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

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very good

3,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,028
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 235 | 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)
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

awdturboiv, Dec 17, 2011
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TWStandley, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass served at Capone's during the Founders/Bell's Nights

A: The ale is a dark chocolate color, almost pitch black, but in a darker bar setting who can tell for certain? An off-white head laces nicely throughout the glass, creating spiderwebs of delicious beer.

S: The nose has a lactic sourness, milky with an undertone of dry tartness. Some darker chocolate notes round out the aroma profile.

T: The taste follows the nose, starting off with a roasted stout body. That body is reasonably restrained, at least compared to Expedition Stout (which I had just before it). The roasted chocolate flavors are mixed with a lactose tartness, creating a milk chocolate-like flavor that comes across as just a little out of date. That lactose finish is strange, especially if you weren't expectin' it.

M: The bitterness is unusual, a strange flavor that rarely pops up even in milk stouts. Roasted malts and lactose are a nice combination.

D: Very drinkable, even with a higher abv. I went into the night liking Java Stout more but left favoring Double Cream.

akorsak, Aug 31, 2007
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mkirkland80, Oct 07, 2014
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CUbeerfan, Jun 22, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very, very dark brown with very minimal medium brown head.

S: Smells of chocolate and nice roasted coffee. Only a slight hint of sweetness.

T: Solid taste of roasted coffee and chocolate. Just a hint of sweetness on the finish.

M: Really nice viscosity and slickness.

D: Another solid offering from Bell's. Nothing about it is really special, but I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again.

djsmith1174, May 22, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a few of these when I was on vacation and just got around to finally trying one of them. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/06/2009.

The pour was nice with a rich dark black color, with a small head of tan rising up and over it that settled down gently without much fan fare. Some nice lacing. The aroma was rich vanilla, molasses, sweet sugary notes and a touch of almost licorice like candy. Smooth, mellow carbonation let this one sit down nicely and made it a really nice sipper i have to admit. As it warmed subtle notes of chcolate and roasted malts took over, but always leaving it moderatly sweet, this was a nice little stout. I had no issues polishing this one off, and would have no issue in doing so again. A solid beer all around I would have to say.

mikesgroove, Mar 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin creamy, tan head into my Belgian tulip glass. Chocolate notes laced with espresso both in the nose and taste. Smoot mouthfeel. Gets more expressive and tastier as it warms. A nice nice effort from Bells. Worth the price.

jim102864, Mar 13, 2009
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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