Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.85/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A: Opaque dark brown color shows some light transmission as the volume in the glass decreases, with one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.
S: Intensely earthy roast is dry and unwashed, yet not off-putting. Coffee is suggested in the dark and unctuous profile, though not strongly, while chocolate and fruit are absent.
T: Begins off-dry, with soft roasted malt that features a dynamic display of dark fruit and chocolate. Unctuous qualities are complementary, while acidity is restrained. Flavors become more nutty during the middle where dryness escalates. The finish has mild charcoal and husky dark malt qualities, achieving complete dryness, with a short duration and little flavor left to linger very long on the palate.
M: Medium viscosity, smooth and wet on the palate to the point of being watery, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This is a respectable export stout whose lactose qualities are, perhaps, the least impressive features. Sweetness is understated and mouthfeel is unremarkable, compared to other examples of the style--although it does possess some noted unctuous angles in the smell and flavor. Strained "milk" descriptors aside, it is dark and flavorful and does not stray into "strong" territory, which makes it balanced and drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2011 01:10:46 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
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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