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RATINGS: 1746   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2004
enjoyed the rich coffee like taste and the dark and appealing visuals bells best stout effort

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Smells like vanilla and oak with a great frothy head on top of a soft and slippery dark body. Taste is 4 fricking lbs. of Colombian roast jammed into a 4 ounce sample. WAY too much coffee for me, with a wierd porter-like tang on the finish. This is my second lactic stout and I have to admit that I'm just not getting them.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Dark brown/red. Medium,khaki head leaves lasing ring of cream. Clean aroma of caramel,chocolate,vanilla,with slight roasty and hop undertones. Fizzy,creamy mouthfeel. Texture a touch watery. Flavors of chocolate,caramel,cream,and a nice roasty presence. Finish is clean,with roasty,vanilla flavors. Long and lingering finish. Aroma is a bit more interesting than the flavors,but still a great stout!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymow (791) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Excellent sweet aroma and nice chocolatey flavor which is a bit sweeter than a regular stout. Beautiful deep dark color. Great winter beer. Loved it - one of the best stouts that I've had.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2003
I believe Indra is the one to thank for supplying me with this brew several months ago, Thanks!
Vintage: 2002
I’ve aged this beer for several months now and must concede to the temptations!
Holly Mother of Marry, this beer looks like a Champ! The body is black as space, the head is a rich caramel / toffee color. The aroma is O-mama! Full of carrot cake, vast notes of chocolate, spiced rum and or aged whisky, coconut, fresh cream, it’s divine! Damn, the flavor has Massive and amazing notes of coffee, chocolate and oak barrel aged whisky. The deeply kilned chocolate malt is so abundant with malleable and smooth palate. What a perfect warming and enjoyable finish; This beer is Dreamlike, Highly Recommended!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2003
This poured jet black and was sooooo smooth. A wonderful stout from a brewery that specializes in the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 a thick black, creamy beer. slight tan head that recedes quickly. smells like coffee and roasted malts.... goes down smoothly, with a savory and sweet roasted chocolate flavor with a bit of a bitter finish. smooth. creamy. delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2012 It’s been 7 years since I’ve rated this so I’m doing it again. Thick and opaque with a fine chocolate head. A wonderful aroma of chocolate, roast, vanilla and toffee. A great mouthfeel, sweet coffee and a slight smokiness, yet very smooth. Carbonation is good with a tiny bitterness. Finishes well. Still very nice but not quite the beer I remember.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Pours a deep dark black with very dark ruby edges. No head or lace. Some chocolate, some coffee in the aroma. Flavors are a bit more than the aroma. Starts out with sweet malt, going to some more of the roastiness, finishes a bit bitter. There is a smokiness that underlying all the other flavors. Big body and a creamy palate. Nice. Thanks ClarkVV

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Oily black color with tawny black edges. No head, no lacing. Nose is very rich with straight forward coffee & chocolate with a bit of roast. Flavor is lightly sweet and malty with the light hops coming through in the end next to a bit of smoke. Not complex at all, but very straight forward. This is well made and could be called a benchmark stout in my book. Thanks ClarkVV


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