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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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3,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,382
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 349 | 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:
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 fightingirishcmk
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Head was 1 finger in height and mocha in color, and a good amount of lacing was left on the glass. Somewhat high in viscosity. A little less head and carbonation than I would like, but overall, not bad.

S: Sweet caramel and chocolate malts, roasted and toasted.

T: Typical stout tastes of the chocolate and caramel roasted malts. A little bit of coffee, and some hop bitterness, but more sweet.

M: I thought it was fairly creamy. I thought it had the viscous mouthfeel of certain imperials, but with a much sweeter taste.

D: Tasty and creamy, but filling. Mostly a dessert beer or one for sitting next to the fire on a cold day. Overall pleased. Not astounded, but happy.

Photo of callmescraps
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intrigued by this one. I like everything that Bell's does, so it should be good.

Apearance- Very deep brown, almost black. Hints of ruby. Almost two inches of thick creamy head. Settles into a nice cap. Laces pretty well.

Smell- Plenty of roast. Almost coffee. Very rich. A little nutty. Nice, a little mellow.

Taste- Pretty smooth. A coffee roast kicks in. It is pretty mellow, but with a hint of earthy hops. Some vanilla, but just a shadow. A little coffee, a little dark fruit.

Mouthfeel- Definitely delivers. Very rich and creamy. It is luxurious.

Drinkability- Goes down quite easy.

A very nice beer. Nothing thrilling, but a good beer.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass after a long day of ice fishing.

A-Big, frothy light-brown head. Reduced slowly to a nice 1 cm bubble layer which retained nicely. Beer was black, opaque. Really, it was quite dark.

S-Chocolate and cocoa over a slight roasted malt.

T-Heavy roasted malt with bitter chocolate with the characteristic semi-sweet hints evident here and there. Maybe a nuance of coffee. Hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check, alongside the mild roasty astringency. Dark chocolate in the aftertaste, with a semi-sweet fruitiness.

M-Slick medium-light bodied beer, medium carbonation.

D-Decent. Very smooth beer, a nice cream stout. I'll be keeping an eye out for this one as an occasional indulgence.

Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black, slightly viscous, half-inch of brown foam with decent retention. Aroma of dark roasted malt and faint chocolate.

Nice roastiness in the flavor, also with a touch of chocolate and a slight peppery fruit character. Finishes clean and semi-dry with a decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and the carbonation has a nice potency.

A nicely drinkable stout, although more suited for colder weather perhaps. If it ever makes it to Tucson I will probably pick up a sixer come winter time...

Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: midnight black. completely opaque. frothy, rich tan head dies down pretty quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: milk chocolate, lactose. smells like chocolate milk. definitely on the milk rather than dark chocolate spectrum. a little roast from the chocolate, but not a deep smokey roast.

T: more roast than chocolate on the palate. interesting contradiction. solid dark chocolate notes, but an acidic roast takes the main stage. a little bit of alcohol in there, giving a bit of warming in the finish.

M: all in the name, this one is definitely creamy. medium carbonation on a medium/full body.

D: i really enjoyed the mouthfeel on this brew. im assuming oats were used and they definitely add that creaminess that is mentioned in the name.

Photo of cratez
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Wolverine Market in Port Huron, MI. Pours a dense black with ruby highlights, one finger of mocha froth, and speckles of lacing on the tulip. Smell is toasty roasted malts, licorice, faint chocolate note, baking sugar, black currants, and floral hops. Taste is dark chocolate, burnt grains, espresso, table cream, spicy and resiny hops, and some cocoa powder on the cough. Mouthfeel is rich, velvety, fuller than medium, silky middle, flash of spice gives way to a chalky, parched palate. Long, bone dry finish. Overall, this is a straight forward yet satisfying stout that nails the style. I could drink a few of these in an evening.

Photo of pigc
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours nearly pitch black with two finger mocha head. Lacing clings to glass.

S - Cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, light smoke.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, creamy cocoa.

M - Quite thin, almost watery.

O - Very smooth, creamy stout. Bitterness is definitely kept in check. Very enjoyable. Another great brew from Bell's.

Photo of kemoarps
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours like a deep cola, but with a lattes head: tan and creamy. Dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a nice little dusting of bubbles.

This has a much more enticing aroma than I remembered. I'm getting strong dark charry notes: molasses and dark chocolate. Oily and creamy.

The taste follows along, bringing out cacao and espresso beans, before melting into that oily creamy goodness of sweeter chocolates and roastier coziness. The biggest thing holding this back for me is some overly mineral characteristic I'm getting.

