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RATINGS: 1885   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 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2005) - 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. We’re 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. "

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2377) - 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.

   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

Bell’s 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 wasn’t overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Rich, creamy palate and taste. This beer goes down very smooth and is kind of like a vanilla stout. A great stout for a non-stout drinker, I’d think. Slight fruitiness in the taste as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle. Malt bacon chocolate aroma. Maybe not bacon, but it sure is meaty. The hell... wait, I ordered beef, or bacon, not teriyaki chicken! Take this crap back! Beavis... shut up. Tastes like jet fuel as it warms up in the background. Not as bad as all that sounds, but had this after a 3Floyds Black sun and... 3F#$%s took bell’s to school.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Batch #7143. Poured dark brown to black. Malty aroma with some chocolate mixed in. Some good coffee and chocolate taste. Get in my belly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (4022) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Deep malt aroma. Heavy on the chocolate malted milk, roasted-almost-burnt grains with a carbonic tang. Smoky undertones and coffee bitters infused with fresh milk. Dark brown-black clear with thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Pours like it gonna be thick, and that’s confirmed in the first sips. Heavy bodied, not quite chewy but definitely a mouthful. Would be velvety if the carbonation were toned down just a bit. Starts thick with competing attention from roasted sweet maltiness, bitter coffee-chocolate mix, thin smokiness, and carbonic acidic tang. Sweetness prevails to the finish, with dry roasted bitterness and mild carbonic sourness to boot. Poured some of the sediment in and it was the difference between filtered and French press coffee. The taste didn’t vary too much, other than to have a smoother, silkier finish and mouthfeel - got a little chewier. The bitterness and tang toned down a bit, and was replaced by more steady dry nuttiness to offset the chocolatey malts. Nice stout.

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