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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.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001)
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Gusler

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a midnight black color with a monstrous light chocolate head that creamy in its consistency and the left over lace a fine satiny sheet to meld with the glass. Rich chocolate malt sweet nose, coffee, roasted grain and just a treasure to sniff, front is ambrosial, full and rich as is the full bodied top. Finish is bittersweet, mildly acidic, bone dry and a real pleasing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 16:43:28 | More by Gusler
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has been sitting in the fridge for the last few weeks waiting for the weather to turn cold and I've had to warm the Buick up early in the morning before going to work (at the ungodly hour of 6:35 each day I might add).

Maybe not enough of a vigorous pour as the head is almost nonexistent on top of the nearly jet black and completely opaque body. The nose, however makes up for it with deep, delicious malty milk chocolate and plenty of it. It's not overly sweet, and stills like beer, but it's really good.

Absolute velvet in my mouth. The chocolate and coffee tones are powerful but still manage to be elegant. A late kick of oats and roasted nuts. A little more carbonation than I need in a milk stout, or any stout for that matter. All together it's pretty close to a symphony and an excellent choice for first stout of the season.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:28:07 | More by daliandragon
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- is a nice dark brown with a little white head
S- milk , cream, malt, sugar, a little sweet
T- cream, malt, corn, not overly sweet, finishes with a touch of hops
M- this one was pretty cold, but it was cold out so it worked. Good carbonation, alot less sweet then the smell dictates
D- wow i thought this was like 5 or so, very well hidden abv

a very solid beer, im not usually a stout guy. This one really works, and the bar i was at was selling it for $3!!!!

cant wait to try it on draft

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 07:34:37 | More by gdfan47
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jsanford

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/15/10. Poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A - Deep, dark brown (almost black) with a thick mocha colored head that eventually dissipates to a thin ring. Nice lacing.

S - Coffee, milk chocolate and sweet cream. I really love the smell of this beer, just so warming, like chocolate chip cookies and milk.

T - Roast coffee, vanilla and cream. Tastes like an alcoholic dark roasted latte from a coffee shop. Delicious!

M - Very creamy, with a medium body and sharp, prickly carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable, I could easily have 2-3 of these in a sitting. I really love this beer, definitely my favorite milk stout. Oh, and the label is cool, too!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 03:25:53 | More by jsanford
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drewba

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - jet black, very little head. A millimeter head ring hangs around for awhile.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee and tons of roasty malt.

T - The usual suspects are here - dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee grounds, smoke and dark/roasty malts. The cocoa and coffee are adding a nice level of bitter, but the milky - lactoseyness of this beer is keeping it sweet and creating an amazing balance. The back of the bottle says that 10 malts were used, and I'm glad because these malts are unbelievable - dark, roasty, nutty, bready. I detect a tiny, unusual cherry (or something similar) is hanging around at the end of the flavor. It isn't predominant in any way, but it's there.

M - Perfect mouthfeel. Reminds me a KBS - rich and thick mouthfeel that has just enough carbonation to keep it crisp, yet smooth and creamy.

D - The bitter and sweet balance make this a drinkability winner.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 03:22:04 | More by drewba
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dragonWhale

New York

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

9986
pours a voluminous tan head atop its magnificent black with caramel highlights. a sight to see!
some chocolate and coffee with a slight bit of roast. Despite the appearance of the coffee tones, there is no sharp acridity. No burnt aroma.
The flavor is very similar, like very soft tissue paper on my bum, it washes down my palate with a silky chocolate and coffee flavor. It finishes very dry, but extremely pleasant. Nothing too big and bold here, just a magnificently crafted stout that is as easy drinking as they come.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 16:17:36 | More by dragonWhale
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lsrose

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drank a lot of this beer. It is one of my favorite stouts. It pours a nice thick head that sticks around quite well. The coffee smells really jump out when pouring it. It also has taste of toffee and chocolate and other malts as the 10 malt blend comes through. Some bite and hops come through late.

I really like this one and it is a great malty stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:05:15 | More by lsrose
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to DarkMonk

A- Pours solid black with a thin 1 finger khaki head that doesn't stick around.

S- To say the least this beer smells absolutely amazing. Tons of molasses, toffee and smoke. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate come out in back end. Can really smell the complexity of all the different malts used.

T- Unlike the aroma the roasted burnt coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate come through up front with a nice sweetness in the background from the molasses, toffee, and smoke. So complex but yet so simple!

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

Overall for a regular stout this beer packs the punch of an imperial. Tons of complex flavors from all the different malts and so amazingly drinkable. Bell's hit a home run with this one.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:00:57 | More by Arenbeer
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Being a new fan of Kalamazoo stout, I looked forward to this Double Cream Stout. It's very similar in appearance to the Kalamazoo. Double cream means just that, extra creamy. And that's how the mouthfeel is. It's very smooth chocolate, coffee, slight hops, and sweetness. I'm strongly impressed. It has amazing drinkability and a perfect roasty flavor. I was surprised to see that the ABV is 7.5%.....no hint of that whatsoever, just smooth roasty greatness.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 17:53:18 | More by AudioGilz
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kwalters

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a very good stout, the best I've had so far. I tried Bell's porter and Java stout and was not overly impressed so I only had moderate expectations for this brew. They were far exceeded.

