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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,405 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,405
Hads: 3,600
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 217
Gots: 434 | FT: 4
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Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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.
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Photo of PretzelCity
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to EricWo for sending this one. Poured an inky black with a big billowing creamy tan head that left lacing all the way down my glass. This is one good looking beer. The smell is good, roasted malt and hints of chocolate but nothing too overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is sweet, with a taste of roasted malt and a little chocolate that coats your tongue. Very easy to drink with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Really a well rounded beer. Excellent balance. An excellent example of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Buebie
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jtrockchalk for this bottle.

I was going to save this one, but I accidentally tipped it over and it began to seep at the cap.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter.
No freshness date, but 8150 is printed on the back lable.
1 finger tan brown head. No light penetration on this, black as night. Thin, but bubbly lace, with a nice amount of retention.

Aroma is really malty and grainy. The grains are so pungeant in arom, its as if I scooped some out of the bags, cupped them in my hands and inhaled.
Chocolate pudding, cream, mild mild coffee aroma, a faint hint of cinnemon, vanilla.

First sip, WOW this is creamy!
Smooth milk chocolate textures and flavor, more chocolate pudding flavor, bitter chocolate grain notes, mild hop bittering at the swallow.
The flavor lingers with chocolate and heavy whipping cream.
Mild oxidized flavor lingering, but it could be confused with the malts. I do pickup some wet cardboard, but it seems to be mostly the malt.
No alcahol detected. All chocolate and cream. My two favorite things in a beer.
Very slight carbonation at the swallow, but thats it.

I dont think I can review the taste on this fairly off just one bottle. This is going back onto the wants.

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Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like dirty, motor oil, and produces an opaque, inky black body. One finger, light brown, head has garnet hues around the fringe and collar. Considerable patch and sheet lace adorn the glass.

Aroma begins with hazelnuts, immediately followed by nice dark malt notes of coffee, carob, and chicory.

Mouthfeel is robust, smooth, and creamy.

Creamy malted chocolate runs out the gate first, with roasted Kona coffee right behind. An understated, toasted almond character is unmistakable, and adds considerable depth. Good hops bitterness keeps it all in check. Finish is bittersweet chocolate/carob, wth a mild coffee aftertaste.

Excellent for the style, and my favorite stout from Bell's.
Re-reviewed on 4-28-05, and well worth doing so. Better score for appearance this time around, as the head revealed some some rusty orange hues in addition to the garnet tints noted in my earlier experience. Aroma score gets bumped up a notch for complexities I missed in my first review. Some smokiness and vanilla notes add to the multiple malt notes to be found in this interesting stout. Mouthfeel, as well, is worthy of an update. Velvety smooth on the palate, and quite exquisite. Ten different malts are used in this one, according to the label, and the adventurous complexity is well worth revisiting. Very tasty, and a very nice stout to sip and savor. One of Bell's better offerings, for sure, and that's quite a compliment.

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Photo of bashiba
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very thick dark black with a creamy brown head that grips the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.
Scent is of Mocha, Espresso, an Caramel Malt goodness.
Taste is a nice bitter chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice earthy hoppiness that brings this around into balance so very well.
Mouthfeel is so full and creamy, just exceptional.
Drinkability is great on this fantastic beer from bells. A nice heavy stout that still leaves you wanting another.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Pitch black with a bit of orange glow at the bottom of the mug. The head is light brown, half a finger high, and settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a short wall of lacing. As the beer descends down the glass, layers of stringy lacing stick to the sides.

Roasty malts mixed with a little bit of coffee and sweet chocolate. A smooth creaminess coats it all.

The bitter roasted malts mix with a matchin sweetness that's divided by a rich smoothness. A little bit of citrusy hops come in toward the end. Full bodied with a syrupy feel from the dextrins.

This is a very enjoyable beer. I completely recommend this one to anybody who enjoys a good solid stout. This one should sit at the top of the Sweet Stout category. Recommended.

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Photo of austin_page
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a short stem wine glass (this is all i had at the time)

Appearance- Very dark just the way I like it, looks like motor oil, a very very deep black hue and a tan-ish low retention head.

Smell- The smell is amazing, definitely shines the light on roasted malty characteristics, the smell is misleading to how it tastes though, this is definitely a unique stout.

