1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,955 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,955
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 214 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,955 | Reviews: 1,338 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nickfl
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown foam resting on a black body with just a hint of amber light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace in its wake.

S - A moderate roasted malt note with a little bit of chocolate sweetness. A little bit of caramel and toffee but not much else.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with a strong, cola-like note. Some sour chocolate notes and black coffee character in the middle. Finishes with a bit more roast and lots of sweet, lactic caramel malt. Lingering cola and caramel character with coffee in background.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, syrupy finish.

D - This is a very odd beer. The aroma is quite subdued, but the flavor is robust (just not in a good way). This may be because the primary flavor component is sticky, cloying sweetness. This excessive sweetness is accompanied by an odd, cola like note of artificial caramel flavoring and some strange sourness. The only thing I can find to like about it is the pleasant, dark roasted coffee note that is always lingering in the background. I really didn't care for this beer, it is strange, one dimensional, and overly sweet and I definitely won't be drinking it again.

nickfl, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of semihobo
2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

semihobo, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Augustiner719
2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Augustiner719, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of danpam1024
3/5  rDev -24.4%

danpam1024, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of GRE680
3/5  rDev -24.4%

GRE680, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Hopdaemon39, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -24.4%

timjim1327, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

CDBeerDisappear, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of wolfeman007
3/5  rDev -24.4%

wolfeman007, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Jasoncolliver
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Jasoncolliver, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -24.4%

IdrinkGas, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -24.4%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -24.4%

BGsWo22, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
3/5  rDev -24.4%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -24.4%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of JohnDMartin
3/5  rDev -24.4%

JohnDMartin, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Dave_Treat, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of atone315
3/5  rDev -24.4%

atone315, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Jonathan2291
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Jonathan2291, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Steimie
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Steimie, May 30, 2012
Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -24.4%

tfsimpkins, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3/5  rDev -24.4%

EdmundBlackadder, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of spamages
3/5  rDev -24.4%

spamages, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Softestdog
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Softestdog, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Frozensoul327
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Frozensoul327, Feb 20, 2005
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,955 ratings.