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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,842 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,842
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 164
Gots: 195 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001)
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slighty oily, black with a cappucino head.

Somewhat coffee stoutish on the nose. Coffee with chocolate added, burnt cookies, with a certain lactose maltiness.

Flavor is mocha, a background of coffee and milky malt with a hoppy kiss in the finish and a wonderful chocolate fade. The body is medium-full, which the creaminess supports well.

Really well made year after year. This was my original go to breakfast stout and for that I give it props.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 03:19:21 | More by brownbeer
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Brettster

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Very nice tan head that faded fairly quickly to a fine tan lacing round the glass. Pours coffee black. Smells sweet and a hint of roasted malts and coffee. This beer is definitely a well balanced treat. This beer is thick and creamy. Definitely one of the creamier stouts that I have had. It starts off sweet with a very nice roasted finish. If you enjoy stouts, this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:44:59 | More by Brettster
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light tan head on a dark black coffee liquid. Some of the bubbles appear to almost be ruby colored although the beer is definitely darker than these bubbles.

Smells like strong chocolate , some raisin and roasted malts

Tastes sweet at first, then chalk strangely comes into the palate, with a dark roasted malt. Finishes surprisingly refreshing for a stout. Tastes light / refreshing as the sweetness overcomes the dark malt and wins the battle

There is a pretty thick mouthfeel to this beer at first, but as you hold onto it, it feels surprisingly thin probably due to the chalky sweetness. This beer is pretty strongly carbonated.

Drinkable beer, the sweetness really changes the moutfeel of the beer. Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 23:03:15 | More by alpinebryant
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my sam smith quasi tulip,nice deep brown,pretty much void of light.nice roasted coffee and chocolate nose.

nice flavor profile,roasted barley (i think), coffee,dark chocolate,bit of coffee like acridity,rounded out with some sweetness. really drinkable.

smooth mouthfeel, great drinkability.really into this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 04:40:39 | More by wyattshotmaker
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OnThenIn

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: There was one finger of slightly darker tan head that did leave a tiny bit of lacing. The beer itself was jet black in color.

Smell: There is a great deal of chocolate in the nose, which is evenly balanced with the coffee. Both of these are backed nicely by roasted malt. There is a bit of sweetness, molasses like, aroma as well.

Taste: The sweetness was the initial and final flavor that I tasted, but there was a nice roasty bitterness battling it. Just like with the smell, I wish there was more complexity. When I think bell's stout I think badass beers, and this is more of just a daily drinker.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation making it drinkable. It did feel a little bit chalky, but the finish is rather clean except for a little bit of sugar on the tail end.

Drinkability: This beer was rather drinkable, especially due to the finish. The carbonation was not too much to affect the drinkability. There was a certain smoothness that was nice, and the nice light, even though not crisp finish, was rather enjoyable. I liked the big flavor for the smaller abv, I just wish it was a bit cheaper (as I do with quite a few of bell's beers).

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 04:47:26 | More by OnThenIn
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manahansf

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brown with slight red highlights and a clingy, creamy, tan head. The scent of sweet chocolate is subtle on the nose and is echoed in the flavor. Behind the taste of the chocolate there is a background coffee flavor. The body is mild with low levels of carbonation. A semi-tart flavor throughout remains to the finish which fades slow through a subtle yet robust coffee malt flavor. As the flavor fades slowly, it leaves only a hint of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 23:03:01 | More by manahansf
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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black color with a 1-finger, light brown head. Very appealing.

Smell: Has a roasted malt smell that wasn't as strong as I expected. Has hints of coffee and a little chocolate, hidden nicely.

Taste: Tastes of coffee. But, it's not as overpowering as some other stouts. This is a little sweeter than others and it is quite complimentary.

Mouthfeel: This has a nice full body that is not quite thick or creamy, but it is full and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer. My only real complaint is that it is a little filling for me. I could certainly get this again, but could only have one or two in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 20:30:55 | More by civilizedpsycho
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark red. Only slightly translucent at the edges and in the legs. Caramel colored head rises up a solid finger but dissolves quickly leaving a thin film.

Smells comes in fast and furiously with black coffee and chocolate. Wow does that get me excited to try this one!!!

