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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.


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3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Overpowering aroma of black olives - interesting and different but not necessarily in a good way. Appears an opaque black color with a small dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor of chocolate with some roast notes and with a bit of a salty impression - superbly balanced. Palate is thick and creamy, almost velvety. Overall, another excellent offering from Bells, though the aroma is a bit off-putting.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1147) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle. Very dark brown almost black. Aroma was coffee, chocolate. Taste was burnt toast, coffee, chocolate, roasted grains. Not as sweet as one would imagine.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie thinks it is a medium stout. Not as sweet as she thinks it should be. Julie give. C c v ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darb85 (67) - Canton, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Sweet and smooth with mellow finish. Pours jet black with one finger he’d. Very smooth mouth feel

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1940) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2014
12 oz undated bottle poured into pint glass (from Jan. 2011 notes). A - Opague black/brown with dark mahogany highlights. Smallish tan head that too quickly turns to a small ring. Limited lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with undercurrents of vanilla, coffee, chocolate. T- mainly dark roasted malt, with hints of coffee, chocolate and vanilla, in diminishing order. This stout has a definite sweetness to begin, but ends with a long but mellow bitter and slightly dry finish. Rich and interesting flavor. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and creamy. Decent carbonation. Medium body. Seemed smoother as it warmed. Another good beer from a great brewery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, raisins, and hint of vanilla. Flavor is roasted raisins with a sweet bitter finish. Flavor is rich and it stays with you through the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1239) - 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 I’d been expecting. Finishes light nutty but is a long way off what I’d been hoping. Doesn’t overpower and passes quickly.

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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14652) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
bottle at home ... deep black .. thin tan lacing ... soft chocolate ... dark chocolate ... soft malts ... soft roast... dark malts ... bit thin ... soft sweet malts ... light tobacco ... soft thin roast ... nothing exciting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3592) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of coffee, light chocolate. Taste is more of the same, something pruney. Thin body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (2386) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Roasty aroma with chocolate and coffee. Taste of coffee, chocolate, toffee. A little thin and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2795) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasty coffee, sweet chocolate, taste is dry roasted, sweet, thin.


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