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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,726 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2726
Reviews: 1327
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Double Cream Stout derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients. Completely dairy-free, this stout blends ten different specialty malts to yield a remarkable depth of flavor. With only a touch of burnt notes, Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001)
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip snifter. Date on the bottle says packaged on 10/03/13

A: Black body with a mocha head, medium lacing and tons of retention.

S: Strong oatmeal scents. Chocolate smells.

T: Chocolate and coffee.

M: Slightly bitter creamy mouthfeel.

O: Decent stout would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:23:00 | More by watermelon
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pitch black (as was the trend for my beers this past Saturday), dark khaki-colored head a finger thick, abundant lacing

S- Heavy grain smell, oatmeal and granola and other sweet malts.

T- Molasses is heavy at the finish, and there's lots of vanilla, caramel and dark roasted malt gives it a burnt flavor. There are some hints of dark chocolate.

M- Creamy, somewhat light-bodied, with lots of different sensations on the tongue. There's the dryness, sweetness, and a mealy sort of feel.

O- I didn't know what to make of this stout initially because there are so many flavors and sensations going on. But I'd say it's good. Maybe a bit scatterbrained as far as its approach and perhaps unfocused, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:19:37 | More by ONovoMexicano
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DoubleJ

California

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had cream stout before, so what's the deal with double cream stout? Is it a double stout with cream? At 6.1% ABV, I assume it has double the cream. It's that time again to open a 12 ounce bottle and pour into a glass. On to the beer:

A smooth pour yield an obsidian colored beer topped with a half-inch of tanned head. The head stays up well and leaves a few streaks of lacing around the glass. It smells like a pleasant sweet stout. Lactose being an obvious note, pleasant roasted malt in the back, so an appealing nose.

Being labeled as "double" anything connotes a heavy beer. Not so in Double Cream Stout. Not only flavorful, but very damn smooth going down. It's cream sweet, backed by a good stout with roasted and licorice notes. As for texture, I imagine that it's not far from silk, because it's incredibly smooth.

Dessert has been served in the form of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. This is one that I'd love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 05:51:20 | More by DoubleJ
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a two-finger tan foamy head. Heavy lacing.

S - Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, and dark coffee.

T - Follows the smell. Roasted malts with sweet milk chocolate. Bitter coffee in the middle. Finish is smokey.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth drinking with a watery mouthfeel.

O - Very easy drinking roasted stout. A little more body would help out. Still very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:18:15 | More by TreyIsWilson
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Oktobergirl

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night at the bar, I have not had anything from Bell's that I have disliked so far. This one I truly appreciated, since it is a cream stout that does not contain dairy. Nice smooth mouth feel, delicious chocolate flavor. This stout is pleasing, without being thick and is very easy to drink. I recommend it highly.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 17:43:56 | More by Oktobergirl
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FLima

Brazil

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with red highlights and a dark caramel thin head.
Predominant aroma of coffee with milk, some caramel and dark fruits.
Malt roasted flavor with notes of milk, coffee, cocoa, earthy and citrus hops and licorice. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Quite creamy body with low carbonation.
A mellow Stout with a velvet sensation. Good, not exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 21:55:01 | More by FLima
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of shocked I haven't reviewed this yet, but oh well. Recent tasting on tap at Capone's.

Typical dark brown-black pour you'd expect from a stout, a small creamy tan head sank to a ringlet, holding there and dotting the glass with lace. Dark roasty malts in the nose, milk chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. Smooth sugary sweetness in the taste, cocoa, light roasty bitterness for balance, and a slight mineral element in there as well. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, but perhaps not quite as luscious as the name would imply. I'd bet this would be great on nitro, but I say that about many stouts. Nice beer overall, but I'd reach for an Expedition much quicker than this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2014 20:31:31 | More by Rifugium
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black, somewhat oily pour into a snifter from the 12oz bottle. One-finger light mocha head forms and has nice retention. Cap falls down to a frothy ring and has some creaminess to it. Lacing starts thick at the top with some pillows and finishes spotty.