Taste- Very smooth as it first glides onto your tongue, then an immediate, almost carbonated taste, I would compare this to the Steel Head stout or Fish Tale organic stouts, I noticed that it was named by the ingredients and not the taste, however, it saying "double cream", I expected it to be creamy like a milk stout, more creamy flavor would balance out the hoppy taste in this beer, its good but I feel like I'm drinking a Sierra Nevada stout.

Mouthfeel- Slightly carbonated and hoppy, coffee/ malty like after taste, best served really cold! Perfect beer for these cold nights.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Look: Poured into a pint, it pours very dark with a BIG fluffy tan head.

Smell: Cream, and milky like sweetness, despite it's not a milk/cream stout. A bit of chocolate like aroma

Taste: Mocha, chocolate coffee with a touch of vanilla cream. Neither of these flavors are over powering. It doesn't taste like a coffee stout, or a cream stout, or chocolate stout. But all of these flavors are there and blended evenly

Feel: Very creamy texture, low-moderate carbonation.

Overall: First had this beer last winter. Great to see it back on shelves again! It's just another one of those great go-to stouts for the colder months!

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Photo of dolphlungdren
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: lace lace lace, head is solid, looks like clouds and bubbles if poured a little violently. wonderful

s: chocolate and alcohol... i want to snort it.

t: oh greatness. leaves a thick choclatey and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it.

d: the first time i bought this beer i meant to ration it due to its somewhat pricey label (like 11.99 per six)... however I accidentally drank five of them in a sitting because they were hitting the spot. if you are in the mood for a stout that is not terribly bitter, this is your money pit.

conclusion: i generally prefer imperial stouts and things of the more bitter variety, but this is a great beer. I think i like it more than the average person on here, but I can't get enough of it and absolutely crave it when it is out of season. this beer will make your night better. it might not solve your problems, but it will certainly help you forget about them for a while.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had been eyeing this for a while during my bi-annual trips to Minnesota and finally decided to splurge $12 for the six pack. I must say, just the name sounds delicious. Anyway, it poured like engine oil, and looks like it too. The head is small, but very cocoa colored. Awesome chocolate, coffee, and black licorice aromas. A tremendously thick and wholesome mouthfeel ensues. Wow! Tastes abound! Big coffee notes while silky smooth chocolatey flavors add definition. And there's just enough of a burnt edge to lend traction. It finishes dry and leaves the impression of just finishing a mocha expresso. There is a touch of sweetness in the back of the throat that just leaves you salivating for more! A showstopper!

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.. dark brown/black with a good half inch or so of purple/tan head. Smell is sweet roasted malt and chocolate, maybe a slight unpleasant metallic twinge.

Taste is refreshingly sweet and light. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily thick and creamy, and definitely fits the name. There isn't much hop character here and it isn't really that strong in terms of alcohol presence. It is fairly refreshing and a good dessert-type beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 3/8/10 (yay I'm finally catching up on my backlog of reviews!)

A - Very dark brown with light tan 1.5" head in my Ommegang goblet. Nice lacing. 4.0

S - Overall, somewhat subdued. Sweet chocolate notes, light coffee, and a touch of citrusy hops. Caramel too. 4.0

T - A nice delicate blend of chocolate, mocha, and a touch of sweet cream with a long lasting bittersweet finish. Very slight citrus and earthiness of hops as well. 4.5

M - Rich and medium bodied, well carbonated and velvety smooth. 4.0

D - Exceptional. A very well made beer. 5.0

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Photo of mgp80
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black, with a robust tan head. Good-lookin' brew,
S: Nothing out of place or spectacular for a stout. Roasted malt, basically.
T: There's a lot going on here, and it's all good. Hop bitterness is certainly there, but it's one of those "you'd miss it if it were gone" things, as opposed to center stage. There's a good dose of the alcohol-warm prune/plum favors that you get in a good baltic porter, and of course some roasty,dark chocolate, and coffee-like flavors. My only gripe is that the finish doesn't leave me with much.
M: Awesome. This is a beer that eats like a meal. Very rich, very creamy. Lives up to the name.
D: Bell's has packed a lot of the flavor and complexity of a 9% abv beer into one that's 6%. These go down fast and easy for me.

This is a solid beer, one that I will keep around in the future.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of iowaero
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Wonderfull dark black with light coffee colored head.

