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

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3,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,158
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 178
Gots: 264 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

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
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4/5  rDev +1%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours dark black with almost no head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, espresso and chocolate. Tastes very smooth, with flavors of roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, and vanilla. Light carbonation. Sweet and delicious.

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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (bottled on 9/8/14 B [13474])

A: Pitch black, with the lightest tan collar. No lacing either.
S: Definitely smells like espresso with hints of cocoa. A lot of acidic black coffee and roast.
T: Lots of roast and a bit of coffee. A bit thin but I think that works here to come across as espresso. I kind of wish this had been a milk/sweet stout. The title is misleading, it needs to be creamy and a bit sweeter.
M: It's carbonation is akin to when a waves washes up on the beach and there is the leading line that rushes up with a froth of foam and then recedes.
O: Good, but got nothing on Expedition or Black Note. I don't have much hope for Java Stout, considering how all of their regular stouts have tasted.

gillagorilla, Nov 17, 2014
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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,158 ratings.