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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,240 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,240
Reviews: 1,361
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 295 | 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 waughbrew
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look couldn't have appetized me more - black with a big creamed-coffee head. The head was extra creamy with super retention.

Aroma was decent, but I expected more from a big flavorful beer. subdued coffee, chocolate, alcohol, yeast phenolics.

Bittersweet chocolate is big in the flavor. Its like you have to chew your way through the coffee-icecream head to get to the more chocolaty beer. The Bell's yeast character is big in this beer just like all of the other Bell's I have had, and it gets a tad tiring for me to be honest. I never thought I would say this, but I might like this beer better if it were filtered. It would be more drinkable that way. But a great beer nonetheless.

Photo of mweso2000
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a tan head. Chocolate, cocoa scent with a hint of malt. This is one smooth creamy beer. I love the creaminess of this beer but it could be too milky for some. Sweet malt taste with chocolate. Love the feel in my mouth. It is has a the perfect mix of sweetness, creaminess with just a hint of hops to balance it out. Highly recommend this beer.

I am editing my rating on this beer. I still love the flavor of this beer, but I recently purchace a six pack of this beer and found that after a couple of beers that the sweetness of this beer was a little overwhelming. Changing my drinkability from 5 to 4

Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Ricochet
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured black, good head that lasted, looked like a milkshake, no light came through. Check. Smelled like burnt malts, coffee , with a winey note at the end. Check. Creamy mouth, mild bitterness, with heavy coffee aftertaste and dry. Check.

It went astray in the taste department. Yes, it was heavy on the coffee flavors and sweet like a milk stout, but seemed a little thin , with burnt malt flavor seeming to take away from rather than adding too. Still a good stout, but price/taste means I can get better/cheaper. This was 2.50 for 12oz-- Maybe $7 for a 6 would be better.

Photo of olafphysics
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black sea into my snifter with a dark tan head that recedes at decent rate. Chocolate of the bat in the nose. Very sweet aroma from the 10 different malts. Also has a very roasted aroma. The double cream stout has an extremely rich flavor. So much flavor with all the malts. This is perhaps my favorite beer from Bell's. Coffee, Chocolate and molasses are all over this one. This beer makes the mouth salivate. Great sweetness with matching bitters. That roasted flavor is lingering for a while. At 6.1% this could become my new session stout if it wasn't so limited. Pick this up, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of marcpal
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Mad Elf chalice.

A: Almost black as night and has a creamy look to it because of the chewy looking mocha colored head. This beer looks an awful lot like a Worldwide stout with the color and very thin filmy head.
Bottle reads 6%, not the 7.5% listed here.

N: Smell of a sweet chocolate bar with some licorice. Super sweet malts that turn into a sweet, sugary espresso.

T: Coffee and what I thought was pretty complex for a beer that doesnt come with too many bells and whistles. In the long run, the coffee starts to dominate which becomes almost boring. Really becomes all roasted coffee- not bad though.

M: A little bit of carbonation in the mouth with a very full body that is almost syrupy for a mild stout like this. Chunky and chewy.

D: Glad to have gotten a couple of these for trade. Nice change of pace in the summer and not hard to drink. Miles ahead in terms of character and taste compared to the kalamazoo expedition and java stouts- none of which I found all that great.

My choice so far of the Bell's stouts. Nice beer.

Photo of blbarnett3
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DRTBrewster
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of phisig137
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Ugly label design, but that doesn't really matter... Pours a deep black color, with a one finger khaki head. Nice retention gives way to gobs of lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is of toasted and roasted grains, biscuits and yeast. No real hop presence, but a slight caramel not is there.

Flavor has a slight hint of toffee, with a nice roasty finish. Chocolate flavors are abundant. Not a dry finish, but not particularly sweet either. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. But drinkability is great. Hides the 7.5% very well.

This is another solid beer from Bell's. At only 7.5%, it just on the edge of being a "double", and I think it lacks some of the sweetness and body that should be there in a cream stout. According to the name, it's not a great example. But as far as stouts go, I think it's quite tasty. Recommended... I'd buy it again.

Photo of Tafyob41
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of harryhops
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of bconsidine
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of BEERschlitz
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from an incredibly fresh six-pack.

Bell's Special Double Cream stout is an impenetrably jet-black beer whose head reaches 1" of height. This deep tanned froth subsides in half, leaving little sunspots of lace on the inside of the glass.

Intensely sweet on the nose, this beer instantly brings to mind all things chocolately and indulgent. Milk chocolate, cocao, hot chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Raisins - or Raisinettes actually - with yoo-hoo, and canned malt extract. Heavy cream. Iced mocha.

Following the aroma, the palate of this beer is quite - or as my review says insanely - sweet. A weird grape-juice flavor pops up in the midst of diabetes-inducing candi-corn/liquid fudge malts.

Not particularly viscous or entertaining in the mouth. I really crave roastiness in any black beer, and this is somewhat lacking in that department. I prefer hop/roast interplay, of which this beer has none.

Truly for the choco-freak or diabetes sufferer. Not a beer for the masses, but an interesting aside nonetheless. I could see non-beer people enjoying this one as a special treat.

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ackeeper
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark brown with three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Really nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt. Good but mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Nutty with milk flavors. Slightly bitter roasted malt flavors are stronger in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a good stout, but the nose is mild, and nothing about the taste sticks out to me. Above average, but not exceptional.

Photo of nhindian
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a pitch black with two-fingers of dark khaki head. Retention is decent, lasting for a few minutes. Lacing is fantastic as it leaves almost an entire curtain around the glass.

S - Smell is of slightly roasted malts, but not to the extent of other stouts out there. This seems a bit more balanced, carefully blending milk chocolate, espresso, and an edge of sweetness. Something smells a bit... off in the back-end of the nose but I can't place it...

T - Taste is a bit sweeter than many other stouts I've had and it lasts throughout the drink. Like in the nose, this beer doesn't lean too far toward too heavy in espresso or bittersweet chocolate, which is a nice compromise, but I feel it also leaves it in limbo. There's no defining taste here, but rather a mellow blend of malts. Some hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth. Finish is long and, for a change, surprisingly sweet.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are nice and balanced, but as mentioned before, don't pop out at me. It's a solid drink, but nothing I would actively seek out again.

Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque and hazy very dark brown. Thin light brown head. Looks like it will lace nicely.

Aroma: Sweet roasted malt. Creamy chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Says on the bottle they use ten different types of malts and it actually shows well in the complexity on the palate. Starts creamy and sweet then you get toffee and a nutty character about halfway through. The finish slowly goes from roasted chocolate to a black coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite complex for 6.1% ABV but not overly so. No hop presence but I attribute the bit of bitterness right at the beginning to whatever hop addition(s) was made. The roasted malt and bitter aftertaste does a good job of balancing an otherwise sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but feels more viscous. Real nice creamy feel before the finish. Easy drinkability but complex enough to warrant a slower enjoyment. My only gripe is that it's a little over carbonated.

Final Thoughts: I've been anticipating this beer's seasonal release but without incredibly high expectations. In the end it has left me satisfied with making the purchase of a sixer. Would I drink it again? Yep. Given the season and limited availability I'll be sure to ration them throughout the long winter and probably buy it again next year.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with brown edges and a small brown cap of foam. Both aroma and flavor lack the roastiness of some other cream stouts I've had that don't claim to be "double".
Mouthfeel is also quite thin for what the label claims; lacks both creaminess and stoutness. Has more of a porter-like twang.
Still quite enjoyable. Nothing bad about this beer, just a bit thin and light for a double cream stout.

Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,240 ratings.