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RATINGS: 1923   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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4.5
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
This stuff was so full of flavor I don't think they could pack any more in. Great dark color. Awesome stoutie flavor that went down so smoothly. I wonder what this would taste like mixed with milk.

3.7
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Pours a very dark brown with a small, light brown head. Smells like a lighter Kalamazoo. Aroma is lightly sweet chocolate, espresso, and caramel. Taste is good, very creamy, the start is light chocolate, and turns a little bitter sweet as it finishes with some coffee. I guess I was expecting a little more.

3.7
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle. Black with small tan head, not much lacing and appears to be a little thin. Smells like a strong cappucino, roasted coffee, chocolate, and creamer. Soft sweetness throughout. Very easy to drink just somewhat of a thin watery texture though. Otherwise good.

3.9
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2003
A very creamy, carbonated stout. Good roasted, sweet flavors. Nice dessert beer, as advertised.

4.1
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Very good, exteremely dark, oily stout. It's still quite smooth besides all of the malt and hops kicking in. Nice smoky flavor also... reminds me quite a bit of a thicker Dark Horse Bier.

3.9
antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Malty,slight chocolate aroma-not very strong at first but picks up.Head disappeared quickly. Bitter chocolate and coffeelike flavor.Fairly thin mouthfeel,but enjoyable just left to linger in my mouth for awhile.dry,bitter, slightly acidic finish.Gives no clue to its ABV while drinking it which can sneak up on you.easy drinking,enjoyable stout. I plan to cellar a couple till next fall. 01/12/04-Couldn't wait. Aroma seems more pronounced this time. A little better balanced to me also. More sweetness noticed. Alcohol noticeable. Still no head. Still tasty.

2.7
Sikash (274) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Pours a black opaque color with off-white head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is astringent with some roasted character. Mouthfeel is fizzy carbonation is average. Overlal this is an okay beer.

4
StoutBeerReviews (274) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2017
Creamy smooth, very roasty. Mouth feel is nice and thick, overall quite balanced between chocolate and coffee flavors. very nice beer.

4
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Bottle. Bells is absolutely money in the stout department - they nail it every time. Delicous creamy, malty stout. All kinds of malty goodness jump out of the glass. Dark chocolate, molasses and a bit nutty. Very creamy and smooth. My full rec.

4.3
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Pours deep cola black with a short-lived tan, rocky head which leaves a tiny bit of lace. The nose is toasted smoky malt, dark chocolate, caramel, butter, herbal hops and alcohol. Flavor is smoky roasted malt, not sweet, with coffee, creamy dark chocolate, scotch, peat, earth and a bit of medicinal hops. Very creamy with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Full bodied, but not as syrupy as some.


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