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Some beers tell you what to expect with their name. This is one of them. Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery is chock full o’ tasty beers — they are quietly one of the best breweries in the nation — but Special Double Cream Stout in particular is one that stands out as a brew all its own. Rich, frothy, creamy and doubly so in every regard, this is the sort of stout that drinks the way people who don’t drink stouts think all stouts drink, which is a confusing way of saying this really IS the chewy meal in a glass people think all dark beers are. It’s a milkshake. A beer float. A liquid dessert. And did I mention it’s tasty? The impressive thing is, despite all its foamy, silky goodness, it’s still an impressively light beer, drinking a bit easier than its nicely manageable 6.1 percent ABV might suggest. Look for it wherever Bell’s is tapped.
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