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RATINGS: 1757   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1166) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3120) - Montana, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle pours a jet black beer with a thin dark brown head. Scent is sweet malts with coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet with coffee and a tangy sour finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Pours black with a quick brown head with decent lacing. Nose is coffee with a little dairy sweetness and generic malt. Flavor is similar and well balanced, not too different from a good cup of coffee with cream and sugar. Finish is bittersweet and long. Not quite as sweet as I expect from a cream stout but still very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9728) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a lingering brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roastiness, coffee anbd a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, roastiness, vanilla and light coffee with a smooth lingering roasty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3359) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Whole Foods, DC six-pack ($11): Pours a nearly black color with the brown head. Aroma of creamed coffee, coffee creamer, cream and coffee, and a mocha latte. Double Cream is actually a little on the bitter side for a sweet stout, although there is still a sweetness. Also a little bit more watery than one would have expected, though creamy none the less. However, the bitter chocolate elements coupled with the superbly prepared malts make it all worthwhile.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joechristenson (146) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Dark brown/black color with mocha brown head. Aroma is lighter than I expected from a double cream stout. There is some toffee, milk chocolate, and roasted malt in the aroma, but theyíre more hints than reliable signposts of flavors to come. On the tongue the beer is more bold with its flavors, but theyíre more subdued than they are balanced. Balanced boldness is what I wanted, but I was disappointed. The sensation of this beer on the palate are definitely pleasant and uniquely creamy, but instead of being a "wow" sensation it was more of a simple sensation of comfort. Definitely nice on a cold day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle, aged approximately one year (batch #9446), into a snifter. This poured inky black with a thin khaki head that quickly dissipated and left little lacing. As expected, the age on this added some complexity to the beer. Its aroma of prunes and roast malt now mingled subtly with flavors of stone fruit, espresso, and Belgian-ness. Some of these flavors certainly are surprises for a stout, but I attribute that to the aging, and I hastened to add that they did not in any way diminish the beer. This is a decadent treat at any age.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2011
12oz bottle, pours a deep dark black, great tan lacing, nice sweet aroma, almost caramel. Interesting sweet taste, a bit of sweetness on the front and bitter on the back end. A cream sweetness becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
Aroma very sweet chocolate, cocoa, slightly roasty, hints of vanilla, a touch of caramel and slight nuttiness. Pour deep brown no visible light creamy beige head, minimal retention and lacing. Taste chocolaty, cocoa, slight hop bitterness, roasty malt, vanilla, nuttiness, heavy cream. MF full body very little carb. Overall an ok stout not my cup of beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (1893) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Tasted on 8/2/11 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Lush Roscoe, batch 9357. Pours absolutely jet black with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to rocky lace, leaving a thick layer of lace residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is dark and malty with brown sugar, raisin, and prune sweetness, dark chocolate, mocha, and just a hint of roasted bitterness. The flavor is lightly sweet with some vanilla and brown sugar up front, moving to the fruity prune, raisin, and milk chocolate notes, and finishing with just a hint of roasted coffee bitterness, and even more vanilla. The body is full and creamy with average, mouth-filling smooth carbonation, and a long milk chocolate and vanilla finish.


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