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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

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Reviews: 1,380
Hads: 3,469
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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.
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Photo of PaulyB83
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness glass

A- Dark roast coffee with a deep garnet on the edges. An aggressive pour yielded a high medium brown head that slowly dissipated to a thin layer that stayed. More carbonation then I was expecting.

S- Medium dark roasts and a slight roast acidity coming through

T- Bigger than the nose with the roast notes and the acidity lingers on the tongue.

M- Not as "creamy" as I was expecting given the name. Medium viscosity.

O- Thought this was going to be a sweet milk stout by the name but even so a solid stout from a place known for great stouts. I think I will do a 50/50 mix with Expedition and get a taste of a non-BA Black Note. (682 characters)

Photo of Gryphon69
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
8-22-13 date
oversized wine glass

A- Deep dark brown near black, actually not very hazy when held under a light. Nice lacing which is a light tan in color.

S- Nice roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee, some faint sweetness. Smells good.

T- Light roasted flavor, light coffee and hints of coco, nothing stands out, has a certain sweetness to it. Very well balanced.

M- Creamy and smooth up front, finish is slightly watery feeling.

O- Smell is very relaxed and the taste follows suit, good balance with nothing being overly complex. Decent beer worth trying like most of the Bells line up. (610 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this since I've had expedition stout and java stout. It's not surprisingly about half way in between on taste.

Appearance - 4 - beer is a dark brown/black with a thin white head that doesn't leave any lacing

Smell - 4 - creamy dark roasted/chocolaty malts, coffer/espresso,

Taste - 4.25 - creamy dark roasted/chocolate malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cream

Mouth feel - 4 - A tiny bit heavier than java stout. Medium - heavy, no alc taste, creamy dark malt aftertaste

Overall - 4 - good beer, one of the better Bell's beers (539 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz tulip, way passed its prime. Pours a very dark brown, with a light tan head that leaves plenty of lace. Smell is chocolate, biscuit, vanilla, and smoke. Taste is all of that, but not as nice. Body is thin to medium, enough carbonation, a little dry, and strong drinkability. This is o k, but it is several months past its prime. (348 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We crack a bottle of late 2011 (store aged) stock and pour a brew of cola coloring, letting up deep ruby hues around the edges. It holds a three finger head of hot cocoa colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Ridged mountains of lacing are left around the glasses as it slowly dissipates. No haze is noted, but generous chunks of sediment are seen floating about. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma offers notes of licorice, black strap molasses, fire burnt chocolate and coffee malts, raw barely, white flour, rice vinegar, fusel booziness, malted milk balls, soy sauce, gravel, milk chocolate syrup, red cherry fruitiness, freshly pressed espresso, hazelnut, and lactic acidity. Our first impression is that the flavoring is rich and nicely sweet, but very smooth on the sip. The taste opens with souring charred graininess of coffee and blackened English-style malts, rice starchiness, walnut warmth and sweetness, bark, dusty chocolate, tangy vinegar, general roast, hazelnut coffee sweetness, and a light birdseediness. The middle peaks with apple and pear fruitiness, even chocolate and raw barley grit, mineral water, seaweed saltiness, lemon zest, milk chocolate sugars, continued vinegar acidity, and tangy milked creaminess. Washing through the finish is a blend of heavy creamer lactics, tinny metallics, medicinal phenols, light soapy hoppiness, juniper berry fruitiness, parchment paper, soy sauce, cherry fruitiness, fig syrups, alcohol, sugar cookie sweetness, and more of those English burnt and brown malts. The aftertaste breathes of vinegar, drying chalk, malted milk ball candies, sunflower florals, mineral and tinny metallics, cocoa powder, raw molasses, toffee sugars, light plastics, charcoal, rich roast of grain, and milk chocolates. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip offers silky smooth cream, slurp, smack, froth, and finishing moustache-filling pop. The mouth is richly coated, with eventual chalky dryness, and the softest puck. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. The aroma begins things nicely, giving smoothness, heartiness, and functional sourness, much like an English porter. As we move to the taste, however, we get a beautiful blend of rich and roasty malts, sweetness, evenness, cleanliness, and inclusive darkness. The feel, too, is gloriously soft and smooth, glugging back with ease, and providing the drinker with pleasing closure at the end of each sip. This is an excellent beer, with robust and devilish flavoring, and something we will now look forward to each winter. (2,663 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
Bottled 10/18/12. Store-aged for almost a year.

