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

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89
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

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.

Added by Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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Reviews: 1,417 | Ratings: 3,676
Photo of Nuke77
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of frazbri
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of patm1986
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of nsmartell
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a six-pack poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty big, cascading head that settles after a few minutes. Utterly impenetrable brown-black with a tan head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: On the lighter side of intensity, but pretty nice. Sweet malt, mostly caramel with a little chocolate. A little bit of alcohol, which doesn't really seem necessary.

Taste: It's a stout alright, but it's got a different flavor profile than the (also wonderful) Kalamazoo Stout. The front is a little milky, while the finish is a little darker. Some roasted black malt, but in lighter quantities than the Kalamazoo. It is complemented with softer cocoa and toffee elements. Little hints of herbal hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Sure is creamy! Aptly named. Carbonation is appropriate for the style, a little tingly.

Overall: Bell's stouts are great choices. Different from Kalamazoo, but just as good.

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Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark dark. coffe with cream colored humongous head that has great retention and superb lace. roasty malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and maybe some fruit in the nose. milk chocolate really comes to mind in the taste. it really has that milky sweetness. almost reminds me of super strong coffee with a lot of sugar and cream. not coffeeish like their java stout, but that roasty maly flavor with the sweetness and creaminess brings cafe to mind. very creamy and silky mouthfeel. what a real pleasure.

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Photo of Dhren1979
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 12oz Bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A: Pitch black with no light being able to escape its darkness. A good amount of head and lacing.

S: Chocolately with hints of a sweet, creamy smooth aroma.

T: Light coffee, chocolate with no burnt malty flavor that I kind of expected. Just a hint of hops at the very end...a nice little touch.

M: Like smooth, creamy, silky stout! Am I drinking a beer?!

D: I must say for not being much of a fan of Bell's brews I really do love this one! Can I have another?!

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of PretzelCity
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Buebie
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jtrockchalk for this bottle.

I was going to save this one, but I accidentally tipped it over and it began to seep at the cap.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter.
No freshness date, but 8150 is printed on the back lable.
1 finger tan brown head. No light penetration on this, black as night. Thin, but bubbly lace, with a nice amount of retention.

Aroma is really malty and grainy. The grains are so pungeant in arom, its as if I scooped some out of the bags, cupped them in my hands and inhaled.
Chocolate pudding, cream, mild mild coffee aroma, a faint hint of cinnemon, vanilla.

First sip, WOW this is creamy!
Smooth milk chocolate textures and flavor, more chocolate pudding flavor, bitter chocolate grain notes, mild hop bittering at the swallow.
The flavor lingers with chocolate and heavy whipping cream.
Mild oxidized flavor lingering, but it could be confused with the malts. I do pickup some wet cardboard, but it seems to be mostly the malt.
No alcahol detected. All chocolate and cream. My two favorite things in a beer.
Very slight carbonation at the swallow, but thats it.

I dont think I can review the taste on this fairly off just one bottle. This is going back onto the wants.

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Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like dirty, motor oil, and produces an opaque, inky black body. One finger, light brown, head has garnet hues around the fringe and collar. Considerable patch and sheet lace adorn the glass.

Aroma begins with hazelnuts, immediately followed by nice dark malt notes of coffee, carob, and chicory.

Mouthfeel is robust, smooth, and creamy.

Creamy malted chocolate runs out the gate first, with roasted Kona coffee right behind. An understated, toasted almond character is unmistakable, and adds considerable depth. Good hops bitterness keeps it all in check. Finish is bittersweet chocolate/carob, wth a mild coffee aftertaste.

Excellent for the style, and my favorite stout from Bell's.
Re-reviewed on 4-28-05, and well worth doing so. Better score for appearance this time around, as the head revealed some some rusty orange hues in addition to the garnet tints noted in my earlier experience. Aroma score gets bumped up a notch for complexities I missed in my first review. Some smokiness and vanilla notes add to the multiple malt notes to be found in this interesting stout. Mouthfeel, as well, is worthy of an update. Velvety smooth on the palate, and quite exquisite. Ten different malts are used in this one, according to the label, and the adventurous complexity is well worth revisiting. Very tasty, and a very nice stout to sip and savor. One of Bell's better offerings, for sure, and that's quite a compliment.

