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

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3,331 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,331
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 192
Gots: 331 | 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 kevanb
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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 BrianJ
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a sixer for $8.99. Not cheap, but Bell's hasn't disappointed me yet. I had no idea what the ABV was when I bought it, so it could be considered a bargain I suppose. The carton had a fairly decent description of the beer which is unusual for Bell's.

Poured a nice opaque brown with a creamy tan colored head that dissipated fairly quickly. Left a little lacing where the head was, but not much as I drank it. Nice looking, but typical of stouts.

This wasn't a strong smelling brew. Had a hint of must much like Bell's Best Brown and a bit of sweet caramel, but overall not very fragrant.

Taste was sweet and mild. Bell's Stout and Porter have strong coffee tastes, but this one was certainly more laid back. Smooth and malty, I think I could convince people afraid of "dark beer" to give one of these a shot. Yet, it's complex enough for enthusiasts to enjoy. I catch caramel, whole milk and a hint of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is simply superb. It feels creamy and thick on the tongue and yet not overbearing or mouth coating. I find myself holding this one in my mouth longer than most just to feel it roll around on my tongue.

For a beer with this big an ABV and for this style they simply don't get any more drinkable. Somebody who didn't know the ABV could get themselves in a lot trouble as these go down sooo easy. Unlike some of the other big beers, the Belgians in particular, this one doesn't give me a headache or leave me feeling woozy.

Overall this, as with most of Bell's, is one that shouldn't be missed. It's a big beer with the drinkability of a session beer. It's a complex beer that I could give to a Bud drinker. It's not going to be a beer that you'll remember as the greatest you ever tasted, it'll be the one that you stock you fridge with in the winter and look forward to in the summer.

Photo of Dave1999
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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 thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bell's Double Cream Stout.

What a silky looking brew! Gluggy brown-black liquid with some visual viscosity sleeps under a hefty and rich beige head. The consistency of the head is creamy and foamy and it's just coating the walls of the glass completely.

Mega-roasty and dusty with cocoa. Acidic component from a roast coffee aroma really shines with brightness. Slight green cherry note offers a little more tartness. Major malt-ness pushes any glimpse of a hop whiff aside.

Roast coffee and a bit of chocolate pair with a light char. Not as sweet as you might expect, and with a light berry tartness. Notes of cocoa powder and cranberry layer out on the back of the tongue. Heavily malty with converted grain flavors that all categorize on the dark and delectable side.

Doubly creamy, for sure. Smooth and buttery on the tongue with a mousse-like carbonation that plays in the art of fine bubble creamery. Great feel.

Very nice stout with some potency. A great November/December beer. A Bell's beer I always indulge in.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, thick black with a foamy, thick two-finger light tan head with average retention and fantastic lacing. The lacing is what really stands out about this one - huge sheets of it, thin and glittery but with great staying power.

Aroma: Cream, sugar, coffee, chocolate ... this is the first milk/sweet stout I've ever had where the lactose sugar notes just completely dominate the toasted malt notes.

Taste: Half milk, half beer. Lactose sugars abound, with a faint chocolate and coffee - though mostly coffee - toasted malt presence backing everything up, and an even fainter hop bitterness note barely sneaking in. As it warms, it really is like drinking a latte, or a 3/4ths milk, 1/4th coffee latte, at least. Faint hint of booze in the finish, particular as this one warms.

Mouthfeel: It's quite literally like drinking cream. Thin, but still remarkably smooth, creamy, milky, even ... is this even beer!? Fantastic, though a little disconcerting, to be honest! It'd get a five if not for the practically obligatory sticky creamy slick feel all cream beers leave on your tongue/teeth.

Drinkability: This was one strange and unique beer, like many of Bell's brews are. Definitely the creamiest, milkiest milk stout I've ever had, and though the alcohol was reasonable, it was almost a little too milky for me. Very interesting though, and at least worth one try.

Photo of tectactoe
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, black ink in color with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is basically non-existent. Nose picks up nothing but huge amounts of roasted malts - bittersweet chocolate and some sweet coffee. Toasted barley in the background brings everything together. Taste contains traces of black licorice with lots of super bitter chocolate, deep notes of strong, black coffee, molasses, slight nutty tones, heavy wood chips on the back of the tongue. Ending contains quite a bit of hop flavor - leafy and herbal in character, notes of tobacco and leather. Bitterness fads into the aftertaste and balances nicely with the sweetness of the malt. This beer tastes like it could be a porter but it's got the body of a stout. Mouth is left with some cocoa notes and faint herbal bitterness. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium body, maybe a little thinner than expected, with medium-high carbonation.

Had this beer a long time ago and was blown away. This time around, it didn't impress quite as much. But it's still an excellent beer - definitely one to try if you're a fan of Bell's.

Photo of slk22
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark brown/black, almost opaque, with a light-brown head that was almost non-existent following a standard pour. Aroma was mainly chocolate, with noticeable roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Very inviting. As might be expected, taste was very sweet upfront with a light chocolate and mild roasted malt flavor. A light a sweet roasty flavor lingered into the aftertaste with a dry finish. Mouthfeel was smooth with little to no carbonation detectable. Body was light to medium. Lighter than I would have liked. This beer was enjoyable, but for me a bit too rich to have several.

