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

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3,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,236
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 293 | FT: 2
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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:
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 adman08
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very deep brown with a small amount of creamy light tan head.
S-Very complex aroma, notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and a slight caramel sweetness.
T-Slight sour flavor along with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee at the start. Slight caramel flavor, nice creamy flavor.
M-Very balanced, full bodied and creamy. Light carbonation.
Overall, a very nice stout. I love the creamy flavor, it offsets some of the bitter coffee flavors you get with most stouts yet you don't lose the traditional stout flavor. Not as creamy as I was expecting but a very good stout.

Photo of bearrunner44
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black sludge. Dark and (very) viscous. Thin, extremely bubbly cappucino-brown head. The head disappears quickly, with no lacing.

Smell: Heavy molasses, with notes of vanilla bean and mocha. Alcohol floats around inconspicuously.

Taste: Smooth coffee and vanilla. Heavy and sweet. Molasses/brown sugar sweetness floods the taste buds in the middle. The finish is equally heavy, tasting of tangy rum-raisin flavor and a gentle splash of hops. Some oxidation spoils the fun a little towards the end.

Mouthfeel: This one's thick as a milkshake. The carbonation leaves light smacks of bubbles on the tongue as the beer passes by, keeping it from feeling like motor oil. Big, and very smooth.

Verdict: I can't understate the bulk of this brew. The mouthfeel is as good as it gets. It knocks some points off of drinkability, but I love a good, chewy stout. This one's solid, with reasonable complexity and a pleasingly sweet personality. It's not perfect, but stout lovers should seek it out.

Photo of YankChef
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into la fin du monde glass. 6.1% abv on this year's

Appearance: Basically pitch black in a ppearance with a pillowy, frothy looking light coffee colored head, looks like the top of a milk chocolate shake.

Smell: A little chocolate and subtle coffee, also an alarming aroma that is almost akin to copper or coins.

Taste: Thick and rich with big roasted flavor but no big coffee like bitterness this one is all smooth and balanced. Slightly sweet milky finish that lingers and makes you want more. Alcohol is not terribly detectable but somewhat apparent with a warming sensation although this beer is in no way boozy

OVerall: a highly enjoyable stout from an excellent brewery. Right up there with lancaster's milk stout, but i would still say that lancaster takes the style imho

Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-deep black color with a thick two fingers of coffee colored head that lingers for some time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S-light nose that consists of roasted malt, hint of chocolate cake batter, and some light citrus sweetness

T-a roasted malt hits first followed by some bitter sweet chocolate, cake batter, touches of coffee, dark fruits, some raisin and prune that gives it a sweetness at the finish

M-very smooth and creamy as the name would indicate, medium body with a fair bit of carbonation.

D-this is a solid tasting beer with a great mouthfeel and robust creamy flavors. I could drink this beer quite frequently.

Photo of blackcompg
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a 5oz glass as part of a 6 beer flight at Bell's Brewery...

Appearance - Translucent dark brown cola color, lite brown cap which left nice lacing.

Smell - Wow, heavy cream, baileys, with notes of vanilla and carmel.

Taste - Very balanced, not overly sweet, cream and lite carmel flavors riding along a nice backbone of litely roasted grains and freshly baked wheatbread.

Mouthfeel - Medium to almost creamy mouthfeel that gives way near the end of the sip to medium carb that adds some nice crispness to the sides of the tongue - great drinkability.

Overall - well balanced and complex, very smooth flavors and mouthfeel, great drinkability.

Photo of genog
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a rich and dark black color with a creamy light brown head that leaves a nice amount of lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is of chocolate and a milky creamy aroma. Not very strong but very enjoyable with a slight sweetness. Taste has very little kick just a sweet taste. Was anticipating a hop or strong kick, but did not happen. Mouthfeeling is creamy all the way through.

Photo of SheepNutz
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark brown, almost black, with 2 fingers of reddish-tan head. There is a fair amount of sticky lace left down the sides of the glass. The smell has a bit of roasted malt and chocolate, fairly sweet smelling. The taste hits hard with roasted coffee and caramel, then the sweeter malts come out toward the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, almost chewy in the mouth. The drinkability is just fair for the 7.5% alcohol. A nice sweet treat!

Photo of Sean9689
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at The Stable for Firkin Friday's.
Poured into nonic.

A - Pours black, no head, just a few large bubbles on top. Very slick and smooth, no lacing or head retention to speak of.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted nuts, whipped cream.

T - Similar to nose. Like drinking chocolate milk with more roasted characteristics to it. Some coffee in there as well, which shows up as the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, no carbonation.

