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RATINGS: 1781   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.


4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle. Pours like used motor oil...a brown head appeared and quickly fled the scene. Inky black in color, with a faint amber glow around the edges. Aromas are of faint earthiness, and choco-coffee ice-cream. Flavor is fantastic...with an exceptionally complex yet smooth palate. Sweet, but not too malty, chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice bubbly bite, but finished smooth and creamy. Thank you, Bell’s...once again.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2005
This is a sweet chocolaty stout delight..enough said. Not much roastedness/hps bitterness here just creamy smooooth and chocolaty. A very nice stout indeed !!!!!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stokedskier420 (2) - Wayzata, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2005 does not count
Pours very rich dark color, fine laced head doesn’t stay around for long. smell of roasted coffee, flavor of chocolate coffee almost espresso... very full smooth feel.. Another wonderful beer to look forward to over winter if they keep it up

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Nice inky black with huge brown pillowing head. Nose is very roasty, some nice dark coffee notes as well. Taste is much more roasty and much less sweet than I was expecting. Begins with a nice bittersweet chocolate note that turns into an espresso flavor and bitterness. Finishes slightly bitter, with a touch of burnt flavor. Much closer to their porter than the Kzoo stout. Mouthfeel is outstanding, lush and velvety. Nothing too complex, but solid. Cant believe this is 7.5% ABV. Begins to sweeten up a bit as it warms. Serve near 55-60.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Pours a dark black color with a small laced beige head that vanishes rather quickly. Aroma is roasted coffee,cappuchino,black licorice and malts. Taste is very smooth and creamy with hints of chocolate,coffee,black licorice,malts and prunes. Another excellent stout from Bell’s.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle. Black colour with a fast dissapering big baige head. Roasted, liquorice, coffee aroma and a sweet roasted, chocolate, coffee taste. Medium to full body and a sweet velvet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21333) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
Bottled, thanks to René for sharing. Dark brown coloured with a small beige head. Aroma of malts, liquorice and coffee with notes of dried fruits. Roasted flavour of liquorice and coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2005
There is a delicious lip-smacking hop element to this in addition to the sweetness. This beer is brilliant in how it handles the sweetness, it’s never overbearing. Like many Bell’s beers this has a very full body and a delicious presence in the glass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle via trade with Dickinsonbeer. Pours ink blank with seemingly no carbonation yet it still manages a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Fruity aroma with chocolate, coffee and prune notes. Thick mouth feel. Tons of chocolate flavor. Taste seems light for a stout but who am I to judge? All in all a great sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Poured dark brown with a tan head. Retention was a little short. Smell had coffee, chocolate, espresso and dark fruits plus some caramel. Taste was really good but not exciting. Where were the dimensions? Good stuff none the less. Definitly worth the try.


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