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

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

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3,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,413
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 362 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 3,413 | Reviews: 1,394
Photo of GeezLynn
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, with a little dark brown showing around the edges. Accompanied by a weak beige head that recedes to the edges of the glass.

S: Sweet dark malt and quite a bit of lactose with some sour twang.

T: Slightly bitter dark malts with a little sourness. Finish is heavy on the roasted coffee flavors. Sourness gives the flavor an almost crabapple-like character. Despite the very apparent lactose, it's not all that sweet by me.

M: Light, and heavily carbonated. But this seems to be a frequent issue for me with the style, so will not deduct much.

I thought this was smoother and maybe a little more full-bodied on draft. Still, enjoyable and one of the better milk stouts regularly available out there.

Photo of timotao
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gmfessen
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer looks a dark brown-amber color on the pour but in the glass it looks black. The beer is accompanied by a dense creme-brown head that leaves large gobs of lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with chocolate, slightly of coffee and very slightly of alcohol. Taste is similar to the nose but well balanced, very smooth and has a dry finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation. This beer is pretty drinkable, I don't think I could drink a lot of these in one sitting but it would be good as a night cap.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours a pretty black with a creamy white head.

S: Milk chocolate through and through, smells great!

T: Chocolate, heavy whipping cream and dark roasted malts.

D: Drinkable but not crisp by any means. It is heavy on the tongue and creamy.

Overall: A tasty beer. It is a tad overcarbonated, but the flavours are strong and rich. It doesn't hold a candle to Moloko Plus, but it is still an exceptional brew from Bell's.

Photo of MordorMongo
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ant880
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of PaulsBrew
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty dark, pinky head with legs.

S- Kinda bland, not much going on here. Burnt toffee, caramels.

T- I was hoping for more of a creamy taste. Thin, and not much cream.

M- Thin. If you are a fan of Black Note, it appears that Expedition is carrying the load on that one.

O- I was really hoping for more with this beer considering that I like batch 1 750ml Black Note more than Batch 2 and the 12ozers.

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of EricTKole
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of csmalley
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MichPaul
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't really hear anything about this beer before I picked up a bottle and it looked inviting. I LOVE stouts, and haven't tried too many "Cream Stouts".
So far I'm not a huge fan. The cream stouts I've tried so far, don't seem to use a very flavorful stout. I guess it could be because I have been spoiled by Founders line of stouts and the HUGE flavor they contain.
This isn't a bad stout, it's actually pretty good, it's just I'm used to stouts that have a HUGE burst of flavor that hits you upon first taste. This goes down a little watery.
Nice carbonation, but I don't think this will get another purchase from me. Again, still a good Stout beer.

Photo of seangibbs60
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Skidz
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark reddish-brown, sits very dark brown, almost completely opaque in the glass. Big, dark tan head on top that leaves some nice lace around the glass.

Smells strongly of roasted malts, and sweet cream and chocolate. Not too much on the nose, but nothing to complain about.

Tastes mainly of roasted malts, and lots of them. Some chocolatey hues and mild earthy/wooden flavors emerge, followed closely by a strong and deeply penetrating bitterness.

A strong, bold stout, with a smooth and creamy body. Great carbonation, and a big, full bodied presence. This is no weakling's beer. Good drinking, but I fear the bitterness may catch up with me; good for a stout session.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with tan head. Loads of retention and lacing. This is followed by raw coffee and caramel aromas. Mix of flavors that are expected, some chocolate, bitter coffee, and some light floral hops. The problem was that it came off muddled and not the cream/milk stout flavor or smoothness that I expected. Not bad, just not great.

Photo of atigerlife
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark brown creamy head. Very nice beer to look at.

Aroma is of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is bitter. A burnt taste to it. Some grape in the background. Not really pleasant. Has an old sock sort of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Not as creamy as I was expecting for the style.

Overall, a decent brew, but not one I will search out.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Relatively thick black under a nice tan head. Really nice retention but no lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate, some roasted malt and coffee like character.

T: Nice roasted bitterness in sync with an excellent sweetness. Some slight hints of chocolate in the finish goes well with the bitterness. Slight hint of the alcohol but nothing that throws off the balance.

M/D: Creamy and thick, really nice mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. I went right through this one without hardly noticing. Out of the 3 Bell's Stouts (Cherry, Java, Double Cream) I think this is the best in terms of drinability, ranking just behind the Java overall.

Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An oak, dark brown color that seems to be inherent for a stout. The head is a little underwhelming, only about a finger or so of a tawny cap. And it’s not really that lacey. What is going on here?

Smell: It faults on the side of sweetness. A little bit of molasses here, some caramel and roasted malts there. The combo is very pleasant. Not much of a toasted or coffee flavor. It’s really all about the caramel malts and the sweetness.

Taste: The caramel malts come through first. A little bit of dark chocolate and then finally some ground coffee into the finish. I knew it had to be in here somewhere! Surprisingly enough, there is a little hop bitterness that was not evident in the nose, obviously here to contribute to the ever so slightly dry finish.

Mouth feel: It’s a very smooth drink. It is kind of chewy, but it is teetering near a medium body feel.

Overall: While it’s not that complex, and it certainly is dialed back a little from more other stouts on the market, it is extremely drinkable and has some good flavors kicking around in the bottle - another solid job by Bell’s. They had me scared there for a moment on this one.

Photo of Fordknox
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ski271
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper-brown, almost pitch black, with a medium-sized, tan, pillowy, slowly diminishing head. Some light lacing. The smell is of nice big, woodsy, roasted malts. Chocolate, toffee and… saltine cracker? Hey, whatever, it works for me. More dark roasted malts dominating the flavor. Coffee, bitter chocolate and brown sugar along with a slightly sour taste. It has a medium-full body, creamy texture and low carbonation. It was good and a little different. For Bell’s this is just an average beer, but Bell’s average beer beats many other brewers’ best beers. Pretty good.

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of epyon396
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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