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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by shivtim on 12-26-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,461
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
132
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1.25/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
2.14/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of jale
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of jrallen34
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of MooseBoose
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of EdelweissDad
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very average for its style

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Photo of Docrock
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of homebrew311
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Hodgin
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jsanford
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
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...

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3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
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

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Photo of wedge
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

@ Bottle Revolution

Appears dark, nearly black, with a thin head on top. Smell has a certain sweet potato quality to it with some cinnamon and nutmeg-like spice and cola. Flavor is similarly lightly spiced, malty, and nutty. Muddled sweet potato and cola, without a whole lot of depth. Dry, medium bodied and well-carbonated. Not quite what I expected (though, I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting). Some more richness would help kick this up a notch. A little too dry and one-dimensional to make much of an impression on me.

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Bell's Sweet Potato Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 132 ratings
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