lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours deep brown with minimal off-white head. Nose is sweet, slight roast, but mostly shades of chocolate. Palate is medium, sticky and tantalizing. Flavor is creamy sweet that becomes bitter chocolate and lasts in this direction. Definitely not a single note sweet stout. This is enjoyable in its depth, but also relatively simple and session-worthy. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Thanks to hopdog for giving me this bottle to sample. Pours a dark, dark brown, basically black with a foamy darker tan head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, toffee, caramel and maybe some light coffee hints. Flavor of sweet caramel, cocoa, coffee, even picking up some of the hops hidden in there. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
dark black with almost no head. aroma of creamy chocolate and spoiled milk with a bit of coffee. sweet creamy milk chocolate flavor. medium to full body creamy carbonation with a bitter finish. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma of vanilla, cocoa, molasses. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor of dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate offset by some spicy hops. Dry roasty finish, with a hint of sweetness. Yet another good stout from Bells. I think my sample could have used some more sweetness for the style. This one is not as good as the K-zoo stout in my opinion. entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Very creamy (ya think?) mouthfeel and a rich sweet roasted chocolate flavor but I was expecting something a bit more "over the top."
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout
Holy Larry! This is why Bell’s is loved so much by Michiganders- great beer for the Great Beer State.
What a gigantic Johnson this Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout is!
Rich decadent darkness yields to deep coffee and cacao nib spice laced perfectly on a robust rich body.
I can only compare this beer to the likes of Trappistes Rochefort 10 meets Lion Stout.
Thank you Larry for making it easy for me to be proud of my state’s beer!
DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2006
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Hellomynameis - many thanks. Huge rocky brown head with excellent lacing that slowly settles on a black opaque liquid, simply phenomenal looking! The aroma is of roasted malts, but a little underwhelming. From the looks of it, I expected a little fuller body, but it’s rather medium/full, lightly carbonated, and actually quite pleasant. Smokey, roasted flavors predominate, and I taste some bunrt caramel, coffee, and bitter chocolate as well. Considerably drier finish than most sweet stouts, in fact it’s almost a little harsh in that regard. To me, it’s pushing the envelope for a sweet stout, although I found it very enjoyable and drinkable. JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
On tap at the Landmark in Milwaukee WI. Pours a thick black with light brown head that fades quickly. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malts and soem hoppiness. Flavor follows aroma very well and introduces a bit of stickiness. Funtastic! blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of Silphium. Pours a nice deep black with a spare diminishing light-brown head. Awesome mild aroma of creamy milk chocolate, coffee, some hops, caramel malt and spices. Flavour pretty much follows the aroma: lots of delicious creamy milk chocolate along with roasted malt and hops -- so damn tasty! Once again Bells knocks another Stout right out of the park -- how do they do it?! Fantastic. HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - blankboy’s bottle. Poured thick oily-looking black with a small light brown head. Dry and somewhat muted smoky aroma, opens out on warming; roast nuts and bitter coffee grounds, hot chocolate sweetness, some dry leafy hops with a hint of lactose and tart fruit - again, very dry. Taste was dry, bitter cocoa, some sour cherry mixed with creamy hot chocolate (with marshmallows) providing some sweetness, but it finished more than a little bitter. Dry, thick, chalky mouthfeel, almost syrupy, not much carbonation but why would you want that? This is another solid stout from these guys - I’m so jealous - dry aroma, sweet chocolate flavour and a thick, bitter roasty finish - a great stout.