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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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very good

2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2726
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 Oktobergirl


4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night at the bar, I have not had anything from Bell's that I have disliked so far. This one I truly appreciated, since it is a cream stout that does not contain dairy. Nice smooth mouth feel, delicious chocolate flavor. This stout is pleasing, without being thick and is very easy to drink. I recommend it highly.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 17:43:56 | More by Oktobergirl
Photo of FLima


3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with red highlights and a dark caramel thin head.
Predominant aroma of coffee with milk, some caramel and dark fruits.
Malt roasted flavor with notes of milk, coffee, cocoa, earthy and citrus hops and licorice. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Quite creamy body with low carbonation.
A mellow Stout with a velvet sensation. Good, not exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 21:55:01 | More by FLima
Photo of Rifugium


3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of shocked I haven't reviewed this yet, but oh well. Recent tasting on tap at Capone's.

Typical dark brown-black pour you'd expect from a stout, a small creamy tan head sank to a ringlet, holding there and dotting the glass with lace. Dark roasty malts in the nose, milk chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. Smooth sugary sweetness in the taste, cocoa, light roasty bitterness for balance, and a slight mineral element in there as well. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, but perhaps not quite as luscious as the name would imply. I'd bet this would be great on nitro, but I say that about many stouts. Nice beer overall, but I'd reach for an Expedition much quicker than this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2014 20:31:31 | More by Rifugium
Photo of timfelix

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had this multiple times at two different locations- on tap. It was labelled at both places as Bells Cream Stout. I looked at Bells website and did not find a Cream Stout, except Bells Double Cream Stout, so I am assuming they are the same.
I found the flavor was not that exceptional, good but not great, at one place. I believe it was due to it being served ice cold, and this needs to be drunk at a more moderate temperature.
I have had it multiple times since, and found it exceptionally flavorful, with all sorts of malt flavors, a touch of hoppiness, and definite coffee and chocolate flavors. The flavors are well balanced, so that if you are thinking "coffee" that seems predominant. If you are thinking "malts galore" you will really notice all the malt flavors.
I wonder if some of the other reviewers had a serving that was too cold, because this is one of the most flavorful dark beers I have had. Or it was a different beer. It did seem to have more of a kick than the Double Cream stout's advertised 6.1% alcohols.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2014 03:17:22 | More by timfelix
Photo of mdhobbs


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice head on the pour with a deep dark appearance. It has a great smell with hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouth feel is fantastic. Overall, this is a very nice stout that I'll try again without hesitation. It also paths the way to try other beers produce by Bell Brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 22:46:03 | More by mdhobbs
Photo of taylor714914


3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it was due to this following the blacknote, but I found this to be thin and lacking. a mediocre stout that didn't seem to have much going on, other than the typical dark chocolate, coffee, and fig flavors found in stouts. OK, but nothing I'd revisit again. The mouthfeel was even mediocre.

Perhaps in the future if it is on tap I'll try a sample to see if it still is the same, but this experience left me wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 22:10:26 | More by taylor714914
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a fine, thin tan colored head. The head fades very fast to leave only a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is on the sweeter side with a good presence of chocolate and a nice sweet lactose/milk aroma. Mixed with these smells are notes of a light coffee smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with some flavors of a sweet milk chocolate and a roasted malt flavor. While upfront there is a good sweet milky presence, as the taste advances the sweet loses some of its ground and the flavor becomes more bitter and darker in nature. While this occurs, some lighter earthy hop flavors start coming to the tongue. These, in the end, when combined with the more roasted, lightly sweet, and darker chocolate flavors create a very nice roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body was quite nice for the darker and roasted flavor of the brew and made it drink more like an 8-9 % abv brew as opposed to its 6.1 % abv nature.

Overall –Quite a tasty brew. It’s a “not too overly sweet” and fairly roasty cream stout. Well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 00:16:58 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of champ103


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crane Ally in Urbana, IL

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms and sticks throughout. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted malt up front and center. Coffee, cereal grains, light chocolate. Then comes a metallic and almost acidic twang. That pretty much takes over in the finish.
T: Follows the nose with a big roasted malt, coffee, and cereal grain flavor. Finishes very metallic and acidic.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Just a bit on the thin side. Not hard to drink, but just not a fan of the metallic finish. Not something I am coming back to often.

Not a bad stout. It would be great if not for the metallic and acidic finish. I will probably try this a few more times because I have had wildly different experiences with different stout batches from Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 04:52:24 | More by champ103
Photo of CooperEllis

New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into modified tulip.

