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

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,731 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2731
Reviews: 1327
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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mynie

Indiana

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

Wonderful pour! Deep, dark black, completely opaque, with a nice brown head.

Smells like coffee with a hint of milk and powdered coco. Incredibly robust.

Surprisingly tart-tasting up front, a little weak. That moves into a coffee and insanely-complex roasted malt in the middle and a very dry, milky end. Good, but kind of a letdown after taking in the look and smell of this brew.

The body is strange. Fizzy upfront like seltzer, it seems almost to change with the flavor. It gets thick in the middle and ends as creamy as milk. Wonderful.

And for as complex and strong as it is, this is one stout that goes down smooth as silk.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 08:33:05 | More by mynie
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black color with a large and frothy tan head that leaves nice lacing down the glass, a beautiful stout. The aroma is very creamy, like whole milk and sugar, with chocolate and coffee undertones and a cloying sweetness. The taste is very interesting and sort of goes all over the place. You get hints of cocoa, coffee, whole milk, molasses and a mild roasted bitterness. Probably one of the best milk stout's i've had, the alcohol is hidden well and the mouthfeel is extremely creamy and incredibly smooth. This isnt really a beer you could call a session beer, but it's not hard to drink by any means. This is my first beer from Kalamazoo but it's quite impressive, and thanks to NeroFiddled for the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 02:40:20 | More by silver0rlead
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

someone gave me a bottle of this, thanks, but i sampled it at market ave. wine bar in cleveland, oh. cellar temp, 12oz.

black body with a nice tan head.. pours rather thick and murky into a wine glass. scent is heavy on wood and vanilla, nothing too offensive or overpowering. taste mildly reflects the wooden oak aroma and brings out a true roasted nutty flavor along with some fudge notes. tart finish sneaks up on you, more than likely a bit of freshness in a beer that might need a couple months to sit. a decent beer but surprisingly light on the 'sweet and creamy' for style.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 22:18:33 | More by goodbyeohio
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cool label...I've been waiting to try this one. Batch 6707. Pours quite thick, deep dark black with a sturdy, creamy 1" head sitting nicely atop the brew. Lovely lacing...no light dares try to escape. Beautiful. Sweet chocolate maltiness, lactic milk notes, vanilla extract, a bit roasty with a hint of raisins. Big on the sweet malt...but overall the nose is a little weak.

Milk chocolate malt balls float over my tongue..a hint of coffee peeks through as well. Sweet, but not cloying, roasty and toasty. 10 different malts and it shows....rich, creamy and just damn good. A slight hoppiness on the back of the palate with just a hint of bitterness and lactic notes. Awesome sweet stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full and creamy. Washes over my tongue like silk and gently slides down the throat. I find it intensly enjoyable. I regret that I only have one bottle of this fine brew. I will be hunting down a sixer as soon as possible. I recommend this one to any fans of the style as it kicks a large amount of ass. Bell's has impressed me yet again.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 04:28:38 | More by orbitalr0x
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

Pours like dirty, motor oil, and produces an opaque, inky black body. One finger, light brown, head has garnet hues around the fringe and collar. Considerable patch and sheet lace adorn the glass.

Aroma begins with hazelnuts, immediately followed by nice dark malt notes of coffee, carob, and chicory.

Mouthfeel is robust, smooth, and creamy.

Creamy malted chocolate runs out the gate first, with roasted Kona coffee right behind. An understated, toasted almond character is unmistakable, and adds considerable depth. Good hops bitterness keeps it all in check. Finish is bittersweet chocolate/carob, wth a mild coffee aftertaste.

