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

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89
very good

1,380 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,380
Hads: 3,469
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 209
Gots: 381 | FT: 3
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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 jhicks12
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good overall stout, the appearance was good, nice dark brown blackish color with a tan/white head. Had a nice sweet roasted smell with a slight hint in alcohol in the nose. I feel it had a nice taste overall, you can taste the sweetness from the cream and also the roasted coffee and chocalate, which a slight bitter coffee at the end. Mouth feel and drinkablility are good...maybe just a little too sweet but i would still bang a few back!!! (453 characters)

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10144, poured into a pint glass

A: Black with hints of deep mahogany at the edges, with a half inch tan head that provides little to no lacing.

S: Has that characteristic milk/cream stout smell of lactose, roasted malt, vanilla, and hints of cocoa. Inviting, but not outstanding or remarkable.

T: Predominant tastes of roasted malt and cocoa, with a cream sweetness to it, and subtle tones of dark fruit as it warms.

M: Feels appropriately viscous for the style, but perhaps *just* a bit overcarbonated.

O: This is an extremely tasty beer that I feel falls just short of my favorites of the style (Left Hand Milk Stout and Terrapin Moo-Hoo) which is less a knock on this excellent offering by Bells than it is a testament to the quality of those other two brews. Given that Terrapin doesn't distribute this far north, I would easily buy this if Left Hand pulled out of Wisconsin. (890 characters)

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this bottle at a local store and jumped at the chance to try it. So far I haven't found a Bell's beer that I haven't enjoyed.

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer is a nice ruby-brown and leaves a 1 inch mocha colored head which dissipates to a thin layer very quickly. There is a very nice ring left around the edges, still having that mocha color. I'm surprised by the lack of malt smell. Instead I'm greeted with a recognizable lactose smell, probably common in milk stouts! Go figure! There are plenty of chocolate and coffee notes as well. The taste to this is actually just the reverse of the smell. Immediately I am punched in the face by a barrage of coffee, dark chocolate, and burnt malt flavors. It tastes pretty similar to what I drank for breakfast, only much much colder. I've had a few milk stouts before and I'm expecting a lactose taste, but it never seems to shine through as prominently as I expect. Once I let it warm up I can pick up on more of a milky taste, but it's very subtle. With each sip this beer gets silkier and silkier. This is absolutely delicious! I've drank about half of the bottle and I can start to fell some of the effects of the 7.5%. I'm definitely picking this up as soon as I can! (1,240 characters)

Photo of CaptYellow
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a small dark brown head. Poured into a Perfect Pint so the head lasted.

S: Dark Chocolate.

T: Espresso, dark chocolate, dates.

M: Creamy.

D: Yum! The flavor is strong, so it's a sipper for me.

O: Buy again? Definitely. Recommend? Highly. Search out? Yes. Worth the price? For the alcohol and strength of flavor, yes (something like a dollar fifty a bottle). (380 characters)

Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a frothy tan head. Left nice lacing on the glass.

Nose was chocolate, roasted coffee, and I believe I may have picked up a hint of molasses.

Taste is coffee up front with a little bit of chocolate. Smoky, roasted malts are in there with a finish that is not very bitter. It actually had a sweeter finish as it warmed up.

Has a creamy, full mouthfeel. Just was I was hoping to find in a cream stout. Just excellent.

Overall, this is a excellent representation of the style and one of the better stouts I have had. I would suggest this to any stout drinker out there who has yet to have the pleasure of enjoying this one. (650 characters)

Photo of rsenters29
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just the rich aroma's and dark compexity of Bell's Double Cream Stout,it' smooth creamy and sweet taste give this stout a 'A' in my book,the over all essence of the tones blend well with it as it is roasted,the malts that are used play a key role in finishing this wonderful stout on the palate soft! (302 characters)

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black with dark brown head.

Aroma: Coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a slightly sweet smell like condensed milk. (Double Cream Stout is dairy free)

Taste & Mouthfeel: Straightforward stout here; roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate with a smooth mouthfeel, a bit of tingly carbonation, and a rich, dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. Texture is nice and smooth, but the carbonation seemed a bit high for the beer, as it distracted from the smooth texture and didn’t fit the dark flavors.

Final Word: A solid, drinkable, no frills stout. All of the flavors are very pleasant and balanced, but nothing here really surprises or innovates. This is the kind of stout you can rely on when you need something comfortable and drinkable, but will disappoint if you are looking for something to take you out of the ordinary. This is a double edged sword, as there is definitely something to be said for really nailing a rich stout, but it lacks that special something that could make it a favorite or make it stand out in your memory. Grab it when you want something very drinkable and smooth, or when you want to make a meal pairing, as its straightforward profile makes it perfect for that purpose! (1,230 characters)

Photo of mfhlucky13
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark like black coffee, with a nice little creamy brown head. It quickly settled with just a touch of lace.