S: Slight coffee and some roasted malt and chocolate smell.

T: Wonderfull taste - not too sweet but a great balance of bitter chocolate and sweet malts and slight coffee. None of the above overpowering - just a nice balance of them all

M: Very creamy wonderful mouthfeel. Finishes a little lighter than it starts.

D: A great beer for a cold winter night. I could drink far more of this beer than I honestly need. Probably one of the best stouts that I have ever had.

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Photo of Winter
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick and creamy tan head the rises to about 2 fingers. Aroma consists of coffee, cream, roasted barley, malt, cocoa and sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel full-bodied and thick, with pleasant carbonation along the sides of the tongue. Malty and roasted barley upfront. Layers of chocolate and coffee follow. A mild hop dryness emerges in the middle. Some of that 7.5% alcohol can be detected in the finish.

Awesome double cream stout. Smooth and full-bodied. Rich with malty goodness. Nicely done and one of Bell's best!

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Photo of ZAP
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/31/03-re-rate....I obviously had one of those "bad" Bell's beers the first time because I apparently have a good one in my glass right now that tastes nowhere near sour..this is a dandy..one of the best tasting cream stouts I've had..I'm upgrading myratings accordingly, but keep in my the inconsistencies with their beers...I have had numerous bad, sour Bell's beer in the past year or so...my bro came up with some two hearted...I had some on hand as well...his was off-tasting...mine was delicious...for the $$ you pay for this beer, I feel like I'm playing the lottery..will it be good?? If so their beers rock...or will it be sour and off-tasting...

Nose has that trademark Bells scent....sourish, but also some good chocolate mixed into it as well....the best thing about this beer is its body and mouthfeel...very creamy, smooth, and thick....feels like a good stout but the taste is only OK...some nice sweet cocoa...also some fruitiness like cherries probably from the yeast....that tartness is a little out of place in this beer but not unbearable...this is jet black in color and has a nice tan lace on top....has a real tartness on the long finish....a good beer, but the more of their stouts I drink, the more I find that sourness out of place...

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Photo of malcontent
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-swallowing pitch black with a solid finger of reverse-cascading head. Swirling shows this to be a slightly viscous brew. Head dies too quickly for a perfect score but nonetheless, this looks wicked good.

That unmistakable lactic quality leads into a tandem of chocolate and raisins. An odd scent that I can only describe as bran flakes takes up the back end of the aroma. Softly smoky after a while.

Oh, Hell. That is one damn fine cream stout. Essentially perfect for the style. Dark roasted bitterness gives way almost immediately to a marvelously creamy taste (to say nothing of the texture; more on that later). Soft hints of honey and milk chocolate surface briefly only to be engulfed in the half and half theme again. Creamy is the no-brainer but dead-accurate description for the taste.

Mouthfeel is heavenly; silky but never muddy and the finish is actually lactic (you have phlegm form in the back of your throat!). I don't know if this is something I could drink a ton of (could you drink a bunch of milk?) but it's nothing short of a triumph for Bell's. Absolutely the most I've enjoyed a beer in ages.

Huge thanks to kryptic for the trade!

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Photo of Beerlover
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 11/20/12

Pours black with 2 inch khaki brown head.
smells strongly of roasted malts and sweet mocha.
taste is great, very smooth, rich and sweet but not overly sweet at all, reminds me somewhat of st. peters cream stout, leaves silky after taste on the palate. simple yet delish!!

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Photo of djbreezy
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - dark brown/black with graceful tan head, amazing retention, strong lacing

smell - roasty, malty and chocolatey

taste - carefully roasted chocolate malts, grain, marshmallow, some coffee-like notes

mouthfeel - exceptionally creamy (as advertised!), light-medium body, slightly viscous

drinkability - full flavored and quite tasty, gorgeous in the glass

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an American pint glass

A-Jet black dense color with a few bubbles slowly rising to the surface. The head is a milk chocolate brown but it disappears rather quickly

S- notes of coffee beans and a creamy chocolate hint aswell. Just a little earthiness gives the coffee some depth

T- roasted malt start with lots of sweetness on top of some hoppiness. Finishes with a graham cracker mellowness and just the hint of hops.

M- medium body with residual sweetness but a tart mouthfeel at the end.

