Harry Magill's Spiced Stout
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Harry Magill's Spiced StoutHarry Magill's Spiced Stout
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American Stout
Ranked #315
Ranked #14,404
3.91 | pDev: 12.79%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Harry Magill's Spiced StoutHarry Magill's Spiced Stout
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Photo of beersampler6
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice spiced stout, flavorful and well-balanced and mildly rich. Sampled this one on tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. Looks really good, nice rich very dark brown, almost black color with some mild white lingering head and loads of spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some milk chocolate, medium roast coffee, nuttiness, cinnamon, nutmeg, some other muddled holiday spices, malt and maybe a touch of caramel. Tastes very similarly, but man is the taste warm and inviting especially when the beer is allowed to warm closer to room temperature. Can’t taste the slightly higher ABV. Definitely has notes of Christmas in this beer, but I wouldn’t limit its consumption to only around the holidays. Smooth, mild, slightly creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at the beermuda for 5 bucks full 16oz pour. Deep dark black with a mocha head. Smell is the best tons of wood cinnamon spice and sweet malts that seem like maple. Best part of the beer it's not dry or bitter almost honey like sweetness with a cinnamon spice balance and a mild roasty chocolate finish.

Overall a great balanced winter warmer from bells hope they don't retire it and I find it in bottles!

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Photo of BB1313
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in University Hts., Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small light khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and little lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts and chocolate along with some spices. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are definitely in the mix. The flavors basically follow the nose. Lots of chocolate with some spice notes. Nothing overwhelms and everything is balanced. There's also some hints of anise in the mix. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and feels light with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink. It's dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice stout. Balance is the key with this one. It might not be flashy, but it's very enjoyable. This one would really hit the spot during fall/winter. It's probably better than my "numeric score" might indicate. I really like it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ABV.

Black with a brown head, this looks like a solid stout. The nose, as is to be expected from a Bell's stout, is delicious. Coffee and dark chocolate, mildly bitter, quite aromatic, paired with a moderate blend of cinnamon and clove, a little bit of smoke, a little bit of caramel. Deep, layered and delicious. The palate opens with a blend of spiced chocolate with cinnamon, clove, chocolate, a little allspice and some creamy coffee. Lush on the palate and softly carbonated, enhancing the spice and the chocolate characteristics, this beer is the liquid equivalent of a mildly sweet, delicately spiced, dark chocolate cake. Excellent.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is ginger and cinnamon dominant, with notes of vanilla and chocolate. Almost tar-like, smoky.

Flavor is very spice laden, with a roasty, bitter, tar finish.

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Photo of 98green
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas spices of nutmeg and cinnamon on a nice stout base. Fun beer for a change of pace. Actually ordered by a stout-loving friend of mine, but the spice combination didn't work for him. So not one for everyone

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I don't know about retirement for this beer, as it seems to make appearances here and there. Such as at a small stout festival in Covington, KY, on tap.

Appearance: Your standard stout, a dark brown verging on black, with a decent tan head.

Smell: Here's where things start to get interesting. It's a stout, and so one would expect roasty malt, coffee, perhaps some chocolate - and nope. Pure spice wafts out of the glass, a wave of ginger, cinnamon, and clove, with some faint herbal undertones. Somewhere under that, like supporting arches beneath a bridge, hang subtle odors of roasted malt and lightly roasted coffee.

Taste: This stout drinks in layers, opening with a rush of pure ginger wreathed in smoke, before blackstrap sweetness begins to filter in. The molasses brings cinnamon and ground clove flavors along with it, swirling about before yielding in turn to a light coffee, mixed with brown sugar and nutmeg. Spice is prominent in every phase, including a lingering ginger-cinnamon taste after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Closer to medium-bodied than full, this is oddly refreshing for a stout.

Overall: A curiosity I would repeat, given the chance. Well done, Bell's.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Bryant lake Bowl: Pours dark brown with a cream colored, slingy 1" foam collar. dark, alcoholic, sweet, lots of dark malts – worth tracking down.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: on-tap- 16 oz
Glass: pint
From: Ashley's in Ann Arbor
Price: $6.00

Appearance: black and opaque. small bubbly tan head that left behind a lacing on the top and sides

Smell: mostly nutmeg and some other spices. some roasted malts

Taste: again strong on the nutmeg and spice. roasted malts come through pretty creamy.

