Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.
Pours a dark brown color with a one finger tan head. The head settled to form a ring around the glass but had pretty good lacing on the glass.
Aroma has some sweet chocolate along with a little coffee and roasted flavor.
Taste is sweet at first with some chocolate and coffee notes and it finishes with moderate bitterness to help balance out the sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good, this is a nice drinking stout that I can have a few of in a sitting.
12-07-2009 00:04:51 | More by billab914
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Black, light ruby highlights, with a mocha coloured, thin head. Fair retention and lacing. Lactose sweetness in the aroma, chocolatey and malty, light alcohol and moderate roasted character. Full body with low carbonation. Silky smooth texture, a bit milky. Balance is on the malty side, lactose, low roasted flavour but the roast barley contributes to dryness at the finish. Low bitterness and just a bit of milk chocolate. Very light alcohol warmth. Pretty good stout overall, quite enjoyable.
07-22-2005 01:06:35 | More by DrJay
4.05/5 rDev +2%
12 oz undated bottle poured into pint glass.
A - Opague black/brown with dark mahogany highlights. Smallish tan head that too quickly turns to a small ring. Limited lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt with undercurrents of vanilla, coffee, chocolate.
T- mainly dark roasted malt, with hints of coffee, chocolate and vanilla, in diminishing order. This stout has a definite sweetness to begin, but ends with a long but mellow bitter and slightly dry finish. Rich and interesting flavor.
Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and creamy. Decent carbonation. Medium body. Seemed smoother as it warmed.
Another good beer from a great brewery.
01-18-2011 03:00:41 | More by chinchill
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Received as a fantastic extra in a super trade with Kbeals... Huge thanks Kevin.
I'm broke and diving into stuff in the fridge... poured into my Delirium goblet.
Thin lite tan head... the brew is of course black.
Nose is pretty roasty with a background sweetness... French roast ...
Flavor is a good standard milk stout... could actually use a bit more sweetness to balance the dark malts.. lite bittersweet chocolate... good body and carbonation... sorry not alot more to say... this is just a great beer and a great take on the style.
Thanks again Kevin... You're good people.
02-24-2010 09:04:10 | More by JohnGalt1
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.
Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of sweet vanilla and smaller amounts of unsweetened chocolate.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Creamy roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by hints of vanilla. Midway through the sip good amounts of dark chocolate flavors come out before a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass with no problem and could have a few of these.
Overall this is an easy-drinking Milk Stout that balances that milk and stout portions quite nicely. Worth a shot.
05-19-2009 20:28:01 | More by glid02
3.73/5 rDev -6%
Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 11507, bottled September 26, 2012.
Black body with a creamy brown head, with almost a reddish tinge to it. Light retention and a bit of lace. Nose of sweet and dark chocolate, light roast and some vanilla. Some hazelnut as well. Taste has some roast, creamy/milk chocolate and dark malt character. Some metallic as well. Medium full body and carbonation was a bit high initially. I'm sure this would be delightful on nitro.
01-22-2013 02:52:40 | More by liamt07
British Columbia (Canada)
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Batch ID 7219, packaged on January 13, 2006.
A: Black with a tan head. Not much retention, leaves a little leg with some assistance.
S: A good amount of nose & very pleasant. Piney American hops, brown sugar and plenty of dark maltyness (bread, nut).
T: Slight sweetness, mild roastyness, mild acidity. Bready, chocolate, molases, caramel & pine. Quite nice, though I actually thought the Kalamazoo was a little more flavourful.
M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Carbonation on the light side of moderate.
D: Very good.
I LOVE Bell's stouts!
08-24-2006 21:33:34 | More by Derek
4.53/5 rDev +14.1%
The beer pours a midnight black color with a monstrous light chocolate head that creamy in its consistency and the left over lace a fine satiny sheet to meld with the glass. Rich chocolate malt sweet nose, coffee, roasted grain and just a treasure to sniff, front is ambrosial, full and rich as is the full bodied top. Finish is bittersweet, mildly acidic, bone dry and a real pleasing beer.
10-26-2003 16:43:28 | More by Gusler
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, mahogany highlighted, blackish-brown coloring with a creamy, fluffy, smooth, tall, light tan head that slowly settles into a filmy surface coat, leaving an impressive lacing along the glass. Aromas of cream first and foremost, with a subtle bittersweet mocha character in the backbone. Hints of vanilla and smoke, as well. Flavors are cream forward, with a rich and sweet blend, cut through with the bitterness of dark roast coffee, hints of baker's chocolate, and highlights of smoke. Very short lived sweetness, but it flashes back just as strong with every sip, only to be the Trojan horse for the bittersweet and smoky blend on the palate. Solid and balanced. Dry, light bodied, despite the robust flavors, but the beer is able to maintain a smooth feeling throughout. The bitter lingers through to the aftertaste, with a coffee theme, but there are also lingering hints of the creamy sweetness that started it all. Slick transition into a dry finish, with a bittersweet linger. Very easy to drink, both in body and ABV, and very flavorful. Solid beer.