Mocha pour, rich color. Tan, thin bubbles with a sweet lactic aroma.

Aroma is a particular highlight for this brew and certainly lives up to the name. The flavor and mouthfeel both reflect the 'creamy' aspect of the title but the underlying maltynes isn't lost, but muted enough to damage/limit any complexity in the flavor; not to my taste. Comparing this to other Bell's offerings, it is in line with the crispness that I've come to expect but the nature of this one mutes even that finish.

There is a pleasant 'bite' but the palate is coated and the aftertaste is all cream. If you're expecting a stout I believe you have the right to feel aggrieved. If you're expecting the carpet to match the drapes - you're in the right spot.


Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 19:47:21 | More by CooperEllis
Photo of PorterIV


4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid stout. Malty/Roasty aroma - you definitely get the roasted barley. Thick mouthfeel and very roasty. Excellent on a cold, rainy fall day. This is a winter seasonal beer and should be enjoyed seasonally. Overall, another solid offering form Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2012 04:03:38 | More by PorterIV
Photo of SkeeterBoganski


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

Sampled last at brewery:

Appearance: darkest of the beers we tried, and that's saying a lot (darker than bourbon barrel stout, etc.) medium head; minimal lacing;

Smell: cocoa and malty nose

Taste: slightly bitter; faint hints of hops; easy-drinking stout with a creamy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: easy mouthfeel, very subtle

Solid overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 01:12:13 | More by SkeeterBoganski
Photo of nrs207


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty damn dark, big surprise. Light brown head, not too thick. About a finger. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Heavy on the coffee and roasted character. Definitely getting a tiny bit of chocolate, but this is a coffee and roasted malt forward beer in the nose.

T - Backs up my suspicions. The dominant flavors are coffee and roasted malt, and then chocolate.

M - It's pretty smooth. Not the smoothest stout I've had, but it's not bad. Pretty drinkable. No hint of the abv.

O - This is a solid entry at a lower level abv stout. I typically drink imperial stouts, but I figured I'd give this a shot based on what they have on tap where I am. I don't regret my decision, unlike my first beer, Oberon.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 01:42:20 | More by nrs207
Photo of exonthebottle


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very good lighter stout, nice smooth taste that is malty but has a sweet and lingering malty drier coffee malt that comes through in an okay way. Is this a great stout depends what you think is a good stout or ale. Bell's is a shitty brewery run by bad man I hate to indorse Larry Bell but he did a good job and this is his best stout which isn't saying much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 04:40:26 | More by exonthebottle
Photo of spdyfire83


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

175th Review
Served in a half pint
On-draft at the mothership itself in Kalamazoo!

From notes.

A: Deep brown/black. Quarter (mocha) fingernail head.

S: Very roasty! Toasted dark malt, coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, and fresh cream. Smells "smooth" if that makes any sense.

T: Follows the aromas quite close, but there is a burnt character here - not bad, but interesting as it mixes well with chocolate sweetness. Roasty is nice and the taste is very, very smooth. Reminds me of chocolate milk.

M: Medium bodied with smooth, soft carbonation. Delightful!

O: This beer is very rich, smooth, and easy to drink. About what I would expect for a cream stout...well done!

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 10:54:51 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of Cylinsier


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


Pours opaque black with the slightest red tinge around the edge. Tan head is a thin lacing.

Smells of chocolate malts, smokey oak and a bit of brown sugar.

Tastes very mildly toasted, bready, chocolatey and sweet with brown sugar malts. Rich but not overbearing.

Body is medium and very creamy with sharp pin pricks of carbonation all through the mouth.

Overall, very good, would definitely have again. Great flavor profile, good body without being overly strong, an excellent creamy stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 17:29:02 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Jerone


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, can barely see through it when the glass is tipped around the edges, cream colored one and a half finger head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt with some sweet vanilla and cream, very nice!

T - Dark roasted malts hits your palate and mixes with some sweet cream, vanilla and sweet malt flavor, the end leaves a nice roasted taste in your mouth, the bitterness of the roasted malt is balanced by the cream though.

M - Creamy and smooth with a touch of carbonation to make things interesting. Medium bodied stout, great mouthfeel that enhances the flavors of the beer.

O - An excellent stout that is very drinkable and with no harsh flavors. An excellent stout to introduce to someone who is new to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 17:57:57 | More by Jerone
Photo of blackcompg


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

Enjoyed in a 5oz glass as part of a 6 beer flight at Bell's Brewery...

Appearance - Translucent dark brown cola color, lite brown cap which left nice lacing.

