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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,847 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,847
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 164
Gots: 196 | FT: 4
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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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown almost black with a finger of tan head fading into a ring with some decent lacing.

Aroma is slightly mild. Some espresso and vanilla.

Tastes almost like drinking a chocolate coffee milkshake. Big bitter chocolate flavors up front. Some roasted malts and earthy hops come in near the back and it finishes acidic and dry with a good roasted espresso flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Very very creamy. The best part of the mouthfeel.

My favorite of Bell's stouts. Easily approachable with lots of good flavors going on.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 22:02:13 | More by jmarsh123
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rjl910953

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-21-2012 18:47:07 | More by rjl910953
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twbeecher

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-21-2012 17:27:00 | More by twbeecher
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cfh64

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-20-2012 22:35:17 | More by cfh64
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this not long ago, also in bottle form, and rated it much higher then (4.75). Not sure if it's what I've eaten recently, or the other beer I've already had toinght, and maybe my taste buds are just tired and receptors all used up. But this seemed disappointingly bland. Almost no aroma. Beautiful rocky tan head. And smooth in the mouth. But where'd it go?

After it warmed up, the aroma came out nicely. Too bad it was all gone by that point.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:20:21 | More by martyl1000
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with some nice shades of brown around the edges. There is about a half finger of tan head that fades quickly. A bit of lacing is left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is chocolate, light coffee, light cream, some caramel, and a good dose of roast. It's a nice mix of sweet and roasty.

T: It starts out sweet and chocolaty, like chocolate milk. Toasted cashews and chestnuts come on in the middle. The finish is coffee with cream and sugar. This is solid.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's mega creamy. It coats the palate and takes awhile to move off. All the flavors work well together in this one.

O: Really nice. I had heard good things about this brew, and have been wanting to try it for awhile. It does not disappoint. Glad I picked this up.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 01:48:28 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-20-2012 01:09:43 | More by Chugs13
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s an extra from a recent trade with GusDom: Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout. Sometimes brewers go a little nuts when it comes to complexity, and this particular beer is brewed with ten different malts, so I’m hoping its flavor is not too varying for its own good.

Brewed about eight months before the date of this tasting (“Packaged 10/10/11” on the label).

A: This stout pours a dark mahogany in color, almost black, with a thin, fizzy head of beige micro-bubbles. There’s just a hint of wet, dark brown retention and just a touch of too-oily lacing. Looks much thicker than a beer with less than 7% alcohol.

S: Subdued scents: vanilla Coke, walnut, caramel malts, and maple icing. Sweet and inviting, there is a gooey almond butter richness to the nose – as creamy as creamy stouts get – and with a touch of strawberry and tropical fruitiness. Pops in the end with a kick of fresh citric acid.

T: Flavorful and dark, swimming in tobacco smoke, roasted wheat, baked pear, and cedar sawdust. Its malt base is burnt sugar, black, buttery, and creamy; it’s as if a porter took on the fuller tastes of a vanilla milkshake. Soft ginger and whole hop taste of rose water and lemon pulp, as well, with a finish of sugary cream and brighter-than-most roast.

M: Wonderfully smooth, though it’s more porter than stout. There’s a ton of carbonation for such a heavy body, constantly picking up the roasted tones and reemphasizing that this is a low-ABV beer.

O: Quite possibly the greatest flavor-to-alcohol ratio I’ve experienced in a beer so far. It would be a shame to miss this whenever I saw it on the shelves – especially for aging.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 23:15:02 | More by BarryMFBurton
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DJ-22

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-18-2012 18:33:52 | More by DJ-22
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TimRasmussen

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +25.9%

05-17-2012 19:59:36 | More by TimRasmussen
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-15-2012 22:53:21 | More by pearljam118
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-15-2012 12:52:01 | More by ncstateplaya
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HungarianCount

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-15-2012 03:59:09 | More by HungarianCount
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gradergator

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-14-2012 03:27:17 | More by gradergator
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gutbuster

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-13-2012 03:21:03 | More by gutbuster
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SeriousALEment

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-05-2012 23:44:32 | More by SeriousALEment
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matthageman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-05-2012 17:35:39 | More by matthageman
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Bushka

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-04-2012 20:37:02 | More by Bushka
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CloudStrife

New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 01/04/12.

A: Pours a thick black with a 1 finger khaki head. A little light gets through the glass but only around the edges. Head dissipates after 2 or 3 minutes lacing the sides of the glass.

S: Malty aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark fruits in there as it warms up.

T: Starts off with a nice light coffee taste with a background of chocolate. A little bit of hops come through at the end.

M: Great creamy mouthfeel. Not much carbonation but that is OK with something so creamy.

Overall an easy drinking and tasty stout. Could use more of a punch but that may take away from its session-ability. Better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:17:44 | More by CloudStrife
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JimGlonke

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-30-2012 02:54:09 | More by JimGlonke
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yaksurf

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-29-2012 16:15:00 | More by yaksurf
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sammib528

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured smoothly into the glass finishing in a foamy head which melted into a fine lace

S – Smell is malty but subtle with a touch of sweet; the roasted scent came through, no alcohol detected.

T- Very rich and flavorful, roasted malts come through with smooth chocolate finish. Just a little burn from the alcohol

M- Mouth starts smooth, gets a little bubbly and the carbonation helps it hang around for a bit.

O – This is wonderful and very drinkable beer. The flavor and aroma was not overpowering and the mouth was light and creamy. Wish I had more right now

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 00:28:51 | More by sammib528
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sennin

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-28-2012 17:11:50 | More by sennin
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closisinthehouse

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-28-2012 14:30:57 | More by closisinthehouse
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Nugganooch

California

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another TotalWine purchase from my AZ trip

Enjoyed last night
12oz format with a Nonic taster glass
BD 10/10/11

A: The color is a deep dark brown that sits a near black in the glass. Produces an awesomely thick brown sugar head with lots of tiny cascading bubbles and superb retention. Chunky ribbons of lace.

S: Smells of dark roasted malts and fruity plum-like esters. Chocolate covered raisins. Fruitiness segues to more of a dry roast coffee earthiness.

T: Taste is a rich and complex roasted malt profile. Lot's of dark pit fruits by way of dried plums. Cocoa - Milk and bitter chocolates with a moderate level of bitterness that hits mid palate. Earthy with a touch of smokiness in the end. No real alcohol detectable. Flavors dont linger for too long but a really enjoyable stout.

M: Mouthfeel is definitely smooth and well rather creamy. Actually has a lighter body but the richness of the malts give a fuller perception to the palate. Lower viscosity compared to say an Impy stout. A bit wet in the finish.

D: This is a really nice drinkable stout that provides lots of rich flavor without the thick heavy and heavy body of an Impy. Has me wishing I picked up a full 6er. With the wetter finish the flavors do seem to drop out a bit quicker than desired but overall nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 18:47:31 | More by Nugganooch
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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