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

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

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1,382 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,382
Hads: 3,493
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 214
Gots: 391 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Photo of thomscottson
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of marc77
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uniform, one fingered persistent dark tan head covers a virtually black brew. Trace hazy deep ruby when held to light. Sweet milk chocolate hits the nose at first, then is ensued by notes of buttery malt and deep caramel. Understated roasted barley adds a hint of coffee sharpness, but the aroma is sweet, mellow and inviting all around. A combination of roasted grain and hop bitterness in flavor immediately yields to a rounded, mild lactose sweetness and chocolate malt, which in turn is ceded by dark caramelized malt sweetness. Hints of tart fruity esters from Bell's yeast strain are subdued by the rich overall malt profile, but emerge as a pleasant mid palate undertone. Moderately bodied, w/ a firm, dextrinous mouthfeel conducive for excellent drinkability. Finishes w/ fading sweetness which allows the dark fruity tartness to linger pleasantly on the palate. Double Cream Stout is a delicious, unique and deceivingly smooth stout. Subtle, yet rich.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed with a fresher sample since the first time I had it, it was sitting in the Iowa Beer Cache for an undisclosed period of time. This particular batch was bottled November 21 and drank during the first week of December. Now that's fresh! Subsequently, it was much more enjoyable.

The appearance is decent. It pours to an opaque black, completely impervious to light. The head is very thin and chocolatey, dissipating soon after it builds. Lacing is decent.

The smell has a lot of vanilla bean and cream soda aroma to it, backed by chocolatey malt, caramel, and molasses. Nice bold roast. Similar to the Kalamazoo Stout, but a little more rich and full.

Nice bold coffee flavor with a hint of sweet creaminess to balance out. Nice chocolatey roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is great. Very thick and creamy with a gentle and soft carbonation. One of the best American stouts I've yet tried. The ABV and intense roastiness prevent it from being more drinkable, but it is a very good beer. Another quality product from Bell's.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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Photo of rabidawg
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with lots of yeasty chunks. Gotta give these Bell’s beers a careful pour if you want them clean. Good thing I don’t mind the yeasties. Aggressive pour yielded a fairly small, white head that skimmed to nothing. Clinging lace.

Smell: Roasty and astringent, with the dark malts in the forefront. Very rich and luxurious, like a warm piece of chocolate cake, with definite java influence.

Taste: Very, very nice. Initially slightly sweet, with a soft, mouth-filling body. Glides down the throat with no hint of off flavor. Prickly carbonation hits the tongue, then the creaminess washes away any harshness that may have been present. Finishes only moderately dry, with a slight leafy hop afterthought. Only a slight chalkiness as it warms.

Probably my favorite Bell’s thus far. Thanks feloniousmonk!

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Photo of adammills
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feel like I am drinking a Mackesons Milk Stout, and that is a good thing. I am going to have to drink these beer back to back to get my bearings because they seem almost the same...which is a good thing! Very smooth, nice and roasty. Chocolate, coffee, and nice cream flavor. VERY easy drinking, a regular in my stout line up.

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Photo of HappyBivouac
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a very large mug from the bottle. I would just like to say I really enjoy the presentation of this beer. Nice label design on it.

a- Pours dark opaqe brown that shows virtually nothing even when held up to a light. Two fingers of creamy rich tan head.

s- Upfront roasted malts and coffee chocolate. Heavy suggestions of chocolate milk, toffee, rich caramel. A definite sweetness in the smell. Very robust and pleasing.

t- I actually have to admit I feel kind of stumped in trying to analyze this one. Certainly not in a bad way, though, and there's nothing hindering my taste at the moment. Hmm.. The immediate sensation is a really delightful chocolate toffe and dark heavy bread with hints at coffee with cream, prunes and raisins and caramel. A mild roast coffee bitterness with subtle hops in the finish. Perhaps a bit too weak all around, but the flavors present are excellent and rich.

m- Wow, this is what I noticed immediately, rather than the taste. It goes down so delightfully smooth and creamy, it's easy to just sit back and feel this go down and not think about anything. Carbonation is so subtle but this just feels incredibly wonderful. Works perfectly with the sweet richness in the taste.

d- This is definitely a heavy beer in the stomach, and a very strong dessert beer. Consume after some lighter offerings and don't be disappointed at all.

I wasn't entirely sure how this was going to turn out. I've tried so many milk stouts and was curious about Bell's "double" take on the style, being that they like to try doing thier own thing. I was definitely not disappointed by this, and if you come across it ever, I highly reccomend a try.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of jacob4999
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of blakesell
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7684. Bottled October 16, 2006 as according to the bell's batch website. Poured into a Belgian pint glass (sort of curved pilsner).

Appearance- Beer pours black with hints of red around the edges. Head is fairly minimal and forms a ring and a thin film over the top of the glass. Lacing sticks for a few minutes but doesn't linger.

Smell- Dark burnt roasted malts, hints of alcohol, sweet creaminess. I would insist I detected lactose sugar had I not heard from the bell's lady herself that they don't add that to this beer. Not sure what they're adding to make it smell like this, it really is wonderful. No hops are detectable.

