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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2003
The aroma speaks of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Not quite as harsh as some of Bell's other stoutly offerings. Opaque with no head at all. Body is creamy with elements of lactose and coffee. One of my favorite stouts!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Pitch black with a tinge of dark caramel at the edges. Head is small and dense. Aroma is of strong black coffee and charred malts. On the dry side and medium bodied but smooth. Flavor is strong bitter coffee. Not as sweet as I'd like. Overall pretty good though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Poured black, not quite opaque with a soft creamy tan head and nice lacing. Roasted, sweet, super creamy aroma. Full mouthfeel with sweet tastes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. This was very fulfilling, and I could drink many of these at a time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Malty,slight chocolate aroma-not very strong at first but picks up.Head disappeared quickly. Bitter chocolate and coffeelike flavor.Fairly thin mouthfeel,but enjoyable just left to linger in my mouth for awhile.dry,bitter, slightly acidic finish.Gives no clue to its ABV while drinking it which can sneak up on you.easy drinking,enjoyable stout. I plan to cellar a couple till next fall. 01/12/04-Couldn't wait. Aroma seems more pronounced this time. A little better balanced to me also. More sweetness noticed. Alcohol noticeable. Still no head. Still tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Good aroma of grains typical of Bells. Head is good. I thought the taste was a little too sour and a little off. Very malty and full though. Pretty good aftertaste of roasted malts and chocolate. A little overrated.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
The black body of this brew is topped by a medium thick to thick creamy, brown head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly bitter, roasty, bready and malty with a slight sweetness and a touch of coffee. The flavor is roasty and malty with a bitter, sweet chocolate note and a touch of coffee. Full bodied, smooth and a touch warming.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2003
Big sweet, fruity (cherries?) aroma. Perfect jet black with tight, coffee coloured head. Flavour is a rather subtle (which is all too rare), roasted coffee and is also fruity. Yes it does taste like there is milk in the coffee as well. A fine effort. Thanks Clark VV

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2003
A very very nice sweet stout. Great aroma with hints of chocolate and vanilla. The taste is very breve. Like drinking cocoa that has been steamed with half and half. Very tasty and palatable. A must try.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, alcohol, and expresso. Taste of sweet roast malt, caramel, and alcohol which combined when (I tasted it) to produce a grape like aftertaste. It was very interesting but the palate was very thin.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 Very fruity in the nose (cherry). Black beer with reddish-brown head, dissipates quickly. Slick, rich body. No harsh roasty flavors here, quite bland, actually, the fruitiness comes through in the flavor and the tannic roast quality is subdued. Reminds me of a Sam Smith's Imperial wanna-be. This is a Teddy Roosevelt beer, speaks softly; carries a big stick.


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