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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 Black with tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was of chocolate, malt, hops, and oak. Flavor was similar except with some syrup sweetness. Tingly with carbonation and alcohol taste in the mouth, which distracted from the flavors. Finish was crisp and bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Good cream flavor; reminds of cream soda... the coffee flavor quite stong... roasted malts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Ive had better batches of this beer, but this is the one Im rating so, here goes. Seems a bit oxidized and overly harsh. Not nearly as smooth as youd think it should be. I prefer expy or Kalamazoo to this one. Maybe its sat on the shelf for a while..not sure.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WanderinCelt87 (195) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 Pours a lovely dark brown almost black with a tan colored head. Has a lovely toffee aroma. Has a very smooth almost milk chocolate taste to it. With subtly bitter after taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
via trade with wheninhell - like all of the bells stouts, this pours jet black. aroma is of milk chocolate and roasted malt. flavor is something like a mocha coffee with cream. this has a nice full body with a sweet lingering finish. pretty good, but not up to the level of the other bells stouts ive had.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
very rich in flavor, with sweet undertones of chocolate, yet somewhat thin in the palate. low carbonation...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Batch 8150 bottle. Black pour with tan foamy head, nice lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Also, very slight sour milk aromas. Creamy sweetness followed by bitter coffee/dark chocolate flavors. A bit thin on the palate. Slightly sweet, warming finish. Easy drinking. Good cool weather brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Very nice dark brown, almost black color with some faint ruby highlights around the sides and edges. A nice, full, creamy, fluffy, smooth khaki colored head with very nice retention and real nice lacing. A nice malty tone in the aroma. Some roasty aspects. A bit of coffee. A bit of chocolate. Neither aroma is very robust. Might be picking up a bit of raisin and a small note of the oatmeal and/or cream. Seems to be balanced pretty well though. The taste had a lot of the proper characteristics of a Stout. Some roasted coffee and chocolate, but like the smell, not real pronounced or robust. A minor hint of bitterness and maybe even a hint of some dark or burnt grain. Medium mouthfeel. Rather smooth and mostly creamy. Did a nice job of leaving flavor on the palate. Mostly dry, but not too dry. Ive had better, more robust, complex Stouts, but this one is solid enough to be considered a good example. very easy to drink and worth a shot if you see it. Nothing over complicated. More than anything a no-nonsence, pretty enjoyable Stout.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Starbucks espresso minus the caffeine. A malt battle explodes on the palate.If you wind up your day with starbucks try winding down with bells.A coffee lovers dream.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2008
From bottle. Part of May beer tasting event. Pours deep chocolate brown with substantial brown head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Very smooth from beginning to end. Nice effort.


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