Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Ivegotmule:
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. Poured relatively hard into my Stone Smoked Porter pint glass. Bottled 8/22/13 and denoted "a" which mean best within 3 months of that date. Strange for a stout as Expedition is a "c"o, or 12+ month shelf life. So this is being consumed on the very last day to still be within best but date. I paid 2.39 for a single at Stella Brew in Winston-Salem.
A 3.75. Looks like an American stout should, but the head was a tad light and vanished before I even got a picture.
S 3.25. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Nice, but nothing special.
T 3.75. Best part of the beer (which is most inportant). Coffee leads for me with layers of sophisticated malts. Roasty and chocolate aftertaste. I swear I am getting mint in my nose and roof of my mouth as I breathe out. (Don't know if that makes sense).
M. 3. Just too thin and the carbonation slightly off for me.
Overall. 3.5. In the grand picture, this is a really good beer. But an establishment that can put out Expedition, Black Note, Two Hearted, Hopslam (my #1 overall beer), the Oracle, and then a great second tier; java, Oberon, oarsman, etc. This beer just doesn't hold up to Bell's usual standards. IMO, obviously. They are still a top 5 brewery for me.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2013 04:05:13 | More by Ivegotmule
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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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