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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8919) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Draft to taster at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a dark cola brown color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, some earthy bitterness, the maple and honey are subtle and do add some sweetness, but this presents as another roasty imperial stout, medium body, decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9321) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Draft at Ei8ht Ball, served in a flight. Pours a deep opaque brown with some amber highlights at the edges and a small khaki head that laces the glass while settling into a ring and a very thin island of film. Notes of dark chocolate, earth, tobacco, pine, and some light maple and honey sweetness. But those are subtle. Medium-full bodied, with a really smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Itís big and balanced...and kind of dull, honestly. Nothing wrong with it, but it doesnít pop like Iíd hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2016
On draught
Pours basically black with a small but well retained head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is roasty and lightly sweet with some vanilla and dark fruit. Itís got a rich malt character all around with a whole bunch of roasty espresso like aromas.

The flavor is well within the proud tradition of Bells lineup of big stouts, lots of roast, plenty of bitterness, a nice mild hop character.... this one is sweeter than Expedition for sure with more dark fruit and dark sugar. Itís got caramel but itís got bitterness to balance it. It comes across as bigger than 8.4 abv, but thatís not to say that itís unnecessarily boozy.

Big, rich, bitter, and balanced. Just fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4238) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2016
On tap at Giant Eagle in Grandview: blackish pour, brown head. aroma of sweet, coffee, roasty, maple. tastes are roasty, chocolate and maple. light and easy drinking, just a little background warmth. good, but just doesnít pop for me. might have been a mood thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
eaglebones (104) - Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Draft. Black with thin beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. Medium body and carb with nice alcohol warmth. Sweet but nicely balanced by a little bitterness. I get vanilla and licorice notes. This is a wonderful stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevec (27) - Galena, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Provided courtesy of TR. Growler from the brew pub. Pours thinner than I anticipated, but still very dark. Aroma and flavor were great, palate was decently long. Great beer, something different from the expedition stout and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Very much on the roastier and hoppier side for the Bellís stout family. A nice changeup, and slightly lighter than some of their other big beers. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (2748) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2015
This one surprised me and may be the best bells beer I have had. Chocolate and slight coffee notes. Sort of sweet as well. Smells like chocolate and has a moot oil consistency. Had at Lincoln station. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13347) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2015
Tap. Poured black color with a moderate creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Medium to heavy toasted sweet malt with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (564) - 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

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