10-21-2013 23:33:31 | More by GarthDanielson
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.
Bottle code 10151, which means it was bottled 1.25.11
Appearance - Near black, with a nice, lively tan head. Good retention and lacing.
Smell - Roasted coffee and malts.
Taste - Similar to smell, more smokey flavors and some coffee flavors.
Drink - Good carbonation.
05-22-2011 04:03:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.88/5 rDev +22.9%
Color: Pitch black with a thin brown head.
Aroma: Creamy and sweet. Hints of chocolate and mild roastiness in the nose.
Taste: Rich and creamy with strong coffee/chocolate flavors upfront. Roastiness is just right. Smooth and vibrant.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. Chocolate lingers on the palate.
Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Nails it on the mouthfeel alone. This is a style that is supposed to be sweet and creamy and I feel that Bells lives up to it.
07-16-2008 21:30:39 | More by Brad007
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours a solid black color with a creamy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roast, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, hints of sweet caramel and little to no hop aroma. Taste is sweet creamy and smooth. Whipped milk chocolate mousse with hints of mocha, caramel and roast. Sweet roasty creamy and flavorful. Medium body with a velvety smooth creamy silky mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. That is a nice flavorful stout. Its hard to believe there is no lactose in there.
01-27-2012 00:26:16 | More by johnnnniee
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Reviewed from notes:
Appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger creamy head
Smell: coffee, mocha, malts
Taste: mokah, little iron or oxidation,
Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, creamy, smooth
Overall: A very enjoyable cream stout just wish it didn't have that iron / oxidation aftertaste.
03-02-2011 21:16:36 | More by THECPJ
3.43/5 rDev -13.6%
Poured from 12oz bottle into Stone IPA glass. Nice dark appearance with thin beige foam.
Smell is nothing special in my opinion, mostly roasted malt aroma with a little sour smell mixed in. Unfortunately the flavor is about the same. Wasn't as thick or creamy as I hoped based on the name. Just a run-of-the-mill stout to me.
I won't seek it out again.
12-23-2005 16:21:13 | More by TurdFurgison
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
appearance: black and bold, chocolate brown thick and creamy head (like most of the bell's stouts), head fades but laces the glass
smell: fairly mild, sweet milk chocolate, light coffee and cream, faint cherry, slight roastiness to the aroma as well
taste: milk chocolate, light coffee roast, quite sweet.
mouthfeel: rich and creamy, thick and chewy
drinkability: not as heavy as other bell's stouts, refreshing like chocolate milk
Not the first bell's stout i would seek out but a great milk/sweet stout
08-12-2005 19:26:43 | More by dirtylou
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
Not much head at all but decent lacing. Very dark, opaque appearance. Aromas slightly muted; roasty and vaguely metallic. Excellent flavor. Roasty, complex, malty, balanced, just the right amount of bitterness. Medium long finish, lingering nicely without a bitter aftertaste. Not a hoppy stout, which I like. Good mouthfeel with creamy, tongue-coating quality. Not too thick. Another superb Bell's offering. The roasted malt dominates, with the standard chocolate and coffee notes well in the background for a change. Nicely malty but only slightly sweet.
I really liked this one!
09-06-2011 18:28:53 | More by tobelerone
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Appearance- Pour leaves a wafer thin, beige head that quickly recedes to a ring around the edge of the beer. Color is a very, very, very dark brown. Almost like brownie mix.
Smell- A great sugared cream aroma mixed with melted milk chocolate mixed with some slight, dry acidity to the finish.
Taste- Starts out warm milk sweet and hot chocolate. This leads too a more easily defined roasted malt character. The sweetness slowly trades with a dry bitterness. Like a drop of hops was added to my goodnight milk.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth to start but finishes a little and acidic.
03-11-2006 22:21:54 | More by scruffwhor
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
on tap at POPE in philly
A - Pours midnight black with a substantial, yet fading head, leading to some spotty lacing.
S - Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.
T - Plenty of dry roasted malts in the beginning along with coffee beans and woodyness. Hints of dark chocolate and vanilla are present but plenty of hops peek through especially in the end. Finishes dark and dry with some lingering sweetness.
M/D - Slightly heavier body but still very tingly and chewy. Smooth, creamy, and drinkable.
This is about as tasty as it gets for the style.
10-02-2010 05:56:40 | More by xnicknj
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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