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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,433 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,433
Reviews: 1,399
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 369 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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, Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.
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Ratings: 3,433 | Reviews: 1,399
Photo of 50marathons
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice stout. Good mouthfeel. I would definitely buy it again.

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It's great! It's really smooth and creamy with a malty bite to it.

Photo of tjsmith910
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was fairly impressed with this brew

Photo of dleigh
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Just didn't do it for me. I guess I like my stout's more robust with a bit of a thicker taste--I think cream stouts might just not be my thing.

Photo of K-Dog
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent smelling stout. For a lighter alcohol content the flavor is pretty intense. Will revisit again when I want to drink more than just one stout in an evening.

Photo of Erikberglund
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very average craft cream stout in a world of great ones. It was just ok.

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Two finger, cappuccino colored head, foamy but not dense, dissipates to a thin ring with a little lacing on the glass. Dark, coffee colored liquid, not quite opaque.

Light aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste follows the smell with little additional flavor.

Very smooth and silky on the tongue, moderate carbonation.

Overall, good but underwhelming. Nothing stands out, either good or bad. It's not going to replace my Satin Solitude any time soon.

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown. Tan/cola colored head, not especially fine/thick/convincing. Good persistence though.

Smell is a bit... average. Definite hints of lager in the bouquet, which puts me off as I bring the glass to my mouth.

Flavor is intensely malty and bitter. "Interesting" more than "great." Also some notes of smoke, cocoa.

*Exceptionally* nice mouthfeel. Rich, intense. Wouldn't mind a bit more carbonation; what there is, is very fine. Once it's past my nose, drinking this just makes me smile.

Long, extra-bitter finish, black licorice. Not super intense.

Hard to think of another beer with such a range of strengths and flaws. I'll finish the four-pack I bought, but probably will not re-purchase.

Photo of Catracho5
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Bell's shaker pint

A: The big surprise, no head even with an aggressive pour, pretty dark, little light coming through around the edges,little to no carbonation, I'd bump this up more if I could pour a nice mocha creamy head, looks decent.

A: Coffee, roasted maltiness, definitely picking up the malts, smells great.

T: Coffee, roasted malts, picking up some oat flavors, don't know if they use oats, really coffee forward, dry finish, tastes great.

M: I am not getting a big creamy mouthfeel, more like a coffee bitter dry mouthfeel, it is low on carbonation, pretty good.

O: I like this beer, it's got coffee roasted malts, not sweet, but it smells and taste like it has oats, my only complaint is that there is little to no carbonation. I can see this as a regular in my fridge.

Photo of Bigdoc91
2.77/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

not my favorite cream stout

Photo of maxson924
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not as creamy as I was hoping and probably a bit strong on the alcohol taste, but still a fine beer.

Photo of MillerMan16
1/5  rDev -74.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Did not like this at all.

Photo of thehooksman
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a nice full-bodied creamy stout that is smooth as a winter's night is long. It pours a nice deep dark brown with a tan head that unfortunately doesn't last too long. The nose is all malt. It is a very sweet stout but not overly sweet to the point you can't swallow it. There is a little bit of a burnt aftertaste that provides a nice balance. Thanks, Bell's, I'll have another.

Photo of ribby
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a deep burgundy color, lighter than many stouts. Pours with a decent tan head. The aroma is relatively mild, roasted malt and maybe a hint of chocolate.

The flavor has more roasted malt than i would expect, definetely has a creamy smoothness to it. A bit bitter to start, but this is a really drinkable stout.

(I first drank a bells stout on tap when i was in college in ann arbor in 1985 or 86, that was a ridiculously sweet stout. time flies.)

Photo of Keithp3939
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good stout. Creamy mouthfeel and nice taste

Photo of fscottkey
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: [4.75] Poured a massive 2 finger head. The head is dense and tan. It forms a head like you expect on a good stout. The beer looks black but with lighting you can see it is really a deep ruby red with some minor light penetration. The head recedes slowly - but leaves lots of nice lacing. The bottle lists the born on date (10/30/14) and ABV (6.1%).

