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

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89
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3,258 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,258
Reviews: 1,365
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 184
Gots: 304 | 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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Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: blackish brown. Tan half finger head that quickly evaporates into big bubbles. Thick lacing.

S: An expresso/dark chocolate mix. Woody.

T: Smooth, creamy, well rounded. Not overpowering. A good coffee/chocolate blend. Sweet. Roasted malts. Toffee. Full bodied without the fullness. Light coffee aftertaste.

M: medium to heavy. Creamy, thick, lots of carbonation.

O: Those 10 malts took me on a joyride. Smooth as silk. Very drinkable. Dare I say, sessionable?

Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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 billab914
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a dark brown color with a one finger tan head. The head settled to form a ring around the glass but had pretty good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some sweet chocolate along with a little coffee and roasted flavor.

Taste is sweet at first with some chocolate and coffee notes and it finishes with moderate bitterness to help balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is a nice drinking stout that I can have a few of in a sitting.

Photo of noduckla
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolaty color with littlel head and minimal lacing. It has a great smell of roasted malts and chocolate. Chocolatey smell that surpasses the taste and drinkability. There is a decent amount of CO2 for a stout, but it does not really stand out as a stout that separates itself from the rest.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treasure in a BIF box from adamharbaugh.

Stout colored fluid. Stout colored head. Brief stout colored head.

Smells like roasted toasted nuts, not burnt. Ground coffee, also not burnt. Taste follows suit.

Gotta love that unique cream feeling that comes with a milk stout. Carbonation is just a bit on the rude side, not as bad as an 18 year old with a drivers license, but noticeable. Mellows out to perfection after a few.

I need another one of these because instead of her customary 2-3 oz taster, my wife stole half of this.

Overall: yummy

Photo of CrellMoset
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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 adamette
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle almost exactly like the one pictured (mine has a light brown color font while the image that I can see here has red) which I purchased for $2.20 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio as a single. Poured into my clean, clear Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Light brown 1 inch head over a completely dark body that lets no light through (not even direct light when held in front of one). Nice look, appropriate to the style of course.

S Dark malt but a nice sweetness to it as well. I think that I even smell a bit of "milk" creaminess as well, like a sweet milk behind dark malt.

T Dark malt predominates but there is a smoothness gained from the "double cream" aspect of the beer that keeps it from being punchy or edgy. The sweetness shows up in the taste as well and there is a pleasant distant (1 minute) aftertaste of coffee which I like a lot.

M Full with dark malt, the creamy feel and the reasonably high ABV (which I did not detect while enjoying sip after sip).

D This is a great nightcap but I cannot have more than maybe two. The style does not call for any more than that.

Notes: Another finely crafted beer from Larry Bell and Co.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Pittrooney for throwing this my way!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled 11/14/11 (number 10797)

pours out pretty much opaque black, just a little ruby brown color when held to the light. about one fingers worth of creamy, tan colored head. average head retention with just a little lacing.

a nice range of roasted aromas, coffee, deeply roasted grains, and bitter cocoa. coffee stands out the most to me. just a hint of earthy hops in there as well.

again, nice roasted flavors here. mostly some nice coffee and cocoa with some bitter-sweet roasted/ burnt grains. earthy hops balance the beer with maybe even a little pine trying to break through. solid bitter cocoa finish.

very nice creamy mouthfeel, carbonation feels a touch on the sparkly side. medium bodied. very smooth and drinkable.

one of the better american stouts ive come across. very nice roasted flavors and just super drinkable. ill revisist this in the future for sure. nothing extreme or out of the ordinary but they nailed the classic stout flavors just right IMO.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - 6.1%
Had at Lititz cask ale festival 10/29/10
Soft black with small creamy tan head. Roasted coffee aroma, earthy. Extremly smooth and quite dry. Not a lot of carbonation. Tasty is creamy milk chocolate with a hint of coffee. Silky mouthfeel, I could drink a few of these if I didn't have anything to eat.
Exceptional cream stout, well done.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,258 ratings.