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RATINGS: 1825   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2002
Quite sweet and very complex stout. Not quite as good as the Expidetion Stout but better than most of Bell’s other stouts.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Well I’m usually a big fan of the ’Zoo. But I couldn’t really understand where they were trying to go with this ’sweet’ stout. It is smoky for sure, just like their porter, but somehow less enjoyable in this. Sure there are other qualities to this like chocolate and coffee but the smoked taste is a bit too much for me. I’ll go for their Expedition or if I want a little more sweetness, Sam Smith’s Oatmeal is hard to beat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a 2 finger dark tan creamy head. Smells of sweet chocholate. Exactly what the bottle says, creamy. Chocholate, little coffee, with extra creamer. Medium mouthfeel, wish i had some hersheys to go with it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is creamy coffee with a little chocolate. Flavor is a mix of light coffee and chocolate at first, with a chocolatey finish. Nicely done.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2011
I could mix this with my Cocoa Puffs in the morning. Great flavor...wonderful aroma. Glad I have 4 left.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophaze (187) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Small lacing. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste very rich with chocolate and malts and mild coffee finish. Very good. ----Hophaze out

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
12 oz bottle. Black with a light tan head. Creamy, roasty, chocolately aromas. Roasted chocolate flavors which are very, very smooth. Very drinkable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black oily liquid light can not penetrate with a small amount of caramel colored head. Aroma is of faint hop, molasses and strong malt (yummy!!). Flavor is of molasses, vanilla, and slight to small hops ending and faintly dry. Sampled at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2008
If all of the gods of all of the religions made a stout, this might be it. I rate this the best of all of the Bells beers I’ve had, or of all the beer I’ve rated probably... Vanilla aroma, pours reddish/black with tan head around the edges... not as opaque as some of the Bells beers, or other stouts. Flavors of coffee and vanilla. I guess I could see how this is a seasonal beer (probably would not rate as high in the summer)... but by the fire, or as a dessert beer, this might be hard to beat. The Kalamazoo is very good, the expedition overrated in some aspects, this is underrated by a long shot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Bottle, pours a dark brown body with a tan head. Nice aroma of dusty sweet malts. Palate is fluffy and light and way way WAY too drinkable. The flavors are of dark sweet malts, some light cocoa, and maybe a hint of toffee or hard caramel. I found the flavors to be on the sweet side as the beer finishes somewhat tangy or tacky from a lack of bitterness. Very delicious indeed.


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