Mouthfeel: pretty light for a stout.

Overall: A different but nice take on the stout. I don't think i could drink too many of these but it is pretty tasty

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Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Beer Sellar for the Super Bell's, Super Bowl week, party. It poured a medium bodied and very smooth dark chestnut brown in color with a one finger, soapy beige head. The nose gives off aromas of smooth and soft creamed coffee with a nice dose of cinnamon and nutmeg. After the nose, the smoke/light pork is surprising in the flavor. It mellows out and you're left with a nice, dry stout with a slightly sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar finish with light bitterness. It has nice flavor and doesn't show any of the 7.5%. It drinks very smoothly. Overall this is a really nice stout. I'm glad Bell's brought it to this event.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark as a moonless night. A smallish medium tan head forms then drops to a thick film, leaving a wee bit of lacing.
Smell is a bit weak but with notes of malt and hops, licorice, freshly cut wood and an herbal/medicinal note.
Taste is similar with a stronger malt note and a lesser hop presence. Licorice, smoke and dark chocolate are in there, too.
Medium bodied with a light effervescence. A smooth smoky, roasted malt aftertaste fades very slowly. A bit weaker than I expected. No real "spiced" notes to be found save the light licorice. A pretty good beer but needs a bit of tweaking for my tastes.

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Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bryant Lake Bowl for the Oberon release party.

A cola brown color with a nice foamy cap that is tan in color. A little light lacing. Good retention.

Smells of cola and chai tea. Cinnamon, cardamom and the like.

Has a brown ale/milk stout base with plenty of sweet malt. Chai tea and spices like cinnamon are present with undertones of cola. This actually tastes exactly like my latest homebrew, a oaked chai milk stout. It's actually uncanny at how similar they are. That's why I am assuming there is chai present here.

Nicely smooth, medium bodied.

Overall, a nice beer. I don't see any way this is an imperial stout, but it is very drinkable. It's more of a milk stout with chai. There really isn't anything else out there like it that I've had. Worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Hungry Monk, poured into a medium-sized taster.

Dark, syrupy purple-brown, completely opaque. A frothy medium-tan head sits atop, leaving a lingering, sticky ring.

Subdued sweetness in the nose. Maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, perhaps some toast and coffee.

The flavor is similarly packed with Christmas flavors: molasses, maple, lots of ginger and nutmeg, some cinnamon, black licorice. It's a spice bonanza! Roast coffee and chocolate emerge at the finish.

Velvety medium-light body, very lightly carbed, with some fizziness as it moves. Spice lingers between sips, as does some tongue numbness from the alcohol.

I'd like to meet this Harry Magill and compliment him on his ale. Very interesting, very well done. Bell's should make this their regular Christmas ale.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Pints & Quarts, a remnant from the Bell's Takeover the Taps event the night before.

This pours a really nice looking dark, dark brown with an espresso-crema head and good lacing. On the nose there is clove and cinnamon, and it smells spicy. In the mouth the cloves and cinnamon share the space with a caramel malt backbone, and I couldn't get the notion of pumpkin or pumpkin pie out of my head, so I'll mention that. The spiciness was pleasant, not overpowering, but enough to keep you aware of it. It's a medium bodied beer and the cinnamon especially likes to hang out on the back of the tongue for a while. Overall this beer is a bit one dimensional but it's a pretty good dimension, so once in a while, why not? Well, because they don't brew it anymore, I guess, but if they did I'd pick it up for Christmastime when those spiced beers always sound great.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last stout on tap at the Meridian Pint tonight. Fun! Beer is brown with some haze to it, tan head of small bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is spice dominant, the way some winter warmers are spice dominant. Some cloves, cinnamon, anise maybe, a little malt character too...

