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

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Reviews: 1,382
Hads: 3,483
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 211
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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 bigdeuce
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is absolutely phenomenal! Pours an oft-tan head with lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee malts. Tastes the same. Extremely drinkable, almost scary. If priced a little better, I would keep this in the fridge year round. Very smooth and silky on the palate. A nice clean and crisp follow through. Love this one.

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Photo of Sudmissle
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bell's probably has one of the greatest catalogs of good stouts of any microbrew in America, and this is my favorite Bell's Stout. It has a very strong toasty, chocolate-laced coffee flavor to it. I find it to be sweeter than Kalamazoo Stout and it has a lingering mouthfeel. I suspect Bell's sells more Kzoo Stout, but this one is far more enjoyable due to the rich flavor and the molasses-like mounthfeel.

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Photo of DioS
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black with barely noticeable brown tint. Dense medium sized head. Smells soothingly roasty with light espresso and chocolate. A big and creamy mouthfeel. The beer tastes buttery, smooth, with just the right amount of lactic sweetness balanced by roasted dryness and bitter chocolate, very low hop. The beer is tremendously satisfying, well balanced, and gives me a nourished feeling every time. One of my favorite winter beers.

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Photo of Longhorn2750
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was by far the highlight of my latest visit to Bells. I sampled it on the paddle initially and went back for a full pint on the nitro pour. It has a great chocolate brown non transparent look with a fabulously thick rich creamy head. With a mild roast,bold taste of coffee and malt that made for a smooth creamy finish. A rich malty feel with a nice bite of grain.

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Photo of edb7
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- It looks like a typical stout; quite brown-black with decent head that is toward the tan side.

S- A lot of chocolate, some hints of a roasted character. It made me look forward to the taste!

T- Very silky-smooth coffee toffee delight. Nothing is overdone, which leaves you with an easy-to-drink, delicious beverage. This beer is dangerous at 6% with such easy drinkability. I liked the slight bitter sensation mid-taste (hops?) that is not typical of stouts I have had. The taste is well-balanced with a smooth finish. There is no aftertaste, which gives a refreshing sensation.

M- It is a bit heavy, but silky.

In summary, this is one of the best stouts I have had. The smooth feel and subtle complexities will keep you drinking!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dertbert...thanks for this beer.
Solid black is the color with a 1/4" brown head that recedes to a film on top. Lacing is thick in areas and sparse in others.
Smell's like a dark coco coffee. The milk is noticable in the aroma too.
The flavor starts of as a sweet milk chocolate but tranfers to a heavy coffee roasted flavor in the middle to the finish.
The mouthfeel is very unique. I would say it is a medium bodied beer, but the heavy roasted finish gives it a very full feel.
Another excellent beer from Bell's that I could drink all night.

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Photo of codyw
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, minimal head that quickly dissipated.

S: Coffee. This thing really smelled like coffee. It also had hints of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. If there was one thing that jumped out though, it would be the coffee.

T: Very smooth. Had some hop bitterness for balance, but much less pronounced than a dry stout. Lots of coffee flavor. Great sweet stout taste.

M: Silky smooth. Great feel.

D: Although I have never been a fan of something as thick as a stout to be a session beer, I think I could find myself easily downing a handful of these. A great beer.

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Photo of brobeerbot
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Nonic Pint.

A- Poured with just a small amount of tan head. Dark as night. Light can not penetrate it.

S- Strong coffee and cream going on here.

T- The first thing you get here is coffee and cream, just like your morning cup of joe. Hints of caramel and smoke can be tasted right after your sip.

M- Slight carbonation and not very thick as many stouts but far from watery.

D- A very easy drinking stout could drink multiple bottle in a night.

Overall this i a very nice stout that tastes as the label states.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a frothy tan head. Left nice lacing on the glass.

Nose was chocolate, roasted coffee, and I believe I may have picked up a hint of molasses.

Taste is coffee up front with a little bit of chocolate. Smoky, roasted malts are in there with a finish that is not very bitter. It actually had a sweeter finish as it warmed up.