Photo of Jaycase
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: black as night. tan head which settles quickly

s: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee

t: coffee and chocolate up front fading into sweet malts.

m: smooth and creamy. light carbonation.

o: double cream indeed. simply a solid creamy, sweet, coffee flavored stout. quite drinkable. another good one from Bell's.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a fantastic extra in a super trade with Kbeals... Huge thanks Kevin.

I'm broke and diving into stuff in the fridge... poured into my Delirium goblet.

Thin lite tan head... the brew is of course black.

Nose is pretty roasty with a background sweetness... French roast ...

Flavor is a good standard milk stout... could actually use a bit more sweetness to balance the dark malts.. lite bittersweet chocolate... good body and carbonation... sorry not alot more to say... this is just a great beer and a great take on the style.

Thanks again Kevin... You're good people.


Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brownish red it in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated, leaving a delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of dark malts in the nose; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with faint hints of roasted malts and chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable but still packs in a lot of nice aromas and flavors without being full-bodied.

Photo of Hophead717
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Very dark, hints of brown along the edges. Virtually no head with noticeable but not huge levels of lacing.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, some roasted malts, and light espresso notes.

T: Remarkable smooth, with light notes of toasted malt, sweet chocolate, and coffee. Everything's balanced incredibly well, but the smoothness and balance comes at the expense of some flavor. It's smooth and balanced, but not super flavorful. What is there, though, is fantastic. Overall, I like it, but I wouldn't turn to it if I wanted a "big stout."

M: Delightfully smooth, a tiny bit thin, but well carbonated. Overall, very good.

O: Good, not great, but a well-balanced, lighter stout.

Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pitchblack beer with almost no head, only a small layer of off-white cream on the side of the glass.

Smell is roasted with coffee and chocolate notes. Very mild. There is a smooth 'oiliness' to the beer which comes from unmalted grain.

Taste is light roasted with chocolate and mild coffee hints. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and very smooth and the roast is never sharp. The alcohol is nicely hidden. I am not sure where this double cream comes from, but it was creamy. A nice beer! Thanks to dogfooddog for this beer.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous midnight pitch-black, with nice half-finger tan head. Bubbly, with decent retention and solid lacing, sticking to the glass attractively.

Nice aromatic touches of sweet roasted barley and cocoa, and other dark aromas/flavors. Kind of faint, have to sniff hard to notice.

Sweet toffee, light milk chocolate, vanilla and slightly roasted barley dominate the tongue. Fairly medium body, low carbonation. Very smooth, like a light chocolate shake, as nay stout should be.

Very good, tasty stout worthy of even the most elite ones. Maybe not the best, but very solid indeed.

Photo of neenerzig
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 KeefD
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! This one pours an awfully thick dark brown-black color with a small ring around the surface and slight lacing.

This bad boy smells of coffee, huge roasted malts, slight bitterness and not much else.

Taste is very much the same. The label says it has 10 malts, and the taste backs up the claim. It's huge, malty, bready, with flavors of espresso, creamy chocolate, and roasted malts.

Very heavy bodied with light carbonation and a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This was an excellent milk stout. Slightly sweet and creamy. This makes an excellent beer on a cold day like we're having in Minnesota right now. It's nearly May and snowing!

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Snifter Style Glass. Dark Brown close to black in color. The edges have brown and deep red highlights. A hard pour gives a coffee milk colored cap that initially comes up pretty big; it goes away after a few minutes.

The Smell is probably the best part in my opinion. Dark roasted malts dominate the nose. It produces aromas of coffee and vanilla.

Taste is good but not nearly as good as it smells. Coffee and vanilla tones are present along with some extra bitterness. It's tones of unsweetened chocolate and some earthy hops.

Full bodied and moderately smooth. Good carbonation level with a surprisingly clean bitter finish. Not quite what I expected, not really a milky or creamy feel, but still good and smooth, very drinkable. All in all a pretty good stout, not quite what I expected, but very good.

Photo of adman08
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 blackcompg
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 midnite2sixman
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I held this glass right up to a 65 watt floodlight and it only just brightened maybe the first quarter inch of this beer. Dark was this stout it its glass.

Smells like fresh cream, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and more chocolate.

Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee, bailey's?, and more creamy goodness.

Mouthfeel isn't quite as creamy as it is more like a watered down stout.

I like a lot of bell's stouts and this one is up there, not top 3 but top 5.

Photo of danielocean03
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, batch 7186. Appearance is midnight black with a thin dark brown head that faded away quickly to light tan lacing. Aroma is sweet, chocolaty and malty, smells slightly milky as well. Taste is big, roasty malts well blended between a creamy sweetness and bitter chocolate flavors. Slight hopping present, mostly pine along with some citrus. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, hides it's 7.5% abv quite nicely, hardly noticeable at all. Carbonation level is moderate, assists in thinning the beer out some, finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste, refreshing. Easily drinkable, good complex malting, coats-the-throat smooth. Would purchase again.

Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,331 ratings.