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This is a full-bodied stout with plenty of roast flavor as well as hints of molasses and chocolate. Ridiculous amounts of black and caramel malts make this stout smooth, creamy, and utterly opaque.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arn8897 (76) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Pours black. Deep tan head with good retention. Smells of chocolate and mollasses. Taste of rich chocolate and coffee with a mollasses sweetness. Very nice beer! Thick on the palate very nice mouth feel. Lacing on the glass is lasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aumentm (183) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Roasty flavored and can taste a bit like chocolate. Very dark looking. Brewed with licorice and has a real smoothness to it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mlane76 (57) - Albany, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Out of the bottle from the local liquor store...chocolaty and sweet, but smooth. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evergreen0199 (2202) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle from City Swiggers, New York, NY. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a healthy beige head on top. Rich, chocolate, malty, roasty aroma. Tastes incredibly smooth and rich, chocolate, malty, hint of coffee, slight sweetness. A gorgeous stout from Bells.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (315) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2014
BOD 2/22/14. Pitch black pour with a very good head. Lacing and retention are also very good. Surprisingly light nose of chocolate and roast over a mineral note. Rich heavy medium body with a nice creamy texture. Below average carbonation with almost no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is balanced, but lacks the complexity found in world class stouts. It begins with chocolate, fades to roast and flows into a mild sweetness with a licorice note. Hops and roast create a slightly bitter middle with just a hint of coffee and NO dark fruit. The finish is slightly astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fakebeersnob (201) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Pours black with approx two fingers wide tan head. A bit more carbonation than expected. A bit oily feeling that lingers n the mouth. Has a bit of a burnt roast finish. Not getting a lot of chocolate out of it. Pretty decent stout. Nothing stands out as unique, but overall very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"made with brewers licorice, and while no one flavoe dominates the others, that is the preeminant one. good roasted aroma with a hint of the licorice. full bodied, and actually comes across a lot stronger than 6% would have you beleive. i’d buy this if it were here, but for as highly ranked as it is, my expectations were sky high, so it was ever so slightly disapointing. a very good, but not quite great, stout. keep in mind I’m judging off one 12 oz sample, though. I’ll have to try again sometime. courtesy of a trade w/ bluesandbarbq."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (751) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Williston. Appearance: finger dark brown-red color, dark brown color, light oily lacing. Aroma: roast, chocolate, heavy licorice, coffee, very hidden and faint floral. Palate: full body, soft creamy carbonation, creamy texture into oily finishing texture, super smooth, medium bitter finish. Taste: sweet chocolate and licorice, into more malty sweetness, almost molasses, and then into a coffee bitterness, with light touches of floral hoppiness. Overall, very complex, but so smooth you hardly notice even! The balance is phenomenal, the taste is great, the beer is great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (965) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
chesnut brown. foamy dark head. Aroma of hay grain licorice. Tastes dark choco, licorice. creamy yet dry palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Big roast aroma. Nice head and tight carbonation. The smooth caramel and milk cocoa makes this brew an A++++ Such a good balance of flavors all around

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