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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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very good

2,928 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,928
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 208 | FT: 3
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

heavenlyStash, Apr 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

rojapa, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

dtomes, Jan 19, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

12oz bottle -> american pint
batch id #7733; according to the website, packaged on 11/21/06

Pours black with a thick tan head that settles quickly to creamy film and leaves pangea lace.

Nose: Roasted malts, some smoke, sweet malts

Taste: Sweet chocolate malt, molasses, and a burnt cocoa bitterness finish with some astrigency.

Mouthfeel is creamy, thick, and slick.

This would be an extremely drinkable beer, except for a slightly astrident aftertaste.

beerphan, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of baos
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Drinking as I typing.

A: Very dark on pour with a nice two finger head. Head retention is very nice. Really nice lace patterns going on as well.

S: Roasty caramel maltiness. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee. And believe it or not kind bud resin.

T: Hops up front that goes straight to coffee and bitter chocolate with some scorched caramel somewhere in the middle. Very complex and highly recommended. Ends nice and dry.

M: Medium to full bodied, bravo to my fwends to the north.

D: Bitter and strong as it is: it is also refreshing. Chug-a-lug Chug-a-lug makes you want to yell "yummy ass!!!"

baos, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of ne0m00re
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Live review of a 12 oz bottle from Batch 10,144.
A: Opaque black with a nice fluffy two-finger dark cream head that sticks.
S: Creamy oatmeal, milk chocolate, nice roast and hops that come off almost earthy and woodsy together with almonds. Good.
T: Again, cream and milk chocolate... in fact it almost tastes like good milk with a chocolate burnt roast character. Nuttiness is there too with some biscuit. Hops are a nice spicy addition on the finish. Great.
M: Super creamy but relatively cleansing on the finish.
D: Really good.

ne0m00re, Jan 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

pavpav12, Nov 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

ILikeGoodCider, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jeffwright, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of nortmand
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours ruby tinged black with a moderate brown head.

Roast and milk chocolate dominate the smell. There is some kind of wet dog aroma there as well.

Lactose, chocolate and a bit of roasty astringency in the flavor.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, a slightly better than average beer, pretty easy drinking.

nortmand, Aug 28, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Listed at 6.1% abv on the 12oz bottle, just so you know. From the website, batch 8300 packaged Jan. 24, 2008, described there as, "Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts."

A deep black look with small tan head.

Roasty smell with notes of chocolate, a bit bitter, maybe the hops, more likely the malt.

Taste is creamy with no strong tastes, just solid malt. The most predominant taste is a kind of chocolate, but not overpowering. A slight sweetness at the end, keeps the flavor in the mouth. Was looking for a bit more power from the taste.

Full mouthfeel, good carbonation, not much problem here, just looking good. An easy drinker, tasty enough but others are better. Good try at this type, but not an "A".

This is an example of why I prefer Belgian darks instead of various American Stouts, more complexity, more flavors.

robbyc1, Apr 28, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DWolf, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Dcunicelli, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

LSUPT, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Hopdaemon39, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

GreyGhost4, May 27, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Batch 7684. Bottled October 16, 2006 as according to the bell's batch website. Poured into a Belgian pint glass (sort of curved pilsner).

Appearance- Beer pours black with hints of red around the edges. Head is fairly minimal and forms a ring and a thin film over the top of the glass. Lacing sticks for a few minutes but doesn't linger.

Smell- Dark burnt roasted malts, hints of alcohol, sweet creaminess. I would insist I detected lactose sugar had I not heard from the bell's lady herself that they don't add that to this beer. Not sure what they're adding to make it smell like this, it really is wonderful. No hops are detectable.

Taste- Roasted malt thickness and creaminess, a bit grainy but in a balanced way. A nice creamy chocolate upfront that lingers to almost a chocolate milk quality. A bit of warmth on the finish and a little spiciness that seems like it must be the hop. I am very pleased by this stout in every incarnation I've had it in (which now is every way I could have had it in).

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium full bodied, fairly low carbonated. Nicely sweetened and wonderfully balanced. Very well done beer.

Drinkability- Even with the higher ABV of 7.5% I could session these and drink them all day. In fact, I may end up buying a six pack and use it for my summertime lawnmower beer. Come now, honestly, tell me that you drink light lagers when YOU mow the lawn?

blakesell, Mar 30, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

griffeyb, Mar 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

tyleeis, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Matthew607, Mar 24, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Not available here in Wichita. Thanks Rob!

Appearance: This beer poured a deep black with no light making it through the glass. It had a bit of a viscous look to it. The dark brown head rose up to only a finger and dissipated at a normal rate. A thin ring remained around the edge of the glass for the entire drink, but it produced no lace.

Smell: Lightly yeasty, but the main aromas were cream and rich milk chocolate. There was nothing bitter on the nose at all. As the beer sat for awhile, a deep roasted component arose that became strong enough to seem smokey. The smokiness was almost like burnt nuts and different from what I have ever detected in other beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied in the mouth with a slippery, slick feeling to it on the tip of the tongue. More carbonation than I would expect from this style developed as the beer moved back into the mouth. It didn't become rough, though; it was velvety and a little spongy.

Taste: Huge smokey, deep roasted malt flavors were very dominant and increased in strength through the finish and even into the aftertaste. It had a nice charred quality to it. Underneath this was creamy milk chocolate and a strong dose of black coffee. A little hops peaked through on the finish, but it didn't provide much more that balance. Everything mingled together very nicely.

An excellent beer. Very dark, deep roasted flavors for a cream stout, but the correct characteristics were still there. There was a little bit of a numbing effect from the 7.5% abv, but otherwise the alcohol was perfectly hidden. I hope that I can get my hands on more of this stuff.

Quaffer, Apr 26, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

BeerZack, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

VikeMan, Dec 19, 2011
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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