Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
I have no idea what took me so long to enter a review for this guy. This era ends now. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a finger of light sandy ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light vanilla, light maple syrup, and very light molasses. A mild sweetness hangs above it all, a whisper confirming the style. The taste ups the roast ante a bit and adds a touch of coffee, but, beyond that, everything else from the smell remains constant. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, other than a carbonation a smidgen too active for my tastes here, this is a great milk stout. Get some.
02-20-2011 01:27:47 | More by TMoney2591
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Complimentary bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, saved from their Bell's tasting.
Pours an inky black into a snifter, nice chocolaty foam rises and settles on the inside of the glass.
Slight lactic aroma, mild roasty malt. After the first taste, the huge flavor blasts the aromas into submission. Mouthfeel is velvety, big roasty milk chocolate coats the palate. Very tasty, bigger than the Kalamazooo Stout, but not as monstrous or rich as the Expedition. Creamy overall feel, exceptional balance and drinkability.
Come back to IL, please!!
03-07-2007 02:14:03 | More by emerge077
3.85/5 rDev -3%
A - Poured out a jet black color with a bubbly, caramel-colored, three-finger head. It left nice trails of lace.
S - It smelled of toffe, caramel and malts.
T - It tasted very sweet. A nice milky chocolate flavor. A good dose of caramel flavors.
M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is another great Bell's product. One of the better milk/sweet stouts that I've had.
07-13-2007 00:10:19 | More by zeff80
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
Absolutely opaque black in color... I couldn't find any highlights even when held directly to the light. A really creamy dark tan head holds quite well but eventually drops to a thin surface covering and very nice collar. The aroma is surprisingly complex with notes of sweet milk chocolate, creamy coffee, light cocoa, mild buttery biscuits, dark baker's chocolate and the very "burnt" roastiness of rich and oily coffee beans. Quite inviting, and engaging as well! The body is medium/full with a fine carbonation that foams up in the mouth giving it an even fuller mouthfeel. The flavor is equally impressive and just as complex as the aroma with notes of dark fruit (and apples) and sweet chocolate up-front, even sweeter creamy cocoa and caramel as it warms, a rising solid bitterness and deep roastiness as it enters the swallow with a touch of alcohol, followed by a dry finish that's loaded with lingering bitterness, dry coffee-like roastiness, and a light touch of mildy tart dark fruitiness. Quite rich and exciting! Well worth seeking out.
01-02-2003 19:14:37 | More by NeroFiddled
3.93/5 rDev -1%
Pours opaque with a very dark tan head. Malty nose. Nice roasted bean flavor profile with an obvious sweet tone to it. Thick liquid feel. Nice level of carbonation. Overall, I'll say this is a pretty good brew. Hearty with a slight rich edge to it, it's a good enough stout I wouldn't mind trying on-tap.
01-03-2008 01:33:31 | More by RblWthACoz
3.85/5 rDev -3%
Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big Thank you goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a very short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, dark roasted malt and coffee.
T: The taste is creamy with flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and dark malts. Its not really as sweet as most stouts can be, which is a good thing. There isnt much of a hops presence but the kind of beer where you would really want one. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling for the style, nice kick, good representation of style. This is a good stout that you can drink a few of whereas most stouts you would usually be done with after 1 or 2.
11-29-2007 04:40:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.93/5 rDev -26.2%
A - One and a half fingers of medium brown foam resting on a black body with just a hint of amber light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace in its wake.
S - A moderate roasted malt note with a little bit of chocolate sweetness. A little bit of caramel and toffee but not much else.
T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with a strong, cola-like note. Some sour chocolate notes and black coffee character in the middle. Finishes with a bit more roast and lots of sweet, lactic caramel malt. Lingering cola and caramel character with coffee in background.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, syrupy finish.
D - This is a very odd beer. The aroma is quite subdued, but the flavor is robust (just not in a good way). This may be because the primary flavor component is sticky, cloying sweetness. This excessive sweetness is accompanied by an odd, cola like note of artificial caramel flavoring and some strange sourness. The only thing I can find to like about it is the pleasant, dark roasted coffee note that is always lingering in the background. I really didn't care for this beer, it is strange, one dimensional, and overly sweet and I definitely won't be drinking it again.
03-17-2010 05:35:41 | More by nickfl
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a code of the back label that could be possibly be some sort of freshness date.
Appearance: Super foamy but not gushing, the froth had no problem at all sticking on every inch of the glass. Black with evident brown hues on the edges.
