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Bell's Smoked Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Smoked Stout
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BA SCORE
87
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-07-2008)
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1/5  rDev -74.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Eccentric Cafe, poured into a 5oz tasting glass...A nice color of dark black, a light tan head equally nice. However, poor retention resulting in a thin cap, and not much lacing...The aroma is boring, only a hint of smoke with a chocolate finish. Don't name your beer smoked if there's not a ton of smoke, boring...Taste is light and boring. The smoke is more prominent but shows off more charred and ashy, not very good.

I'd pass on this.

Photo of brew3crew
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the cafe.

A-Dark black in color with a tan head
S-Light smoke flavor with a bit of malt.
T-Not that smokey. It is very subtle. Don't know if I would call it a smoked stout, but it is decent none the less.
M-Medium bodied and smooth
D-Good. Was done with my beer in a decent amount of time.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap, Maduro, pre-great taste of the midwest

Bells had 19 beers on tap, but i had sampled 17 already - this was one of the 2 newbies

appearance: served in a bells pint glass, solid dark mahogany body with really no head presence to speak of at all

smell: no smoke, lightly roasted malts, dry cocoa powder

taste: what a dissapointment. there is no smoke in this thing to speak of. I let 5 people try it and nobody got more than a hint of smoke. There is a meaty aftertaste but that is about it. It drinks like an average american with a nice chocolate malt presence but this falls well below the Bells standard

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: easy

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with a light tan head. In the aroma, chocolate and a small smokiness. In the taste, roasty coffee and a small smoke note. A small bite and medium to big mouthfeel, and a dry roasty malt and smoke aftertaste. Small smoke, big coffee taste, and a very nice stout.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Meridian Pint's Night of Darkness event. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown color and has a towering head, especially when considering the style. Considerable lacing is left on the sides of the glass as it falls down to a nice cap. The aroma brings some slightly-meaty smoke as well as a touch of roasted cocoa and malt.

The flavor is fairly smokey without too much else backing it up. There is a bit of a roasted malt character, though the roast lends itself more to the feel, which finds a nice spot short of too smokey. Drinkability was decent enough, but nothing about this one was all that remarkable. It was a pretty good take on the style, however.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Bell's tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin beige head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Moderately smoky aroma with notes of roasted grain and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied with a smoke character that never threatens to get into meat/charcoal territory. Notes of milk chocolate, coffee and mild hops flavors. The finish is fry and moderatley bitter with hops and smoke in the aftertaste. Seems more like a Smoked Porter along the lines of Alaskan. Still a decent beer.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Bells Eccentric Cafe. Dark black body with a dark tan head. Minimal lacing.

Great smoky aroma with some roasted malt in the mix.

Very tasty flavors. A smoky blend of roasted malt with just a hint of coffee and sweet licorice.

Very drinkable, especially for the decent abv. Great brew.

Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Eccentric Cafe.

A: has a somewhat flat appearance with light passing through, more of a dark brown than black, not much head

S: campfire, smoke, roasted malt, chocolate. Nice aroma.

T: smokey character up front with lots of chocolate and molasses towards the finish. Pretty straight forward smoked stout.

MF: thin body, high carbonation

D: nice smoke character, well balanced, easy drinking

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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of all the stouts on draft at Meridian Pint (I had 7), this had the best head. Black beer with a big dark brown head of medium and large bubbles that clings to the glass leaving a little lacing behind. Carbonation appears low.

Aroma is more forward than the others, mild malt, some roast and some smoke as well.

Beer is medium bodied with almost nothing on leadoff. A little chocolate in the midpalate, mild sweetness at the back and the finish of the beer contains the bitterness from the black patent and some nicely incorporated smoke. It's a good beer, not overly smoky.

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Bell's Smoked Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.