Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.85/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12oz brown bottle with a cryptic "6236" on the back, along with a statement that this brew is a blend of 10 different malts. Sweet.
Pitch black opaque beer with a finger thick, creamy coffee colored, tight bubbled lace. Sticky lace. Nice retention.
Roasted aroma of chocolate, sweet coffee and a slight cinnamon bun finish. Oxidation.
Whoa! This brew has got one hella-creamy mouthfeel. It's very smooth with a fluffy thickness on the palate. Malts are very complex with a roasted / molasses twang, oxidized / sherry, wood, chocolate brownies, burnt edges, baked raisins, hints of prune, coffee syrup, suggestions of toffee and a dry-ish chocolate grain finish. Notes of a mixed-bag of baking spices. Alcohol becomes more noticeable (warming) as the beer warms, gets a bit prickly, which also pulls out more of the oxidized / sherry characters. Hop bites through, along side the roasty twang, with a light citric character. Lingers dry with notes of wet cardboard.
A wicked tasty brew, but like most Bell's beers that I've tried it's far too oxidized and kills what would otherwise be an devastatingly delicious twist on the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2004 19:43:18 | More by Todd
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a code of the back label that could be possibly be some sort of freshness date.
Appearance: Super foamy but not gushing, the froth had no problem at all sticking on every inch of the glass. Black with evident brown hues on the edges.
Smell: Smells pungent of cream soda extract with a vague roasted malt in the back.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy mouth feel off of a heavy body, smooth crispness. Sweet up front, you would swear they put a bucket of cream soda extract in this brew. The sweetness soon gets hit by some hops bitterness and a straight-up roasted grain flavor. A bite from the alcohol hits the palate with a spiciness. Slightly astringent finish and on the dry side as well.
Notes: Big and bold with jabs of complexity, this is certainly not for a weak palate. An above average sweet stout nothing close to some of the imported or Island sweet stouts.
Thanks to sakaroo for the sample.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2004 22:52:22 | More by Jason
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