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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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A dry stout with chocolate notes and hints of oak. A cross culture of three different yeasts during fermentation delivers a delightfully different body with a soft finish


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Ug, I must have gotten an old or bad batch, because it tasted like weak day-old coffee. Not at all enjoyable. I've got a sixer so I'll most definitely re-rate if the next gets any better.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Another excellent stout offering from Bellís. Pours out to a jet black color in the glass with virtually no head. Taste is that of roasted malt, with slight coffee overtones. A wonderful smooth, yet lightly hop-laden finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1699) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2002
This must have been one of the first batches to come out. Dark chocolate tones. Not the best stout from Bells, but still rather good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Dark and murky, try hard and youíll get a small head. Chalky, chocolate nose, like a Necco. Smooth and sweet taste. Tastes of very expensive chocolate with a great dry hoppy end. This was a VERY young bottle, may get a point or two in aging. This is part of Bellís "Ten Stouts Of November". Enjoy!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2002
another winning stout from bells, dark brown with medium sized brown head, not an overly thick stout, but great aroma of roasted coffee. great mouthfeel of roasted caramel malt with a pleasant bitter hop finish, nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2002
A brown stout which is sort of light in color. A dark tan had poured about a half inch thick which disappeared quickly but left some nice lacing. The aroma is like roasted coffee and soda crackers. A bit of chocolate and a lot of dry come through in the mouth. A bit thin, but enjoyable. A nice level of bitterness in this dry stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2572) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Bottle. A brown cola color with a thinly laced head. The aroma is great, but the flavor is the exact same (which is not ideal). It is a lighter stout, with coffee and bitter semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2002
A brown stout. Black patent malt seems to give this beer its bitterness. There also seems to be a sourmash quality to this one. A difficult on to figure out.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2002
This is not a Pink Floyd Stout. This is backwoods mandolin and flying fiddle fare, a big thumping stand-up keeping time. Huge smoky inhale so you donít expect the hops to be such a force, but when they come - oh man! Itís like the banjo just opened up a wild solo. The hops duel banjos with the smoky roast flavours, producing bitter fine edges. íCourse, Iím not always a banjo fan, and i donít always like a big hop presence in my stout. But anyway, as far as Iím concerned this is bluegrass beer. But then, I play a lot of bluegrass outdoors in Michigan, and drink a lot of beer in the process, so Iím a bit biased. You guys who were looking for a beer to eat Pinconning cheese with? This is it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2002
Not very thick for a stout. Good balance of hops and roasted malts. Very smooth mouthfeel. It made me want to come back for more. I am eager to try the other stouts from Bells.


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