Saturday, August 16, 2014
Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout (8/10)
Double Cream Stout like this. The Bell’s web site says that it “derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients” and that it’s “completely dairy-free”. They reportedly used ten different specialty malts to get the intensely malty flavor.
It pours a nearly black color with finger-thick light brown head that lasts a minute or two before incorporating into the beer. It leaves a spotty lacing on the glass as you drink it.
The aroma is primarily one of dark roast coffee with some sweet malt behind it.
The flavor starts with a very well-balanced mix of malt and hops. The initial malty burst backs off a bit and the creamy element of the beer rises up. The cream element is considerable, giving the mouth feel of a slightly melted milkshake. I get a hint of date or fig in there along with all the malt. Finish is malty and bitter. The bitterness lingers a bit after you stop drinking. It’s not an unpleasant level or quality of bitterness, but it’s a noticeable one. It’s more dark-roasted grain and mild hops than overly-done hops.
Beer Advocate gives this beer an 83-89 out of 100. RateBeer is much kinder, giving it a 99 out of 100. I’m rating it a 8 out of 10, not because of any flaws in it, but because I’m not as big a fan of stouts as I am of many other beer styles.
I found this particular bottle at Cost Plus World Market, priced at $2.19.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, Bitter, or Sour: Malty
Spice Level: None
Hops Level: Low to Medium
Dominant Flavors: Malt, coffee, hops
My Rating: 7/10