D - A very good milk/sweet stout. Had a couple of these during the night but was ready to move on to something else after a bit.

Photo of kevanb
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer sports a lovely jet black color, it pours out like motor oil, thick and viscous, a nice caramel colored head sits atop the beer. Molasses and chocolate aromas leap out of the glass, some roasted espresso and burnt wood support them with some smokey char that is fairly abrasive. The flavors are nice, especially as it warms. Initially the roasted flavors are extremely overpowering but as it warms it thankfully mellows out. The flavors still have a nice roast to them, toasted espresso and coffee blends well with some woodiness that is really only described as campfire wood. Dark bitter chocolate flavors blend nicely with some sweeter and creamier flavors, molasses, toffee and vanilla are all minor players that round out a very complex flavor profile. The body is viscous, creamy and milky without being chewy.

Verdict: Certainly an interesting cream stout, the roasted flavors are definitely very strong and at times overly abrasive. The body is great though, glad to have tried it, but I probably won’t be seen hunting this one down again.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2009.

Pours almost opaque black with burgundy edging and a whisp of tan head. A placid surface for the duration as well as a few dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with malted milk balls, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and shades of root beer. Vanilla and Kahlua follow through.

On the thicker side of medium bodied with a creamy yet still crisp mouthfeel.

Cocoa, roasted brownie bits, hazelnut, and a hint of char start the palate. Shades of espresso, brown sugar, and smoke follow through.

Finishes with lingering caramelized sugar, powdered cocoa, and a hint of vanilla.

Tasty brew, but probably better fresh and a bit sweet for my liking. The carbonation is flatish, which hurts the appearance, nose, and palate. A bit watery and thin for the style.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a small brown creamy head that falls to a halo of creamy foam very quickly. Very little lacing. Smell and taste are chocolate malt with a nice roasted burnt malt background and a finishing bitterness. The bitterness gives it some real bite at the end but also serves to hide the high ABV. Another solid brew from Bell's as expected.

Photo of Dave1999
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pure black with a very nice looking tan head which remains for a long time.

The smell is quite weak, coffee and dark malts.

The taste is better, nuts, milk and coffee.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with very little carbonation.

Overall very enjoyable, could easily drink a few of these.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Brian44556 for this extra...Pours dense ultra-dark brown. Not much of a head forms, but what does is creamy and persistent. Leaves excellent lacing. Can't tell how carbonated due to dense dark color. Wonderful dark chocolate nose, with hints of vanilla and espresso. Lots of roasty malt in there, too. Not much else, so this isn't super-unique thus far. Wonderful tangy stout flavor right upfront: tons of malt, full bodied so I suspect some oatmeal is used. Not too sweet, not too dry. Well-balanced in the sugar notes. The middle melds from tangy and malty to a much smoother malt character, and this quickly moves to the finish, which is super-roasty and has a tiny hint of hop bitterness. No idea how exepnsive, so I'll guess middle range. Great drinkability for a stout - I could session this in Winter. Good beer, but not unique. Worth trying for sure.

What I like most: The wonderful balance in the sugars of the flavor.

What I like least: The lack of unique qualities all the way around.

Verdict: Great, well-made stout that makes up for its ubiquitous nature by being damn excellent and tasty.

Photo of d1ckvanswype
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours jet black with a hefty three finger head with a mildly aggressive (read: drunken) pour. When held to the light just the tiniest hint of ruby-orange highlight shows. Pretty good lacing as well.

S: Sweet roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate, dried dark fruits. A mild roasted nut note comes out as it warms.

T: Sweet, yet mildly astringent, this shows the full gamut of complex malt characters, from roasted nuts to coffee and chocolate. Finishes with a rather black malt like finish.

M: Thick and rich, almost chewy, though as it warms the alcohol burn mixes with carbonation and black malt astringency.

O: This beer was only hamstrung by how tart and astringent it became as it got warmer.

Photo of colts9016
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Kelly, thank you.

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A nice one finger solid tan head that is creamy. The body of the beer is burnt motor oil. The body of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A nice rich roasted malt with cream, melanoids, chocolate, espressos, and hops. The hops profile is fruity esters and citrus.

Taste: A wonderful rich malt with chocolate, espresso, melanoids, and fruity esters.

Overall: The mouth feel is silky creamy and velvety. The body of the beer is thick and rich and the finish is medium. This beer is a wonderful stout with a lot of cream flavor packing a punch. The beer isn't sweet at all but, nonetheless, the beer is wonderful.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: blackish brown. Tan half finger head that quickly evaporates into big bubbles. Thick lacing.

