Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.69/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Black with dark brown head.
Aroma: Coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a slightly sweet smell like condensed milk. (Double Cream Stout is dairy free)
Taste & Mouthfeel: Straightforward stout here; roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate with a smooth mouthfeel, a bit of tingly carbonation, and a rich, dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. Texture is nice and smooth, but the carbonation seemed a bit high for the beer, as it distracted from the smooth texture and didn’t fit the dark flavors.
Final Word: A solid, drinkable, no frills stout. All of the flavors are very pleasant and balanced, but nothing here really surprises or innovates. This is the kind of stout you can rely on when you need something comfortable and drinkable, but will disappoint if you are looking for something to take you out of the ordinary. This is a double edged sword, as there is definitely something to be said for really nailing a rich stout, but it lacks that special something that could make it a favorite or make it stand out in your memory. Grab it when you want something very drinkable and smooth, or when you want to make a meal pairing, as its straightforward profile makes it perfect for that purpose!
Serving type: growler
06-21-2014 19:04:18 | More by Louisville-Beer-Reviews
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,847 ratings.