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

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89
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BEER STATS
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3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

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.

Added by Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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

Appearance: Black with lots of yeasty chunks. Gotta give these Bell’s beers a careful pour if you want them clean. Good thing I don’t mind the yeasties. Aggressive pour yielded a fairly small, white head that skimmed to nothing. Clinging lace.

Smell: Roasty and astringent, with the dark malts in the forefront. Very rich and luxurious, like a warm piece of chocolate cake, with definite java influence.

Taste: Very, very nice. Initially slightly sweet, with a soft, mouth-filling body. Glides down the throat with no hint of off flavor. Prickly carbonation hits the tongue, then the creaminess washes away any harshness that may have been present. Finishes only moderately dry, with a slight leafy hop afterthought. Only a slight chalkiness as it warms.

Probably my favorite Bell’s thus far. Thanks feloniousmonk!

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

I feel like I am drinking a Mackesons Milk Stout, and that is a good thing. I am going to have to drink these beer back to back to get my bearings because they seem almost the same...which is a good thing! Very smooth, nice and roasty. Chocolate, coffee, and nice cream flavor. VERY easy drinking, a regular in my stout line up.

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

Poured into a very large mug from the bottle. I would just like to say I really enjoy the presentation of this beer. Nice label design on it.

a- Pours dark opaqe brown that shows virtually nothing even when held up to a light. Two fingers of creamy rich tan head.

s- Upfront roasted malts and coffee chocolate. Heavy suggestions of chocolate milk, toffee, rich caramel. A definite sweetness in the smell. Very robust and pleasing.

t- I actually have to admit I feel kind of stumped in trying to analyze this one. Certainly not in a bad way, though, and there's nothing hindering my taste at the moment. Hmm.. The immediate sensation is a really delightful chocolate toffe and dark heavy bread with hints at coffee with cream, prunes and raisins and caramel. A mild roast coffee bitterness with subtle hops in the finish. Perhaps a bit too weak all around, but the flavors present are excellent and rich.

m- Wow, this is what I noticed immediately, rather than the taste. It goes down so delightfully smooth and creamy, it's easy to just sit back and feel this go down and not think about anything. Carbonation is so subtle but this just feels incredibly wonderful. Works perfectly with the sweet richness in the taste.

d- This is definitely a heavy beer in the stomach, and a very strong dessert beer. Consume after some lighter offerings and don't be disappointed at all.

I wasn't entirely sure how this was going to turn out. I've tried so many milk stouts and was curious about Bell's "double" take on the style, being that they like to try doing thier own thing. I was definitely not disappointed by this, and if you come across it ever, I highly reccomend a try.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep coal black with about an inch's worth of tan head on top. Retention was lacking, but the lacing rings were superb. Smells of milk chocolate! Great cocoa tones mixed with roasted coffee beans. Very pleasant.

Super creamy mouthfeel. Silky smooth. Great dark chocolate flavor that finishes like a bitter coffee. Great roasted characteristics in this one. This was a very easy stout to drink; and most often with stouts for me it's one-and-done, but not this one. I could drink a few of these for sure. Recommend.

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Photo of jacob4999
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black. A slightly aggressive pour at the end produces a dark cream two finger head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Dark chocolates and dark roasted coffee with cream. Very inviting and delicious smelling beer.

Taste: The roasted malt hits you up front with the dark coffee/chocolate and follows with bittersweet cream in the end. Every sip keeps you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Bordering on medium to thick. The medium carbonation and creaminess is a killer combo.

Overall: Easily my favorite session stout. The low abv allows you to easily pound a few of these no problem. This beer is fantastic and I could easily drink it all night. If all American Stouts tasted this way the world would be a better place. Highly recommend!

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

Batch 7684. Bottled October 16, 2006 as according to the bell's batch website. Poured into a Belgian pint glass (sort of curved pilsner).

Appearance- Beer pours black with hints of red around the edges. Head is fairly minimal and forms a ring and a thin film over the top of the glass. Lacing sticks for a few minutes but doesn't linger.

Smell- Dark burnt roasted malts, hints of alcohol, sweet creaminess. I would insist I detected lactose sugar had I not heard from the bell's lady herself that they don't add that to this beer. Not sure what they're adding to make it smell like this, it really is wonderful. No hops are detectable.

Taste- Roasted malt thickness and creaminess, a bit grainy but in a balanced way. A nice creamy chocolate upfront that lingers to almost a chocolate milk quality. A bit of warmth on the finish and a little spiciness that seems like it must be the hop. I am very pleased by this stout in every incarnation I've had it in (which now is every way I could have had it in).

