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RATINGS: 1795   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Drinks like a meal. Big rocky head, lots of espresso in the nose and mouth with really cool asphalt notes and some berry. I dig.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 1, 2003
RateBeer Summer 2003: Ruby/black color with a brown head. Roasted coffee aroma, creamy smooth mouthfeel. Ends sweet and rich. Nice lacing on the glass.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Poured very dark with a thin head. Has a roasty flavor with coffee and chocolate. Finishes way too sour for me.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Nice black color with dark brown highlights, large tannish head that really faded fast leading to just some small bubbles along the edge. Nice aroma of roasted malt and sweet hops with a chocolate tone and vanilla notes. Super smooth taste of well balanced roasted barley, sweet chocolate and hops, with a hint of vanilla. Well done. It reminded me of a warm chocolate shake with out the thickness. Good medium stout body, sort of heavy but the smoothness really keeps it from getting any heavier. Nice sweet vanilla tang in the mouth at the finish with hints of roasty a chocolate sweetness. Very drinkalbe stout!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Pitch black color. Roasted malt aroma. Chewy coffee, chocolate malt flavor. A creamy oatmeal quality. Great, great stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2003
The best word to describe this beer is creamy... creamy pour, creamy head, and creamy mouthfeel... more than hints of mocha and bitterness. Good on special nights but the rule of too much of a good thing applies with this beer. A little to specific for a staple beer, but deliscious the same

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 What is the story? Sour, sour sour. All of the sweet roastiness is there but it is overpowered by an immediate and lasting sourness. I experienced the same thing with the Kalamazoo Stout. I hope next year’s batch of stouts isn’t subject to whatever infected this year’s. I’ve had Bell’s stouts in the past and they can be the best around. 7/5/4/2/11 2.9 Re-rate 1-06: Bells has clearly worked out their earlier infection issues. This version is a big, sweet and creamy glass of milk chocolate with a touch of bitterness. Good thickness for a sweet stout. Quite pleasing.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2003
A dark nearly black opaque body with a huge creamy head and nice lace, full-bodied. While a coffee, chocolate, nutty aroma are present, I detected a surprising cherry smell. Nice caramel and coffee taste. Sweet and bitter balance on the palate which linger for a while. A world-class sweet stout. Yummy!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (5006) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2003
My goodness! Like a coffee ice cream float. Great coffee aroma - sweetness to start, very creamy and smooth, thick - then a slight bitterness to balance it out, with extreme coffee flavor - like a chocolate malt as a beer - this is one of the best stouts I've had in a while.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2003
This is a great stout - sweet, but not overlly syrupy. Perfect coffee flavor and coffee-with-cream in the aroma. Perfectly balanced, and a rich, thick mouthfeel. A hint of bittersweet chocolate in the finish.


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