Appearance
Almost black with 1 finger of brown head.

Nose
Peanut butter, lactose and milk chocolate.

Taste
Very nutty with notes of peanut butter and hazelnut. Milk chocolate, lactose and dark roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, silky and exceptionally smooth.

Overall
A really smooth and easy drinking Cream Stout. (417 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Aggressive pour brought about almost a 3 finger head of lighter tan smooth/creamy looking head. Color is deep and dark black as a stout normally is. Head sticks around for a long while and leaves very little lace. Good with the large head, little lace though brings it down a bit. If it weren't for the lasting head, it'd just be average in appearance.

Aroma - Nose is very light and almost airy. Aromas are there but not very prominent. I guess that's more of what this brew is going for; light and smooth/creamy smell. Espresso and smooth roast qualities with some smooth cocoa (not really sweet or bitter, just smooth) and almost a just light wonderful roasted richness.

Taste - Really a smooth and light espresso/coffee flavor is dominant for me, with lighter roasted malts and soft cocoa powder taste (almost like a somewhat watered down hot chocolate). Like the smell, really just above average. I think I look for brighter tastes that stand out more. This does have a nice complex array of malt flavors. Probably just above average for an American Stout, for me.

Mouthfeel - Summed up in 3 words: Smooth and creamy! Silky smoothness with a light carbonation and light-medium body. Finish is dryer and lasts a bit longer than average. Good mouthfeel/drinkability.

Overall - This is closest to a 3.5 overall for me. It's good, complex, nuanced, smooth and creamy...and doubly special I guess. If you want a smooth easy drinking stout that's much better than a Guinness, look no further. If you feel like something a bit more prominent and memorable, try one of the other stout offerings from Bell's.

Editing my review after having this again. Changing the smell from a 3.5 to a 3.75, the taste from 3.5 to a 4.0, the mouthfeel form a 4.0 to a 4.25, and overall from a 3.5 to a 4.0. I definitely like this beer more than when I initially reviewed it! It's an amazingly drinkable American Stout and tastes and smells better than I remember or my review previously said! (1,991 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black In color with a 2 finger deep tan head. Head retains nicely and leave a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell has a great malt body to it. hints of toffee and a slight nuttiness are present with an overall deep rich Carmel smoothness. Reminds me of Carmel corn, very plesent. The finish in the nose has a very slight roast character to it.

Taste is great. Starts with a rich malt sweetness that has hints of Carmel and chocolate. The roasted malts finish this beer and add a great dimension and transition from the rich malt to roasted malt with a slight bitterness tying it all together.

The mouthfeel of this beer is awesome. Thick but nothin too crazy, has an overall creamy rich feel to it. Carbonation is there but not overdone. This is a great s beer. You will have a hard time finding an American stout better then this unless you go to the brewery and grab the nitro version. (906 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Bell's Special Double Cream Stout into a pint glass.

A - The stout pours black as midnight with a finger of light mocha head.

S - Getting some roasted malts, some chocolate. A bit of coffee in there as well. A little faint on the aroma.

T - Some smooth coffee and a tad of bitter hops comes through. A taste of baker's chocolate comes through mid palate. Faint vanilla flavor in there as well.

M - This is a creamy stout, medium carbonation with medium mouthfeel. This is where this beer shines. It truly is a cream stout, nice stuff.

O - A very good stout here, I think Bell's does a nice job here. Enjoy! Cheers! (626 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2-finger tan head
S: Burnt malt, coffee, cocoa powder- good but not like some stouts I want to keep smelling all day
T: Roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, a hint of burnt sugar
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: Not my favorite stout, not my favorite Bells beer, but overall a solid beer & enjoyable to drink (370 characters)

Photo of jkeefe1800
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First beer I've had the pleasure of enjoying from the guys at Bell's. Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Beer came out jet black but ran smooth down the glass, not overly viscous, I was a little surprised at the very little head that emerged. Smell; strong roasted malt and slightly sweet not much else yet. I Let the beer sit for about five minutes and some notes of coffee began to emerge. First sip very smooth roasted malt obviously comes through, the coffee i smelt earlier makes a strong entrance without overpowering. Second sip begins to reveal subtle flavor of burnt sugar and the creaminess of the beer becomes more noticeble. With a name like double cream stout i honestly wasn't sure what to expect of what to compare it to, but great beer overall. (779 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 10/18/12

Appearance - Pours Near black with a tan finger width head. Good retention. leaving a thick film of microbubbles on the surface. Lacing is spotty with good stick.

