vyvvy (6835) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Pours almost black with a dark brown head - very nice. The aroma has dark roasted malt that is almost charred. There is lots of creaminess with some dark fruit traits and traces of coffee. Medium / full body with some sharp carbonation. It is lightly grainy and somewhat creamy. The taste starts with heavy cream and roasted malt - milky, thick and rich. The finish has a crisp blast of carbonation and some spiciness then it goes back to the malty goodness. Another well done stout from Bell’s. DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Pours black with a thin creamy darker head. Aroma is roasty with strong chocolate. Taste is thick and creamy with sweetness and evident chocolate hints. Very good sweeter stout. Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Pours black with a thin creamy brown head. Aroma is roasty with hints of chocolate. Taste is very roasty, very similar to the Kalamazoo stout, only a little smoother and sweeter and the similar hop finish as well. Can’t taste the milk sugar as much as in a beer like Mackeson, but still a very good sweet stout. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2006
On tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook. A very smooth stout. Dark black in color with a very brown head. Smooth taste, creamy as the name states with a slight chocolate bitterness. Ending is nice, maybe a bit too fruity for this type of beer but still utterly outstanding. shigadeyo (3819) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009
Jayb0 (1218) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Batch 7250 ~ Packaged on February 14, 2006
12/19/2006: Bell’s 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 I’m 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 it’s 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
. . . . . . . . . .
Batch 7684 ~ Packaged on October 16, 2006
11/16/2009: Bell’s 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: It’s still just okay; I am not a big fan of milk stouts and this one really doesn’t do it for me either, but it’s better than most...
12 fl. oz. bottle. Score: 6/4/7/4/12 = 3.3
Decadent, a dessert in itself. Why pair it with anything, just enjoy solo. jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a 2 finger dark tan creamy head. Smells of sweet chocholate. Exactly what the bottle says, creamy. Chocholate, little coffee, with extra creamer. Medium mouthfeel, wish i had some hersheys to go with it. xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout
12 oz bottle
Packaged 10/06, milked 12/06
Moderate pour in an English pint
Poured black with mahogany highlights with a light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.
Smelt of burnt grain, sour milk, dark coffee, and dark chocolate, light fruity dark plums or blackberries,.
Taste was upfront strong bitter burnt taste and moderate sweet coffee and cream followed by a strong bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee , soy, and anise. Palate was full bodied, softly carbonated, creamy, coating and silky smooth, with moderate astringency and light alcoholic feel.
Overall, this is a great balance of sweet and bitter in a stout. The flavors are exploding all over my tastebuds like a fireworks display. It’s the softest beer on the palate I’ve yet to have, like licking a Playmate’s buttocks. Creaminess is kinda odd though and reminds me of sour milk. It all works wonderfully though. HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2006
12oz, batch 7733. Pours black, with a tan head. Aroma of malts, dark chocolate, and a roastiness. The nose is nice, but fairly faint. Flavor is overall very roasted, with a sweetness that appears after the roastiness recedes. Coffee, chocolate, and the roasted malts are the predominate flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a moderate body. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
12oz, Batch 7733, packaged November 21, 2006. Pours a dark mahogany--black in my glass--with a 1/2 finger tan head. The aroma isn’t is sweet as I’d have thought from the description. Up front is dark, roasty malts and acidic coffee. There is also some unsweetened cocoa. The flavor is also pretty roasty, especially in the dry finish. Sweetness does not dominate here, though makes an appearance up front and midway through. Not as acidic as the aroma leads on. I think I picked up on a bit of apples and sour cherries, though these are quite faint. Medium to full bodied, light to moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Was not disappointed, but not exactly what I was expecting, either.