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Bells Bear Hug
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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Maple, Honey...


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (235) - Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Wow. This one is really good. Creamy without too much hops or roast. Great thick palate, looks perfect. Drink this if you can find it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TThumper89 (17) - Otsego, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2015
On tap in a tulip glass at Four Roses -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. Very smooth, drinkable stout! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2756) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Intense chocolat noir, agrumes résineuse et une touche de tabac dans un corps riche mais accessible. La présence chocolatée est majeure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6533) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
Draft - Roast malts, coffee and some sweet booze. Jet black with a nice brown head. Dark malts and avert nice balancing sweetness that masks booze and bitterness. Subtle and pleasant.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3381) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Draft pour at the source. Pours a darker brown to black with a beige head of foam. The aroma has sweet maple, toasty coffee, some toffee notes. The taste is sweet and a little toasty. Bigger body and moderate carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6558) - 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 (883) - 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 (2403) - 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 (2851) - 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 (5330) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate maple, chocolate, molasses, and a touch of espresso. It’s 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. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.


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