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RATINGS: 1748   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
Tried this courtesy of Tim at a tasting at his house in Dallas. Aroma is of coffee, raisins and dark cocoa. Deep brown in color with a light tan head and delicate lacing. Tastes of raisin with a touch of cocoa. A little more bitter than expected with lots of carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours jet black with minimal head. Aroma is of dark choco malts. Mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbo. Taste is of dark malts, chocolate and maybe a bit of patent. Decent stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2010
I remember trying this one before and couldnít figure why this brew had such high reviews. I decided to give it another try, with the same results. There is a lot of complexity to this beer but the finish completely threw me off. A sour metallic taste is about the best way I can put it. A different finish would have sent this one into the 4+ rating for sure.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Pours pitch black with a nice thick dark tan head. Nose was a bit funky but you did get some chocolate and vanilla notes. Taste almost reached the point of "just ok." There is some chocolate in the taste but this stout was not the least bit sweet. My hope that this was a funky batch but I am left with not much desire to try another.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
QuezXLV (398) - Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Iím having this firkin at TJís in Phoenixville and I think this is the Bellís Iím having. Very dark black body and nice lacing. Very smooth and more complex than a typical stout.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Black pour with a foamy khaki head. Rather odd milky aroma ... not much else but I think the beer was still a bit too cold. Flavor of coffee, toffee and molasses with a tingly bitter finish. Thick mouthfeel with a tingly carbonation underneath. Quite nice ... but the weird milk-like aroma was a tad off putting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deekyn (1127) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 A - pours deep dark brown with small brown head, lacing. T - Aromas of chocolate and chocolate, toffee, and light grass. M - lightly syrupy. Nice Mf light creamy drinkable. T - A sweeter stout with chocolates throughout, lightly bitter gassy on palate and smokey coffee grounds ending. O - A good average stout. drinkable with lightly smokey bitter ending. 6+

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
smboselli (90) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pours black with thin chocolate brown head from a bottle. Roasty, malty aroma lead to a similar creamy flavor profile. Not as thick as expected, and the high carbonation was a little unpleasant to the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3334) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is a faint light roast and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with a strong vanilla flavor and cream. Easy to drink a good sweet stout from Bells.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sandler (10) - - MAY 6, 2014
This one smells better than it tastes. The deceptively sweet and creamy smell causes the normal beer bitterness to be a bit of a surprise -- unpleasant if you were hoping for a sweet flavor, just odd if you were expecting something smoother.


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