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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,725 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2725
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Sweet malt rich Significant roast, Coffee with lots of cream. My first not last milk stout. Easy on carbonation a plus. Mid-sip fruitiness from yeast. Black pour. Altogether balance. . Labelled a winter beer but would be satisfying anytime.
Had again 2.5 years later and in perspective it is very good, but not as overwhelmed as initially.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 04:17:38 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a huge 3 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate caramel, and aromas of dark fruit. Taste is of dark roasted malt and dark fruit with subdued coffee and cocoa flavors on the finish. Very mild bitterness on the palate quickly fades. This beer has a low almost flat level of carbonation making it thick and chewy in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good stout that apparently uses 10 different malts. I am glad I got to try this one but I wouldn't get it again most likely.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:18:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Black with light brown borders, topped by a light chocolate brown head that appears soft and deflates to a thick film on the surface of the beer. Lace is limited to small sheets and assorted scraps. The nose is of roasted malt with undercurrents of vanilla and coffee.

Special Double Cream Stout is enjoyable and has plenty of dark roasted malt to go around. Coffee is more aggressive on the palate and vanilla is still present as well. The beer seems both sweet and dry at the same time, with a long, mellow, slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is exactly what it should be for a sweet stout. It isn't as heavy or as viscous as an Imperial stout, more along the lines of an oatmeal stout. It falls just short of smooth and creamy... and the bubbles are fine.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout is another good beer from a very good brewery. It's a step or two down from Expedition Stout in terms of intensity. As a result, it seems more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 18:07:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

I grabbed a few of these when I was on vacation and just got around to finally trying one of them. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/06/2009.

The pour was nice with a rich dark black color, with a small head of tan rising up and over it that settled down gently without much fan fare. Some nice lacing. The aroma was rich vanilla, molasses, sweet sugary notes and a touch of almost licorice like candy. Smooth, mellow carbonation let this one sit down nicely and made it a really nice sipper i have to admit. As it warmed subtle notes of chcolate and roasted malts took over, but always leaving it moderatly sweet, this was a nice little stout. I had no issues polishing this one off, and would have no issue in doing so again. A solid beer all around I would have to say.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 03:07:22 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to pick one of these up recently and I've been waiting for a good time to crack it open. Tonight seemed like a good one.

A: The pour is just about black. Very little highlights, if any, that I can see. A nice tan/mocha colored head perches itself on top.

S: The nose is full of roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate.

T: A very interesting flavor profile. A light roasted malt flavor with a very sweet finish. There is quite a bit of chocolate coupled with a mild bitterness.

M: A very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The body is medium, and there's a moderate level of carbonation.

D: The Milk/Sweet stout is a style that's beginning to grow on me. Generally I am more of an RIS fan, but the sweetness is quite a welcomed change of pace. A great beer, and I'm glad I have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 03:49:12 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Murky black color with a frothy tan head that persists throughout although the lacing is not great

Smell: After some unusual aromas, it settles down to provide a steady base of roasted malt, rich dark fruit, licorice and coffee tones

Taste: Initially generates a mouthful of rich coffee flavor; after the swallow, some modest bitterness kicks in with a slight sour tone on the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture with moderate carbonation but ultimately a little bit thin

Drinkability: A very good milk stout but not a great one; a couple of demerits on the aroma and sour finish

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 02:39:33 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice creamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of subtle chocolate and coffee. Taste is less pronounced then expected with some sweet chocolate malt and a very subtle coffee touch. No bitterness to speak of but a nice creamy well carbonated body. The finish is a bit too watery for my taste. Good but may be a bit overrated in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 17:33:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

I have recently acquired a real fondness for sweet stouts. This one is a treat. A basic oil black color and texture. Bittersweet chocolate dominates the nose and flavor. Slight sourness and bitterness helps the sweet malts (lactose). Black malts, roasted malts, and barley malts combine to reveal molassas, caramel, and a slight grain bittering. Creamy and silky, it's like chocolate milk for the beerlover's sour.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 15:06:47 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

G: Poured into a Bell's pint glass.

A: Quite dark with a fairly dark head, and a little bit of lacing.

S: Dark malts and a little bit of milk and coffee.

T: Again, dark malt and some coffee with the typical milk flavor.

M: Nice and creamy, yet at the same time dry. I'm intrigued.

