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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,236 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,236
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 293 | 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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2.4/5  rDev -39.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of pwoods
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint. Batch 8150 is invalid but it's pretty fresh.

A: Pours a motor oil black but not quite the same viscosity. 2 fingers of tan head with some retention before dieing to a large layer on top. Good lacing.

S: Very sweet. Cocoa powder, bananas, cookie dough, and whole cream. A little bit of hops add a fresh crispness.

T/M: Much too sweet. Very thick sweetness from a whole cream and vanilla icing backbone. Lightly burnt coffee and caramel malts. Bits of cocoa and doughy cookies. Body is medium with an oily feel.

D: Way too sweet. I'm had it on tap several times with the same conclusion.

Photo of Kevincredible
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of Dubber55
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Nice dark black pour, tan/mocha 1 cm head, good retention. Smells like sour milk, coffee, and chocolate. Initially tastes like sour milk. Then I am getting some hop bitterness followed by roasted malts. Tastes mostly like coffee. Has a slick mouthfeel. I might be wrong but I thought this was supposed to sweet?

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of Justin23060
2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Wow that's dark... Black as a matter of fact. Head is brown stiff and sticky. First smell is yeasty roasty and slight metallic. There's something unpleasant in the smell that I can't place (barnyard, wet leather?) Taste has that same unpleasantness. It got a little better as it burned off during warming. Dispite this distration I do get some nice chocolate with a pretty nice dry finish that not to puckering. Mouthfeel is leaning toward creamy with a body surprisingly lighter than expected but not watery by any means. Still that being said I'll finish this one but probably won't seek it out again. Sorry Bell's.

Photo of Jekster
2.63/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: This beer pours from the bottle oil slick deep black color. There is a thick dark down head that sits on top of the beer with a persistent staying power.

Smell: This beer has a definite oatmeal aroma which nearly overpowers all other present aromas. There is a slight sweet roast in the background along with some nutty and bready characters.

Taste: The oat also comes through distinctly upon taking a swig. There is almost roasted pecan flavor and a definite white burnt sugar sweetness to the beer. This beer's flavors are extremely unbalanced with the distinct, dominate, not pleasant oat character followed by awkward sweetness and a dry alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: The beer does have a pleasant body that is thick and chewy without making it a sipper beer. There is a definitely slick feeling to the beer which I would guess is from copious amounts of oat in the grist.

Drinkability: The unbalanced flavors and armoa do not lend to making this beer drinkable. I wouldn't want to drink more than one in an evening.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Bell's makes some fantastic beers, but this is not one of them. It's disappointing because their Kalamazoo Stout is such a fantastic beer. Unless you are a big fan of massive oat character stay away from this beer. Instead, save yourself some cash and go pick up a sixer of Bell's Porter or traditional Kalamazoo Stout.

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2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed again a year later 02/04/11 - almost to the day.

Pours Pours black with a dark tan/brown head.

Nose is pure simple black chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Flavors are weak and watered down bitter black chocolate and thin bodied black coffee.

Finish is actually a very nice chocolate coffee character with some appeal -finish isn't sufficiently appealing to try this on another time.

I like Bells but this one taste like a carbonated light cup of coffee; about it.

Original Review: Pours dark brown black with a nice firm tan head;

Nose is sweet black chocolate with undertones of sweet coffee; simple but very pleasant;

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lighter "fizzy" carbonation and while not thin, initially appears thin.

Flavors are all simple coffee and simple dark chocolate with a bit of a synthetic chocolate character/flavor.

Some hoppy bitterness in flavors and finish. All around pretty average.

Photo of NODAK
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma has strong roasted dark chocolate malts on it...but there's also a hint of sweetness in there, separating it somewhat from a regular stout.

Mouthfeel seems pretty thin for a stout. Taste has a body of predominately roasted malts and bitter chocolate..the sweetness I was expecting doesn't seem to translate. There's a hint of coffee on the backend...as well as a pretty good bitterness for style. I wasn't expecting the hops to be as assertive as they were.

I'd love to say I'm more impressed, but I suppose I'm not. Just seems like another run of the mill stout to me. Not really sweet at all per style, and kind of thin.

Photo of scottfrie
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I can't remember who sent these to me, or even if they came from the same person (I think both were extras), but I came across two bottles of these tucked away in my stash. The first one I opened tonight smelled strongly of burnt caramel and butterscotch (uh-oh). Upon tasting it I almost spit it out it was so gross. The sour-cherry taste coupled with the butterscotch smell screamed some kind of infection. The batch number printed on this bottle was 9566. Luckily my second bottle was from a different batch. Review is as follows:

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch number 9357.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a thin light brown head that quickly fizzed away into pretty much nothing. The infected bottle had a much more impressive head.
S: Very roasted smelling with slight notes of chocolate and caramel.
T: Extremely malty, in more of a brown ale type of way rather than a stout, with some roasted notes in the aftertaste and a hint of coffee in the finish. Pretty sweet overall.
M: Mouthfeel is decently creamy as promised, but the carbonation is pretty tingly and tad sharp at the end. Body is on the lighter side of full, but it's not bad.
D: There is almost too much malt to this brew. If that's your thing, then you may love it. To me, this didn't really taste like a stout, it tasted like a more 'brown' style of beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Midnight blackness with a finger width copper white head. The head quickly resolves itself into a copper white film. The foam clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: For me the smell was the best part of this beer. Very sweet malty smell. There is a spicy sweet combintation in play in this beer with a slight astringency about it.

Taste: This beer has a very thickly sweet buttery coffee and malty taste. It is frankly to sweet for my own taste. I not sure but this could possibly stand a bigger hop profile. In short I dont like it.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Well frankly again, this one is just to dam sickeningly sweet. It has a hell of a full bodied buttery taste but way to sweet. Pass this one up and buy something else.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Overlord
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow. What a disappointment.

Looks nice enough. Burnt black with a light brown head of about an inch. Actually, looks great.

Smells faintly of roasted malt, largely of burnt coffee and ... not much, really. I'm serious, there is shockingly almost no aroma to this. Disappointment begins.

Taste is also strangely weak. Big charred roasted malts and ... not much. For a "milk/sweet" stout it's surprisingly low on any sweetness at all. Maybe a hint of sugar, but no real chocolate. Just burnt malt and coffee. And a bit of charcoal-iness to it.

Dull. Boring. Nice mouthfeel, but really a let down.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,236 ratings.