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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,930 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,930
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 208 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001)
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Reviews by euskera:
Photo of euskera
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out coffee black with a bit more carbonation than expected. Smell is complex; coffee and dark chocolate and malt sweetness.

Taste is robust, roasted espresso and extra dark bitter chocolate. Just a small bit of sweetness in there as well. The carbonation is a bit distracting after a while.

Wonderful creamy mouthfeel.

All in all an excellent cream stout. I'll have no problem finishing the 6 pack I bought..

euskera, Mar 25, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith's nonic pint glass

A: Nearly black in color; the slightest of mahogany highlights shine through near top of the glass; 1 finger mocha-colored head recedes quickly; lacing glides down sides of the glass

S: Roasted malts mingling with dark bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee; a woodsy note lingers through the middle; as it warms more of the dark chocolate comes out along with hints of dark fruits (raisin-like)

T: Starts with a roasted malt twang that quickly gives way to bittersweet dark chocolate and a fainter dried dark fruit note (like raisins or prunes) though these flavor are not as prominent as the nose suggests; mid sip the roasted malts regain control, with a medium-roast coffee bean flavor and burnt toast showing the most promise; finish sees roasted undertones competing while a nutty/earthy, dark bready malt flavor (akin to stale brown bread loaf) stays on the palate

M: Oily/slick but not overly thick; fine carbonation

O: A solid stout from Bell's. While it's not their best stout, nor my favorite from their lineup, this is still quite a pleasant offering that features a nice depth of roasted flavors. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Buschyfor3, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this many times over the last five or six years,had on tap today the Mellow Mushroom.Poured into a standard pint glass jet black with a creamy one finger mocha colored head,it just looked rich from the tap.Bitter chocolate and cookie dough aromas really stood out with a bit of char thrown in there as well.Flavors are highly roasted and coffee-like upfront with some char again as well,some cookie and molasses sweetness comes in late in a nice finish.A well rounded solid stout,it wont blow you away but its got a nice balanced flavor profile.

oberon, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big huge tan head floats on a creamy dark, almost black body. Great lacing after head dissipates. Smell is full of chocolate and roast with a light lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is bittersweet and dry as the Aticama during the rainy season. Coffee and mocha in the flavor along with a touch of cream and scones. Fruit flavors in the finish along with some sourness as it warms. Yummy. Pleasurable and quite drinkable. A bit light in the body.

DaPeculierDane, May 21, 2006
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DanGeo, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, black ink in color with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is basically non-existent. Nose picks up nothing but huge amounts of roasted malts - bittersweet chocolate and some sweet coffee. Toasted barley in the background brings everything together. Taste contains traces of black licorice with lots of super bitter chocolate, deep notes of strong, black coffee, molasses, slight nutty tones, heavy wood chips on the back of the tongue. Ending contains quite a bit of hop flavor - leafy and herbal in character, notes of tobacco and leather. Bitterness fads into the aftertaste and balances nicely with the sweetness of the malt. This beer tastes like it could be a porter but it's got the body of a stout. Mouth is left with some cocoa notes and faint herbal bitterness. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium body, maybe a little thinner than expected, with medium-high carbonation.

Had this beer a long time ago and was blown away. This time around, it didn't impress quite as much. But it's still an excellent beer - definitely one to try if you're a fan of Bell's.

tectactoe, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BSDCS pours close to pitch black with a one and a half finger mocha head into my snifter. I am surprised at just how dark the head is, but the film that is left after the froth recedes is a touch lighter. From what I can see of the carbonation, it looks bountiful and excitable. The lacing left behind on the sides of my snifter has the classic and cherished snow-capped mountain look.

The aroma of this beverage is delectable. When agitated with an aggressive swirl, the roasted malts really make their presence known, and carry with them a peanut presence. At rest, a milk chocolate and vanilla smell combo emerges. I know that this beer does not contain any dairy, but holy cow, I swear that I smell some creamy lactose in this calf. I like how this aroma is versatile from swirl to rest.

At first sip, the taste of the beer is of roasted malts that tend toward a nutty taste. After that initial roasted flavor, a mild mix of milk chocolate, vanilla, and cream mellow out my palate. The finish has just a slightly bitter nip to it, which I would guess comes from the hops in the brew. This finish cleanses my palate nicely and leaves just a little bit of residual roastyness on my tongue.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy and about medium-bodied for a single stout. I do wonder how they got this to be so creamy without any dairy and with such a low a.b.v. I am impressed. The finish balances the creaminess of mid-sip nicely with its drying quality.

This is an enjoyable beer to drink and is a stout of which I could knock back a few. I really enjoy its pronounced creaminess, as well as the nutty roasted malts. This is definitely another winner from Bells.

TCHopCraver, Jan 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Zakk, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slighty oily, black with a cappucino head.

Somewhat coffee stoutish on the nose. Coffee with chocolate added, burnt cookies, with a certain lactose maltiness.

Flavor is mocha, a background of coffee and milky malt with a hoppy kiss in the finish and a wonderful chocolate fade. The body is medium-full, which the creaminess supports well.

Really well made year after year. This was my original go to breakfast stout and for that I give it props.

brownbeer, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strictly black pour with a thin mocha cap. Aromas of caramel, toasted hops, mocha, and coffee are all distincly present and making my mouth water. A very creamy brew with great toasty notes with a lactic finish that lets you know that the cream is ther. The carbonation is nice on the pallet and the full bodied brew is creamy and thick going down the hatch. The bittnerness does get a little harsh after a full pint and is actually a little mroe typical of a chocolate stout. Overall the beer is very drinkabel though maybe only slightly out of bounds with regard to style.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 13, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass
Batch 9357

It poured a very deep thick brown with a wonderful mocha colored head rising up after the pour.