Smell - Predominant cream aroma with milk chocolate and hints of coffee.

Taste - Sweet milk chocolate and cream upfront and throughout, with touches of roast coming through on the back end. Finishes with a renewed sense of sweet cream that rides deep into the aftertaste. Simple, but flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Creamy on the tongue. Goes down with nice smoothness.

Overall - You're not getting any surprises with this beer. It hits all the notes you'd expect a 'double cream stout' to hit. When it's all said and done, though, the cream sweetness is just a tad too much for me to call this beer great. I don't think I could drink more than 2 of these before I'd have to throw in the towel. Hard to believe this is dairy free, which amazes me. (983 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raul was lucky enough to acquire this random offering, so he'll do it like he does.

Like The Cheesecake Factory, you don't have to get dressed up to drink this thang. Throw on your $12 Tommy Polo from Tily's and call it a day. Simply aite, just aite. Raul is drinking it, and that's about it. No explosions, no oral fireworks...just aite down the line.

Peace! (361 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Date: Bottled 09/26/2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

I never thought I'd say "too much roasted malt" in a stout, but Bell's seems to have created a beer that pushes those elements to the limit I can tolerate. Perhaps it's the blend of malts used, too much black patent or black barley perhaps, but the acridness and ash that seem most prominent in the beer are not as appealing without some equally present sweetness, non-acrid roasted malt, and chocolate flavors to balance them out. One I would probably not seek out again.

Pours a 2cm head of dark tan foam, made up of small bubbles with above average retention, gradually fading to a thin ring around the glass' perimeter. Lacing is quite good, heavy foam sticks to all insides around the glass. The body of the beer is an opaque black color, with light bringing out only the slightest change in amber orange hues. Carbonation is not very active, a few struggling bubbles move upwards along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of sharp, acrid roasted malts or black barley, with a bitter ester profile lingering in the background. I'm not detecting any coffee, and the only chocolate is burnt and somewhat ashen. There is not much apparent sweetness from malt contributions here. At times I'm reminded of the smell from a grocery store's imitation of an Oreo cookie - you know, the burnt chocolate with artificial sweetener-like aspect.

The overall flavor profile of the beer is heavy on the very roasted malts, such as black barley or highly roasted barley with its husks. While I enjoy roast and acrid quite a bit, there was something about the malt combination here that was not full enough for me, too heavy on char and ash and rather empty on the filling sweetness
Front of palate picks up raspberry-like fruit esters along with semi-sweet roasted-meets-base malt characters. Mid-palate has fairly intense charred malt flavor along with what comes across to me as extremely dense, sharp raspberries in equally sharp cacao nibs, and some black ash. That is to say, there is not much sweetness in the mid-palate. Back has dark cacao nibs, raspberry-like esters, and heavily charred (black) malts with moderate acridity; again, not much sweetness. Aftertaste is lingering char (black patent malt?), ash, roasted malt, mild roasted coffee bean, and cacao nibs.

Beer is medium-light in body, with medium-low carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, not particularly good for this style. Certainly smooth and creamy, but apparently at the expense of richness and fullness. Closes dry, with little residual stickiness across the palate. (2,648 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle ~6months old

Almost black, red-brown color. Mocha head with good retention/lacing if you're into that. Smell is hard to pick up, dark malt scents far away. Truly creamy medium feel, highlight of the beer. Taste isn't bad either: malted grain with semi-sweet chocolate.

Liquid Cocoa Pebbles cereal. (312 characters)

Photo of Swedgin_Wu
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black with a decent sized tan/khaki head. Fairly nice to look at but nothing spectacular

S- faint smell, not overpowering. mostly pick up malts..hint of dark fruit

T- Burnt/Roasted Malt is prominent. Nice finish is laced with the dark fruit i mentioned. Some chocolate in the middle. there's a lot of going on with the taste. Very complex, i enjoy the transition on the tongue. Taste some toffee in there too. Little bit of bitterness there as well.

