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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2009
On tap at Maduro’s in Madison pre-GTMW 2009:

Opaque with just a small frothy head and oily legs. The aroma has notes of bourbon, chocolate, lactic acid, coffee, oak, plum and fig. The taste is big sweet malts with a dark fruit undertone and a side shot of bourbon. Still lots of chocolate and hint of molasses can be easily found. The mouth feel is lush and oily, smooth but a touch ashy upon the finish. The alcohol is shockingly well hidden all things considered. An outstanding use of the barrel where you could till see some of the base Double Cream shine yet a far different beast out of the barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Pre Great Taste, Maduro, 2009. Talk about a beer that lends itself well to bourbon ageing. The creaminess of double cream is exentuated by the barrel ageing, and I think now that double cream contributed more to the complexity of the bourbon-barrel double-cream/expedition, whereas I used to think the Expedition was pulling the weight. Notes of vanilla, oatmeal, raisin, and caramel, with a semi-sweet chocolate and bourbon finish. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2009
multiple pours at Madur, night before GTMW09... pours a medium visous close to black pour with medium consistency with a quicklly dissipating light tan head... aroma of sweet bourbon, light soy, a little booze, and vanilla... flavors of bourbon, vanilla, some heat, and def not as roasted as the original. a very silky and creamy mouthfeel. a nicely balanced barrel-aged brew that was not overdone in any way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2009
on tap at maduro for GTMW Bells bourbon cask dbl cream stout Black drk rich head Big mallty aroma lots of bourbon hints of chocolate & vanilla Rich full creamy pal So sweet a little dry in the finish light hop there lots of chocolates milk & vanillas light oak Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Tap @ Maduro’s. Pours to a black body with a light tan head. The aroma was milk chocolate with a huge vanilla and bourbon. The flavor had tons of milk chocolate, vanilla, nougat, and dry roasty malts. Creamy, thick, and surprisingly nicely hidden ABV on the palate. This was fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
On tap at Maduro’s
This was the highlight of the party. The BA Hell Hath No Fury would have been just as good if it were not yet so green. Maybe in time it will rival this. In the meantime this is a nice foil to the BA Double Cream/Expedition. I prefer that just a bit more but this is no slouch either. Pick up a pint when you can.

Aroma / Appearance - Very black and oily it likes to adhere to the glass rather than falling smoothly into a cohesive mass. Flat and lifeless there was not much carbonation. The nose was a blend of oak, vanilla, warm rye bread, and roast that takes regular Double Cream to a new level. The warmth is evident just in the headspace.

Flavor / Palate - Dry and chocolaty the mouthfeel is rich and dense. The bourbon comes out towards the end of each sip. Warm yet mellow this was a steal at $4.00 for a full pint. I’m glad I got to try it in a cool bar rather than at the festival the next day. This one would not have been ideal in heat but matches a cool summer evening perfectly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Pre-GTMW party @ Maduro, Madison. Black pour with the thinnest of tan heads. Strong bourbon barrel aroma, abundant caramel and vanilla. Flavor nicely harmonizes the barrel flavor complex with an almost fruity tartness and warmth. Very roasted, but in a sweet rather than bitter way. Whatever made the bourbon barrel cherry stout so wonderful happened again here. Very full body, viscous to the point of chewiness, bear the high abv well.

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