It looks deep, dark black; as you'd think a rich stout would. The head was small but lingering. The taste was indeed exceptional (5). This has all the fullness and flavor of the Java stout but is toned down just a bit and isn't overpowered by roasty-coffee flavors. This is what I had hoped the Java stout would have been. Glad I found it. To quote the governator: "I'll be back".

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 16:04:38 | More by kwalters
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mocha aroma, distinct but not heavy, small head, strong but mellow cream coffee taste, almost like a cappacino, like a fine malted Starbucks concoction, and just as expensive as one. Wonderful brew. One of my favorite new beers and the third Bell's brew I've had in the last month, that I'm very impressed with..

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 20:41:32 | More by grynder33
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clabaugh

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night body with a bubbly, ruminating head colored like clay and earth. Beautiful coloring on a head of a solid two fingers that retains acceptably. Lacing doesn't stick, but coats the glass with a swirl.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee bean, and floury malt. Caramel and sticky sweetness in the nose as well. A flowery hop character that wafts in a gentle bitterness into the nostrils.

Taste: Chocolate, warming liquer flavors, and coffee. Wine-like properties emerge, or at least a distinct taste of grape or raisin. Floral hops with a slight bitterness. Pronounced alcohol presence. Sweet fruit flavors tempered well by just the right amount of hops.

Mouthfeel: Seductively creamy. Wonderfully caressing on the tongue. Full bodied, with faint carbonation. Almost a melting sensation as one partakes.

Drinkability: Exceedingly so. A lot going on, but everything is very compatible. ABV not too overwhelming, but pleasingly warming. Pleasurable experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 01:58:02 | More by clabaugh
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...Great beer. I feel like I should put that upfront. Pours a dark brown, lets just a few rays of light through to alter its color. Has a slight head that leaves a mild lacing around the beer. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and sweet cream. Taste is basically the same, but the sweet cream comes out in the finish of the beer to leave a sweet tang in the back of your throat. This is the first beer I’ve rated a beer with a perfect 5 in Mouthfeel. Its amazing. After the first it just wants to make me drink another.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 05:47:56 | More by hwwty4
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to GrizzlyAdams for this brew.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Pours a pitch black with about 1/2 of tan head.

S- Not a strong nose with notes of coffee and currants. Of course I am used to drinking these out of a sniffer so it may have a strong nose in that.

T- Sublime! Coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits. Very roasty but not overpowering with flavor like the Exp. Stout. I like this beer a lot.

M- Another 5 from me. This is a very smooth beer and very creamy. Lowish cabonation but that is how you want it. I have got to try more Bell's brews.

D- Bring it on bartender! I could drink this until I was full. Because I think I would get full before drunk on this beer. Very good over all. Top 10 stouts for me!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 22:28:59 | More by Mudpuppet
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm quite impressed with this.

Pours thick out of the bottle, with a dark head. Nearly opaque with reddish-brown edges.

Smells delicious, roasted and burnt notes, with coffee, vanilla, and ashy wood

Burnt notes on dark malts, with dark chocolate, coffee, woody notes, a hint of vanilla, and a slow fading slighly hoppy bitterness. Not overly bitter or roasty though, and comes off as quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel smooth as silk, with a nice substantial consitency.

This was a pleasure to drink. I'm truly sad I only had one.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 01:36:55 | More by Strix
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Bung

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Real dark brown pour, cream colored head. Roasty coffee, malt and mocha. Not extreamly "creamy", but it has the best of milk stout flavor with the edge of a double. More roasty malt and coffee than a normal sweet, but has the chocolate, mocha and slight lactic tones. More hoping than usual creates this balance I would guess. Drinkable and dangerously sessionable with it's slightly lower abv that beers with similar characteristics, ie imperial or double stouts. This is somewhere between a sweet stout and a double, which is what makes it a standout and unique to me. Nothing out there is quite like this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 05:38:40 | More by Bung
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Drewcifer

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got to thank Matt at Capone's for recommending this one... it did not disappoint.

Pours a nice, dark brown/black, no real head to speak of, a small collar of tan around the top.

Aroma is very sweet, rich chocolate, a little milk. A little bit of a grainy note, but overwhelmingly sweet malt.

Taste is roasted malt, mild chocolate, coffee. A good blend of the three in to something altogether different, surprisingly not as sweet as I was expecting. They've done a good job of keeping it from going to far to the sweet side. An aftertaste like you get a few minutes after you finish a milk chocolate bar - it's still there, reminding you, but not holding your tastebuds hostage.

Great mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth. Thick.