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium full bodied, fairly low carbonated. Nicely sweetened and wonderfully balanced. Very well done beer.

Drinkability- Even with the higher ABV of 7.5% I could session these and drink them all day. In fact, I may end up buying a six pack and use it for my summertime lawnmower beer. Come now, honestly, tell me that you drink light lagers when YOU mow the lawn?

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Batch #8902. Thanks, brokenleadedcask!

Black pour. Smallish light brown head gives way to a thin cap. Random assortment of light lacing.

Aroma is roasty. A quick swirl brings out some really nice milk chocolate and vanilla smells to go along with the roast and ground coffee.

Nice roasty flavor. Much more coffee than the aroma led me to believe there would be. The sweetness and roast balance well. The chocolate and vanilla give this a really light, very drinkable flavor. Slight bitterness in the drying finish.

This beer reminds me of Kalamazoo Stout in a few ways, especially how it balances sweet and bitter. However, the comparisons end when it comes to texture. While Kalamazoo Stout was rich and velvety, Special Double Cream Stout is lighter, and less creamy. Of course, we are dealing with different styles here, and Bell's nailed both. Very good mouthfeel for a sweet stout.

Special Double Cream Stout is an unbelievably easy drinker. The light body, and the delicious flavor, make this one go down very easily. Once again, Bell's brews a winner.

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

A - Poured straight into a Bell's tulip glass. A light brown, three-finger head that sticks around just long enough before collapsing to a nice, frothy film that eventually disappears after a few minutes. Minimal lacing. Opaque black with brown tint.

S - Sweet molasses up front with hints of cream, mocha, some coffee. Hard to pick up too much; it just smells delicious.

T - Mmm, certainly tastes like what a double cream stout should taste like. Creamy, lots of mocha with a roasty, bitter ending. Leaves a dry but nice aftertaste.

M - Just thick enough, not as much as the name suggests. More carbonated than your usual stout but that could just be the style. Rests fairly nicely on the tongue with a slight tingle.

D - Definitely could drink a few bottles of this in one session. Drinks very nicely for a stout with that much flavor. I can only imagine what this would be like on tap, especially a nitro tap.

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

A- Very nice black color, little lacing on top.

S- hints of coffee , expresso like, roasted malts and chocolate.

T- Cream , coffee, dark chocolate and hints of dark fruits.

M- Smooth, creamy. great finish.

D- exelent, can go for many of this gems !

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

Poured into a pint glass. Solid black with only the fringe allowing light through. The head is tan and thick. Tight head that stays for most of the session. The aroma is smooth compared to their regular stout. There is a spiciness that I can't place that comes through in the nose. The taste is smooth! There is an oatmeal stout feel, but the body is a great blend of malts, roasted toffee, and roasted malts. I would say that this resembles an oatmeal stout, but that is probably what they were intending. The body is decent, but there is a slight heaviness. I would drink this all night if it were cheaper or I was making more money.

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

Poured a nearly black copper color. Half a finger's worth of head that dissapated fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit all with a subtle smokiness. Maybe it's because fall is here, but I also detect that freshly fallen leaf smell in a 100% good way.

The tongue follows the nose, with the addition of a sweet lactose taste to the flavors of the smokey, bitter coffee and the sour maltiness.

Mouthfeel was quite good with a medium/heavy body and not overcarbonated.

Drinkability gets high marks as I have just finished the beer and am wishing I had another at my disposal. This is quite a complex beer, perhaps having to do with the ten malts used, that takes a bit of dissecting. Pick one up and drink it slowly.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Guiness tulip.

A: Beautiful black with a lingering one finer off-white head. Shades of garnet where the light shines through. A few lonely carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Very malty nose. Sweet notes of chocolate and maybe a hint of fruit.

T: Follows nose exactly. Malts on the tongue with just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very very tasty.

M: The 'Cream Stout' name is appropriate. The creamy mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer.

D: Great for a milk stout (not really a session style, IMHO).

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Midnight black with caramel brown notes edging through on the edges when held to the light nice full tan head leaves thick collar of lacing continues the same pattern throughout the session. Aroma: An airy sweet cream scent with hints of wood chips slipping through, dark chocolate and coffee notes round out the scent. Taste: Deliciously creamy just awesome mouth full of whipped cream blended with chocolate what a dessert beer, very rich with some bitterness coming through from the dark roasted malts bringing chocolate and coffee to the table maginficant. Mouthfeel: Full bodied cream stout just a big brew when it comes down to it, nice even sturdy carbonation. Drinkability: These would ware on you but it would also blend so well with vanilla ice cream as a topping, awesome well done tip my hat to the brewer's at Bell's great stuff.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.