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RATINGS: 1936   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenDover (228) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Pours very dark, almost black, with a deep tan/brown head, very dense. Very complex taste, sweet with a roasty touch. Great stuff. Not as good as Kalamazoo, but really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Tasty sweet stout. Pours pitch black with a mocha head. Buttercream frosting and oak aroma. Smooth malty flavor of chocolate and smoke with a hop edge. Nice in the mouth.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle sample at work... gosh, just didnít like this as much as I was expecting. A good stout in all regards, but I was expecting a little bit more from this beer. Nose is quite good, vanilla, caramel, some bready character that incorperates some spice, perhaps ginger. The palate was a bit lacking in body, and the bitter finish didnít really play off as much of a malty body as I would have expected. I suppose I may have given it a higher score 3.6 - 3.7 if not for the description of "Double Cream." This implied... well, something I couldnít find. Not sure if I was expection lactose sugar (though I know this isnít the cream being implied) or more of a sweet malty body in the middle. But IMO, it was missing something... None-the-less a well put together stout, one worth trying... but it just didnít do it for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
bottle. nice lower alcohol contend beer considering itís a Bells stout. good amount of malts and smoothness

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2009
12 oz. bottle enjoyed at the UM/MSU tailgate. Aroma is a blast of coffee and chocolate with a hint of smoke. Taste follows, but with a mellow lactic finish. Light body and incredibly drinkable. A small treasure of a beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2009
12 oz bottle. Interested by the ratebeer description of being sweeter and smoother than the Kalamazoo stout. Pours an opaque black with a small tan head. Smells of sugary chocolate, a hint of roasted coffee, and cream. The taste is light chocolate, a hint of coffee in the backbone, some sugar, and creamy-ness. Very smooth going down, but not much character to it. Not bad, but I think I prefer Kalamazoo stout over it, and greatly appreciate Expedition stout as far as Bellsí stouts are concerned.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - APR 15, 2007
A nice, chocolate head on this stout that calms down after the pour. Tried it at Crunchyís in E. Lansing, MI on draft. Strong, sweet stout with a little bit of a coffe and chocolate flavor. Very good, but I like the Kalamazoo stout better. This might give me a headache if I had a few due to the sweetness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2001
Another very good stout. Nice and creamy and tasty.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2002
Man do I hate dark beers. But this crap was good as hell. Strong so watch how fast and much you consume. Slight coffee/chocolate flavor which was surprisingly smooth to me. I did have about four other things before this though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. Smell is creamy chocolate and some coffee as well. Taste is strong chocolate with a prominenent cream taste to it that shines through the semi-long lasting aftertaste.


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