Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout

Look at the reflection. Some British chick called me Posh!
Today I'm drinking Bell's Special Double Cream Stout brewed by Bell's Brewery in Comstock, Michigan. The label depicts a dead or at least leafless tree, probably in winter. Very dreary browns on white. The back of the label says this was brewed with a blend of 10 different malts. I reviewed this back in April, 2009, so it's barely a repeat at this point. This is Bell's Batch 10000 (just kidding, just doing an SEO experiment to see how Google likes that). This is actually Bell's Batch 10106.

Toffee with lightly roasted nuts for an aroma. Wow! The flavors are a lot more powerful, especially with the heavily roasted nutty flavors that jump all over your palate. Very malty, plenty of burnt coffee comes along for the ride as well. Smoke and volcanic ash everywhere. Balanced. Not sweet. Not bitter. A hint of vanilla and a mild warming sensation from the 6.1% alcohol round out the experience. Smoky burnt gets to be a little much by the end, but I'll tell you what... this is probably someone else's Gangsta's Paradise! One man's ceiling is another man's floor, or something like that. If you like my flavor description, check it out!

Finally, this review is dedicated to Firemen everywhere. Why firemen? Because the flavors of this beer reminded me of fire. And because these dudes and dudettes risk their lives to make sure you don't die even if your dumb ass forgets to put your cigarette out and you fall asleep in bed, setting the house on fire. Hug a fireman today! Yeah, I said it!

Gangsta's Paradise (US Release) [Explicit] -- Coolio

One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor -- Paul Simon MP3 Download

The Leafless Tree A Sermon (0121) - Rev. C. H. Spurgeon -- Kindle Store


Dunz said...

Beer Drinker Rob - love your blog. Great review, I'll be picking up a 6 of this brew soon. My buddy and I are based up in Minneapolis MN, and we do brew-reviews also. Next up today is Bell's Batch 10K, we'd love your feedback.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Dunz. Thanks and sure, I'll check it out. MN is cold this time of year which is good for beer drinking!