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RATINGS: 1895   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 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 (1276) - 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 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1580) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Wish I had not just had Kalamazoo, because this seems somewhat muted in comparison, although still very nice. The pour is impressive, slightly more opaque and darker than the Kalamazoo with a nice bit of lace that clings all the way down the glass. Smokey aroma, with a hint of chocolate, and a bit of sour cream of all things. Flavor is heavy on the malt, with a big lactic backbone giving it just a bit of sourness that I typically would think of more in a dry stout rather than a sweet stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2008
This one really left me asking why, in a DOUBLE cream stout, I could not detect the "cream" at all. Compare to something like Left Hand’s ’Milk Stout’ and there is no comparison on which is creamier. This one had a really nice aroma, choclate, roasted malt, cream. Pours a nice black, with a small but good looking head, and a little lacing. Alcohol is a little too up front, despite only being 6.1%. Thick, but not creamy. Some nice flavors going on here (coffe and hops along with the choclate and malt), but just a bit boring. Maybe my expectations were too high.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
bottle. nice lower alcohol contend beer considering it’s a Bells stout. good amount of malts and smoothness

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1860) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Tap @ HopCat for RBSG’10 - dark pour with tan head. vineou, roasty chocolate goodness. Not finding the body especially creamy, however. Hops stick to the tongue. Molasses with plenty of carbonic tartness. Mixed feelings about this one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gormanb (174) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2010
aroma- dark rich chocolate, heavy cream, alcohol, toffee, coffee. pours black with brown/cream head. taste is cream, coffee, dark chocolate, some sugar, slight bitterness in the finish. palate is slightly acidic and slick. body is light with little carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5577) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Chocolate and charcoal aroma. Black, with a medium tan head, good lace. Charcoal flavor, dry, ashy and smoky. Finishes with bitter chocolate. Nice texture and medium body, flavorful. Dry for the style, but not overly so.


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