Susie's Sweet Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Susie's Sweet StoutSusie's Sweet Stout

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by UncleJimbo on 01-09-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by MJR:
Photo of MJR
2.3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours opaque, pitch black with particles in the bottom of my pint glass from the yeast. The light tan head starts out o.k., but disappears in less than a minute.

Smell: Roasted grains and coffee. Not much else...

Taste: Harsh sourness from start to finish... There's a bit of roasted flavor underneath, but it's squashed by the massive sour flavor. Really disappointing.......this is supposed to be a sweet stout?

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Barely drinkable due to the sourness. I can take a sour beer, like a Belgian lambic, but the sour flavor here is inappropriate and makes the beer seem spoiled.

The last of Bell's November stouts for me to sample. This was easily the worst of the bunch...the only brew in recent memory that I've poured down the drain. Very disappointing, considering how much I love their Kalamazoo and Expedition stouts.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, pours dark and muddy. Minimal head and lacing. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel notes. Mouthfeel is dry and coating. Sweetness is moderate, not cloying or overpowering. Smooth and dry finish. Worth trying, along with all the Bell's stouts.

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Photo of ADR
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jimminy, another completely black and dark dirty motor oil pour from a Bell's. Dark head is just a skim and is down to isolated pods in 30 seconds. Aroma is a little skanky, but I'm not holding that against it yet. "Stuffy" flavor, impacts immediately and neutralizes aroma impressions. A sense of chocolate and in a weird way, a sense of a brewed soy sauce, not salty, but a grainy maltiness like fermented soy beans. Impressive impression, finishes with some lemon astrigency. Dang! Kalamazoo has done it again...ANOTHER Stout flavor profile. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of cokes
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy, black body. Solid brown head that shows some stickiness before retreating to the edges.
Oats, lactose, and roasted grains on the nose.
Taste begins 1 part mocha, 1 part cola, and 1 part 2% milk. Luckily the cola essence fades out as it sits and warms. Milky and oaty sweet with a solid roasted counterpoint. Clumpy and dirty tasting towards the middle. Rides out with lingering roastedness and a sharp pang of candied lemon sweetness. I am pulling down some rhubarb hints late.
A touch on the thin side, but still has enough bulk to make it enjoyable.
Pretty good brew...just not really for me.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours with a good looking mocha colored head, leaving fine lacing as it recedes down to a thick layer of small bubbles over opaque blackish/brown liquid. The nose is sweet chocolate with a malty and roasty background. Hints of molasses to boot. The tastes features an unexpected mellow tanginess up front, then gradual flavors of coffee and bitter chocolates with slight dark fruitiness creeping in behind it all. The finish is bittersweet, not as sweet and heavy as I was expecting it to be due to it's name, but all in all another fine Stout from Bell's.

Thanks to CRJMellor for this one.

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Photo of Jon
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another Bell's stout. Pours a dark, almost black color that allows just a glimmer of light to shine through. Head is almost nonexistent... just a tiny brown ring. Leaves almost no lace. Smell is of roasted coffee and cream. Taste is, well, sweet. Go figure. There are notes of roasted coffee, Pepsi, cream, etc. Fairly well balanced, though, considering. Mouthfeel is a pinch thin for a stout, but overall, it drinks pretty well. While not my favorite of the Bell's line of November stouts, this is still a quality offering.

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Photo of bditty187
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ebony hue, opaque, almost no head, just a few trace bubbles, no lace. Rich nose, chocolate milk, coco powder, roasted malt, faint hints of coffee. Inviting. The palate is surprisingly light, subtle but tasty, the hops seem oddly noticeable… acidic, the chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee reemerge, nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is silky but too thin, watery. The finish is strangely abrupt but the lingering aftertaste of sweetness is rather powerful, tart too. The carbonation is negligible, appropriate. I am a big fan of Milk Stouts but this one is lacking and its nothing I’d seek out… nevertheless thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed May 27, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Whoa! Rich burst of creamy rich dove chocolate, dominating. A light note of coffee. Clearish dark chocolate brown, like Coca-cola. Uh-oh. This is sour. Is there cherry juice in this shit? No carbonation. Salty sweet cherry flavor. God knows when this was bottled or where it sat all these days. Not like infected sour bad, just like lemon or cherry juice in the beer. Hops aren’t really there or have faded a lot. Maybe all this is characteristic of this beer. Doesn’t taste particularly light struck. But geez, NO carbonation. Palate is a little watery but very sweet and tangy. A little viscous coating burnt apple. Strongish dark roasted coffee aftertaste.

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Photo of CortexBomb
1.38/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I found a bottle of this recently at a local store...and I bought it with no small amount of trepidation. The reason? This is a milk stout that was only brewed in 2003 and it is currently 2005. A lot of beers keep for an extended period of time but this isn't one of them.

The pour was about average. The beer was stouty black, but had a pretty minimal head which left quickly. The smell was sugary, but had an off-milky aspect to it as well which was not appealing.

The flavour was a train-wreck...this beer is obviously not intended for the long haul and the sugary sweet that this beer obviously used to have was instead completely off with an odd and not enjoyable flavour that I'm at a loss to describe other than to say that it was bad enough for me to take about 4 sips of this before throwing in the towel and dumping it down the drain.

I feel bad for beating up the rating on a beer that is clearly not meant to be consumed this long after bottling, but if you find this somewhere like I did be smart and leave it on the shelf because it isn't worth drinking anymore!

