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RATINGS: 1749   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhp40219 (301) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2014
12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark black with a small light tan head that fades quickly and leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma of cocoa, black licorice, coffee, and dark fruits (plum, raisin). Taste is cocoa and dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and black licorice. Slightly dry finish of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Full body, thick texture, average carbonation. Excellent stout! Everything a good stout should be.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
FestDecBeet (108) - - MAY 16, 2014
Look: pours a dark black. Slightly thinner than I anticipated. Light brown sugar head that disappears quickly. Smell: heavy sweetness almost like candy. Red apples, chocolate, sweet cherries. Chocolate Taste: heavy malt, but still sweet. Premium chocolate, a little coffee. Slight bitterness on the back Feel: thin on the palate not heavy or oily at all. Not heavily carbonated Overall: not a bad beer. Still looking for something sweeter.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tac (115) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours dark brown body very thin brownish head, good lacing. Aromas of toasted malt, coffee and chocolate and toffee. Taste is somewhat sweet with balanced bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steve1966 (105) - Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Dark black pour foamy creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt. Smells and tastes like a typical micro stout or poster. Coffee notes bitter at first taste. Goes down pretty easy. Pretty one dimensional it is what it is. Bitter finish takes some getting used to.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1406) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Shared a bottle at the Alpha tasting room, thanks Derrick! It poured a clear dark reddish brown colour with thick, everlasting brown foam and lace. He demonstrated the inverted-bottle-pour-trick, which produced an amazing foamy appearance. A truly delicious Cream Stout: tart and toasty, CHOCOLATEY, strong coffee and tobacco notes too. SMOOTH, SMOOTH, SMOOTH. Medium-full body, well-rounded mouthfeel, low-medium carbonation, complex aftertaste. Highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anthony850 (243) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2014
On tap at Jeffery's smooth with chocolate taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sandler (10) - - MAY 6, 2014
This one smells better than it tastes. The deceptively sweet and creamy smell causes the normal beer bitterness to be a bit of a surprise -- unpleasant if you were hoping for a sweet flavor, just odd if you were expecting something smoother.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coachd (89) - Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Smells of black licorice, milk chocolate, coffee and malt. Basic looking stout; black with light tan head that disappears quickly. Tastes highly carbonated, smoky, roasty with slight hop bitterness. Hoppy and coffee flavored aftertaste. I thought it would be sweeter, like a milk stout. Palate was just ok. I must say this is kind of a weak stout, but I am biased by bigger, thicker, higher ABV stouts. Sacrilege, I know, but this is an average offering by Bells.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimmis (6) - - MAY 2, 2014 does not count
Great beer, dark chocolatey flavors mixed with some vanilla, and a roasty finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gingerdoc (1) - - APR 29, 2014 does not count
This beer is absolutely delicious-- creamy, sweet, with just the right amount of bitter. Perfect as a desert.


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