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RATINGS: 1763   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.


Johann13's rating

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Johann13 (2) - Wolverine Lake, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2013
One of Bell’s all around best brews. Naturally it’s better on Draft but is easily one of the better stouts out there


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1221) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Dirty dark brown, shade of light tan head. Nose is shoelaces and tobacco. Soft choc then a tight but thin bitter thread. Light milkiness but a tinny bitterness glazes over, a bit more of a spongey dark malt chaser than I’d been expecting. Finishes light nutty but is a long way off what I’d been hoping. Doesn’t overpower and passes quickly.

Bottle from the Garvie USA haul, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
bottle at home ... deep black .. thin tan lacing ... soft chocolate ... dark chocolate ... soft malts ... soft roast... dark malts ... bit thin ... soft sweet malts ... light tobacco ... soft thin roast ... nothing exciting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3351) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of coffee, light chocolate. Taste is more of the same, something pruney. Thin body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (2331) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Roasty aroma with chocolate and coffee. Taste of coffee, chocolate, toffee. A little thin and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasty coffee, sweet chocolate, taste is dry roasted, sweet, thin.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (472) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Smooth black pour tan head. Chocolate cream aroma. Very smooth lots of chocolate and silky cream taste. Some coffee notes. Light to moderate body light carbonation perfect mouthfeel. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gad905 (49) - - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle at home from GBBF. Clear dark brown pour with ruby highlights, medium beige head that sinks, leaving some lacing. Complex roast and chocolate aroma, toasted nuts. Sweet milky chocolate initially, followed by dry roast and more toasted nuts, touch of acidity, cocoa, some hop bitterness. Fairly full body, softish carbonation, creamy texture, long bitter chocolate and hop finish. Really solid stout this, great complexity for the ABV and great drinkability considering how big it feels. Do Bells brew bad beers?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Served on cask at Al’s of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours dark as night with a solid one finger, creamy, tan head that leaves thick lacing down the entire glass.

S - Strong sweet aroma right off the bat. Hints of dark roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, and cream. The sweetness overpowers nearly all of the smaller aroma’s in this one.

T - Quite sweet up front quickly giving way to a creamy mix of coffee, chocolate, and other rich earthy flavors. Finish is a strong roasted flavor that is a bit overpowering. A fairly well put together cream stout.

M - Heavy flavor and feel with moderate carbonation. Very smooth with rich, roasted, flavors clinging to the pallet long after consumption.

D - I am sure I could drink a few of these, just maybe not all in one sitting. A very nice cask offering from Bell’s.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13711) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1247) - - AUG 22, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-15-13- S erved on tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a fine, thin tan colored head. The head fades very fast to leave only a light level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is on the sweeter side with a good presence of chocolate and a nice sweet lactose/milk aroma. Mixed with these smells are notes of a light coffee smell as well. Taste – The taste begins with some flavors of a sweet milk chocolate and a roasted malt flavor. While upfront there is a good sweet milky presence, as the taste advances the sweet loses some of its ground and the flavor becomes more bitter and darker in nature. While this occurs, some lighter earthy hop flavors start coming to the tongue. These, in the end, when combined with the more roasted, lightly sweet, and darker chocolate flavors create a very nice roasty flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body was quite nice for the darker and roasted flavor of the brew and made it drink more like an 8-9 % abv brew as opposed to its 6.1 % abv nature. Overall –Quite a tasty brew. It’s a “not too overly sweet” and fairly roasty cream stout. Well worth a try.


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