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RATINGS: 1885   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12594) - 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 (3139) - 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. Don’t 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 don’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Nice chocolate and coffee aroma, hints of caramel in the background. Almost black, persistent tan head. Great roast malt character, lots of coffee and chocolate, a little caramel thrown in, somewhat sweet but balanced by roasty bitterness. Full-bodied, creamy and smooth. The best easy-drinking-but-flavorful stout out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2005
I am in love with this beer. Typical malty / roasty aroma that is fitting for a Stout. But the drink! Holy Almighty Roast! Bang, like a bag of roasted coffee beans was just thrown in your general direction at a high rate of speed with the intention to take your head off. Super, super burnt carmel and toffee. Then, just as quckly as it came, the flavor dissapears into a mildly roasted flavor of... Graham Crackers? Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2005
A pitch black beer with a thick brown head. Odd aroma, earthly and creamy with roasted and fruity notes. Sweet and cloying. Roasted and dusty flavor with cream and coffee notes. Watery finish. A strange stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Pours out an opaque black with a tall brown head that almost overflowed. The head sticks around for the majority of the brew leaving rings of clumpy lace around the glass. Damn it seems bells really knows how to make their stouts look really damn tasty. Scents of dark chocolate, cream and roasted malt combine to form a very pleasant aroma. Roasted malt starts off the taste before giving way to bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The after taste is a creamy roasted lingering one. Body is about medium with a creamy feel to it. Very drinkable and tasty stuff here, this went great with some dark chocolate.

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