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

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

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2,723 Ratings

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Ratings: 2723
Reviews: 1327
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%

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.

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Photo of Bmuncy

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black with slightly reddish/brownish hue. Ruby red on the very edges of the glass. Poured into a half finger mocha head, resembling that of a chocolate milkshake. Definitely looks as creamy as the name suggests. Unfortunately, the small head dissipates rather quickly. Good lacing on the glass but it doesn't stick around for too long, either.

Smell: Nothing too surprising in here. Coffee, lots of malt and a touch of sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps milk chocolate, as opposed to the often found dark chocolates. As it warms, a little more of the sweetness comes out.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, sweetness. The sweetness comes out a bit more as the beer warms, just as in the nose. Very pleasant, though nothing new ventured in the taste department. Overall, quite solid.

Mouthfeel: It's a medium-full body that's velvety smooth and creamy. Not much in the way of carbonation, but cream stouts SHOULD be smooth and creamy. High marks, in this regard.

Overall: Very tasty and appealing brew. Mouthfeel and taste slightly outshine the other qualities. It's somewhat standard but also of tremendous quality. I'm definitely a fan of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 22:27:24 | More by Bmuncy
Photo of Moss


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a nice brownish tan head. Two fingers worth of head which left nice lacing on the glass. As I drank lacing continued to be left on the glass. Perfect look for a stout.

S - The smell is of dark chocolate and hops. I can really smell the grassy hops which reminds me of the smell when boiling the hops in. Other then that I don't smell much else.

T - A little sweet upfront but really covered up with the bitterness of the beer. As it warms up I taste the cream a little more along with coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Overall a good combination.

M - Good medium to heavy mouth feel with just enough carbonation.

O - Good beer but not one of my favorites. Just a little too hoppy in the smell and taste for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 03:33:41 | More by Moss
Photo of FourBetter


3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with barely any head which clings to the glass only slightly.

OK aroma of roasted malt.

Mildly sweet when at first sip, some bitterness hiding in the background. A smoky malt flavor remains behind on the back of your tongue.

Fine to sip on a cold night, but not overly rememberable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 06:17:17 | More by FourBetter
Photo of shamsoftabriz


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nearly black with just a hint of dark rust when held up to a light. Looks like...well...a stout! Thin head, no lacing.

S: Very sweet, maple candy aroma with a bit of toffee.

T: I was worried that this would be too sweet for my taste after smelling it, but it is a remarkably well-balanced beer with just a bit of hop character to balance out the sweet, roasted malts. Not super-strong or intense, but very drinkable. More of a dessert stout, but not cloying at all.

M: Homerun. Double-cream indeed! Thick foamy effervescence that when swished around leaves a wonderful long-lingering, slightly bitter "roasted" aftertaste.

O: Tasty. Stouts aren't my favorite style, but I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 00:39:06 | More by shamsoftabriz
Photo of Ivegotmule

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. Poured relatively hard into my Stone Smoked Porter pint glass. Bottled 8/22/13 and denoted "a" which mean best within 3 months of that date. Strange for a stout as Expedition is a "c"o, or 12+ month shelf life. So this is being consumed on the very last day to still be within best but date. I paid 2.39 for a single at Stella Brew in Winston-Salem.

A 3.75. Looks like an American stout should, but the head was a tad light and vanished before I even got a picture.
S 3.25. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Nice, but nothing special.
T 3.75. Best part of the beer (which is most inportant). Coffee leads for me with layers of sophisticated malts. Roasty and chocolate aftertaste. I swear I am getting mint in my nose and roof of my mouth as I breathe out. (Don't know if that makes sense).
M. 3. Just too thin and the carbonation slightly off for me.

Overall. 3.5. In the grand picture, this is a really good beer. But an establishment that can put out Expedition, Black Note, Two Hearted, Hopslam (my #1 overall beer), the Oracle, and then a great second tier; java, Oberon, oarsman, etc. This beer just doesn't hold up to Bell's usual standards. IMO, obviously. They are still a top 5 brewery for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:05:13 | More by Ivegotmule
Photo of tuo


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black in color with a nice tan head

Smell: Very nice aroma with vanilla and a roasty malts.

Taste: Nice creamy lactose flavor with a roasty malts and hints of chocolate. Nice smooth aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Real smooth and creamy nice silky feel

Drinkability: Very drinkable I could have this all night long.