S- Malt forward with an emphasis on roast and toasty characteristics. Notes of coffee, light caramel, slight dark fruits, cereal grains and burnt malts come to mind. Some nice milk chocolate rounds it all out.

T- Follows the nose quite well with the same sort of malt profile and yeast balance. Deeply roasted malts are responsible for most of the flavors with notes of dark roast grains, burnt malts, espresso, cocoa powder and toast. Other hints are of caramel, slight sweets and the yeast provides some dark fruits.

MF- Moderately thick bodied with a a slightly creamy and silky texture. Carbonation at a low to medium level and smooth.

Deeply roasty but lacks maybe a bit of texture in the mouthfeel for me. Solid stout nonetheless and something I would certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:49:27 | More by cbutova
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timfelix

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had this multiple times at two different locations- on tap. It was labelled at both places as Bells Cream Stout. I looked at Bells website and did not find a Cream Stout, except Bells Double Cream Stout, so I am assuming they are the same.
I found the flavor was not that exceptional, good but not great, at one place. I believe it was due to it being served ice cold, and this needs to be drunk at a more moderate temperature.
I have had it multiple times since, and found it exceptionally flavorful, with all sorts of malt flavors, a touch of hoppiness, and definite coffee and chocolate flavors. The flavors are well balanced, so that if you are thinking "coffee" that seems predominant. If you are thinking "malts galore" you will really notice all the malt flavors.
I wonder if some of the other reviewers had a serving that was too cold, because this is one of the most flavorful dark beers I have had. Or it was a different beer. It did seem to have more of a kick than the Double Cream stout's advertised 6.1% alcohols.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2014 03:17:22 | More by timfelix
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DougT

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8-29-13. Poured into a stout glass.

Near black brew with clear, dark golden brown along the edge. Developed a 2 finger, dense, foamy, medium tan head that slowly dissipates leaving a fair amount of clingy lace on the glass.

Smells of dark fruits, malts and yeast with a little coffee. Malts come on a little strong.

Taste is not as complex as I expected, but good. Coffee, some roast flavors, some malts. Nice smooth bitterness with no bite from the grains. Just a hint of sweet. Pleasant aftertaste. Perhaps a bit tame, but a good flavor.

The bottle says; "dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, roasty finish." I think that describes the taste quite well.

The cream shows up in the mouth. Velvety smooth and full bodied. It has that oatmeal stout feel to it. Very easy to drink.

It's not overly aggressive. Not very bold. But it tastes good and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:31:46 | More by DougT
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henrichsj

Iowa

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black, carbonated tan head, looks like Coca-Cola, head never really dissipated

S - Chocolate and Coffee! (My four-year-old daughter thought it smelled like cookies!)

T - Delicious! Chocolate stout, malty, very creamy, just the right amount of carbonation and bitterness

M - Thick and creamy yet crisp and clean (if that makes any sense); doesn't leave that thick aftertaste other stouts seem to

O - One of my favorite Bell's beers! Very sessionable, in my opinion. I could see some nervous stout wannabe's give this a go and enjoy it. Worth the high price point if you ask me...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:34:27 | More by henrichsj
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bells Special Double Cream Stout

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 90/100

Very nice rich, yet sweet Stout... Smooth enough to session on. Also full enough to enjoy only one or two. Very creamy and balanced. Worth seeking out but won't blow you away~

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:24:30 | More by BrewUSA
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Emnmarko

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark as all hell. Small creamy head. Lacing remains after head quickly dissipates.

S- chocolate covered hop.

T- Dark roasted malts and chocolate first. Moderate bitter middle mixes nicely with the sweet and produces a rich complex and creamy flavor. Even more in the end with some creamy coffee and light smoke. Always creamy.

M- Double cream is no joke. Starts and ends smooth without being heavy. It's a double double.

O- This is one rich and creamy stout. It has great balance with the sweetness of the chocolate roasted malt and bitter hop back. Fits like peanut butter and jelly. Good job Bells.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:50:29 | More by Emnmarko
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Half inch, light brown head. Dark brown, close to black.

