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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,868 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,868
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 164
Gots: 198 | FT: 5
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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jlindsey

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-20-2013 02:03:06 | More by jlindsey
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring this beer aggressively gets a finger of mocha colored head. The body is a deep cola brown, and the head lazily dissolves into a frothy ring. Lace makes a mild attempt.

Dark malt with a hint of dark fruit greets up front. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate follow up.

There is a very complex malt bill on this beer. Toasty malt up front. A hint of toffee comes in, with a kiss of roasted nuts. Dark fruit pervades this front end, then turns it over to the coffee and chocolate, with a medium-dark roast coffee flavor finishing it off.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium bodied. It leaves a residue on most of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 14:55:37 | More by CFHMagnet
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scratch69

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black, with a half fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Taste- Mellow flavors of malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and creamy. Slightly dry finish with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good. Enjoyable and definitely worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 21:02:41 | More by scratch69
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shredder83

Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: this was bottles 6 months prior to my trying it.

Pours black with a light brown head that had very good retention, no lacing to speak of but this one pours and looks great.

Smells of roasty burnt malts, a slight sweet scent, hints of coffee, vanilla and cocoa

Sweet roasted malts, bitter with a hint of coffee, no vanilla as the nose suggested and a slight chocolate note. A mildly bitter finish.

Slighly creamy but notably light when compared with other milk/sweet stouts I've had.

Overall this was not a bad beer, not an exceptional example of this type of stout either. Creamy mouthfeel was not as creamy as "double cream" would suggest but creamy none the less. I wish I would've been able to try this one fresher as it was a month from Bell's suggested shelf life but I will give it another shot fresh next year.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 04:05:34 | More by shredder83
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jemarent

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-04-2013 13:52:41 | More by jemarent
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wingman14

Ohio

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

Pours black with a dark tan head. Smell is sweet with some burnt characters, hints of chocolate and coffee. A moderately strong alcohol smell. Taste is similar, yet very weak for a stout. The taste was somewhat underwhelming. The aftertaste is subtle with the burnt flavor showing up most. The mouthfeel was not very smooth and had a good deal of carbonation. I really wanted to enjoy this beer, but didn't find much to rave about. A decent stout, worth checking out especially if you are a fan of bell's.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 05:04:28 | More by wingman14
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-03-2013 03:29:37 | More by maxcoinage
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it was due to this following the blacknote, but I found this to be thin and lacking. a mediocre stout that didn't seem to have much going on, other than the typical dark chocolate, coffee, and fig flavors found in stouts. OK, but nothing I'd revisit again. The mouthfeel was even mediocre.

Perhaps in the future if it is on tap I'll try a sample to see if it still is the same, but this experience left me wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 22:10:26 | More by taylor714914
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-NESTO-

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

01-02-2014 16:12:34 | More by -NESTO-
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-19-2011 18:30:39 | More by VikeMan
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

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

This Milk Stout pours black with some light ruby highlights. The frothy tan head recedes in good time and leaves some nice but sparse lace around the glass.

Roasty and sweet in initial aroma. Very good coffee and some milk chocolate. Sweet, decadent caramel and toffee are prominent as well. Very appetizing and dessert-like.

Sweet and buttery. Light but very sweet coffee/mocha and milk chocolate. Not terribly complex; rather straight forward. Subtle finish, not too overwhelming. Camel and cream. Again, very decadent in flavor as well.

Creamy and smooth, lower carbonation makes for a heavier finish. Lingers on the palate well. Simple and sweet but with nice roasty robustness as well. Well crafted and a very good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 02:25:24 | More by letsgopens
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Screper

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -37%

02-17-2012 21:04:03 | More by Screper
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

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

A- Somewhat an example of what any good stout should look like. Black like a RIS, with a full mocha colored head, and some nice lacing.

S- Chocolate and roasted malt emerge quickly. There's hints of coffee as well. A lot of this is blended well, and it can be a bit hard to pick out anything else with these powerhouse scents.

