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RATINGS: 1770   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ExpendableHero (762) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
What the heck? This was lame. Very dark brown, almost black beer, with a brown head. Sure looks nice. Weak chocolate aromas. Tastes of melted down bittersweet chocolate and chalk. Some tiny hints of watery coffee too. That is probably the best way to describe this one: a watery stout. Maybe the tap was bad? Oh well, next time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2011
Picked up at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with tan head. Light coffee notes, dark malt, medium body. Taste of sweet chocolate, light roasty coffee, caramel and toffee notes. Decent sweet stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/10/11. 3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is about average or slightly better and a touch of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Mild roastiness. Layer after layer of sweet milk chocolate and cocoa. Light coffee aspect with light vanilla. Very subtle burntness and acridity (if thatís a word). 3.0 T: The last time I had this I remembered it to be a lot different. This time, it is severly lacking in intensity with an undeveloped flavor profile. All of the pieces found in the nose are here, but are way more mild. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but not as creamy as I thought this was. 3.5 D: I donít know if this batch is a bit off or if my bottle is, but this doesnít seem to be the brew I remember it to be. Oh well, Iíll re-review if necessary. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-16-2011 21:51:47

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AbbeyRoade (354) - Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Not a huge aroma here. Thick dark beige head. Good sweet chocolate with roasted flavor. Slightly bitter. Lots of malts detected here. Soft body, not too thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coachd (119) - Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Smells of black licorice, milk chocolate, coffee and malt. Basic looking stout; black with light tan head that disappears quickly. Tastes highly carbonated, smoky, roasty with slight hop bitterness. Hoppy and coffee flavored aftertaste. I thought it would be sweeter, like a milk stout. Palate was just ok. I must say this is kind of a weak stout, but I am biased by bigger, thicker, higher ABV stouts. Sacrilege, I know, but this is an average offering by Bells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tac (124) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours dark brown body very thin brownish head, good lacing. Aromas of toasted malt, coffee and chocolate and toffee. Taste is somewhat sweet with balanced bitterness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screigh (462) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Poured black. No head at all. Almost no carbonation at all. The aroma is of coffee, roasted malt and a slight hint of breast fed baby poop. I am glad the taste doesnít match the aroma. I can definitly pick up the roast, some chocolate and hint of coffee. I have never understood the high level marks for Bells products and this hasnít changed my mind. It tastes like any average, run of the mill stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle from shigadeyo, Thanks, Craig! Noble hops in the nose. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. A sort of un-stoutlike wateriness to the body. Not a lot of flavor - seems like a vacant interpretation of the milk stout style. Dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Black pour with a thin tan head. Subtle malty nose. Flavor of malt and chocolate ... like the cherry stout, though, I expected a bit more sweetness. Kind of disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JulienHuxley (3267) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle. Aroma: Nice roastiness, burnt toast, smoked and vanilla. Appearance: Black pour with small mocha head. Taste: On the sweet side, old grain, chocolate. Palate: Low carbonation and stick. Overall: Nice aroma, but it was an old bottle. I will have to try it again.

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