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

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3,388 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,388
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 353 | 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 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

Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid twelve dollars for a sixer of this at the local grocery store. What's noteable about this is that all of the other Bell's sixers (including the Kalamazoo Stout) were only eight dollars.

The appearance of this brew, when poured into a glass is jet black (like most stouts) with an off-white, almost-bronzish head. Not as much head or "shade-morphing" as is typical with Young's, Guinness, or Samuel Smith Stouts. An attractive beer but not quite as pretty as many of the English Cream Stouts.

smelled most notably of roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and heavy cream. In other words, it was a party to my nostrils.

It tasted how one would expect a medium-priced cream stout to taste. Extremely sweet, malty, and delicious. To compliment my brew, I ate a couple of butter cookies with chocolate sprinkles. It was simply exquisite.

The thing that stuck out must about this brew was its mouthfeel. DOUBLE cream is right!!! A creamy, almost buttery texture to this beer left me in awe; especially as a complement to the cookies I was eating with it. There are few stouts known to man with as wonderful of a texture.

This is a beer that I would definetely NOT drink to get drunk. I coulnd't imagine downing more than three of them without getting full to the point of wanting to lie down. More so than anything, this one (like most cream stouts) is designed to be a treat for the palate.

Photo of denver10
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of cproioi
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a light brown head that didn't have good retention.

S: Chocolate roasted malts was very apparent. Also had notes of alcohol. Very little hops aroma what so ever.

T: Amazing taste. Full of flavor had a very pronounced chocolate/coffee flavor. Also along with the alcohol smell there was faint hints of alcohol in the taste.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Left a very warming feeling in my mouth.

D: Yeah I could see myself drinking this again and again. However, when I had the drink it was a hot and humid day. While it was good I feel I would of enjoyed it more in the winter.

Photo of aklude
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rawfish
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaasen64
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Veldrid. Poured into Founders snifter. 250th Review.

A- Pours a very dark slightly purplish black, mostly opaque but slightly translucent around the edges. A very thin mocha biege head when pouring it that quickly recedes to leave almost no head.

S- Lots of roasted chocolate malts, some light lactose sugars, some light smokiness and a hint of soy sauce. A little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Creamy chocolate, roasted malts, a tiny bit of coffee, some light cream, finishes slightly bitter with creamy chocolate that lingers for a little bit.

M- Fairly thin for a stout, decent carbonation, smooth, easy to drink. A little bit to thin for the style

O- This was a decent cream stout. Has a very nice roasty chocolate taste that is easily drinkable but is a little bit too thin for the style. If Bell's was readily available to me I would probably drink this fairly often.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Brian44556 for this extra...Pours dense ultra-dark brown. Not much of a head forms, but what does is creamy and persistent. Leaves excellent lacing. Can't tell how carbonated due to dense dark color. Wonderful dark chocolate nose, with hints of vanilla and espresso. Lots of roasty malt in there, too. Not much else, so this isn't super-unique thus far. Wonderful tangy stout flavor right upfront: tons of malt, full bodied so I suspect some oatmeal is used. Not too sweet, not too dry. Well-balanced in the sugar notes. The middle melds from tangy and malty to a much smoother malt character, and this quickly moves to the finish, which is super-roasty and has a tiny hint of hop bitterness. No idea how exepnsive, so I'll guess middle range. Great drinkability for a stout - I could session this in Winter. Good beer, but not unique. Worth trying for sure.

What I like most: The wonderful balance in the sugars of the flavor.

What I like least: The lack of unique qualities all the way around.

Verdict: Great, well-made stout that makes up for its ubiquitous nature by being damn excellent and tasty.

Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from batch 10080, which I believe makes it from the winter of '10/'11. Since this beer was pretty clearly not intended to be consumed at such an age, I've given it scores that won't affect its current average at all. Consider the following notes illustrative more than evaluative.

A: Black body with a half inch off-white head, even with a vigorous pour. Minimal lace. Still carbonated, but definitely not as lively as one would hope.

S: A bit of dark fruit oxidation actually goes quite nicely with the creamy milk chocolate and roasted malt notes. Still quite enjoyable.

T: Solid here as well, with chocolate dominating throughout. Smooth, creamy, and a bit sweet.

M: A little thin, with only light carbonation. Not great.

O: This was surprisingly good with some age on it, but is definitely better fresh.


Photo of mmmbeer
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, brewed with 10 different malts; batch 7733 - packaged on 11/21/07. It pours with a black body, light carbonation, and a finger of lightly-yellowed, tan head that retains a 3/4" collar and a thin blanket of foam throughout, depositing bits of lace here and there. The bouquet is quite aromatic, yet subtle, revealing notes of chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, and hints of green hops. At times it gives the impression of Chambord-flavored milk chocolate and blackberry coffee - gotta love the smell of Bell's stouts. On the palate, there's espresso, dark chocolate, roasted/burnt malts, black/blueberries, and a latent creaminess. The body starts light, but quickly becomes heavier, with medium carbonation and a lactic smoothness that evens things out. Overall, another quality stout from Bell's, but I have a sneaking suspicion that if they made a straight-up cream stout, the result would be even better than this brew.

