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

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89
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3,381 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,381
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 349 | 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 brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2009.

Pours almost opaque black with burgundy edging and a whisp of tan head. A placid surface for the duration as well as a few dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with malted milk balls, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and shades of root beer. Vanilla and Kahlua follow through.

On the thicker side of medium bodied with a creamy yet still crisp mouthfeel.

Cocoa, roasted brownie bits, hazelnut, and a hint of char start the palate. Shades of espresso, brown sugar, and smoke follow through.

Finishes with lingering caramelized sugar, powdered cocoa, and a hint of vanilla.

Tasty brew, but probably better fresh and a bit sweet for my liking. The carbonation is flatish, which hurts the appearance, nose, and palate. A bit watery and thin for the style.

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

Pours black in color with a small brown creamy head that falls to a halo of creamy foam very quickly. Very little lacing. Smell and taste are chocolate malt with a nice roasted burnt malt background and a finishing bitterness. The bitterness gives it some real bite at the end but also serves to hide the high ABV. Another solid brew from Bell's as expected.

Photo of colts9016
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Kelly, thank you.

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A nice one finger solid tan head that is creamy. The body of the beer is burnt motor oil. The body of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A nice rich roasted malt with cream, melanoids, chocolate, espressos, and hops. The hops profile is fruity esters and citrus.

Taste: A wonderful rich malt with chocolate, espresso, melanoids, and fruity esters.

Overall: The mouth feel is silky creamy and velvety. The body of the beer is thick and rich and the finish is medium. This beer is a wonderful stout with a lot of cream flavor packing a punch. The beer isn't sweet at all but, nonetheless, the beer is wonderful.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 billab914
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 PatronWizard
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 adamette
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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

Executive Summary: A highly drinkable stout. Not a superstar, but a solid, reliable performance. Would recommend.

Appearance: Deep, opaque black with a creamy tan head that carries with it a slight orange hue. Head persists at about a finger thick and lacing is moderate.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt, coffee, caramel.

Taste: Roasted, but not harsh like most double or imperial stouts. Pronounced sweetness throughout. Chocolate and coffee. Slight hop twang in the back.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I expected, but definitely slick. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Really quite drinkable. No one flavor is too overpowering; they all mix nicely.

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

A: Pours nearly black with just a hint of dark rust when held up to a light. Looks like...well...a stout! Thin head, no lacing.

S: Very sweet, maple candy aroma with a bit of toffee.

T: I was worried that this would be too sweet for my taste after smelling it, but it is a remarkably well-balanced beer with just a bit of hop character to balance out the sweet, roasted malts. Not super-strong or intense, but very drinkable. More of a dessert stout, but not cloying at all.

M: Homerun. Double-cream indeed! Thick foamy effervescence that when swished around leaves a wonderful long-lingering, slightly bitter "roasted" aftertaste.

O: Tasty. Stouts aren't my favorite style, but I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Pours a gentle light reddish brown creamy head with good retention. Brew itself is opaque blood red/black. Lacing is excellent, layered and web-like.

S: Nose is roasted coffee and fresh whole milk with a twinge of sweet sugar.

T: Opens spicy, malty chocolate, transitions into milk, and roasted coffee, ends a bit alcoholic with a sour black coffee and sugary finish. Milk sugar becomes more and more prominent as this one warms, masking the other flavors.

M: Medium bodied. Starts off coarse but smooths out nicely. Silky and a bit oily mouthfeel. Finishes wet and messy, leaving a noticeable aftertaste.

D: Very highly drinkable. Body is great for its style though it's not as malty as I expected. Kind of like Mackeson XXX stout but not as sweet with a more robust body. Definitely recommended.

Photo of richj1970
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark, very dark but also very red, like dried blood, Ah in a good way. The head is nice, 2 fingers tan , some lace on the glass. Good!

The smell is sweet pungent fruit.

The taste is better dark and roasty but not very burnt. Hint of honey and molasses.

The mouthfeel is good but not real thick. Less then full body. Good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good. This stout is quite drinkable. I will buy more for sure. Prosit, MK

Photo of pjkelley82
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Hawthorne's on a quick day trip to Philly (from NYC area) last May.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Batch 10151 (Packaged Jan. 25, 2011).

A: Light butterscotch color head (major cascading) with a dark body bordered by red tinges. The foam fills half the glass and holds strong at 3 fingers. Would have scored a 5 if there was more lacing.

Smell: Sweet a bit with malt and licorice maybe? Some maple as it warms. An aroma that makes its presence known.

Taste: Slightly roasted with some mild coffee. A light bitterness in the back. A hint of smoke. Nice back and forth between sweet and roasty. Flavor not quite full but does linger.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy but lacks a certain fullness. I still like the feel though.

Overall: A nice ale that could be more full-bodied but still manages to please. Recommended.

Photo of PieOhMy
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/1/12
Poured into snifter.

A Pours thick and murky black. Thick slow fading tan head. Thick remaining lacing.

S Dark chocolate. Roasted coffee. Nothing super complex but very nice nevertheless.

T Bitter dark chocolate. Espresso. Vanilla. Malt. Again, nothing complex but the mixture works well.

