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RATINGS: 1901   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2455) - 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

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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3259) - 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, Iíd 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 bellís 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 (4186) - 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 thatís 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 didnít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 2, 2006
Pours black with big beautiful head. Aroma is of subdued chocolate and milk. Give me more! Holy shit this is a good beer...the taste is of chocolate and sweet dairy. Very little malt roastiness or coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is full + heavy, yet quick moving...it is so smooth and refreshing...almost like drinking a childhood chocolate treat (except better).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft (1659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Batch 7143. WOW. This is another fantastic Bellís stout. Pours black with a thick tan head that eventually disappears. Aroma is full of chocolate. Iím somewhat happy that there is very little smoky or roasted flavors. This stout is somewhere between Kalamazoo and Expedition. It has the chocolate taste of Expedition with the less body. Thereís a more smooth and creamy flavor. Strange that this is harder to get a hold of than Expedition. This beer is fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Bottle: Batch #7182: Poured very dark brown that verry little light can be seen through. Long lasting medium brown head. Has great dark chocolate, sweet maltand some coffee tones in the smell. Taste is as it smells PERFECT!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Beautiful pour, but initially an underwelming beer. It gets a little better after a couple of sips, but still not that impressed with this beer. fits the description perfectly, sweet and smooth. Maybe Iíím just not a fan of this style of beer.

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