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Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of coffee, sour milk and dirt is not too appetizing. Pours black with tan head, small and with a little lacing. Cream is right! Mouthfeel is almost like milk. Still a little sour tasting, but a good effort. THis is 4 of 4 of my Bellís stout-fest. Iíd rank them 1) Expedition 2) Java 3) Double Cream 4) Cherry

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2008
Pours deep black with dark brown lacy head. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is mostly roasted malt but finishes with traces of coffee and caramel. Nice brew overall, but lacking something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black, small brown head that didn’t stick around long. Aroma is sweet chocolate, malt and maybe a touch of coffee. Flavor was again chocolate, malt and coffee. Finish was abrupt, no real lingering of flavor on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Batch 8902. Creamy lactose aroma with dense caramely malt. Very black, small white head. This is a good beer but kind of misses the mark for me. Not too sweet, thinnish body, little rough in the finish. Little dusty concrete finish. Looks like Iím in the minority for this one. Good, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12743) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Black; rich roast in the nose. Slightly fatty body, light fruitiness (a function of the high gravity) - like cherries and grapes; long malty finish. Soft, smooth, slightly creamy and a little bit nutty. Kind of simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Well Iím usually a big fan of the íZoo. But I couldnít really understand where they were trying to go with this ísweetí stout. It is smoky for sure, just like their porter, but somehow less enjoyable in this. Sure there are other qualities to this like chocolate and coffee but the smoked taste is a bit too much for me. Iíll go for their Expedition or if I want a little more sweetness, Sam Smithís Oatmeal is hard to beat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Pours dark browm with a large tan head. Smells of vanilla and roasted malt. Taste is of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (3043) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009
Batch 7250 ~ Packaged on February 14, 2006

12/19/2006: Bellís Special Double Cream Stout is nearly black in color with a large light brown head. The aroma is mostly cream with just a hint of roasted malt. The flavor is also very creamy with some chocolate and/or coffee (something dark and roasted). There is a bit of something fruity midway through the flavor. The finish has a slightly burnt, coffee-like acidic bitterness. This beer has a medium body, moderate carbonation, and is very smooth and creamy on the palate. This is a well balanced sweet stout and would probably go great with with some chocolate... Actually, I just grabbed some semi-sweet chocolate and Iím eating some now. Now for another sip of this beer... Interesting, but not so good. A lot more of that fruity, sour apple-like flavor and some alcohol come out. I have also just discoverd a bunch of sludge in the bottom of my glass and it seems a bit overcarbonated. I wonder if this bottle is past itís prime? I remember this brew being much better and richer than this... I think I will have to seek out a fresher bottle next time and re-visit this beer!

12 fl. oz. bottle from Party Town in Florence, Kentucky. Score: 7/3/4/3/12 = 2.9
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Batch 7684 ~ Packaged on October 16, 2006

11/16/2009: Bellís Special Double Cream Stout... Aroma: Hints of chocolate, dark fruits, a hink of souring cream; slighty roasty. Appearance: Opaque, deep brown color (like the color of a milk chocolate bar) with a formidable and lasting tan-colored head. Flavor: Stale chocolate; some roasted malts; bittersweet; dry roasted malts; touches of sour dark fruits; roasted chesnut throughout the finish (nice!). Palate: Medium-full body; smooth and milky; more body than typically for this style which is nice to see. Overall: Itís still just okay; I am not a big fan of milk stouts and this one really doesnít do it for me either, but itís better than most...

12 fl. oz. bottle. Score: 6/4/7/4/12 = 3.3

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle, pored a deep, deep mahogany (sp?) with a thin dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and hoppy bitterness.. Smooth flavor, pretty standard for sweet stouts. Good flavor, but nothing all that exciting. Another nice beer from Bellís.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2007
Batch 6707, picked up by the pops almost a year ago during a trip in Minnesota. Black with hardly any head or lacing. It tricked me, all of the carbonation I saw in the pour seems to have faded. Nose is chcolate space ice cream, vanilla, but no straweberry. sorry neopolitan. or whatever that shit is called. Kinda nutty as well. The nose, that is. Tastes kind of oxidized, like the last beer I just drank, with mild flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and sweet cream. Very mild though. More sour a bitter and just off. I hope this bottle was just past its prime because I can see traces of this being a nice sipper.

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