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RATINGS: 1899   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.

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3.4
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
12 oz bottle. Dark brown body with a very small whitish head. Slight aroma of coffee. Flavor is coffee and bittersweet chocolate, not as bold as I would have liked. Palate was smooth, but could have had more body. A decent stout, but I didn’t think it was anything special.

3.8
spclerk (47) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Pours very very dark brown with a little bit of red. Tan head leaves quickly. Decent lacing down the glass. Aroma is of chocolate and maybe some burnt plum pudding. Also maybe a little chocolate milk smell if that makes any sense-- but in a good way, at least to me. Taste has lots of bitter chocolate, a bit of coffee. There’s definitely some alcohol in there. Nice lasting, bitter chocolate aftertaste. Didn’t seem exactly sweet to me, but not dry either. Whatever it is, I liked it.

3.5
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 pours a very deep burnt crimson with uglyish large brown bubbles making a head that dissipates mostly quickly. smells terrific, but i wish it was a bit stronger. taste is potent and a bit like burnt mocha beans, but a little alcoholic frankly. mouthfeel is good but light (how i always feel about sweet stouts). i’ve given it 3 tries before rating, and i just can’t dig this as much as i want to.

3.8
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
(03.20.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Batch no. 7219. Pours opaque brown black with small tan head. Soft carbonation. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt in the nose. Medium bodied stout that starts with light malt sweetness and expresso coffee/bitter chocolate/roasted malt flavors. Some astringent chalkiness in the mouth. Finishes dry with some light lingering bitterness and roasted malt fade. This is a very good, well-balanced stout.

3.3
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours black with a creamy medium-light tan head. The aroma is semi-sweet...coffee, chocolate, but there’s also this milky-sour odor which to be honest doesn’t get me too excited. The flavor is bitter with coffee, baker’s chocolate, with some roasted malt and some smoke. I’m not really getting a whole lot of sweet, it feels a lot more dry than anything else...malty over the tounge with a bitter, sour, dry finnish. This certainly isn’t a bad thing by any means, but at the same time...this doesn’t make me think "sweet stout" at all...it’s more dry than anything else.

3.8
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Rich, sweet malt aroma with a roasty, sweet chocolate and smokey flavor. sweet coffee finish.

4.1
MrBunn (2837) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Aroma is sweet, a little musty, creamy with maybe a mild, mild chocolate undercurrent. Appearance is pretty typical for a stout. Thinnish brown head over a dark brown body. Coffee flavor picks up heavy in the flavor with a dark chocolate backdrop. There is a slight molasses flavor and a warmth from the alcohol. My only complaint is that it is pretty straightforward and borders on simple... extremely well done, but simple. Flavor is very smooth with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that blends nicely with the alcoholic warmth.

4.4
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Sample from bottle. Very good moderate sweet malt aroma. An aggressive pour you get a dark tan head atop a blck body. Had a full bodied blend to give it a creamy chocoalte and swet taste. Very smooth on palate with a dry chocolate aftertaste.

3.8
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2006
bottle - Pours black with a thin, brown, long lasting head. It has a moderate aroma of roast malts. The flavor is of malts, coffee, and chocolate. The finish is pleasant enough, though nothing too impressive. This is a very good beer. With a bit better finish and a little more complexity, it could be really great.

4.1
Duckbutter (4) - Liberty, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2006 does not count
Very Good overall, nice dark color as a stout SHOULD be! Seems to "wash" itself out if drinking more than 4 or 5 at a time. This is a wonderful beer to enjoy after dinner !


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