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RATINGS: 1885   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2005
What an aroma! Deep coffee with hints of chocolate. Taste is (surprise) of coffee, but not as deep as the smell would lead you to believe. Well balanced; neither sweet nor bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Batch 7143. Pours black with a redish tint and medium sized tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, milk, coffee, and lots of roastedness. The flavor is very rich and roasted, chocolate and lactose are balanced by a nice, dark and bitter burnt. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Batch 7808 Black body with thick, creamy tan head. The aroma is a delicate blend of milk chocolate, molases, roast and roast. The flavor is dry and roasty, lots of milk chocolate, brown sugar, coffee. The medium body has the Bells signature mouthfeel, soft, smooth and creamy with a soft natural carbonation. Another amazing stout from Bells. Larry can do no wrong when it comes to the dark stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2005
(draft) A nice roasty chocolate flavor. The extra alcohol, as compared to similar stouts, seemed unnecessary to me, and annoyed me a little. A beer this good doesn’t need the alcohol gimmick.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2005
12 oz bottle. Bottle #7143(November 15th 2005). Dull aroma, chocolates, coffee, and sweets. It’s just barely coming through with all that though. Dark black with a red hue. Tastes of iced coffee, dark chocolate(the usual stout flavors.) Only this is just a bit sweeter. Full-bodied, but a little thinner than I was expecting. I was expecting huge creaminess, afterall, just look at the name. The alcohol content is hard to detect, which I like. Nothing worse than a beer thats more like a hard liqour. Overall, a decent brew from the boys at Bells.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a thin brown head. Aroma is faint with chocolate, ice cream, and a hint of espresso. Flavor is balanced well with sweet malts, cream, and chocolate. Well carbonate, maybe too much. Finishes very creamy and smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle. Pours like used motor oil...a brown head appeared and quickly fled the scene. Inky black in color, with a faint amber glow around the edges. Aromas are of faint earthiness, and choco-coffee ice-cream. Flavor is fantastic...with an exceptionally complex yet smooth palate. Sweet, but not too malty, chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice bubbly bite, but finished smooth and creamy. Thank you, Bell’s...once again.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2005
This is a sweet chocolaty stout delight..enough said. Not much roastedness/hps bitterness here just creamy smooooth and chocolaty. A very nice stout indeed !!!!!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stokedskier420 (2) - Wayzata, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2005 does not count
Pours very rich dark color, fine laced head doesn’t stay around for long. smell of roasted coffee, flavor of chocolate coffee almost espresso... very full smooth feel.. Another wonderful beer to look forward to over winter if they keep it up

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Nice inky black with huge brown pillowing head. Nose is very roasty, some nice dark coffee notes as well. Taste is much more roasty and much less sweet than I was expecting. Begins with a nice bittersweet chocolate note that turns into an espresso flavor and bitterness. Finishes slightly bitter, with a touch of burnt flavor. Much closer to their porter than the Kzoo stout. Mouthfeel is outstanding, lush and velvety. Nothing too complex, but solid. Cant believe this is 7.5% ABV. Begins to sweeten up a bit as it warms. Serve near 55-60.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2558) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Pours a dark black color with a small laced beige head that vanishes rather quickly. Aroma is roasted coffee,cappuchino,black licorice and malts. Taste is very smooth and creamy with hints of chocolate,coffee,black licorice,malts and prunes. Another excellent stout from Bell’s.


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