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RATINGS: 1765   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Tightly packed, creamy head with a slightly ruby hue. Some sediment, in a very dark body. Good sweet aroma, a bit nutty with chocolate high lights. Coffee flavors come out from hiding upon tasting when not apparent in aroma. Good mouthfeel. Had it before dinner, but would definitely be a good dessert beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3242) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 20, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 2004-sampled at the hop leaf in chicago, IL. This beer has one of the most wonderful aromas i have ever wiffed in a beer. i boosed the ratings a little. 2003-nothing really different in the beer for the new version. Still solid as ever. Maybe only slightly more sour than last years version. Lots of chocolate and creamy roasted notes. 2002 bottle-Poured jet black with a nice rocky beige head. Aroma was like that of coffee, spices, and sweetness. Tasted very nice-smooth, creamy and full of roasted notes. The unfiltered nature left a resinous feel in the mouth. long lasting finish! Nice dark color with a small amount of carb, looks great. Great first taste that only gets better as you go. Sweet and bitter combine for a great sipping stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2003
This beer pours a very dark color with a small head and moderate lacing on the glass. It smells sweet but very strong of barley and yeast also. The taste was sweet as well, but a little too sweet. This is definitely deserving of the name stout. It is very strong tasting and not for the faint hearted. It was more enjoyable than many other strong tasting beers I've had, so I have to give it good marks for that. The pungent taste stays on the palate for quite some time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Near black color with a tall tawny head. Full toasty and chocolate malt aroma. Rich, full and creamy feel. Initial malt sweetness followed by a oily maltiness. Small amount of fruitiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 Creamy head. Smooth and thick going down. Coffee and chocolate is the main flavor.A little sweeter than the bells regular stout. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2003
The Beer starts off with a big thick foamy head. The beer is a dark walnut brown. It has a very different tast, not quite coffee-ish or chocolate-ish or nutty. Has a short finish, and seems to be fairly thin. But also very filling. Overall better then average, but not the type of beer I will buy regularly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 30, 2003
"Creamy" in the head and pour department, that's for sure; lovely black shake. Huge roasty, semi-sweet nose. Flavor is grapy-sweet, palate super-creamy; it's good but perhaps a bit too sweet, little to no bite and just a tiny bit thin at the very end. Very good, don't get me wrong, but not perfect.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 The draft version I had poured with no head, but a bottled version I had later poured a large head of finely sized brown colored bubbles that left behind an opaque very dark black colored body with no visible carbonation and a fair lacing. It had a very strong coffee and chocolate aroma in both cases. It actually had a very mild coffee taste with a very thick mouthfeel and no after bite which allowed it to go down very smoothly. The flavor was otherwise OK with nothing remarkable to say about it other than it was simply enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 Dark pour with a hint of darkness in the foam. Thick flat and smooth going down the throat. Good chocolate/coffee flavor that isn't supported by the aroma. I like it, but not what I was expecting from Bell's.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Interesting, though not my favorite to come out of Kzoo. Pours reasonably thick with a hint of carbonation and little head. Not an exceptional aroma and not suggesting the strong burst of roasted, chocolate, almost mocha coffee-like flavors. I thought this was much more dry than I expected. A bit of tang, almost a hint of sour before the roasted bitterness takes over in the finish. I attribute that to the cream but other than a hint in the aroma and this odd flavor combination, I didn't pick up as much cream as I would have thought (and I've had a good bit of high-quality cream in my day).


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