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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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4.1
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Black brown pour with a small dark tan head...chocolate and light smoky aroma...intense roasted flavor, some coffee and burnt toast...rich and satisfying ...nutty and roasty...tons of sticky lacing....bitter and malty...dry finish...Bells has me by the balls..great distraction from the abundant and awesome selection of IPAs available

3.4
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Great beer. It was like a dessert. Would have enjoyed it with a dark chocolate tort of some kind. Extremely smooth and yes creamy. Full bodied and roasty.

3.8
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours black with a light brown hue with a chocolate milk head that dies to a thick ring. Laces nicely. Smells of roasted malt with notes of vanilla and coffee. Tasty with dark roasted malt. The coffee shows nicely and vanilla is slightly more than an afterthought. Smooth as silk in the mouth and not as bulky as an impy stout leading it to be very drinkable. A tasty brew.

2.6
mvp (263) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Batch # 7250. Wasn’t too impressed with this one. The aroma was week. The flavor was average. It had a muddy brown apperance. Bells is a good brewery but came up short on this one.

4.2
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2007
12 oz. bottle served cold. pours a dark muddy brown. there was only a thin brown head on this bottle, i am unsure as to why. the scent was quite malty with chocolate tinges. it’s incredibly sweet and smooth. limited carbonation, and a wonderful roasted, chocolate cream taste. remarkably easy to drink. wow. incredible beer.

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JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Near-black pour with minimal head. Aroma mildly bitter aroma. Flavor is bitter roasted malt, coffee, light toffee. How did I manage to get a year old bottle?

4.1
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Typical jet black color very small brown head that does leave a lace, cant see any carbonation. Malty but a sweet milky smell like the candy "whoppers". Nice pleasant aroma not too strong and lacking a hop bite. A sweet and creamy taste to this stout rather than the usual burnt gloom and doom. Palate is excellent for this type. A most refreshing taste not oversweet and not the usual bitter pill associated with craft stouts. Great.

3.9
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Pours nearly opaque black with medium diminishing tan head. Nice aroma filled with roast, buttermilk, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Medium thick body. Velvety smooth with soft carbonation. Exceptionally creamy. Flavor with heavy roast, lots of sweet lactose tang, coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of dark fruit. The sweet lactose/sour milk/buttermilk quality can become a little overpowering as the beer warms. Even so, it is more proof that bell's knows stouts.

3.5
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Nice black color with a medium sized tan head. Sweet coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Almost watery flavor that finishes the story the aroma starts. Easy to drink with nice carbonation to match the smoothness of the beer. "Sessionable" if you will. Mild for a stout but warms up nicely.

3.6
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Black with beige head, nice lacing. Somewhat dried fruit aroma. Thick mouth feel. Sweet in the beginning. Floral earthy notes in the finish. A very thick and creamy stout.


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