Has a creamy, full mouthfeel. Just was I was hoping to find in a cream stout. Just excellent.

Overall, this is a excellent representation of the style and one of the better stouts I have had. I would suggest this to any stout drinker out there who has yet to have the pleasure of enjoying this one.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown, almost black color with moderate tannish head. Smell is supremely enjoyable, being a nice mixture of choclate, coffee, roasted malt, dark rich fruits, and burnt smokey wood. Taste is also very enjoyable with nice chocolate and coffee flavors, combined with more dark fruitiness, and ending with a mild bitterness that beckons for another taste. So very easy to drink that I was suprised to see the alcohol conent. excellent beer. First class.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass....bottle received from ottovon..thanks again

a-black cola color...quickly fading khaki colored head....leaves a little bubbles in the darkness..

s-sweet rich roasted malt and chocolate or cocoa...faint aroma of coffee....smells a tad bitter as well..very aromatic..

t-a lot like the nose...the sweetness rushes up front and is then pushed back down by the roast,chocolate,cocoa and coffee...the rich sweet malt lingers up the middle before a bitter sweet chocolate finishes this one off

m-thick and chewy and also creamy....lingers around the mouth forever and the bitterness stays on the tongue a while...just enough carbonation to make this one stand out

d-could have several of these in a night although i wouldnt want too many due to the sweetness...

overall another impressive brew from bells..and another solid bottle from ottovon...

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Photo of diybrun
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I spoiled myself with some great beer on a recent trip to the Mitten state. Picked up this fantastic brew.

Poured into a pint glass, black with a 1 finger mocha head that dissolved fairly quickly, leaving a thin lacing. Smelled of chocolate and roasted barley. The taste followed the nose, and it was a real pleasure to drink. Chocolate and roasted barley with a hint of mocha and a hops aftertaste that was far from overpowering but balanced the beer just fine. Moderate carbonation. This is about as drinkable of a beer as I've had, I would be more than happy having a few more.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how I have missed this one by Bell's over the years but, alas I have. But I have now resolved that problem! I enjoy cream stouts, this one is a bit of a hybrid.

Color: Black, but there is some light that escapes from this one. It isn't Ten Fidy or Stone IRS. But then again those beers are not in the same category really.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted dark malts, chocolate, not a huge amount going on, but part of the attraction.

Taste: Grainy, but a pleasant way. Its sweet, dark chocolate, smooth malts and some sweetness, very pleasant and drinkable.

Overall: Not the best stout in the world, but very well made and enjoyable. For something comparable, I would still choose Left Hand Nitro Milk stout over this, but then this isn't really a milk stout, its a cream stout. I don't believe they use the lactose, which is probably a good thing. Its good, worth seeking out and the price is about where it should be.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black with a hint of brownish ruby red on the edges. Moderate amount of rising bubbles and a solid four finger tan head with very good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Smells pretty roasty and sweet. Big presence of dark roasted malts with some caramel and toffee. Lots of chocolate and milk. Also some vanilla, nuts, and some hints of coffee in the background.

Taste: Like the smell leads, sweet dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with a big flavor of chocolate and milk. Also a pretty noticeable presence of vanilla, oats, and nuts. Light hints of coffee towards the finish. This stout is sweet with a low bitterness but not overbearing with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy as the name suggests. Finishes fairly sweet with a very light hint of bitterness.

Overall: A very good easy drinking dessert stout from Bell's.

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ink black bodied with just a few wrinkles of dark brown. Greasy tan head never gains much size, but has remarkable stick.
Nose full of smoky char, dark roasted coffee, asphalt, and, to a lesser extent, dark fruit.
Taste is a study in opposites. First off is the brashly bitter roasted componant. Smoky, burnt and dry up front. Thick, hugely roasted expresso notes. It tastes like the sludge coffee I make when I need to wake up for something important in the morning (I like it that way, so it's a compliment). This brashness is layered upon a buttercreme sweetness. Truly the beauty at the heart of this beer. Hints of plums and raisins lurk way in the distance. Hops are a nonfactor, as it rides out with lingering mocha hues and a dollop of milky sweetness.
I've had a few "off" bottles of this, but the one I am reviewing now is absolute bliss.
Medium full in the mouth. Light and steady carbonation.
One of KZoo's best, when it is right.