Aroma - Great smells come off of this one; roasted coffee, milk chocolate, toasted bread, caramel, and brown sugar.

Taste - Milk chocolate and roasted coffee up front, followed by burnt toast in th end.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, smooth on the way down. Bitter on the finish. Modest carbonation.

Overall - A tasty stout, another solid offering from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 17:11:46 | More by ChrisL24481
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Jamey61

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance. Black with light cream head. Head disappeared quickly.

Smell. Smells like most stouts with nothing significant to seep rate it from the others.

Taste. This beer is good. Slightly bitter, strong stout taste without being offensive. Not really getting the cream taste or feel though. A bit more chalky than I expected. I drank one with a soupie. For those that don't know what a soupie is, it is a cured greasy meat I believe also know as sopresatta. Not sure if that is spelled right. They really complemented each other well so it would be worth trying with other cured meats or pepperoni.

Overall a little disappointed due to it being hyped to highly by someone I know with similar beer taste as me. Good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 17:33:44 | More by Jamey61
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Hoagie1973

New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with brown edges and a small brown cap of foam. Both aroma and flavor lack the roastiness of some other cream stouts I've had that don't claim to be "double".
Mouthfeel is also quite thin for what the label claims; lacks both creaminess and stoutness. Has more of a porter-like twang.
Still quite enjoyable. Nothing bad about this beer, just a bit thin and light for a double cream stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 23:33:54 | More by Hoagie1973
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Bluesman2383

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this in a bottle from a Mix a Six pack at my local retailer.

It appeared with a dark brown color with a 1/4 inch head on top. It smelled very nice with hints of half & half cream (hence the name), malt, roasted barley, and coffee.

The taste was what one would expect from a decent midline priced stout from a microbrewery. Not underwhelming, not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel was creamy, cool and not real gritty. I was expecting a little bit more of a creamy texture but just received a typical stout taste.

Overall for price point, this one is a bit high. I've had better and far worse. This one is middle of the road for me. I wouldn't buy a whole pack but if offered to me, I wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:55:28 | More by Bluesman2383
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black in color and I don't see any light getting through this brew. I see a wisp of light brown foam on the top of this beer. I smell rich dark malt,roasted barley, and black licorice. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and is a nice contrast to the bitterness from the roasted barley that fades into a light sweetness at the back of the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 04:18:08 | More by Franziskaner
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Chiefy770

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. ounce bottle. Packed on October 16th, 2013. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: A rich dark brown body, nearly black, sits below a fluffy sand colored head. The body has an amber glow on the sides when it is exposed to light. The head collapses and leaves a great layer of froth throughout. Sticky lacing lingers around for much of the brew. Nearly a picture perfect example of the way this style should be presented.

Smell: Notes of chocolate and toasted malts really stand out. Very faint floral notes break through.

Taste: Toasted malts. Creamy and smooth chocolate. The hops kick in and give this a semi-dry finish. Very smooth medium, coming up a bit shy of a full body. The carbonation is just a pinch too much for my liking.

Overall: I am not disappointed by this brew. Great take on the style. I would like a little more from this one though. If this had the fullness of their Kalamazoo Stout then we would be in serious business here.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 23:25:43 | More by Chiefy770
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JackMcAwesome

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

Look: Poured directly down the middle of the glass produced a 2 finger, tan head. It shrank within a couple of minutes to a nice film covering the top. Lacing is pretty good. The brew itself is very dark. Little light passes through.

Smell: Cocoa notes are most prominent. There is also a bit of a walnut to it as well. The nose falls off quite a bit as the beer sits, never something I'm a fan of, but the upfront notes are pleasant enough for me to not dock it too much.

Taste: Cocoa and a bit of a roasted nuts flavor. There is a bunch of malty-goodness that will have me digging around the internet to find out what they used, but other than that, it's pretty simple, in a good way.

Feel: Medium bodied. I was expecting it to be a bit heavier because of the name "double cream", but alas, it's just medium to me. The alcohol is completely hidden, and it only offers a slight bit of warmth. Not something I usually look for in a stout, but it's not necessarily bad either.