S: An expresso/dark chocolate mix. Woody.

T: Smooth, creamy, well rounded. Not overpowering. A good coffee/chocolate blend. Sweet. Roasted malts. Toffee. Full bodied without the fullness. Light coffee aftertaste.

M: medium to heavy. Creamy, thick, lots of carbonation.

O: Those 10 malts took me on a joyride. Smooth as silk. Very drinkable. Dare I say, sessionable?

Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bell's Double Cream Stout.

What a silky looking brew! Gluggy brown-black liquid with some visual viscosity sleeps under a hefty and rich beige head. The consistency of the head is creamy and foamy and it's just coating the walls of the glass completely.

Mega-roasty and dusty with cocoa. Acidic component from a roast coffee aroma really shines with brightness. Slight green cherry note offers a little more tartness. Major malt-ness pushes any glimpse of a hop whiff aside.

Roast coffee and a bit of chocolate pair with a light char. Not as sweet as you might expect, and with a light berry tartness. Notes of cocoa powder and cranberry layer out on the back of the tongue. Heavily malty with converted grain flavors that all categorize on the dark and delectable side.

Doubly creamy, for sure. Smooth and buttery on the tongue with a mousse-like carbonation that plays in the art of fine bubble creamery. Great feel.

Very nice stout with some potency. A great November/December beer. A Bell's beer I always indulge in.

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a one finger tan head. The head settled to form a ring around the glass but had pretty good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some sweet chocolate along with a little coffee and roasted flavor.

Taste is sweet at first with some chocolate and coffee notes and it finishes with moderate bitterness to help balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is a nice drinking stout that I can have a few of in a sitting.

Photo of noduckla
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolaty color with littlel head and minimal lacing. It has a great smell of roasted malts and chocolate. Chocolatey smell that surpasses the taste and drinkability. There is a decent amount of CO2 for a stout, but it does not really stand out as a stout that separates itself from the rest.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treasure in a BIF box from adamharbaugh.

Stout colored fluid. Stout colored head. Brief stout colored head.

Smells like roasted toasted nuts, not burnt. Ground coffee, also not burnt. Taste follows suit.

Gotta love that unique cream feeling that comes with a milk stout. Carbonation is just a bit on the rude side, not as bad as an 18 year old with a drivers license, but noticeable. Mellows out to perfection after a few.

I need another one of these because instead of her customary 2-3 oz taster, my wife stole half of this.

Overall: yummy

Photo of CrellMoset
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, thick black with a foamy, thick two-finger light tan head with average retention and fantastic lacing. The lacing is what really stands out about this one - huge sheets of it, thin and glittery but with great staying power.

Aroma: Cream, sugar, coffee, chocolate ... this is the first milk/sweet stout I've ever had where the lactose sugar notes just completely dominate the toasted malt notes.

Taste: Half milk, half beer. Lactose sugars abound, with a faint chocolate and coffee - though mostly coffee - toasted malt presence backing everything up, and an even fainter hop bitterness note barely sneaking in. As it warms, it really is like drinking a latte, or a 3/4ths milk, 1/4th coffee latte, at least. Faint hint of booze in the finish, particular as this one warms.

Mouthfeel: It's quite literally like drinking cream. Thin, but still remarkably smooth, creamy, milky, even ... is this even beer!? Fantastic, though a little disconcerting, to be honest! It'd get a five if not for the practically obligatory sticky creamy slick feel all cream beers leave on your tongue/teeth.

Drinkability: This was one strange and unique beer, like many of Bell's brews are. Definitely the creamiest, milkiest milk stout I've ever had, and though the alcohol was reasonable, it was almost a little too milky for me. Very interesting though, and at least worth one try.

Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle almost exactly like the one pictured (mine has a light brown color font while the image that I can see here has red) which I purchased for $2.20 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio as a single. Poured into my clean, clear Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Light brown 1 inch head over a completely dark body that lets no light through (not even direct light when held in front of one). Nice look, appropriate to the style of course.

S Dark malt but a nice sweetness to it as well. I think that I even smell a bit of "milk" creaminess as well, like a sweet milk behind dark malt.

T Dark malt predominates but there is a smoothness gained from the "double cream" aspect of the beer that keeps it from being punchy or edgy. The sweetness shows up in the taste as well and there is a pleasant distant (1 minute) aftertaste of coffee which I like a lot.

M Full with dark malt, the creamy feel and the reasonably high ABV (which I did not detect while enjoying sip after sip).

D This is a great nightcap but I cannot have more than maybe two. The style does not call for any more than that.

Notes: Another finely crafted beer from Larry Bell and Co.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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