Tastes like a very pleasant blend of coffee, unsweetened choclate, cream, and a tastey raostiness.

Slightly less carbonation than I expected but it still works.

Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 04:33:15 | More by AleWatcher
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brownish black, typical for stout, slight tan head forms

S: caramel, toffee, licorice, vanilla, chocolate, coffee... lots going on here, smells nice!

T: Pretty much just like the nose, a bit of a molasses character atop all of the chocolate and caramel flavors. Little to no hop character. This is all malts.. which is to be expected considering its use of 10 different malts. Very tasty and well balanced. It is sweet, but bitter chocolate and roasty characteristics give it a nice balance

MF: Thick, creamy, a little chewy, slightly viscous

D: This is very rich and complex or a cream stout. Definitely has more character than say Left Hand Milk Stout or FFF Moloko. There is a lot of caramel and toffee aspects which are quite nice. The drinkability is good, but takes a hit due to its intense richness.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:01:39 | More by homebrew311
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark, dark brown, almost black, with three fingers of tan-brown head that subsides slowly. Tons of lacing. Great looking beer. It almost reminds me of a Guiness.

Smell: Bitter, burnt coffee, almost to the point of being astringent. Some sweetness in the background.

Taste: Coffee, some chocolate, and a chemical sweetness with the same astringency that there was in the smell. The overall taste is fairly mild and uncomplicated - an initial bite from the coffee flavors, but then there's a slightly unpleasant artificial sweetness. The finish is very smooth, and the coffee flavor does linger for quite some time. The artificial sweetness went away after a few sips, and was replaced by a sweetness more characteristic of a milk stout. I prefer this one over the other Java Stout which is also made by Bell's

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, and low carbonation. Makes it very drinkable, but it could stand to be a little more carbonated.

Drinkability: It was very easy to drink. The flavor is mild, and the low carbonation makes it easier to drink quickly. I wasn't getting the complexity a lot of people got out of this one. I think this is one of those beers where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - not my favorite beer, but solid in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 21:15:17 | More by LiquidBread219
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Godot

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, with bubbles taking some time to push their way to the top but eventually forming a nice finger tall, tan head that eases its way back to a ring with a few chunky islands of head floating in the middle. Opaque black. Smells good but its very subtle. Admittedly the beer is a little cooler than it ought to be so this may be part of the problem. Taste initially suffers for the same reason, but as it warms up the flavor profile expands nicely. Nice roasted flavors that meld with a slight sweetness reminds me of burnt marshmallow. The mouthfeel is velvety and thick. Overall this is a really nice "sweet" stout. I put the sweet in quotations because it definitely does not play this side up as much as some of its peers. Its a stout first with just enough sweetness to balance out the bitterness nicely, leaving a very full character taste. I would definitely buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 19:18:26 | More by Godot
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a thick 2 finger head of tanned foam. Nose is hoppy upfront with the burnt grains filling out the middle an the finish is sweet and chocolate-like. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Taste is bitter with a mix of both hops an burnt grain. Bitter chocolate fills the mouth with a very pleasant taste that lingers. Medium feel. Very well balanced with the hops and bitterness keeping the chocolate in check.

Serving type: growler

11-13-2009 19:35:45 | More by stakem
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trbergman

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Very dark brown beer with one finger of clinging tan head that leaves plenty of lace.

S - Subdued aromas of roast barley, coffee, and chocolate, with hints of molasses.

T - Rich milk chocolate mixes with coffee-and-cream. There's a slightly acrid roasted flavor lingering in the background that I don't entirely like, but it's mostly covered up by chocolate. Hop flavor is practically nonexistent, though the beer has significant level of hop bitterness for the style. It's good, but given the name, I was expecting a more straightforward sweet stout.

M - Full-bodied; rich and silky.

D - According to the bottle, Bell's Special Double Cream is "brewed with a blend of 10 different malts." To me, it felt like the brewery was trying to do too much with this beer, and a little restraint would go a long way. It wasn't altogether unenjoyable, but this isn't one that I'd go out of my way to get.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:50:14 | More by trbergman
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Pours a gentle light reddish brown creamy head with good retention. Brew itself is opaque blood red/black. Lacing is excellent, layered and web-like.

