hints of alcohol on the backbone. On draft from eccentric cafe. Deep black pour with no head but a thin tan film.


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