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

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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,726 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2726
Reviews: 1327
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%


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.

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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep coal black with about an inch's worth of tan head on top. Retention was lacking, but the lacing rings were superb. Smells of milk chocolate! Great cocoa tones mixed with roasted coffee beans. Very pleasant.

Super creamy mouthfeel. Silky smooth. Great dark chocolate flavor that finishes like a bitter coffee. Great roasted characteristics in this one. This was a very easy stout to drink; and most often with stouts for me it's one-and-done, but not this one. I could drink a few of these for sure. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 19:48:16 | More by Onenote81
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.. dark brown/black with a good half inch or so of purple/tan head. Smell is sweet roasted malt and chocolate, maybe a slight unpleasant metallic twinge.

Taste is refreshingly sweet and light. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily thick and creamy, and definitely fits the name. There isn't much hop character here and it isn't really that strong in terms of alcohol presence. It is fairly refreshing and a good dessert-type beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 00:23:15 | More by webmanspidey
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PretzelCity

California

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to EricWo for sending this one. Poured an inky black with a big billowing creamy tan head that left lacing all the way down my glass. This is one good looking beer. The smell is good, roasted malt and hints of chocolate but nothing too overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is sweet, with a taste of roasted malt and a little chocolate that coats your tongue. Very easy to drink with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Really a well rounded beer. Excellent balance. An excellent example of one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 10:38:45 | More by PretzelCity
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tanousa

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice black color, little lacing on top.

S- hints of coffee , expresso like, roasted malts and chocolate.

T- Cream , coffee, dark chocolate and hints of dark fruits.

M- Smooth, creamy. great finish.

D- exelent, can go for many of this gems !

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 02:05:21 | More by tanousa
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DmanGTR

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 3/8/10 (yay I'm finally catching up on my backlog of reviews!)

A - Very dark brown with light tan 1.5" head in my Ommegang goblet. Nice lacing. 4.0

S - Overall, somewhat subdued. Sweet chocolate notes, light coffee, and a touch of citrusy hops. Caramel too. 4.0

T - A nice delicate blend of chocolate, mocha, and a touch of sweet cream with a long lasting bittersweet finish. Very slight citrus and earthiness of hops as well. 4.5

M - Rich and medium bodied, well carbonated and velvety smooth. 4.0

D - Exceptional. A very well made beer. 5.0

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 12:42:33 | More by DmanGTR
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tehchunk

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured straight into a Bell's tulip glass. A light brown, three-finger head that sticks around just long enough before collapsing to a nice, frothy film that eventually disappears after a few minutes. Minimal lacing. Opaque black with brown tint.

S - Sweet molasses up front with hints of cream, mocha, some coffee. Hard to pick up too much; it just smells delicious.

T - Mmm, certainly tastes like what a double cream stout should taste like. Creamy, lots of mocha with a roasty, bitter ending. Leaves a dry but nice aftertaste.

M - Just thick enough, not as much as the name suggests. More carbonated than your usual stout but that could just be the style. Rests fairly nicely on the tongue with a slight tingle.

D - Definitely could drink a few bottles of this in one session. Drinks very nicely for a stout with that much flavor. I can only imagine what this would be like on tap, especially a nitro tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:47:44 | More by tehchunk
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djbreezy

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - dark brown/black with graceful tan head, amazing retention, strong lacing

smell - roasty, malty and chocolatey

taste - carefully roasted chocolate malts, grain, marshmallow, some coffee-like notes

mouthfeel - exceptionally creamy (as advertised!), light-medium body, slightly viscous

drinkability - full flavored and quite tasty, gorgeous in the glass

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:42:48 | More by djbreezy
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.
Bottle code says "100800", but the Bell's Batch Finder appears to be defunct, so unable to decipher the code.

Aroma: Vanilla, chocolate milkshake, cocoa, roasted malt, and a light mineral note.

