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

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3,039 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,039
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

instinct2, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

chrishiker1409, Oct 27, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown/black, with reddish tinges around the edges. Two fingers of frothy tan head.

S: Lots of toasty malts and chocolate flavors; a bit of cream, very bittersweet.

T: Roasted, toasty malts once again; light coffee flavors to compliment the chocolate from the aroma. Strong flavor for the ABV, lots of creamy sweetness, with a lingering bittersweet finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: The sweetness and not quite extraordinary taste keep this from going down too quickly, but I did enjoy this glass.

AwYeh, Mar 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

WoodburyMN, Oct 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jeffwright, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a biege head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and leaves isolated spots of lacing. Body is black.

Smell - nuts, chocolate, roasted malt, malt bread with slightly burnt crust, and vanilla. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the nose, and much more. Chocolate, nuts, vanilla, roasted malt, as well as caramel, dark fruit like raisins, plums, and sour cherries. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, creamy, and silky smooth.

Drinkability - this is very, very good ale. Thouroughly delicious and hearty, and quite sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Dec 14, 2007
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2.38/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to beerlovngrl for this extra, I had been wanting to try it for a while.

The appearance is a black fading to mocha brown around the edges. The pour yields an off-white-to-light-brown head that leaves minimal lacing as it fades.

The smell is all coffee and roasty malts, but it's not a very strong smell at all.

The taste is malty sweetness with a burnt coffee tone, some roasted malt shows through but has an acidic, metallic taste that is fairly unpleasant. There is a soda-pop sweetness to this beer that is out of place as well.

The mouthfeel is nice, the beer is more carbonated than expected and the beer is also pretty light and easy to drink for a stout of this magnitude. But the flavor is a bit off, not something that I will have more than one of, this is the first Bell's brew that I haven't liked.

rpstevens, Jun 19, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a voluminous tan head atop its magnificent black with caramel highlights. a sight to see!
some chocolate and coffee with a slight bit of roast. Despite the appearance of the coffee tones, there is no sharp acridity. No burnt aroma.
The flavor is very similar, like very soft tissue paper on my bum, it washes down my palate with a silky chocolate and coffee flavor. It finishes very dry, but extremely pleasant. Nothing too big and bold here, just a magnificently crafted stout that is as easy drinking as they come.

dragonWhale, Dec 24, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Jd2391, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

DeadeyeOTDO, Oct 03, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Wolverine Market in Port Huron, MI. Pours a dense black with ruby highlights, one finger of mocha froth, and speckles of lacing on the tulip. Smell is toasty roasted malts, licorice, faint chocolate note, baking sugar, black currants, and floral hops. Taste is dark chocolate, burnt grains, espresso, table cream, spicy and resiny hops, and some cocoa powder on the cough. Mouthfeel is rich, velvety, fuller than medium, silky middle, flash of spice gives way to a chalky, parched palate. Long, bone dry finish. Overall, this is a straight forward yet satisfying stout that nails the style. I could drink a few of these in an evening.

cratez, Jan 05, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass
A - Pours a super dark reddish brown with a tan head that fall to a ring. Some nice lacing.
S - Roasted malts, maybe some coffee.
T - Bitter chocolate, Roasted malt and a bitter coffee aftertaste.
MF - Super smooth - like velvet going down. This is the type of mouthfeel that I long for and rarely find.
D - It is a touch too bitter for my taste but the mouthfeel is so wonderful that I find myself wanting another sip and another!

ThirstyBird, Nov 24, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch #9961, bottled on September 14, 2010.

A: Dark brown, almost black body. One-finger white head leaves some lacing.

S: Some chocolate, licorice, and a bit of roastiness.

T: Starts off with espresso-like notes. Bitter and sweetened chocolate make their presence felt. Also hints of vanilla. Finishes slightly sour.

M: Medium-bodied, rich and creamy.

D: Another solid stout from Bell's, especially for those with a sweet tooth. Would go best with dessert.

BarrelO, Oct 26, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Batch #8902. Thanks, brokenleadedcask!

Black pour. Smallish light brown head gives way to a thin cap. Random assortment of light lacing.

Aroma is roasty. A quick swirl brings out some really nice milk chocolate and vanilla smells to go along with the roast and ground coffee.

Nice roasty flavor. Much more coffee than the aroma led me to believe there would be. The sweetness and roast balance well. The chocolate and vanilla give this a really light, very drinkable flavor. Slight bitterness in the drying finish.

This beer reminds me of Kalamazoo Stout in a few ways, especially how it balances sweet and bitter. However, the comparisons end when it comes to texture. While Kalamazoo Stout was rich and velvety, Special Double Cream Stout is lighter, and less creamy. Of course, we are dealing with different styles here, and Bell's nailed both. Very good mouthfeel for a sweet stout.

Special Double Cream Stout is an unbelievably easy drinker. The light body, and the delicious flavor, make this one go down very easily. Once again, Bell's brews a winner.

Gyle41386, Jul 31, 2009
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3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Hopdaemon39, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

WuBByG999, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DWolf, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

heavenlyStash, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

dtomes, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of beerphan
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> american pint
batch id #7733; according to the website, packaged on 11/21/06

Pours black with a thick tan head that settles quickly to creamy film and leaves pangea lace.

Nose: Roasted malts, some smoke, sweet malts

Taste: Sweet chocolate malt, molasses, and a burnt cocoa bitterness finish with some astrigency.

Mouthfeel is creamy, thick, and slick.

This would be an extremely drinkable beer, except for a slightly astrident aftertaste.

beerphan, Jan 09, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking as I typing.

A: Very dark on pour with a nice two finger head. Head retention is very nice. Really nice lace patterns going on as well.

S: Roasty caramel maltiness. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee. And believe it or not kind bud resin.

T: Hops up front that goes straight to coffee and bitter chocolate with some scorched caramel somewhere in the middle. Very complex and highly recommended. Ends nice and dry.

M: Medium to full bodied, bravo to my fwends to the north.

D: Bitter and strong as it is: it is also refreshing. Chug-a-lug Chug-a-lug makes you want to yell "yummy ass!!!"

baos, Jan 17, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle from Batch 10,144.
A: Opaque black with a nice fluffy two-finger dark cream head that sticks.
S: Creamy oatmeal, milk chocolate, nice roast and hops that come off almost earthy and woodsy together with almonds. Good.
T: Again, cream and milk chocolate... in fact it almost tastes like good milk with a chocolate burnt roast character. Nuttiness is there too with some biscuit. Hops are a nice spicy addition on the finish. Great.
M: Super creamy but relatively cleansing on the finish.
D: Really good.

ne0m00re, Jan 25, 2011
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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