I enjoyed this brew very much I am a big fan of the smooth cream stouts. It's incredibly drinkable for the ABV on this, it could sneak up on you fast with how easy it drinks.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 17:08:49 | More by tuo
Photo of diybrun


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I spoiled myself with some great beer on a recent trip to the Mitten state. Picked up this fantastic brew.

Poured into a pint glass, black with a 1 finger mocha head that dissolved fairly quickly, leaving a thin lacing. Smelled of chocolate and roasted barley. The taste followed the nose, and it was a real pleasure to drink. Chocolate and roasted barley with a hint of mocha and a hops aftertaste that was far from overpowering but balanced the beer just fine. Moderate carbonation. This is about as drinkable of a beer as I've had, I would be more than happy having a few more.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 16:53:28 | More by diybrun
Photo of timherremans


4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very deep black with slightly frothy creme colored head. CO2 action is sparse. Appearance is fairly thick. Average pint glass.

S - Aroma is of heavy use of malts. Roasty. There are scents of dark cocoa . And a light scent of coffee. Could be more pronounced perhaps but it's about the taste and finish.

T - Wow. I love this stout. Very malty. Definitely heavy use of malts. Great flavor and balance. A hint of cocoa and coffee are there but not pronounced. The roasty malt is the standout and slightly smokey. The finish is really smooth and roasty.

M - A good balance of CO2 at work here. Not to much, but a nice low amount for a stout, leaving the mouthfeel slightly thick & heavy and not watery. It has a good creamy & smooth finish that gives the beer it's name.

D - 5/5. Easy to drink because of the great malt flavors and smooth creamy finish. This is a good stout. I could easy drink quite a few of these in one night. It only grows on me. This is not the first time I have bought Double Cream Stout.

Highly regarded and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 23:07:48 | More by timherremans
Photo of pocwolf


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black in color with a large tan head that faded pretty quickly to a thin ring. Lacing all down the glass

S - Malt, coffee and cream

T - Like drinking a coffee with cream. I find it hard to believe there is no lactose in there. Super creamy and slightly sweet. Wish there was a touch more roasty but other than that perfect.

M - Thick and creamy

O - One of my favorite stouts. I have a hard time keeping it in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 05:34:13 | More by pocwolf
Photo of MudDrinker


4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Opaque, jet black with a cream to very light tan colored head. Yep, it's a stout.

Smell - Sweet cream and malt chocolate. There's not much here to review.

Taste - Sweet cream upfront, as it warms dark chocolate, toast, and coffee flavors shine through. Fairly sweet throughout, but I could drink 3 or 4 in a row and not get sick of it. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - A little milky, decently thick. It's like drinking a liquid angelfood cake when mixed with the flavor. A little thin by most stout standards, though.

Overall - I guess there's not too much to this. It's not complicated by any means, but its a great straightforward sweet stout.

I think the name might lend some suggestion to the flavor, and it probably doesn't have a "sweet cream" flavor. I can definitely taste it, though, so maybe I'm just an idiot.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 15:11:32 | More by MudDrinker
Photo of trinitone


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nearly black copper color. Half a finger's worth of head that dissapated fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit all with a subtle smokiness. Maybe it's because fall is here, but I also detect that freshly fallen leaf smell in a 100% good way.

The tongue follows the nose, with the addition of a sweet lactose taste to the flavors of the smokey, bitter coffee and the sour maltiness.

Mouthfeel was quite good with a medium/heavy body and not overcarbonated.

Drinkability gets high marks as I have just finished the beer and am wishing I had another at my disposal. This is quite a complex beer, perhaps having to do with the ten malts used, that takes a bit of dissecting. Pick one up and drink it slowly.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 01:10:49 | More by trinitone
Photo of JEngler


3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pouring aggressively resulted in a tiny head. It was almost midnight black after the pour.

S - It had a gentle aroma of burnt malts and caramel.

T - This was a complex taste but the malts and hints of caramel in the background we there at each drink. It was surprisingly smooth, despite it's think and dark appearance.

M - I found this to be lightly carbonated and lighter tasting then I anticipated.

D - I think this was pretty good for a stout but was expecting a bit more richness.

I enjoy most of the product's by Bell's and this is also very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 22:54:58 | More by JEngler
Photo of aaronhanson


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark - midnight black, with a lot of head that faded slowly to about 1/2 inch.

