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RATINGS: 1872   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.


3.7
   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. I’ve 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophaze (192) - 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

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.

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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle- pours out an absolute opaque black, with an incredible syrup-like thickness. Head was almost nonexistent. Aroma was dark fruit and bog. Amazing pallet, thick and smooth Sweet and bitter at the same time, a very complex flavor mix includes cherries, toast and caramel. Rich, defines a stout.


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