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RATINGS: 1889   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2007 Black color with thin creamy mocha head. Creamy roasty flavor. Light roast aroma. Almost a horse shit aroma. Weird. Light alcohol flavor. Full body. Tasty but nothing great. 6/4/7/4/17

RERATE: Courtesy of Styles. Pour is a glossy black with wisps of dark tan cream. Aroma is nice creamy rich chocolate. Flavor is delicious chocolate, but isnít quite the same as Kalamazoo (which I like better). Not noticing the less than pleasant horse manure smell I picked up last time. Body is smooth and a little sticky. A very nice stout, but Bells is the king of stouts, so the bar is pretty high for them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 22, 2005
A chocolate and roast aroma. Nice brown head and deep chocolate appearance. A flavorful roast flavor with a touch of bitterness and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
bonus brew from richlikebeer (thanks!) pours super black with a nice chocolate looking head.chocolate (bolth sweet and bitter) make up most of the aroma.along with some fudge.much is the same in the flavor,although i got a huge rush of sourness....im not sure if this is normal or not.very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2005
This stout reminds me of dessert. Chocolate and malted roasts predominate, both in aroma and taste. Smooth and, not unexpectedly, creamy. Pours black with dark tan head (that didnít last long). Just right amount of sweetness for this style for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a black body with a small creamy chocolate-brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Creamy, soft mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malt, rich chocolate, and lactic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Pours black color with large dark brown head. Smells of chocolate and mild malt. Tastes is chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate covered cherries. Very creamy (duh) and very smooth. An excellent brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (3177) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2005
bottle, from trade with Pailhead. Good nose, sweet. Coffee,cocoa, or maybe I should say like a fudgecicle, little maple too. Nice dark reddish black color, little cocoa beige head that faded quickly. Bitter flavors, like the aromas with a little hint of hop bite. Medium body, smooth creamy/oily mothfeel, bitter dry finish. Nice brew, Kalamazoo rules, especially in stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Moonless night sky black, soft wispy tan head with perfect spider web lacing. Rich inviting nose of milk chocolate, roasted French vanilla coffee and cream, with lighter tones of oatmeal throughout. The flavor practically matched the aroma with decadent chocolate roasty tones, coffee and cream, with softer notes of toasted caramel sprinkled in for good measure. Light hoppiness in the end rounds this out to provide almost perfect balance. Medium to full-bodied, cottony soft carbonation, roasty, creamy finish. Donít know if I recall a better sweet stout this one. Out-freakin-standing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Pours opaque black with a filmy whisper of a tan head. Some coffee notes in a mostly bitter cocoa aroma. Creamy nose, followed by roast malt and coffee flavors that donít diminish the cream character. Bleeds into a bean oil bitterness in the finish. Lactose sweetness evident but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Black with a dark brown head. HUGE coffee aroma with chocolate notes complimenting it. Quite roasty as well. Creamy texture rolls nicely along the tongue and down the hatch. Flavor is malty, rich, slight chocolate at first, then moves to a strong coffee mid, and finishes with a bitter chocolate. A few seconds after the finish chocolate flavors start to overtake the palate. Another bottle on Dec 15th. The aroma has changed too almost no coffee and a huge sweet chocolate taste. Almost smells milky and creamy. Texture is creamy with a milk chocolate taste. Coffee is there, but not dominant. I was about to quote another rater, but I realized it was me. Creamy texture that rolls down the hatch. 4.4 may be an underating.

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