Overall: A very good stout. I'm more of an "in your face" type guy when it comes to stouts, but this is a very pleasant, mild stout that I could have a good day grilling in the cool weather with. My first foray into Bell's isn't a bad one. I'll be checking out their other brews soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 21:28:58 | More by JackMcAwesome
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usechopstix4soup

New York

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured straight into pint glass, pours very dark caramel color with a thin head.

Smell isn't too obvious, subtle creamy note, reminds me of a marshmallowy scent. Also roasted malts. Besides that, pretty much a normal cream stout.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, it really is like gulping down a glass of whole milk. This feel tastes throughout until the very last moments before it goes down the hatch. Then it finishes with an alcoholic, roasted coffee bean taste.

Like the name suggests, this beer's main selling point is the creamy texture and mouthfeel that nicely contrasts with the roasted flavors that come from the malts. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 17:58:14 | More by usechopstix4soup
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kemoarps

Missouri

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours like a deep cola, but with a lattes head: tan and creamy. Dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a nice little dusting of bubbles.

This has a much more enticing aroma than I remembered. I'm getting strong dark charry notes: molasses and dark chocolate. Oily and creamy.

The taste follows along, bringing out cacao and espresso beans, before melting into that oily creamy goodness of sweeter chocolates and roastier coziness. The biggest thing holding this back for me is some overly mineral characteristic I'm getting.

Decent body, appropriate carbonation level, sticky/oily/smoothe. I like this beer, and it's perfect for a snowy night in the teens and twenties. Definitely worth picking up, but I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 04:12:00 | More by kemoarps
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jawlessbody

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Looks exactly how a good stout should: pitch black with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head. The only problem is that the head dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Dark, roasted notes on the forefront, with sweeter more acidic notes to finish it off. Quite pleasant.

Taste: There's a definite acidic sweetness to this beer, with a darker roasted coffee flavor in the background. I'm also getting hints of tangy-ness. Not quite what I was expecting, but overall very good.

Mouthfeel: This was probably the most disappointing part of the beer. While it isn't exactly watery, it's not as thick as you would think from a name like "double cream". Pretty average mouthfeel; medium body with a cleanliness on the wash.

Overall: Definitely a good brew, and more complex than some other stouts that I have had. However, I was quite disappointed that I wasn't blown away by this beer, considering Bell's is one of my favorite breweries and makes my favorite IPA and my favorite wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:40:28 | More by jawlessbody
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dwren89

Virginia

3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pitch black and opaque with dark tan head that disappeared quickly

Aroma: chocolately, a little bittersweet, not a very potent aroma

Taste: bittersweet chocolate, slightly silky with a little lactose character, smooth finish

Mouthfeel: silky but not overly so, medium-full body, great balance

Overall: a good but not great milk stout. Bittersweet chocolate with a silky mouthfeel make for a good cold weather sipper

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 22:43:50 | More by dwren89
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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. Poured relatively hard into my Stone Smoked Porter pint glass. Bottled 8/22/13 and denoted "a" which mean best within 3 months of that date. Strange for a stout as Expedition is a "c"o, or 12+ month shelf life. So this is being consumed on the very last day to still be within best but date. I paid 2.39 for a single at Stella Brew in Winston-Salem.

A 3.75. Looks like an American stout should, but the head was a tad light and vanished before I even got a picture.
S 3.25. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Nice, but nothing special.
T 3.75. Best part of the beer (which is most inportant). Coffee leads for me with layers of sophisticated malts. Roasty and chocolate aftertaste. I swear I am getting mint in my nose and roof of my mouth as I breathe out. (Don't know if that makes sense).
M. 3. Just too thin and the carbonation slightly off for me.

Overall. 3.5. In the grand picture, this is a really good beer. But an establishment that can put out Expedition, Black Note, Two Hearted, Hopslam (my #1 overall beer), the Oracle, and then a great second tier; java, Oberon, oarsman, etc. This beer just doesn't hold up to Bell's usual standards. IMO, obviously. They are still a top 5 brewery for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:05:13 | More by Ivegotmule
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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.