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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
Dark, rich, and sweet. Didn’t even notice the alcohol. The description is right, it’s oh so smooth. Wouldn’t drink too many, but what a great dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - APR 24, 2005
If theirs one thing Bells can do right its the stout. Dark, sweet and oh so tasty, If you have access to the Bells line, pick this one up, or six or eight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2005
Rich dark color with a gorgeous chocolaty head. Aroma is chocolaty malt, but rather subdued. Flavor is quite malty with chocolate tones, and rather sweet. Very smooth and creamy, a little too much so. Finishes with a very light bitterness that is a little lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisfrey (15) - Franklin, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2005
Pours thick and dark. Initial smell of cream and a hint of chocolate. A presence of coffee is the first initial taste following by sweet cream and chocolate. There is not a strong alcohol taste. A good beer to have with desserts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehinge (267) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 11, 2005
Aroma has hints of chocolate. Pours black with a small tan head. No lacing at all. Taste has coffee in the front end and a bitter chocolate taste in the end. It’s not as good as some sweet stouts I’ve had....I wouldn’t drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Opaque dark brown with hints of ruby. Fully diminishing brown fizzy and creamy head. Cappucino, bittersweet chocolate, and faint alcohol aroma. Roasted coffee flavour dominates from the start, building to a deep roasty bitter finish, with light chocolate and vinous flavours joining in the fun as it warms. Medium bodied with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Re-rate (down-grade) 5/18: A little more watery than creamy. Smoky and sweet, but not strong.

Yessss, a sweet stout. Swirly head with really nice retention. Very Smooth palate, just slides down. Blow on the head just right and you can make an outline of a mushroom cloud. Dee-lish. Currently playing: Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life. Life is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
The smell of chocolate with an mild maltiness intice the sense of smell. This beer pours out dark and thick. It has a hearty black color that holds its appearance even when held up to the light. The head is thick and is not afraid to leave its remnants upon the perimeter of the glass. A good taste which combines sweet and bitter aspects well. The sweetness wins out as the mild malty cocoa taste washes down the throat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Pours dark with little tan head. Smells sweet with a sweet malty taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmack94536 (5) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2005 does not count
To me, this is the definition of a malty beer. I should say multiple malt beer. And while I am not ordinarily a malt fanatic, this is the place I come for it. My best description of the flavor of this beer is this - I wonder what would happen if they made a chocolate version of it, ala Young’s. I think we’d have a dead ringer for a chocolate malt milkshake. Perhaps a little "Whopper-like", but a very interesting effort by a brewer who knows the ropes, but doesn’t mind leaning over them from time to time.

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