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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,033 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,033
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 238 | 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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Photo of azorie
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

date code 8842. Not cheap for a 6 pack of 6% beer, but never had it so WTH. I just hope since it was already cold its not old beer.

A: Its Black of course with light creamy brown head. Lace is short lasting after hitting about 1.5 inches tall in a MUG.

S: roasted malt, some vanilla and coffee. oxidized burnt wood

T: Burnt dark roasted malt, coffee comes more of an aftertaste and the vanilla is still present as well. The beer is NOT as sweet as I think it should be to hit the style. it's very dry at the same time with a slightly hoppy finish. You get the milk in there but its very faint. it say on Bell web site its great with Chocolate, NOT, I mean where the FUCK is the chocolate in this beer?

M: medium body, but not as sweet as it should be Not as smooth as it should be.

D: too heavy for the style, not sweet enough.

I don't know if this is bad six pack or too old or what, but its a BIG disappointment to me. if I not bought it all the way in ORLANDO, I would take the rest back. i see its rank 3rd in milk stouts, i have to try again from somewhere else, but NOT in the same league at Young Double chocolate stout.

azorie, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Boppar
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I really had high hopes for this one.

A: poured a gorgeous black with a sizeable head.

S: Mmm... interesting. Sweet, malty coffee goodness, with something I can't pin down.

T: the first sip or three were quite enjoyable. Malty sweetness, good coffee taste, and a milky, almost Bailey's-esque taste in the background. But then the aftertaste kicked in. This beer would've owned pretty hard if the aftertaste had not smacked of pennies.

M: gorgoeus mouthfeel: thick, fluffy, chewy. In short, everything one could want from a stout.

D: the pennies just killed it for me. I may try another bottle a ways down the road to see if this was a fluke/fault.

Sorry Bell's, not your best.

Boppar, Mar 29, 2007
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
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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

goast8127, Oct 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

GRE680, Apr 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EdmundBlackadder, Aug 25, 2014
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,033 ratings.