Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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2.98/5 rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
12 ozer, batch 8733, purchased recently at the general store in Kalamazoo.
Body is a thick black, can't see anything going on in the glass. Head is mostly composed of very fine bubbles, with a few big ones in the middle, like cooking pancakes. A very dark color on the head. Quite pretty.
Smell is complex, not so sweet. Toffee, decomposing wood, tobacco, smoke, very earthy.
Taste is drier than expected, with a sour acidic bite on the finish. A more prominent roasted note than on the nose, still earthy. Add black walnuts to the list of tastes and smells... I believe the label when it says "10 different malts." Baker's chocolate and coffee. A small hint of minty sweetness toward the finish before it is overtaken by a bitter finish, fairly astringent. Earthy hops on the finish.
Nice body, very thick, lots of dextrins. Lush carbonation.
I kept tasting and smelling a familiar smell and it hit me toward the end of the beer... the compost pile my parents kept when I was growing up. Not exactly what I dream of in a beer.
Drinkability would be down for the fact that I just don't like this beer that much, but it stays at average due to the complexity of this beer... I could keep finding new things well into a six pack, I suspect.
This is like an art piece by a well-regarded contemporary artist you don't really like... I don't enjoy it, but I appreciate that it has complexity and value to someone else.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2008 04:05:08 | More by semihobo
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