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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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3,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,386
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 352 | 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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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 TypsiYpsi
4/5  rDev +1%

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 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 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 phishphorce
4/5  rDev +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 tvghost
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of beermanbrian
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a small brown creamy head that falls to a halo of creamy foam very quickly. Very little lacing. Smell and taste are chocolate malt with a nice roasted burnt malt background and a finishing bitterness. The bitterness gives it some real bite at the end but also serves to hide the high ABV. Another solid brew from Bell's as expected.

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of hellhammermario
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of seplo
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of kidzord
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of olafphysics
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of VikeMan
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one from treyrab in BeerSwap 3.0. thanks, Trey.

A: The pour is not very viscous at all. The beer is a fully opaque black that does no t produce any hues when held up to light. Additionally, there is no head to speak of. There are only wispy bubbles that swirl on the surface as I try to pour this beer aggressively to try to get anything out of it. Nothing. No lacing either...go figure, though.

S: Complex malt character of light roast, a malty creamy sweetness, and some grainy notes to round it out.

T: Roasted grains are the first thing you will notice. There is a sweetness that is not quite milky and not quite oatmeal. Compelling...it stays with me in the creamy and soft finish.

M/D: As stated before, creamy and smooth, especially towards the back of the palate. The consistency is light to medium, with a bit of carbonation (despite the completely flat pour) to add texture. Easy to drink and enjoyable, but this beer is just too sweet for me to drink more than one of...it's a good "every once in a while" beer, but not a go-to

Photo of PaulsBrew
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours black with a small tan head, little or no lacing. Smell is woody malts, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Taste continues with the woody caramel malts, vanilla and chocolate tones. Mouthfeel is incredibly rich and creamy, they weren't exaggerating about the double cream. So rich that I could maybe drink another, but one is probably enough. A unique and tasty sweet stout here, try it if you can find it.

Photo of EricCioe
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours black with a nice one finger off-white head that fades with good lacing. On the nose the main note is caramel with some chocolate and raw sugar in the back. On the tongue it's the same idea as the nose, and towards the back there is a good deal of sweetness. In the mouth it's not especially thick but there is the cloying quality that often comes with these sweeter beers. It's plenty drinkable as long as sweet stouts don't turn you off.

Photo of loganburgh
4/5  rDev +1%

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