Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #7143. Poured dark brown to black. Malty aroma with some chocolate mixed in. Some good coffee and chocolate taste. Get in my belly!
Nate (4171) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep malt aroma. Heavy on the chocolate malted milk, roasted-almost-burnt grains with a carbonic tang. Smoky undertones and coffee bitters infused with fresh milk. Dark brown-black clear with thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Pours like it gonna be thick, and thatís confirmed in the first sips. Heavy bodied, not quite chewy but definitely a mouthful. Would be velvety if the carbonation were toned down just a bit. Starts thick with competing attention from roasted sweet maltiness, bitter coffee-chocolate mix, thin smokiness, and carbonic acidic tang. Sweetness prevails to the finish, with dry roasted bitterness and mild carbonic sourness to boot. Poured some of the sediment in and it was the difference between filtered and French press coffee. The taste didnít vary too much, other than to have a smoother, silkier finish and mouthfeel - got a little chewier. The bitterness and tang toned down a bit, and was replaced by more steady dry nuttiness to offset the chocolatey malts. Nice stout.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with big beautiful head. Aroma is of subdued chocolate and milk. Give me more! Holy shit this is a good beer...the taste is of chocolate and sweet dairy. Very little malt roastiness or coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is full + heavy, yet quick moving...it is so smooth and refreshing...almost like drinking a childhood chocolate treat (except better).
Zeswaft (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 7143. WOW. This is another fantastic Bellís stout. Pours black with a thick tan head that eventually disappears. Aroma is full of chocolate. Iím somewhat happy that there is very little smoky or roasted flavors. This stout is somewhere between Kalamazoo and Expedition. It has the chocolate taste of Expedition with the less body. Thereís a more smooth and creamy flavor. Strange that this is harder to get a hold of than Expedition. This beer is fantastic.
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Batch #7182: Poured very dark brown that verry little light can be seen through. Long lasting medium brown head. Has great dark chocolate, sweet maltand some coffee tones in the smell. Taste is as it smells PERFECT!
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful pour, but initially an underwelming beer. It gets a little better after a couple of sips, but still not that impressed with this beer. fits the description perfectly, sweet and smooth. Maybe Iíím just not a fan of this style of beer.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bellís Double Cream Stout pours to a jet black opaque color with a thick, creamy tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is just jam packed with malt and hops. Waves of dark chocolate, sweet malt, coffee, and fragrant piney/citric hop aromas flood the nose. The palate is big and fat on this beer, with lots of big malty flavors. Really wonderful chocolatey flavors, coffee syrup flavor, and sweet malt flavors dance over the tongue, with just a hint of roast. This beer finishes with more big chocolate malt flavors up front, then ends with a balancing piney/citric smack of hop bitterness.
Wow. This beer is awesome, and pure bliss to drink. Its fresh, rich, robust, bitter sweet chocolate, and coffee flavors make this beer ideal for deserts. This beer would match well with a desert of chocolate pudding, chocolate layer cake, or as a desert itself
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starbucks espresso minus the caffeine.
A malt battle explodes on the palate.If you wind up your day with starbucks
try winding down with bells.A coffee lovers dream.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not special at all in my opinion. Not bad, but definitely not special. Creamy texture for sure with a nice fluffy head that stuck around for a while. Not as sweet as I expected, definite notes of chocolate and coffee but not at all strong or up front. Kinda subtle even.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark brown with a small tan head that has poor retention. Chewy, chocolatey taste with a creamy texture. Watered down in the finish. Good, but not great.