Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.05/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.
A - Pours jet black, with a two-finger creamy head of brown foam. Head has excellent retention. Big patches of clumpy lacing.
S - Oh wow. Big, rich aroma of roasted oats, chocolate, and coffee. Smells divine.
T - Great tasting blend of barely burnt grains, espresso, vanilla, and bakers chocolate. Some earthy hops bring bitterness, but "roast" is the star here. More grainy and bitter than sweet. Flavors are rich, and it suprises me how much flavor is packed in here without rolling over into "burnt/charred" territory. A little metallic oxidation in the finish.
M - Medium-bodied with aggressive, prickly carbonation. Slight overcarbonation winds up highlighting some grainy elements where it could be more creamy, and is a minor flaw in an otherwise perfect presentation.
O - A really solid stout, and as close as you can get to a coffee stout with actually having coffee added. Big aromas and flavors in a (relatively) small abv package. Really enjoyed it, and will buy again.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2013 04:48:46 | More by TempeBeerMan
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