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RATINGS: 1885   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark, dark brown... almost black. Nice nose: roasted malt, coffee, vanilla sweetness. Creamy with a hint of carbonation on the palate. Flavor-wise, we get notes of roasted sweet malt, coffee and smoke. Quite drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Pours like iodine w/ a medium sized, creamy froth. Head retention is good and reduces slowly to a full canopy and a fluffy ring. Aroma is weak w/ mildly roasted, creamy malts. Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Mildy roasted w/ a balanced sweet and creamy malt backbone. Not real complex but very drinkable. Theres a slight souring that takes place mid-palate. The finish is long w/ a mild souring.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1425) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2007
very dark colour, has a bit of a roast toffee aroma, fairly smooth body, seems to have a hint of chocolate in it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2007
Black beer with dark amber-beige head. Chocolate, and dried wine or brandy barrels; sweet, near-fruity. Dark-brown sugar aroma. Sweet, coffee & cacaopowder; roasted finish, breadcrust. Retronasal like unsweetened cocoacream. Quite velvety MF, despite lively carbonation. Medium bodied, slick. Sweet, but warming stout, nice. Once more thanks to DaveDave

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Bottle thanks to miketd. Poured a deep brown/black color with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Begins super smooth and leads into flavor that matches the aroma. Hints of cocoa in the finish. Very creamy and easy to drink. I wish I had a few more to enjoy on Christmas by the fire, because for some reason that is what this reminds me of. Big thanks to Mike for hooking me up with thus beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2007
bottle. pours like a thick oil. no head. aroma is chocolate with some roasted notes and a light alcohol. mod bitter hop in taste. bittersweet on exhale. great carbonation - fine prickly bubbles. starts out moderately thick and thins as you drink. ended up tasting like a dopplebock toward the end. definitely a solid beer. i had ’the poet’ a couple nights prior, and this one felt slightly lackluster in comparison. definitely worth tasting though.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2007
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a small dark tan head. Aroma is very sweet with malt, a little fruitiness and some brown sugar. Taste is a little bitter, with a lot of burnt malt and only a hint of the sweetness in the finish that the aroma had. A very subdued sourness is in there that reminds me of one bottle of cherry stout that I had. Fairly thick, quite smooth. This one had potential, but I just couldn’t get past the burnt taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown body, small tan head receding rapidly, big roasty nose with coffee notes. Roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, less richness than the nose suggests, very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2007
batch 8150 bottle from miketd...thanks. pours a very dark brown with a creamy cocoa head. aroma is cream...both soured and lacto sweetness, chocolate and heavily roasted malts. flavor is full of dark roasted malt ashiness, wood chocolate and milk flavoring (the kind added to stuff to make it taste more like real milk). there’s coffee on the finish with some lingering bitterness. medium/low body. definite "milk spit" in the back of my throat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2007
12 oz bottle: Pours a clear very dark brown almost black with a solid tan head. The nose is driven by roast, chocolate and dark caramel. I get a lot of coffee, come dark chocolate and slight hop bitterness on the finish. The palate is medium light and disappears fairly quickly. It’s good but it doesn’t begin to measure up to the other Bell’s beers I’ve had.


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