What's up with the label on the bottle? Embarrassingly bad.

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque with a very dark tan head. Malty nose. Nice roasted bean flavor profile with an obvious sweet tone to it. Thick liquid feel. Nice level of carbonation. Overall, I'll say this is a pretty great brew. Hearty with a slight rich edge to it, it's a good enough stout I wouldn't mind trying on-tap.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this is one of the best beers I have had all year long, and not surprisingly, another great Stout from Bell's. Found it at a random restaurant in Gastonia, NC of all places, I think it was $4 a bottle. Very opaque with a nice tan head that took a while to settle. If you like espresson, it's the smell and taste all the way in my opinion. The body even had the grainy qualities of coffee beans. Excellent in so many ways.

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Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown almost black with a finger of tan head fading into a ring with some decent lacing.

Aroma is slightly mild. Some espresso and vanilla.

Tastes almost like drinking a chocolate coffee milkshake. Big bitter chocolate flavors up front. Some roasted malts and earthy hops come in near the back and it finishes acidic and dry with a good roasted espresso flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Very very creamy. The best part of the mouthfeel.

My favorite of Bell's stouts. Easily approachable with lots of good flavors going on.

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Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was perusing Abe's Cold Beer the other night and I couldn't believe my luck in coming across Bell's Double Cream. After a fantastic experience with Kalamazoo, I've been on the hunt for the other Bell's stouts and this was my first chance.

A: Opaque black body with a thick tan head that stuck around for a bit and left nice lacing.

S: Roasted aroma with notes of milk, chocolate, and a touch of mocha.

T: Lovely roasted flavor starts out with a well endowed undertone of milky chocolate and a a bit of coffee. Very well balanced hoppy bitter finish rounds out a very clean, well done Stout.

M: Medium-body with medium carbonation and a wonderful aftertaste.

D: A fantastic milk stout that is very well balanced and just well done overall. Bell's really seems to have a good handle on Stouts and I'm very excited to get my hands on Java and Expedition. This was a really easy drinking brew, sips very nicely with the milky/ mocha flavor. This goes in the must-try catagory, go get some if you're looking for a solid stout.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of karengarys
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours very very very dark. Opaque black, not even translucent. It leaves a small brown head which over time turns into a carmel color ring.

Smell is very unsweetened chocolate and coffee, and as it warms becomes predominantly coffee. Touch of hop.

Taste is very rich and creamey chocolatey and coffee and maltey and some nice dry hop balance. Alcohol notes are present, and as it warms the alcohol becomes VERY apparent.

It has a very nice, rich body.

Mouthfeel is super creamy when it is cold, and turns a bit wet as it warms to room temprature.

The finish is a bit hard on the alcohol side, but the dry hop cleans the pallet in a very pleasent way. This does not leave an aftertaste as you would expect with something this thick.

This is the first time I tried this, and I'll be getting more. it is a favorite. One thing - I usually like my beers warmer, but not this one. I enjoy this one more at about 40 degrees than I do at room temprature. It is creamier, richer and livlier when it is cold, and as it warms it seems to flatten a bit, and become edgey.

If you see this, buy it and give it a try!

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Photo of baos
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking as I typing.

A: Very dark on pour with a nice two finger head. Head retention is very nice. Really nice lace patterns going on as well.

S: Roasty caramel maltiness. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee. And believe it or not kind bud resin.

T: Hops up front that goes straight to coffee and bitter chocolate with some scorched caramel somewhere in the middle. Very complex and highly recommended. Ends nice and dry.

M: Medium to full bodied, bravo to my fwends to the north.

D: Bitter and strong as it is: it is also refreshing. Chug-a-lug Chug-a-lug makes you want to yell "yummy ass!!!"

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