S - Mild and pleasant - not fruity smelling

T - Very creamy and mild, with burnt undertones

M - Smooth and creamy

D - The ABV is a little bit high to be really drinkable, but

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 00:43:32 | More by aaronhanson
Photo of tehchunk


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured straight into a Bell's tulip glass. A light brown, three-finger head that sticks around just long enough before collapsing to a nice, frothy film that eventually disappears after a few minutes. Minimal lacing. Opaque black with brown tint.

S - Sweet molasses up front with hints of cream, mocha, some coffee. Hard to pick up too much; it just smells delicious.

T - Mmm, certainly tastes like what a double cream stout should taste like. Creamy, lots of mocha with a roasty, bitter ending. Leaves a dry but nice aftertaste.

M - Just thick enough, not as much as the name suggests. More carbonated than your usual stout but that could just be the style. Rests fairly nicely on the tongue with a slight tingle.

D - Definitely could drink a few bottles of this in one session. Drinks very nicely for a stout with that much flavor. I can only imagine what this would be like on tap, especially a nitro tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:47:44 | More by tehchunk
Photo of Jamey61


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance. Black with light cream head. Head disappeared quickly.

Smell. Smells like most stouts with nothing significant to seep rate it from the others.

Taste. This beer is good. Slightly bitter, strong stout taste without being offensive. Not really getting the cream taste or feel though. A bit more chalky than I expected. I drank one with a soupie. For those that don't know what a soupie is, it is a cured greasy meat I believe also know as sopresatta. Not sure if that is spelled right. They really complemented each other well so it would be worth trying with other cured meats or pepperoni.

Overall a little disappointed due to it being hyped to highly by someone I know with similar beer taste as me. Good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 17:33:44 | More by Jamey61
Photo of Trappistfan1


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

A - Dark brown with a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing
S - Hints of coffee, chocolate, malt. Mild but pleasant.
T - A rather complex menage of flavors, most of which are related to the malty character of this brew. I like it more as I approach the bottom of my pint glass and get my nose down in there a bit. Mildly bitter finish as some hops seem to surface.
M - Nicely creamy feel. About what I would expect from a milk stout.
D - For my tastes, pretty easy drinking. Could do a couple.

A pretty good brew for this style, a good brew in general. Bell's rarely disappoints with their interpretation of various beer styles. I have to salute them for this.

Having said that, this beer has the unfortunate distinction of being of the same style as one of my go-to beers, Mackeson's Triple XXX. While I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it, I would personally just as soon grab a Mack. I try not to let my personal taste interfere with objectivity, but since I'm comparing apples to apples... well there you go.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:01:04 | More by Trappistfan1
Photo of 88blkiroc


3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a thin tan head that disapates quickly. No light gets through this bad boy. Leaves some slight lacing on the glass with each sip.

Smell: Not what I was expecting, I smell soy sauce. Very salty smelling. Also a slight smokey peat smell like a good single malt scotch.

Taste: Good carbonation, smooth and salty tasting. A faint sweetness to it but I can't really call it chocolate tasting. There is definitly a creamy feel to it though. The saltiness is somewhat off putting.

Being a WMU grad I feel it my duty to get my hands on all the Bell's products I can. I have a love hate with Bells in that everyone I talk to loves it but I really cant say any of their beers have been life changing for me. I really want to love them but I haven't found anything that rocks my boat yet. This one is another "eh" beer, I could take it or leave it.

P.S. This beer is rated at 6.1% ABV on the bottle, not 7.5% like it states above.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 23:52:46 | More by 88blkiroc
Photo of drummerben


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

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis.

Had this one just after keg was tapped, served in a pint glass. Appearance is black with a thin latte-like head. Smells of roasted chocolate, malt, caramel, and coffee - like a chocolate malt or shake.

Taste is fresh and rich- you can actually taste the freshness here. Creamy and thick mouthfeel is great, though it could stand to be even chewier. Smooth with a roasty finish. Sweetness is well balanced with the espresso and chocolate notes.

This has quickly become my favorite sweet/milk stout. Great beer that drinks like a desert. Too bad this isn't distributed to Atlanta in bottles yet.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 02:14:14 | More by drummerben
Photo of jacob4999


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black. A slightly aggressive pour at the end produces a dark cream two finger head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Dark chocolates and dark roasted coffee with cream. Very inviting and delicious smelling beer.

