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Bell's Milk Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by alleykatking on 06-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 42
Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe, served in a pint glass.

Dark brown/black in colour, with a tan head. Mild retention and some decent lacing. Nose of cocoa, dark chocolate, an understated coffee/roast note and some gentle lactose/creaminess. More coffee and roast flavours on the palate, dark chocolate with a quite creamy texture. Generally sweet on the palate, but leans more towards roasty and bitter in the finish. Medium heavy feel. A substantially satisfying milk stout, I can only imagine having this on nitro would be sublime.

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Photo of lisomiso
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The blackboard at Bell's describes this beer as "sweet, rich, contains lactose, 5.6%." It's a nice beer, but I find it neither sweet nor rich. It has a nice roastiness on the nose, but it's a bit thin on the palate. A very good beer; tasty, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this beer was very drinkable. Kinda reminded me of the Left Hand Milk stout which is always good. Creamy and dark. Roasted, chocolaty, coffee flavors mixed in...maybe a bit of vanilla on the back? The nose matches the palate on this one. What you smell is what you get, and either way you'll be satisfied! If Bell's did growlers, I'd a brought one home!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Meridian Pint's Bell's Night of Darkness.

Pours near black with a solid tan head with a good bit of lacing and a nice collar. The nose is a bit tame with a bit of roast and chocolate. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt given the glassware and the fact that it got quite a bit better as it warmed up.

The flavor is quite nice and complex with a chocolate sweetness plus a touch of coffee. Nice roasted character and a bit of black licorice in the finish. The feel is ridiculously creamy and smooth with a nice chewiness. Awesome, awesome body. Almost certainly the best milk stout that I've ever had. I really hope they bottle this.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

YUM!!! New Bell's beer on tap at Meridian Pint. Beer served in a shaker pint glass. Beer is black with a tan head that falls away and breaks, pulls to the walls of the glass quickly, leaving very little lacing behind.

The aroma is really mild, most of Bell's stouts have a very underwhelming aroma. Mild sweetness, mild malt.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty creamy with some really nice chocolate sweetness in the midpalate of the beer. It's really nice drinking. One of the better sweet stouts I've had. The finish isn't overly bitter, overall it's a very nice stout.

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Photo of beerhan
4.87/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For me most milk stouts pretty much taste the same (granted ive only come across about 3) but this on tap at the eccentric cafe is fantastic. Just pure chocolatey deliciousness. Highly reccomend if you ever get the chance. I have had left hands milk stout on tap and I love it but this is an incredibly refreshing beverage for any time of the year.

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Eccentric cafe. 6.5% I believe.

Pours a relatively clear dark brownish red, black when away from the light, very thick and creamy off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring, some lace spots.

Smell is real nice, lactose, chocolate milk, caramel, brown sugar, quite sweet, some dark fruit, biscuity malt, really smooth aroma, malt balls, I dig it.

Taste is similar, sweet and creamy, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, biscuit, dark fruit, really nice character, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, super smooth going down. A pretty badass milk stout.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Cafe. (looking at notes)

A- Poured nice deep dark brown almost coming off as a black color. Nice 1/4 inch off white head stayed for a while before dying down. Left good sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Impressive looking beer.

S- Aroma's of roasted malt and coffee dominate this beer. Hints of milk chocolate rise and fall with each sniff. There is also a slight presence of maybe cream to it as well. Not a bad smelling milk stout at all. Made my mouth water a little from just smelling it.

T- I found out later that Bell's actually brewed this with dairy and not just lactose sugar which made it have a slight difference in taste than other milk stouts. The initial taste is of sweet roasted malts and a good coffee bean roast to it. Once it warmed up a little the coffee took front stage along with a strange dairy taste. It wasn't a bad taste at all just something I never had before. Overall just another milk stout taste with a bit of Bell's charater added to it.

M- Nice medium heavy mouthfeel. Good lower carbination makes this beer something to be desired. Velvety smooth mouthfeel that coats the tounge in a coffee with cream taste. Aftertaste is of burnt malts that makes you want more.

D- I was very impressed with this true "milk stout". I kind of wish they bottled it because I would buy this when I was in a stout mood. Another good beer from Bell's. An interesting take on the style for sure!

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Bell's Milk Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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