S: Nose is roasted coffee and fresh whole milk with a twinge of sweet sugar.

T: Opens spicy, malty chocolate, transitions into milk, and roasted coffee, ends a bit alcoholic with a sour black coffee and sugary finish. Milk sugar becomes more and more prominent as this one warms, masking the other flavors.

M: Medium bodied. Starts off coarse but smooths out nicely. Silky and a bit oily mouthfeel. Finishes wet and messy, leaving a noticeable aftertaste.

D: Very highly drinkable. Body is great for its style though it's not as malty as I expected. Kind of like Mackeson XXX stout but not as sweet with a more robust body. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 02:07:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a 16oz nucleated tumbler... nice full somewhat creamy head. Great retention, some lacing. Beer is black, with absolutely no light shining through when held up to the light

S- Smells like coffee with cream and a tiny bit of sugar

T- A perfect combination of sweet and toasted malts mesh perfectly from start to finish... nice coffee flavor in the finish

M- Smooth. Light carbonation, full bodied though its not chewy

D- Delicious. I will definately look into buying more of this... a great beer for once the weather starts to cool

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 01:39:17 | More by bbeane
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden on 11/6/09.

A - Smooth black onyx color with deep ruby highlights and one-finger creamy tan cap that receded to a thin veil and deposited strands of sticky lace around the glass.

S - I'm a little stuffy today, but I am able to pull out sweet lactic/milky notes, chocolate and some roasted malt, as well as a hint of coffee.

T - Bitter chocolate abounds with a sweet backing of milky notes. Finishes with a bit of earthy hop bitterness and a robust roasted malt character.

M - Medium bodied and surprisingly a tad coarse and prickly, yet still displays a fairly thick and oily mouthfeel overall. Finishes somewhat sticky with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Double Cream is a good stout overall, and I found it to be a bit more bitter than I was anticipating. Tasty, but not overly complex, as I tend to like my stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 12:50:50 | More by ffejherb
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark, dark brown, almost black, with three fingers of tan-brown head that subsides slowly. Tons of lacing. Great looking beer.

Smell: Bitter, burnt coffee, almost to the point of being astringent. Some sweetness in the background.

Taste: Coffee, some chocolate, and a chemical sweetness with the same astringency that there was in the smell. The overall taste is fairly mild and uncomplicated - an initial bite from the coffee flavors, but then there's a slightly unpleasant artificial sweetness. The finish is very smooth, and the coffee flavor does linger for quite some time. The artificial sweetness went away after a few sips, and was replaced by a sweetness more characteristic of a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, and low carbonation. Makes it very drinkable, but it could stand to be a little more carbonated.

Drinkability: It was very easy to drink. The flavor is mild, and the low carbonation makes it easier to drink quickly. I wasn't getting the complexity a lot of people got out of this one. I think this is one of those beers where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - not my favorite beer, but solid in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 01:38:05 | More by StarlightSeraph
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from trade with jnn4v.

12oz bottle. batch 8842. tasted in early june 2009.

black, nearly opaque, some reddish brown translucency on the edges. 1.5-finger beige head, fades to wisps and ring. splotchy lacing here and there.

aroma: carob, cocoa and hint of vanilla, w tart plum, and then figs and cherry, as the caramel, brown sugar, molasses and malt then comes out, plus roast notes and hint of coffee. faint earthy hop grassiness in back.

taste: similar interplay of flavors, though the roast and mash comes out slightly more. moderate bitterness, but smoothed out by pleasant maltiness. vanilla, cocoa, carob and touch of fruity esters. off-dry finish w lingering trace acidity.

syrupy feel, creamy and smooth, w gentle acidity and astringency in finish. mild to moderate carbonation helps with both bringing out flavor and giving a fluffy creaminess.

the combination of dessert-like qualities actually cuts down all-night drinkability however.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 12:07:29 | More by tai4ji2x
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Opaque black with thick light brown head and major lacing lines.

Smell: Rich roasted aroma, highlighting coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted barley, with semi-sweet undertones of molasses.

Taste: Starts off slightly sweet (molasses and dark fruit) but quickly becomes dominated by roasted flavors of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The taste of cream is persistent throughout and then ends just slightly bitter.