Excellent for the style, and my favorite stout from Bell's.
Re-reviewed on 4-28-05, and well worth doing so. Better score for appearance this time around, as the head revealed some some rusty orange hues in addition to the garnet tints noted in my earlier experience. Aroma score gets bumped up a notch for complexities I missed in my first review. Some smokiness and vanilla notes add to the multiple malt notes to be found in this interesting stout. Mouthfeel, as well, is worthy of an update. Velvety smooth on the palate, and quite exquisite. Ten different malts are used in this one, according to the label, and the adventurous complexity is well worth revisiting. Very tasty, and a very nice stout to sip and savor. One of Bell's better offerings, for sure, and that's quite a compliment.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 00:39:53 | More by merlin48
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Quaffer

Nevada

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 22:36:26 | More by Quaffer
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whynot44

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, very dark coffee colored brew with a nice creamy milk chocolate head that retreats to lace fairly quickly.

The aroma is mostly dark roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and apple.

The taste is dark roasted malt, caramel, toffee, apples, chocolate and cream. It starts mildly sweet, then the roasted bitterness kicks in with a bit of citrus hops, the finish is back to sweet caramel and coffee but the sweetness is never excessive and the alcohol warmth mellows it even more.

Rich and creamy smooth to drink, the body is a little thin, but, again, it doesn't detract that much from a really enjoyable, easy drinking experience. I could drink some more of these, especially in cool weather. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 03:48:08 | More by whynot44
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Star80

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a black concoction with a two-inch, beige head. Seen from the top for a moment, the glass almost looked like a chocolate milkshake. Nice brown lace. Smells quite sweet, like coffee with lots of creamer. Chocolate malts make their presence known on the second whiff. Tastes very sweet, roasty, but not too sweet; as I've disliked this with the other milk stouts. It could be all the roasted malts, or even a background hoppiness that helps keep the sweetness under control. Mouthfeel is my only gripe; it's a little thinner than I want for a beer of this stature. However, since the beer isn't cloyingly sweet and I find I enjoy its balance of bittersweetness, it regains in this area.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 00:29:23 | More by Star80
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BeerFink

Ohio

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

Pours very black with 2 fingers of foamy brown head. Just the slightest red tint near the bottom of the glass, although light does not pass through the main body of the beer. Sticky lacing and good head retention. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with cream in it, a malty mix with some good roastiness. Very full and well rounded taste. Bell's claims to use 10 different malts, and although I can't pick them all out, the blending is apparent. Sweet chocolate mixed with slightly bitter coffee blends well with a slight cream taste, with a roasted flavor throughout. A little sweet fruit is apparent near the beginning, and the faintest of citrous hops makes a showing near the finish. Finish is sweet and creamy with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is big and smooth. Bell's is very good at stouts, and this is no exception. This was the beer that got me into craft beer, and its a pleasure to have it again after quite awhile.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 02:40:23 | More by BeerFink
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow.. pours a deep black color with a tan head that lingers and leaves great lacing. Aroma is slightly musty? Taste is of cream and coffee... wonderfully playing off each other and together. Thick and lush as well. I like this and wish I had more. Note-- This has been cellared for a good 6 months.. YMMV.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 01:01:17 | More by deejaydan
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euskera

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out coffee black with a bit more carbonation than expected. Smell is complex; coffee and dark chocolate and malt sweetness.

Taste is robust, roasted espresso and extra dark bitter chocolate. Just a small bit of sweetness in there as well. The carbonation is a bit distracting after a while.

Wonderful creamy mouthfeel.

All in all an excellent cream stout. I'll have no problem finishing the 6 pack I bought..

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 01:13:39 | More by euskera
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Southernbrew

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque black with a small, tan head that disappears quickly and leaves the thinnest of coverings over the top.

Aroma full of chocolate, smooth roasted coffee and some milkyness.

Body is a bit thinner than I expected, though not thin. Very smooth with just a light carbonation. Big roasted malt flavors show up as well as nice chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. A sweet milk flavor shows up in the end and then leaves with a blend of roasted chocolate and sweet milk left behind.

