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Bell's Sweet Potato Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Sweet Potato Stout
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BA SCORE
84
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: shivtim on 12-26-2007)
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

mrshoes, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of jale
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap for All Stouts day.

A: Pours dark brown with little head.

S: Spice and some roasted malt.

T: Upfront peppery spice and roasted malt. A hint of nutmeg. Finish is more pepper spice. I also get some faint plastic.

M: Lighter side of medium with thin carbonation.

O: One and done.

jale, Nov 15, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

jegross2, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Cafe...Pours dark brown, but trying ever so hard to show off as black. The head is medium tan with good retention and lacing...The aroma is really sweet, to the point of being too sweet to drink. The sweet potatoes distinctly come though, impressive that they nailed it, but its not something I would want to smell a lot of. The potatoes are accented with lots of spices, star anise, and nutmeg, reminds me of Thanksgiving... The sweet potatoes get lost in the taste, shows off unnatural and chemical. Light chocolate and roast...The feel is too light, very watery.

Not a fan of this, have to skip it.

jrallen34, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of EdelweissDad
3/5  rDev -19.8%

EdelweissDad, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at the Eccentric Cafe.

A: Oily black with brown highlights, some light passes through, no head and no lacing

S: lots of allspice and nutmeg come first, much like a pumpkin ale character. Some notes of sweet potato come through, but if I hadn't know, I would probably say it was pumpkin.

T: all fall spice at the start with a follow up of sweet molasses. Some competing flavors are going on here and I'm just not digging it the way I thought I would. The bitterness and roastiness are clashing with the sweet potato.

MF: thin body, low carbonation

D: interesting brew, but not my favorite.

homebrew311, Feb 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

birdsellam, Jul 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

MapleCity219, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Hodgin, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Brewvival 2012

Dark brown with a soapy mocha-colored head. Definitely smells like sweet potatoes, along with some dark malt. Very earthy. Taste is similar, lots of slightly funky sweet potato, a touch of chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Not my favorite of the day, but it delivers what it promises I suppose.

jsanford, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of beerwolf77
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Eccentric cafe. Served rather cold in a strange footed cone shaped pint glass.

A: Full to the top pour. Pitch black. No head no lace. Looks like a glass of flat cola.

S: Sweet potato (pumpkin) spices. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, all spice. Roast malt and black coffee. Hint of chocolate. Not super powerful even with some serious hand warming.

T: Dry cocoa powder, black coffee, roast malt and a hint of sweet potato (pumpkin). Maybe a touch of cinnamon and clove. Rather weak.

M: Medium to light body. Slightly thin. Very low if any carbonation.

D: Rather disappointing considering the source. I know Bell's can do better than this.

beerwolf77, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe on February 24, 2011. I do not think this is retired and have reported an update.

Pours near black with a good off white head that holds steady for a few minutes before falling and leaving behind some good lacing. The nose indicates that this is definitely a Fall-seasonal-type beer: there is quite a bit of spice along with a bit of sweet potato. The latter isn't really detectable, but knowing it's there I can say I get a faint whiff. Mostly I got some roasted malt and too many spices. The taste is a an even worse offender and this is simply too spiced. There is roast in the background but there is not enough roast or sugar to balance the spicing. Mouthfeel is medium with a spicy finish. Not my favorite Bell's creation.

Thorpe429, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of mgbickel
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cafe in Kzoo.

Brought to my barstool with a single finger of tan head. The body is dark brown/black. The foam receded quickly, leaving behind minimal lace.

The nose is odd...a combo of dark chocolate, pumpkin spices and cloves. Something else in the background...roasted malts play a small role here.

The taste is as the nose indicates...nutmeg, cinnamon, dark malts up front sit on a coffee/pumpkin backbone.

The mouth feel is on the thin side of medium...moderate carbonation with a drying finish.

A strange beer...but couldn't resist trying it. Probably would not seek this out again though...

mgbickel, Mar 12, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Imperial_Sapient_Groat, Oct 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

JohnnieNepal, Sep 05, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Arrives with a fairly dark color that is capped by an inch of tan head

Smell: Rather non-descript, with a bit of roast and chocolate but nothing that would indicate the presence of sweet potatoes or spice

Taste: Slightly roasty, up front, with a bit of chocolate and pumpkin character;I did not pick up much pie spice in the profile; the finish was on the dry side, with little bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little thin for the style

Overall: I was excited to see this on the Duckworth menu but was rather disappointed, overall; I was expecting something memorably different but didn't get it

brentk56, Mar 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

DanGeo, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

beergorrilla, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Pat316, Mar 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

threedaggers, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

MIP229, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Davihaw, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

zacky_U, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

StoutIrish, Oct 31, 2013
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Bell's Sweet Potato Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.