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

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2,928 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,928
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 208 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Eastside151, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

JasonTaverner, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

magnusdave, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

AKuehn47, Dec 24, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Thanks to my man Hhawk06 for this sample. This beer pours a jet black color that looks very devious in nature yet delicious. It leaves a sudsy tan head that is clinging to my snifter. The smell is hoppy sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, creamed sugar, vanilla and herbal spices throughout. The taste is smooth, it has a bittery hop feel up front followed by a medicinal chocolate herbal taste on the palate finished with some nice malty chocolate creaminess. This is a smooth beer that coats the tongue and tickles it with dark chocolate malts dipped in a creamy milkiness.

Franchise, Jan 08, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +4%

Batch 8150

Pours pretty much opaque brownish-black with chestnut edges. Fluffy 1 1/2" khaki head. Gobs of hearty lace smattered all the way down.

Scents of milk chocolate covered malted milk balls bathed in coffee & crème. Dark roasty malts are lush and sweet smelling.

Sweet chocolaty roasted malts are showcased beautifully with their oh so sweet and mellow goodness. A tad hint of bitter coffee and real cream nicely offsets the turbid depth of hearty, sweet and (again) chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is astounding. As fluffy and silky of an ale as I've ever drank. Full bodied and decadent. Beautiful roasty and coffeeish lingering long finish.

Drinkability is great. Isn't as sweet as I anticipated, but is sweet compared to standard stouts none-the-less.

Overall a masterfully crafted sweet stout for certain. Not as robust as the flagship Kalamazoo Stout, but it definitely has more of a subtle presence that can't be denied. This baby is all about silky malty goodness with heaps of roasty chocolate over-under-and in-between tones. I don't drink this stout very often, but when I do its pure bliss.

malty, Dec 08, 2007
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3.28/5  rDev -17.4%

The head falls fast, but leaves a good sticky lacing. The color is crisp black and inviting.

Sweet black fruit, molasses, chocolate and coffee flavors with a slight creamy feel in the smell.

Not thick, but watery with coffee and cream flavors with very little body and only a slight aftertaste.

Watery and unlike most stouts with a very little body.

Overall it was less than expected from Bell's, it would take a special case the next time I try this one.

Erdinger2003, Jul 11, 2006
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into a pint glass this brew has an enormous milk chocolate brown head that finally settles to a frothy cap. This is a thick dark brown brew with a strong nose of coffee, slight burnt malts, a little nuttiness, and some dark fruits. The taste is a little sweeter than I might like. There are raisin and plum notes along with toffee and burnt malts. There is a lacking hop balance to this but the brews complexity and slick mouthfeel are solid. A nice brew but have had some better samples from Bells.

Thanks to Cdkrenz for this sample in a "secret santa" exchange.

WJVII, Dec 25, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Thanks again to EricWo for sending this one. Poured an inky black with a big billowing creamy tan head that left lacing all the way down my glass. This is one good looking beer. The smell is good, roasted malt and hints of chocolate but nothing too overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is sweet, with a taste of roasted malt and a little chocolate that coats your tongue. Very easy to drink with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Really a well rounded beer. Excellent balance. An excellent example of one of my favorite styles.

PretzelCity, Oct 19, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Cyclone8, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

scratch69, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Lurkerson, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

lilnicky068, Nov 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DMarlinJ, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

UncleAddie, Aug 29, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

I made the mistake of serving this cold. Not much in the way of a head, but I suspect it would have been better at cellar temp. When cold, the dull nose compliments a dominant chocolate maltiness along the path of Expedition, but miles and miles behind it. The lactose is also very evident and gives this beer a mocha quality. After letting it warm for a while, the other ten malts begin to come out and reveal a mild, very pleasant caramel that marries wonderfully with the cream (think Rollo candy). There's much more to this than a mocha. While I'm reminded, at first, of Goose Island Oatmeal Stout and its intense (and unpleasant) mocha characteristics, when served properly Bell's Special Double Cream has a great deal of character. There's a rind-like drying finish that I suspect are from the light bittering addition. Perhaps some hops are added in the top third of the boil because there is an interesting but very light hoppy note in the background. Lots of cream on the finish, too.

Well integrated, this isn't bad at all. There seems to be a good deal of Crystal (caramel) malt in this brew and yet it doesn't go the way of brown ales (raisiny and, in my opinion, quite poor). It even picks up a good amount of esters either from the yeast or the hops. Not much of a sit-back beer, but perhaps a nice one with a meal (went very well with my fettucine and eggplant parmesan) or over a smoke.

ngandhi, Oct 24, 2003
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3.85/5  rDev -3%

Appearance- licorice colour with an ebony/reddish hue. Head dissipates quite quickly, however lacing is ok. Nose- more licorice, oatmeal and some roast. Taste- light roasts, milk chocolate and anise. Carbonation was pretty spritzy for the style, otherwise nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is good- I had no idea that this was 7.5%. Good stout on a winter's day.

oakbluff, Dec 19, 2007
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3.71/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness glass

A- Dark roast coffee with a deep garnet on the edges. An aggressive pour yielded a high medium brown head that slowly dissipated to a thin layer that stayed. More carbonation then I was expecting.

S- Medium dark roasts and a slight roast acidity coming through

T- Bigger than the nose with the roast notes and the acidity lingers on the tongue.

M- Not as "creamy" as I was expecting given the name. Medium viscosity.

O- Thought this was going to be a sweet milk stout by the name but even so a solid stout from a place known for great stouts. I think I will do a 50/50 mix with Expedition and get a taste of a non-BA Black Note.

PaulyB83, Sep 28, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

inebrius, Jan 06, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

brewerburgundy, Dec 01, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -3%

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.

Viciousknishs, Nov 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

mattboyer182, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

jpd026, Dec 21, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -4%

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

keithmurray, Oct 28, 2013
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