A fine stout, I wouldn't mind a bit bigger body, but still plenty good. Another thanks is owed to Feloniousmonk for this.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 02:13:11 | More by Southernbrew
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trancefishy

Colorado

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

cellar temp, 54, as always.

appearance is that of a dark dark brew with a toffee coloured head, small but doing it's job lacing.

smell is good, mostly dark roasted things, with some chocolate powder dust sailing around.

taste is smooth, perfect caramel chocolate coffee balance. ooooh, sweet, but, not nasty sweet. just enough to say that hey, i'm likable over here.

mouthfeel: creamy. carbonation: just right for something not thick, but, assertive.

overall, really great. i had this beer a year or two ago, and it was not so good. in fact, i thought it was bad. then i heard someone rave about it, and gave it another try. really good stuff, glad i am re-introduced. thank you, bell's. i love you.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 20:30:38 | More by trancefishy
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ScottS

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a burnt brown color head. The beer poured with a decent head which faded surprisingly quickly. The aroma is very very faint. I think I smell some black patent malt and an unidentified sweetness.

The beer has a fairly complex taste with bits of dark chocolate, black patent malt, and a mild sweetness that's reminiscent of milk and a hint of something else, possibly cherries. Overall, a very good beer. I think this bottle is at least a year old but am not sure as there are no dates on this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 21:06:15 | More by ScottS
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Secter Santa 2004 #8

Absolute black hole body, no light, high or otherwise escaping. Topped by a light tan head, which rose to three fingers before settling to a table top, a bit quick. Some ok lacing.

Nose is a flat out marvelous mocha which leaps from the glass to the nose. Not coffee and chocolate as aspects, instead they are perfectly blended.

Nice roasty notes throughout the taste, lot of coffee, lot of chocolate, both with milk, but a nice bit of dark chocolate and espresso too. Some herbal hoppiness at the end rises up to see "we're here", and while it's nice to have them , they aren't the stars here. There aren't enough o's in smooth for this taste.

Mouthfeel is super slick, coating all in it's wake.

Drinkability. It's a personal tragedy that I have only the one. I'm trying to go slow, but it's not easy.

A "special" stout indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 05:27:55 | More by RonfromJersey
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is black out of the gates with a chocolate milk like foamy head. Head sticks around for a hot minute or two. Some lacing produced. I like the darkness. I have hope.

The smell is of malt and souring milk with some coffee and baker's chocolate notes. Nothing that makes my mouth water. Not foul by any means, just not all that exciting. Quite a neutral aroma.

This is milk stout. Some milky taste that stirs up a feeling of coffee and cream. Low hops profile. The body is somewhat thick but in more of a dairy sense than an oily sense. Quite sweet and dairy like. I can't really perceive any carbonation on my tongue. This is not a repulsive brew by any stretch of the imagination, but I would most likely not try this again. This style seems to lack the things I love about stouts. The milk factor seems to really dull things out. Namely the bitterness and roasted feeling of stout brews. Bell's has much finer drinks available in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 05:09:44 | More by SupaCelt
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an American pint glass

A-Jet black dense color with a few bubbles slowly rising to the surface. The head is a milk chocolate brown but it disappears rather quickly

S- notes of coffee beans and a creamy chocolate hint aswell. Just a little earthiness gives the coffee some depth

T- roasted malt start with lots of sweetness on top of some hoppiness. Finishes with a graham cracker mellowness and just the hint of hops.

M- medium body with residual sweetness but a tart mouthfeel at the end.

