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RATINGS: 1934   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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3.6
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - NOV 6, 2007
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a small dark tan head. Aroma is very sweet with malt, a little fruitiness and some brown sugar. Taste is a little bitter, with a lot of burnt malt and only a hint of the sweetness in the finish that the aroma had. A very subdued sourness is in there that reminds me of one bottle of cherry stout that I had. Fairly thick, quite smooth. This one had potential, but I just couldn’t get past the burnt taste.

3.6
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2007
12 oz bottle: Pours a clear very dark brown almost black with a solid tan head. The nose is driven by roast, chocolate and dark caramel. I get a lot of coffee, come dark chocolate and slight hop bitterness on the finish. The palate is medium light and disappears fairly quickly. It’s good but it doesn’t begin to measure up to the other Bell’s beers I’ve had.

3.6
jzzbassman (1634) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Wish I had not just had Kalamazoo, because this seems somewhat muted in comparison, although still very nice. The pour is impressive, slightly more opaque and darker than the Kalamazoo with a nice bit of lace that clings all the way down the glass. Smokey aroma, with a hint of chocolate, and a bit of sour cream of all things. Flavor is heavy on the malt, with a big lactic backbone giving it just a bit of sourness that I typically would think of more in a dry stout rather than a sweet stout.

3.6
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2008
This one really left me asking why, in a DOUBLE cream stout, I could not detect the "cream" at all. Compare to something like Left Hand’s ’Milk Stout’ and there is no comparison on which is creamier. This one had a really nice aroma, choclate, roasted malt, cream. Pours a nice black, with a small but good looking head, and a little lacing. Alcohol is a little too up front, despite only being 6.1%. Thick, but not creamy. Some nice flavors going on here (coffe and hops along with the choclate and malt), but just a bit boring. Maybe my expectations were too high.

3.6
mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
bottle. nice lower alcohol contend beer considering it’s a Bells stout. good amount of malts and smoothness

3.6
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Tap @ HopCat for RBSG’10 - dark pour with tan head. vineou, roasty chocolate goodness. Not finding the body especially creamy, however. Hops stick to the tongue. Molasses with plenty of carbonic tartness. Mixed feelings about this one.

3.6
gormanb (174) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2010
aroma- dark rich chocolate, heavy cream, alcohol, toffee, coffee. pours black with brown/cream head. taste is cream, coffee, dark chocolate, some sugar, slight bitterness in the finish. palate is slightly acidic and slick. body is light with little carbonation.

3.6
obguthr (6358) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Chocolate and charcoal aroma. Black, with a medium tan head, good lace. Charcoal flavor, dry, ashy and smoky. Finishes with bitter chocolate. Nice texture and medium body, flavorful. Dry for the style, but not overly so.

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crackedmachine (481) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours black with a tall brown sugar-colored. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Lively carbonation. Flavor is bitter, sweet, and chocolaty,

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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