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RATINGS: 1822   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Smooth and pleasant roastiness in the aroma. Almost completely black body, with no head. Sweetish flavor, roastiness and plums. Decent one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 RERATE: I’m digging this more than last time. Pours black as death with a large light brown head. Aroma of mocha, roastiness, smoke, hops and a tinge of sourness. The flavor starts off with massive notes of mocha/chocolate, sweet caramel, roastiness then gives way to a little lactic sourness and a bit of saltiness - pretty interesting. Moderately sweet. Roasty coffee, chocolate ice cream aftertaste. Very creamy, lush and silky with lively small-beaded carbonation which makes the flavor gently ripple over your tongue. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, decent head retention. Great stuff. Bells gets my vote for King of Stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Tap at Blue Nile, Minneapolis. Gorgeous looking stout. Couldn’t discern much aroma. I agree with Wawood that it feels nothing like 7.5% alcohol, as the lightly creamy body brings forth light milk chocolate and decaf folgers--not any alcohol flavor to be found. Rather light in flavor for the rich name, but a tasty treat nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
This beer looked good out of the bottle, dark black pour with three finger brown head. Creamy chocolate feel in the mouth, left me wanting something more. Misses on the finish, wish it was more a of "heavy-hitter."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2286) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Draught at Blue Nile. There’s no way this is 7.5%. If that is the case, it still needs more alcohol. Dry chocolate and coffee aroma. Opaque body, excellent lace. Chocolate is the predominant flavor. Nice lace. Creamy. Significantly overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Pours dark black with thin khaki head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, malty, toffee, good! Flavor is the same, but with a tangy quality. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 11, 2005
english pint, room temp. / the body is blacker than midnight, hence no highlight. the head is huge, sparkly, tight, rocky, and... awesome. a lot of resiny lace is left, also. and whaddayaknow, this is a rich, smooth, sweet stout. an excellent brew with flavors primarily analogous to slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies, a bit of coffee and spice, and a pinch of fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Cheers to MrFacto for generously providing a bottle for our tasting. Black with a thin head that appears light tan in color. Deep aroma highlighting decadent malts (chocolate, coffee, roast) along with a touch of cream for coffee and gingerbread. Rich and chewy malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee and brownies. Another very special Bell’s stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Pours a deep black, yeast sediment very heavy, as is the case with all Bells. Head is apprpriate, lacing is excellent. Aroma is toffee, tobacco, and mild hops. Flavor is sweet, toffee gives way to chocolate, which in turn gives way to coffee, then mild and grassy, and a long, dry, bitter finish. Excellent stuff, but that was expected. Amazing when paired with milk chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Styles: Deep, dark brown, completely opaque, medium brown head that slowly fades to a ring with nice lacing. Aroma is bread, coffee, roasted malt, burned malt, butter. Palate is very creamy, thick, full. Flavor is bitter roasted malt, butter, creamy chocolate, pine & citrus hops, plum, carob, marshmellow, dark caramel, bitter chocolate, mildest alcohol, fruit. Amazing palate, sweet dry finish.

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