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Bell’s Susies Sweet Stout

Formerly brewed at Bell’s Brewery
Style: Sweet Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA


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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3859) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle Pours a very dark brown with a quickly receding dark tan head. Sparse blocky lacing. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries and toostie rolls. Flavor is dry and tart. Sour even. Flavors Im not sure belong and much more sure didn’t expetct. I can get past it though and enjoy the dark roasted flavors and the lactose sweetness. A bit odd and interesting but a bit lacking for one of my favorite styles. Thanks to Styles for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Thanks to my Secret Santa for this rare historic beer. The Stouts produced at Kalamazoo by Larry Bell become part of the study plan to any homebrewer who wants to have a good working knowledge of what a Stout can be. Though this one has probably lost a bit of edge over the years, it’s saving grace is that as a Stout, it can stand a bit of time without loosing all of it’s identity. A black body is covered by a small light brown head. Some licorice and smoke highlight the aroma of roast malts. Lightly sweet flavor as expected, with a somewhat thin delivery. The roast malts are subdued in this beer that straddles the line between the Stouts and Porters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Obscure blackish brown that neglects head production and looks still. Sweet and malty front-running aromas slashing the nostrils with lactic heavily milked coffee and cocoa. Reaching through a handful of fig and grape reminiscent malt complexifications, finding their way amidst age-mellowed chocolate bar understatements. Pleasant in its fruitiness, but I can’t appreciate that vinous corkiness that comes with it all that much, surprisingly hinting at alcohol. So-so interaction between the swiss mocha type of maltiness and its sour counterbalance, the sourness takes the lead a bit too often for my liking (detaining further malt development). Roastiness remained restricted to mere balancing purposes thus not interfering with acidity yet the considerable age seems to have removed from the otherwise sedimental light-medium if creamy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Dark brown pour, black looking body. Thin brown head. Sweet, but light and maybe oxidized chocolatey licorice in the aroma. Some tannin hints too. Almost sour roasted oatmeal and coffee malts. Sourness seems a bit tannin-like at times. Not too bad, but its obviously gone down hill considerably. Not sure how old the bottle is, but its at least a few years old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Thanks to Robert’s Reality for this one. Pours black with almost no head. Aromas are roast malt, oaky chocoff, and some nutmeg. The flavor is tart, with a definite cherry krieky element, backed up by some roasty malt and chocoff sensations. The palate is on the light side for a stout. I wonder if this one was the precursor for their Cherry Stout?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Very sweet malt chocolate aroma (like a Crunchie bar) with some vanilla and lightly fruity and roasty notes. Opaque black body is topped by decent, fin-bubbled brown head that recedes to a lasting cover with some lacing. Raisins, chocolate, light soy, and roasted malt flavours blend together seamlessly with some orange-citrus flavour - not sure if that’s hops or oxidation. Lightly sour vinous character with some vanilla sweetness appears in the fairly bitter aftertaste. Medium-full body with moderately lively if short-lived carbonation. Certainly past its prime but its aged well and is still interesting. Tulip glass. Cellar temp. Bottle (Main Street Party Store, Ann Arbor, Jul-05).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2005
12oz bottle as a bonus in a trade with SuIIy - thanks Mike! - Pours quite black with a small tan head. Aroma is of coffee bitterness and some notes of sweet milk chocolate. Also a bit of plum and fig. No signs of this being old in the aroma. Flavor is interesting to say the least. Chocolate up front gives way to a sour fruity finish which seems to dominate the flavor. You are still able to taste the chocolate and coffee flavors around it.. I pick up definite notes of cherry in the flavor. Having never tasted this fresh I cannot tell whether this was intentional or a sign of the age. The sourness is definitely not obnoxious though. This is still very drinkable and it actually grows on you throughout the glass. Almost winelike and the sourness fades as you get deeper into the glass. Palate is medium bodied for a stout and pretty smooth. Very unique and interesting.. I was nervous to try this one with the age, but I’m glad I did it really held up o.k. it seems for a beer of it’s size..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2005
A black stout, with almost no head, but there is a fair amount of carbonation. Nose is nothing spectacular. Flavor is, well, interesting. It is way too sweet but it finishes sour, which I actually liked, even though it is not true to the style. Typical notes of coffee and chocolate are there, but they werent kidding when they called it SSS. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
Couleur noir ébène et opaque, peu de mousse beige laissant un fin cerceau sur le rebord du verre. Cacao, chocolat amer, cerises noires et bleuets sont subjugués par des houblons toujours très verts. En bouche, ceux-ci s’atténuent grandement et laissent place aux flaveurs de malt rôti, de café et de cacao, davantage acide que sucrée. L’acidité grandit peu à peu au fil des gorgées. Étalement relativement court, les flaveurs nous quittent rapidement et nous laissent sur une note d’acidité. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, carbonatation aux fines bulles piquantes et toujours très actives. Bouteille, Party Store, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Juillet 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Can’t balieve this held up this well over time. Great aroma of chocolate and dark fruits, fig/ raisin. Flavor has the same chocolate up front but turns sour. Not entirely put off by the sourness, as it is still a really good stout. Would have loved to try this just before it turned sour.

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