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RATINGS: 1828   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Changed (397) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
12oz bottle, pours black with tan head. Smallish head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, slight hop. Taste is typical stout, cream, vanilla slightly, chocolate. Medium body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with chocolate roast finish. A typically good Bell’s beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hitit345 (25) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Stout. Slight licorice aroma. Black but not black as night. Soft flavor, coffee. Great carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Motobashi (106) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
Poured very dark with no head. Sweet caramel aroma. Lightly carbonated. Moderately sweet flavour. Slightly bitter finish. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1808) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2014
Packing plenty in for a 6% beer. Sweet chocolate cake, wood and some bitter coffee notes to finish. All in good balance and indeed elegance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
geologyguy (986) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Malty smell, very dark and heavy taste, heavy coffee without the bitterness, and smooth! Quite Good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1210) - Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle into oversized snifter glass, opaque deep dark brown color with tan lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt, light nuttiness, faint coffee and some earthy hops. Taste adds notes of cream, grain, dark chocolate and coffee grounds. Medium body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy with chocolate roast finish. Very well done sweet stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kjc51478 (441) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2014
12 oz bottle. Appearance is dark brown color with little to no creamy, beige head. Aroma is cocoa and molasses. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, sweet licorice, and slight pine. Palate is heavy, smooth, creamy texture, and sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCaptMatey (188) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Poured a black colour with a fluffy tan head that left beautiful thin lacing. Aroma is of dark roasted and chocolate malts with a hint of coffee. Flavor of grainy dark malts, slight cream, and coffee. Medium bodied with light carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1251) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle; 33cl; bought from CAMRA Beer Festival 2014. The big one. The colour of the head is beige and the beer is black and opaque. The aroma is grains; tar; cream; bourbon El Salvador coffee; toasted aroma from the malt; oak and leather. Taste is leather; blackcurrant; chocolate; Devon clotted cream; licorish; leather; tar; sticky toffee pudding; gains; raisin and burnt toast. Some smokey elements but not overbearing. Drinkability is good and I love the hoppy finish. Another well-made stout by Bell’s. Great take on the British style. Cheers guys.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8634) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle dated October 30, 2014. Dark brown with a thin ring of a head. Chocolate malt nose, slightly roasty with mild cream / milk. Light aroma hops are earthy and woody. Medium body, semi-sweet, viscous and chewy, thankfully not overly milky or lactic, though the cream character is more like artificial coffee creamer rather than pure cream. Roundness and heft similar to the character given by oatmeal. Carbonic and minerally. Creamier body than Kalamazoo Stout, malt is cleaner and flavor balance more enjoyable.


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