patrick767 (3951) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - Pours black with a thin, brown, long lasting head. It has a moderate aroma of roast malts. The flavor is of malts, coffee, and chocolate. The finish is pleasant enough, though nothing too impressive. This is a very good beer. With a bit better finish and a little more complexity, it could be really great.
Duckbutter (4) - Liberty, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Good overall, nice dark color as a stout SHOULD be! Seems to "wash" itself out if drinking more than 4 or 5 at a time. This is a wonderful beer to enjoy after dinner !
screigh (625) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2006
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black. No head at all. Almost no carbonation at all. The aroma is of coffee, roasted malt and a slight hint of breast fed baby poop. I am glad the taste doesn’t match the aroma. I can definitly pick up the roast, some chocolate and hint of coffee. I have never understood the high level marks for Bells products and this hasn’t changed my mind. It tastes like any average, run of the mill stout.
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2010 Pours a deep brown with minimal dark tan head that diminishes quick. Has a plesant aroma of coffee, chocolate, some caramel and roasted malts. Has a flavor that matches the aroma. Coffee, roasted malts and chocolate with some caramel. Has a medium bodied mouth to it. Goes down easy and delicious.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with minimal off-white head. Nose is sweet, slight roast, but mostly shades of chocolate. Palate is medium, sticky and tantalizing. Flavor is creamy sweet that becomes bitter chocolate and lasts in this direction. Definitely not a single note sweet stout. This is enjoyable in its depth, but also relatively simple and session-worthy.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for giving me this bottle to sample. Pours a dark, dark brown, basically black with a foamy darker tan head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, toffee, caramel and maybe some light coffee hints. Flavor of sweet caramel, cocoa, coffee, even picking up some of the hops hidden in there.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark black with almost no head. aroma of creamy chocolate and spoiled milk with a bit of coffee. sweet creamy milk chocolate flavor. medium to full body creamy carbonation with a bitter finish.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma of vanilla, cocoa, molasses. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor of dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate offset by some spicy hops. Dry roasty finish, with a hint of sweetness. Yet another good stout from Bells. I think my sample could have used some more sweetness for the style. This one is not as good as the K-zoo stout in my opinion.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very creamy (ya think?) mouthfeel and a rich sweet roasted chocolate flavor but I was expecting something a bit more "over the top."
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout
Holy Larry! This is why Bell’s is loved so much by Michiganders- great beer for the Great Beer State.
What a gigantic Johnson this Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout is!
Rich decadent darkness yields to deep coffee and cacao nib spice laced perfectly on a robust rich body.
I can only compare this beer to the likes of Trappistes Rochefort 10 meets Lion Stout.
Thank you Larry for making it easy for me to be proud of my state’s beer!