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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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2,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,877
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 166
Gots: 199 | 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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Photo of inebrius


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big nose of chocolate ice cream drizzled with caramel and espresso beans, a dash of roasted pecans and shaved chocolate. Starts off like one of those iced coffee drinks you get at the mall, but made with a double shot of French roast rather than some puny house blend. Roastiness gathers some steam on a frizzy carbonation, peaks, then slowly tapers off as a smooth malt back and a few traces of hop make an appearance. A nice beer that should probably accompany food, perhaps a bit too stout on its own.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 16:24:46 | More by inebrius
Photo of magnusdave

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-16-2014 20:25:35 | More by magnusdave
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this before now, in the bottle, but never got around to reviewing it. Taphouse in Ghent had it on Tap so I snagged it.

A- Opaque black with some rosewood brown swimming around the edges. Mocha colored head with good retention.

S- Toasty roasty dark malt with semi-sweet chocolate and a slight tinge of licorice. Some good things going on in the nose just wish the aroma had more of a punch.

T- Again the roasted malts are predominate in the flavor as clued in by the aroma. Coffee, milk chocolate and cocoa round it out nicely.

M- thick and creamy. Not incredibly heavy but there is a definite chewiness. Glazes the mouth and throat nicely.

D- A light body with good taste make this a pretty good choice if I wanted something creamy and roasty. I could definitely knock a couple of these back but would probably pick another stout if it was available. However this would be wonderful with/as dessert so my percentage of ordering it would increase exponentially after a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 20:06:19 | More by Viciousknishs
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-16-2013 13:38:09 | More by Cyclone8
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-04-2013 13:52:41 | More by jemarent
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-01-2013 01:42:56 | More by brewerburgundy
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-11-2014 10:38:20 | More by davesway10
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-22-2011 02:26:51 | More by AlexM
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black in colour with a small off white head. The aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate (think chocolate chips), with more subtle notes of espresso, roasted malt, and a fruit element that I can’t quite identify (perhaps plum?). Upon drinking, the chocolate becomes a little less sweet, and takes on more of a powedered cocoa flavor. There’s also a bit of a yeasty note with a bit of leafy hop bitterness at the end. The sweetness is a little less than I expected, but well within stylistic guidelines. I had hoped for a bit more body too, but again, it’s not as if it’s thin. I tend to want sweet stouts to completely bowl me over with sweetness and thick mouthfeel. I found this one to be a bit on the tame side, but still a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 18:21:29 | More by fisherman34
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

11-03-2012 19:58:12 | More by ReeseMax3
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark, nearly pitch black. It has a nice mocha colored head that hangs round for quite some time.

S-Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose. It also has some roasted malt and hops present as well.

T-Very much like the nose with chocolate and coffee leading the way and a nice balance between hops and malts. As it warmed it opened up and was quite delicious. Near the end of the pint it was very chocolaty, creamy, and sweet.

M-Decently thick and creamy.

D-Very drinkable, especially when it warms. I could definitely drink some of these in one sitting.

Overall, I have never been a huge fan of this style, but I could see myself drinking some more of these.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 18:29:37 | More by thegodfather2701
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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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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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-20-2013 02:03:06 | More by jlindsey
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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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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

01-02-2014 16:12:34 | More by -NESTO-
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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-19-2011 18:30:39 | More by VikeMan
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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-19-2012 16:30:11 | More by King_KongDCO93
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-17-2014 03:25:04 | More by JasonTaverner
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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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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-10-2013 12:46:13 | More by icehawk
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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