Decent body, appropriate carbonation level, sticky/oily/smoothe. I like this beer, and it's perfect for a snowy night in the teens and twenties. Definitely worth picking up, but I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way.

Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

Look: Poured directly down the middle of the glass produced a 2 finger, tan head. It shrank within a couple of minutes to a nice film covering the top. Lacing is pretty good. The brew itself is very dark. Little light passes through.

Smell: Cocoa notes are most prominent. There is also a bit of a walnut to it as well. The nose falls off quite a bit as the beer sits, never something I'm a fan of, but the upfront notes are pleasant enough for me to not dock it too much.

Taste: Cocoa and a bit of a roasted nuts flavor. There is a bunch of malty-goodness that will have me digging around the internet to find out what they used, but other than that, it's pretty simple, in a good way.

Feel: Medium bodied. I was expecting it to be a bit heavier because of the name "double cream", but alas, it's just medium to me. The alcohol is completely hidden, and it only offers a slight bit of warmth. Not something I usually look for in a stout, but it's not necessarily bad either.

Overall: A very good stout. I'm more of an "in your face" type guy when it comes to stouts, but this is a very pleasant, mild stout that I could have a good day grilling in the cool weather with. My first foray into Bell's isn't a bad one. I'll be checking out their other brews soon.

Photo of jkeefe1800
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First beer I've had the pleasure of enjoying from the guys at Bell's. Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Beer came out jet black but ran smooth down the glass, not overly viscous, I was a little surprised at the very little head that emerged. Smell; strong roasted malt and slightly sweet not much else yet. I Let the beer sit for about five minutes and some notes of coffee began to emerge. First sip very smooth roasted malt obviously comes through, the coffee i smelt earlier makes a strong entrance without overpowering. Second sip begins to reveal subtle flavor of burnt sugar and the creaminess of the beer becomes more noticeble. With a name like double cream stout i honestly wasn't sure what to expect of what to compare it to, but great beer overall.

Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle which was bottled 10/15/2013, poured into a Bell's snifter today, 10/5/2013.

Review #278.

Pours a beautiful pitch black body, very opaque with a substantial tan head that retains extremely well, leaving thick lacing on the sides of the snifter. Looks quite well carbonated.

Smells delicious. Heavy roast malts reminding me of espresso, bitter dark chocolate and a bit of char, perhaps smokiness. Very hefty nose, very appealing.

Very roasty flavour profile. Coffee, dark chocolates, charred malts. Heavy on the char actually, may be a bit much that takes away from the drinkability of this beer. A fair bit of black coffee bitterness on the back end.. this goes away somewhat as it warms, becoming a bit more well-rounded.

Full bodied, creamy. Sticky. Outstanding mouthfeel aside from a bit too much bitterness and char on the back end.

Bittersweet, full-bodied stout. Interesting, not my favorite but definitely has a great mouthfeel. If it wasn't as bitter or charred up, this beer would do better in my estimation. Worth trying at least once.

Photo of Minkybut
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured beer into a tumble at 50 degrees. Noticed head not lasting long and what was there was very thin. Smell was burnt grain coffe like. Tast was pleasant and dark roasted coffee with peat taste intervening at the end. I thought it was a nice stout and yes it was creamy tasting even without the head.

Photo of matttttYCE
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Aggressive pour brought about almost a 3 finger head of lighter tan smooth/creamy looking head. Color is deep and dark black as a stout normally is. Head sticks around for a long while and leaves very little lace. Good with the large head, little lace though brings it down a bit. If it weren't for the lasting head, it'd just be average in appearance.

Aroma - Nose is very light and almost airy. Aromas are there but not very prominent. I guess that's more of what this brew is going for; light and smooth/creamy smell. Espresso and smooth roast qualities with some smooth cocoa (not really sweet or bitter, just smooth) and almost a just light wonderful roasted richness.

Taste - Really a smooth and light espresso/coffee flavor is dominant for me, with lighter roasted malts and soft cocoa powder taste (almost like a somewhat watered down hot chocolate). Like the smell, really just above average. I think I look for brighter tastes that stand out more. This does have a nice complex array of malt flavors. Probably just above average for an American Stout, for me.

Mouthfeel - Summed up in 3 words: Smooth and creamy! Silky smoothness with a light carbonation and light-medium body. Finish is dryer and lasts a bit longer than average. Good mouthfeel/drinkability.

Overall - This is closest to a 3.5 overall for me. It's good, complex, nuanced, smooth and creamy...and doubly special I guess. If you want a smooth easy drinking stout that's much better than a Guinness, look no further. If you feel like something a bit more prominent and memorable, try one of the other stout offerings from Bell's.

