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

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

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2,722 Ratings

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Ratings: 2722
Reviews: 1327
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%

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 bigfnjoe


4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 liter growler filled by nitrotap into a pint glass.

A- pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a beautiful tannish/mocha looking one finger thick head. The head takes awhile to fade, and when it does, leaves some beautiful lacing...looking at the side of the glass, it doesn't even look like the head faded all that much. Absolutely beautiful.

S- very smoky. Chocolate and coffee notes dominate. Its what a good standard stout should smell like.

T- there is a decent bit of sweetness from the milk, but not the overwhelming kind of sweetness you get in the Southern Tier imperial line. Hints of chocolate and coffee, but mostly that dull sweetness from the milk. So good. Best balance I've gotten from a milk stout ever.

M- its not syrupy thick like some stouts can be, but its not thin either...there's a thickness there that makes this beer awesome.

D- very drinkable. The alcohol, which at 6% is high for a non-imperial stout, is not noticeable at all. It tastes like...well, it tastes like that awesomeness you get from a good stout. Its like Guinness, but with a lot more flavor.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2010 19:49:04 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of Acraig


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Is a dark hazy brown coffee color with a slight ring of head.

Smell: a slight malt smell with a nice rich coffee and cream smell.

Taste: A nice creamy coffee taste with a a slight bitter after taste. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: A slightly heavy beer with a smooth finsh. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very smooth...I could easily drink these through out the night.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 02:36:38 | More by Acraig
Photo of mtnbikerpa


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 16 ounce draft. Good foamy head mocha in color. Little lacing. Looks black in color with the carbonation making very pretty lines on the glass. Deep mocha smell. The heavy but smooth creamy mouthfeel I was hoping for. Strong malts with a bitter sweet end. Nice aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 16:59:59 | More by mtnbikerpa
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Doble cream is a very very dark brown that might as well be called black, it practically is. A nice semi full off white vanilla head stayed a float but did not manage to leave any lace. Smell up front is dark malt and chocolate, warming up some of vanilla creeps in with toasted nuts, further warming reveals coffee beans. The taste is pretty much in the same order. A bit of caramel malt sweetness but the cream seems to be lacking. A lot of coffee with warming that i was not expecting. I dont see why they call this a double. The feel is a bumpy ride and a bit rugged. Not as easy going down as other's in the style, perhaps this would be best off a nitro, hopefully one day i'll find it. Bell's needs to take double out of the name or add double the amount of cream next batch.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 06:33:14 | More by BARFLYB
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black, admits no light. medium tan head, disappears quickly, leaves nice lacing. Aroma of cafe au lait with burnt edges. Taste begins with chocolate, then progresses to roasted coffee beans, then finally to burnt espresso. Very nice indeed. Laid down 6 bottles tonight, hopefully I can wait a year.

Serving type: cask

12-18-2009 13:33:13 | More by Travlr
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, with a fairly weak off-white head. Nose is roasted malt, light coffee, some very mild dried fruit. Very nice nose, which doesn't quite come through in the flavor. More straight forward roasted malt, with milder fruit and chocolate in there. Body is a little weak, possibly because it's a cask brew. Overall, this one didn't really do it for me like it did in the bottle. A little simple.

Church Key/$6/16 oz

Serving type: cask

11-26-2009 19:12:23 | More by soupyman10
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a thick 2 finger head of tanned foam. Nose is hoppy upfront with the burnt grains filling out the middle an the finish is sweet and chocolate-like. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Taste is bitter with a mix of both hops an burnt grain. Bitter chocolate fills the mouth with a very pleasant taste that lingers. Medium feel. Very well balanced with the hops and bitterness keeping the chocolate in check.

Serving type: growler

11-13-2009 19:35:45 | More by stakem
Photo of ffejherb


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden on 11/6/09.

A - Smooth black onyx color with deep ruby highlights and one-finger creamy tan cap that receded to a thin veil and deposited strands of sticky lace around the glass.

S - I'm a little stuffy today, but I am able to pull out sweet lactic/milky notes, chocolate and some roasted malt, as well as a hint of coffee.

T - Bitter chocolate abounds with a sweet backing of milky notes. Finishes with a bit of earthy hop bitterness and a robust roasted malt character.

M - Medium bodied and surprisingly a tad coarse and prickly, yet still displays a fairly thick and oily mouthfeel overall. Finishes somewhat sticky with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Double Cream is a good stout overall, and I found it to be a bit more bitter than I was anticipating. Tasty, but not overly complex, as I tend to like my stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 12:50:50 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Sean9689


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at The Stable for Firkin Friday's.
Poured into nonic.

A - Pours black, no head, just a few large bubbles on top. Very slick and smooth, no lacing or head retention to speak of.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted nuts, whipped cream.

T - Similar to nose. Like drinking chocolate milk with more roasted characteristics to it. Some coffee in there as well, which shows up as the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, no carbonation.

D - A very good milk/sweet stout. Had a couple of these during the night but was ready to move on to something else after a bit.

