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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,382 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,382
Hads: 3,476
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 209
Gots: 386 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 1,382 | Hads: 3,476
Photo of SomethingClever
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into shaker pint


A: very dark black slightly off white small head


S: very roasty nice deep smell of coffee and roasted malts 


T: very smooth a little roast a little coffee a little licorice quite a nice taste and a good dose of chocolate


M: Average to thin but for a lower ABV beer it's not too bad 


O: it's got a great flavor but it's thin which hangs me on most stouts but it still is one of Bells better offerings  (449 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout: a vigorous pour leaves a good-sized head, with very nice staying power. The head is tan, and very creamy. The beer is absolutely black, and not a trace can penetrate the brew. The aroma is very mild, in fact, a deep sniff reveals little but a trace of chocolate milk. What’s immediately notable is the fact that this is a smooth a beer as I’ve had in my life, I’m guessing the cream refers to the mouth feel of the beer, it’s more like a milkshake than a beer.

The taste is very nice, needless to say very malty, but very well balanced, and it bears repeating, exceptionally smooth. The flavors here run the gamut of malts: chocolate, espresso, rye bread, and a bit of toast, with a pleasant taste of buttered rum. The hop flavor is subdued, but rises to the task to help clear the palate toward the end. This is really terrific. (873 characters)

Photo of irishmoss
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Velvety black gloominess in the pour, with a tan/light brown two finger head that leaves brilliant lacing down the sides of the glass. Impressive appearance. The smell is almost entirely malts with a faint whiff of chocolate. The flavor is sweet and roasted malts, with assorted dark chocolates. Oily and silky-smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Unquestionably drinkable with the great flavor and mouthfeel. (432 characters)

Photo of xav33
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout
12 oz bottle
Packaged 10/06, milked 12/06
Moderate pour in an English pint

Poured black with mahogany highlights with a light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of burnt grain, sour milk, dark coffee, and dark chocolate, light fruity dark plums or blackberries,.

Taste was upfront strong bitter burnt taste and moderate sweet coffee and cream followed by a strong bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee , soy, and anise. Palate was full bodied, softly carbonated, creamy, coating and silky smooth, with moderate astringency and light alcoholic feel.

Overall, this is a great balance of sweet and bitter in a stout. The flavors are exploding all over my tastebuds like a fireworks display. It's the softest beer on the palate I've yet to have, like licking a Playmate's buttocks. Creaminess is kinda odd though and reminds me of sour milk. It all works wonderfully though. (938 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany to black with a 2 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & good head retention

Smell: Roasted malt & chocalate, some coffee notes

Taste: Smooth choclate up front, followed by roasted grain & slight fruittyness.

MF: Thick & rich, good carbonation

Drinks really easy for its abv. Pretty yummy take on the style (333 characters)

Photo of sammib528
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured smoothly into the glass finishing in a foamy head which melted into a fine lace

S – Smell is malty but subtle with a touch of sweet; the roasted scent came through, no alcohol detected.

T- Very rich and flavorful, roasted malts come through with smooth chocolate finish. Just a little burn from the alcohol

M- Mouth starts smooth, gets a little bubbly and the carbonation helps it hang around for a bit.

O – This is wonderful and very drinkable beer. The flavor and aroma was not overpowering and the mouth was light and creamy. Wish I had more right now (578 characters)

Photo of vande
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10144

A ~ dark as a moonless evening, one that shines no stars....the slightest hint of any kind of head, and I mean slightest as there's a very thin, barely noticeable dirty ring of what appears to have been a little foam...clinging around the glass

S ~ sweetness on the nose...coco nibs, hint of coffee, rich, dark malted goodness

T ~ muted chocolate, cool coffee flavors, bitter dark chocolate.. opens up as it warms up.. very tasty!

M ~ somewhat thinner than what I remember... a light cream effect..

O~ A very good beer, one I make sure I snag a 6er of at least, each season it rolls out... (606 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours very balck, impenetrable to light even when held up to it, wells up a dark brown short-lived head

S - more hops in the bouquet than i thought, there is the definite espresso majority, with some dark chocolate highlights as well

T - the flavor is the revers from the aroma, the chocolate flavor is predominant with the coffee/espresso flavor the background, very crisp and refreshing

M - smooth and sweet, slightly acidic, well balanced bitter/sweet and medium bodied amkes it...

D - highly drinkalbe, easy to pound, but hard to chug, a great stout, even the girlfirend liked it, which has been a theme for Bell's so far, but then again i picked ones she would like. (687 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from trade with jnn4v.