Taste- Roasted malt thickness and creaminess, a bit grainy but in a balanced way. A nice creamy chocolate upfront that lingers to almost a chocolate milk quality. A bit of warmth on the finish and a little spiciness that seems like it must be the hop. I am very pleased by this stout in every incarnation I've had it in (which now is every way I could have had it in).

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium full bodied, fairly low carbonated. Nicely sweetened and wonderfully balanced. Very well done beer.

Drinkability- Even with the higher ABV of 7.5% I could session these and drink them all day. In fact, I may end up buying a six pack and use it for my summertime lawnmower beer. Come now, honestly, tell me that you drink light lagers when YOU mow the lawn?

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of tehchunk
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of tanousa
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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 !

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Photo of phishgator
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Solid black with only the fringe allowing light through. The head is tan and thick. Tight head that stays for most of the session. The aroma is smooth compared to their regular stout. There is a spiciness that I can't place that comes through in the nose. The taste is smooth! There is an oatmeal stout feel, but the body is a great blend of malts, roasted toffee, and roasted malts. I would say that this resembles an oatmeal stout, but that is probably what they were intending. The body is decent, but there is a slight heaviness. I would drink this all night if it were cheaper or I was making more money.

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Photo of trinitone
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nearly black copper color. Half a finger's worth of head that dissapated fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit all with a subtle smokiness. Maybe it's because fall is here, but I also detect that freshly fallen leaf smell in a 100% good way.

The tongue follows the nose, with the addition of a sweet lactose taste to the flavors of the smokey, bitter coffee and the sour maltiness.

Mouthfeel was quite good with a medium/heavy body and not overcarbonated.

Drinkability gets high marks as I have just finished the beer and am wishing I had another at my disposal. This is quite a complex beer, perhaps having to do with the ten malts used, that takes a bit of dissecting. Pick one up and drink it slowly.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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).

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: [4.75] Poured a massive 2 finger head. The head is dense and tan. It forms a head like you expect on a good stout. The beer looks black but with lighting you can see it is really a deep ruby red with some minor light penetration. The head recedes slowly - but leaves lots of nice lacing. The bottle lists the born on date (10/30/14) and ABV (6.1%).

S: [4.25] I am getting smoke and malt. Like charred hardwood. The smell is like campfire and it is pretty inviting.

T: [4.50] The beer has a sweet start and continues with the smoke in the midpalate. The smoke and roasted malts last into the aftertaste. I am getting hints of chocolate and vanilla in the sweetness.

M: [4.25] "Double cream" sort of sets a mouthfeel expectation. This is not too creamy but it is very nice. It has solid body for 6.1% and the roasty finish is a nice addition.

O: [4.50] This is such a solid all around beer. The smell was inviting and the taste was spot on for the style. Really good flavor throughout. This is the best stout I have had in quite a while. The roasted malts balanced with the sweetness of the malts is fantastic.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-16-07
Batch 7776
Bottled on 12-20-06

Pours a very dark brown with a very nice tan-colored head.

Smell is fantastic! Chocolate dominates with hints of smokiness.

Tastes of lots of different complex malts, with notes of coffee, chocolate and a surprising hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is unbelievable! Ultra thick and creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the lower abv lets you notice the flavors that much more.

Overall, I was surprised. I've always been a fan of the Kalamazoo Stout, but this blows it out of the water. A great beer to just have around.

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Photo of bluHatter
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick, creamy, milky. Deep cobalt black with a modest brown bit of head.

S: Smells like freshly crushed coffee beans. None of that muddled coffee-like smell... this smells just exactly like fresh beans. Very nice and crisp. Wow.

T: Like a nice espresso - without the caffeine. Surprisingly the flavors are not overwhelming like one might expect from the thick creamy pour. I'm impressed. This is very well balanced.

M: Thick and rich and smooth... like cream, or Bailey's ... in fact, this would go really good with a shot of Bailey's. A Bell's Car Bomb, anyone?

O: Impressive stout, to say the least. They just one-upped a whole lot of stouts in the world.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark, almost black, with a nice tan/brown head to it.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut.

Tastes like chocolate, roasted malt, hint of coffee, vanilla, hazelnut in the aftertaste. Pretty much how it smells.

This beer is super smooth and creamy.

BIG surprise. I hadn't ever had this before and it was a really good find. Definitely on my awesome list.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a jet black color when held up to the light has a deep brown on the corners and the edges. There is a one finger mocha head that has good retention. There is some slight lacing on this one. There is also a good amount of white sediment hanging around the bottom.

S - The smell is surprisingly complex, even if it isn't very strong. There are notes of milk chocolate, cream, butterscotch, and vanilla. If the smell was more pungent, this would be incredible.

T - A great mix of toasted malts, cream and milt chocolate. Great complexity and this stout isn't trying to do too much. The after taste consists of coffee and some slight bitter dark chocolate.

M - Great mouthfeel. Silky smooth with perfect amount of carbonation for this style. The only reason it's not perfect is the mouthfeel isn't perfect it can be a wee bit heavier.

D - I could drink these all night. Tastes great and goes down smooth.

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