Special Double Cream Stout

American Stout Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

3.5

Special Double Cream Stout, an American Stout by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

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Special Double Cream Stout is an American Stout brewed by Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours an opaque black and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense tan-colored foam that shows good retention. A soapy collar rings the glass following the reduction. A few droplets of residue remain during consumption.

Aroma

The aroma is strong with a sweet scent of chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

Flavor

A mellow coffee flavor initiates the palate and becomes stronger and more roasted through the tasting. Its finish delivers a tangy squeeze of lemon and a flash of dark chocolate sweetens the swallow. Toasted malt ties the palate together.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is relatively smooth throughout and becoming grainy on the backend. It has a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

Strangely enough, the name of the brew indicates a creamy feel but in fact, it is somewhat grainy. Otherwise, its appearance is good and its aroma pleasant. The palate is straightforward stout with a slightly sweet finish. Fairly simple but it tastes wonderful. All things considered, the Special Double Cream Stout is an enjoyable, fine representation of the style.

Recommended Pairings

Bell’s Brewery recommends the following food pairings with their Special Double Cream Stout: Shepherd’s Pie, roasted sweet potatoes, and grilled elk; snacks of pistachios and pecans; goat and humbled fog cheeses; sweets of dark chocolate, Crème brûlée, blueberry, currant, cranberries, and brownies.

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About the American Stout

The American Stout is a more aggressive rendition of the English and Irish Stouts. It has the dark body and flavor of those styles but with a greater hops presence. Has more roast and body than an either an American Porter or American Black Ale. But doesn’t have as much roast, character or strength of an Imperial Stout.