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RATINGS: 1900   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Pours dark with little tan head. Smells sweet with a sweet malty taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmack94536 (5) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2005 does not count
To me, this is the definition of a malty beer. I should say multiple malt beer. And while I am not ordinarily a malt fanatic, this is the place I come for it. My best description of the flavor of this beer is this - I wonder what would happen if they made a chocolate version of it, ala Young’s. I think we’d have a dead ringer for a chocolate malt milkshake. Perhaps a little "Whopper-like", but a very interesting effort by a brewer who knows the ropes, but doesn’t mind leaning over them from time to time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2005
cant belive i havent rated this before. black with thick creamy tan head. smells of malt and coffee. taste is coffee, malt, chocolate, mabye a bit of hops. has a dry bitter mouthfeel which is quite nice. another fine beer from bells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2005
poured dark brown with thin creamy dark tan head that stayed around edge of glass and made for nice lacing. smelled sweet with scents of roasted mals, coffee, and chocolate. the taste was of the same with nice sweetness. a definite earthy flavor as well. an interesting brew for sure. enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Opaque black with compact dark tan head. Roasted dark malts and coffed aroma. Also has a bit of an earthy presence. The first impression from the initial sip is the fullness of the beer. Has a heavy feel, somkey roasted malt aroma. Coffee malts appear later and there is a somewhat chalky dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
Pleasant, sweet chocolate aroma with just a hint of saltiness. Opaque dark brown with decent tan/brown head that recedes to cover. Chocolate flavours up front with some roastiness in the finish and a lactic sweetness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is never noticable. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A straight-forward if plain example of the style. Bottle (trade Mar. 2005). Thanks, DocLock!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
It’s an okay stout, definitely not one of the better Bell’s offerings, but good. Taste is initally a fight betwixt coffee and fungus. Sweet and thick, but definitely no Expy...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Great stuff. Definitely needed to be called a "double cream" with the forceful sweetness evident. I can taste honey. Subtlely smokey. Bell’s doesn’t let me down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Bottled. Very solid beer. Good roasty malt flavor with a hit of sweetness. Just enough "chukiness" for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4001) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Pour is a deep black with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts and they are strong! Flavor is dark Belgain chocolate with a strong coffee aftertaste. Good for sipping on a winter night.

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