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RATINGS: 1764   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fsquirrel29 (79) - Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Excellent beer. It is very malty and creamy, but not quite as heavy as a Guinness. There is no roasted bitterness, yet it is still malty.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstonerock24 (134) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, raisins, and hint of vanilla. Flavor is roasted raisins with a sweet bitter finish. Flavor is rich and it stays with you through the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1221) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Dirty dark brown, shade of light tan head. Nose is shoelaces and tobacco. Soft choc then a tight but thin bitter thread. Light milkiness but a tinny bitterness glazes over, a bit more of a spongey dark malt chaser than Iíd been expecting. Finishes light nutty but is a long way off what Iíd been hoping. Doesnít overpower and passes quickly.

Bottle from the Garvie USA haul, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
bottle at home ... deep black .. thin tan lacing ... soft chocolate ... dark chocolate ... soft malts ... soft roast... dark malts ... bit thin ... soft sweet malts ... light tobacco ... soft thin roast ... nothing exciting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3351) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of coffee, light chocolate. Taste is more of the same, something pruney. Thin body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Roasty aroma with chocolate and coffee. Taste of coffee, chocolate, toffee. A little thin and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black, nose is roasty coffee, sweet chocolate, taste is dry roasted, sweet, thin.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (472) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Smooth black pour tan head. Chocolate cream aroma. Very smooth lots of chocolate and silky cream taste. Some coffee notes. Light to moderate body light carbonation perfect mouthfeel. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gad905 (49) - - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle at home from GBBF. Clear dark brown pour with ruby highlights, medium beige head that sinks, leaving some lacing. Complex roast and chocolate aroma, toasted nuts. Sweet milky chocolate initially, followed by dry roast and more toasted nuts, touch of acidity, cocoa, some hop bitterness. Fairly full body, softish carbonation, creamy texture, long bitter chocolate and hop finish. Really solid stout this, great complexity for the ABV and great drinkability considering how big it feels. Do Bells brew bad beers?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Served on cask at Alís of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours dark as night with a solid one finger, creamy, tan head that leaves thick lacing down the entire glass.

S - Strong sweet aroma right off the bat. Hints of dark roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, and cream. The sweetness overpowers nearly all of the smaller aromaís in this one.

T - Quite sweet up front quickly giving way to a creamy mix of coffee, chocolate, and other rich earthy flavors. Finish is a strong roasted flavor that is a bit overpowering. A fairly well put together cream stout.

M - Heavy flavor and feel with moderate carbonation. Very smooth with rich, roasted, flavors clinging to the pallet long after consumption.

D - I am sure I could drink a few of these, just maybe not all in one sitting. A very nice cask offering from Bellís.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13712) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle from GBBF 2014 and drunk at home. Black beer lasting tan head. Creamy dark chocolate aroma, I mean a lot of chocolate itís a bit like sniffing a bar of Bournville Cadburys chocolate to be honest but a bit creamier. More of the same in the mouth, but no heaviness, itís quite light at heart. A little roastyness. Itís fine. Not really my thing, but at least no obvious lactose to put me off. Aroma is attractive. Everything else is good but just not my style of beer. Prefer something drier, hoppier, blonder and generally more like an ipa. But then thatís just me.


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