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Photo of bashiba
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very thick dark black with a creamy brown head that grips the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.
Scent is of Mocha, Espresso, an Caramel Malt goodness.
Taste is a nice bitter chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice earthy hoppiness that brings this around into balance so very well.
Mouthfeel is so full and creamy, just exceptional.
Drinkability is great on this fantastic beer from bells. A nice heavy stout that still leaves you wanting another.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Pitch black with a bit of orange glow at the bottom of the mug. The head is light brown, half a finger high, and settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a short wall of lacing. As the beer descends down the glass, layers of stringy lacing stick to the sides.

Roasty malts mixed with a little bit of coffee and sweet chocolate. A smooth creaminess coats it all.

The bitter roasted malts mix with a matchin sweetness that's divided by a rich smoothness. A little bit of citrusy hops come in toward the end. Full bodied with a syrupy feel from the dextrins.

This is a very enjoyable beer. I completely recommend this one to anybody who enjoys a good solid stout. This one should sit at the top of the Sweet Stout category. Recommended.

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Photo of austin_page
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a short stem wine glass (this is all i had at the time)

Appearance- Very dark just the way I like it, looks like motor oil, a very very deep black hue and a tan-ish low retention head.

Smell- The smell is amazing, definitely shines the light on roasted malty characteristics, the smell is misleading to how it tastes though, this is definitely a unique stout.

Taste- Very smooth as it first glides onto your tongue, then an immediate, almost carbonated taste, I would compare this to the Steel Head stout or Fish Tale organic stouts, I noticed that it was named by the ingredients and not the taste, however, it saying "double cream", I expected it to be creamy like a milk stout, more creamy flavor would balance out the hoppy taste in this beer, its good but I feel like I'm drinking a Sierra Nevada stout.

Mouthfeel- Slightly carbonated and hoppy, coffee/ malty like after taste, best served really cold! Perfect beer for these cold nights.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Look: Poured into a pint, it pours very dark with a BIG fluffy tan head.

Smell: Cream, and milky like sweetness, despite it's not a milk/cream stout. A bit of chocolate like aroma

Taste: Mocha, chocolate coffee with a touch of vanilla cream. Neither of these flavors are over powering. It doesn't taste like a coffee stout, or a cream stout, or chocolate stout. But all of these flavors are there and blended evenly

Feel: Very creamy texture, low-moderate carbonation.

Overall: First had this beer last winter. Great to see it back on shelves again! It's just another one of those great go-to stouts for the colder months!

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Photo of dolphlungdren
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: lace lace lace, head is solid, looks like clouds and bubbles if poured a little violently. wonderful

s: chocolate and alcohol... i want to snort it.

t: oh greatness. leaves a thick choclatey and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it.

d: the first time i bought this beer i meant to ration it due to its somewhat pricey label (like 11.99 per six)... however I accidentally drank five of them in a sitting because they were hitting the spot. if you are in the mood for a stout that is not terribly bitter, this is your money pit.

conclusion: i generally prefer imperial stouts and things of the more bitter variety, but this is a great beer. I think i like it more than the average person on here, but I can't get enough of it and absolutely crave it when it is out of season. this beer will make your night better. it might not solve your problems, but it will certainly help you forget about them for a while.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had been eyeing this for a while during my bi-annual trips to Minnesota and finally decided to splurge $12 for the six pack. I must say, just the name sounds delicious. Anyway, it poured like engine oil, and looks like it too. The head is small, but very cocoa colored. Awesome chocolate, coffee, and black licorice aromas. A tremendously thick and wholesome mouthfeel ensues. Wow! Tastes abound! Big coffee notes while silky smooth chocolatey flavors add definition. And there's just enough of a burnt edge to lend traction. It finishes dry and leaves the impression of just finishing a mocha expresso. There is a touch of sweetness in the back of the throat that just leaves you salivating for more! A showstopper!

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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

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Photo of mgp80
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.