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Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours black with a creamy medium-light tan head. The aroma is semi-sweet...coffee, chocolate, but thereís also this milky-sour odor which to be honest doesnít get me too excited. The flavor is bitter with coffee, bakerís chocolate, with some roasted malt and some smoke. Iím not really getting a whole lot of sweet, it feels a lot more dry than anything else...malty over the tounge with a bitter, sour, dry finnish. This certainly isnít a bad thing by any means, but at the same time...this doesnít make me think "sweet stout" at all...itís more dry than anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Rich, sweet malt aroma with a roasty, sweet chocolate and smokey flavor. sweet coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2560) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Aroma is sweet, a little musty, creamy with maybe a mild, mild chocolate undercurrent. Appearance is pretty typical for a stout. Thinnish brown head over a dark brown body. Coffee flavor picks up heavy in the flavor with a dark chocolate backdrop. There is a slight molasses flavor and a warmth from the alcohol. My only complaint is that it is pretty straightforward and borders on simple... extremely well done, but simple. Flavor is very smooth with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that blends nicely with the alcoholic warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Sample from bottle. Very good moderate sweet malt aroma. An aggressive pour you get a dark tan head atop a blck body. Had a full bodied blend to give it a creamy chocoalte and swet taste. Very smooth on palate with a dry chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3725) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2006
bottle - Pours black with a thin, brown, long lasting head. It has a moderate aroma of roast malts. The flavor is of malts, coffee, and chocolate. The finish is pleasant enough, though nothing too impressive. This is a very good beer. With a bit better finish and a little more complexity, it could be really great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duckbutter (4) - Liberty, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2006 does not count
Very Good overall, nice dark color as a stout SHOULD be! Seems to "wash" itself out if drinking more than 4 or 5 at a time. This is a wonderful beer to enjoy after dinner !

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screigh (510) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Poured black. No head at all. Almost no carbonation at all. The aroma is of coffee, roasted malt and a slight hint of breast fed baby poop. I am glad the taste doesnít match the aroma. I can definitly pick up the roast, some chocolate and hint of coffee. I have never understood the high level marks for Bells products and this hasnít changed my mind. It tastes like any average, run of the mill stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2262) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2010 Pours a deep brown with minimal dark tan head that diminishes quick. Has a plesant aroma of coffee, chocolate, some caramel and roasted malts. Has a flavor that matches the aroma. Coffee, roasted malts and chocolate with some caramel. Has a medium bodied mouth to it. Goes down easy and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours deep brown with minimal off-white head. Nose is sweet, slight roast, but mostly shades of chocolate. Palate is medium, sticky and tantalizing. Flavor is creamy sweet that becomes bitter chocolate and lasts in this direction. Definitely not a single note sweet stout. This is enjoyable in its depth, but also relatively simple and session-worthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Thanks to hopdog for giving me this bottle to sample. Pours a dark, dark brown, basically black with a foamy darker tan head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, toffee, caramel and maybe some light coffee hints. Flavor of sweet caramel, cocoa, coffee, even picking up some of the hops hidden in there.

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