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

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3,184 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,184
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 277 | 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 liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 11507, bottled September 26, 2012.

Black body with a creamy brown head, with almost a reddish tinge to it. Light retention and a bit of lace. Nose of sweet and dark chocolate, light roast and some vanilla. Some hazelnut as well. Taste has some roast, creamy/milk chocolate and dark malt character. Some metallic as well. Medium full body and carbonation was a bit high initially. I'm sure this would be delightful on nitro.

liamt07, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

BeerMeBrad, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

JDizzle, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

EigenBeer, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Thirstygoat, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of nUgZ
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black color with a half finger head and light lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

T: Just like the smell.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Smooth but somewhat watered down.

O: Maybe I'm just spoiled by all the super flavorful stouts out there, but this just doesn't do it for me. Not bad, but not one I'd buy again.

nUgZ, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2.50$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a hugee size fizzy and frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. There are also some roasted/toasted nut flavours and a light smokiness. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste with some light lingering bitterness.

Overall - Another winner from Bell's. There is a nice balance of flavours and it tastes like it was made with quality ingredients. Not my favourite style of beer, but something I'm glad I tried.

spinrsx, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

TastingRoomCharNtony, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

WebGuyMike, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

swimfire, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

dasunder, Jan 19, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm allergic to lactose, and to enjoy beers like this one... I have to take a lactaid pill. This beer was worth taking a pill for.

In pouring this beer I had about a finger of tan foam. This is a very dark (black) beer.

I smell a lot of coffee from the top of this one. You can also get caramel and toffee. There was decent roastiness from this one. There was a clean, enjoyable smell from the Double Cream.

The flavor was clean and balanced. You get a lot of coffee and the cream hits on the back end.

This was a very tasty stout. I wish I was able to drink more of this one.

ummswimmin, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just the rich aroma's and dark compexity of Bell's Double Cream Stout,it' smooth creamy and sweet taste give this stout a 'A' in my book,the over all essence of the tones blend well with it as it is roasted,the malts that are used play a key role in finishing this wonderful stout on the palate soft!

rsenters29, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

beercatbrew, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

optimator705, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Mgm54
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 12oz bottle, review from memory and notes

A - Deep black with no light coming through, with a nice tan head

S - Malty sweetness, with some dark fruit and chocolate

T - Sweet cream up front, some burnt notes and dark fruits, and then ends with more sweetness. This tastes like what it is called.

M - smooth cream, the mouth feel of this is very surprising that this was accomplished without Nitro

O - Great beer, and tastes like the name. Very creamy, and just enough sweetness

Mgm54, Jan 17, 2013
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a fine, thin tan colored head. The head fades very fast to leave only a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is on the sweeter side with a good presence of chocolate and a nice sweet lactose/milk aroma. Mixed with these smells are notes of a light coffee smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with some flavors of a sweet milk chocolate and a roasted malt flavor. While upfront there is a good sweet milky presence, as the taste advances the sweet loses some of its ground and the flavor becomes more bitter and darker in nature. While this occurs, some lighter earthy hop flavors start coming to the tongue. These, in the end, when combined with the more roasted, lightly sweet, and darker chocolate flavors create a very nice roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body was quite nice for the darker and roasted flavor of the brew and made it drink more like an 8-9 % abv brew as opposed to its 6.1 % abv nature.

Overall –Quite a tasty brew. It’s a “not too overly sweet” and fairly roasty cream stout. Well worth a try.

Darkmagus82, Jan 15, 2013
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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