Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.93/5 rDev -1%
Here’s an extra from a recent trade with GusDom: Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout. Sometimes brewers go a little nuts when it comes to complexity, and this particular beer is brewed with ten different malts, so I’m hoping its flavor is not too varying for its own good.
Brewed about eight months before the date of this tasting (“Packaged 10/10/11” on the label).
A: This stout pours a dark mahogany in color, almost black, with a thin, fizzy head of beige micro-bubbles. There’s just a hint of wet, dark brown retention and just a touch of too-oily lacing. Looks much thicker than a beer with less than 7% alcohol.
S: Subdued scents: vanilla Coke, walnut, caramel malts, and maple icing. Sweet and inviting, there is a gooey almond butter richness to the nose – as creamy as creamy stouts get – and with a touch of strawberry and tropical fruitiness. Pops in the end with a kick of fresh citric acid.
T: Flavorful and dark, swimming in tobacco smoke, roasted wheat, baked pear, and cedar sawdust. Its malt base is burnt sugar, black, buttery, and creamy; it’s as if a porter took on the fuller tastes of a vanilla milkshake. Soft ginger and whole hop taste of rose water and lemon pulp, as well, with a finish of sugary cream and brighter-than-most roast.
M: Wonderfully smooth, though it’s more porter than stout. There’s a ton of carbonation for such a heavy body, constantly picking up the roasted tones and reemphasizing that this is a low-ABV beer.
O: Quite possibly the greatest flavor-to-alcohol ratio I’ve experienced in a beer so far. It would be a shame to miss this whenever I saw it on the shelves – especially for aging.
05-19-2012 23:15:02 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 01/04/12.
A: Pours a thick black with a 1 finger khaki head. A little light gets through the glass but only around the edges. Head dissipates after 2 or 3 minutes lacing the sides of the glass.
S: Malty aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark fruits in there as it warms up.
T: Starts off with a nice light coffee taste with a background of chocolate. A little bit of hops come through at the end.
M: Great creamy mouthfeel. Not much carbonation but that is OK with something so creamy.
Overall an easy drinking and tasty stout. Could use more of a punch but that may take away from its session-ability. Better on tap.
05-01-2012 01:17:44 | More by CloudStrife
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
A – Poured smoothly into the glass finishing in a foamy head which melted into a fine lace
S – Smell is malty but subtle with a touch of sweet; the roasted scent came through, no alcohol detected.
T- Very rich and flavorful, roasted malts come through with smooth chocolate finish. Just a little burn from the alcohol
M- Mouth starts smooth, gets a little bubbly and the carbonation helps it hang around for a bit.
O – This is wonderful and very drinkable beer. The flavor and aroma was not overpowering and the mouth was light and creamy. Wish I had more right now
04-29-2012 00:28:51 | More by sammib528
3.93/5 rDev -1%
Another TotalWine purchase from my AZ trip
Enjoyed last night
12oz format with a Nonic taster glass
A: The color is a deep dark brown that sits a near black in the glass. Produces an awesomely thick brown sugar head with lots of tiny cascading bubbles and superb retention. Chunky ribbons of lace.
S: Smells of dark roasted malts and fruity plum-like esters. Chocolate covered raisins. Fruitiness segues to more of a dry roast coffee earthiness.
T: Taste is a rich and complex roasted malt profile. Lot's of dark pit fruits by way of dried plums. Cocoa - Milk and bitter chocolates with a moderate level of bitterness that hits mid palate. Earthy with a touch of smokiness in the end. No real alcohol detectable. Flavors dont linger for too long but a really enjoyable stout.
M: Mouthfeel is definitely smooth and well rather creamy. Actually has a lighter body but the richness of the malts give a fuller perception to the palate. Lower viscosity compared to say an Impy stout. A bit wet in the finish.
D: This is a really nice drinkable stout that provides lots of rich flavor without the thick heavy and heavy body of an Impy. Has me wishing I picked up a full 6er. With the wetter finish the flavors do seem to drop out a bit quicker than desired but overall nicely done.
04-26-2012 18:47:31 | More by Nugganooch
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
Reviewing my first ever Bell's brew.
This beer pours nicely with just the right amount of viscosity and awesome dark coffee color. Nice head formed, lacing is present as it subsides
The aroma is nice roasty malt bathed in dark chocolate. Very nice.
Upon first sip, I was shocked at how carbonated this was. The taste was great, though and it stuck around on the tongue for a decent time. Too many stouts tend to fizzle out on the aftertaste, but the nice creamy taste and texture was superb.
The carbonation was too much for my liking. As the beer warmed and I swirled it, the bubbles were tamed and this turned into a creamy delicious stout.
I really hope people understand and are not mislead into thinking this is a milk stout or anything similar. It is a plain stout that has a rich and roasty creamy body that is full flavored, not sweet, but not too dry.
04-24-2012 02:23:38 | More by markmiller
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
A - Jet back with a thick tan head. Lacing is average.
S - Strong chocolate and coffee on the nose. Some extra notes of vanilla.
T - Coffee upfront followed by all the things found in the nose. Compact and full bodied, and enjoyable experience.
M - Rich, thick and creamy. This is a prime example of how the cream stout should be made. More carbonation than I am used to for a stout, but I like it.
O - This is a fantastic hit from Bells that I have had on a number of occasion but just now am getting around to reviewing, For those who love creamy, full bodied brews, look no further. Robust and contains the balance of some of the best.
04-23-2012 05:16:59 | More by mscudder
4.13/5 rDev +4%
A-Black two finger light tan head that leavs some lacing.
S-Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and some vanilla.
T-Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, tad of vanilla decent bitterness.
O-I think this is better than Kalamazoo, should have them side by side in the future. A tad more vanilla and this beer would be a lot better.
04-22-2012 17:00:44 | More by rlee1390
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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