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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 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 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Bottle: Batch #7182: Poured very dark brown that verry little light can be seen through. Long lasting medium brown head. Has great dark chocolate, sweet maltand some coffee tones in the smell. Taste is as it smells PERFECT!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours out like old tar combined with my grandfathers old engine oil. Very creamy look to it with a caramel color head. Hints of wood, chocolate, coffe compliment this beer. Very light sweet after taste which is refreshing to the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and little bit of chocolate. Good Chocolate taste with some vanilla and malt. Great Bell’s beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
PickettsCharge (89) - USA - APR 17, 2011
Soft caramel roasty aroma from a dark brown near black pour with nice head and lacing as I dranketh from my cupeth. Tasted of roasted and boasted. Nice beer.

   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

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