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RATINGS: 1879   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2006
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Hellomynameis - many thanks. Huge rocky brown head with excellent lacing that slowly settles on a black opaque liquid, simply phenomenal looking! The aroma is of roasted malts, but a little underwhelming. From the looks of it, I expected a little fuller body, but itís rather medium/full, lightly carbonated, and actually quite pleasant. Smokey, roasted flavors predominate, and I taste some bunrt caramel, coffee, and bitter chocolate as well. Considerably drier finish than most sweet stouts, in fact itís almost a little harsh in that regard. To me, itís pushing the envelope for a sweet stout, although I found it very enjoyable and drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
On tap at the Landmark in Milwaukee WI. Pours a thick black with light brown head that fades quickly. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malts and soem hoppiness. Flavor follows aroma very well and introduces a bit of stickiness. Funtastic!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of Silphium. Pours a nice deep black with a spare diminishing light-brown head. Awesome mild aroma of creamy milk chocolate, coffee, some hops, caramel malt and spices. Flavour pretty much follows the aroma: lots of delicious creamy milk chocolate along with roasted malt and hops -- so damn tasty! Once again Bells knocks another Stout right out of the park -- how do they do it?! Fantastic.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6373) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - blankboyís bottle. Poured thick oily-looking black with a small light brown head. Dry and somewhat muted smoky aroma, opens out on warming; roast nuts and bitter coffee grounds, hot chocolate sweetness, some dry leafy hops with a hint of lactose and tart fruit - again, very dry. Taste was dry, bitter cocoa, some sour cherry mixed with creamy hot chocolate (with marshmallows) providing some sweetness, but it finished more than a little bitter. Dry, thick, chalky mouthfeel, almost syrupy, not much carbonation but why would you want that? This is another solid stout from these guys - Iím so jealous - dry aroma, sweet chocolate flavour and a thick, bitter roasty finish - a great stout.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle, shared with hogtown harry and blankboy, generously donated by blankboy for my 1100th rating. Black, nice chocolaty brown small thick head. Muted aroma - some milk chocolate. Incredible milk chocolate creamy mouthfeel. Lots of sweet chocolate in taste, some roast, some hops. lovely roof of your mouth chocolate film left over. Sweet and good, how do these guys keep making so many unique and fantastic stouts?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1991) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2006
This looks simply luscious, pouring a deep, black/burgundy with a big, brown, creamy head. Aroma is rather harsh with dark, over-roasted malts carrying a heavy load of alcohol and coffee bean. Occasional smokiness strikes me as a Rauchbier. Mouthfeel is syrupy and the body is so rich it nearly upsets my stomach. Extreme coffee bitterness in the flavor is cut with sugar sweetness.... no dilly-dallying with fruits or chocolate: Coffee. Sugar. Alcohol. Boom. Weíre done.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2006
"Poured a dark black color with a pretty brown head Lacing was was good. The aroma was cocoa. Strong chocolate flavor, some hops. Mouthfeel was thick. Very nice beer. "

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Pours black, with a brown head. Aromas are chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Flavors are roasted, almost burnt malt, chocolate and coffee. Nice silky body. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2362) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
12 oz bottle special thanks to Silphium. Pours very dark with a minimal head. Faded to a ring pretty quickly. Aromas of semisweet chocolate. Flavors that way too, roasty and coffee as well. Nice hoppy bite makes me think of Dark Chocolate even more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 From Bottle

Bellís batch # 7143. Poured like motor oil, dark and thick, like a good stout should. Big creamy, frothy, brown head. Aroma malty with hints of chocolate, roasted coffee, and nuts. Flavor much of the same; malty, roasted coffee, and nutty with a subdued sweetness. Medium body. Velvety mouthfeel. Smooth and easy to drink. I picked up the alcohol as the brew warmed, but it wasnít overpowering.


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