Overall, a good drinkable cream stout. And not just a stout for stout lovers, but one that would go over well with many beer drinkers, regardless of their favorites. This could definitely work its way into a reserved spot in my fridge. Quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 22:04:18 | More by Drewcifer
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samccoy

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle, it appears as a nice dark-chocolate color with more of a milk-chocolate head.

S: It smells of marshmellows and cream. Absolutely amazing.

T: It tastes as good as it smells. There are hints of dark and chocolate malts as well as the cream flavor and marshmellow overtones. It is extremely sweet, best paired with some sort of meal to balance the sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is extremely silky and smooth. It feels just and good and smooth as it tastes.

D: Due to the sweetness of this beer, it is very difficult to drink more than a beer or two at a time. It should be paired with a hearty meal in order to fully enjoy every aspect of this awesome brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 03:30:49 | More by samccoy
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dfillius

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger brown head that subsides to a thin layer and ring with okay retention. Slightly better retention please. Liquid is very dark brown, not quite opaque.
S: Chocolate, roastiness, red wine, fruiy, cream, bread and butter. Only negative is too much alcohol upon warming.
T: Tasty. Great roasted maltiness with bitterness keeping it under control. Tiny, enjoyable alcohol twinge grows to just too much to enjoy.
M: Smooth and creamy - Double creamy? ;-) Yeah, actually maybe it is! Ideal.
D: High quality. I like this beer a lot and would order another and buy a six pack of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 02:13:05 | More by dfillius
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Martin2D

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours pitch black with a tan head that fades quickly

S - Super roasty, malty goodness

T - Extremely roasted flavor. Creamy, with an almost dry finish that extremely rich and potent.

M - Low carbonation and medium-full in body

D - One of the best milk stouts I've had. Extremely good...I could drink a ton of these if I had them.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:20:19 | More by Martin2D
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chickenflea

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely opaque black in color. A simple dark tan head holds for several minutes and then drops to a thin surface covering and very nice collar. The aroma reveals licorice, sweet milk chocolate, creamy coffee, mild buttery biscuit, and a touch of raisin. Roasty. An interesting fruity tasty up front becoming quickly mildly sweet and creamy like a rich sour cream. The bitterness deepens as the beer warms and breathes on the palate. There is a touch of alcohol but it burns off quickly leaving a dry finish that's loaded with lingering bitterness, dry coffee-like roastiness, and a light touch of mildy tart dark fruitiness. The body is medium. The texture is softly fluffy as the beer seems to expand on the palate. Oily on the finish. Drinkability is high, because this beer invites you back with the promise of another intriguing sip. One of the best I've had. A very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:14:25 | More by chickenflea
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pocwolf

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black in color with a large tan head that faded pretty quickly to a thin ring. Lacing all down the glass

S - Malt, coffee and cream

T - Like drinking a coffee with cream. I find it hard to believe there is no lactose in there. Super creamy and slightly sweet. Wish there was a touch more roasty but other than that perfect.

M - Thick and creamy

O - One of my favorite stouts. I have a hard time keeping it in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 05:34:13 | More by pocwolf
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New slim 1/4 barrel keg tapped last weekend. Draft poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark shade of brown with a big beautiful frothy tan head (2 fingers worth) on top of it.

S: Roasted malts with a touch of vanilla, all done at a moderate volume. I pick up on some cocoa as well. To style.

T: Wow. Thick, rich, velvety, creamy. These are some of the words that first pop into my mind. Vanilla and cream first appear, followed closely by notes of luscious cocoa. A dry, semi-sweet finish, full of "roasted malt flavors", really rounds the experience out for me and make this an excellent, highly drinkable, thoroughly enjoyable Stout.

M: Elite. It's thick, full, luscious, and creamy. Simultaneous "full" and yet "light". Frothy and creamy, with a great moderately dry finish.

D/O: Highly drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyable. Strongly recommend. This keg purchase was not a mistake.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 00:35:32 | More by psuKinger
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black color. An aggressive pour yields a creamy but surprisingly small light brown head.

Super malty nose as one would expect from a beer brewed with 10 kinds of malt. Somehow manages to be sweet AND roasty smelling. Smells like a milk chocolate shake and vanilla coffee beans.

Wow! That is smoooth. Alot of different flavors here. Most intriguing to me is the ability of this beer to be both chocolaty sweet, have plenty of roasty bitterness and still have a clean dry finish.

Fantastic stout, very easy to consume mass quantities. One of the best tasting stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 04:31:44 | More by twiggamortis420
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

20 ounce pint glass, served from cask at The Pub, Columbus, OH (Polaris). Pours a dark brown color with about a bit more than an inch off-white/tan head. It almost looked like a nitro-tap Guinness when it was brought to me. Lacing and head retention were both excellent. The aroma was chocolate, coffee, cream and roasted malt. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's good and sweet but also has a nice slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's very creamy and velvety with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and creamy and extremely easy to drink. I'd drink this all the time if I could, I've had the beer from the bottle before and I like it a lot, but it's just excellent on cask. Recommended.

Serving type: cask

01-02-2009 21:12:10 | More by bluejacket74
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.