Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
Sweet malt rich Significant roast, Coffee with lots of cream. My first not last milk stout. Easy on carbonation a plus. Mid-sip fruitiness from yeast. Black pour. Altogether balance. . Labelled a winter beer but would be satisfying anytime.
Had again 2.5 years later and in perspective it is very good, but not as overwhelmed as initially.
05-02-2004 04:17:38 | More by Sammy
3.48/5 rDev -12.3%
Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!
Pours an opaque black with a huge 3 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate caramel, and aromas of dark fruit. Taste is of dark roasted malt and dark fruit with subdued coffee and cocoa flavors on the finish. Very mild bitterness on the palate quickly fades. This beer has a low almost flat level of carbonation making it thick and chewy in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good stout that apparently uses 10 different malts. I am glad I got to try this one but I wouldn't get it again most likely.
06-17-2011 02:18:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
G: Poured into a Bell's pint glass.
A: Quite dark with a fairly dark head, and a little bit of lacing.
S: Dark malts and a little bit of milk and coffee.
T: Again, dark malt and some coffee with the typical milk flavor.
M: Nice and creamy, yet at the same time dry. I'm intrigued.
D: This is a slow sipper. However, it's not terribly thick and might be nicer once the heavier stout season has passed.
04-23-2009 05:51:57 | More by Thorpe429
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
A: The beer is very dark brownish red it in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated, leaving a delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of dark malts in the nose; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with faint hints of roasted malts and chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable but still packs in a lot of nice aromas and flavors without being full-bodied.
09-17-2012 01:53:00 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Black with light brown borders, topped by a light chocolate brown head that appears soft and deflates to a thick film on the surface of the beer. Lace is limited to small sheets and assorted scraps. The nose is of roasted malt with undercurrents of vanilla and coffee.
Special Double Cream Stout is enjoyable and has plenty of dark roasted malt to go around. Coffee is more aggressive on the palate and vanilla is still present as well. The beer seems both sweet and dry at the same time, with a long, mellow, slightly hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is exactly what it should be for a sweet stout. It isn't as heavy or as viscous as an Imperial stout, more along the lines of an oatmeal stout. It falls just short of smooth and creamy... and the bubbles are fine.
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout is another good beer from a very good brewery. It's a step or two down from Expedition Stout in terms of intensity. As a result, it seems more drinkable.
03-14-2004 18:07:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Murky black color with a frothy tan head that persists throughout although the lacing is not great
Smell: After some unusual aromas, it settles down to provide a steady base of roasted malt, rich dark fruit, licorice and coffee tones
Taste: Initially generates a mouthful of rich coffee flavor; after the swallow, some modest bitterness kicks in with a slight sour tone on the finish
Mouthfeel: Creamy texture with moderate carbonation but ultimately a little bit thin
Drinkability: A very good milk stout but not a great one; a couple of demerits on the aroma and sour finish
08-27-2006 02:39:33 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +0.8%
I grabbed a few of these when I was on vacation and just got around to finally trying one of them. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/06/2009.
The pour was nice with a rich dark black color, with a small head of tan rising up and over it that settled down gently without much fan fare. Some nice lacing. The aroma was rich vanilla, molasses, sweet sugary notes and a touch of almost licorice like candy. Smooth, mellow carbonation let this one sit down nicely and made it a really nice sipper i have to admit. As it warmed subtle notes of chcolate and roasted malts took over, but always leaving it moderatly sweet, this was a nice little stout. I had no issues polishing this one off, and would have no issue in doing so again. A solid beer all around I would have to say.
03-08-2009 03:07:22 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - 6.1%
Had at Lititz cask ale festival 10/29/10
Soft black with small creamy tan head. Roasted coffee aroma, earthy. Extremly smooth and quite dry. Not a lot of carbonation. Tasty is creamy milk chocolate with a hint of coffee. Silky mouthfeel, I could drink a few of these if I didn't have anything to eat.
Exceptional cream stout, well done.
