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RATINGS: 1768   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.


4.2
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   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 !!!!!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Pours an almost black color. Very nice looking in the glass. Very little head. Aroma is bittersweet bakers chocolate with roast and caramel following. This beer goes down so nice. Very velvety and smooth. Flavor is dominated by sweet roast and caramel. Very little bitterness and no alcohol present. I really enjoy this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2006
12oz, batch 7733. Pours black, with a tan head. Aroma of malts, dark chocolate, and a roastiness. The nose is nice, but fairly faint. Flavor is overall very roasted, with a sweetness that appears after the roastiness recedes. Coffee, chocolate, and the roasted malts are the predominate flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a moderate body.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightning9191 (82) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2008
This beer pours black with little head to speak of. The aromas are chocolate with some hints of coffee...almost a burnt syrup aroma. The flavor is very smooth with big hits of chocolate. There are some definite coffee and caramel flavors. The coffee flavor is the one that seems to linger the longest. The body is medium-heavy with medium carbonation. This is a good sweet stout!


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