Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.8/5 rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Package: 12oz. brown bottle. Simple, elegant cream-colored label depicting a naked branch. No date or ABV info.
Cost: From Sidabeef7who priced it @ $11.99 a 6-pack
Presentation: Imperial pint at 50º
Appearance: Poured nicely, generating a reasonably dense, dark-brown head studded with some larger bubbles, which did not last very long. Dark body, but not the darkest I’ve seen. Not as attractive as Brooklyn's BCS, but a nice bottle-poured stout.
Smell: Rich, subtle aroma. Definitely some sweet toasted malt; with hints of caramel and coffee. Swirling produced some fruity, port-like aromas.
Taste: Surprising. This wasn't overtly sweet as I expected (in my experience; sweet, cream, or milk stouts are typically sweet on the tongue). Instead, this delivered the tastes of Viennese coffee mit schlag; rich, dark, velvety, chocolatey flavors with hints of cinnamon and clove and some spirit-like warmth. Well-balanced, with no dominating hops or alcohol. I don't think this has lactose in it; maybe some oatmeal for a hint of sweetness. None of the sourness some have noted in Bell’s beers, but with enough tang to be engaging. Nice long finish.
Mouthfeel: Very creamy and a bit viscous. A satisfying medium to full-bodied stout. The fine, steady, medium carbonation persisted throughout the beer.
Drinkability: A great session stout that falls somewhere between dry/export stouts and imperials. Not as strongly alcoholic or hoppy as Brooklyn BCS, Expedition, or Storm King; nor as bland as a Guinness or Beamish. More like Sam Smith's Imperial.
Don’t be fooled by its name or current category. This is by no means a sweet stout in the sense of a Sam Adams Cream Stout or Mackeson’s XXX. Rather, this is a refined, smooth, and yes, creamy stout that gives up nothing in flavor or impact. I haven't tried the Kalamazoo Stout; but I think this lies somewhere between that and its big brother, Expedition Stout (which I've tried). If you’re looking for a stout that is not looking to break the hops-bank or spirit-safe, this may be the one for you.
Backwash: A velvet hammer. If I could get it every day (especially on draught), it would be my session stout.
NB: Tasted the Kalamazoo, which was thinner, more heavily carbonated, less complex, and less satisfying (but hoppier). I can't see choosing it instead, unless the 1% ABV difference matters. Checked with Bell's, who confirmed that there is NO lactose OR oats; but some flaked barley for a creamy, grainy element.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2003 14:54:13 | More by Dantes
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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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