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RATINGS: 1921   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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4.2
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Deep dark very nearly black beer with a big tawny colored head that lingers on for quite awhile. It appears to be well carbonated.
Aroma is that of sweet roasted malts also chocolate and coffee.
Definitily has a sweet roasted malt character to it. I get a nice complex roasted malt flavor upfront. then turns mellow and sweet.
A very nice mouth feel with a smooth soft mellowness and a dry finish.
Nice lacing from the sticky foam head.
I taste tasted this beer waiting for my kids to come home from school. It was a cool blustery day with clouds in the sky.
My flag was waving in the breeze in front of a brillant red maple turning quickly in the autumn sky.
That was a good beer.

3.9
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
12oz. Bottle. Year old bottle with no head and an inky black color. Lots of cocoa in the nose and a bit of roasted malt. Flavors include chocolate, caramel, crystal malt, vanilla and a touch of roasty espresso. Surprisingly the beer is not overly sweet and the hops lend a subtle bitterness to support all the sweet malt flavors. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style and has a silky/creamy texture. Finish has a taste of stale hops and bitter chocolate. Generally not a fan of this style as it tends to be one dimensional, but Bells has managed to come up with yet another impressive stout.

3.7
iride15 (238) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Black-brown color with a brown lace head. Sweet malt aroma with caramel and chocolate dominating. Milky cream taste. Great palate compared to most sweet stouts. Long rich aftertaste and doesn’t end bitter and sour like most.

4
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 What is the story? Sour, sour sour. All of the sweet roastiness is there but it is overpowered by an immediate and lasting sourness. I experienced the same thing with the Kalamazoo Stout. I hope next year’s batch of stouts isn’t subject to whatever infected this year’s. I’ve had Bell’s stouts in the past and they can be the best around.
7/5/4/2/11 2.9

Re-rate 1-06: Bells has clearly worked out their earlier infection issues. This version is a big, sweet and creamy glass of milk chocolate with a touch of bitterness. Good thickness for a sweet stout. Quite pleasing.

3.8
DJC (238) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
Nice color, but lacking much of a head. Faint aroma; in fact, it was kind of hard to find (I hate that). Flavor is right on target, though, and the profile consists of caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, and a good coffee. Chocolate and roasted nut aftertaste, with a subtle bitterness. If this beer had a decent head, and more aroma, then it would definitely get a 4+ rating.

3.6
mstockton (238) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - APR 15, 2007
A nice, chocolate head on this stout that calms down after the pour. Tried it at Crunchy’s 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.

3.8
LordSierra (238) - Getafe, SPAIN - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle 33cl @cervezorama, madrid. Dark color, strong flavour, not very dense. Good.

3.8
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2010
Nice roastiness in the nose. Little foam to note, just a small edge lace. I’m drinking this almost 15 mos after bottling based on bell’s batch numbers. A nice mouthfeel just coats evenly and smoothly. Taste is nice and light chocolatey with solid malt. Would be interested in a fresh bottle to compare.

4.3
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Pours black with a rich caramel head, flat carbonation.
Rich chocolate, caramel, sweet roasted malt notes.
Sweet taste.
Bitter sweet finish, chewy & creamy, lively on the tongue.

4
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Can Bell’s make a stout or what? Reminds me a bit a very toned down version of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Nose of black licorice. Plenty of lacing. Not surprisingly, a very creamy, smooth stout with a toned down bitterness that only becomes apparent after an initial sweetness. Flavor of chocolate malt and a bit of coffee. Outstanding beer from one of the best craft brewers out there.


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