Taste: The roasted malt hits you up front with the dark coffee/chocolate and follows with bittersweet cream in the end. Every sip keeps you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Bordering on medium to thick. The medium carbonation and creaminess is a killer combo.

Overall: Easily my favorite session stout. The low abv allows you to easily pound a few of these no problem. This beer is fantastic and I could easily drink it all night. If all American Stouts tasted this way the world would be a better place. Highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 23:13:24 | More by jacob4999
Photo of edb7


4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- It looks like a typical stout; quite brown-black with decent head that is toward the tan side.

S- A lot of chocolate, some hints of a roasted character. It made me look forward to the taste!

T- Very silky-smooth coffee toffee delight. Nothing is overdone, which leaves you with an easy-to-drink, delicious beverage. This beer is dangerous at 6% with such easy drinkability. I liked the slight bitter sensation mid-taste (hops?) that is not typical of stouts I have had. The taste is well-balanced with a smooth finish. There is no aftertaste, which gives a refreshing sensation.

M- It is a bit heavy, but silky.

In summary, this is one of the best stouts I have had. The smooth feel and subtle complexities will keep you drinking!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 04:39:56 | More by edb7
Photo of Cheesedogg


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite stouts by Bell's. I am fortunate enough to live in Kalamazoo and frequent Bell's Eccentric Cafe regularly. I have had this on tap at bells and in bottles. This review will be from the bottle I had last night with my Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

A - Poured from 120z bottle into a pint glass. Poured a deep brown to black color with about 1 finger width of head, that dissolved after a few minutes. Very opaque against the light.

S - was fantastic. could smell the rosted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate

T - exceedd the smell. A rich creamy flavor of the malts, coffe and chocolate

M - very smooth with just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste

O - I love almost all of Bell's beers and especially their stout. Cant wait until All Stouts Day again next year

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:08:03 | More by Cheesedogg
Photo of dolphlungdren


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: lace lace lace, head is solid, looks like clouds and bubbles if poured a little violently. wonderful

s: chocolate and alcohol... i want to snort it.

t: oh greatness. leaves a thick choclatey and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it.

d: the first time i bought this beer i meant to ration it due to its somewhat pricey label (like 11.99 per six)... however I accidentally drank five of them in a sitting because they were hitting the spot. if you are in the mood for a stout that is not terribly bitter, this is your money pit.

conclusion: i generally prefer imperial stouts and things of the more bitter variety, but this is a great beer. I think i like it more than the average person on here, but I can't get enough of it and absolutely crave it when it is out of season. this beer will make your night better. it might not solve your problems, but it will certainly help you forget about them for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 00:39:11 | More by dolphlungdren
Photo of kenn


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a stout glass. so dark light barely passes thru it. smell & taste of strong coffee & bitter chocolate. as i drink it the lacing takes some time to disappear. i didnt taste much of a hop flavor which is fine
for this stlye. I enjoyed this beer but would only have one at a time.I look forward to the next one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:03:18 | More by kenn
Photo of noduckla


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolaty color with littlel head and minimal lacing. It has a great smell of roasted malts and chocolate. Chocolatey smell that surpasses the taste and drinkability. There is a decent amount of CO2 for a stout, but it does not really stand out as a stout that separates itself from the rest.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:09:57 | More by noduckla
Photo of austin_page

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a short stem wine glass (this is all i had at the time)

Appearance- Very dark just the way I like it, looks like motor oil, a very very deep black hue and a tan-ish low retention head.

Smell- The smell is amazing, definitely shines the light on roasted malty characteristics, the smell is misleading to how it tastes though, this is definitely a unique stout.

Taste- Very smooth as it first glides onto your tongue, then an immediate, almost carbonated taste, I would compare this to the Steel Head stout or Fish Tale organic stouts, I noticed that it was named by the ingredients and not the taste, however, it saying "double cream", I expected it to be creamy like a milk stout, more creamy flavor would balance out the hoppy taste in this beer, its good but I feel like I'm drinking a Sierra Nevada stout.

Mouthfeel- Slightly carbonated and hoppy, coffee/ malty like after taste, best served really cold! Perfect beer for these cold nights.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 04:13:15 | More by austin_page
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