Smell: Smells pungent of cream soda extract with a vague roasted malt in the back.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy mouth feel off of a heavy body, smooth crispness. Sweet up front, you would swear they put a bucket of cream soda extract in this brew. The sweetness soon gets hit by some hops bitterness and a straight-up roasted grain flavor. A bite from the alcohol hits the palate with a spiciness. Slightly astringent finish and on the dry side as well.
Notes: Big and bold with jabs of complexity, this is certainly not for a weak palate. An above average sweet stout nothing close to some of the imported or Island sweet stouts.
Thanks to sakaroo for the sample.
03-21-2004 22:52:22 | More by Jason
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
Appearance: Midnight black with caramel brown notes edging through on the edges when held to the light nice full tan head leaves thick collar of lacing continues the same pattern throughout the session. Aroma: An airy sweet cream scent with hints of wood chips slipping through, dark chocolate and coffee notes round out the scent. Taste: Deliciously creamy just awesome mouth full of whipped cream blended with chocolate what a dessert beer, very rich with some bitterness coming through from the dark roasted malts bringing chocolate and coffee to the table maginficant. Mouthfeel: Full bodied cream stout just a big brew when it comes down to it, nice even sturdy carbonation. Drinkability: These would ware on you but it would also blend so well with vanilla ice cream as a topping, awesome well done tip my hat to the brewer's at Bell's great stuff.
12-09-2003 09:41:55 | More by WVbeergeek
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours dark mahogany to black with a 2 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & good head retention
Smell: Roasted malt & chocalate, some coffee notes
Taste: Smooth choclate up front, followed by roasted grain & slight fruittyness.
MF: Thick & rich, good carbonation
Drinks really easy for its abv. Pretty yummy take on the style
05-21-2006 04:40:41 | More by russpowell
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a deep, dark brown with some ruby highlights around the bottem edge. The head is a generous finger width of of light brown foam that eventually settles down into a beautiful creamy covering and leaves an awesome looking latice work of lace down the sides of the glass. Aroma is deep with notes of sweet chocolate and roasted malt.
Taste is thick once again with that sweet chocolate character as well as warming mellow roastiness. Hop bitterness is strong in the finish but that gives way to a final kiss of lingering sweetness on the palette. The mouthfeel is an awesome creamy medium with a fantastic silky carbonation.
Bell's has yet to disappoint me with a stout and the trend continues here. Just a fantastic smooth drinking sweet stout with an excellent subtle character that's a pleasure to enjoy.
12-11-2007 18:05:28 | More by Kegatron
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
Fully dark in color, a deep, deep black, and a sturdy cocoa-y brown head. Aroma is rich and roasty, toasty, but still rather light. Perhaps that's where the cream comes in, I'd guess, though it's on the subtle side. Mouthfeel gets a great initial hop blitz , that mellows soon after., but not before giving off blasts of cherryish sweetness. Slight bitterness continues with every swallow, but is ultimately subsided. All in all, a very tasty, unique stout, soothing and delicious.
02-23-2003 21:01:55 | More by feloniousmonk
3.78/5 rDev -4.8%
Served in a Bruery snifter. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Even though the beer is black, the carbonation levels are obvious and moderate. New head of medium and small bubbles are forming at the edges of the glass.
Aroma has an almost burnt sugar / caramel-ness about it. Overall its a little weak.
Beer is medium body, the roast is in the aftertaste only. The forward is moderately thin in flavor with some sweetness followed by the burned sugar taste. Its a little tangy too. Interesting, but I'm not super impressed. It tastes fine but I've had better stouts.
07-11-2010 04:38:46 | More by drabmuh
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
Decanted into my Caracole tulip @ 45 degrees
A - A pitch black liquid nestled beneath a beige cap of whipped head w/ a fine bead. The head decompresses gradually and leaves spots of lace.
S - Rich and roasty w/ a cofee-like aroma and nutty roasted barley odor.
M - Smooth creamy malt w/ roasted textures and a full effervesence and subtle sweetness w/ a slightly dry finish.
T - Sweet, creamy malt w/ light vanilla and caramel notes are blended well w/ a fine milky chocolate and buttery nut flavor. The crisp coffee-like roast blends w/ the caramel notes w/ subtle sweetness and gentle hop spice. Slightly biscuity as the dark malty flavors subside.
D - Very rich w/ a nice blend of roasty and smooth. Very quaffable, one of the most drinkable of Bell's beers and a sweet, yet not cloying stout which is very well made.
