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RATINGS: 1746   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2005
What a treat!. Pours a darkk brown/black opaque body with thin light brown head. Aroma is strong in roasted malts, and slight coffee, and chocolate. Tatses is sweet malts, and roasted nuts. Great taste. You can Hardly notice the alchol, it is so smooth and creamy, like butter on the throat. Very slight bitterness left with mild coffee. Awsome beer!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2005
Huge thanks goes out to BUNKYPOP for this one!!! What an incredible beer. Pours a dark brown, almost black body. Head is thin, mocha coloured. Aromas are intense roasted and sweet malts, nuts, coffee and chocolate. Reminds me of almost a mudslide because there’s a slight boozy aroma here too, though very plesant. Taste is sweet, huge malt, roasted nuts, dark chocolate and some espresso. Mild bitterness as well. Finish is incredible creamy. Smooth mouthfeel....mild alcohol and coffee finish. What a great example of the style! Thanks again Steve!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Very dark to no surprise but, there wasn’t as much head as I expected. This was really smooth almost a oil taste to it. This was better than I expected since I really don’t like the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Smooth and pleasant roastiness in the aroma. Almost completely black body, with no head. Sweetish flavor, roastiness and plums. Decent one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 RERATE: I’m digging this more than last time. Pours black as death with a large light brown head. Aroma of mocha, roastiness, smoke, hops and a tinge of sourness. The flavor starts off with massive notes of mocha/chocolate, sweet caramel, roastiness then gives way to a little lactic sourness and a bit of saltiness - pretty interesting. Moderately sweet. Roasty coffee, chocolate ice cream aftertaste. Very creamy, lush and silky with lively small-beaded carbonation which makes the flavor gently ripple over your tongue. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, decent head retention. Great stuff. Bells gets my vote for King of Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Tap at Blue Nile, Minneapolis. Gorgeous looking stout. Couldn’t discern much aroma. I agree with Wawood that it feels nothing like 7.5% alcohol, as the lightly creamy body brings forth light milk chocolate and decaf folgers--not any alcohol flavor to be found. Rather light in flavor for the rich name, but a tasty treat nonetheless.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
This beer looked good out of the bottle, dark black pour with three finger brown head. Creamy chocolate feel in the mouth, left me wanting something more. Misses on the finish, wish it was more a of "heavy-hitter."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Draught at Blue Nile. There’s no way this is 7.5%. If that is the case, it still needs more alcohol. Dry chocolate and coffee aroma. Opaque body, excellent lace. Chocolate is the predominant flavor. Nice lace. Creamy. Significantly overrated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Pours dark black with thin khaki head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, malty, toffee, good! Flavor is the same, but with a tangy quality. I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1016) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2005
english pint, room temp. / the body is blacker than midnight, hence no highlight. the head is huge, sparkly, tight, rocky, and... awesome. a lot of resiny lace is left, also. and whaddayaknow, this is a rich, smooth, sweet stout. an excellent brew with flavors primarily analogous to slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies, a bit of coffee and spice, and a pinch of fruitiness.


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