D- This is a very pleasant yet complex stout. It has a lot of flavor packed in that bottle but no characteristic is over powering. I would like to see a bit more chewiness in the mouthfeel but definitely a leader in this category.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.
Bottle code says "100800", but the Bell's Batch Finder appears to be defunct, so unable to decipher the code.

Aroma: Vanilla, chocolate milkshake, cocoa, roasted malt, and a light mineral note.

Appearance: 1 finger of light tan head slowly dissipates to a thin layer. Body is dark espresso brown/black. A sheet of fine tan bubble washes over the inside of the glass as I swirl the beer around the glass.

Flavor: Sweet coffee up front, excellent balance between the dark malty sweetness and the underlying bitterness. Malted milk balls through the middle. Mild, non-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. A tad bit thinner than, though, than I ideally prefer for this style. Carbonation is medium-low, but a surprising bite appears from time to time.

Overall: Smooth, malty, sessionable goodness. Definitely recommend this one. No real flaws. It lives up to be the type of solid milk stout that one would expect from Bell's.

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Photo of thomscottson
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: Very Dark, with minimal cream colored head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Dark and Chocolatey

Taste: Very Smooth and dark. Chocolate and cream highlights.

Mouthfeel: Thick with a smooth finish. Definitely a stout but leaves your mouth with a clean feeling.

Overall: Definitely a great Stout. I would gladly try this again.

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Photo of marc77
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uniform, one fingered persistent dark tan head covers a virtually black brew. Trace hazy deep ruby when held to light. Sweet milk chocolate hits the nose at first, then is ensued by notes of buttery malt and deep caramel. Understated roasted barley adds a hint of coffee sharpness, but the aroma is sweet, mellow and inviting all around. A combination of roasted grain and hop bitterness in flavor immediately yields to a rounded, mild lactose sweetness and chocolate malt, which in turn is ceded by dark caramelized malt sweetness. Hints of tart fruity esters from Bell's yeast strain are subdued by the rich overall malt profile, but emerge as a pleasant mid palate undertone. Moderately bodied, w/ a firm, dextrinous mouthfeel conducive for excellent drinkability. Finishes w/ fading sweetness which allows the dark fruity tartness to linger pleasantly on the palate. Double Cream Stout is a delicious, unique and deceivingly smooth stout. Subtle, yet rich.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed with a fresher sample since the first time I had it, it was sitting in the Iowa Beer Cache for an undisclosed period of time. This particular batch was bottled November 21 and drank during the first week of December. Now that's fresh! Subsequently, it was much more enjoyable.

The appearance is decent. It pours to an opaque black, completely impervious to light. The head is very thin and chocolatey, dissipating soon after it builds. Lacing is decent.

The smell has a lot of vanilla bean and cream soda aroma to it, backed by chocolatey malt, caramel, and molasses. Nice bold roast. Similar to the Kalamazoo Stout, but a little more rich and full.

Nice bold coffee flavor with a hint of sweet creaminess to balance out. Nice chocolatey roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is great. Very thick and creamy with a gentle and soft carbonation. One of the best American stouts I've yet tried. The ABV and intense roastiness prevent it from being more drinkable, but it is a very good beer. Another quality product from Bell's.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

received this from the 1980s bif. rock! a big thanks goes out to zachary aka sirsketch for this. thanks brother.

cracked open with a slight hiss. not thunderous but still enough to make itself known. center pour into my brewery tulip produces a slim line of mocha colored head that sits atop this dark beast. a good swirl session produces a half finger of head. not great retention but still nice to look at.

first smell i get off this is a slight biscuit/flour smell. almost smells like a pancake batter in a good way. obvious vanilla notes with hints of coffee lingering near the end. but mostly pancakes.

taste is creamy. big time subtle amounts of chocolate play around with biscuit crispness. but this thing stays. a lingering sweetness that is reminiscent of baking chocolate. an interesting taste. i will have to say i have not had anything like this before.

mouth like i said is thick and viscus and creamy. i am left with a milky coat minutes after finishing a sip. prolongs the brew. i like it.

as this reached room temp i had to put it down to stop myself from chugging this beast. drinkable is an understatement. awesome

this is an extremely interesting beer. I am pretty sure this is my first milk stout. ive had other sweet stouts but not that were like this...at least that i could remember. a very nice brew that i would like to try again soon. well played bells

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,405 ratings.