02-23-2008 00:08:56 | More by Slatetank
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Got this one in a great trade with Noslenwerd. I wanted to help out his cause for 365 beers in 365 days. For those who haven't heard of his quest, try this website:
Anyways, he sent me a bunch of stuff I can't get here, including a slew of Bell's beers, and I decided to review a bunch tonight. This one first as Drew really enjoyed it.
A: Pours with a rich thick creamy 2 finger head with shades of darkness. The color of the beer is almost pitch black, with almost light coming through the corners. The head sticks around for a while and leaves a light lacing on the glass, and it's so thick I feel like I need a knife to cut through it.
N: Pouring this unlocked a huge aroma billowing out. Aroma is not overpowering either, its somewhat subtle but carries well. Lots of creamy stout aromas, some roast and chocolate, I think a little black patent malt even. I actually almost get milk on the nose, and definitely chocolate cream. Touches of coffee accompany the roast.
T: I can feel my beer moustache as I take the sip. Lots of chocolate hit first, and I mean chocolate. It's got milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, chocolate powder, etc. Is very creamy and rich, and super thick. Some roasted flavors and hints of coffee. I really feel I have to chew on it. Lots of dark malts as well, almost a malt bomb. but nothing is overpowering, except maybe chocolate. A little sweet, but not too sweet, which is good as I was worried it would be overly sweet. Instead its pretty drinkable.
M: Very thick, rich, heavy, and chewy. It's ridiculously thick, thicker than 10k mile used motor oil. Some carbonation, more than I would expect for the style. Creamy and velvety.
F: Finishes semi bitter, but not from hops, just a good old fashion bitter earthy starched charred malts. After chewing on it for a while, it goes down the hatch not so easily. It leaves a few layers on the mouth when its gone, leaving the chocolate, roast, and malty flavors to dwell on. Some light syrupy flavors, almost molasses. It's not really dry, but not really sweet either on the finish. Pretty neutral and surprisingly drinkable for the weight.
01-02-2010 23:43:46 | More by jlindros
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
06-07-2014 17:52:52 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an incredibly smooth and creamy scent that boasts of chocolate malts and lactose. It's highly sweet; almost candy like. The taste is good. It has a nice malty bite with a sweet tone to it. It's loaded with chocolate and roasted barley. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight warming feel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine cream stout. It's dry and earthy, but with a nice sweet touch.
05-07-2007 20:58:19 | More by WesWes
3.79/5 rDev -4.5%
Kind of shocked I haven't reviewed this yet, but oh well. Recent tasting on tap at Capone's.
Typical dark brown-black pour you'd expect from a stout, a small creamy tan head sank to a ringlet, holding there and dotting the glass with lace. Dark roasty malts in the nose, milk chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. Smooth sugary sweetness in the taste, cocoa, light roasty bitterness for balance, and a slight mineral element in there as well. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, but perhaps not quite as luscious as the name would imply. I'd bet this would be great on nitro, but I say that about many stouts. Nice beer overall, but I'd reach for an Expedition much quicker than this.
02-12-2014 20:31:31 | More by Rifugium
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
Bottle provided by hudsonphotog.
Pours dark brown to black with a khaki head. The aroma is awesome, smells like a mochaccino along with some roasted malt. The flavor is very creamy with coffee and roasted malts. The aftertaste is dominated by the coffee and you get some good bitterness from that. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Low carbonation.
01-14-2010 22:07:21 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Pleasant rich dark ale. Quite nice roasted malt flavor. Caramel with a darker overtone. Distinct touch of cocoa. quite creamy in the mouth with a quick pour, but carbonation dissipates. Handsome dark reddish brown in the glass topped with a beige head. Good on drinkability. Only modest bitterness. Faint touch of sourness and a good dose of burnt malt along with the mellower flavors.
07-23-2011 05:21:47 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours black, letting no light through it. Had a half inch of off brown colored head and a little bit of carbonation.
s - Smells strong of coffee, also chocolate and vanilla.
t - Again, has a strong coffee taste that jumps out right away. Also chocolate. As it warmed up and as I drank more, I started to taste the cream and vanilla. Very enjoyable.
m - A little big of carbonation and a medium body. It is actually lighter than I thought it would be and is pleasant. It got smoother the more I drank it.
d - Overall I thought it was a pretty good milk stout. At first it tasted strong of coffee to me, but I definitely thought it improved as I drank it and began to taste the cream flavor. I would definitely try this again.
01-20-2010 23:39:00 | More by mdfb79
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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