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RATINGS: 1897   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17164) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle from GBBF 2014 and drunk at home. Black beer lasting tan head. Creamy dark chocolate aroma, I mean a lot of chocolate itís a bit like sniffing a bar of Bournville Cadburys chocolate to be honest but a bit creamier. More of the same in the mouth, but no heaviness, itís quite light at heart. A little roastyness. Itís fine. Not really my thing, but at least no obvious lactose to put me off. Aroma is attractive. Everything else is good but just not my style of beer. Prefer something drier, hoppier, blonder and generally more like an ipa. But then thatís just me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (2210) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Dirty dark brown, shade of light tan head. Nose is shoelaces and tobacco. Soft choc then a tight but thin bitter thread. Light milkiness but a tinny bitterness glazes over, a bit more of a spongey dark malt chaser than Iíd been expecting. Finishes light nutty but is a long way off what Iíd been hoping. Doesnít overpower and passes quickly.

Bottle from the Garvie USA haul, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. Very mild aroma with notes of vanilla and malt. Thinner mouthfeel than I expected. Coffee and chocolate notes with a toasty aftertaste. Not bad, but thin for a cream stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (8934) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle shared at Chrisoís post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14. Huge thanks to whomever brought this. clear ruby red amber coloured pour with a halo of cream head. Aroma is dark choc, light soy sauce, powdered choc, nutty. Nice milky, nutty, nutella, praline. Palate is low carbonation, milky, a bit dull. Lingering dark choc and light roast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9107) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle dated October 30, 2014. Dark brown with a thin ring of a head. Chocolate malt nose, slightly roasty with mild cream / milk. Light aroma hops are earthy and woody. Medium body, semi-sweet, viscous and chewy, thankfully not overly milky or lactic, though the cream character is more like artificial coffee creamer rather than pure cream. Roundness and heft similar to the character given by oatmeal. Carbonic and minerally. Creamier body than Kalamazoo Stout, malt is cleaner and flavor balance more enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1909) - Phuket, THAILAND - DEC 26, 2014
Packing plenty in for a 6% beer. Sweet chocolate cake, wood and some bitter coffee notes to finish. All in good balance and indeed elegance.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2003 Poured like oil, smelled weak. Taste like Starbucks chocolate frappachino with alcohol. Goes great with t-bone steak.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
hvac4sl (30) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2003
On tap at the brewery. Poured deep brown with a little head. Chocolate-malt aroma. Taste was yoo-hoo thick with a medicinal taste. The label on a bottle and the thick taste take me back to the 1800's and make me think that this beer could cure the common cold or at least the sniffles.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 Aroma is primarily the burnt, roasted malts. Flavor is smokey and coffee. There appears to be some fruity notes underneath the smoke, but its hard to tell. Some dry hops up front and a fairly bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Pours a dark brown/black with thin, evaporating head. Aroma is sweet, but nothing too noticeable. Flavor has lots of sweet cream to it, along with some malt and a little chocolate. Oddly enough, some bitterness as well. Good, but not great.


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