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RATINGS: 1768   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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9223) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Ok I love this beer. I could drink it all day long. Pours nice and black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, malty, cereal. Flavor is smooth, rich and balanced. tastes of coffee, vanilla, malt. What a brew.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3375) - Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Comes out of the tap a deep opaque sable with a thick tan head. Rich, smoky, mocha aroma fills the nostrils and hollers "Drink me!" Smoky coffee and chocolate flavor has yeasty and toffee hints. Texture is thick, firm and oily, leaving a lively tingle. It leaves a nice roast coffee finish. A must for all stout fans.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Black with a big frothy brown head. Good lacing. A wonderful chocolate and roasted malts aroma. Medium to heavy body, has a nice chocolaty, vanilla, creamy taste with a light to medium bitter finsh. One of the best stouts Iíve had in a long time and at a very reasonable price.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2002
Man do I hate dark beers. But this crap was good as hell. Strong so watch how fast and much you consume. Slight coffee/chocolate flavor which was surprisingly smooth to me. I did have about four other things before this though.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2004
enjoyed the rich coffee like taste and the dark and appealing visuals bells best stout effort

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Had this for the first time in 5 or so years last weekend. Once again, the hop character Bells adds makes this different than any other "sweet stout". Not really sweat at all. Great balance, to me a perfect middle ground between an RIS and a milk stout.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2008
If all of the gods of all of the religions made a stout, this might be it. I rate this the best of all of the Bells beers Iíve had, or of all the beer Iíve rated probably... Vanilla aroma, pours reddish/black with tan head around the edges... not as opaque as some of the Bells beers, or other stouts. Flavors of coffee and vanilla. I guess I could see how this is a seasonal beer (probably would not rate as high in the summer)... but by the fire, or as a dessert beer, this might be hard to beat. The Kalamazoo is very good, the expedition overrated in some aspects, this is underrated by a long shot.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DeppityBob (28) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Probably the best stout I have ever had... Silky, smooth, creamy, with a lovely cocoa-colored head (not too long lasting), an aroma of sweet nuts, vanilla, caramel, coffee, and malt, and an almost-opaque color. Drinking is the same, with a lot of vanilla, good hearty coffee, some sweetness, but little to no bitterness. Definitely a treat, to be had with dark chocolate or espresso cheesecake, savored in small sips once it has warmed a tad. Just lovely.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Sweet stout, Pint ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.1% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C Purchased at: Bound Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33 Aroma: great, cocoa, chocolate, coffee. 10 out of 10. Visuals: high design, black, oily, persistent tan head, thick lace. 5 out of 5. Taste: heavy malt, medium hops, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10. Palate: high quality, dark texture, bitter finish. 5 out of 5. Overall: a sweet treat, Iíd have it again, very good, medium value, high craft. 18 out of 20.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2009
A great stout with a not so overpowering cream flavor to it. Pours great with very little, to no foam head, which is a little off white brown. Has a great nose of cream, chocolate, and coffee bean. Sits very well in your mouth and doesnít overpower the palate.


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