Beer is medium to light in body and quite spicy throughout. Not in a distracting way, actually for the level of spice it's pretty pleasant. Normally I'm turned off by an aggressive spice palate to a beer, this one has won me over though. There is some nice carbonation in the palate that may be distracting me from the spice, down playing it. Still pretty fun. Not sure I'd have too many of these, but for an oddity, it was pretty cool to try.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stub & Herb's Bell's Fermented Eclipse event - June 26, 2010. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a slight off white head and a bit of lace. Nose is nice and interesting with quite a bit of spice coming through. I think I can pick out anise and juniper, although it's a bit hard to tell. Taste definitely brings quite a bit of spice, also adding in a bit of roasted malt and some faint chocolate notes. Feel is good, with a medium body somewhat dominated by the spices, which fit well with the carbonation level. Drinkability isn't bad for what it is, but not something I'd go back for multiple pints of.

On a side note, cheers to Stub and Herb's for putting on such a fantastic event.

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Photo of mothman
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Stubs for Bells Fermented Eclipse

Served in a Bells Tulip

Served with 1 finger of light creamy tan head. Decent retention with some light lace left. Color is pretty black.

Aroma: Tons of spices! Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and then some more. The spice flavors cover up so much of the stout flavors.

Taste: Spices and then some. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin. It has some roasted malts showing. If I didn't know it, I wouldn't have been able to tell this was a stout. Just so much spice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and roasted. A medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends way too spiced. A bit dry as well.

Overall, this beer is just a spiced mess. It reminds me more of a pumpkin ale than a stout. So weird. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color letting a little light through, cap of khaki head leaving decent lacing. Scent is of muted smoke, char, burnt peppercorns and burnt spices - ever burn anything in the over and a faint smell lingers for a few days? Taste brings the same smoke and charred grain and spice notes, more camp fire than kitchen fire this time, with a semi sweet, almost cholate milk and nut like flavor. Medium bodied, dry. Interesting, but not for me.

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Photo of corby112
2.72/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft at City Tap House.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 frothy mocha head that has food retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma with hints of pepper and coriander alng with hints of licorice, roasted chocolate mt, toffee, oatmeal and coffee bean. Not as spicy in the nose as it is described and overall the aroma is not very impressive.

Slightly thin Jody for the style with lots of peppery spice up front that lingersthroufhout over the malty backbone NFL a very dry finish. Hints of pepper and coriander along with subtle chocolate malts, burnt toast, caramel and toffe. Not as viscous as I would prefer and a bit too spicy for my liking. I wish this beer was a little more viscous and balanced but it's kind of thin with an overly spicy palate. I'm glad I got to try it but it was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of csmiley
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the 30 tap record in Indy.

Appearance: Dark coffee brown with minimal head that is off white/light tan that becomes a pretty thin skim on the surface; no lacing whatsoever.

Smell: Smokey, and a bit of dark malts and something spicey, but not spicey like I typically think of -- this is like meaty spice.

Taste: Smokey, soy sauce -- a bitter hop presence is in teh back; the spice aspect is really reminiscent of something that I would spice meat with -- like soy sauce (as already mentioned) or meat tenderizer.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, body doesn't carry much weight; carbonation is actually moderate even though I couldn't really see any in the body itself; the mouth is left a little sticky.

Drinkability: Lower -- not really into the flavor of this at all, and while the mouthfeel wasn't bad, for a double stout I would definitely expect something a little more substantive.

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Photo of kels
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know when I sampled this at the Indy Beer Sellar's 30-tap Bell's tasting that it was retired. Now I'm even happier to have chosen it from the excessively long list of options.

Appearance: Super dark reddish brown, totally opaque liquid with just a hint of whitish tan lacing that fades and holds at a skim. Ring of lace floats along lightly and carbonation bubbles break the surface now and again.

Smell: Smell is smoky, charred wood, charcoal, soy sauce and spiciness of ginger and cinnamon with a strange distinct meaty smell - like meat tenderizer. Very bizarre smell that makes me a little intimidated to drink it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is slightly spicy with cinnamon, ginger and dry roasted grain. Hot, yet smooth alcohol, bit of licorice, bit of smoke, bit of soy. Finish is dry and spicy and bright from the carbonation despite the moderate feel.

Drinkability: Moderate. The taste is surprisingly good despite the smell, which definitely slows it all down.

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Harry Magill's Spiced Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 155 ratings