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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,955 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,955
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 214 | 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 ronniebruner
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! That was my initial reaction when I popped this bad boy open. The beer was a beautiful golden shade of caramel. The aroma of the cream and barley is absolutely top notch! The beer poured perfectly, just the right amount of head and lace and the taste was out of this world. This by far is probably the smoothest beer I've ever had. Samuel Adams needs to watch out, because Bell is quickly becoming one of the best American breweries. This beer is just flat out amazing! I don't say this often, but this beer is an absolute must!

ronniebruner, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Dantes
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 12oz. brown bottle. Simple, elegant cream-colored label depicting a naked branch. No date or ABV info.

Cost: From Sidabeef7who priced it @ $11.99 a 6-pack

Presentation: Imperial pint at 50º

Appearance: Poured nicely, generating a reasonably dense, dark-brown head studded with some larger bubbles, which did not last very long. Dark body, but not the darkest I’ve seen. Not as attractive as Brooklyn's BCS, but a nice bottle-poured stout.

Smell: Rich, subtle aroma. Definitely some sweet toasted malt; with hints of caramel and coffee. Swirling produced some fruity, port-like aromas.

Taste: Surprising. This wasn't overtly sweet as I expected (in my experience; sweet, cream, or milk stouts are typically sweet on the tongue). Instead, this delivered the tastes of Viennese coffee mit schlag; rich, dark, velvety, chocolatey flavors with hints of cinnamon and clove and some spirit-like warmth. Well-balanced, with no dominating hops or alcohol. I don't think this has lactose in it; maybe some oatmeal for a hint of sweetness. None of the sourness some have noted in Bell’s beers, but with enough tang to be engaging. Nice long finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and a bit viscous. A satisfying medium to full-bodied stout. The fine, steady, medium carbonation persisted throughout the beer.

Drinkability: A great session stout that falls somewhere between dry/export stouts and imperials. Not as strongly alcoholic or hoppy as Brooklyn BCS, Expedition, or Storm King; nor as bland as a Guinness or Beamish. More like Sam Smith's Imperial.

Don’t be fooled by its name or current category. This is by no means a sweet stout in the sense of a Sam Adams Cream Stout or Mackeson’s XXX. Rather, this is a refined, smooth, and yes, creamy stout that gives up nothing in flavor or impact. I haven't tried the Kalamazoo Stout; but I think this lies somewhere between that and its big brother, Expedition Stout (which I've tried). If you’re looking for a stout that is not looking to break the hops-bank or spirit-safe, this may be the one for you.

Backwash: A velvet hammer. If I could get it every day (especially on draught), it would be my session stout.

NB: Tasted the Kalamazoo, which was thinner, more heavily carbonated, less complex, and less satisfying (but hoppier). I can't see choosing it instead, unless the 1% ABV difference matters. Checked with Bell's, who confirmed that there is NO lactose OR oats; but some flaked barley for a creamy, grainy element.

Dantes, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of jvajda
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a competitor with Old Rasputin for world's best double cream stout. This beer is fantastic. It's very rich and bittersweet, but not over-the-top. I think most of us could handle a couple of these at once and be fine. There's a lot to experience in this glass, make sure it has your full attention.

jvajda, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of Brunite
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Completely opaque black in color. No peripheral highlights noticeable. A dark tan head recedes to leave a minimal cap and ring.

S - Hmmmm...lots going on. Some vanilla....some smokiness...roasted malt....a sourish lactose-like note....coffee...dark chocolate.

T - The flavor is as complex as the smell. First taste is of smoky roasted malts. As the beer warms....new flavors emerge. More of a sweet milk chocolate flavor kicks in. Further warming brings a more caramel/cocoa profile. Roasted coffee bitterness kicks in on the swallow and there is a lingering sweetness on the finish along with an oily coffee flavor.

M - Complex to mirror the taste. This is a very viscous, creamy beer. There is a constant smoothness. Some stickiness is also apparent. Oily on the finish as well.

D - A mid-level ABV and the vast array of flavors and feel make this fun to drink. Definitely worth seeking out. The profile gives the most after it warms a bit so sip this one.

Brunite, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark with a chocolate colored head. This beer definitely looks drinkable

S: Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee are very present and very pleasing.

T: All of the previous flavors present, but they unfold one by one on your palette. It is sweeter than most stouts, but what do you expect from milk stout. To me it is the paragon of this style.

M: So thick you almost need to chew it. Mouthfeel is definitely one of the highlights of this brew.

D: One of the many great brews from Bell's. Absolutely worth trying. Whenever I'm in Michigan I make sure to pick up atleast one bottle of this.

Avagadro, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of tyleeis
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

tyleeis, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of ExpendableCrewman
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

ExpendableCrewman, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of ClearDog
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep midnight black into my imperial pint glass. Nice foamy one finger khaki head. Very impressive to behold!

Smell -- Faint hoppy nose, bitter chocolate and a little bit of coffee. I really enjoy the complexity of this brew.

Taste -- Exceptional! Slightly bitter upfront, with a nice chocolate/coffee finish. I'd say the chocolate is more apparent than the coffee. The alcohol is masked quite nicely, but you can still enjoy the warming feeling as this stout goes down.

Mouthfeel -- Thick and creamy. . . almost chewy. Very nice.

Drinkability -- If I can find anymore of this I'll be buying it. Very drinkable, but one should probably limit it because this is my first one and I can already feel a hint of a buzz. This brewery really has its stuff together. Absolutely brilliant!

ClearDog, Oct 16, 2005
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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,955 ratings.