M Full creamy. Finishes with some bitterness.

O Good cream stout. Full bodied. Simple yet timeless mix of flavors. It's easy to go overboard trying to be unique. This is just a damn good beer by Bells. That's all.

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

I had this poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass at a local pub. As usual the stout was served well below optimal temperature so I drank slowly to see how the taste developed as the beer warmed.

A: typical dark, pitch black stout color with a minimal head that dissipated quickly.

S: smelled some cocoa, malts, raisins and a hit of hops

T: more hop bitterness that I would have thought this beer would have, some cocoa flavor, java notes and has the beer warmed more of the java flavor came forward. Not creamy as the name would suggest.

M: nicely carbonated, light feel on the tongue, I expected a thicker creamier beer but it was light similar to an Irish dry stout.

Overall: nice beer, I enjoyed it but it was not as creamy as I thought it would be, more of a dry stout in my opinion, but good.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a two-finger tan foamy head. Heavy lacing.

S - Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, and dark coffee.

T - Follows the smell. Roasted malts with sweet milk chocolate. Bitter coffee in the middle. Finish is smokey.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth drinking with a watery mouthfeel.

O - Very easy drinking roasted stout. A little more body would help out. Still very good.

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

From a bottle of a Bell's Dark Side case into a Brooklyn tulip. Remember this being one of my favorite of the bunch...let's see how it holds up now.

A- Pours a burgundy tinged black, total espresso-colored big-bubbled head with a usual quick dissipation to a frothy film that leaves a pretty lacing on the sides of the glass. Completely opaque and seriously substantial.

S- Alcohol and caramelized roasty malts with the tiniest bit of blueberry and anise, smells a lot like a creme brulee just out of the salamander.

T- A balance of sweet and sour. Not quite as much caramel on the tongue as in the nose, but the burnt characters float on top of a sour milky undertone, rounded out with some roasted coffee, before finishing up with an acidic kick to the back of the tongue. A lot going on in this glass.

M- Thick and frothy, smooth and coating, this beer turns into a pleasant, living foam in your mouth.

D- Not something to daisy chain together, for sure, but too good not to finish. This is somewhere between a sipper and a dessert beer.

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

A: An extremely dark black color. A very small 1 finger tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: For a milk stout, the smell was a little weaker than expected. When it did come through, there was roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and coffee.

T: Big flavor of coffee, chocolate and caramel really come through. A big thick quite sweet beer.

M: An extremely creamy(duh right?) and smooth stout. Leaves the mouth oil slick!

D: 7.5% abv and really sweet limit this to 1-2 beers in a sitting for me. A great beer to drink though!

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

Poured into a pint glass a rich and dark black color with a creamy light brown head that leaves a nice amount of lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is of chocolate and a milky creamy aroma. Not very strong but very enjoyable with a slight sweetness. Taste has very little kick just a sweet taste. Was anticipating a hop or strong kick, but did not happen. Mouthfeeling is creamy all the way through.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark brown, almost black, with 2 fingers of reddish-tan head. There is a fair amount of sticky lace left down the sides of the glass. The smell has a bit of roasted malt and chocolate, fairly sweet smelling. The taste hits hard with roasted coffee and caramel, then the sweeter malts come out toward the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, almost chewy in the mouth. The drinkability is just fair for the 7.5% alcohol. A nice sweet treat!

Photo of steve8robin
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one from an extra...

A: Very good look. Very dark with about a half inch off white colored head

S: Smells sweet. You can smell the cream. Pretty good.

T: Not too bad. A little sweet. The taste of the cream overrides this brew.

M: Good carbonation. Leaves a nice sticky flavor.

D: Pretty easy to drink. No problem going down.

All in all, this is a good brew if you're looking for something sweeter out of a stout.

Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and received a black cola-esque, viscous brew that left a mountainous head (size and appearance) that receeded slowly and left some lace patches. Some roasted and sweet malts in the nose, like chocoalte and coffee, but not much going on. Extremely creamy and smooth are the first two adjectives to come to mind. There is a residual sweetness from chocolate and coffee malts are noticeable, but it finishes with a nominal dry backbite. Also may have detected some caramel and toffee (maybe even honey - a thickness and stickiness not found in too many stouts). ABV is barely noticeable even as the beer warms the tongue.
This is not the most complex beer, probably not even my fave stout, but something about this beer (reminded me of yoo-hoo or something w/ alcohol)...if it was on tap or something at a local watering hole I'd be sessioning this hours. Just my opinion and personal taste.

Photo of d1ckvanswype
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours jet black with a hefty three finger head with a mildly aggressive (read: drunken) pour. When held to the light just the tiniest hint of ruby-orange highlight shows. Pretty good lacing as well.

S: Sweet roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate, dried dark fruits. A mild roasted nut note comes out as it warms.

T: Sweet, yet mildly astringent, this shows the full gamut of complex malt characters, from roasted nuts to coffee and chocolate. Finishes with a rather black malt like finish.

M: Thick and rich, almost chewy, though as it warms the alcohol burn mixes with carbonation and black malt astringency.

O: This beer was only hamstrung by how tart and astringent it became as it got warmer.

Photo of aoampm
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,381 ratings.