Appearance: 1 finger of light tan head slowly dissipates to a thin layer. Body is dark espresso brown/black. A sheet of fine tan bubble washes over the inside of the glass as I swirl the beer around the glass.

Flavor: Sweet coffee up front, excellent balance between the dark malty sweetness and the underlying bitterness. Malted milk balls through the middle. Mild, non-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. A tad bit thinner than, though, than I ideally prefer for this style. Carbonation is medium-low, but a surprising bite appears from time to time.

Overall: Smooth, malty, sessionable goodness. Definitely recommend this one. No real flaws. It lives up to be the type of solid milk stout that one would expect from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 00:44:47 | More by mdvatab
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jacob4999

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black. A slightly aggressive pour at the end produces a dark cream two finger head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Dark chocolates and dark roasted coffee with cream. Very inviting and delicious smelling beer.

Taste: The roasted malt hits you up front with the dark coffee/chocolate and follows with bittersweet cream in the end. Every sip keeps you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Bordering on medium to thick. The medium carbonation and creaminess is a killer combo.

Overall: Easily my favorite session stout. The low abv allows you to easily pound a few of these no problem. This beer is fantastic and I could easily drink it all night. If all American Stouts tasted this way the world would be a better place. Highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 23:13:24 | More by jacob4999
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Emnmarko

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark as all hell. Small creamy head. Lacing remains after head quickly dissipates.

S- chocolate covered hop.

T- Dark roasted malts and chocolate first. Moderate bitter middle mixes nicely with the sweet and produces a rich complex and creamy flavor. Even more in the end with some creamy coffee and light smoke. Always creamy.

M- Double cream is no joke. Starts and ends smooth without being heavy. It's a double double.

O- This is one rich and creamy stout. It has great balance with the sweetness of the chocolate roasted malt and bitter hop back. Fits like peanut butter and jelly. Good job Bells.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:50:29 | More by Emnmarko
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thomscottson

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: Very Dark, with minimal cream colored head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Dark and Chocolatey

Taste: Very Smooth and dark. Chocolate and cream highlights.

Mouthfeel: Thick with a smooth finish. Definitely a stout but leaves your mouth with a clean feeling.

Overall: Definitely a great Stout. I would gladly try this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 04:11:45 | More by thomscottson
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Sudmissle

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bell's probably has one of the greatest catalogs of good stouts of any microbrew in America, and this is my favorite Bell's Stout. It has a very strong toasty, chocolate-laced coffee flavor to it. I find it to be sweeter than Kalamazoo Stout and it has a lingering mouthfeel. I suspect Bell's sells more Kzoo Stout, but this one is far more enjoyable due to the rich flavor and the molasses-like mounthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2003 02:43:40 | More by Sudmissle
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frazbri

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 02:12:30 | More by frazbri
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iowaero

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Wonderfull dark black with light coffee colored head.

S: Slight coffee and some roasted malt and chocolate smell.

T: Wonderfull taste - not too sweet but a great balance of bitter chocolate and sweet malts and slight coffee. None of the above overpowering - just a nice balance of them all

M: Very creamy wonderful mouthfeel. Finishes a little lighter than it starts.

D: A great beer for a cold winter night. I could drink far more of this beer than I honestly need. Probably one of the best stouts that I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 05:43:22 | More by iowaero
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very deep brown almost black. Two finger tan head with good retention and decent lacing

Smells of roasted malts chocolates and coffee. Smells delicious.

Taste is magnificent. Very creamy and sweet. Vanilla, coffee chocolate and roasted malted mix wonderfully. After taste may hint slightly at dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is full but again very creamy and smooth. The carbonation is light but not flat.

Exceptionally drinkable. Exceptional brew. I do enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 01:47:50 | More by kzoobrew
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mgp80

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black, with a robust tan head. Good-lookin' brew,
S: Nothing out of place or spectacular for a stout. Roasted malt, basically.
T: There's a lot going on here, and it's all good. Hop bitterness is certainly there, but it's one of those "you'd miss it if it were gone" things, as opposed to center stage. There's a good dose of the alcohol-warm prune/plum favors that you get in a good baltic porter, and of course some roasty,dark chocolate, and coffee-like flavors. My only gripe is that the finish doesn't leave me with much.
M: Awesome. This is a beer that eats like a meal. Very rich, very creamy. Lives up to the name.
D: Bell's has packed a lot of the flavor and complexity of a 9% abv beer into one that's 6%. These go down fast and easy for me.

