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RATINGS: 1728   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
properhops (88) - - OCT 31, 2011
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dECGUAE-DIA

Appearance: Jet black + red transparencies skimming bottom, minimal head, minimal lacing

Smell: Burnt coffee, raw cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate, earthiness

Taste: Incredible body, amazing cloud-like mouthfeel, burnt coffee, chocolate fudge, molasses, roasted carmel malts, black licorice, oak bark + chocolate milk + cardboard residual, hint of raisin + vanilla bean, well balanced, mild carbonation, drinkable

Pairings: Aperitif w/ brie + fresh bread, bruschetta

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
smboselli (88) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pours black with thin chocolate brown head from a bottle. Roasty, malty aroma lead to a similar creamy flavor profile. Not as thick as expected, and the high carbonation was a little unpleasant to the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjwalsh2 (87) - Palos Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
1. Look - A black beer with a small tan head. 2. Sniff - It has a big roasted chocolate aroma. 3. Sip - This full bodied stout is very smooth, swet, and creamy. 4. Another Look - This is a good looking stout with above average lacing. 5. Evaluate - Overall, this is a very enjoyable stout. It has a sweet creamy taste with a mild dry finish. I would absolutely recommend to my family, freinds, and especially those who only drink Guinness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steadyj (87) - Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Aroma is dark roasted malt with a little bit of chocolate. Taste is sweet with a strong malty character including biscuit and dark fruit. Carbonation seems a little high. Also the mouthfeel is a thinner than I would normally expect from Bell’s. Very good, but I’m not sure if the price reflects the quality.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle. Pours like used motor oil...a brown head appeared and quickly fled the scene. Inky black in color, with a faint amber glow around the edges. Aromas are of faint earthiness, and choco-coffee ice-cream. Flavor is fantastic...with an exceptionally complex yet smooth palate. Sweet, but not too malty, chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice bubbly bite, but finished smooth and creamy. Thank you, Bell’s...once again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2010
A: Pours a deep brown with beige lacing. S: Smells very sugary like molasses with some chocolate notes T: Heavy dark chocolate with a strong malty profile. P: A bit sticky with too much carbonation.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
BorksBabe (85) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Aroma is about as good as the dog kennel of a humane society. Looks decent... tastes like roasted burnt chocolate with a hint of feet. Smooth on the palate.... but bitter finish. I don’t like stouts. ’Nuff said.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2008
The head on this one is unmatched. Creamy and full bodied. Has a taste of coffee, great coffee. This is the heart and gem of Bells, drink, share, celibate with this delicious stout.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2004
enjoyed the rich coffee like taste and the dark and appealing visuals bells best stout effort

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2005
This is a sweet chocolaty stout delight..enough said. Not much roastedness/hps bitterness here just creamy smooooth and chocolaty. A very nice stout indeed !!!!!!!


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