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

Not Rated.
Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

3,258 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,258
Reviews: 1,365
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 184
Gots: 303 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,258 | Reviews: 1,365 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of PatrickJR
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black and opaque. No light shining through, even on the edges. I don't know if I had a weird bottle or what, but there was absolutely no head, just a small, thin, tan film that disappeared quickly into a small off-white collar.

S - Typical butter and caramel, with some coffee hiding, but also an extra dimension of brown sugar and cinnamon. Faint anise perhaps?

T - Not quite as complex as the nose. Initially something akin to a minimally sweetened chocolate milk comes to mind. This flavor slowly dries out until the finish, where a quick and unobtrusive coffee bitterness persists for a bit. Excellent, but simple.

M - Despite the lack of head, there's moderate carbonation with a very full body. Suited to the flavor.

D - A very filling brew, and something that probably wouldn't keep me interested past the first bottle. Price is steep as well. Easy to get through this glass, but I'll be glad to move on to something else.

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

Pours a very dark brown/black color that lets in no light at all. Mine also had almost zero head to speak of. The tan colored head, if one can call it a head, was maybe 1/8th on an inch thick at most before becoming a thin ring lining the inside ofthe glass 2 or 3 minutes after being poured. Very little lacing. This beer is full of roasty aromas of coffee, dark fruit, malt, a hint of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate dominate the smell. Perhaps a hint of roasted nut as well. The taste is somewhat sweet upfront and lingers with all the characteristics in the smell also present in the taste. There is also a hint of milk or lactose in the taste, but not the smell. No bitterness in the taste of aftertaste at first, but it starts to creep in after a few sips as the beer starts to warm. Aftertaste is somewhat mild. A bit of a dry aftertaste/mouthfeel as well. A nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Mine did not have a very frothy or creamy mouthfeel at all, as the name of this beer would imply. Moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Unusually easy to drink for a stout IMO. All around this beer felt like a porter more than a stout. A good solid beer, but not all that great. Worth a try for sure.


Photo of t420o
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schmoopsbeer for giving me this one as an extra in a trade.

A- Pours a half finger head that dissapates quick and leaves very little lacing. Beer is very dark brown in color, approacing black.

S- Chocoalte, coffee, nice malt scent, toffee, and ripe dates

T- Chocolate milk, nice malt complexity, slightly bitter coffee, cinnamon

M- Slick and creamy. Low carbonation

O- A good beer that I would get again if it was available locally for a decent price. Not one I'd seek out though. The drinkablility was good.

Photo of tykees88
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A pretty brown black color. A khaki mocha head about one finger, but it goes away quickly. Lacing though is in the glass.

S- Smells like espresso, chocolate, barley, and hops.

T- Very complex taste. There is a depth of malt flavor here that you wouldn't come to expect from a stout. The barley flavor is there, dark chocolate flavors. Crystal malt sweetness. Super deep flavor profile. There is of course a slight coffee flavor, it's not as strong as one would think based off of smell alone.

M- Creamy and oily thick.

O-It's good. I'd drink this many times again.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with decent tan head.

Has a light, sweet aroma. A nice, mellow roasty malt aroma too.

This milk stout has a creamy, sweet and roasty taste. Has a smooth feel and taste. The sweet malts add much flavor.

The mouthful is is creamy and milky. It is a very smooth stout.

The sweetness makes it very drinkable. Double Cream is not too strong and quite easy to drink. Its been a while since I have had a Double Cream Stout.

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

I had this poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass at a local pub. As usual the stout was served well below optimal temperature so I drank slowly to see how the taste developed as the beer warmed.

A: typical dark, pitch black stout color with a minimal head that dissipated quickly.

S: smelled some cocoa, malts, raisins and a hit of hops

T: more hop bitterness that I would have thought this beer would have, some cocoa flavor, java notes and has the beer warmed more of the java flavor came forward. Not creamy as the name would suggest.

M: nicely carbonated, light feel on the tongue, I expected a thicker creamier beer but it was light similar to an Irish dry stout.

Overall: nice beer, I enjoyed it but it was not as creamy as I thought it would be, more of a dry stout in my opinion, but good.

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

Modest head that settles quickly until there is only a ring of bubbles. Leaves some slippery lace. Near black color. No light passes.

Another mellow stout aroma from Bell's. Light dark toast smell with a touch of lactose.

The "cream" comes in the swallow. Surprisingly, there's no sourness that I associate with the style. Coffee (without cream) up front. A very easy to drink stout--smooth. Body and carbonation is accurate.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a two-finger tan foamy head. Heavy lacing.

S - Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, and dark coffee.

T - Follows the smell. Roasted malts with sweet milk chocolate. Bitter coffee in the middle. Finish is smokey.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth drinking with a watery mouthfeel.

O - Very easy drinking roasted stout. A little more body would help out. Still very good.

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

242nd review on BA
bottle to pint
bottle code 9986- bottle date 9/28/10

App- A nice syrupy dark brown with just an edge of bubbles. A little bit of lacing slides down the glass

Smell- Smells very malty, a slight like chocolate tinge and a hint of vanilla

Taste- Very light and roasty with a creamy feel. Somewhat of a dessert stout to me. Has some good flavors with the roast and cream blending and meshing well.

Mouth- Medium/Full bodied with a low carb feel to it. Very creamy aftertaste.

Drink- Very smooth and very drinkable.

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

From a bottle of a Bell's Dark Side case into a Brooklyn tulip. Remember this being one of my favorite of the bunch...let's see how it holds up now.

A- Pours a burgundy tinged black, total espresso-colored big-bubbled head with a usual quick dissipation to a frothy film that leaves a pretty lacing on the sides of the glass. Completely opaque and seriously substantial.

S- Alcohol and caramelized roasty malts with the tiniest bit of blueberry and anise, smells a lot like a creme brulee just out of the salamander.

T- A balance of sweet and sour. Not quite as much caramel on the tongue as in the nose, but the burnt characters float on top of a sour milky undertone, rounded out with some roasted coffee, before finishing up with an acidic kick to the back of the tongue. A lot going on in this glass.

M- Thick and frothy, smooth and coating, this beer turns into a pleasant, living foam in your mouth.

D- Not something to daisy chain together, for sure, but too good not to finish. This is somewhere between a sipper and a dessert beer.

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.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,258 ratings.