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RATINGS: 1880   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle. brentfeesh sent this one in a trade. Kudos again Brent! Pours as black as my old girlfriend’s heart. Minimal head that dissipates to a thin layer of dark amber bubbles. Nose is awesome... just like walking into a real coffee shop (not Starbucks) that has 100 year old wooden walls and the old aromas have buried themselves in their surroundings and yet they still mesh with the new aromas from the freshly brewed coffees and teas of today and create a great atmosphere.... That’s the nose of this beer. Sweet and malty and cocoa and vanilla, and .... I’m missing something, but the aroma rocks. Body is creamy and smooth with slight and fizzy carbonation. The taste is sweet with a slight twang that rides down the throat with the heavy espresso flavor... not perfect, but not bad. Not sure what that twang is, and it doesn’t ruin the brew, but it does keep from being top-notch in my book. Not bad stuff, but doesn’t finish as well as dry or imperial stouts. Still a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (33425) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
A pitch black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol and coffee, but some sour carpet notes in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Creamy, creamy, creamy...No wait, that would be Bells Triple Cream Stout. Absolutely one of my favorites with a mocha aftertaste that goes on and on and on...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
Bottled: Red/brown coloured. Off white medium sized dense head. Roast, berries, coffee and hops in the aroma. Flavour is roasted and sweet. Loads of coffee and chocolate notes. Ends with a balanced bitterness on the palate. Good one. Thanks Santa BBB63.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Bottle, dark brown with red tones, minimal head with medium lacing, smells of malt, chocolate, and some earthy tones, taste is sweet at first, mild hint of fruity bitterness at beginning, chocolate takes over and ends with mild earthy notes. i like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Bottle: Poured a deep brown-black with a creamy tan head that held up well. Aroma of chocolate, black malt, coffee and sweet cream. Flavor is incredibly smooth and sweet, a hearty dark chocolate malt and cream, almost like a malted milkshake. Some light fruitiness noted, along with a hint of bitter hops. Creamy mouthfeel, would be better on tap. Finished was bitter and satisfying, slightly warming alcohol hints. A delicious sweet stout, almost as good as Kalamazoo Stout, but still a worthy contender.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2271) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
Jet black in colour with a small off white head. The aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate (think chocolate chips), with more subtle notes of espresso, roasted malt, and a fruit element that I can’t quite identify (perhaps plum?). Upon drinking, the chocolate becomes a little less sweet, and takes on more of a powedered cocoa flavor. There’s also a bit of a yeasty note with a bit of leafy hop bitterness at the end. The sweetness is a little less than I expected, but well within stylistic guidelines. I had hoped for a bit more body too, but again, it’s not as if it’s thin. I tend to want sweet stouts to completely bowl me over with sweetness and thick mouthfeel... I found this one to be a bit on the tame side, but still a quality beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Black color but lessening into a brown color though still opaque and a dark tan head. Big cream aroma, dark yeast fruit (though well-integrated and not overdone) and coffee. This is one of my favorite stouts. A solid body, a nice dollop of hops and acidity at mid palate, and sweetness coming back into a solid stout finish. Complexity of flavor includes malted milk, fruit cake, crystallized sugar, espresso dryness, and a warm, alcohol background.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Nice dark color, subdued aroma, mostly malty. I smell a subtle sourness that concerns me, but in the taste it translates to a subtle fruitiness. Rich and creamy like a milkshake. Fruity with a bitter, dry finish. Quite quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Pours very dark brown, with good brown head. Rich, sweet, creamy,malty aroma. Smooth creaminess, sweet and malty. Some chocolate and vanilla, and light roasted flavor, with a nice balanced bitterness. Excellent beer.

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