11-01-2010 03:16:59 | More by acurtis
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
I have recently acquired a real fondness for sweet stouts. This one is a treat. A basic oil black color and texture. Bittersweet chocolate dominates the nose and flavor. Slight sourness and bitterness helps the sweet malts (lactose). Black malts, roasted malts, and barley malts combine to reveal molassas, caramel, and a slight grain bittering. Creamy and silky, it's like chocolate milk for the beerlover's sour.
08-05-2005 15:06:47 | More by BEERchitect
3.43/5 rDev -13.6%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice creamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of subtle chocolate and coffee. Taste is less pronounced then expected with some sweet chocolate malt and a very subtle coffee touch. No bitterness to speak of but a nice creamy well carbonated body. The finish is a bit too watery for my taste. Good but may be a bit overrated in my mind.
04-10-2006 17:33:00 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
I was lucky enough to pick one of these up recently and I've been waiting for a good time to crack it open. Tonight seemed like a good one.
A: The pour is just about black. Very little highlights, if any, that I can see. A nice tan/mocha colored head perches itself on top.
S: The nose is full of roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate.
T: A very interesting flavor profile. A light roasted malt flavor with a very sweet finish. There is quite a bit of chocolate coupled with a mild bitterness.
M: A very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The body is medium, and there's a moderate level of carbonation.
D: The Milk/Sweet stout is a style that's beginning to grow on me. Generally I am more of an RIS fan, but the sweetness is quite a welcomed change of pace. A great beer, and I'm glad I have another.
12-08-2009 03:49:12 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a tall, though brief beige head.
Smell: Roasty aroma with notes of smokey bittersweet chocolate, licorice, charred firewood, and espresso. Distant fruitiness. Very faint lactic touch in there, too.
Taste: Roasted malts bring in flavors of Columbian coffee and dark chocolate with a soft sweetness. A complimentary sip of prune juice. Mild lactic sourness. Dash of bitters, one and a half dashes of ash, two dashes of cinnamon. Light roastiness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Bell's has really got a handle on the stouts, I'll give'm that. For me, it comes in third after the Expedition and Kalamazoo stouts.
03-09-2008 20:18:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.68/5 rDev -32.5%
Reviewed again a year later 02/04/11 - almost to the day.
Pours Pours black with a dark tan/brown head.
Nose is pure simple black chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.
Flavors are weak and watered down bitter black chocolate and thin bodied black coffee.
Finish is actually a very nice chocolate coffee character with some appeal -finish isn't sufficiently appealing to try this on another time.
I like Bells but this one taste like a carbonated light cup of coffee; about it.
Original Review: Pours dark brown black with a nice firm tan head;
Nose is sweet black chocolate with undertones of sweet coffee; simple but very pleasant;
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lighter "fizzy" carbonation and while not thin, initially appears thin.
Flavors are all simple coffee and simple dark chocolate with a bit of a synthetic chocolate character/flavor.
Some hoppy bitterness in flavors and finish. All around pretty average.
02-07-2010 07:57:41 | More by GRG1313
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
A: single finger head. Black. Some lace.
S: mild roast. Touch of dark chocolate
T: sweet, mild roast start and very nice dark chocolate/cocoa finish. The cream is also evident.
M: moderate carbonation and full but not thick body.
Overall: bells doesn't disappoint. Drinkable, flavorful and complex taste.
09-06-2011 01:24:25 | More by kylehay2004
3.85/5 rDev -3%
This brew pours out as a black thick liquid, it's got a creamy brown head. The lacing is pretty decent on this brew. The smell is rich and roasted, has a slight sweetness to it as well. The taste is on the stronger side. It's got a good roasted malt base that carries the beer from start to finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than some of Bell's beers. Overall it's not a bad brew, it's worth revisiting for sure.
06-05-2011 20:41:32 | More by Knapp85
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
I have sampled this many times over the last five or six years,had on tap today the Mellow Mushroom.Poured into a standard pint glass jet black with a creamy one finger mocha colored head,it just looked rich from the tap.Bitter chocolate and cookie dough aromas really stood out with a bit of char thrown in there as well.Flavors are highly roasted and coffee-like upfront with some char again as well,some cookie and molasses sweetness comes in late in a nice finish.A well rounded solid stout,it wont blow you away but its got a nice balanced flavor profile.
10-27-2010 21:19:57 | More by oberon
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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