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RATINGS: 1901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Last bottle on the shelf at Piccadilly’s in Champaign. Batch #7250. "Your Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout was packaged on February 14, 2006." This has had a little bit of time to age. Pours black with a dark tan head. I can see some sediment floaties swimming around when I hold it right up to my desk lamp. Aromas of sun-dried fruits and molasses and some faint hops as well. Roasted, well balanced flavor. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel. One of the most drinkable stouts I’ve ever had. I’d like to try this side-by-side with a Kzoo stout sometime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours out like old tar combined with my grandfathers old engine oil. Very creamy look to it with a caramel color head. Hints of wood, chocolate, coffe compliment this beer. Very light sweet after taste which is refreshing to the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2006
very much a coffee and molssas stout. had some prune in the aroma. not as heavy as some other Bell’s stouts but very good. very well balanced with just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet. will try again in the winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark chocolate with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, molasses, malt, coffee, and nuts. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, molasses, caramel, and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
12oz bottle poured pitch black with a nice thick brown head. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, toffee and roast. Taste was nice and rounded with a good bitterness that balanced out the complexity of the malts. An awesome stout that is well worth a try.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Overpowering aroma of black olives - interesting and different but not necessarily in a good way. Appears an opaque black color with a small dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor of chocolate with some roast notes and with a bit of a salty impression - superbly balanced. Palate is thick and creamy, almost velvety. Overall, another excellent offering from Bells, though the aroma is a bit off-putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Aroma is heavy coffee and mollases and some chocolate, but nutty also. Body is black with ruby edges with a quickly dissapating mocha head. Taste is coffee, with a bit of alcohol sweetness, cocoa, light hop background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2006
This is one awesome stout. I can’t wait for winter, just so I can buy a six. Perfect for a Michigan freeze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bells sure knows how to brew a stout, this one is no exception. Thick but smooth, sweet but balanced, coffee, toffee, vanilla cocoa and roasted malt with alcohol on top. Very nice creation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Beer is full of malty chocolate. Tastes like a thick creamy chocolate malt shake beer. Absolutly delecious, but i couldn’t drink much as it weighs really heavy on the stomach.

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