M- I disagree with some other reviewers that the mouthfeel is watery. The Left Hand Milk stout to me is more of a watery stout mouthfeel, but this is pretty smooth..not overly thick but not thin. Moderate carbonation. very drinkable

O- As of right now this is considered an "exceptional" beer. I think it's a good stout...not a session stout because of it's complex flavors, but probably something i'd buy again just to pick up on the different flavors. (911 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There's usually some tiny reason I can find for not giving great looking beers a perfect 5...but I can't find fault with this. It's completely black on the bottom. Up top, it's got a huge head of medium brown bubbles in all different sizes. It looks like a cushion with frothy foam on top. Major staying power, when it finally does decide to go, the glass is splashed with a thick brown lace.

It's a malt bomb, as you'd expect. It even smells brown. Lots of roasty flavors, with some smoke and a slight bit of coffee.

For no dairy, it's got a milk stout taste to it. The roasty notes are more subtle in flavor than in smell. There's a variety of malts that all stand out...caramel being the leader of the pack. Caramel, coffee, chocolate, it's pretty stellar.

Got smooth? This beer does. And creamy. And sweetness with just enough bitter for balance and not to destroy either your palate or the good thing it's got going on. The finish is wet, but it still leaves you wanting more.

Extremely easy to drink. Lots of good flavor and only moderate alcohol. All bitterness is kept in check so you don't have to sip, you can chug it. Sad I've only got a six pack. (1,163 characters)

Photo of lunarbrew
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- The beer poured a very dark black with little to no head or lacing. I wasn't blown away with the beer's color, and would have really liked a richer head with a cream stout. Still, the appearance was definitely one of the beers nicer features.

S- Wasn't a huge smell, but I did pick up some nice notes of roasted grains and red fruit. I was expecting a very sugary presence in a double cream stout, but the beer didn't smell very sweet

T- Nope, it doesn't taste that sweet at all. The beer didn't have the typical milkstout lactose flavor either (which I understand was the intention of the brewery). I was really expecting (and craving) a deep, rich, creamy beer. Unfortunately I didn't really get that with this beer. There was a bit of dry malt on the finish with a lingering taste of cherry, fig, and acidic coffee.

M- I was quite disappointed with the feel of this beer. One of my favorite characteristics of a cream stout is a rich, full-bodied, creamy texture. The texture of this cream stout was closer to a medium body and generally, it felt a little watered down. The creaminess just didn't follow through.

Overall an ok beer. While it was fun to try, I would prefer more depth and creaminess in a double cream stout. I did appreciate some of the roasted subtleties here, but I doubt I'll be buying this one again. (1,331 characters)

Photo of screamking
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance-pours black with a small khaki head which doesn't stick around very long. Small amount of lacing on glass. 3.75

Aroma-fresh baked milk chocolate, some very faint coffee notes, brown sugar, walnut, slight hint of toffee. Very slight sweet smells. 3.5

Taste-Much like the name the first thing that comes to mind when you take the sip is creamy. Roasted chocolate malts are all over this one, surprisingly sweet with a bitter kick in the end. I'm also getting a little bit of an oak flavor as well. 4

Feel-very light in feel, coats palate very well, very drinkable, could use a thicker feel. 3.5

Overall-this beer is kind of a mixed bag for me, while I love the flavor everything else kinda falls flat. I wouldn't drink this beer regularly, but it is a nice detour from other stouts. ***On a side note I would love to know the ratio Bells mixes this with expedition stout for aging in barrels to make black note.*** 3.75 (970 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a tulip with a thin, tan colored head. Nice pitch black body.

Smell was roasty, with some coffee and chocolate notes. Mild hints of raisin and a burnt caramel. Nice and malty.

Taste had a light earthy bitterness upfront followed by lots of chocolate and roast. Good amounts of coffee and burnt caramel. Some mellow sweetness with a bit of raisin and dark fruits. Mellow bitterness in the finish that was bit earthy as well. Overall it reflected the aroma closely.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb and a crisp finish.

Overall, a nice stout. Was hoping for more of a creamy or sweet characteristic, but the stout itself was tasty. (651 characters)

Photo of shredder83
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: this was bottles 6 months prior to my trying it.

Pours black with a light brown head that had very good retention, no lacing to speak of but this one pours and looks great.

Smells of roasty burnt malts, a slight sweet scent, hints of coffee, vanilla and cocoa

Sweet roasted malts, bitter with a hint of coffee, no vanilla as the nose suggested and a slight chocolate note. A mildly bitter finish.

Slighly creamy but notably light when compared with other milk/sweet stouts I've had.

