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RATINGS: 1764   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Bottle, from Duane, Thanx! Pours a rich dark brown with thick creamy, huge, tan head. I have let this warm a bit, as the head resides, it leaves nice lacing. The aroma is sweet, chocolate, roasted dessert like. The first taste is full of chocolate and a good bit of bitter, like Belgian dark chocolate. There is a bite from the carbonation, but this pleasant kick helps blend the bitter and sweet. It is almost like a chocolate mousse cake. I loved this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Pours near opaque with a bit of carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Great thick head and a great roastiness to boot. Canít wait to try the regular stout as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
bottle. pours a rich, reddish brown with a nice head. a pretty good stout but I thought the Kalamazoo stout was a little bit better.

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle. brentfeesh sent this one in a trade. Kudos again Brent! Pours as black as my old girlfriendís heart. Minimal head that dissipates to a thin layer of dark amber bubbles. Nose is awesome... just like walking into a real coffee shop (not Starbucks) that has 100 year old wooden walls and the old aromas have buried themselves in their surroundings and yet they still mesh with the new aromas from the freshly brewed coffees and teas of today and create a great atmosphere.... Thatís the nose of this beer. Sweet and malty and cocoa and vanilla, and .... Iím missing something, but the aroma rocks. Body is creamy and smooth with slight and fizzy carbonation. The taste is sweet with a slight twang that rides down the throat with the heavy espresso flavor... not perfect, but not bad. Not sure what that twang is, and it doesnít ruin the brew, but it does keep from being top-notch in my book. Not bad stuff, but doesnít finish as well as dry or imperial stouts. Still a nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
A pitch black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol and coffee, but some sour carpet notes in the aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Creamy, creamy, creamy...No wait, that would be Bells Triple Cream Stout. Absolutely one of my favorites with a mocha aftertaste that goes on and on and on...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10184) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
Bottled: Red/brown coloured. Off white medium sized dense head. Roast, berries, coffee and hops in the aroma. Flavour is roasted and sweet. Loads of coffee and chocolate notes. Ends with a balanced bitterness on the palate. Good one. Thanks Santa BBB63.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Bottle, dark brown with red tones, minimal head with medium lacing, smells of malt, chocolate, and some earthy tones, taste is sweet at first, mild hint of fruity bitterness at beginning, chocolate takes over and ends with mild earthy notes. i like it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Bottle: Poured a deep brown-black with a creamy tan head that held up well. Aroma of chocolate, black malt, coffee and sweet cream. Flavor is incredibly smooth and sweet, a hearty dark chocolate malt and cream, almost like a malted milkshake. Some light fruitiness noted, along with a hint of bitter hops. Creamy mouthfeel, would be better on tap. Finished was bitter and satisfying, slightly warming alcohol hints. A delicious sweet stout, almost as good as Kalamazoo Stout, but still a worthy contender.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1965) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
Jet black in colour with a small off white head. The aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate (think chocolate chips), with more subtle notes of espresso, roasted malt, and a fruit element that I canít quite identify (perhaps plum?). Upon drinking, the chocolate becomes a little less sweet, and takes on more of a powedered cocoa flavor. Thereís also a bit of a yeasty note with a bit of leafy hop bitterness at the end. The sweetness is a little less than I expected, but well within stylistic guidelines. I had hoped for a bit more body too, but again, itís not as if itís thin. I tend to want sweet stouts to completely bowl me over with sweetness and thick mouthfeel... I found this one to be a bit on the tame side, but still a quality beer.


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