Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by BrianJ:
4/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Bought in a sixer for $8.99. Not cheap, but Bell's hasn't disappointed me yet. I had no idea what the ABV was when I bought it, so it could be considered a bargain I suppose. The carton had a fairly decent description of the beer which is unusual for Bell's.
Poured a nice opaque brown with a creamy tan colored head that dissipated fairly quickly. Left a little lacing where the head was, but not much as I drank it. Nice looking, but typical of stouts.
This wasn't a strong smelling brew. Had a hint of must much like Bell's Best Brown and a bit of sweet caramel, but overall not very fragrant.
Taste was sweet and mild. Bell's Stout and Porter have strong coffee tastes, but this one was certainly more laid back. Smooth and malty, I think I could convince people afraid of "dark beer" to give one of these a shot. Yet, it's complex enough for enthusiasts to enjoy. I catch caramel, whole milk and a hint of dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is simply superb. It feels creamy and thick on the tongue and yet not overbearing or mouth coating. I find myself holding this one in my mouth longer than most just to feel it roll around on my tongue.
For a beer with this big an ABV and for this style they simply don't get any more drinkable. Somebody who didn't know the ABV could get themselves in a lot trouble as these go down sooo easy. Unlike some of the other big beers, the Belgians in particular, this one doesn't give me a headache or leave me feeling woozy.
Overall this, as with most of Bell's, is one that shouldn't be missed. It's a big beer with the drinkability of a session beer. It's a complex beer that I could give to a Bud drinker. It's not going to be a beer that you'll remember as the greatest you ever tasted, it'll be the one that you stock you fridge with in the winter and look forward to in the summer.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2003 03:57:10 | More by BrianJ
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4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
The beer comes in a black color with a scrumptious looking fluffy tan head that just stays.
The aroma has a good amount of medium roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, oats, like Breakfast Stout, and actual creaminess of dairy.
On the flavor, the beer attacks of rich roasted malt along with a hint of dark dried fruit and in an extremely manner for this ABV and style. Almost like burnt wood and licorice. There's some bittersweet chocolate on the middle, then onto coffee grounds and a good roasted bitterness, along with a bit of creaminess.
The mouthfeel as expected is medium minus to light.
The beer is rich and robust and does not hold back despite it's ABV. A pleasant surprise from Bell's.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 04:59:05 | More by dar482
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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