Feel: Low carbonation, rich full body, ridiculously smooth and creamy, somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Fantastic English-style stout. Lots of flavor yet very easy to drink. However, I am strangely not compelled to seek it out again, as I would rather have the Kalamazoo Stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 01:43:36 | More by bsp77
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at The Stable for Firkin Friday's.
Poured into nonic.

A - Pours black, no head, just a few large bubbles on top. Very slick and smooth, no lacing or head retention to speak of.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted nuts, whipped cream.

T - Similar to nose. Like drinking chocolate milk with more roasted characteristics to it. Some coffee in there as well, which shows up as the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, no carbonation.

D - A very good milk/sweet stout. Had a couple of these during the night but was ready to move on to something else after a bit.

Serving type: cask

11-07-2009 18:30:18 | More by Sean9689
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrific soul-penetrating black pour with a moderate tan head. Decent retention, good lacing. Head eventually settles into a thin foam across the top.

Nose is pleasant, but a good too subtle. Coffee, roasted nuts, sweet. Taste is sweet, with notes of coffee, roasted nuts, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is good - smooth with medium to heavy carbonation. Creamy. Medium to full body.

Drinkability is very good, particularly for a stout. I burned through my glass quite quickly. Fairly filling.

Definitely intend to purchase again. One of my favorite stouts to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 01:02:44 | More by Mavajo
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Brewed with a blend of 10 malts, Double Cream is an incredibly rich stout composed of dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, toasty finish" - so sayth the bottle

Ahh, Bell's, so many good beers, here's to hoping this one is good as well.
Poured from a bottle (batch 9357) into my favorite tulip glass.

A: Dark brown almost black appearance with a thin tan head
S: Chocolate, sweetness, slight soft cofee notes
T: Bitterswet chocolate taste with a very smooth long finish with a slight bitterness. Chocolate coffee milk for grown ups!
M: Honestly, felt a little lighter in the mouth than expected. Would have liked a little heavier feel
D: Indeed

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:06:24 | More by kbutler1
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BronYrAur

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Jet black with a nice dark tan head...decent staying power and I imagine a bit more lace if I weren't drinking out of this pint glass. Very nice.

S. Generous chocolaty, coffee aroma is evident immediately upon pouring, really nice nose that just pops as soon as the bottle is cracked.

T. Nice restrained coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes initially that become quickly covered by a very dark, roasted malt overload that characterizes all of Bell's stouts. Not sure I really get enough initial sweetness to really see "sweet" or "milk stout," though. The strong roastiness overpowers these elements just a bit too much for my taste.

F. Initially the carbonation seems a bit bright, but this quickly fades as the beer warms a bit. Nice silky, moderately creamy mouthfeel that could probably be a bit more full.

D. This isn't really intended to be a session beer but it definitely goes down easier than, say, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. This has a silkier, softer finish that, while still a bit thicker on the roastiness than I would like for the style, allows this brew to go down very smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:35:58 | More by BronYrAur
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

$14.99 / 6 pk.

S: Roasted coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Excellent.

A: Big loose brown head that has some definite staying power. Covers and laces nicely. Opaque dark brown to black body.

T: Very nice stout. Roasted nuts, coffee, and just a little chocolate. A little more chocolate would rock, but I can't complain.

M: Medium body and low to medium carbonation and very smooth. A bit heavier body would be nice, but again, I can't complain.

D: Stout isn't normally my thing, but I could easily do this all night. Goes down easy and tastes great!

O: Awesome beer! I'll be buying more to share with friends and family.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 04:13:52 | More by dpnelson1978
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown that is almost impenetrable by light. Faint reddish brown hues lighten up around the edges when held up to a light source. Foam is rather thin and quickly fades to a thin raing around the glass. Almost no lacing left behind.

S - Light lacto-sweetness in the nose mixed with a nice roasted grain aroma. Hints of dark chocolate mixed in as well.

T - Light milk chocolate sweetness up front with a nice roasty bitterness backing it. Both flacors play off each other through the entire drink without one becoming more dominant than the other. Hints of vanilla mixed in towards the end.

M/D - Medium bodied and very creamy fee. Carbonation gives a lightly fizzy feel on the tongue in the finish. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 17:38:00 | More by ckeegan04
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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