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Bells Susies Sweet Stout

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Sweet Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA

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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A ray of sunlight on a brisk autumnal afternoon. Sweeter and lighter than our other big stouts. Milk sugar added at conditioning brings sweetness to the otherwise dark malt flavor.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma, sherry, some fruity notes, and a light chocolate. Flavor, sherry, chocolate, some fruits, a little roasty. There is a bit of a tang to it on the finish. This stuff is obviously past itís prime, but it wasnít bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 6, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a very dark brown color; light tan head with large-bubble retention at the edges. Light cocoa and toasted malts in the aroma; some milk chocolate; slightly metallic. Medium mouthfeel: lively carbonation, with an overly sweet, almost tart bakerís chocolate presence; cocoa and toasted malts round out the palate a bit. Lengthy, dry chocolate finish; plenty of cocoa.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bottle from Styles. Dark brown/black body with a tiny, short-lived, tan head. The aroma is vinous, berry, cola and light chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet, cherry, cola, caramel and oxidation. Medium body is soft with light carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle. Black pour with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is of some light roasted malt, chocolate and some oxidation characteristics as well, which is no surprise seeing how old this bottle is...dry vinous and vinegar tones come through. The flavor has a bitter/lactic-sour roasted malt characteristic along with more vinous/vinergar/oxidationm notes coming through...some semi-sweet chocolate as well . Medium bodied...bitter/sour...roasty with slight sweet notes that weave in and out to a bitter/sour/dry finish. ITís almost more like a foreign stout now, which is a pretty neat transformation. Seems like it a lot drier than it wouldíve been years ago and the the heavy dark fruit element Iíd imagine wasnít so prominent if even present at all. All in all, Iím glad I got to try this one out.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Bottle from my man in Michigan, Styles. Thanks Chris! Nice sweet chocolate covered raisin in the aroma-very candy-like. Black body with at hin head. Medium palate. Chocolate and more coffee than expected. Roasted finish. Easy to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3239) - New York, New York, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle generously provided by Goldtwins. Donít know how old this is, but Iím guessing 4-5 years. Itís aged surprisingly well for a milk stout. It certainly isnít great, but it also hasnít at all spoiled or become infected or even developed off flavors; just faded. Pours with a small brown fizzy head that totally disappears within seconds. Milky aroma, slightly sour I guess, a little juicy. Flavor is a bit more soy sauce, milkiness, prunes. Not very special as a drink, though having the opportunity to drink this was awesome. Thanks larry!

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2007
pretty good sweet stout. almost a little too much sweethness for me. good chocolate flavor

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Lucky enough to find one bottle of this left at International Beverage Selection. Still had good taste, chocolaty stout flavor, surprisingly not much loss considering age.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4688) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Styles. Pours a pitch black colored body under a 1cm very dark brown head that faded to a thin film with a quickness. Lots of sediment in bottle. Aroma is roasty and chocolaty with lesser notes of soy (due to age), caramel, and dark fruits. The flavor is getting a little tired out on this one. Mostly roast with alot of caramel and touches of oxidation creeping in. Finish has some light yeast and little to no sweetness. Mouthfeel is thinned out and oily in texture with low fine carbonation. Overall, this was probably better when much fresher. Not that itís bad really, but just thinned out and not really resembling a Sweet Stout. Drink íem if ya got íem.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Thanks go out to Pailhead for sending this retired beer my way. Old, beat up label. Poured like Coca-Cola with light highlites and a small fizzy brown head which dissipated quickly. Strong aroma of sweet coffee, chocolate and cough syrup. Taste is sweet and milky with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Some acidity is also appearing, giving away the beerís age. Flavors fade to a fairly roasty finish. This bottle is past its prime (I mean, what else could you expect?), but it still has a nice smooth and sweet stout flavor.


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