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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hareball (8) - - NOV 14, 2014 does not count
Quite tasty roasty. Don't get a ton of licorice, but a nice chocolate flavor from the malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (535) - Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Opaque dark brown/black with thin brown head. Mil roasty cocoa aroma. Flavors of molasses, licorice, effervescent, raised malt. Not ultra complex, loads of flavor. Light licorice molasses finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
I passed on this for awhile because of brewers licorice. This imparts a very subtle flavor to the beer that does not equate with licorice. This is a well balanced stout with mostly chocolate and coffee nuances as with many other stouts. While I like roastiness in a stout this one seems to rely less on this quality but still is in stout territory as opposed to a porter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
reetron (18) - Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
Fantastic beer. Thick, black, could use a tad more licorice if it is claimed as licorice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshmod (20) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Super roasty yet smooth. I think that is what is the big standout of this beer for me. That and the sweet start that moves quickly to a bitter dark roasted flavor like a french roasted coffee. I actually bumped the aroma a point after giving a little time to warm up. I would suggest doing the same for both flavor and aroma purposes. This beer drinks better after it has had a couple minutes in the glass in my opinion. This is definitely one you’ll want to try if your a craft beer lover - it is a necessity if you are a stout drinker.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arn8897 (96) - 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 (200) - 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 (2222) - 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 (337) - 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.

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