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RATINGS: 1781   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silphium (3178) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Updated 13 October 2003
Time to replace an earlier vague review. Double Cream Stout is perhaps my favorite beer. Pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Plenty of "floaties." Aroma is roasted malts with hints of sweet lactose. The new label indicates this stout is brewed with 10 malts, so the flavor is quite interesting. Roasted, slightly burnt chocolate rules the palate, and is infused with sweet and tangy notes of lactose and perhaps hints of dark fruit. Licorice also peeks through the creamy morass. Medium-thick body. Always a treat and a major reason to look forward to fall. However, what happened to the labels? Bring back the orange and cream!

Updated 1 November 2004. On to the Fall 2004 release. One thing about Bell’s is that their beers are not necessarily consistent year to year. While I liked the 2003 Double Cream Stout, every bottle I sampled (from several sources) had a dominant licorice-like flavor that masked the roasted-sweet interplay, not what I remembered from 2002 and prior years, when this became my favorite beer. The 2004 version is exactly as I first remember this beer. Rich, soft roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate, much like the regular Kalamazoo Stout, but with a sweet, fruity (cherry) characteristic (lactose?) undeveloped in the former beer. Rich, velvety, and amazing. I can now once again state with confidence that this is my favorite beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Bells never fails. Be prepared for sweet molassas fragrance, chocolately persistant head and smooth yet robust flavor. Not too sweet, not overbearing. Good to the last drop.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Bottle. Solid black with a laced dark brown head. The chocolate and roasted malts jump out of the glass followed by a more subtle milk nose when its cold. As the beer warms the dark fruits come alive. Whether cold or warm, the dark fruit and tangy notes initially call for a pause on the palate before the chocolate and malts come.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Very dark brownish in color, with a medium sized chocolatey brown colored head. Aroma was creamy with just a bit of sweetness, with a similar flavor. A nice stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a very dark, almost black color and formed huge medium tan bubby head much like a Guiness, leaving some nice lace. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. A flavor of malt, coffee and dark chocolate. A slight burnt aspect to the finish. Another November Stout down, only 4 more to go(I think). Hopefully some of these will see longer rotation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Very malty and a full, smooth mouthfull. There is an assertive bitterness present supported by a host of black/toasted malts. Very nicely done. Not so sweet or creamy as the label lets on.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Deep inky black appearance. Roasted grain aromas. Small tan head. Fruity and a little thin at first. Light cherry notes, dark chocolate, olives?, medium bodied, but finishes long and slightly bitter, big malt. Decent brew, although I feel this is over-rated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2003 Sweet and creamy? Had this on tap in IL. My initial reaction on sipping this was drinking lemonade that has no sugar in it, very bitter in an unpleasant way. No aroma at all, small head that dispersed quickly, taste was covered up by the bitterness. Given the name of the beer this was the last thing I expected in this stout. Re-rate: Bottle. The tap must of been bad because the bottle version was quite tasty. This time it was sweet and creamy along with the coffee and chocolate flavors. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (547) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
A great beer. Nice smooth malty flavor, with some coffe and a little chocolate. There is very little carbonation, which I approve of in this beer. The arroma is somewhat lacking but the flavor makes up for it. Another great beer from Bell's.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 21, 2003
Tart roasty aroma with no head. Medium body. Starts sweet with a roast finish. Bad bottle?


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