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RATINGS: 1908   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Black-brown color with a brown lace head. Sweet malt aroma with caramel and chocolate dominating. Milky cream taste. Great palate compared to most sweet stouts. Long rich aftertaste and doesnít end bitter and sour like most.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours thick brown with tan head. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, creamy and thick. Finishes malty. Very hearty beer for winter drinking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlover82 (235) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

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