D: This is a slow sipper. However, it's not terribly thick and might be nicer once the heavier stout season has passed.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 05:51:57 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is very dark brownish red it in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated, leaving a delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of dark malts in the nose; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with faint hints of roasted malts and chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable but still packs in a lot of nice aromas and flavors without being full-bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:53:00 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Batch 8215.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a tall, though brief beige head.

Smell: Roasty aroma with notes of smokey bittersweet chocolate, licorice, charred firewood, and espresso. Distant fruitiness. Very faint lactic touch in there, too.

Taste: Roasted malts bring in flavors of Columbian coffee and dark chocolate with a soft sweetness. A complimentary sip of prune juice. Mild lactic sourness. Dash of bitters, one and a half dashes of ash, two dashes of cinnamon. Light roastiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bell's has really got a handle on the stouts, I'll give'm that. For me, it comes in third after the Expedition and Kalamazoo stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 20:18:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this many times over the last five or six years,had on tap today the Mellow Mushroom.Poured into a standard pint glass jet black with a creamy one finger mocha colored head,it just looked rich from the tap.Bitter chocolate and cookie dough aromas really stood out with a bit of char thrown in there as well.Flavors are highly roasted and coffee-like upfront with some char again as well,some cookie and molasses sweetness comes in late in a nice finish.A well rounded solid stout,it wont blow you away but its got a nice balanced flavor profile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 21:19:57 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I have no idea what took me so long to enter a review for this guy. This era ends now. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a finger of light sandy ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light vanilla, light maple syrup, and very light molasses. A mild sweetness hangs above it all, a whisper confirming the style. The taste ups the roast ante a bit and adds a touch of coffee, but, beyond that, everything else from the smell remains constant. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, other than a carbonation a smidgen too active for my tastes here, this is a great milk stout. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:27:47 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely opaque black in color... I couldn't find any highlights even when held directly to the light. A really creamy dark tan head holds quite well but eventually drops to a thin surface covering and very nice collar. The aroma is surprisingly complex with notes of sweet milk chocolate, creamy coffee, light cocoa, mild buttery biscuits, dark baker's chocolate and the very "burnt" roastiness of rich and oily coffee beans. Quite inviting, and engaging as well! The body is medium/full with a fine carbonation that foams up in the mouth giving it an even fuller mouthfeel. The flavor is equally impressive and just as complex as the aroma with notes of dark fruit (and apples) and sweet chocolate up-front, even sweeter creamy cocoa and caramel as it warms, a rising solid bitterness and deep roastiness as it enters the swallow with a touch of alcohol, followed by a dry finish that's loaded with lingering bitterness, dry coffee-like roastiness, and a light touch of mildy tart dark fruitiness. Quite rich and exciting! Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 19:14:37 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fully dark in color, a deep, deep black, and a sturdy cocoa-y brown head. Aroma is rich and roasty, toasty, but still rather light. Perhaps that's where the cream comes in, I'd guess, though it's on the subtle side. Mouthfeel gets a great initial hop blitz , that mellows soon after., but not before giving off blasts of cherryish sweetness. Slight bitterness continues with every swallow, but is ultimately subsided. All in all, a very tasty, unique stout, soothing and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 21:01:55 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a very short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, dark roasted malt and coffee.

T: The taste is creamy with flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and dark malts. It’s not really as sweet as most stouts can be, which is a good thing. There isn’t much of a hops presence but the kind of beer where you would really want one. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling for the style, nice kick, good representation of style. This is a good stout that you can drink a few of whereas most stouts you would usually be done with after 1 or 2.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 04:40:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Complimentary bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, saved from their Bell's tasting.

Pours an inky black into a snifter, nice chocolaty foam rises and settles on the inside of the glass.

Slight lactic aroma, mild roasty malt. After the first taste, the huge flavor blasts the aromas into submission. Mouthfeel is velvety, big roasty milk chocolate coats the palate. Very tasty, bigger than the Kalamazooo Stout, but not as monstrous or rich as the Expedition. Creamy overall feel, exceptional balance and drinkability.

Come back to IL, please!!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 02:14:03 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany to black with a 2 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & good head retention

Smell: Roasted malt & chocalate, some coffee notes

Taste: Smooth choclate up front, followed by roasted grain & slight fruittyness.

