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RATINGS: 1765   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcanapa (17) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle pours almost black with two fingers of lingering light brown head and some lacing, smooth mouth feel, flavors of chocolate and coffee


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1887) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2014
12 oz undated bottle poured into pint glass (from Jan. 2011 notes). A - Opague black/brown with dark mahogany highlights. Smallish tan head that too quickly turns to a small ring. Limited lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with undercurrents of vanilla, coffee, chocolate. T- mainly dark roasted malt, with hints of coffee, chocolate and vanilla, in diminishing order. This stout has a definite sweetness to begin, but ends with a long but mellow bitter and slightly dry finish. Rich and interesting flavor. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and creamy. Decent carbonation. Medium body. Seemed smoother as it warmed. Another good beer from a great brewery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstonerock24 (135) - 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 I’d been expecting. Finishes light nutty but is a long way off what I’d been hoping. Doesn’t 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 (14288) - 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 (3371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. 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 (2299) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. 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 (53) - - 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 Al’s 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 aroma’s 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 Bell’s.


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