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

A nice find at one of my favorite local haunts, JP O'Malley's in Allentown. This stout oozed out fo the bottle creating something of a respectable head with the help of a moderately vigorous pour. The aroma was something of dark, roasted malt with a creamy overtone - almost like a silencer on a handgun, so to speak. My analogies need work, I know... The flavor was not overly heavy, and the creaminess on the palate was a welcome notation. The roasted malt came through in a nice way all the way through the sip, through to the end of the bottle. A solid offering, to be sure.


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

A black pour with hints of red at the edges and a thin bronze head. Even when well chilled, this stout has a substantial nose. Initial notes are sweet and creamy then more typified by alcohol dryness and some roasted notes. The taste is quite unique among the stouts I have had. Like the smell, it starts out rather sweet. Roasted grains and some dryness then join the party. This beer's creamy texture gives it a slightly clingy mouthfeel but also adds to its drinkability.

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

Big huge tan head floats on a creamy dark, almost black body. Great lacing after head dissipates. Smell is full of chocolate and roast with a light lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is bittersweet and dry as the Aticama during the rainy season. Coffee and mocha in the flavor along with a touch of cream and scones. Fruit flavors in the finish along with some sourness as it warms. Yummy. Pleasurable and quite drinkable. A bit light in the body.

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

appearance: black and bold, chocolate brown thick and creamy head (like most of the bell's stouts), head fades but laces the glass

smell: fairly mild, sweet milk chocolate, light coffee and cream, faint cherry, slight roastiness to the aroma as well

taste: milk chocolate, light coffee roast, quite sweet.

mouthfeel: rich and creamy, thick and chewy

drinkability: not as heavy as other bell's stouts, refreshing like chocolate milk

Not the first bell's stout i would seek out but a great milk/sweet stout

Photo of dangelop
3.96/5  rDev 0%

Photo of plaid75
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dwkasper
3.96/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tkrane
3.96/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AceQuinn
3.96/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Doublechar0517
3.96/5  rDev 0%

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

12 oz bottle poured into la fin du monde glass. 6.1% abv on this year's

Appearance: Basically pitch black in a ppearance with a pillowy, frothy looking light coffee colored head, looks like the top of a milk chocolate shake.

Smell: A little chocolate and subtle coffee, also an alarming aroma that is almost akin to copper or coins.

Taste: Thick and rich with big roasted flavor but no big coffee like bitterness this one is all smooth and balanced. Slightly sweet milky finish that lingers and makes you want more. Alcohol is not terribly detectable but somewhat apparent with a warming sensation although this beer is in no way boozy

OVerall: a highly enjoyable stout from an excellent brewery. Right up there with lancaster's milk stout, but i would still say that lancaster takes the style imho

Photo of cpetrone84
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-deep black color with a thick two fingers of coffee colored head that lingers for some time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S-light nose that consists of roasted malt, hint of chocolate cake batter, and some light citrus sweetness

T-a roasted malt hits first followed by some bitter sweet chocolate, cake batter, touches of coffee, dark fruits, some raisin and prune that gives it a sweetness at the finish

M-very smooth and creamy as the name would indicate, medium body with a fair bit of carbonation.

D-this is a solid tasting beer with a great mouthfeel and robust creamy flavors. I could drink this beer quite frequently.

Photo of becktone
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Dark brown to black in color, highlights are extremely dark brown with a hint of red. The head is creamy in appearance, tan in color, and has good retention and some lacing,(would be nicer with better lacing though) nice size on it as well.

Nose: Lots of aromas here. Roasted grains, chocolate, maybe a hint of chocolate, and also some sweetness/lactose aroma/vanilla. No hops to speak of. Could be a bit more potent, but overall still good.
edit: the more I smell it the more I seem to pick up something funky in it...ugh, it works but isn't something I'd like to dwell on.

Tongue: Oh, so good. Lots of chocolate in the flavor of this brew. Also notable are the roasted grains and the sweetness from the lactose-gives it kind of a vanilla type of flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The brew is smooth as it goes down, great full body with appropriate levels of carbonation. It is an easy one to drink, perfect for those cool fall, or cold winter days, when you need something with body, or when its incredibly hot outside and you wish to drink something cold and refreshing(that is if you find a cold glass of milk-every now and then-refreshing). This is a beer I'd buy again, as a matter of fact, I'm thinking of buying a case of it.

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.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,388 ratings.