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RATINGS: 1781   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Wow. Bells hit a home run again; they’re so good at making stouts and porters......this one’s so creamy, I expected it to be cloudy white with whipped cream in it. great roasted flavors, subdued bitterness, ends with a mild hop flourish and lingering roasted maltiness. Excellent.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevin (2098) - New Mexico, USA - APR 30, 2005
pours black with a thin grey tan head. aroma is rum, roast coffee and donuts, yeah i said donuts. tastes like a coffee with irish cream. balancing bitter on the finish. a great mouthfeel, just wraps around my tongue and the flavors blend very well together. nice lingering balanced coffee flavor. the sweetness is perfect in this, wow. thanks bbb63.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2007
A dark, smooth, thick beer with a smoky, malty quality. Dark tan head that holds well. Complex, deep, dark flavor.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2007
Bottle. Batch 7684 (packaged on 10-16-06) I cellered this one for about 6 monthes. Pours Black with a average frothy light brown head. The lacing is very good, it leaves a film from the top of the glass to the bottom, with a head that stays around for the whole beer. When looking at the bottom of the bottle once it is poured, this one is bottle conditioned, but looking through the glass I couldnt tell because it pours so black. The aroma in the hops isn’t much, but the malt aroma is awsome!!! There is a really nice roasted coffee aroma along with a slight hint of chocolate. There is also a hint of brown sugar. With the first taste it is very sweet with light bitterness. Then the finish is also quite sweet with a little bitterness to back it up. The duration of the finish is pretty long, (the bitterness is that of a medium roast coffee.) The body is extreamly full with a silky smooth creamy texture and very soft carbonation. Overall this is a awsome beer. I will have to taste it fresh to see if there is a differance, I also have one bottle left of this batch that I will keep in the celler for a while longer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerFanDan17 (1017) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Great job yet again Bell’s! This stout is delicious. Pours like a classic stout with a nice head. Very dark and rich. Flavors are barely stout-bitter because of the infusion of creams in the mix. It’s chocolaty, almost like a malty milkshake but with the bite of a well brewed stout. Definitely a great addition to any dessert.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PSUinDC (3) - Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2010 does not count
It pours a dark brown sugar color, with not much head. It has a slightly bitter, yet sweet, chocolaty taste in the beginning. Better yet, it actually has a taste that lingers around well after, turning more roasty at the end. Delicious for the winter.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpreo (1730) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bells sure does like their dark beers. Works perfect for me! This is is especially dark, meant for dark days and dark treats. Exceptionally good. A+. Get it. Drink it!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2548) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2011
12oz bottle from Chuck’s poured into an English pint. Pours black with a very thing layer of dark tan head. Aroma of burnt toast, light milk chocolate and a little vanilla. Taste is very lightly sweet and a little bitter. Nice dark chocolate and coffee notes. A little smoke taste with some roasted dark malt. Medium bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Soft carbonation and a long finish. Overall, very good. I would gladly drink this every day.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopsandvines (61) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2012
This is close to perfect for me. They do not use lactose in this beer, all the flavor comes from 10 malt varieties used in perfect conjunction. Smooth and rich with no high or hot alcohol, make this one a year round Bell’s!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (256) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 Aroma is sweet, some chocolate, very malty. Appearance is wonderful, viscous black with a creamy brown one finger head. Taste is very malty and creamy, some chocolate but more coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is perfect. Velvety, creamy, wonderful. Overall, this was great. Bell’s can do no wrong when it comes to stouts.


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