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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,234 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,234
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 292 | 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:
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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Photo of Shrews629
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very nice dark brown, almost black color with some faint ruby highlights around the sides and edges. A nice, full, creamy, fluffy, smooth khaki colored head with very nice retention and real nice lacing.

Smell - A nice malty tone in the aroma. Some roasty aspects. A bit of coffee. A bit of chocolate. Neither aroma is very robust. Might be picking up a bit of raisin and a small note of the oatmeal and/or cream. Seems to be balanced pretty well though.

Taste - The taste had a lot of the proper characteristics of a Stout. Some roasted coffee and chocolate, but like the smell, not real pronounced or robust. A minor hint of bitterness and maybe even a hint of some dark or burnt grain.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Rather smooth and mostly creamy. Did a nice job of leaving flavor on the palate. Mostly dry, but not too dry.

Drinkability - I've had better, more robust, complex Stouts, but this one is solid enough to be considered a good example. Very easy to drink and worth a shot if you see it. Nothing over complicated. More than anything a no-nonsence, pretty enjoyable Stout.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big nose of chocolate ice cream drizzled with caramel and espresso beans, a dash of roasted pecans and shaved chocolate. Starts off like one of those iced coffee drinks you get at the mall, but made with a double shot of French roast rather than some puny house blend. Roastiness gathers some steam on a frizzy carbonation, peaks, then slowly tapers off as a smooth malt back and a few traces of hop make an appearance. A nice beer that should probably accompany food, perhaps a bit too stout on its own.

Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single bottle from Bells. I poured this into my usual glass.

Got a nice 1" head that was light tan. The body was very dark brown and opaque. The lacing stayed around until the very end.

Nose was slightly charcoal with malt and vanilla

Taste is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla.

Mouth feel as you would expect is very creamy. This is a very nice beer. Drinkability is held back slightly due to sweetness.

Photo of naterock
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours almost the deepest black I've ever seen. one finger head, doesn't really stay.

smells of rich malts and a yeasty nose to finish

rich and creamy, such a heavenly maltiness. can't really describe this one because it's just too complex for me.

velvety and smooth as hell. easily drinkable. fantastically balanced

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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.01/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of AwYeh
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown/black, with reddish tinges around the edges. Two fingers of frothy tan head.

S: Lots of toasty malts and chocolate flavors; a bit of cream, very bittersweet.

T: Roasted, toasty malts once again; light coffee flavors to compliment the chocolate from the aroma. Strong flavor for the ABV, lots of creamy sweetness, with a lingering bittersweet finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: The sweetness and not quite extraordinary taste keep this from going down too quickly, but I did enjoy this glass.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Pittrooney for throwing this my way!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled 11/14/11 (number 10797)

pours out pretty much opaque black, just a little ruby brown color when held to the light. about one fingers worth of creamy, tan colored head. average head retention with just a little lacing.

a nice range of roasted aromas, coffee, deeply roasted grains, and bitter cocoa. coffee stands out the most to me. just a hint of earthy hops in there as well.

again, nice roasted flavors here. mostly some nice coffee and cocoa with some bitter-sweet roasted/ burnt grains. earthy hops balance the beer with maybe even a little pine trying to break through. solid bitter cocoa finish.

very nice creamy mouthfeel, carbonation feels a touch on the sparkly side. medium bodied. very smooth and drinkable.

one of the better american stouts ive come across. very nice roasted flavors and just super drinkable. ill revisist this in the future for sure. nothing extreme or out of the ordinary but they nailed the classic stout flavors just right IMO.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - 6.1%
Had at Lititz cask ale festival 10/29/10
Soft black with small creamy tan head. Roasted coffee aroma, earthy. Extremly smooth and quite dry. Not a lot of carbonation. Tasty is creamy milk chocolate with a hint of coffee. Silky mouthfeel, I could drink a few of these if I didn't have anything to eat.
Exceptional cream stout, well done.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,234 ratings.