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Dagger Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Dagger Stout
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cpetrone84 on 11-17-2011)
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Reviews by jale:
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3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of light brown head.

S: Very hoppy on the nose with some underlying malt.

T: coffee and hop bitterness almost at the same time followed closely by light sweetness. More like a malty DIPA.

M: Sticky and slightly cloying with a thick body. Good carbonation.

O: Just ok for my tastes.

jale, Dec 13, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Eccentric cafe - I'm revamping notes from about 8 months ago, finally found what I did with them. Pours a pretty dense looking black color with only the slightest bit of dark brown coming alive at the very edges. The head was fine-bubbled, creamy, and showed nice retention and minimal lacing.

Powerful and characteristic aromas - roasted malts, so roasted they are nearly bittering, light coffee and sweet cocoa, a bit of charcoal. Hops are delicate but aggressive and noticeable; herbal and leafy, providing another nice bitterness attack.

Like the aroma, the flavor is heavy, dense, and thick. Black licorice and anise come out on the palate, though they weren't big on the nose. Burnt and roasted chocolate malts, dry espresso beans - the cocoa seems to be pretty subdued compared to the rest of the flavors.

Hops don't contribute much to the profile other than a slightly ashy bitterness. Light char notes are still there, but not quite enough to give it a campfire or smokey flavor. Nice clash of sweetness and bitterness, exactly what I like in my stouts. Thick body with low carbonation, silky and overall pretty smooth on the palate.

Hot damn, certainly a powerful stout. It's been a while since I had this one and I am trying to live vicariously through notes I took so many months ago. I'd like to have this one again when I visit Bell's next. But I do remember it being damn good. Better than Expedition? Not in my opinion. But I'd like to have this one again to be sure.

tectactoe, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe.

Essentially black with reddish edges and an excellent head.

Aroma: boozy; hint of port; over-ripe fruits.

Very rich; somewhat boozy (but not in the feel); full body; low-medium carbonation.

O: Excellent stout.

chinchill, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bell's

A - Dark almost black brown with slight reddish brown edges

S - Roasted malt with dark chocolate, and slight cherry. It has a very dry, almost champagne like aspect as well very dry smelling like almost champagne dry 3.5

T - Sweet chocolate milk up front. Slight dark chocolate in the middle as well as a slight cherry. The finish has a slight bitter roasted malt

MF - Big creamy beer with low carbonation.. Finish is very dry from the roasted malt.

O - Solid imperial stout with good strong flavors of chocolate, dark chocolate roasted malt and cherry. It is also very dry near the finish which is interesting. Worth grabbing a glass at the pub

jeonseh, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

beergorrilla, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

oso, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

alfie, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Moses_Malone, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of n2185
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a finger of dark tan head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: roasted malts with bitter cocoa and dry piny aromas dominate. There are coffee and char notes as well.

T: Wow. Roasted malts with very dark chocolate and bitter, roasted coffee hit first. Piny hop notes with a touch of sweet cream flavors follow with a finish that is roasted, charred, and lightly hoppy. Amazing.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick with enough carbonation to accent the hop characters well.

O: this might be more of a black ale than imperial stout, but it's fantastic. Tons of wonderful hop and roasted malt characters are present. Its one big fault is a weak nose.

n2185, May 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

CPditka, Jun 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jegross2, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

tommy5, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

cestlavie, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

adamdd, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

stortore, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Zaphog, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Drucifer, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

TCgoalie, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

bluckbeyes, Jul 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

pocwolf, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

waltonc, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of JDizzle
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Bells Eccentric Cafe on tap.

Pours super dark with a nice brown head.

Smells really good with a blast of hops and roasted malt. I get a little coffee as well.

Taste like a black IPA with a third stout poured in. Really good and strong. The hops get you up front and the roasted malt comes on the back end for a nice brutal finish. There is nothing soft about this beer. It's in your face!

Mouthfeel is solid, even though it leaves you bitter.

Glad I got to try this!

BTW it's 10.4% ABV

JDizzle, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe on 7/21/12

A) Nearly impenetrable dark brown with some light trying to pass at the base of the glass. Poured an 1/8th inch head that lasted a long time before moving to the edge. Bit o' lace.

S) The aroma secures the description of the beer: dark chocolate and coffee - bitter, roasted and scorched. There is but a ghost note of imperial stout sweetness. So plain, yet so alluring.

T) Tasty dry, roasted bitterness (but it's not overdone). This is actually well balanced for such a thing. Roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate are layered in abundance.

M) Medium/medium-plus feel with appropriate carbonation. The clean finish has mild residuals.

D) To cop a line from a Beck song, "Please enjoy. Hell yes."

Ryan011235, Oct 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Morakaton, Nov 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

gratefulbeerhead, Mar 17, 2013
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Dagger Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.