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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Hoo hah more Bell’s stouts compliments of The Factonator. This one poured pitch black with a rather large tan head. The nose is milk chocolate, coffee, and some licorice notes. The flavor is slightly sweet and fairly bitter with some chocolate, coffee, and toffee. This one manages to be a very smooth yet complex stout that hides the fact its a 7.5% ABV very well. Wish I had another one. GRRRREAT!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Pours as black as coffee and makes a nice tan head. Aromatics are dense of rich roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Flavor is quite large, with more roasted malt character, coffee and chocolate in the blender making me a mocha surprise. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky on the palate. This is a nice drinkable stout... its really similar to a homebrew porter that I made, so I am stoked!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Yummy, this is really, really good...I think we can safely call Bell’s the king of stouts. Pours a dark milky brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate toffee and, to steal Sick_Boy’s line, tootsie roll. Flavor is really nice, more bitterness than I expected but still nice and sweet. Like drinking chocolate candy. Rich complex mouthfeel...alcohol hangs on just enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Bottle. Pours very dark, nearly opaque, even when held to the light. Nice thick, frothy coffee colored head that takes it’s time going down. A roasty malt and chocolate smell. My wife says ’chocolate covered coffee beans’. Nice full mouthfeel, goes down smooth. Tastes of chocolate and bittersweet tones. Good stuff, very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2004
another great beer by Bells! a full bodied dark pour, complemented by a full bodied creamy palate....wonderful roasted, sweet flavor; chocolately and carmaley taste, with definite hints of vanilla; i need more!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 i have had multiple bottles of this beer, varying from funky to very good. luckily only 1 or two were every "funky," perhaps infected or improperly stored; the others are roasty and sweet and syrupy. liked a souped-up version of kalamazoo stout, with extra unfermentables and less hops.

original: dark orange/tan head. nice aroma of coffee, chocolate, milk/cream...smells a bit sweeter than regular bells stout. just like the description--smooth and sweet, with plenty of roasted barley and starchy oatmeal presence. syrupy finish with a lightly roasty aftertaste--excellent beer but i think i prefer the regular kalamazoo stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Pours a deep balck/brown with a small off-white head.... Aromas of milk chocolate and as burcusabrews said, a tootsie roll. Damn.... I think that is the most appetizing aroma I have ever had from a beer... (homer voice) mmm..... tootsie roll.... chocolate....mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with flavors of chocolate. toffee and caramel... I think that is what a toostsie toll tastes like. Very smooth and tasty. One of the better stouts I’ve had in recent months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Dark tootsie roll brown with no head. Aroma of tootsie roll and light roasted coffee. Very nice soft choclate flavor with a slight burnt toast flaovr. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Bottle Pours a dark black with a large fluffy dark tan head that stays. Aroma is hazlenuts, carmel and dark malts. Feel is smooth "creamy" and slick. Flavors are very dark malt, molassas and charcoal. Very nice and easy going down. Thanks to MrFacto for the trade

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Bottle: Poured a dark black with little to no head to speak of. Aroma is one of chocolate sweetness. On the palate the beer is extremely encompassing as the beer delivers hints of flavors not found at the nose. Cherry and even some vanilla maybe were nice surprises. A nice beer that impressed me.

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