Bell's Harry Magill's Spiced Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by csmiley:
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
A - Pours almost black with just a sliver of light that gets through at the edges of the glass, revealing some dark brown highlights. Head is minimal and only forms a thin cap on the brew. It's gone pretty quick and ends up a very thin ring around the edge. Lacing is present but spotty at best.
S - Very smokey up front. Borders on burnt. Some spice is present and gives an odd aspect to the brew. Starts out with ginger. Definitely ginger. Then a heavy licorice comes in as well. Some of the darker malt characteristics are pushed toward the back. With considerable work, I'm getting chocolate and light charcoal.
T - Again with the smoke. It's a little better rounded in the flavor than aroma. Licorice really stands out in the flavor. Some dark fruit pops in midway. Cherry mostly with another taste that I can't put my finger on. It's fruit but near impossible to pick out. Alcohol is practically absent in the flavor. Cocoa and roasted grain finish it up.
M - Lighter bodied with nowhere near enough carbonation. Finish is sweet overall.
D - Drinkability is not bad for Harry's. The spice kind of catches you by surprise but after the first few sips, it becomes part of the brew and not something to focus on. The alcohol has all but disappeared form this beer which makes it pretty easy to one back. Let this one warm a bit before trying it. The flavors start working together much better as it approaches room temp. Would I have it again? Probably not. Was I stoked to try a new (to me) brew from the folks up at Bell's? Without a doubt.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2010 01:56:30 | More by csmiley
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3.89/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-dark brown color with a nice light tan head and decent lacing
S-dark malt, chocolate coffee, molasses, spice
T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, cinnamon, molasses
F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth
O-decent stout with some nice spice
Serving type: on-tap
02-18-2014 01:07:34 | More by MDDMD
3.76/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dragging from the grave, the Bell's Brewing Company revives a classic spiced Stout that hasn't been seen in quite some while. Kudos to Bell's for giving the beer another chance- but in the late spring season- gotta ask?
But like any other stout the roasty ale pours with a deep, dark brown hue that's nearest to black as you get without turning the corner. Mildly hazed a diffused golden highlight is evident when pointed toward the light. A sandy tan-type foam forms on the beer and happily accompanies it all the way to the bottom- all the while lacing concentric and trailing with lace. It's one hansom-ass beer!
Robust and spicy aromas lead with coffee and chocolate, but finish with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. It's a masculine scent that offers something more- something that lends itself to winter beers- the spice and dry sweetness underneath all lead to that conclusion. But as its taste kicks up with burnt caramel, or molasses- the woody and toasty overtones take hold at middle palate and lead to a finish of exotic spices, moderate alcohol strength, and cocoa-rich chocolates.
Surprisingly middle-weighted- the beer is creamy and semi-dry to start, but its robust roastiness likes to retain the dextrin-rich body and embedded carbonation. As the beer tramples across the tongue, chocolate turns to cocoa, toast turns to ash, and spice turns to astringent bite as the drying power of the ale exposes the bulk of its weaknesses. Warm to close, the ale seems well suited for cooler weather.
But heading into summer. this ale seems to confuse the palate and the mind with an ill found robustness that struggles with the taste of summer.
Serving type: on-tap
06-19-2013 07:34:59 | More by BEERchitect
3.64/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a snifter at Churchkey in DC.
Pours a very dark brown with a small layer of off white head. There is no real roast in the smell. I'm getting a spiced sweetness with some ginger and mild nutmeg. The taste is more of the same. Lots of spice covering up the stout qualities. There is a sweetness to this beer. The finis is spiced. The carbonation is aggressive with a dry finish.
Serving type: on-tap
02-18-2013 21:54:41 | More by oline73
Bell's Harry Magill's Spiced Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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