Serving type: cask

11-07-2009 18:30:18 | More by Sean9689
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap, poured into a snifter.

When the server brought this to me there was easily two fingers worth of head on this beer. The head was a dark caramel color that stayed around for two minutes or so before subsiding. Then after the head subsided it left a prolific amount of lacing on the glass. For the pure aesthetics of appearance, this easily earned a five, just wow. It looks just like a stout should and the head was prevalent and pleasing to look at. The smell was faint, it was there but subtle. I was able to make out hints of vanilla and coffee notes. The taste was really something else. My first impression was that it was a bit watery, but as I continued to drink and as it continued to warm, Bell's Special Double Cream Stout became something truly wonderful. The cream was definitely present, but not overpowering, there was some roasted malts and I think I picked up hazelnut, not sure if that's in there but it had that impression on my tongue. The coffee notes and vanilla balanced so well together that it created a truly unique taste and mouthfeel, that I've at least never had before - it was like drinking a licorice yogurt. For real. The mouthfeel was thick enough and the balance of the ingredients created a yogurt like texture. This became more prevalent as it continued to warm, but I was enamored. I ordered another beer before I finished this one and I didn't want to stop drinking the Special Double Cream Stout! Pick this up, buy it on tap, whatever, just try this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 21:23:09 | More by FernMaster
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kite and Key...

Pours a deep dark brown with thin yet fluffy khaki head. Smell is brown sugar forward with a nice roasted matl backbone. Taste is very sweet up front... the malts give a chocolate, carmel and molasses taste to the middle and hints of dark fruit, smoke and earth on the back end. Presence of bittering hops noted. Full bodied yet creamy. The heavy body and the super-sweet taste keep this otherwise yummy brew from being top notch.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 13:45:48 | More by rfgetz
Photo of drummerben


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis.

Had this one just after keg was tapped, served in a pint glass. Appearance is black with a thin latte-like head. Smells of roasted chocolate, malt, caramel, and coffee - like a chocolate malt or shake.

Taste is fresh and rich- you can actually taste the freshness here. Creamy and thick mouthfeel is great, though it could stand to be even chewier. Smooth with a roasty finish. Sweetness is well balanced with the espresso and chocolate notes.

This has quickly become my favorite sweet/milk stout. Great beer that drinks like a desert. Too bad this isn't distributed to Atlanta in bottles yet.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 02:14:14 | More by drummerben
Photo of infestaxion


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it at the world record Bell's tapping. Took notes in the kick ass notebook they gave us.

A - Deep dark brown with a slight mocha head that fades pretty fast.

S - Sweet creamy dark malt. Hints of toffee and caramel.

T - Almost the same as the smell but with some roasty goodness. Then the malty finish.

M - Medium body. Good feel.

D - Very drinkable. One tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 22:49:19 | More by infestaxion
Photo of gford217


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store for the Bell's GA release.

Pours pitch black with a large tan head that lingers for quite a while and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is very toasty though with plenty of sweet chocolate malts and lactose. There are hints of vanilla and coffee as well.

The taste is dominated by the sweet dark chocolate malts and milky lactose. There is a faint roasted character to the malts, but the sweetness is most evident. Wonderfully full flavored.

The mouthfeel is super creamy with the roasted aspect taking a backseat to the malty sweetness on the palate.

This is a great beer and one of the best milk stouts I've ever had. I'm lucky I was able to sample this on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2009 02:34:29 | More by gford217
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of sweet vanilla and smaller amounts of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Creamy roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by hints of vanilla. Midway through the sip good amounts of dark chocolate flavors come out before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass with no problem and could have a few of these.

Overall this is an easy-drinking Milk Stout that balances that milk and stout portions quite nicely. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2009 20:28:01 | More by glid02
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at bocktown

A- Body is a thick, deep, dark brown hue. Is served with a wonderful 1/2 finger cream colored head that eventually fades to a thin collar and leaves little lacing behind in the glass.

S- Roasted malt, vanilla, cream, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The slightest presence of phenols as well.

T- The flavor is more typical imperial stout than imperial milk stout. Roasted coffee flavors come through first along with a smooth creamy sweetness. The finish is pretty much all roasted malt-but this doesn't get overpowering or intense in any way. A minimal roasted malt bitterness lingers on the palate.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a pretty smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The feel is great-but for the style it is a but hindered by a slight phenolic presence.

D- This is a good milk stout. Certainly a much better imperial cream stout than creme brulee. Its good-but not as good as sessionable beers of the same character. I still do like this one and will have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 02:17:07 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of CMW


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours black as night. When I held this up to the light for closer inspection, little changed. This is as dark as tar and there is no light getting through. The bartender was nice enough to leave a solid two finger tan head that receded quickly. There is a medium amount of tan lacing that graces the side of the glass.

Roasted malts dominate the nose. A smell of freshly brewed coffee is also present. This is rounded out with a nice sweetness that begs of cream, cinnamon, and chocolate.