D- This is a very pleasant yet complex stout. It has a lot of flavor packed in that bottle but no characteristic is over powering. I would like to see a bit more chewiness in the mouthfeel but definitely a leader in this category.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 00:28:35 | More by rhoadsrage
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a dark coffee color, with a dark brown foamy head that held it's own and stuck around for quite a while. Not much of a scent to note, but odors of coffee and dark chocolate were present. Label states that smoothness is from the 10 different malts used in the brewing process, and I will give them that, this brew is smooth. Overtones of chocolate, malt, sweetness are prevailant, with a touch of a mellow bitterness aftertaste. Very creamy mouthfeel, but I must admit that this brew was far too heavy for my taste. It made me feel like I had a friggin' brick in my stomach. Maybe good with a steak or burger, but overall, was too rich for me. None the less a decent brew, worthy of a try if you are looking for a good example of a smooth stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 01:22:41 | More by Frozensoul327
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of feloniousmonk.
Pours a rich, dark chocolate color, with a creamy off-white head. The head is dense and quite nice looking.
Smell is caramel, chocolate, and a muted cream coffee aroma. The smell is VERY mild, I had a hard time discerning the different elements.
Taste is creamy, sweet, and chocolate. Caramel, a little bit of hop bitterness, and whipped cream. This is a desert beer, I feel like I'm drinking cake.
This is a great stout. Certainly something that couldn't be had every day, but I would say that once in a while this is a fine treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 23:31:34 | More by LuckySevens82
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

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

This is probably one of the best stouts I've ever had, period.

Very drinkable and highly likable! Pours a rich thick black, with a nice 1 inch thick head. Smell is very woody and creamy with some heavy malts smells throughout.

The taste is gorgeous, smooth with slight vanilla like overtones, woody and malty with a cramy aftertaste. Cream and beer don't sound like a good match, but there isn't a dairy taste here really, just more of a hint at it. The aftertaste you can feel a little carbonation prick on the tip of your tongue but goes away quickly.

The mouthfeel was nice and lighter than you might expect.
Overall I am highly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 13:54:43 | More by Gaisgeil
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice find at one of my favorite local haunts, JP O'Malley's in Allentown. This stout oozed out fo the bottle creating something of a respectable head with the help of a moderately vigorous pour. The aroma was something of dark, roasted malt with a creamy overtone - almost like a silencer on a handgun, so to speak. My analogies need work, I know... The flavor was not overly heavy, and the creaminess on the palate was a welcome notation. The roasted malt came through in a nice way all the way through the sip, through to the end of the bottle. A solid offering, to be sure.

Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 12:33:44 | More by goindownsouth
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite as oily, inky dark as Expedition, but plenty dark nonetheless. Capped by a solid, medium-sized, dark khaki head. Bell's stouts always look great to me. Aroma consists of sweetish roasted malt, with a hint of sweet cream, and light metal coffee thermos. Roasty, peaty, and bitter coffee up front. Roasted notes swell along with oak, and a creamy, lacto sweetness. Finish is dry, acidic, coffee and bitter, with smoky, roasted sweetness hanging around. Very nice. Full-bodied, creamy feel. Another absolute winner from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 01:40:41 | More by alexgash
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irishmoss

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Velvety black gloominess in the pour, with a tan/light brown two finger head that leaves brilliant lacing down the sides of the glass. Impressive appearance. The smell is almost entirely malts with a faint whiff of chocolate. The flavor is sweet and roasted malts, with assorted dark chocolates. Oily and silky-smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Unquestionably drinkable with the great flavor and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 06:40:22 | More by irishmoss
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frazbri

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thick, creamy, mocha head topping a black body. Pitch black. Chocolate and coffee aromas with a faint fruitiness. Espresso and mocha flavors. Thick and creamy body with very modest carbonation.

This is an adult milk shake. Rich and creamy body loaded with chocolate flavor. This is a favorite December night cap for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 02:12:30 | More by frazbri
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another oily, rich, dark brown brew from Bells. Alomst black in color. Head was very fine, tan and short. Thinned rapidly to a miniscule layer of bubbles, with most congregating around the edge of the glass. Nose was very roasty and coffeeish, with little suggestions of any hops. Smooth on the tongue, and had a medium body, but was still hoping/expecting more here. Quite roasty and very dry. Has some creamy, choco notes with a subtle but pleasant sweetness. Floral hops, though in the background, round things out. Fairly good, overall.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

785

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 20:16:48 | More by Bierman9
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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