MF: Thick & rich, good carbonation

Drinks really easy for its abv. Pretty yummy take on the style

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 04:40:41 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an incredibly smooth and creamy scent that boasts of chocolate malts and lactose. It's highly sweet; almost candy like. The taste is good. It has a nice malty bite with a sweet tone to it. It's loaded with chocolate and roasted barley. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight warming feel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine cream stout. It's dry and earthy, but with a nice sweet touch.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 20:58:19 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery snifter. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Even though the beer is black, the carbonation levels are obvious and moderate. New head of medium and small bubbles are forming at the edges of the glass.

Aroma has an almost burnt sugar / caramel-ness about it. Overall its a little weak.

Beer is medium body, the roast is in the aftertaste only. The forward is moderately thin in flavor with some sweetness followed by the burned sugar taste. Its a little tangy too. Interesting, but I'm not super impressed. It tastes fine but I've had better stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 04:38:46 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Bottle provided by hudsonphotog.

Pours dark brown to black with a khaki head. The aroma is awesome, smells like a mochaccino along with some roasted malt. The flavor is very creamy with coffee and roasted malts. The aftertaste is dominated by the coffee and you get some good bitterness from that. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 22:07:21 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a jet black color with a bubbly, caramel-colored, three-finger head. It left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of toffe, caramel and malts.

T - It tasted very sweet. A nice milky chocolate flavor. A good dose of caramel flavors.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another great Bell's product. One of the better milk/sweet stouts that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 00:10:19 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Got this one in a great trade with Noslenwerd. I wanted to help out his cause for 365 beers in 365 days. For those who haven't heard of his quest, try this website:
http://365beers.wordpress.com/

Anyways, he sent me a bunch of stuff I can't get here, including a slew of Bell's beers, and I decided to review a bunch tonight. This one first as Drew really enjoyed it.

A: Pours with a rich thick creamy 2 finger head with shades of darkness. The color of the beer is almost pitch black, with almost light coming through the corners. The head sticks around for a while and leaves a light lacing on the glass, and it's so thick I feel like I need a knife to cut through it.

N: Pouring this unlocked a huge aroma billowing out. Aroma is not overpowering either, its somewhat subtle but carries well. Lots of creamy stout aromas, some roast and chocolate, I think a little black patent malt even. I actually almost get milk on the nose, and definitely chocolate cream. Touches of coffee accompany the roast.

T: I can feel my beer moustache as I take the sip. Lots of chocolate hit first, and I mean chocolate. It's got milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, chocolate powder, etc. Is very creamy and rich, and super thick. Some roasted flavors and hints of coffee. I really feel I have to chew on it. Lots of dark malts as well, almost a malt bomb. but nothing is overpowering, except maybe chocolate. A little sweet, but not too sweet, which is good as I was worried it would be overly sweet. Instead its pretty drinkable.

M: Very thick, rich, heavy, and chewy. It's ridiculously thick, thicker than 10k mile used motor oil. Some carbonation, more than I would expect for the style. Creamy and velvety.

F: Finishes semi bitter, but not from hops, just a good old fashion bitter earthy starched charred malts. After chewing on it for a while, it goes down the hatch not so easily. It leaves a few layers on the mouth when its gone, leaving the chocolate, roast, and malty flavors to dwell on. Some light syrupy flavors, almost molasses. It's not really dry, but not really sweet either on the finish. Pretty neutral and surprisingly drinkable for the weight.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 23:43:46 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep brown, almost a black, color. It forms a thick brown head when swirled in my glass. The aroma is of a buttery roast malt. The butter seems to dominate the aroma. The butter component is in the taste as well. This beer is creamy in consistency. It has definite roast character as well, though befitting a cream stout, it is a soft roast flavor. The stout is fairly thick bodied, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The butter flavor seems to dissipate with time, though I could just be getting used to it. I am not sure if the butter character is supposed to be here (my guess is that it is not), but it is no so strong that it horribly detracts from this beer. It even helps to boost the perceived fullness of this beer. Though in the end this beer would be much better without the butter component.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 20:50:35 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This brew pours out as a black thick liquid, it's got a creamy brown head. The lacing is pretty decent on this brew. The smell is rich and roasted, has a slight sweetness to it as well. The taste is on the stronger side. It's got a good roasted malt base that carries the beer from start to finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than some of Bell's beers. Overall it's not a bad brew, it's worth revisiting for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:41:32 | More by Knapp85
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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,725 ratings.