The sweet tastes are present upfront. Chocolate, molasses, and whipped cream are what I detect. This is followed by the taste of coffee and roasted nuts and malt. It finishes dry with a slight bitterness that helps round out the flavor.

This beer has a creaminess that is heavenly. It has a good balance on sweetness mixed with roasted flavors. It is extremely drinkable, partly because the 7.5% abv. is hardly noticeable. This beer would be great alone or with the dessert of your choice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 02:12:48 | More by CMW
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark black color with a brown head. Head doesn't have much retention and leaves some layered lacing here and there.

S- Smells pretty sweet. Roasted malts, coffee and a touch of chocolate.

T- Pretty much follows the nose. Lots of roasted coffee flavours up front, followed by smooth creaminess that sticks around even after a slightly bitter ending.

M- Body is closer to full, low carbonation and really nice creamy feel to it.

D- Not to bad at all just a little to sweet for me. A solid brew that I could drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 21:48:32 | More by nrbw23
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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

20 ounce pint glass, served from cask at The Pub, Columbus, OH (Polaris). Pours a dark brown color with about a bit more than an inch off-white/tan head. It almost looked like a nitro-tap Guinness when it was brought to me. Lacing and head retention were both excellent. The aroma was chocolate, coffee, cream and roasted malt. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's good and sweet but also has a nice slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's very creamy and velvety with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and creamy and extremely easy to drink. I'd drink this all the time if I could, I've had the beer from the bottle before and I like it a lot, but it's just excellent on cask. Recommended.

Serving type: cask

01-02-2009 21:12:10 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2008 19:00:02 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of argock


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Very dark brown with a thin cap of tan head due to the on-tap pour. Decent lace despite the short head.

S: Lush aromas of lactose, chocolate, roasted caramel and dark malts, and light espresso all blend beautifully.

T: A very sweet stout, which I like a lot. I had a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout after this one, and it tastes downright bitter compared to the Bell's offering. Big lactose sweetness is tempered nicely with medium-roasted dark malts with a bit of chocolate in the midst of it all.

M: A lighter-bodied stout which I think goes well with the sweeter flavors. Aftertaste is lactose and cocoa.

D: One of the most drinkable stouts around with its great blend of sweetness and roasty character.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 04:04:41 | More by argock
Photo of younger35


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Uncle Mike's Highway Pub in Kenosha Wisconsin. I liked this brew out of the bottle and am curious to see how it fairs on cask. Drank from a generic snifter.

Appearance- Pours a ridiculously dark ruby/brown/black that has a small foamy tan effervescent head that recedes very quickly. No cap is left but a small collar is present and no lacing.
Smell- Not as nice or as intense as I remember. I still get some of that molasses and plenty of warm milk chocolate. Some vanilla at times and the usual tinges of coffee. Still okay, just not as in your face as I expected.
Taste- Really roasted with bits of chocolate, coffee and even some licorice. Not a whole lot of sweetness, just a smooth almost bitter roasted profile. I remember it being a bit more complex in the bottle, but this is probably A LOT fresher. A bit of vanilla is present in the finish along with a lingering hazelnut nuttiness.
Mouthfeel- Super smooth and creamy with a slick oily feel and very muted carbonation.
Drinkability- Other than the mouthfeel, I like this brew better out of the bottle. It might have been that the bottle had a little age on it unlike the fresh cask but it seemed to make a world of difference. Still pretty tasty though and glad to have had again.

Serving type: cask

12-04-2008 17:45:25 | More by younger35
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at tria in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark black color with a thin brown head. Aroma of malty chocolate, roasted coffee and hops. Very smooth, easy drinking stout. Nice balance of creamy chocolate maltiness with a nice touch of bitter hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 09:58:40 | More by corby112
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Old Oak Tap in Chicago on 11/19/2008 - Served in a shaker pint glass.

A= Poured a very deep brown/black with a 2" dark tan creamy head. The head retention was excellent as this thing never dropped below 1/4". Tons of sticky lace down the glass.

S= Bigger aroma than I got from this beer when poured from a bottle. Same aromas, just bigger and better defined. The aromas were of molasses, roasted malts, and carob. Possibly a slight bit of earthy hop in there too.

T= There was an initial burst of sweetness reminiscent of molasses followed by bitter notes of coffee beans, roasted malts, and mild hops. The finish is dry and mildly alcoholic.

MF= Heavy bodied with a mild carbonation and creamy mouth feel.

D= This is a very drinkable sweet stout. I think I prefered the 2007 version more though, as this year's is much lower in abv.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 06:15:27 | More by spointon
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's Everyday.

Pours a very deep, opaque brown with a thin tan head with a lot of retention. Great looking beer for the style.

Aroma is of roasted coffee and malts with some milk chocolate.

Taste begins with milk chocolate giving way to roasted malts and a moderate coffee bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, again really above my expectations for the style.

Drinkability is very good. Plenty of rich stout flavors and creaminess along with a moderate ABV.


Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2008 12:47:33 | More by sholland119
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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