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RATINGS: 1874   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.


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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (616) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Aroma: chocolate, caramel, Appearance: black with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Had with James and pat. Pour is dark brown. Nice medium brown head. Laces. Aroma is filled with vanilla and caramel. Flavor is creamy vanilla and malts.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JStax (4538) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2010
This beer looks like oil as you pour it into the glass. Of course, this is not a bad thing. Quite the contrary, actually. I find that if you can see through your stout, you are not going to enjoy said stout because it is going to fucking gross, but I digress. This beer has a delicious aroma, taste, and palate of chocolate and coffee. All the essentials. It is one of the smoothest stouts I have found and would love to have another go with this magnificent creation. If I could fuck this beer, you better believe I would.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JDBaker11058 (1737) - Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Appearance: dark coffee, with a short tan creamy head that shrinks to a baby collar with nice lacing. Aroma: toffee, dark bittersweet chocolate. Taste: rich bittersweet chocolate, hint of coffee, lightly dry. Finish: surprisingly short and clean, crisp and sweet, and a little bit dry. Notes: Wow, great beer. Very rich, very complex; like an unsweet dessert. Amazingly full-bodied. Winter can’t come again fast enough. I was foolish enough to only buy a single bottle. Next time I find this bad boy, I’m going to get a case to last me for the whole year. This is a year-round kind of stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black sea into my snifter with a dark tan head that recedes at decent rate. Chocolate of the bat in the nose. Very sweet aroma from the 10 different malts. Also has a very roasted aroma. The double cream stout has an extremely rich flavor. So much flavor with all the malts. This is perhaps my favorite beer from Bell’s. Coffee, Chocolate and molasses are all over this one. This beer makes the mouth salivate. Great sweetness with matching bitters. That roasted flavor is lingering for a while. At 6.1% this could become my new session stout if it wasn’t so limited. Pick this up, you won’t be disappointed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
properhops (88) - - OCT 31, 2011
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dECGUAE-DIA

Appearance: Jet black + red transparencies skimming bottom, minimal head, minimal lacing

Smell: Burnt coffee, raw cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate, earthiness

Taste: Incredible body, amazing cloud-like mouthfeel, burnt coffee, chocolate fudge, molasses, roasted carmel malts, black licorice, oak bark + chocolate milk + cardboard residual, hint of raisin + vanilla bean, well balanced, mild carbonation, drinkable

Pairings: Aperitif w/ brie + fresh bread, bruschetta

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerathon (1679) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Amazing! Sweet coffer and chocolate aroma. Heavy on the tongue. Very sweet, but just right. Great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3870) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 25, 2012
For a sweet stout (not my favorite style) this is great! The chocolate and caramel roasts dominate, but the smooth feel and overall character of the beer are pleasantly surprising.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erussell (7) - - FEB 20, 2015 does not count
Creamy, sweet and smooth with a pleasant aftertaste. Great with chocolate flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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