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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,908 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,908
Reviews: 1,333
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 168
Gots: 207 | FT: 4
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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.

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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +18.9%

Secter Santa 2004 #8

Absolute black hole body, no light, high or otherwise escaping. Topped by a light tan head, which rose to three fingers before settling to a table top, a bit quick. Some ok lacing.

Nose is a flat out marvelous mocha which leaps from the glass to the nose. Not coffee and chocolate as aspects, instead they are perfectly blended.

Nice roasty notes throughout the taste, lot of coffee, lot of chocolate, both with milk, but a nice bit of dark chocolate and espresso too. Some herbal hoppiness at the end rises up to see "we're here", and while it's nice to have them , they aren't the stars here. There aren't enough o's in smooth for this taste.

Mouthfeel is super slick, coating all in it's wake.

Drinkability. It's a personal tragedy that I have only the one. I'm trying to go slow, but it's not easy.

A "special" stout indeed.

02-27-2005 05:27:55 | More by RonfromJersey
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findlayfan

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%

I thought Bell's Kazoo stout was nearly opaque, but then I got ahold of this one. Can't think of another stout I've tried that let so little light through. Very impressive!

Smell was quite nice, with no jarring notes, but the real forte of this brew was the taste. Complex, with a malty sweetness that didn't cloy at all.

A truly fine, big beer, whose only "minus" would be limited drinkability (well, that and the price: $11.99 per 6). I can't imagine downing more than two or three of these in an evening - but that would be a most pleasant winter evening indeed!

03-03-2004 03:06:06 | More by findlayfan
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MASPuros

California

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%

A: Dark and not much head. That quickly disappeared.

S: Smelt like a Mocha Latte. Other then that there were slight hints of vanilla and roasted malts.

T: Very smooth, sweet and creamy. Had a dark chocolate taste.

M: Not to sticky. Like drinking a yoohoo. Well pretty close

D: Very drinkable, not overwhelming for a stout. I will definately be searcing for some more of these.

04-08-2008 05:23:21 | More by MASPuros
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%

A- This is an opaque black color and looks very solid. The head looks very creamy, is a cappuccino color and has moderate retention in my opinion....settles down to a thin layer a little quicker than I'd like. The lacing, while decent, is less fulfilling than I was expecting, but nothing to really complain about. Overall, a fine....perhaps slightly underwhelming looking stout, but that is not what makes the beer....onward....

S- There is a medley of fine aromas happening here...I find a milky quality about the aroma first off....to me it has a soft chocolate milk smell initially, followed by mild aromas of roasted coffee, cream, and dare I even say a hint of canned black olive?!....yes I did! The finish has some smooth bitterness happening....very mild and very inviting!

T- Oh this is a delightfully creamy tasting beer! This is chalk full of mild, yet robust flavors of bitter chocolate, mild roast coffee, sweet caramelized molasses/golden brown sugar, and toasty malted barley. The finish has a bitterness, but not of the hop variety, but rather just the right amount of burnt grain kernels...reminds me slightly of an oat stout in this regard. My only qualm is right after the swallow, there is the slightest bit of an alcohol spice, which takes away from the smoothness, but again, nothing to really get excited over.

M- I am willing to bet that this is one of the creamiest stouts in the world! Full mouthfeel, and I really enjoy the rich softness of the beer....almost like some heavy cream was added to this but I fully realize that this is dairy free....it's just that smooth! The carbonation is soft and stays in the background where it belongs....just wonderful!

O- This is a deadly stout that is very highly drinkable!! Oh boy, if this was available in my area, I would have a new go to for the style! Rich flavors & aromas, superbly smooth and full, without being overbearing on the palate or stomach, I give this one very high marks and highly recommend this one to anyone who appreciates a super high quality stout!

03-03-2013 02:31:29 | More by ChrisCage
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Lupe

New York

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%

Pours very dark, almost black with a mocha colored head. Great retention and sheets of lace left behind.

Malty aroma - dark chocolate, mild coffee, caramel, and molasses. Spicy cinnamon notes top things off. A little milder than expected, but very inviting.

Big roasted flavor that gets sweet with dark and milk chocolate, molasses, and light coffee. Definitely creamy and rich. Mild spicy hops, baking spices, and toasted grain round things out. Alcohol does not show up at all. Finishes dry with lingering roasted sweetness. Very satisfying.

Medium-full body in body. Creamy yet crisp, rich, almost chewy. Easy to drink. Nice balance of roast and sweetness. Excellent - the best Milk/Sweet Stout I've had.

