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RATINGS: 1897   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
12 oz bottle. Dark brown body with a very small whitish head. Slight aroma of coffee. Flavor is coffee and bittersweet chocolate, not as bold as I would have liked. Palate was smooth, but could have had more body. A decent stout, but I didnít think it was anything special.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mvp (234) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - OCT 21, 2007
bottle. Pours pitch black with brown head. Aroma is sweet with sight hints of fruit. Body is mediuma nd taste has coffee and alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bells makes awesome beers. This is no exception. Great color, toasty sweet, great balance. One of my favorite stouts.

4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlover82 (234) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Gorgeous midnight pitch-black, with nice half-finger tan head. Bubbly, with decent retention and solid lacing, sticking to the glass attractively. Nice aromatic touches of sweet roasted barley and cocoa, and other dark aromas/flavors. Kind of faint, have to sniff hard to notice. Sweet toffee, light milk chocolate, vanilla and slightly roasted barley dominate the tongue. Fairly medium body, low carbonation. Very smooth, like a light chocolate shake, as nay stout should be. Very good, tasty stout worthy of even the most elite ones. Maybe not the best, but very solid indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Overpowering aroma of black olives - interesting and different but not necessarily in a good way. Appears an opaque black color with a small dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor of chocolate with some roast notes and with a bit of a salty impression - superbly balanced. Palate is thick and creamy, almost velvety. Overall, another excellent offering from Bells, though the aroma is a bit off-putting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 12 oz. bottle..Poured very dark brown w/ a tan head. Not much lacing, but the pour was not very aggresive. Aroma was of coffee, sweet cream, and some cocoa. Taste was sweet, creamy coffee with a touch of dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was very creamy and the finish was smooooooth. I really enjoyed this wonderful stout!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle sample at work... gosh, just didnít like this as much as I was expecting. A good stout in all regards, but I was expecting a little bit more from this beer. Nose is quite good, vanilla, caramel, some bready character that incorperates some spice, perhaps ginger. The palate was a bit lacking in body, and the bitter finish didnít really play off as much of a malty body as I would have expected. I suppose I may have given it a higher score 3.6 - 3.7 if not for the description of "Double Cream." This implied... well, something I couldnít find. Not sure if I was expection lactose sugar (though I know this isnít the cream being implied) or more of a sweet malty body in the middle. But IMO, it was missing something... None-the-less a well put together stout, one worth trying... but it just didnít do it for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Tasty sweet stout. Pours pitch black with a mocha head. Buttercream frosting and oak aroma. Smooth malty flavor of chocolate and smoke with a hop edge. Nice in the mouth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
bottle. nice lower alcohol contend beer considering itís a Bells stout. good amount of malts and smoothness


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