Overall this was not a bad beer, not an exceptional example of this type of stout either. Creamy mouthfeel was not as creamy as "double cream" would suggest but creamy none the less. I wish I would've been able to try this one fresher as it was a month from Bell's suggested shelf life but I will give it another shot fresh next year. (828 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- This is an opaque black color and looks very solid. The head looks very creamy, is a cappuccino color and has moderate retention in my opinion....settles down to a thin layer a little quicker than I'd like. The lacing, while decent, is less fulfilling than I was expecting, but nothing to really complain about. Overall, a fine....perhaps slightly underwhelming looking stout, but that is not what makes the beer....onward....

S- There is a medley of fine aromas happening here...I find a milky quality about the aroma first off....to me it has a soft chocolate milk smell initially, followed by mild aromas of roasted coffee, cream, and dare I even say a hint of canned black olive?!....yes I did! The finish has some smooth bitterness happening....very mild and very inviting!

T- Oh this is a delightfully creamy tasting beer! This is chalk full of mild, yet robust flavors of bitter chocolate, mild roast coffee, sweet caramelized molasses/golden brown sugar, and toasty malted barley. The finish has a bitterness, but not of the hop variety, but rather just the right amount of burnt grain kernels...reminds me slightly of an oat stout in this regard. My only qualm is right after the swallow, there is the slightest bit of an alcohol spice, which takes away from the smoothness, but again, nothing to really get excited over.

M- I am willing to bet that this is one of the creamiest stouts in the world! Full mouthfeel, and I really enjoy the rich softness of the beer....almost like some heavy cream was added to this but I fully realize that this is dairy free....it's just that smooth! The carbonation is soft and stays in the background where it belongs....just wonderful!

O- This is a deadly stout that is very highly drinkable!! Oh boy, if this was available in my area, I would have a new go to for the style! Rich flavors & aromas, superbly smooth and full, without being overbearing on the palate or stomach, I give this one very high marks and highly recommend this one to anyone who appreciates a super high quality stout! (2,045 characters)

Photo of centurian62
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was very excited to try the Double Cream Stout from Bell's. That excitement, unfortunately, faded on my first sip. It pours nicely and looks great, but the first smell was a bit burnt to me and it didn't lend itself well to the taste. I found this one to be a bit more burnt and bitter than I would expect from a cream stout. I was truly disappointed in it. I had extra bottles left over from the sixer I bought so I offered some friends a try and got the same response from them. Unfortunately, this is not one of the beers that will be gracing my home any time soon. (570 characters)

Photo of PaterMorse
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A very good pour. Tasty, creamy. A good option for those new to stouts.

A: Nice looking head, giving way to clusters of lacing and sandy striations. As it settles, looks like last glimpse of Maine sunset -- black but with notable orange/crimson ring on the edges. Suds stick to side of glass.

S: Sweet. Butterscotch. Java chip ice cream.

T: Smooth. Cocoa, espresso. Very mild bitterness. Roasted malts.

M: Soft, watery. Not necessarily a bad thing; but it's pretty flimsy.

O: Very easy to drink. Again, a good "starter stout." Not bitter, very smooth. Not necessarily a Hall of Fame beer, but truly is TOPS in look and aroma. But for weak body, an otherwise great blend of taste, look and smell that is enjoyable to drink.

Repeat? Sure. Although I don't yearn for another, I certainly would have it stocked on-hand for friends (particularly those new to stouts), and would happily imbibe with them.

Random Notes: Unlike many stouts, this one tastes better COLD

Two Words? Satisfying Sampler (998 characters)

Photo of MudDrinker
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Opaque, jet black with a cream to very light tan colored head. Yep, it's a stout.

Smell - Sweet cream and malt chocolate. There's not much here to review.

Taste - Sweet cream upfront, as it warms dark chocolate, toast, and coffee flavors shine through. Fairly sweet throughout, but I could drink 3 or 4 in a row and not get sick of it. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - A little milky, decently thick. It's like drinking a liquid angelfood cake when mixed with the flavor. A little thin by most stout standards, though.

Overall - I guess there's not too much to this. It's not complicated by any means, but its a great straightforward sweet stout.

I think the name might lend some suggestion to the flavor, and it probably doesn't have a "sweet cream" flavor. I can definitely taste it, though, so maybe I'm just an idiot. (850 characters)

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,380 ratings.