01-23-2008 00:08:44 | More by Lupe
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black sea into my snifter with a dark tan head that recedes at decent rate. Chocolate of the bat in the nose. Very sweet aroma from the 10 different malts. Also has a very roasted aroma. The double cream stout has an extremely rich flavor. So much flavor with all the malts. This is perhaps my favorite beer from Bell's. Coffee, Chocolate and molasses are all over this one. This beer makes the mouth salivate. Great sweetness with matching bitters. That roasted flavor is lingering for a while. At 6.1% this could become my new session stout if it wasn't so limited. Pick this up, you won't be disappointed.

01-19-2008 20:11:39 | More by paulthebeerguru
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pbr85

New York

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%

a: amazing jet black with a frothy, coffee colored head. good lacing
s: dark chocolate, coffee, toasted barly
t: first impression: pretty amazing. no overwhelming flavors, coffee chocolate, delicious
m: perfect, slides down the throat, cream is certainly an appropriate title for the beer
d: one of the best beers i've ever had, go get some if you can

12-21-2006 19:26:57 | More by pbr85
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HellsBELLS24

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%

Very smooth like velvet.

Has a distinct creamy smell and taste. Has enough chocolate but is not overpowering. can be a little too sweet at times. Nice malt characteristics with very little hoppiness. Has a very easy drinkability and it would go well with most chocolate desserts. Not as strong as I like but overall a very good stout.

I Would recommend this to everyone.

06-02-2006 23:29:27 | More by HellsBELLS24
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%

A- About a 1" mocha head on a black body.
S- Roasted, cream, oatmeal, light coffee, and almost a light vanilla.
T- Creamy with some roasted burnt malts, coffee, light chocolate, not actual oatmeal but something makes a almost oatmeal flavor, grass hops, and something else I can't put finger on. Light to medium bitterness left on tongue from grass hops and light cream flavor with some roasted malts stay for the aftertaste.
M- Low smooth carbonation, medium body.
D- It's a very tasty brew. I could down a lot of these very easily. Maybe one day when I head up to Bell's I will have a night with these.

01-22-2008 03:55:44 | More by BlindPig
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark, dark brown, almost black, with three fingers of tan-brown head that subsides slowly. Tons of lacing. Great looking beer. It almost reminds me of a Guiness.

Smell: Bitter, burnt coffee, almost to the point of being astringent. Some sweetness in the background.

Taste: Coffee, some chocolate, and a chemical sweetness with the same astringency that there was in the smell. The overall taste is fairly mild and uncomplicated - an initial bite from the coffee flavors, but then there's a slightly unpleasant artificial sweetness. The finish is very smooth, and the coffee flavor does linger for quite some time. The artificial sweetness went away after a few sips, and was replaced by a sweetness more characteristic of a milk stout. I prefer this one over the other Java Stout which is also made by Bell's

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, and low carbonation. Makes it very drinkable, but it could stand to be a little more carbonated.

Drinkability: It was very easy to drink. The flavor is mild, and the low carbonation makes it easier to drink quickly. I wasn't getting the complexity a lot of people got out of this one. I think this is one of those beers where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - not my favorite beer, but solid in its own right.

11-14-2009 21:15:17 | More by LiquidBread219
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NCoastWineBeer

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%

Absolutely one of my favorite stouts. Pours a pitch black with a beautiful dark brown muffin cap. This malt lovers paradise overindulges your taste buds with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and a nice roasted malt flavor. Definately a drink to have with a nice cigar, or steak dinner. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, not too thick, but thick enough to get the flavor. This stout is worth every penny and I encourage every stout lover to pick up a six pack this winter, especially since its seasonal!!! enjoy

12-10-2007 06:27:19 | More by NCoastWineBeer
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stumac

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%

this brew pours up black like thick oil with a nice brown head. the nose is chocolate, big heavy malts, fairly sweet, yeasty. the taste is basically the same as the aroma but with a slight hop crispness in the finish. full bodied, medium carbo. A nice sweet stout.

"Being sober kicks ass!" - Steve O

05-04-2009 16:44:44 | More by stumac
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%

Poured from a 1 liter growler filled by nitrotap into a pint glass.

A- pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a beautiful tannish/mocha looking one finger thick head. The head takes awhile to fade, and when it does, leaves some beautiful lacing...looking at the side of the glass, it doesn't even look like the head faded all that much. Absolutely beautiful.

S- very smoky. Chocolate and coffee notes dominate. Its what a good standard stout should smell like.

T- there is a decent bit of sweetness from the milk, but not the overwhelming kind of sweetness you get in the Southern Tier imperial line. Hints of chocolate and coffee, but mostly that dull sweetness from the milk. So good. Best balance I've gotten from a milk stout ever.

