Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4/5 rDev +0.8%
From notes. Had this on Christmas day. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass.
A-Pours an almost black hue with a one + finger, creamy tan head with modest retention and lacing.
S-I find the aroma too subdued for style. What's there are some roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar. Good, all. Just not enough.
T-Taste is satisfying, just not spectacular given the effort and lengths Bell's seemed to go to produce this beer. The dark roasted malts provide a very pleasing chocolate, coffee, and vanilla complexion, but, again, not robust enough.
M-Just a tad too light and thin.
D-This is not a bad beer, but I am not disappointed this is not available to me in the PNW. My sister-in-law brought this out from Ohio when she visited for Christmas.
12-30-2010 05:44:10 | More by velosuds
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +0.8%
A: Pours a deep, barely translucent dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to light. The tall, medium brown head has a densely whipped, creamy texture and solid retention. Lacing is impressive.
S: Some dark roasted malt, with latte-ish coffee hints. Definite notes of vanilla and lactic sweetness, along with milder whiffs of cocoa and a subtle fruity (cherry?) tanginess.
T: A firm dose of dark, roasted malt flavors that is initially accompanied by a healthy sweetness. Lactic notes are joined by a firm coffee and dark chocolate flavor. Hints of vanilla, bourbon, and lightly tangy fruit are present into the finish, which is also quite roasty and spicy.
M: A medium-heavy body. Carbonation is lush and creamy, leading to a roasty-dry finish and a lengthy aftertaste lingering on the palate.
D: I'm a bit conflicted on this one. I love sweeter, lactic stouts and this definitely fits the bill. The bittersweet aftertaste (tasty as it is) seems a bit oafish, and slightly overstays its welcome. I'd say this beer may be a victim of its own hype. I routinely see this selling for ~$15/sixer; I expected something excellent, but this falls just short of that.
01-19-2010 03:53:22 | More by Clydesdale
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Gorgeous midnight pitch-black, with nice half-finger tan head. Bubbly, with decent retention and solid lacing, sticking to the glass attractively.
Nice aromatic touches of sweet roasted barley and cocoa, and other dark aromas/flavors. Kind of faint, have to sniff hard to notice.
Sweet toffee, light milk chocolate, vanilla and slightly roasted barley dominate the tongue. Fairly medium body, low carbonation. Very smooth, like a light chocolate shake, as nay stout should be.
Very good, tasty stout worthy of even the most elite ones. Maybe not the best, but very solid indeed.
03-13-2012 01:16:18 | More by happy4hoppybeer
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,916 ratings.