12oz bottle. batch 8842. tasted in early june 2009.

black, nearly opaque, some reddish brown translucency on the edges. 1.5-finger beige head, fades to wisps and ring. splotchy lacing here and there.

aroma: carob, cocoa and hint of vanilla, w tart plum, and then figs and cherry, as the caramel, brown sugar, molasses and malt then comes out, plus roast notes and hint of coffee. faint earthy hop grassiness in back.

taste: similar interplay of flavors, though the roast and mash comes out slightly more. moderate bitterness, but smoothed out by pleasant maltiness. vanilla, cocoa, carob and touch of fruity esters. off-dry finish w lingering trace acidity.

syrupy feel, creamy and smooth, w gentle acidity and astringency in finish. mild to moderate carbonation helps with both bringing out flavor and giving a fluffy creaminess.

the combination of dessert-like qualities actually cuts down all-night drinkability however. (952 characters)

Photo of jlb307
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from gorby10826 (thanks Mike).
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Coffee black with a dark tan head. Darn near looked flat, it was so thick. Head was only 1/2" at most, and didn't retain long. What was left was nice little puddles of foam on the surface which laced nicely.

S: Black coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet toasted malt, with just a hint of hops.

T: Coffee and cream, with a semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste. Hints of toast.

M: Liquid velvet is the best way I can describe this brew. Full bodied with a clean finish.

D: Very good beer and surprisingly easy to drink, given how "heavy" it is. (632 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a rich deep reddish black color with fluffy cream/coffee colored head. Big, chunky, bubbley lacing all around....nice! Poured very smoothly

S: coffee, vanilla beans, and sweetness to boot. Pretty roasted overall with a pinch of bitter powered cocoa. The nose is mild and very well equipped for a nasal exploration

T: molasses, chocolate, and slight vanilla toffee flavors permeate within every sip. I find this beer has a creamy sort of Cool Whip appeal on the tongue. The coffee notes are more aggressive on the palate and is followed by a bitter somewhat dry taste. Gets on real tasty and much like the nose, it is heavily roasted and malty. This is one of my all time favorite Bells brews

M: goes down way to easy and has a great feel. This is near chewy and has plenty of volume. I would venture to say a heavy full body

D: absolutely solid. I do not need to say anymore. (882 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dyan for another Bell's product. Bell's sure does know how to do their stouts, although my bottle says 6.1% ABV.

Pours very dark brown/black color with a good size tan head that leaves a decent lacing.

Smell is of roasted malt with tones of coffee.

Taste is mostly malt, very creamy as the name suggests, slight coffee bitterness, some caramel and chocolate undertones as well, slight dark fruit presence. Very complex stout, I believe it when they say there's 10 different malts in it. (499 characters)

Photo of MrBen
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer!

Pours nearly black and opaque, puts up a creamed-coffee head, and offers scents of sweetness, chocolate, and the fine dark malts that gave us this beer. Taste is really big. Roasty n' toasty, sweet, savory, and chocolately flavors really treat my tastebuds well.

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, and YUM!!! (318 characters)

Photo of sweett3k
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy Yums! The Bro's say Bell's beer taste too oxidized...too bad they do not live 20 miles from the brewery cuz mine is as fresh as the morning dew. This stout has a Dark rich brownish-black with a gorgeous creamy head pour. Complex notes of malts. I like my stouts to be more robust and less chocolaty. This one delivers nice and sweets with a smooth finish. My new favorite stout. Thanks again Michigan for making me smile with great beer. (443 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a coffee like brownish black with about two fingers of tan head. Slow to retreat into the beer leaving behind a thin film and really nice lacing on all sides of the glass.

S: Has a good smell to it. Chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee. As always, it's hard for me to recognize much through the nose, but it's inviting all the same.

T: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted malts. Doughy like flavors make this very savory to me and keep me wanting more. I'm not really finding the hops at the end, but there is fruity quality to the aftertaste..almost like plums or raisins. Great taste here.

M: Creamy indeed. Has a nice, full velvety feel to it. Leaves behind a coat of great flavors.

O: As mentioned in the taste portion, this begs to be drank. On my next trip to Bowling Green, I may pick up an entire 6 pack of this if available. (848 characters)

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a black obsidian hue with a brown off color head into the pint glass. Great lacing as the beer progressed all the way to the end of the beer. It has a sweet roasted barley scent with aromas of vanilla, rich chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The taste follows the nose into roasted barley with chocolate and cocoa notes. I didn't get any coffee flavor on tongue, but a bit of vanilla did come to life as the beer warmed more. The mouthfeel on this is smooth and creamy and coats nicely with the alcohol very well hidden. Drinkability is also high due to the low carbination and silky smooth mouthfeel and not overly high alcohol ABV. I could easily make this a session stout. (681 characters)

Photo of eyeenjoybeer
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Molasses brown to black. Head is lovely light brown.