M- its not syrupy thick like some stouts can be, but its not thin either...there's a thickness there that makes this beer awesome.

D- very drinkable. The alcohol, which at 6% is high for a non-imperial stout, is not noticeable at all. It tastes like...well, it tastes like that awesomeness you get from a good stout. Its like Guinness, but with a lot more flavor.

05-13-2010 19:49:04 | More by bigfnjoe
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nicktay

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%

Appearance:
Pours an opaque dark brown/black like espresso. The head retention is good and the head itself is a chocolate color. After the foam settles a thin dark brown lacing remains on the top. Beautiful!

Smell:
This stout smells of chocolate and espresso. The malts overpower the hops, but the malts are the accent of this style. If I had to say, I would say the hops were floral smelling. The beer has a pungency, almost sour smelling.

Taste:
The taste is very interesting. It tastes of smoked, malt or patent black malt which gives it a charred flavor--delightful!--and has a robust roasted flavor. In all the beer presents a very round, complex flavor, and on top of that, it is well carbonated, giving it a nice bite and added dimension.

Mouthfeel:
The mouthfeel is thick, very thick and complements the thick flavor. Just what I would expect from a highly malty beer style. THe way it is supposed to be brewed!

Drinkability:
In conclusion, I like this one a lot. A little heavy for more than one in a sitting, but this is to be expected from such a robust beer. I will definitely buy this one again, and I would have to say, I think it was better than most of the other Bell's beers I have tried.

01-11-2009 00:54:35 | More by nicktay
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GarrettMD

New York

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%

A - Pours black with a half finger tan bubbly head. Head retention is good, lacing is too.

S - Very sweet smelling, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits reminiscent of a quad, roasted malts. There's just so much going on in the aroma.

T - Just as sweet as the aroma initially, the fruits are the main component as soon as it hits your tongue. The roasted malts quickly come to the forefront, but the fruits stay there for the rest of the taste. Despite the roasted malt flavor being the forefront, it isn't a bitter roasted taste, it is still extremely sweet. Chocolate and vanilla also make an appearance.

M - Heavy body, but closer to the medium side. Very creamy mouthfeel. This beer just slides down your throat. Finish is all sweet fruits.

D - Extremely drinkable. This definitely wouldn't be a session beer, but there's so much going on with it that you just have to constantly go back for more to see what the next sip will bring.

08-17-2010 20:51:48 | More by GarrettMD
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%

This beer pours a black color with a small head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is great. There is a ton of creamyness in there, almost a marshmellow in hot chocolate smell. I like it. The flavor is really good on this one too. The chocolate is huge, but it is mellowed with a creamy marshmellow flavor that adds a ton to the experience. There is a nice bite on the back of my tonge as well. Woo hoo. Me likey. The feel is nice and thick. Drinkability is good on this as well. Overall this is a damn nice beer.

12-07-2004 01:59:38 | More by kmpitz2
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%

Not quite as oily, inky dark as Expedition, but plenty dark nonetheless. Capped by a solid, medium-sized, dark khaki head. Bell's stouts always look great to me. Aroma consists of sweetish roasted malt, with a hint of sweet cream, and light metal coffee thermos. Roasty, peaty, and bitter coffee up front. Roasted notes swell along with oak, and a creamy, lacto sweetness. Finish is dry, acidic, coffee and bitter, with smoky, roasted sweetness hanging around. Very nice. Full-bodied, creamy feel. Another absolute winner from Bell's.

01-18-2005 01:40:41 | More by alexgash
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RickS95

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +16.1%

There's usually some tiny reason I can find for not giving great looking beers a perfect 5...but I can't find fault with this. It's completely black on the bottom. Up top, it's got a huge head of medium brown bubbles in all different sizes. It looks like a cushion with frothy foam on top. Major staying power, when it finally does decide to go, the glass is splashed with a thick brown lace.

It's a malt bomb, as you'd expect. It even smells brown. Lots of roasty flavors, with some smoke and a slight bit of coffee.

For no dairy, it's got a milk stout taste to it. The roasty notes are more subtle in flavor than in smell. There's a variety of malts that all stand out...caramel being the leader of the pack. Caramel, coffee, chocolate, it's pretty stellar.

Got smooth? This beer does. And creamy. And sweetness with just enough bitter for balance and not to destroy either your palate or the good thing it's got going on. The finish is wet, but it still leaves you wanting more.

Extremely easy to drink. Lots of good flavor and only moderate alcohol. All bitterness is kept in check so you don't have to sip, you can chug it. Sad I've only got a six pack.

