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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,414 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,414
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 363 | 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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Ratings: 3,414 | Reviews: 1,394
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 offandennui
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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.

Cheers!

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.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,414 ratings.