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RATINGS: 1746   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
AlGreen99 (33) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2002
Very dark apperance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Deep inky black appearance. Roasted grain aromas. Small tan head. Fruity and a little thin at first. Light cherry notes, dark chocolate, olives?, medium bodied, but finishes long and slightly bitter, big malt. Decent brew, although I feel this is over-rated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Interesting, though not my favorite to come out of Kzoo. Pours reasonably thick with a hint of carbonation and little head. Not an exceptional aroma and not suggesting the strong burst of roasted, chocolate, almost mocha coffee-like flavors. I thought this was much more dry than I expected. A bit of tang, almost a hint of sour before the roasted bitterness takes over in the finish. I attribute that to the cream but other than a hint in the aroma and this odd flavor combination, I didn't pick up as much cream as I would have thought (and I've had a good bit of high-quality cream in my day).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2003
The Beer starts off with a big thick foamy head. The beer is a dark walnut brown. It has a very different tast, not quite coffee-ish or chocolate-ish or nutty. Has a short finish, and seems to be fairly thin. But also very filling. Overall better then average, but not the type of beer I will buy regularly.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2004
Cream, roasted malt, and a bit of pineapple sweetness in the nose, Coffe, lactose, chocolate, and raisons in the mouth. Dry finish with green raisons and tannins.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
bottle. pours a rich, reddish brown with a nice head. a pretty good stout but I thought the Kalamazoo stout was a little bit better.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2005
A pitch black beer with a thick brown head. Odd aroma, earthly and creamy with roasted and fruity notes. Sweet and cloying. Roasted and dusty flavor with cream and coffee notes. Watery finish. A strange stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Batch #6657. The sweet stout pours a deep black color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee with hints of vanilla. A medium to full bodied stout. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Lots of coffee flavors in amongst all that chocolate, Very smooth taste, nearly creamy even. Fairly sweet, the only bitterness is from the coffee. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4858) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Styles. Black pour with a small chocolate brown head. Sweet chocolate nose with light roasted notes and some lactose. Sweet chocolate flavor as well with a light coffee and roast finish. Not as much flavor as I was hoping for. Nice thick and chewy mouthfeel up front with lots of body and soft bottle conditioned carbonation. This beer really has a great mouthfeel. Over all this beer looks and feels great but the flavor and aroma are lacking in depth and complexity. I was just hoping for a little more from this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle pours dark brown with a small tan head that has poor retention. Chewy, chocolatey taste with a creamy texture. Watered down in the finish. Good, but not great.


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