Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
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?
03-30-2008 23:40:40 | More by blakesell
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Not available here in Wichita. Thanks Rob!
Appearance: This beer poured a deep black with no light making it through the glass. It had a bit of a viscous look to it. The dark brown head rose up to only a finger and dissipated at a normal rate. A thin ring remained around the edge of the glass for the entire drink, but it produced no lace.
Smell: Lightly yeasty, but the main aromas were cream and rich milk chocolate. There was nothing bitter on the nose at all. As the beer sat for awhile, a deep roasted component arose that became strong enough to seem smokey. The smokiness was almost like burnt nuts and different from what I have ever detected in other beers.
Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied in the mouth with a slippery, slick feeling to it on the tip of the tongue. More carbonation than I would expect from this style developed as the beer moved back into the mouth. It didn't become rough, though; it was velvety and a little spongy.
Taste: Huge smokey, deep roasted malt flavors were very dominant and increased in strength through the finish and even into the aftertaste. It had a nice charred quality to it. Underneath this was creamy milk chocolate and a strong dose of black coffee. A little hops peaked through on the finish, but it didn't provide much more that balance. Everything mingled together very nicely.
An excellent beer. Very dark, deep roasted flavors for a cream stout, but the correct characteristics were still there. There was a little bit of a numbing effect from the 7.5% abv, but otherwise the alcohol was perfectly hidden. I hope that I can get my hands on more of this stuff.
04-26-2005 22:36:26 | More by Quaffer
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
Thanks to my man Hhawk06 for this sample. This beer pours a jet black color that looks very devious in nature yet delicious. It leaves a sudsy tan head that is clinging to my snifter. The smell is hoppy sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, creamed sugar, vanilla and herbal spices throughout. The taste is smooth, it has a bittery hop feel up front followed by a medicinal chocolate herbal taste on the palate finished with some nice malty chocolate creaminess. This is a smooth beer that coats the tongue and tickles it with dark chocolate malts dipped in a creamy milkiness.
01-08-2006 19:06:27 | More by Franchise
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Pours pretty much opaque brownish-black with chestnut edges. Fluffy 1 1/2" khaki head. Gobs of hearty lace smattered all the way down.
Scents of milk chocolate covered malted milk balls bathed in coffee & crème. Dark roasty malts are lush and sweet smelling.
Sweet chocolaty roasted malts are showcased beautifully with their oh so sweet and mellow goodness. A tad hint of bitter coffee and real cream nicely offsets the turbid depth of hearty, sweet and (again) chocolate flavors.
Mouthfeel is astounding. As fluffy and silky of an ale as I've ever drank. Full bodied and decadent. Beautiful roasty and coffeeish lingering long finish.
Drinkability is great. Isn't as sweet as I anticipated, but is sweet compared to standard stouts none-the-less.
Overall a masterfully crafted sweet stout for certain. Not as robust as the flagship Kalamazoo Stout, but it definitely has more of a subtle presence that can't be denied. This baby is all about silky malty goodness with heaps of roasty chocolate over-under-and in-between tones. I don't drink this stout very often, but when I do its pure bliss.
12-08-2007 03:06:12 | More by malty
3.28/5 rDev -17.4%
The head falls fast, but leaves a good sticky lacing. The color is crisp black and inviting.
Sweet black fruit, molasses, chocolate and coffee flavors with a slight creamy feel in the smell.
Not thick, but watery with coffee and cream flavors with very little body and only a slight aftertaste.
Watery and unlike most stouts with a very little body.
Overall it was less than expected from Bell's, it would take a special case the next time I try this one.
07-11-2006 04:57:52 | More by Erdinger2003
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured into a pint glass this brew has an enormous milk chocolate brown head that finally settles to a frothy cap. This is a thick dark brown brew with a strong nose of coffee, slight burnt malts, a little nuttiness, and some dark fruits. The taste is a little sweeter than I might like. There are raisin and plum notes along with toffee and burnt malts. There is a lacking hop balance to this but the brews complexity and slick mouthfeel are solid. A nice brew but have had some better samples from Bells.
Thanks to Cdkrenz for this sample in a "secret santa" exchange.
12-25-2010 23:48:41 | More by WJVII
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
10-19-2009 10:38:45 | More by PretzelCity
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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