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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,920 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,920
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 168
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
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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semihobo

Michigan

2.98/5  rDev -24.9%

12 ozer, batch 8733, purchased recently at the general store in Kalamazoo.

Body is a thick black, can't see anything going on in the glass. Head is mostly composed of very fine bubbles, with a few big ones in the middle, like cooking pancakes. A very dark color on the head. Quite pretty.

Smell is complex, not so sweet. Toffee, decomposing wood, tobacco, smoke, very earthy.

Taste is drier than expected, with a sour acidic bite on the finish. A more prominent roasted note than on the nose, still earthy. Add black walnuts to the list of tastes and smells... I believe the label when it says "10 different malts." Baker's chocolate and coffee. A small hint of minty sweetness toward the finish before it is overtaken by a bitter finish, fairly astringent. Earthy hops on the finish.

Nice body, very thick, lots of dextrins. Lush carbonation.

I kept tasting and smelling a familiar smell and it hit me toward the end of the beer... the compost pile my parents kept when I was growing up. Not exactly what I dream of in a beer.

Drinkability would be down for the fact that I just don't like this beer that much, but it stays at average due to the complexity of this beer... I could keep finding new things well into a six pack, I suspect.

This is like an art piece by a well-regarded contemporary artist you don't really like... I don't enjoy it, but I appreciate that it has complexity and value to someone else.

11-03-2008 04:05:08 | More by semihobo
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Augustiner719

New York

2.98/5  rDev -24.9%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Pours a deep dark rich black color with a huge huge foamy head that almost went over the glass. Smell is really bitter dark chocolate, sour cherries and a hint of cocoa powder. Taste is way off. i think its infected. really has a bitter, tart, sour cherry flavor goign on. has nothing like a cream stout should have going on. Really this might be infected otherwise its just not good. Mouthfeel is decent, a bit over carbonated for my liking on a stout. Drinkability is average despite the sourness in this beer. I will have to get another sample just to verify if this is what the beer is really like.

07-19-2010 01:52:59 | More by Augustiner719
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danpam1024

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.4%

02-24-2013 19:27:59 | More by danpam1024
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GRE680

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.4%

04-20-2013 22:44:02 | More by GRE680
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-30-2013 04:03:56 | More by Hopdaemon39
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.4%

08-13-2013 02:14:09 | More by timjim1327
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CDBeerDisappear

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.4%

Dark licorice brown with half an inch of tan foam. Aroma of toasted malt. Taste was appropriate for the style but was rather unremarkable to my taste, not sweet enough for a sweet stout. Mouthfeel was good and the carbonation was nice. But I probably won’t drink this one again, not because it was bad but because they are many others that are better at the same price.

12-19-2007 23:37:17 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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wolfeman007

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.4%

01-25-2012 00:57:04 | More by wolfeman007
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Jasoncolliver

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -24.4%

06-21-2014 05:06:54 | More by Jasoncolliver
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

04-21-2013 22:08:00 | More by IdrinkGas
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richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-15-2011 14:39:15 | More by richbrew
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -24.4%

02-18-2013 21:51:36 | More by BGsWo22
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -24.4%

01-14-2014 00:40:44 | More by ThatsThatDude
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

01-04-2012 18:26:59 | More by AWS2111
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JohnDMartin

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -24.4%

01-27-2013 22:57:06 | More by JohnDMartin
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.4%

02-09-2013 00:10:15 | More by Dave_Treat
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atone315

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -24.4%

01-27-2012 23:30:47 | More by atone315
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Jonathan2291

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.4%

04-04-2014 01:53:36 | More by Jonathan2291
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Steimie

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.4%

05-29-2012 23:57:04 | More by Steimie
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tfsimpkins

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.4%

04-02-2012 20:14:55 | More by tfsimpkins
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EdmundBlackadder

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.4%

08-25-2014 01:52:56 | More by EdmundBlackadder
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spamages

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-16-2011 21:03:48 | More by spamages
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Softestdog

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.4%

09-01-2012 23:20:59 | More by Softestdog
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.4%

Pours out to a dark coffee color, with a dark brown foamy head that held it's own and stuck around for quite a while. Not much of a scent to note, but odors of coffee and dark chocolate were present. Label states that smoothness is from the 10 different malts used in the brewing process, and I will give them that, this brew is smooth. Overtones of chocolate, malt, sweetness are prevailant, with a touch of a mellow bitterness aftertaste. Very creamy mouthfeel, but I must admit that this brew was far too heavy for my taste. It made me feel like I had a friggin' brick in my stomach. Maybe good with a steak or burger, but overall, was too rich for me. None the less a decent brew, worthy of a try if you are looking for a good example of a smooth stout.

02-20-2005 01:22:41 | More by Frozensoul327
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dav

Missouri

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-20-2011 03:34:36 | More by dav
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,920 ratings.