Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle from batch 10080, which I believe makes it from the winter of '10/'11. Since this beer was pretty clearly not intended to be consumed at such an age, I've given it scores that won't affect its current average at all. Consider the following notes illustrative more than evaluative.
A: Black body with a half inch off-white head, even with a vigorous pour. Minimal lace. Still carbonated, but definitely not as lively as one would hope.
S: A bit of dark fruit oxidation actually goes quite nicely with the creamy milk chocolate and roasted malt notes. Still quite enjoyable.
T: Solid here as well, with chocolate dominating throughout. Smooth, creamy, and a bit sweet.
M: A little thin, with only light carbonation. Not great.
O: This was surprisingly good with some age on it, but is definitely better fresh.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 02:09:17 | More by woosterbill
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
an absolutely delicious stout, but i don't get the cream part, there s no sweet finish or body like the milk sugar usually imparts on these beers, but other than that curious absence for its name, its a wonderful beer. rich and dark, huge grain bill i have to imagine, with special dark, carafa, and burnt barley, among chocolate and caramel too. it all combines into a very coffee like aroma, with some good roast to it, no acidity, and an intense dark chocolate element, bakers chocolate, unsweetened even. super dark to look at too, no light coming in, and not much head on it, but some khaki froth when i aggravate it. the flavor is not overly complex, just the dark grains meshing together all the way through. the thing that makes this beer special i think, is its texture, its rich and creamy without being filling, sweet, or too strong to drink a bunch of. not as bitter in the finish as its color should mandate that it is, velvety, and i could make a morning of these for sure, great pre-noon beer if you ask me. thanks to clay station for sharing a bottle this morning.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2014 17:52:52 | More by StonedTrippin
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,872 ratings.