S: [4.25] I am getting smoke and malt. Like charred hardwood. The smell is like campfire and it is pretty inviting.

T: [4.50] The beer has a sweet start and continues with the smoke in the midpalate. The smoke and roasted malts last into the aftertaste. I am getting hints of chocolate and vanilla in the sweetness.

M: [4.25] "Double cream" sort of sets a mouthfeel expectation. This is not too creamy but it is very nice. It has solid body for 6.1% and the roasty finish is a nice addition.

O: [4.50] This is such a solid all around beer. The smell was inviting and the taste was spot on for the style. Really good flavor throughout. This is the best stout I have had in quite a while. The roasted malts balanced with the sweetness of the malts is fantastic.

Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Squirrel Hill Cafe

Appearance: Looks black from a distance but a brown hue is visible when put up to the light; A finger or two of tan head

Smell: Plenty of roasted malt along with slight coffee and dark fruits characteristics

Taste: Roasted malts hit my palate upfront, followed by slight coffee notes, malasses, and dark fruits especially as it warms

Mouthfeel: Light medium mouthfeel, but a little light for the style. However, it definitely lived up to its name with how smooth and creamy it is. This is my favorite aspect of this beer.

Overall: With all the stouts out there these days, id consider this one decently good. The flavors and aromas arent very robust or complex and nothing to write home about, but its tasty nontheless. The mouthfeel is where this beer shines, as the name implies.

Photo of ajm5108
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent stout, very smooth mouthfeel, muted flavor up front (might be the cream) but finishes with some roasted malt and medium espresso. A little bit of a boozey finish.

Photo of maedhros09
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maltier and smoother than the kalamazoo stout, with a milder flavor profile but still a hearty roastiness.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, pitch black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of roasted malt, which imparts some slight smokiness and coffee aromas.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma. Lots of roasted malt flavors accented with some subtle smokiness and coffee flavors. I get some caramel-like sweetness and some subtle hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and smooth, as there’s practically no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 6.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good stout, but not a really good one. There’s some good roasty flavors balanced with some sweetness, but there’s something missing that is keeping this beer from being great. Unfortunately I don’t know what that is, I just know that this beer is missing it.

Photo of Vogie
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Sam Smith stout glass. Bottled 1/31/14.

Pour is dark with hints of brown when held to the light. 1 finger of java colored head gives way to some spotty lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate brownies, black coffee, roasted malts, maybe a hint of vanilla? Taste is creamy upfront followed by roasted dark chocolates, coffee beans, and a slight bitterness and earthy hop finish. As it warms it seems to get sweeter with hints of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body, and slightly carbonated.

This beer was pretty "meh" for me. With thousands of stouts to choose from these days it might be easy to pass this one over.

Photo of JGam115
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly less oily, laced brown head. Cold hot cocoa (it's a thing), dusted truffles. Bittersweet cocoa and very smooth.

Photo of BaxterArgo
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is Fantastic! I love bells

Photo of wagoneer79
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Dark jet black with thick chocolate milk head. Poured heavily created a lovely 3/4 inch head that receded quickly but left fair legs and lacing.
Smell - Deep dark chocolate notes...coffee, bourbon, stiff malt character, light raisin.
Taste - Fleeting chocolate with fleeting bourbon character; light bitterness; background biscuit
Feel - Light for the style; almost crisp by comparison to others; not the deep malty flavor that the look implies; leaves a bit to be desired.
Overall - Delicious and easy drinking. Only detraction is the light mouthfeel that is incongruous with the color, head, and nose.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This jet black beauty went right from from the bottle to the trusty tulip with enough of an aggressive pour to produce a full inch of mocha head right to the brim. Waiting for the head to settle allowed the stout to warm a bit. Do not drink this ice cold; the warmer it gets, the more pronounced the burnt chocolate /espresso becomes, and all all without being to bitter on the way down. A double cream mouthfeel indeed. The easiest drinking stout I can remember, with a tiny bit of bitterness on the finish. Usually I like a stout as a sipper, or something to have with a big, full meal. This one is refreshing, I want more than one, and can see myself going through a couple on a hot summer day. Highly recommended.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,433 ratings.