This is a solid beer, one that I will keep around in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 20:31:52 | More by mgp80
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schellsbeer

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet nectar of the gods...

As with most Stouts from Bell's, this one is exceptional. Very thick and creamy. Very filling but clean tasting. An excellent after dinner beer, late afternoon beer, early afternoon beer, lunch beer, midmorning beer, breakfast beer, or for that matter, an 11:15 pm nightcap beer like I am having now beer.

This one is only offered during the winter months which I don't understand why. Great to put out for Santa Claus to help with the eating of the cookies but Santa gets thirsty during the rest of the year too.

A - Thick. Black. Oil.

S - Not as great as the Java stout but good. Remember, this is a sweet or mild stout. Not suppose to smell like coffee.

T - Yep....right on target.. Again, thick as cream but the color of tar. One of the best Cream if not the best Cream stouts there is...at least the ones that I have tasted.

M - Thick, warm and full. I feel like I want to chew it it is sooo good.

D - Once again, Bell's hides the alcohol very well. Not ever noticeable. Great beer.

Thanks Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 04:54:12 | More by schellsbeer
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Mauerhan

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

received this from the 1980s bif. rock! a big thanks goes out to zachary aka sirsketch for this. thanks brother.

cracked open with a slight hiss. not thunderous but still enough to make itself known. center pour into my brewery tulip produces a slim line of mocha colored head that sits atop this dark beast. a good swirl session produces a half finger of head. not great retention but still nice to look at.

first smell i get off this is a slight biscuit/flour smell. almost smells like a pancake batter in a good way. obvious vanilla notes with hints of coffee lingering near the end. but mostly pancakes.

taste is creamy. big time subtle amounts of chocolate play around with biscuit crispness. but this thing stays. a lingering sweetness that is reminiscent of baking chocolate. an interesting taste. i will have to say i have not had anything like this before.

mouth like i said is thick and viscus and creamy. i am left with a milky coat minutes after finishing a sip. prolongs the brew. i like it.

as this reached room temp i had to put it down to stop myself from chugging this beast. drinkable is an understatement. awesome

this is an extremely interesting beer. I am pretty sure this is my first milk stout. ive had other sweet stouts but not that were like this...at least that i could remember. a very nice brew that i would like to try again soon. well played bells

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 05:12:56 | More by Mauerhan
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Batch #8902. Thanks, brokenleadedcask!

Black pour. Smallish light brown head gives way to a thin cap. Random assortment of light lacing.

Aroma is roasty. A quick swirl brings out some really nice milk chocolate and vanilla smells to go along with the roast and ground coffee.

Nice roasty flavor. Much more coffee than the aroma led me to believe there would be. The sweetness and roast balance well. The chocolate and vanilla give this a really light, very drinkable flavor. Slight bitterness in the drying finish.

This beer reminds me of Kalamazoo Stout in a few ways, especially how it balances sweet and bitter. However, the comparisons end when it comes to texture. While Kalamazoo Stout was rich and velvety, Special Double Cream Stout is lighter, and less creamy. Of course, we are dealing with different styles here, and Bell's nailed both. Very good mouthfeel for a sweet stout.

Special Double Cream Stout is an unbelievably easy drinker. The light body, and the delicious flavor, make this one go down very easily. Once again, Bell's brews a winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 03:34:28 | More by Gyle41386
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Guiness tulip.

A: Beautiful black with a lingering one finer off-white head. Shades of garnet where the light shines through. A few lonely carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Very malty nose. Sweet notes of chocolate and maybe a hint of fruit.