Smell - Wow, heavy cream, baileys, with notes of vanilla and carmel.

Taste - Very balanced, not overly sweet, cream and lite carmel flavors riding along a nice backbone of litely roasted grains and freshly baked wheatbread.

Mouthfeel - Medium to almost creamy mouthfeel that gives way near the end of the sip to medium carb that adds some nice crispness to the sides of the tongue - great drinkability.

Overall - well balanced and complex, very smooth flavors and mouthfeel, great drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 16:53:48 | More by blackcompg
Photo of mltobin


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Isaac Newtown`s.

The appearance is dark brown with a short cream colored head. Double Cream Stout has a a smell of toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a burned aspect too. It tastes of roasted malts, more coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is kinda creamy as the name would lead one to guess. An enjoyable and quaffable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 01:49:10 | More by mltobin
Photo of zoso1967


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Double Cream Stout is served up a deep and viscous black brown with a head that is somewhere between tan and beige. Both the retention and lacing are pretty average looking in this pint.

The aroma is nice and roasty with a definite coffee character to it. Some nice chocolate and a slight chalky character are also present. A touch of vanilla rounds out the flavors near the end of each sip.

The flavor mimics the aroma well with the roasted and chocolate flavors taking center stage. They are backed up by a creamy sweetness that is spiked with vanilla. As the beer warms some nice cocoa flavors begin to come out as well.

The mouthfeel of this beer is surely its best attribute. It is smooth and creamy with a body that is on the heavier side of medium. It seemingly slides down as I imbibe this brew and disappears with a surprisingly dry and roasty finish.

While I remembered this beer being better than I thought it was today, it remains a very solid beer for its style. It is quite impressive what Bell’s is able to do with malt in a beer that has no special ingredients.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 01:20:05 | More by zoso1967
Photo of 57md


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in appearance with a finger head and no retention. There is a slight roasty smell that would be better if it were more upfront. The malt taste is a bit thin. There is a pleasant coffee finish, but this entire offering lacks the distinct roasted bite that would make it complete.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 06:02:01 | More by 57md
Photo of psuKinger


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New slim 1/4 barrel keg tapped last weekend. Draft poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark shade of brown with a big beautiful frothy tan head (2 fingers worth) on top of it.

S: Roasted malts with a touch of vanilla, all done at a moderate volume. I pick up on some cocoa as well. To style.

T: Wow. Thick, rich, velvety, creamy. These are some of the words that first pop into my mind. Vanilla and cream first appear, followed closely by notes of luscious cocoa. A dry, semi-sweet finish, full of "roasted malt flavors", really rounds the experience out for me and make this an excellent, highly drinkable, thoroughly enjoyable Stout.

M: Elite. It's thick, full, luscious, and creamy. Simultaneous "full" and yet "light". Frothy and creamy, with a great moderately dry finish.

D/O: Highly drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyable. Strongly recommend. This keg purchase was not a mistake.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 00:35:32 | More by psuKinger
Photo of kylehay2004


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head. Black. Some lace.

S: mild roast. Touch of dark chocolate

T: sweet, mild roast start and very nice dark chocolate/cocoa finish. The cream is also evident.

M: moderate carbonation and full but not thick body.

Overall: bells doesn't disappoint. Drinkable, flavorful and complex taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 01:24:25 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strictly black pour with a thin mocha cap. Aromas of caramel, toasted hops, mocha, and coffee are all distincly present and making my mouth water. A very creamy brew with great toasty notes with a lactic finish that lets you know that the cream is ther. The carbonation is nice on the pallet and the full bodied brew is creamy and thick going down the hatch. The bittnerness does get a little harsh after a full pint and is actually a little mroe typical of a chocolate stout. Overall the beer is very drinkabel though maybe only slightly out of bounds with regard to style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 02:58:55 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of chilidog


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the chance try a pint on tap.

Nice dark black appearance. Cream like tan head. Lace was thick enough to maintain and lace fair.

Aroma was dark roasted malts, cocoa and coffee.

Taste and mouth is sweet coffee with cream, dark cocoa, roasted malts, dark earthy notes of barral and pine.

Drinkable, very much so, would order another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 01:09:00 | More by chilidog
Photo of jar2574


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Charlie Hooper's in KC. Nice looking pour, 1/2 inch dark head over midnight black beer. Smell is really faint but mostly of roasted malts. This is a mild, creamy, tasty stout. Malts predominate, not sensing any hops. Not much bitterness or too much roasted flavor. A very good choice as a session beer for a stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 22:29:34 | More by jar2574
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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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