Bells Special Double Cream Stout - Bourbon Barrel
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 4.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Honestbrewer2 (16) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
I think this beer was absolutely phenomenal. The Cream Stout is a great beer in its’ own right. But add in the aroma of bourbon and the alcoholic warmth going down your throat it it really does bring it to a whole new level. The palate i marked at a four because of the warmth, but really it is phenomenal.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1763) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (3703) - 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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2736) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3916) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter (698) - , 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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!

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