Editing my review after having this again. Changing the smell from a 3.5 to a 3.75, the taste from 3.5 to a 4.0, the mouthfeel form a 4.0 to a 4.25, and overall from a 3.5 to a 4.0. I definitely like this beer more than when I initially reviewed it! It's an amazingly drinkable American Stout and tastes and smells better than I remember or my review previously said!

Photo of tmm313
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful in the glass. Black with slight red hue. Poured a nice, creamy tan 1 finger head that dissipated down to a sticky ring around the glass. Good lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, roasted malts, faint biscuit breadiness with just a touch of booze.

Tatse: Roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate up front. A more milk chocolately flavor becomes present mid-palette along with some dark plum. Finish is a nice lightly creamed coffee and just a touch of piney hop bitterness. Lingers slightly.

Mouthfeel: Not overly creamy. Reminds a bit more of a Porter than a stout. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

Overall: This was pretty good. Nicely balanced and flavorful. I may buy from time to time.

Photo of reebtaerG
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wafers
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MichPaul
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't really hear anything about this beer before I picked up a bottle and it looked inviting. I LOVE stouts, and haven't tried too many "Cream Stouts".
So far I'm not a huge fan. The cream stouts I've tried so far, don't seem to use a very flavorful stout. I guess it could be because I have been spoiled by Founders line of stouts and the HUGE flavor they contain.
This isn't a bad stout, it's actually pretty good, it's just I'm used to stouts that have a HUGE burst of flavor that hits you upon first taste. This goes down a little watery.
Nice carbonation, but I don't think this will get another purchase from me. Again, still a good Stout beer.

Photo of Flipadelphia84
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost pure black but not quite. Dark cream colored head, looks to be medium to high carbonation.

S-Coffee, Dark roasted malts, a little chocolate. Somewhat smokey.

T- Heavy on the roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, very smokey, a little sweet. A sort of sour smokey finish. Very good.

M- I expected a thicker body but it was slightly above average. Medium carbonation.

D- Good drinkability for a heavier stout.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with hints of brown when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy tan head that quickly reduces to a small amount of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts with some lighter notes of chocolate & coffee. The smell of this beer improves as the beer warms up. Just the faintest hint of vanilla as well.

T: The flavor of this beer is mostly malty with lots of dark malts and some lighter amounts of roasted malts. Some lighter and more subtle notes of chocolate and coffee. Not sweet and there is a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and lightly creamy.

O: Very enjoyable but not sure I get why it is called a double cream stout... I think I had expectations of a much creamier mouthfeel based on the name. Nice flavors and very enjoyable. I'd get this one again if I had easy access to it.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I have no idea what took me so long to enter a review for this guy. This era ends now. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a finger of light sandy ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light vanilla, light maple syrup, and very light molasses. A mild sweetness hangs above it all, a whisper confirming the style. The taste ups the roast ante a bit and adds a touch of coffee, but, beyond that, everything else from the smell remains constant. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, other than a carbonation a smidgen too active for my tastes here, this is a great milk stout. Get some.

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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 FosterJM
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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 jscondon
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer. It pours nicely with very little head, smelling sort of like dark chocolate with a hint of roasted barley. The flavor is very well balanced and smooth, I find that it fills my pallet with flavor then finishes with a little bitterness followed by some sweetness. Although I find the flavor of this beer to be excellent, the mouth tactile is only average. It is a little weak in the finish.
In all I like this beer, summed up in sentence one.

Photo of joshstevens87
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black with a little over an inch of dark tan head
S-a nice blend of coffee and chocolate malts and a nice cream texture with an overall expresso type of feel to it
T-a strong coffee kick to it with a little bit of chocolate in the background with a nice creamy sweetness to it with no presence of hops evident
M-a nice full body with a moderate carbonation could be a bit weaker but still is a very smooth full mouthfeel
D-very drinkable a perfect balance of bitter like coffee and chocolate notes and the sweetness of lactose a very nice balanced sweet stout that can definately be enjoyed throughout the night

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky black color with a frothy tan head that persists throughout although the lacing is not great

Smell: After some unusual aromas, it settles down to provide a steady base of roasted malt, rich dark fruit, licorice and coffee tones

Taste: Initially generates a mouthful of rich coffee flavor; after the swallow, some modest bitterness kicks in with a slight sour tone on the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture with moderate carbonation but ultimately a little bit thin

Drinkability: A very good milk stout but not a great one; a couple of demerits on the aroma and sour finish

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,382 ratings.