S: Dark roasty malts and coffee notes.

T: The taste is bittersweet chocolate and coffee that weaves in and out of the pure roasted malt flavors. This taste profile carries through the entire drink to swallow. Slight notes of tobacco are coming through mid-taste with a little warming. I do love this beer.

M: The mouthfeel stands up to the double cream name. This one coats well and then rolls off without being too heavy.

Overall, I haven't visited this brew in a number of years and I forgot what I was missing. Bell's nails a easy drinking and complex stout. (671 characters)

Photo of Nuke77
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown near black with a thick medium tan head in when using a snifter. Good nose of roasted and sweet malts with a bready essence. The brew leasves a beautiful lacing in the glass. The taste is malty with a touch of sweetness. It is smooth, creamy and delicious. This is a superb stout. Just an excellent effort from Bell's. (340 characters)

Photo of frazbri
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thick, creamy, mocha head topping a black body. Pitch black. Chocolate and coffee aromas with a faint fruitiness. Espresso and mocha flavors. Thick and creamy body with very modest carbonation.

This is an adult milk shake. Rich and creamy body loaded with chocolate flavor. This is a favorite December night cap for me. (322 characters)

Photo of patm1986
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown with a big ol' frothy head on 'im like steamed milk. looks like a macchiato.

aromas of a light roast with lots of cream and sugar. there's a roasted nut aroma running around in there that finishes sweetly with vanilla.

this is really sweet and nutty. it tastes remarkably like a mellow coffee blend with lots of milk and sugar. it's funny that they disclaim diary as an ingredient, because it very much seems to be in there. there's also a mellow nutty flavor present, like a walnut or pecan. finally, there's a hop presence that is really excellent, because it balances the beer so well.

i did not expect this much creaminess. this is wonderful. really, really smooth. the hop backbone though is a great component, because it cuts all these malts down a bit smoothly.

really good beer. really good. actually tastes like coffee and cream. so smooth and highly drinkable. BELLS.
cheers (900 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle bottled on 11/14/11.

A - A big black brew, with 0 clarity, lots of thick creamy head, and tons of sticky lace on the glass

S - Extremely sweet, faint hint of alcohol

T - Smooth, creamy, complex. Starts very sweet, then gets bitter, and then a spicy aftertaste. Alot going on in here, very tasty! Nice little alcohol kick at the end too...

M - Thick, full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. It definitely is a blast to your senses

O - An extremely tasty beer with alot of complexity for a 6/1% brew. Bells always impresses (531 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with tiny light brown head. Aroma is very roasty with lots vanilla, lactose, and chocolate. Taste is a nice balance of roasted coffee, toffee and chocolate, solid sweetness from the lactose. Full bodied but not syrupy. Good carbonation to keep the sweetness in check. This one is really good. No wonder they mix this in for some Black Note. (357 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark black but not much head.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Nice taste, and just slightly bitter. Very light taste of chocolate at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. The kind of beer you want to chew.

Drinkability: This is a really good beer. I will be on the look out for this when I see again as it will make an excellent session beer. (463 characters)

Photo of BeerFink
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with 2 fingers of foamy brown head. Just the slightest red tint near the bottom of the glass, although light does not pass through the main body of the beer. Sticky lacing and good head retention. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with cream in it, a malty mix with some good roastiness. Very full and well rounded taste. Bell's claims to use 10 different malts, and although I can't pick them all out, the blending is apparent. Sweet chocolate mixed with slightly bitter coffee blends well with a slight cream taste, with a roasted flavor throughout. A little sweet fruit is apparent near the beginning, and the faintest of citrous hops makes a showing near the finish. Finish is sweet and creamy with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is big and smooth. Bell's is very good at stouts, and this is no exception. This was the beer that got me into craft beer, and its a pleasure to have it again after quite awhile. (924 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to GCurlow for this one.

A: Completely black. One finger mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Some medium sized bubbles in the head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Big roasted coffee/espresso aroma. A subtle smokiness. Very light chocolate and vanilla.

T: A creamy chocolate/vanilla sweetness upfront that never really fades. Nice roasted/smokey flavor throughout the rest of the mouth. Light coffee bitterness in the finish along with hints of vanilla.

M: Full bodied. Thick for being a Stout and not an Imperial. Very creamy. Subtle smokiness lingers in the after taste.

O: Great stout. Very reminiscent of Deschutes' Obsidian Stout. These beers could be brothers. Obsidian gets a slight edge in my book because of the bigger smokiness. Any East Coast lovers of this beer NEED to try Obsidian. (845 characters)

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,382 ratings.