S: Nice rich malt with a light sweetness and burnt coffee. I expected a stronger aroma, but still very pleasing.

T: More toasty malt and coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate offering just a bit of bitterness.

M: Tiny bubbles that lead to a smooth and soft creamy finish.

D: An easy drinking stout that's smooth with a nice balance of malty flavor. (470 characters)

Photo of Fitwitchik
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Dark beauty with a copper head. Just lovely. The coffee scent is incrediably lush tinged with malty sweet alcohol.

The initial rush of alcohol created coffee vanilla confusion to the point of distraction. Slight watery aftertaste reminded me this was not a British brew. Still a delicious pour & honorable stout from Michigan.
Grateful we have another three bottles to reevaluate this nice cream stout. (444 characters)

Photo of pvo
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An above-average stout. Great taste, a nice bit of bitterness to round out the malt. The only thing it's lacking is the mouthfeel- if it was a bit thicker, and stayed with you longer, they would have had a great one.

It's got more to it than their kalamazoo stout, but doesn't fill you up like the expedition. A somewhat special stout that won't knock you over. (363 characters)

Photo of ROWDYMELT
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Found a single 12 oz at a very nice beer store in Norristown, PA. Has a date of 11/29/11 on the bottle along with a "PKGD" #10830.

Appearance: Not much in the area of head, though the lace is present and holds to the glass. Color is a deep black with a bit of brown on the exterior.

Smell: Chocolate with a hint of fresh coffee.

Taste: Mouthfeel was creamy, really creamy. By far the creamiest beer i have come across. Chocolate was upfront along with the alcohol. The finish finds a good bit of hops though finished dry.

Overall: Not a good beer for my second review, should have chose another but I need to jump into the deep end and get busy. I like the beer, though it seemed lacking. The first beer I have had from Bells, looking forward to the next brew from Comstock. (793 characters)

Photo of jawlessbody
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Looks exactly how a good stout should: pitch black with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head. The only problem is that the head dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Dark, roasted notes on the forefront, with sweeter more acidic notes to finish it off. Quite pleasant.

Taste: There's a definite acidic sweetness to this beer, with a darker roasted coffee flavor in the background. I'm also getting hints of tangy-ness. Not quite what I was expecting, but overall very good.

Mouthfeel: This was probably the most disappointing part of the beer. While it isn't exactly watery, it's not as thick as you would think from a name like "double cream". Pretty average mouthfeel; medium body with a cleanliness on the wash.

Overall: Definitely a good brew, and more complex than some other stouts that I have had. However, I was quite disappointed that I wasn't blown away by this beer, considering Bell's is one of my favorite breweries and makes my favorite IPA and my favorite wheat beer. (1,033 characters)

Photo of terrapinfan88
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Burnt umber with tan one finger head.

Smell: A little smoke, Dark malts, some booze that is not as apparent in the taste.

Taste: Some semi sweet smokey dark malts, chocolate

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, light carbonation, slight earthy dryness lingers for a few seconds after the swallow.

Drinkability: I really liked this beer not a heap of complexity great mouthfeel, a seasonable cream stout to say the least. My first bells offering and certainly not the last. (478 characters)

Photo of Nuke77
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown near black with a thick medium tan head in when using a snifter. Good nose of roasted and sweet malts with a bready essence. The brew leasves a beautiful lacing in the glass. The taste is malty with a touch of sweetness. It is smooth, creamy and delicious. This is a superb stout. Just an excellent effort from Bell's. (340 characters)

Photo of GrinkoN
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look:
-Rosey dark color
-No head

Smell:
-Roasty
-Chocolate

Taste:
-Slightly bitter
-Chocolaty back end
-Strong and smooth

Mouth Feel:
-Light
-Enjoyable
-Strong start
-Smooth finish (184 characters)

Photo of findlayfan
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I thought Bell's Kazoo stout was nearly opaque, but then I got ahold of this one. Can't think of another stout I've tried that let so little light through. Very impressive!

Smell was quite nice, with no jarring notes, but the real forte of this brew was the taste. Complex, with a malty sweetness that didn't cloy at all.

A truly fine, big beer, whose only "minus" would be limited drinkability (well, that and the price: $11.99 per 6). I can't imagine downing more than two or three of these in an evening - but that would be a most pleasant winter evening indeed! (571 characters)

Photo of jscondon
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer. It pours nicely with very little head, smelling sort of like dark chocolate with a hint of roasted barley. The flavor is very well balanced and smooth, I find that it fills my pallet with flavor then finishes with a little bitterness followed by some sweetness. Although I find the flavor of this beer to be excellent, the mouth tactile is only average. It is a little weak in the finish.
In all I like this beer, summed up in sentence one. (468 characters)

Photo of djsmith1174
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very, very dark brown with very minimal medium brown head.

