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RATINGS: 1829   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Bottle. Solid black with a laced dark brown head. The chocolate and roasted malts jump out of the glass followed by a more subtle milk nose when its cold. As the beer warms the dark fruits come alive. Whether cold or warm, the dark fruit and tangy notes initially call for a pause on the palate before the chocolate and malts come.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Very dark brownish in color, with a medium sized chocolatey brown colored head. Aroma was creamy with just a bit of sweetness, with a similar flavor. A nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a very dark, almost black color and formed huge medium tan bubby head much like a Guiness, leaving some nice lace. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. A flavor of malt, coffee and dark chocolate. A slight burnt aspect to the finish. Another November Stout down, only 4 more to go(I think). Hopefully some of these will see longer rotation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Very malty and a full, smooth mouthfull. There is an assertive bitterness present supported by a host of black/toasted malts. Very nicely done. Not so sweet or creamy as the label lets on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Deep inky black appearance. Roasted grain aromas. Small tan head. Fruity and a little thin at first. Light cherry notes, dark chocolate, olives?, medium bodied, but finishes long and slightly bitter, big malt. Decent brew, although I feel this is over-rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2003 Sweet and creamy? Had this on tap in IL. My initial reaction on sipping this was drinking lemonade that has no sugar in it, very bitter in an unpleasant way. No aroma at all, small head that dispersed quickly, taste was covered up by the bitterness. Given the name of the beer this was the last thing I expected in this stout. Re-rate: Bottle. The tap must of been bad because the bottle version was quite tasty. This time it was sweet and creamy along with the coffee and chocolate flavors. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (615) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
A great beer. Nice smooth malty flavor, with some coffe and a little chocolate. There is very little carbonation, which I approve of in this beer. The arroma is somewhat lacking but the flavor makes up for it. Another great beer from Bell's.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 21, 2003
Tart roasty aroma with no head. Medium body. Starts sweet with a roast finish. Bad bottle?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
1/19/03: bottle. thin head with full bodied black color. sweet malt smell with some toasted hints. sour malt- (lactic acid sourness.) similar to bell’s cherry stout. like it a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Black body with a thin, tan head.
Smelled malty with a hint of sourness.
Tasted milky and sweet. CH3CHOHCOOH acid is apparent in the flavor.
Low carbonation serves this beer well.
This is easily one of my favorite beers of the moment!

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