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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - OCT 21, 2008
12 oz bottle. malt, coffee, dark black pour, minimal head. probably drank a bit too cold. lingering taste. tasted a lot bigger than a 6% beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Nice sweet chocolate aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate and roasted finish. This is a pretty good sweet stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gad905 (202) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle at home from GBBF. Clear dark brown pour with ruby highlights, medium beige head that sinks, leaving some lacing. Complex roast and chocolate aroma, toasted nuts. Sweet milky chocolate initially, followed by dry roast and more toasted nuts, touch of acidity, cocoa, some hop bitterness. Fairly full body, softish carbonation, creamy texture, long bitter chocolate and hop finish. Really solid stout this, great complexity for the ABV and great drinkability considering how big it feels. Do Bells brew bad beers?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Bottle, dark brown with red tones, minimal head with medium lacing, smells of malt, chocolate, and some earthy tones, taste is sweet at first, mild hint of fruity bitterness at beginning, chocolate takes over and ends with mild earthy notes. i like it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2001
great!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Lovely opaque dark brown/black pour with about a 1/2 inch of soft creamy tan head that eventually dissipates to thin coverage and leaves streaky, spotty lacing. On the pour, the aroma is understated; roasted malt with a hint of sweet cream. Flavor balances toward dry and roasty with hints of expresso and bakers chocolate. Palate is full-bodied, smooth and somewhat chalky with moderate, soft carbonation. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2010
12oz btl. Pours a medium to thick bodied, dark with a hint of burgundy undereath. Nice coffee malt aroma. Love the taste, I’ve been drinking a lot of high gravity stouts lately and this is a refreshing change of pace at 6.1 percent. Sweet cocoa start then a pleasant balanced bitterness into a roasted coffee finish. Great easy going stout.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WanderinCelt87 (197) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Pours extremely dark with a brownish white head that quickly fades yet sticks to the side of the glass. Smells a bit burnt and also like oxygen has gotten to it quickly. It is sweeter than I am used to but what sticks out is a big burnt, smoky taste that actually works well with the sweetness and makes for another solid beer for Bells.

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.


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