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RATINGS: 1755   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Good cream flavor; reminds of cream soda... the coffee flavor quite stong... roasted malts.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Pour is frothy, color is very dark. Not a bad stout, not very sweet. Chocolately. I guess I should have had this with dessert.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Poured very dark with a thin head. Has a roasty flavor with coffee and chocolate. Finishes way too sour for me.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 (1/1/08, 12oz bottle, thanks Peregrinari) Small tan head atop cola brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some roast/coffee, light vinous. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, coffee bitterness. Smooth medium body. (8/3/7/3/14)

(Brickskeller Bells 10/03) Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is creamy, rich, coffee, chocolate, tobacco. Taste is coffee, light chocolate, light sweet. Medium body. (8/3/7/3/14)

(WCC2003) Black body with small brown head. Aroma is coffee, medium sweet, some chocolate. Taste is rich, coffee, light chocolate, medium bitter. Full body, fairly creamy. (8/4/8/4/16)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Good aroma of grains typical of Bells. Head is good. I thought the taste was a little too sour and a little off. Very malty and full though. Pretty good aftertaste of roasted malts and chocolate. A little overrated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Pitch black with a tinge of dark caramel at the edges. Head is small and dense. Aroma is of strong black coffee and charred malts. On the dry side and medium bodied but smooth. Flavor is strong bitter coffee. Not as sweet as I'd like. Overall pretty good though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1210) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 Appearance: BLACK, not dark brown, not slightly black, this mother is BLACK. No head. Very faint coffee scent- wish there was more of a smell- because this beer has a nice look. RICH and THICK. Coffee, chocolate... nice. Burnt rice.. Thin in the mouth for a thick brew. A bit too thick in body and thin in mouth to warrent more than slightly above average drinkability.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Mixture of coffee and bitter chocolate. A touch watery, but I have found this to happen with many of the Bell's.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 14, 2004
A black body with a brown beaded head. Great lacing through the whole beer. Aroma of lactose and milk chocolate with some vanilla in the backgrouond. The body is a little thin and is perpetuated by the amount of CO2. Not as good as other Bell's stouts. By the way, as a homebrewer I can guaruntee that this does in fact contain lactose.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1165) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2010
One of my favorite things about drinking beer is the moments when I try a sweet stout to top off a good dinner. A beer like Bellís Special Double Cream Stout can sometimes be even more satisfying than a piece of chocolate cake because itís much more complex. While I wouldnít call this a chocolate stout per se, it definitely is one of the sweetest, creamiest stouts Iíve encountered. Itís also surprisingly lighter in body than youíd expect which makes it highly drinkable and, I think, accessible to beer drinkers of all experience levels.

APPEARANCE AND AROMA

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. I was surprised to see this beer was a dark shade of completely opaque black (no ruby red highlights at all). It formed a thick, creamy, brown head which lasted throughout the life of the drink and left some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma was surprisingly mild, although it did live up to its name as the most noticeable scent was indeed cream. There were faint hints of milk chocolate, but otherwise the nose was rather quiet.

TASTE

I went into Bellís Special Double Cream Stout with a bit of an expectation, but was a little surprised by what I actually got. The thick creamy head was quite roasty-tasting, while the beer itself was very sweet not unlike a cola. In fact, itís so sweet it actually dried out my mouth and had me craving for a sip of milk or water between each swig.

Whatís weird is the beer is actually not quite as rich or intense as it may sound. There is a distinct cream and milk-like combination of flavors going on, but the overall palette is rather reserved. There is mild roasted malt flavors in the mouth, although they seem to gain strength in the aftertaste. There is only faint bitterness which I would attribute to subtle notes of chocolate.

DRINKABILITY

This brew is more reminiscent of an Irish Dry Stout with a sweeter body than a traditional milk stout. Itís actually quite light in body, but not watery like a Guinness Draught. Still, the mouthfeel itself is velvety and smooth and the aftertaste is strong and pleasing.

At 6.1% ABV Bellís Special Double Cream Stout is the type of beer Iíd rather drink on non-special occasions and probably in greater quantities than any kind of imperial stout. I think almost anyone would find this very drinkable since itís not too intense and goes down so easily.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Special Double Cream Stout is, at the very least, a solid performer. It has everything I look for in a good beer and I think itís the type that would appeal to pretty much anyone. Iíd be surprised if it didnít.

NOTE: I cannot comment on the price of this beer since it is not available where I live and was a gift from a friend from Michigan. However, Iíd say upwards of $13 for a six-pack would be a good value.


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