Bell's Brewing Co., Kalamazoo, MI; 7.5% ABV
Pours a deep brown-black, opaque, with a warm beige head that starts a half inch thick and falls to an eighth-inch thick. Aroma is fruity with some dark malt and hint of yeast. Moderately-full body and light carbonation bite make it smooth and velvety on the tongue. Some mellow, sweet plum up front with rich, dark malts. Notes of molasses and light roast. Has a dryish edge, bit of a sour tang, and a gentle bitterness that enhances drinkability. Flavours expand as it loses some chill. Leaves a note of cocoa and a faint hint of licorice in the lengthy finish. Difficult to categorize exactly; has some characteristics of an abbey dubbel, but in any case it’s very tasty. Fairly substantial beer as well.
Might pair with crème brulee or cheesecake.