RateBeer
Bells Special Double Cream Stout - Bourbon Barrel
     click to upload
overall
99
82
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Share this beer with friends!
No commercial description


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iNBe (100) - USA - AUG 3, 2010
Another great one from Bells. So glad that they are selling this in Chicago again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1164) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Had this at a tasting recently. Colour... nearly black with no head. Nose... burnt sugar, dark caramel, molasses. Palate... bubbly, tobacco, bonfire smoke, bitter, dark fruits, toasted raisins, cigar box and a lengthy ashen finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (2284) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2010
On tap, and large snifter served at Brixie’s in Brookfield, IL. Poured black/brown, with a modest, light tan head that reduced to a foamy ring and film, leaving some strands of lacing. The aroma was roasty, subtle bourbony cask wood, cocoa, some dark fruit sweetness as plum, and a touches of molasses and vanilla. The flavor was similar, showcasing rich malt, and light creaminess to the mouthfeel. A very enjoyable Imperial Stout!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
Draught @ World of Beer, Tampa, FL: Surprise! They had promised Expedition but replaced it with this one, which was fine by me as it was a new rating and a new Imperial Stout for me. Came black with a good off-white head and some great lacing throughout. The aroma is light with hints of roasted coffee beans and chocolate; oddly no bourbon? The first sip is all roasted coffee, quickly chased by bourbon and chocolate with something a little sour I found it hard to put my finger on. My only flaw is the mouthfeel was lighter than I’d hope for, but altogether a good effort.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle Pours a deep brown with a good tan head. The head lasts well and laces nicely. Has a good aroma of chocolate, bourbon, hints of vanilla, and caramel. Has a good carbonation. The flavors are great. Plenty of chocolate, bourbon, and hints of vanilla. This is just darn good stuff. Has a full body and a thick texture. The finish is great and you just wish the aftetaste could linger a little longer cause its so good. Well done.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
On tap. Marketed as Bourbon Barrel Double Cream. I asked about it and the batch number is 8835. Pours a dark brown with a lively head that dies fairly quickly. Aromas are sweet and alcoholic. Flavor is more of the same... almost a cloyingly sweet mix of brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate, figs and raisins with a little bit of a bourbon edge to it. Alcohol is certainly detectable. This was worth the drive...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at Maduro pre-GTMW Bells party. pours black with a tan head. aroma of chocolate, bourbon, and coconut. flavor notes are caramel, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. all very smooth and well balanced. a wonderful barrel aged beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Bells rating no. 70!!!On tap at the Eccentric Cafe 8/25/09. Batch 8835. Pours an oily black with a tan film for a head. Smells of Bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, some vanillaand a touch of soy and tobacco. F**k is that good. Flavors stated above are present with some bitter dark chocolate and wood . Good deal of bourbon in this...slick and creamy. Nice burn on the way down. Damn I wish this was bottled

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Rating #3800!! On tap at Maduro. Poured black with a creamy tan head.. thicker viscosity. The aroma picked up sweet, succulent bourbon and vanilla upfront over sweeter, toasted oats, milk chocolate, and vanilla.. just a pinch of oaky sourness evident on the back of the nose. The flavor was sweet overall with moderately-roasted chocolate, black patent, and creamy rolled oats at the core.. vanilla, sweet bourbon, and tangy oak were laced throughout, and paired up with a touch of coffee bitterness on the finish. Rich, creamy, and smooth across the palate, with spicy, engaging barrel presence in all the right places.. perfectly-balanced. This was the highlight of my weekend!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2009
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor of bourbon, toffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. I only wished this was bottled... Excellent!


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1  2  3


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50