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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Good cream flavor; reminds of cream soda... the coffee flavor quite stong... roasted malts.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Pour is frothy, color is very dark. Not a bad stout, not very sweet. Chocolately. I guess I should have had this with dessert.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Poured very dark with a thin head. Has a roasty flavor with coffee and chocolate. Finishes way too sour for me.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 (1/1/08, 12oz bottle, thanks Peregrinari) Small tan head atop cola brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some roast/coffee, light vinous. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, coffee bitterness. Smooth medium body. (8/3/7/3/14)

(Brickskeller Bells 10/03) Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is creamy, rich, coffee, chocolate, tobacco. Taste is coffee, light chocolate, light sweet. Medium body. (8/3/7/3/14)

(WCC2003) Black body with small brown head. Aroma is coffee, medium sweet, some chocolate. Taste is rich, coffee, light chocolate, medium bitter. Full body, fairly creamy. (8/4/8/4/16)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Good aroma of grains typical of Bells. Head is good. I thought the taste was a little too sour and a little off. Very malty and full though. Pretty good aftertaste of roasted malts and chocolate. A little overrated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Pitch black with a tinge of dark caramel at the edges. Head is small and dense. Aroma is of strong black coffee and charred malts. On the dry side and medium bodied but smooth. Flavor is strong bitter coffee. Not as sweet as I'd like. Overall pretty good though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 Appearance: BLACK, not dark brown, not slightly black, this mother is BLACK. No head. Very faint coffee scent- wish there was more of a smell- because this beer has a nice look. RICH and THICK. Coffee, chocolate... nice. Burnt rice.. Thin in the mouth for a thick brew. A bit too thick in body and thin in mouth to warrent more than slightly above average drinkability.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Mixture of coffee and bitter chocolate. A touch watery, but I have found this to happen with many of the Bell's.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 14, 2004
A black body with a brown beaded head. Great lacing through the whole beer. Aroma of lactose and milk chocolate with some vanilla in the backgrouond. The body is a little thin and is perpetuated by the amount of CO2. Not as good as other Bell's stouts. By the way, as a homebrewer I can guaruntee that this does in fact contain lactose.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
This had a difficult aroma to place for me. Smelled creamy with wood and grains. Looked great! Very opaque, dark brown/black with a lite off white/borwn head. The taste started to remind me of charcole bu quickly moved into a lite sweet candy/molassas taste. It moved back again to a lite hop finish with roasted malts. Underneath you could tast some spice like anise or clove. It was complex but not my favorite. Creamy body though, oily and substantial mouth feel.


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