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Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Nice dark rich stout. Definitely cream flavored, rich with a nice malted roast finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Criz (94) - - APR 6, 2014
Poured from a bottle, deep black in color, thin tan disappearing head. Notes of espresso and vanilla bean on the nose. Hints of coffee, vanilla, toasted malts and oats, and dark chocolate. Medium bodied very smooth mouth feel. Leaves the palate semi-dry. Super drinkable, always kept in rotation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Mmmm. Pours a deep dark brown, with a well carbonated head. Smells sweet and a bit chocolaty. Tastes of fresh cream, sweet malts and a very well balanced character of coffee , with a creamy mouthfeel. Bell’s is still in my top 10 favorite breweries and for good reason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 Deep brown color with a sweet aroma. A sweet malt flavor with a medium body. Very smooth and mildy creamy.Light chocolatey roasted maltiness, this pleasantly lingers on the palate. This is another fine beer from Bells Brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2010
I remember trying this one before and couldn’t figure why this brew had such high reviews. I decided to give it another try, with the same results. There is a lot of complexity to this beer but the finish completely threw me off. A sour metallic taste is about the best way I can put it. A different finish would have sent this one into the 4+ rating for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Jet black but with a short-in-stature, short-lived head. Has a mildly astringent aroma that defies characterization, probably due to its combination of 10 different malts. A very balanced stout, not too sweet, hardly bitter, that does not have an explicit and defining chocolate or coffee flavor, though both are present. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - OCT 24, 2012
12 oz bottle. Huele a chocolate y un poco de cafe. Sabe igual, con demasiado cafe pa’ mi. De todas formas sabe riquisima y es tan suave como indica su nombre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Pours as black as coffee and makes a nice tan head. Aromatics are dense of rich roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Flavor is quite large, with more roasted malt character, coffee and chocolate in the blender making me a mocha surprise. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky on the palate. This is a nice drinkable stout... its really similar to a homebrew porter that I made, so I am stoked!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours an opaque dark brown-black, with a light tan head. Sweet aroma with notes of sugar, vanilla, and caramel--almost reminscent of a cream soda or root beer. Taste is of burnt malts at first--smoky. Opens up to reveals some choclatey subtlety--but retaining a relatively roasted character. Mouthfeel is rather watery, a bit thinner than one might expect. But it doesn’t detract from the experience. In summary, another excellent stout from Bell’s--the aroma is at odds with the taste, but both are worthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
4theluvofbeer (90) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2014 Chocolate notes, dried fruits and slight coffee on the nose.Heavy malts, some chocolate ....vanilla and sweet cherries.

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