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RATINGS: 1908   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJC (238) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
Nice color, but lacking much of a head. Faint aroma; in fact, it was kind of hard to find (I hate that). Flavor is right on target, though, and the profile consists of caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, and a good coffee. Chocolate and roasted nut aftertaste, with a subtle bitterness. If this beer had a decent head, and more aroma, then it would definitely get a 4+ rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Bottle, Dark brownish black. Roasted malty aroma. Sweet roasted carmel flavor with light bitter coffee dark chocolate finish. Thick and creamy body and palate. Very drinkable. Excellent mouthfeel and flavor. Very good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Deep, dark ruddy-brown body with a fading light brown head. Rich depth of malt in the nose with notes of cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, and rum raisin. Flavor is rich and lush, but complex and interesting as well. Medium-high lactose and brown sugar sweetness with good balancing roast and moderate bitterness. A great sweet stout and very nice as a lush winter warmer. Iím intrigued to lay a few of these down for a little while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 6, 2006
12oz bottle, batch# 6707. Pours a very dark black center; medium tan head with decent lacing. Full, layered aroma: bitter chocolate and burnt malts up front, followed by hints of coffee and some smoke. Medium mouthfeel (but not at all watery): milk and dark chocolate, roasted malts, smoke; dry finish showing chocolate and charred malts. A bit more easy-drinking than Kalamazoo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2006
12 oz. bottle (7219) via trade with lukin013 - Pours a a deep, dark brown color with an average size tan head. Light spotty lacing. Has a sweet chocolate malt aroma. Has a bitter sweet toasted malt and light chocolate flavor. The roasted bitterness lingers on the palate. Medium body. Has a smooth, dry finish. A good beer. Thanks Jon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle, pours a thicker black with a slight tan head that disappears quickly, minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and an interesting sweet creamy cherry. Very smooth nice roastymalt taste with some chocolate, molasses and a crisp, clean finish; just enough sweetness to be interesting but not too much. Nice stout, recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1377) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Nutty oatmeal aroma. Nothing outstanding, but okay. Appearance is solid with a thick tan head over a dark brown body. Flavor is smooth...Bells is pretty good with their stouts, and this is no exception. All in all a very solid offering. I see no flaws in this beer. Didnít realize the ABV was 7.5%. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. I would have thought this was more in the 5% - 6% range.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
cheap (5363) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Classified as a sweet stout and I generally like sweet stouts, however, I have been very let down with other highly rated Bell beers so I have some aprehension. Once I cracked the lid I didnít notice any outstanding aroma. 12 oz brown bottle pours thick and dark but not as thick and dark as Mackesons xxx. First taste is not initially bitter, pretty smooth actually. Does have some hop or malt hints. Not real bitter like other Bell stouts and is very acceptable. Could have a bit more carbonation, but I think this level of carbonation is proper for a sweet stout. Finish is OK with a hint of lingering malty bitterness something like a Moretti La Rossa. Just perhaps, this is a bit smoother than Sammy Adams Cream stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3905) - Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Bottle. Pours black with decent size tannish head. Nice lacing, very nice looking beer. Taste is medium bodied, touch of roast, faint chocolate sweetness, though very muted. Actually was perfect amount of sweetness for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. Sweet lactose aroma gives way to gentle chocolate notes and a vague fruitiness. Exceptionally malty. Very, very light coffee. Pours a nearly-opaque pitch red/brown with a light brown head. Roast comes out much more strongly in the taste, but itís balanced by elevated creaminess. Lotsa malt! Beautifully smooth chocolate. Balanced attack of light sweetness and light bitterness with a splash of stout sourness in the bg. End and aftertaste are dry and mildly bitter, gritty roast calmed by smooth creaminess. Medium-full body with a playful mf. Restrained and respectful despite the abundance of flavor. Very rounded and interesting - Bellís does stouts like no other.

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