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RATINGS: 1803   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3187) - Montana, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle pours a jet black beer with a thin dark brown head. Scent is sweet malts with coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet with coffee and a tangy sour finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Pours black with a quick brown head with decent lacing. Nose is coffee with a little dairy sweetness and generic malt. Flavor is similar and well balanced, not too different from a good cup of coffee with cream and sugar. Finish is bittersweet and long. Not quite as sweet as I expect from a cream stout but still very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10307) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a lingering brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roastiness, coffee anbd a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, roastiness, vanilla and light coffee with a smooth lingering roasty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3674) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Whole Foods, DC six-pack ($11): Pours a nearly black color with the brown head. Aroma of creamed coffee, coffee creamer, cream and coffee, and a mocha latte. Double Cream is actually a little on the bitter side for a sweet stout, although there is still a sweetness. Also a little bit more watery than one would have expected, though creamy none the less. However, the bitter chocolate elements coupled with the superbly prepared malts make it all worthwhile.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Dark brown/black color with mocha brown head. Aroma is lighter than I expected from a double cream stout. There is some toffee, milk chocolate, and roasted malt in the aroma, but they’re more hints than reliable signposts of flavors to come. On the tongue the beer is more bold with its flavors, but they’re more subdued than they are balanced. Balanced boldness is what I wanted, but I was disappointed. The sensation of this beer on the palate are definitely pleasant and uniquely creamy, but instead of being a "wow" sensation it was more of a simple sensation of comfort. Definitely nice on a cold day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle, aged approximately one year (batch #9446), into a snifter. This poured inky black with a thin khaki head that quickly dissipated and left little lacing. As expected, the age on this added some complexity to the beer. Its aroma of prunes and roast malt now mingled subtly with flavors of stone fruit, espresso, and Belgian-ness. Some of these flavors certainly are surprises for a stout, but I attribute that to the aging, and I hastened to add that they did not in any way diminish the beer. This is a decadent treat at any age.


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