T: Follows nose exactly. Malts on the tongue with just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very very tasty.

M: The 'Cream Stout' name is appropriate. The creamy mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer.

D: Great for a milk stout (not really a session style, IMHO).

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 02:52:38 | More by mondegreen
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brobeerbot

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Nonic Pint.

A- Poured with just a small amount of tan head. Dark as night. Light can not penetrate it.

S- Strong coffee and cream going on here.

T- The first thing you get here is coffee and cream, just like your morning cup of joe. Hints of caramel and smoke can be tasted right after your sip.

M- Slight carbonation and not very thick as many stouts but far from watery.

D- A very easy drinking stout could drink multiple bottle in a night.

Overall this i a very nice stout that tastes as the label states.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 03:19:46 | More by brobeerbot
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Body is a dark brown hue with a massive light brown head, creamy & frothy in texture. After several sips, the head leaves behind a thick sticky lace.

S: A rich aroma of roasted coffee and sweet caramel & chocolate malts.

T: A very well balance beer. A smooth flavor of bitter sweet chocolate (& chocolate malts), vanilla, creamy lactose, and finishes with a roasted coffee aftertaste.

M: A smooth and creamy texture with a slightly dry aftertaste. For a stout, it's a little bit more on the lighter side with decent carbonation.

D: I wish I could have one of these every day. Very delicious. We have a hver hot fall season, and this is the perfect stout to make the transistion to the heavier beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 12:14:42 | More by BrewCrew2010
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an over-sized, tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Nearly black in color with deep mahogany and garnet highlights that shine at the edges of the glass beneath a two-finger head of tan foam which bubbles down to a slick resin that leaves a ring of creamy lacing around the glass.

S: Robust, sweet and roasty, with hints of licorice, coffee and dark cocoa nibs in the nose. A subtle, dark raspberry aroma combines with the roasted malts to add some fruitiness in the smell.

T: Smooth, rich, creamy and burnt malt flavors hinge on the bittersweet roastiness of this robust cream stout. Initial flavors of rich chocolate and whole cream give way to subtle, burnt wood, smoke and tobacco leaves. There is a fine, fruity and bitter herbal hop resin that sneaks onto the palate with a roasted black malt flavor. The finish is bittersweet, yet balanced, leaving some residual smokiness and creamy, chocolate flavors on the palate.

M: Full-bodied, incredibly smooth and satisfying stout which incorporates equal parts rich, creamy malts and bracing, resinous, yet subdued hops.

O: A toast to the roast of this incredibly rich, yet well-balanced and supremely flavorful American Stout! At 6.1% ABV, it would make for a nice after-dinner drink before or with rich vanilla custard or chocolate torte topped with raspberries. It's malts varieties play so well off one another, only adding roasted bitterness to the artfully used hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:33:56 | More by Gambrinus1184
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Midnight black with caramel brown notes edging through on the edges when held to the light nice full tan head leaves thick collar of lacing continues the same pattern throughout the session. Aroma: An airy sweet cream scent with hints of wood chips slipping through, dark chocolate and coffee notes round out the scent. Taste: Deliciously creamy just awesome mouth full of whipped cream blended with chocolate what a dessert beer, very rich with some bitterness coming through from the dark roasted malts bringing chocolate and coffee to the table maginficant. Mouthfeel: Full bodied cream stout just a big brew when it comes down to it, nice even sturdy carbonation. Drinkability: These would ware on you but it would also blend so well with vanilla ice cream as a topping, awesome well done tip my hat to the brewer's at Bell's great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 09:41:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown, almost black color with moderate tannish head. Smell is supremely enjoyable, being a nice mixture of choclate, coffee, roasted malt, dark rich fruits, and burnt smokey wood. Taste is also very enjoyable with nice chocolate and coffee flavors, combined with more dark fruitiness, and ending with a mild bitterness that beckons for another taste. So very easy to drink that I was suprised to see the alcohol conent. excellent beer. First class.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 23:56:51 | More by tgbljb
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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