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RATINGS: 1900   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr (21422) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Jet black, admits no light. medium tan head, disappears quickly, leaves nice lacing. Aroma of cafe au lait with burnt edges. Taste begins with chocolate, then progresses to roasted coffee beans, then finally to burnt espresso. Very nice indeed. Laid down 6 bottles tonight, hopefully I can wait a year.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2006
Black color; thick creamy head. Soft cheesy aroma. Sweet malty taste, very smooth, with a lot of caramel and some liquorice. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle. A super-solid beer. Pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Nose of bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor was lightly sweet with considerable bitter, burnt malt character. Very rich, big-bodied and smooth. Some mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Black, with a great brownish head. Has a wonderful aroma from toffee, butter and milk chocolate. Flavor is milk chocolate as well, some vanilla and with some cream. Very smooth and pleasant with a great hoppy finish. Also it leaves great lacing on the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (17532) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Almost black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and roasted moderate bitter finish. 231013

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (17288) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 2, 2011
Cremig süßmalziger Antrunk, hierbei ist die Süße allerdings nicht sark und störend, wie oft bei solchen Bieren , er unterstützt hier eher das nur mittelmäßig würzige Malz. Frisch und gleichzeitig aromatisch im Mittelteil, das Malz verhält sich zum Teil zurückhaltend. Zum Ende deutlich würziger werdend, sehr cremig und weich-malzig mit ansorechener Frische, wenig holzig-karamellig, im Abgang stark karamellig. Sehr gelungenes Stout von Bells. Danke an den Doppelbock für das Bier! -/12/12/11/9/12

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle from GBBF 2014 and drunk at home. Black beer lasting tan head. Creamy dark chocolate aroma, I mean a lot of chocolate it’s a bit like sniffing a bar of Bournville Cadburys chocolate to be honest but a bit creamier. More of the same in the mouth, but no heaviness, it’s quite light at heart. A little roastyness. It’s fine. Not really my thing, but at least no obvious lactose to put me off. Aroma is attractive. Everything else is good but just not my style of beer. Prefer something drier, hoppier, blonder and generally more like an ipa. But then that’s just me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16866) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle at Kasey’s Tavern, Chicago - 03/11/12. Black with a thin tan head that soon clears to the edge of the glass. Nose of roast malts, creamy milk chocolate, dark toffee. Tastes of chocolate, roast malt, molasses, all round creamy feel. Medium bodied, rich with soft carbonation leadinf to a dryish finish. Another good stout from Bells!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are lactose sugar, roast malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate and hops. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 15, 2012
Bottle, thx to SecretSanta. A very dark brown beer, finger-thick tan to beige head on top. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee on the nose, more pronounced than for the Kalamazoo Stout. Roasted, coffee-ish flavor with some chocolate and notes of beef stock. Full-bodied, smooth and dry. Roasted finish. As the Kalamazoo Stout, a bit one-dimensional, but certainly very nice. 110930


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