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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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3,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,038
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 238 | 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:
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 malcontent
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-swallowing pitch black with a solid finger of reverse-cascading head. Swirling shows this to be a slightly viscous brew. Head dies too quickly for a perfect score but nonetheless, this looks wicked good.

That unmistakable lactic quality leads into a tandem of chocolate and raisins. An odd scent that I can only describe as bran flakes takes up the back end of the aroma. Softly smoky after a while.

Oh, Hell. That is one damn fine cream stout. Essentially perfect for the style. Dark roasted bitterness gives way almost immediately to a marvelously creamy taste (to say nothing of the texture; more on that later). Soft hints of honey and milk chocolate surface briefly only to be engulfed in the half and half theme again. Creamy is the no-brainer but dead-accurate description for the taste.

Mouthfeel is heavenly; silky but never muddy and the finish is actually lactic (you have phlegm form in the back of your throat!). I don't know if this is something I could drink a ton of (could you drink a bunch of milk?) but it's nothing short of a triumph for Bell's. Absolutely the most I've enjoyed a beer in ages.

Huge thanks to kryptic for the trade!

malcontent, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of robgage
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

robgage, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of tmm313
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful in the glass. Black with slight red hue. Poured a nice, creamy tan 1 finger head that dissipated down to a sticky ring around the glass. Good lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, roasted malts, faint biscuit breadiness with just a touch of booze.

Tatse: Roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate up front. A more milk chocolately flavor becomes present mid-palette along with some dark plum. Finish is a nice lightly creamed coffee and just a touch of piney hop bitterness. Lingers slightly.

Mouthfeel: Not overly creamy. Reminds a bit more of a Porter than a stout. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

Overall: This was pretty good. Nicely balanced and flavorful. I may buy from time to time.

tmm313, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of NickyDee21
4/5  rDev +0.8%

NickyDee21, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Dirty25
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dirty25, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

rojapa, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of saintwarrick
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep opaque brown with a creamy brown head. Aroma is cocoa and sweet with some molasses and cereal in there. Taste is sweet but nicely bitter at the end so its not over the top. Some burnt dark chocolate and sweet coffee there as well. Very tasty. Not quite as thick as I was hoping, but still very good, and the alcohol (7.5?) Is nowhere to be found, so it's quite drinkable. A restrained sweet stout, but still well worth the money.

saintwarrick, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of blbarnett3
4/5  rDev +0.8%

blbarnett3, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled at a Bell's tasting at the Brickskellar.

Appearance: Dark black with a dark brown head. Head recedes to a layer and leaves little bits of lace.

Smell: Chocolate and mocha aromas dominate. I get the impression this will be sweet, not bitter.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, and smoked malt flavors. Nummy, nummy, nummy.

Mouthfeel: Nice, thick, and creamy.

Drinkability: Yes! Yes! Oh, God, Yes! Oh so good.. I want more...

ManekiNeko, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of azorie
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

date code 8842. Not cheap for a 6 pack of 6% beer, but never had it so WTH. I just hope since it was already cold its not old beer.

A: Its Black of course with light creamy brown head. Lace is short lasting after hitting about 1.5 inches tall in a MUG.

S: roasted malt, some vanilla and coffee. oxidized burnt wood

T: Burnt dark roasted malt, coffee comes more of an aftertaste and the vanilla is still present as well. The beer is NOT as sweet as I think it should be to hit the style. it's very dry at the same time with a slightly hoppy finish. You get the milk in there but its very faint. it say on Bell web site its great with Chocolate, NOT, I mean where the FUCK is the chocolate in this beer?

M: medium body, but not as sweet as it should be Not as smooth as it should be.

D: too heavy for the style, not sweet enough.

I don't know if this is bad six pack or too old or what, but its a BIG disappointment to me. if I not bought it all the way in ORLANDO, I would take the rest back. i see its rank 3rd in milk stouts, i have to try again from somewhere else, but NOT in the same league at Young Double chocolate stout.

azorie, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Atlas1
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stout from Bell's Brewery. I've enjoyed all the others I've had from the brewery before and I don't anticipate not liking this one. Just an interesting sidenote, though: the label lists the ABV at 6.1%, while BA has it listed at 7.5%. Seems like a rather large disparity. Perhaps the beer used to be brewed bigger?

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Double Cream Stout is pitch black in color. Almost marble-esque in quality, it is entirely opaque, allowing no light to shine through whatsoever. No colored hues appear when held up to the light. The head is an orange/light brown color and is big and thick. It maintains a lenghty retention and leaves amble lace. One of the coolest and healthiest looking stouts I've ever seen. The nose is dense and filled with notes of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, nuts, caramel, and vanilla. The taste embodies the aroma as well, delivering a sweet, velvety chocolate flavor up front, followed by rich fruits, and a savory coffee bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but smooth, dry, and comletely palatable.

This is another great stout from Bell's. Honestly, I don't know of another brewery that consistently delivers so many stout variations of such high quality. For that matter, I may not know of any other breweries doing this many different stouts period. If the label is right, and this is really 6.1%, then this becomes a quality session stout, perfect for the fall and winter months. I think this would be excellent served with a rich dessert, but it would also go great with oysters on the half-shell too. Would probably be great to cook with as well.

Atlas1, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Skye1024, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of jshusc
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jshusc, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of jmccullough108
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jmccullough108, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

hozersr, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of RandyKemka
4/5  rDev +0.8%

RandyKemka, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

maDUECEgunner, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +0.8%

ej285701, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of cvfish
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a deep black color that created a brown fluffy head, which retained well and laced around the glass nicely

S - The aroma of roasted malts, coffee beans, and chocolate are prevalent, but it is the smell of sweet milk chocolate as opposed to the bitter dark chocolates from regular Stouts

T - Again, the tastes of this beer fall right in line with scents, I expected what I was getting, and enjoyed it incredibly. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, and coffee, just delicious

M - The mouth of this beer was a great Stout style, smooth and creamy, medium to heavy body, accompanied with slight carbonation

D - I really love the Milk Stout, if Bell's puts this much craft in the rest of their beers, I look forward to trying more of them in the future

cvfish, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of chumba526
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears black with a small layer of brown foam.

It smells of toasted coco beans. I get a mild bread like smell and a bit of a sweet smell as well. I also get a mild coffee smell to this stout as well.

There is a smooth roasted malt flavor to this beer. I get a mild dark chocolate flavor, a bit of a mild dry herbal flavor and a mild coffee flavor. There is a mild sweetness to the beer though it is balanced with a mild bitter finish.

There is a smooth moderate carbonation to the stout. It has a smooth mouthful.

Overall a very enjoyable well balanced yet well flavored stout.

chumba526, Apr 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

JasonTaverner, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of BierReise
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tinge of dark caramel at the edges. Head is small and dense. Aroma is of strong black coffee and charred malts. On the dry side and medium bodied but smooth. Flavor is strong bitter coffee. Not as sweet as I'd like. Overall pretty good though

BierReise, Nov 21, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

ILikeGoodCider, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

erlenmeyer, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of instinct2
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

instinct2, Oct 08, 2013
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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