The nose was was of heavy roasted barley with a nice sweet chocolate overtones

the taste had a predominant roast flavor with a nice creamy finish. The chocolate notes present in the nose were more muted in the taste.

It was creamy and silky as it should be with a very low astringency. Very drinkable and overall a good example of the style that isn't over the top creamy and cloying.

weatherdog, Jan 09, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

ricksrealm, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours syrupy dark brown, nearly black with no discernible translucency. Head was minimal to none but there was a thin layer of bubbles that diminished to a light brown ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Abundant dark roasted malt on the nose. Plenty of chocolate with some coffee as well.

T: Abundant malts engulf the taste buds with great complexity and swirling smoothness. The dark toast on the malt is not too bitter, allowing for the sweetness to come through. There is just enough bittering to bring everything to a close for a relative quick finish and a light linger of coffee.

M&D: Mouthfeel is heavy and full with an abundance of fine carbonation allowing for this brew to go down easy. A very good sample for the class and another great brew from Bell's.

SIRIUS2, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Bitzer, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

bdkucharski, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cool label...I've been waiting to try this one. Batch 6707. Pours quite thick, deep dark black with a sturdy, creamy 1" head sitting nicely atop the brew. Lovely lacing...no light dares try to escape. Beautiful. Sweet chocolate maltiness, lactic milk notes, vanilla extract, a bit roasty with a hint of raisins. Big on the sweet malt...but overall the nose is a little weak.

Milk chocolate malt balls float over my tongue..a hint of coffee peeks through as well. Sweet, but not cloying, roasty and toasty. 10 different malts and it shows....rich, creamy and just damn good. A slight hoppiness on the back of the palate with just a hint of bitterness and lactic notes. Awesome sweet stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full and creamy. Washes over my tongue like silk and gently slides down the throat. I find it intensly enjoyable. I regret that I only have one bottle of this fine brew. I will be hunting down a sixer as soon as possible. I recommend this one to any fans of the style as it kicks a large amount of ass. Bell's has impressed me yet again.

orbitalr0x, Apr 29, 2005
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

sabitu, Mar 31, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of nickadams2
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Dark brown with bright ruby red highlights. Thick khaki head that dissipates into a thick ring.Spotty lacing.

S_Vanilla,cream,coffee,dark chocolate,roasted malt.

T_Same as the nose. Creamy vanilla,espresso,dark chocolate, and rich roasted malt.

M_Full bodied. Smooth as silk and very creamy.

D_Good winter session beer.

nickadams2, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bell's special double cream stout reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams cream stout. It is good, but not really anything outstanding. It just doesnt have that extra little 'something' that I was hoping for, to push it into the realm of greatness.

A very attractive dark midnight, with small head. I found the smell the best part of this beer. Chocolatey malty sweetness.

The taste was a bit of a letdown. Like I said, its good, but not the stunner I was hoping for. I didnt find it twice as creamy as your average stout. I didnt really find it all that creamy, period. But, it is a stout, and has all the chocolate and malty characteristics you love from a good stout.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, especially for calling your beer something like "double cream."

I dont think i'd have this one again, unless it was offered to me for free. There's too many other stouts on my horizon to try.

chOAKbarrell, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of JasonA
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit: My bottle says 6.1 ABV, not 7.5 for my Bell's Special Double Cream Stout

Pours very dark brown, not quite black. Very little head, but islands forming and ample lacing present. Looks great for a stout.

Yummy sweet dark malt. Is that brown sugar? Maybe molases? Maple syrup? Lots of unfermented sugars to go with a dark roasted, yet not overpowering, malt bill. No hops present.

Stout, biscuit, bitter, yummy. Great dryness, dont know how that was accomplished with the sweet aroma.

Wow, the stout really lasts dryness wise. Pretty exceptional considering all those unfermentable sugars. Quite nice.

Excellent change of pace with this brew. Bells has yet to let me down.

JasonA, May 01, 2009
Photo of ROBORB
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a normal pint glass. This beer pours dark black with a then espresso colored head. It smells of chocolate, some sort of dark fruit, and dark malts. The taste is very nice. There is a a nice chocolate bitter coffee taste up front that changes to a sweet creamy finish. The carbonation is fine and this beer is top notch. It is a little thin so those that prefer their stouts thick should tread lightly. This is a great beer.

ROBORB, Apr 01, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of andrewsporter
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Bought a 6 pack of this and poured it into a pint glass.

Appearance - looks absolutely delicious, heavy, dark. The head is a burnt brown that's fairly resilient. It's fun to spin it around in the glass since the beer is has so much weight to it.

Smell - Smells wonderful

Taste - Good. I let it warm up a bit which really brought out a more pronounced hoppy bite than I remember. Lingering burnt chococatey aftertaste

Mouthfeel - very thick, slides down with a little effort

Drinkability - these things really fill you up. I probably wont be able to finish more than 2 in a sitting, but delicious nonetheless.

The two things that stand our are the its thick mouthfeel and the stunning visual appearance.

andrewsporter, Mar 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DaftPatrick, Mar 14, 2014
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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,930 ratings.