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Bells Special Double Cream Stout - Bourbon Barrel
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 4.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12039) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7224) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6299) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (6172) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Black color with no head. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, dark roast smell. medium body. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark roast, boozy flavors--too boozy

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3885) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3650) - Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pours a rich, opaque sable with a fairly thick tan head. Smoky, malty aroma definitely has a hint of bourbon to it. Flavor adds smoky malt, woody, semi-sweet and subtle bourbon notes that sum to a tasty, if not mind-blowing, stout. Texture, though, is a downer, thin for a stout and lacking in fizz. Still, roll out this barrel!

4.2
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3341) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (2682) - 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!


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