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

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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

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#26,866
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
132
pDev:
14.25%
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For times when you simply want to make a pumpkin ale but you're in that three month window that the style is "out-of-season", then just do what brewers do when the style is in season- add sweet potato or butternut squash instead. Bell's Sweet Potato Stout is a taste of fall here in the middle of summer.

The shade off of black beer carries a rich mocha-whipped froth and a host of robust aromatics ranging from coffee and chocolate to starchy sweetness and caramel. Its taste is lavishly roasty with cocoa, burnt toast, robust coffee, walnut, and the savory rootish earth flavor of yam.

As the middle palate unfolds, the beer's creamy sweetness is starchy, bready and continuing with sweetness. Toasted caramel, toffee and a hint of butterscotch evolves with the balancing char, bitterness and broad earthy bitterness from hops pulling from the root vegetable and finishing the taste with the bite of charred wood, smoldering ember and a coffee-like bitterness.

Full but carrying a sensible rate of drinkability, the stout finishes semi-dry with the Americanized character having an elevated attenuation rate, higher carbonation rate, and a bolder hop presence in bitter finish only. An aftertaste of graham cracker and smoky chocolate lingers long on the after-palate and with a mild marshmallowy weight.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tap to small nonic. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, hazy, with a tan head. The head has decent retention and leaves some durable, sticky lacing.

Smell: lightly roasted sweet malts with sweet potato - not dramatic but a well-tempered, natural addition not enhanced by spices.

Taste: similar to the smell. Moderately sweet up front but not overly so, and more balanced by the finish. Light chocolate and dark fruit notes appear towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-plus body with rather lively carbonation. Some dryness in the finish.

Overall: You may already be inclined to try this sweet stout out of curiosity, but this is a pleasing and interesting beer that is worth seeking out as a high quality stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
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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Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BMart
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like sweet potatoes, tastes like sweet potatoes, but in a way that works. Would be a great fall alternative to the over saturation of pumpkin whatevers

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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of cjgator3
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of cjgiant
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 threedaggers
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with large amounts of sweet potato aromas - not unlike the aromas in a pumpkin beer. Also present are hints of light chocolate.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Somewhat sweet roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of sweet potato flavors - again, similar to pumpkin flavors but without the spices that usually join in. Slight semi-sweet chocolate flavors join in near the end of the sip, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I found this beer to be very interesting and akin to TREAT made by Midnight Sun. A tasty beer that won't suit everyone but is worth a shot, if for nothing more than curiousity.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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