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Photo of Gusler
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a Jet-Black color with the head smallish and frothy; color a light chocolate, lace is fair to middling sheet that covers the glass. Nose is sweet malt chocolate and light hints of toasted grain, start is sweet and the top middling in feel. Finish is crisply acidic with the hops mild and pleasing to the palate, very dry and sweet aftertaste, and a drinkable brew tis true.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears black with a tan head and spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of lactose, chocolate, dark fruit, light coffee, and slight sourness.
Taste is of the same aromas and seems slightly sour.
Mouthfeel...well, it is slightly sour, as this one is obviously past it's prime. It was still a pleasant brew.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby in color, quite clear, with a small tan head, which falls to a small tan collar.

Aroma: Sweet coffee and milk chocolate aroma, very appealing, rather like a chocolate latte.

Taste: Opens with sweet coffee and bitter cocoa, this carries through the taste, with some bitter hop notes. The finish is quite dry.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with little carbonation, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style, well worth a try, if a you are fortunate enough to find a bottle.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 23 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Even though it's labelled as a sweet stout, I was quite surprised at the lactic taste it left on my tongue. It poured nearly black, w/ no head. It's a nice stout, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of marc77
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lusterless black and uttery opaque. Initially thick head readily settles into a thin, but tight layer that manages tattered lace. The aroma is a balanced combination of coffeeish, sharp, roasted unmalted barley and sweet, milk chocolate. Hints of molasses and butterscotch add a rounding contrast. Incipient wash of dark caramel malt sweetness is ensued by an odd melange of roasted grain bitterness, slight, but perceptibly lactic tartness and buttery cocoa. Slight, rounded lactose sweetness akin to weak table sugar emerges mid palate and couples synergistically with the residual malt derived sweetness, lending a nearly cloying caramel and sucrose impression. Thinnish in overall body, but passably smooth in mouthfeel from the added lactose gravity. Finishes with a suggestion of fresh brewed mocha topped with buttermilk. Susie's Sweet is an odd stout that grew on me. Although the light tartness may be out of place, it did serve to contrast the pronounced sweetness. As a whole, it's a unique, flavorful brew that does unfortunately sit heavily on the palate. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the bottle.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head quickly faded to a layer of bubbles, and lacing was okay. Aroma is sweetly of dark malts, as expected. Taste is strongly of dark malts, with some slight bitterness, but the leaning is toward sweetness in the end. Mouthfeel is okay, but suffers from an almost complete lack of carbonation. Drinkability is reasonable. A slightly above-average stout, but there's better around, and some that I can even get locally...

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Photo of aracauna
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice opaque balck with sluggish dark head about the color of chocolate milk. Fades fairly quickly. The aroma is still roasty like the others so far, but more chocolate is present in the this one than the other November Stouts. There's also something that reminds me of charcoal. The flavor is actually subdued after the aroma, almost no bitterness, little of the roastiness. Ends with a short, sour finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and airy almost like you don't have a full sip in your mouth. This would be a much better beer if the sourness were gone.

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Photo of granger10
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one had a beautiful pour. Very dark but not opaque in color with a thick luscious tan head that settled into a nice layer above the liquid. Aroma is of lots of chocolate malts and other malt flavors. Taste is very strong in the malts department. Milk chocolate is the main characteristic. Lots of milky flavor in this. This beer could be described as being very creamy. I don't see why there's so much criticism here about this beer. I think it tastes like the name says, sweet. The only complaint I have is the beer was a little thin and left for a less than good mouthfeel.

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Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with ClarkVV (thanks!).

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, lactose, and some dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, chocolates, roasted malts, and lactose. There was also a ver light sourness to the taste.

Notes from 2/3/06

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Photo of Realale
2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Solid black color. Light tan head dissipates quickly just a tiny rim of bubbles.

Nose is a very appetizing combination of roasted barley, bitter chocolate, and a very rich malty sweetness. Beautiful nose.

Quite surprising on the palate, to say the least. Very, very acidic and sour. Overwhelms everything else, although a bit of malt is present. Not heavy at all, not sweet at all. Its as if someone at the brewery added lactic acid rather than lactose when it was time to sweeten this stout.

I'm not too happy that I have another bottle, but will revise my review if the other bottle warrants (or delete this sentence if it doesn't).

Purchased at the Brewery in late Nov. 2002.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a pretty straight dark roast malt. Little complexity. Virtually no head. Black as night. Dark roast malt, with some fruitiness, especially mid to back to finish (raison, currant, berry). Sweetness on the edges and some astringent qualities. Richness, but not excessive. Medium heavy. Mild carbonation. Not particualrly smooth due to bite of richness. Similar to some other Bell's stouts, just thinner and much less complex. Unique an interesting, but just not a satisfying drink overall.

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Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of ethosx19
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a head that doesn't last long. Aroma is fruity/flower. Taste is sour and chocolate. It seems silky smooth and thin at the same time. I was expecting more sweetness, but I'm getting mostly sour. The last few sips are getting to be way too sour.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark as night with a small, non-lasting beige head; no lace. The nose is quite nice and full of coffee hints. This follows in the flavor which is also quite full of coffee notes. The body is syrupy and not all that sweet, actually some sour notes come through and linger a bit. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of clvand0
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very dark color with an oily texture, very little head and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but there is a certain sweetness along with a bit of malt. Wow, is the taste sweet - a little too sweet for my tastes. The malts are noticeable, chocolate and roasty malts. Slightly thin for the style and the sweetness was more than I prefer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep jet black color with only a small collar of lace, barely any at all. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of roasted malt, a little sweet with some caramel and toffee present. The taste starts sweet on the tongue, with a little bit of molasses and black licorice. The finish has bits of espresso, almost no hops present. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and thick. The drinkability is fairly good too. A pretty nice sweet stout.

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Susie's Sweet Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 44 ratings