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RATINGS: 1900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 I was just telling my psychologist how I used to force grasshoppers to eat things when I was a kid. (Just kidding about the psychologist). Grasshoppers create this weird tobacco spit-froth while they eat. I suppose these are things you learn when you spend long summers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Anyhow, this stout reminded me of, yes, grasshopper spit. Very dark with not much of a head. Very sticky. I could detect some alcohol in this one. Nice faint smell of roasted malt and molasses. Smooth down the pipe. Real smooth. Iím embarrassed to admit this might be a little too earthy for me personally. Nice hop flavor on the front, backed up by pure malt. Great finish. This is well done. Just a little bit over the top for my wimpy tastes. Added after finishing: Slight nose of a camp fire. This is also a tad on the sour side.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours deep chocolate brown. Aroma is mildly smoky, chocolate, vanilla, roasted sweet malts, touch of soy and coffee. Pretty smooth flavor, slightly smoky, lots of dark bitter chocolate, slight bitterness on the end. Good stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Deep dark very nearly black beer with a big tawny colored head that lingers on for quite awhile. It appears to be well carbonated. Aroma is that of sweet roasted malts also chocolate and coffee. Definitily has a sweet roasted malt character to it. I get a nice complex roasted malt flavor upfront. then turns mellow and sweet. A very nice mouth feel with a smooth soft mellowness and a dry finish. Nice lacing from the sticky foam head. I taste tasted this beer waiting for my kids to come home from school. It was a cool blustery day with clouds in the sky. My flag was waving in the breeze in front of a brillant red maple turning quickly in the autumn sky. That was a good beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Pours a black opaque color with off-white head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is astringent with some roasted character. Mouthfeel is fizzy carbonation is average. Overlal this is an okay beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Batch #7143. Poured dark brown to black. Malty aroma with some chocolate mixed in. Some good coffee and chocolate taste. Get in my belly!

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mvp (239) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Batch # 7250. Wasnít too impressed with this one. The aroma was week. The flavor was average. It had a muddy brown apperance. Bells is a good brewery but came up short on this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
12oz. Bottle. Year old bottle with no head and an inky black color. Lots of cocoa in the nose and a bit of roasted malt. Flavors include chocolate, caramel, crystal malt, vanilla and a touch of roasty espresso. Surprisingly the beer is not overly sweet and the hops lend a subtle bitterness to support all the sweet malt flavors. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style and has a silky/creamy texture. Finish has a taste of stale hops and bitter chocolate. Generally not a fan of this style as it tends to be one dimensional, but Bells has managed to come up with yet another impressive stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 What is the story? Sour, sour sour. All of the sweet roastiness is there but it is overpowered by an immediate and lasting sourness. I experienced the same thing with the Kalamazoo Stout. I hope next yearís batch of stouts isnít subject to whatever infected this yearís. Iíve had Bellís stouts in the past and they can be the best around. 7/5/4/2/11 2.9 Re-rate 1-06: Bells has clearly worked out their earlier infection issues. This version is a big, sweet and creamy glass of milk chocolate with a touch of bitterness. Good thickness for a sweet stout. Quite pleasing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2010
Nice roastiness in the nose. Little foam to note, just a small edge lace. Iím drinking this almost 15 mos after bottling based on bellís batch numbers. A nice mouthfeel just coats evenly and smoothly. Taste is nice and light chocolatey with solid malt. Would be interested in a fresh bottle to compare.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJC (238) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
Nice color, but lacking much of a head. Faint aroma; in fact, it was kind of hard to find (I hate that). Flavor is right on target, though, and the profile consists of caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, and a good coffee. Chocolate and roasted nut aftertaste, with a subtle bitterness. If this beer had a decent head, and more aroma, then it would definitely get a 4+ rating.


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