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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

3,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,411
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 361 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one from treyrab in BeerSwap 3.0. thanks, Trey.

A: The pour is not very viscous at all. The beer is a fully opaque black that does no t produce any hues when held up to light. Additionally, there is no head to speak of. There are only wispy bubbles that swirl on the surface as I try to pour this beer aggressively to try to get anything out of it. Nothing. No lacing either...go figure, though.

S: Complex malt character of light roast, a malty creamy sweetness, and some grainy notes to round it out.

T: Roasted grains are the first thing you will notice. There is a sweetness that is not quite milky and not quite oatmeal. Compelling...it stays with me in the creamy and soft finish.

M/D: As stated before, creamy and smooth, especially towards the back of the palate. The consistency is light to medium, with a bit of carbonation (despite the completely flat pour) to add texture. Easy to drink and enjoyable, but this beer is just too sweet for me to drink more than one of...it's a good "every once in a while" beer, but not a go-to

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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is absolutely phenomenal! Pours an oft-tan head with lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee malts. Tastes the same. Extremely drinkable, almost scary. If priced a little better, I would keep this in the fridge year round. Very smooth and silky on the palate. A nice clean and crisp follow through. Love this one.

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4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours black with a small tan head, little or no lacing. Smell is woody malts, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Taste continues with the woody caramel malts, vanilla and chocolate tones. Mouthfeel is incredibly rich and creamy, they weren't exaggerating about the double cream. So rich that I could maybe drink another, but one is probably enough. A unique and tasty sweet stout here, try it if you can find it.

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours black with a nice one finger off-white head that fades with good lacing. On the nose the main note is caramel with some chocolate and raw sugar in the back. On the tongue it's the same idea as the nose, and towards the back there is a good deal of sweetness. In the mouth it's not especially thick but there is the cloying quality that often comes with these sweeter beers. It's plenty drinkable as long as sweet stouts don't turn you off.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head on the pour looks like a black and white milk shake. Very thick and airy. Lasting as well.. Black opeque color and look in the pint glass. Roasty bitter cocoa nose with a touch of sweetness in the sinus. A little light upfront on the mouth then the finish has a touch of cream on the tongue. Dry cocoa and black malt intial taste then the finsh is of metalic (tin) sweetness. Wish it tasted how it looks... not bad though...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass, from a 12oz. brown bottle long neck with crimped-on cap.

Opaque,black slight ruby red hue when held to light, 2" thick tan head, pillowy with good retention,lacing around the glass.

A solid moderate nose,very roasty,carmelly/toffee hints of vanallia,smokey and woody,a very enticing aroma.

Tastes very roasty,like coffee.toffee/carmell a great malty profile. woody,with hints of vanallia. A smooth,clean semi-sweet and bitter finish with a very pleasing quality.

A very creamy mouthfeel,feels light on the palate, a wee bit chewy,smooth throughout,very enjoyable and tasty and drinkable.
A very good stout,would love to drink this one again.
One of the best stouts i've had in a while.

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3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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12 ounce bottle, batch # 8733.

Pours an opaque, dark brown/black with a nice, creamy, sticky light mocha head with light lacing.

Smells of sweet, creamy lactose, caramel and coffee.

Semi-sweet lactose flavor mixed with a dry, heavily roasted coffee. Light vanilla notes picked up in the after taste. Big mouthfeel with higher carbonation. Medium-to-full body and flavor.

Finishes slighty dry and bitter. Nice example for a milk stout.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep chocolate color with a nice 1.5 finger head that recedes slowly into some nice tight lacing. The beautiful thing I saw with the head was almost a swirling of colors that reminded me of hot chocolate with melting marshmellows in it. Quite unique!

Smell: Deep chocolate, cocoa, cream and a hit of latte hit this one on the nose. It smells quite rich!

Taste: Just like the nose with an excellent silky smooth chocolate and cream taste. Very rich on the palette with a nice long creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth with a lower carbonation that works great with the dark richness of this great brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straight black with a medium dark tan 1-finger head. No retention but decent lacing.

Nose is dark chocolate and medium roast coffee with sweet cream. Very nice and very rich.

Taste is strong chocolate malt. Nice roast hit, turns a little sweeter midway through, and finishes very dark and chocolaty. The chocolate really lingers.

Body is so close to perfect. very nice. Very rich body for a beer this low in alcohol.

easy to drink andvery well balanced !

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