Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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
3.81/5 rDev -4%
Note: this was bottles 6 months prior to my trying it.
Pours black with a light brown head that had very good retention, no lacing to speak of but this one pours and looks great.
Smells of roasty burnt malts, a slight sweet scent, hints of coffee, vanilla and cocoa
Sweet roasted malts, bitter with a hint of coffee, no vanilla as the nose suggested and a slight chocolate note. A mildly bitter finish.
Slighly creamy but notably light when compared with other milk/sweet stouts I've had.
Overall this was not a bad beer, not an exceptional example of this type of stout either. Creamy mouthfeel was not as creamy as "double cream" would suggest but creamy none the less. I wish I would've been able to try this one fresher as it was a month from Bell's suggested shelf life but I will give it another shot fresh next year.
03-07-2013 04:05:34 | More by shredder83
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
I made the mistake of serving this cold. Not much in the way of a head, but I suspect it would have been better at cellar temp. When cold, the dull nose compliments a dominant chocolate maltiness along the path of Expedition, but miles and miles behind it. The lactose is also very evident and gives this beer a mocha quality. After letting it warm for a while, the other ten malts begin to come out and reveal a mild, very pleasant caramel that marries wonderfully with the cream (think Rollo candy). There's much more to this than a mocha. While I'm reminded, at first, of Goose Island Oatmeal Stout and its intense (and unpleasant) mocha characteristics, when served properly Bell's Special Double Cream has a great deal of character. There's a rind-like drying finish that I suspect are from the light bittering addition. Perhaps some hops are added in the top third of the boil because there is an interesting but very light hoppy note in the background. Lots of cream on the finish, too.
Well integrated, this isn't bad at all. There seems to be a good deal of Crystal (caramel) malt in this brew and yet it doesn't go the way of brown ales (raisiny and, in my opinion, quite poor). It even picks up a good amount of esters either from the yeast or the hops. Not much of a sit-back beer, but perhaps a nice one with a meal (went very well with my fettucine and eggplant parmesan) or over a smoke.
10-24-2003 22:20:44 | More by ngandhi
3.85/5 rDev -3%
Appearance- licorice colour with an ebony/reddish hue. Head dissipates quite quickly, however lacing is ok. Nose- more licorice, oatmeal and some roast. Taste- light roasts, milk chocolate and anise. Carbonation was pretty spritzy for the style, otherwise nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is good- I had no idea that this was 7.5%. Good stout on a winter's day.
12-19-2007 04:42:59 | More by oakbluff
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
Big nose of chocolate ice cream drizzled with caramel and espresso beans, a dash of roasted pecans and shaved chocolate. Starts off like one of those iced coffee drinks you get at the mall, but made with a double shot of French roast rather than some puny house blend. Roastiness gathers some steam on a frizzy carbonation, peaks, then slowly tapers off as a smooth malt back and a few traces of hop make an appearance. A nice beer that should probably accompany food, perhaps a bit too stout on its own.
01-06-2003 16:24:46 | More by inebrius
3.85/5 rDev -3%
I had this before now, in the bottle, but never got around to reviewing it. Taphouse in Ghent had it on Tap so I snagged it.
A- Opaque black with some rosewood brown swimming around the edges. Mocha colored head with good retention.
S- Toasty roasty dark malt with semi-sweet chocolate and a slight tinge of licorice. Some good things going on in the nose just wish the aroma had more of a punch.
T- Again the roasted malts are predominate in the flavor as clued in by the aroma. Coffee, milk chocolate and cocoa round it out nicely.
M- thick and creamy. Not incredibly heavy but there is a definite chewiness. Glazes the mouth and throat nicely.
D- A light body with good taste make this a pretty good choice if I wanted something creamy and roasty. I could definitely knock a couple of these back but would probably pick another stout if it was available. However this would be wonderful with/as dessert so my percentage of ordering it would increase exponentially after a meal.
11-07-2010 20:06:19 | More by Viciousknishs
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
I poured a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance- Dark brown, almost black, with a half fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.
Smell- Roasted malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate.
Taste- Mellow flavors of malt, coffee, and chocolate.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth and creamy. Slightly dry finish with just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall- Pretty good. Enjoyable and definitely worth having again.
02-19-2012 21:02:41 | More by scratch69
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
Jet black in colour with a small off white head. The aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate (think chocolate chips), with more subtle notes of espresso, roasted malt, and a fruit element that I cant quite identify (perhaps plum?). Upon drinking, the chocolate becomes a little less sweet, and takes on more of a powedered cocoa flavor. Theres also a bit of a yeasty note with a bit of leafy hop bitterness at the end. The sweetness is a little less than I expected, but well within stylistic guidelines. I had hoped for a bit more body too, but again, its not as if its thin. I tend to want sweet stouts to completely bowl me over with sweetness and thick mouthfeel. I found this one to be a bit on the tame side, but still a quality beer.
06-30-2005 18:21:29 | More by fisherman34
4/5 rDev +0.8%
A-Pours very dark, nearly pitch black. It has a nice mocha colored head that hangs round for quite some time.
S-Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose. It also has some roasted malt and hops present as well.
T-Very much like the nose with chocolate and coffee leading the way and a nice balance between hops and malts. As it warmed it opened up and was quite delicious. Near the end of the pint it was very chocolaty, creamy, and sweet.
M-Decently thick and creamy.
D-Very drinkable, especially when it warms. I could definitely drink some of these in one sitting.
Overall, I have never been a huge fan of this style, but I could see myself drinking some more of these.
12-05-2010 18:29:37 | More by thegodfather2701
3.81/5 rDev -4%
Appearance - dark brown with mocha colored head
Smell - charred, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee
Taste - dark chocolate, roasted malts, roasted coffee
Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitterness and char on the finish,slight sourness on the back end
Overall - decent stout, I'd like to see a bit more balanced flavor on this
Price Point - $2.25/12 oz single
10-28-2013 00:38:48 | More by keithmurray
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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