S: Smells of chocolate and nice roasted coffee. Only a slight hint of sweetness.

T: Solid taste of roasted coffee and chocolate. Just a hint of sweetness on the finish.

M: Really nice viscosity and slickness.

D: Another solid offering from Bell's. Nothing about it is really special, but I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again. (392 characters)

Photo of philberinghele
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

creamy pleasures await
the salivating husband
springtime chills will come

This beer started off promising but left a weird taste in my mouth. It is thick, creamy with a solid head but has a pretty unnecessary aftertaste. It starts out creamy only to end bitter. Overall, it still isn't that bad of a beer in small quantities but the aftertaste becomes more noticeable the more you get through your bottle. (410 characters)

Photo of DHGranstrand
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lightindarkness for the variety six-pack from the heartland of the USA!

Pours jet black with prodigious amount of dark creamy head. Does not leave much lacing to speak of.

Smells of chocolate malt with notes of licorice and espresso.

Excellent malt flavor up front with chocolate and espresso finish.

Very nice carbonation with smooth finish.

This is a stout you can enjoy for an entire evening. I wish it was available locally in the Pacafic Northwest! (468 characters)

Photo of mphopkins99
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown, with a small burnt-orange head. Lacing sticks around throughout.

S - Definite heavy malt presence, with a hint of coffee and caramel.

T - The roasted malt is promintnent, with a bit of sweetness added through slight dark chocolate and coffee taste.

M - Creamy, very smooth with an excellent dry finish.

D - A very drinkable beer. I could have enjoyed more than a few, it went down easy.

This is the second offering I've had from Bell's, and like the first it makes a great impression. I will definitely be seeking out their other offerings. (569 characters)

Photo of Godot
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, with bubbles taking some time to push their way to the top but eventually forming a nice finger tall, tan head that eases its way back to a ring with a few chunky islands of head floating in the middle. Opaque black. Smells good but its very subtle. Admittedly the beer is a little cooler than it ought to be so this may be part of the problem. Taste initially suffers for the same reason, but as it warms up the flavor profile expands nicely. Nice roasted flavors that meld with a slight sweetness reminds me of burnt marshmallow. The mouthfeel is velvety and thick. Overall this is a really nice "sweet" stout. I put the sweet in quotations because it definitely does not play this side up as much as some of its peers. Its a stout first with just enough sweetness to balance out the bitterness nicely, leaving a very full character taste. I would definitely buy this beer again. (894 characters)

Photo of tylernim
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a 16oz Tulip. Very dark with a slightly tan head about a finger tall.

S - Not much of a smell coming through to start. Bit of chocolate and coffee. No burnt aromas.

T - Notes of coffee and chocolate are prevalent. Slight tones of dark fruit and creamy vanilla coming through as it warms.

M - Great. Exceedingly smooth and creamy. Slight carbonation on the tongue.

D - Pretty good for a stout. Could sit down and have 2-3.

Was expecting a little bit more mingling of flavors, but overall a good beer indeed. (527 characters)

Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter, dated 9/6/11.

A - Inviting. Opaque but not oily black. Thin head of mocha bubbles which ends up rimming it. No noticeable residue on the glass.

S - Very good. Light roasted coffee. Fair amount of bitter to bittersweet chocolate. A bit of dark cherries? No booze to speak of. It's fairly understated, though - doesn't leap out and punch you in the nose.

T - Tastiness. Very smooth - smooth as cream but without any lactose. Leads with a light chocolate and hint of coffee, primarily roasty toasty malts. Not getting the fruit/cherry as much as in the smell. Starts fairly sweet and evolves into a lingering roasted coffee that lasts for a while. Blurs the line between a sipper and a quaffer.

M - Quality. Appropriate carb level - in the background. Don't notice the carb unless trying to. A bit on the thicker side but nothing like a Ten Fidy etc. Good for this beer.

Overall, a very good beer. One of my favorites in the fall/winter. Low enough in abv to drink several, but tasty. This isn't a study in subtle layers of flavor, but a study of how to make a very tasty non-imperial stout. Another great Bells fall/winter offering...like all of them. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Brewbro000
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to OregonKnowsBest for this tasty extra-

A very dark pour that yields a on finger khaki brown head that recedes very quickly into a thin ring around the edges with minimal lacing. Smell of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is of sweet toasted malts/chocolate and caramel that finishes dry despite how sweet it begins. Each sip is better than the rest as it warms and the carbonation mellows the creamy smoothness this bottle claims begins to come through. I would easily drink a few of these as the booze is low. (526 characters)

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