03-18-2013 03:16:48 | More by RickS95
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Oktobergirl

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +16.1%

Had this last night at the bar, I have not had anything from Bell's that I have disliked so far. This one I truly appreciated, since it is a cream stout that does not contain dairy. Nice smooth mouth feel, delicious chocolate flavor. This stout is pleasing, without being thick and is very easy to drink. I recommend it highly.

03-01-2014 17:43:56 | More by Oktobergirl
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twelvsies

Maine

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

Wow, I really loved this beer, and I'm not a particular fan of the milk stout style. A big fluffy beige head tops a very dark brown beer. Very inviting. Sitting around with a couple other people, we did not want to stop sniffing this beer. Rattling off flavors such as the obligatory coffee and chocolate but as diverse as peanut butter, raisins, and even rice milk was thrown out there. Complex in the flavor as well. Lots going on and it's all working. Big roasty notes, molasses, aforementioned coffee and a nice milk-chocolateyness. Almost like a cup of coco, but with out being too sweet. Still maintains a nice finish. Silky and creamy on the palate. Very impressive. Special double indeed.

04-27-2009 13:45:23 | More by twelvsies
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frogships

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

2 Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass and a Duvel tulip.

A: Very dark, nearly black - light does not get through. About a half finger of a head that dissipates rather quickly but is a very attractive burnt marshmallow color that contrasts beautifully with the pitch black below. Mild to moderate lacing.

S: Creamy chocolate; roasted malt; light roasted coffee, hint of vanilla and cream; fresh espresso like feel in the nose. Very nice.

T: Creamy chocolate, light roasted coffee, hints of toffee as it goes down. Absolutely fantastic balance with all the tastes. Every sip tastes great, I can hardly wait to take the next one. Everything I would be looking for in a double cream stout or american stout.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Again, absolutely terrific balance. finishes almost like an espresso feel on the tongue. Absolutely silky smooth.

O: I was shocked how much I liked this beer. It is a fantastic stout. I love the taste as it is a festival of flavors but in a calm and elegant delivery and each one balanced perfectly with the next. Officially one of my absolute favorite beers and if it's on tap, I'm getting it.

01-19-2012 10:40:57 | More by frogships
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

Deep dark very nearly black beer with a big tawny colored head that lingers on for quite awhile. It appears to be well carbonated.
Aroma is that of sweet roasted malts also chocolate and coffee.
Definitily has a sweet roasted malt character to it. I get a nice complex roasted malt flavor upfront. then turns mellow and sweet.
A very nice mouth feel with a smooth soft mellowness and a dry finish.
Nice lacing from the sticky foam head.
I taste tasted this beer waiting for my kids to come home from school. It was a cool blustery day with clouds in the sky.
My flag was waving in the breeze in front of a brillant red maple turning quickly in the autumn sky.
That was a good beer.
Drink well my friends

11-20-2010 19:41:54 | More by micromaniac129
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a half inch frothy tan head. There was a small amount of lacing all the way down.

S: The only aromas I could pick up were roasted malt and just a hint of chocolate.

T: Hints of coffee and chocolate, but neither dominate the flavor like some others in this style. This one has a very smooth taste when compared to similar stouts with coffee and chocolate flavors. For my tastes, it was the perfect blend of sweet and bitter in a stout.

M: Very thick which makes it enjoyable to roll around in the mouth. It also has the perfect amount of in mouth carbonation.

D: The slight bitterness makes you slow down a little as you drink it. However, since it is so balanced with the sweet in mouth flavor it is pretty easy to drink down.

04-12-2008 12:33:52 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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kasper

New York

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

A: Vigorous pour yields near pitch black body with multi-finger half creamy, half-foamy mocha head that leaves sheets of lacing around the glass as it slowly sinks, but never fades completely.

S: Great smell of roasted malts and milky, chocolaty sweetness, little bit of nuttiness.

T: More of the same, roasted malts predominately with a nice milky sweet backbone and some nutty creaminess. There's some bitterness in the finish but it's mild and barely noticeable. It just helps even out the sweetness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth and creamy as hell. Mild but ideal level of carbonation.

D: Nice sessionable sweet stout. If this really has 7.5% ABV, then I'm smitten. Not noticeable whatsoever. More like a 5% brew if that. Exceptional stout.

10-22-2008 01:34:28 | More by kasper
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maxpower

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

Pours black color with a nice creamy brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass, roasty malty aromas. Taste like bitter sweet chocolate and rich coffee, full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a mild sweetness, alcohol is very well hidden, very drinkable and dangerous, this is a beautiful stout.

12-13-2003 22:32:43 | More by maxpower
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,908 ratings.