atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black with compact dark tan head. Roasted dark malts and coffed aroma. Also has a bit of an earthy presence. The first impression from the initial sip is the fullness of the beer. Has a heavy feel, somkey roasted malt aroma. Coffee malts appear later and there is a somewhat chalky dry finish.
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pleasant, sweet chocolate aroma with just a hint of saltiness. Opaque dark brown with decent tan/brown head that recedes to cover. Chocolate flavours up front with some roastiness in the finish and a lactic sweetness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is never noticable. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A straight-forward if plain example of the style. Bottle (trade Mar. 2005). Thanks, DocLock!
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís an okay stout, definitely not one of the better Bellís offerings, but good. Taste is initally a fight betwixt coffee and fungus. Sweet and thick, but definitely no Expy...
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great stuff. Definitely needed to be called a "double cream" with the forceful sweetness evident. I can taste honey. Subtlely smokey. Bellís doesnít let me down.
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Very solid beer. Good roasty malt flavor with a hit of sweetness. Just enough "chukiness" for me.
thegreenrooster (4334) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a deep black with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts and they are strong! Flavor is dark Belgain chocolate with a strong coffee aftertaste. Good for sipping on a winter night.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, dark brown. Big tan foamy head. Smells incredibly rich, with malts and of molasses and cooking oil. Good, rich, full taste. Bitter chocolate nodes, nutmeg and tobacco. Slight edge of toasted - almost charred - almonds. Head continues to grow and shift like a snowdrift. Warming alcohol presence at back of throat long after Iíve taken a sip. Oily, waxy feeling on the palate, with substantial staying power. Head finally subsided about half way through, becoming a floating cap of fluff that shifted with each sip. This is one complex stout.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a dark brown head. Aroma is chocolatey, rich and malty. Taste is delicioius, very full bodied, soft, very creamy maltiness, slightly roasty. Sweeter than expected finish with balanced bitterness. Loaded with flavours.
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was saving this bottle for a sunny winter day and it was more than worth the wait! Dark brown pour with a medium creamy brown head and lacing that clung to the glass like sheets of velour. Rich aroma of roasted malt, toffee, cohocolate, coffee & vanilla. Beautifully balanced flavors of dark chocolate, more roasted malt, smooth coffee and just a hint of alcohol. Finish was long, sweet and had a touch of vanilla. Bellís brews are next to impossible to find in south jersey and I found this gem at the Foodery in Philly. I know where Iím going tomorrow.......
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer.
Ah, itís been so long since Iíve had a Bellís Stout... Iíve been looking forward to this. As I open the bottle, I am instantly hit with the powerful aroma of cream and chocolate, with just the smallest hint of coffee. Iíve never smelled a stout quite like this. It poured black with a creamy tan head. (Should I expect anything less from Kalamazoo?) As I bring the stout to my lips, something interesting happens. Unlike Kalamazoo Stout or Expedition, which blanket the mouth, Double Cream slips like water on a ducks back across my tongue and down my throat. Wow, this is the smoothest stout Iíve ever had. Itís so smooth that I have to actually swish it in my mouth to get the full flavor, which is coffee with half and half and a touch of sugary chocolate. This literally could supstitute a cafe breve (thatís a cappuccino with steamed half and half instead of milk). The aftertaste is mostly coffee. In the world of the stouts, my alliance has always been most firmly with the camp of the sweet. And this is the creamiest sweet stout Iíve had the pleasure of trying. If I have one complaint with this beer, itís that I wish the body were as full as its aforementioned counterparts, Kalamzoo and Expedition. If this beer had that body, it would truly be the holy grail of sweet stouts. But being so damn close still makes this a beer worth seeking out. Iím now very thankful that Facto sent me two, for I have one to save for another occasion.