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

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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

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very good

3,331 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,331
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 192
Gots: 331 | FT: 2
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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:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a few of these when I was on vacation and just got around to finally trying one of them. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/06/2009.

The pour was nice with a rich dark black color, with a small head of tan rising up and over it that settled down gently without much fan fare. Some nice lacing. The aroma was rich vanilla, molasses, sweet sugary notes and a touch of almost licorice like candy. Smooth, mellow carbonation let this one sit down nicely and made it a really nice sipper i have to admit. As it warmed subtle notes of chcolate and roasted malts took over, but always leaving it moderatly sweet, this was a nice little stout. I had no issues polishing this one off, and would have no issue in doing so again. A solid beer all around I would have to say.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin creamy, tan head into my Belgian tulip glass. Chocolate notes laced with espresso both in the nose and taste. Smoot mouthfeel. Gets more expressive and tastier as it warms. A nice nice effort from Bells. Worth the price.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, dark brown, almost black, pour resulted in a one finger relatively dark brown head with an orange tint made up of medium bubbles. Medium lacing left when head recedes.

S = Smell of whipped milk chocolate, frappacino, and roasted, almost burnt grains.

T = This is almost like a Starbuck's coffee drink followed by a beer taste finish. It has a creamy, chocolate taste that melds with a slightly bitter coffee taste at the mid-palate. The finish is long and complex giving both a sweetness on the middle of the tongue and bitterness on the back.

M = Medium to heavy bodied, good coating of the mouth, light carbonation which is perfect for the taste.

D = This is definitely a drinkable beer. I could easily see this being my go to stout for cold Winter evenings.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, deep brown, almost black... as style will dictate, I suppose. A bit of a ruby tinge around the edges. Nice, creamy & puffy head.

S: Milk chocolate, a little bit of coffee scent.

T + M: A very creamy milk chocolate... really light and smooth. Carbonation is quite light, and the brew is rather sweet and somewhat similar to chocolate milk made with Nestle syrup.

D: Very smooth, but almost gets a little sweet after a while. Not cloying and sticky, fortunately. Smooth enough for a couple or more, or until the ABV gets a bit overwhelming.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/18/2014 printed on the back label. A new seasonal beer to me from Bell's, acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local beer store.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark chocolate brown; opaque black in the glass with about a half finger of mocha foam head that thins to a ring quickly. Leaves behind some nice sticky spotty lacing. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - A very pleasant dark roasty malt profile on the nose. Notes of cream, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, woodsy earthiness, and a very mild dark fruit presence.

T - Taste follows the nose - very smooth & creamy, borderline milky /chocolatey for being lactose-free. Notes of cocoa, vanilla, and coffee beans. Perhaps not entirely as roasty as I was expected, based on the 10 different malts used here.

M - The feel is bitter, roasty, creamy, & smooth. Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation. Very easy-drinking.

Overall, an excellent stout from Bell's. Very creamy and easy-drinking. Definitely a stout I will be revisiting.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout -----4/5.

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