T- Has burnt malt and cocoa bitterness from the beginning. It makes a very good foundation for the coffee flavor. I like the non-dairy creaminess in this a lot. It really leaves more room for the cocoa and coffee to play around. I can really agree with the description Bell's has given this beer; the only thing I would change is adding that it has a richness to the malt which is fairly uncommon. It says that it's softer and smoother, but I find bold would be a better descriptor yet, although it is still quite smooth. Due to the richness, I'd love to give it a 5, but it seemed a bit too sweet for my ultra bitter preferences.

M- Very creamy. The carbonation as well as bitterness keep your tongue awake though. It could be a bit thicker, but it does well with what it's got. Semi dry, sticky finish.

D- Very drinkable especially for the amount of flavor. I'd probably have put this at a higher ABV due to the amount of flavor they fit it. For a 6.1% beer, it packs a little less than you'd expect from an RIS, but just a little less. The great thing about this beer is that you could drink it for a while.

There's not much alcohol flavor to it, and it makes a solid chocolate filled stout leaning fairly heavily towards the dark chocolate side. Very drinkable and quite tasty. Would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 01:09:45 | More by BBP
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icehawk

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-10-2013 12:46:13 | More by icehawk
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-16-2013 13:38:09 | More by Cyclone8
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-19-2012 16:30:11 | More by King_KongDCO93
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black in color with a tan head that left lace.
Aroma of chocolate and heavily roasted, bitter malt.

Taste is heavy on the dark, roasty malt which provides a good amount of bitterness. Coffee notes and hops are there. Touch of sourness (typical of what I'm accustomed to from Bell's yeast).

Lots of body and some creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Tastey and enjoyable, but the bitterness and slight sourness knock down the drinkability in my book.

Overall, a good stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2003 01:40:47 | More by PhantomVodoo
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-17-2014 03:25:04 | More by JasonTaverner
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-22-2011 01:46:33 | More by Another6Pack
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keithmurray

New York

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown with mocha colored head

Smell - charred, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee

Taste - dark chocolate, roasted malts, roasted coffee

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitterness and char on the finish,slight sourness on the back end

Overall - decent stout, I'd like to see a bit more balanced flavor on this

Price Point - $2.25/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:38:48 | More by keithmurray
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suspect

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Received as an extra from rfraga77. Thanks!

A: Dark dark brown. Agressive pour leads to a two-finger fluffy tan-ish head that disappears relatively quickly. Lacing is thick and sticks to the glass like glue.

S: Wow, big time aroma here of toasted chocolate malts, bitter dark cocoa, espresso. Lots and lots going on here...it's really an assault on the nose - in a good way.

T: Way more subtle than the nose would suggest. Way smooth blend of coffee, espresso, chocolate, toasted malts, bready malt and a touch of hop bitterness at the end that for some reason I think I can differentiate from the coffee bitterness - but I'm pretty sure I'm right.

M: Nicely carbonated, probably on the lighter side of carbonation. Medium body, smooth feel.

O: A nice, easy drinking stout with a ton of complex aromas and flavor. To strike the balance of smooth and complex is seemingly not an easy task. This is a really nice brew and I commend Bell's on a job well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 01:23:32 | More by suspect
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-12-2012 02:21:03 | More by DMarlinJ
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dtomes

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-19-2014 17:46:28 | More by dtomes
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RedChrome

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is as black as ink. A very short dark tan colored head. To dark to note any carbonation at all. Very thin ribbons of lace run away watery.

Aroma hits of big malt scents right up front. A very sweet blend of dark plum, chocolate, and licorice. A light lactose hint behind the other aromas.

A roasted malt body mixed with a very sweet cream flavor. Licorice fades from scent, but a faint bit of plum is still there. A great mix of flavors.

A slight bit on the watery side on the tongue. Only a light carbonation shifting in the beer.

A solid brew. Great to drink with a cigar on a fall night. Not an everyday style, but a good offering. Another choice brew from Bell's

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 18:59:37 | More by RedChrome
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anhigdon

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-17-2014 18:55:50 | More by anhigdon
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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