Beer Review: Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout

20150927_224318Name: Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout

Style: Strong Dark Belgian

IBU: 55

ABV: 6.1%

“Special Double Cream Stout derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients. Completely dairy-free, this stout blends ten different specialty malts to yield a remarkable depth of flavor. With only a touch of burnt notes, Special Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.”

Watching the Eclipse tonight needed a nice darker beer, so I chose Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout. I reviewed Bell’s Saturn: The Bringer of Old Age a couple months ago and I mentioned then, but I think they are a great brewery putting out of a lot of top notch beers. I have also visited their brewery in Kalamazoo, MI and I can say their food is just as good as their beer, so I recommend a visit. Let’s dig into this cool weather brew.

The beer pours a dark black with a little over an inch of white creamy head. The nose gives of scents of chocolate, coffee and caramel with a ton of roasted malts. The beer tastes extremely complex due to all the malts added during the brewing process. The beer gives off strong flavors of coffee and chocolate with hints of caramel, toasted malts and very light hints of dried fruits. The body light and creamy, but still rich and complex. Overall this is a pretty good stout, it has a lot of complexity added from the malts, but it is still light and very drinkable. This is something, I would buy to drink a couple since it is so light and easy to dink. It’s a solid beer that is complex, but not too sweet. I recommend pairing it with some more wild game like lamb or venison as well some strong brie cheeses. Enjoy!

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