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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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3,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,183
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 276 | 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  rDev +1%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of bboven
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black opaque body with little head or lacing. What head is there is light tan.

Smells very sweet and nutty, almost like a pecan pie or something along those lines. There's a slight sour tinge throughout as well, but not enough to hurt it significantly.

Definitely a sweet flavor, but there's a big roastiness that didn't come through in the sweet smell. The bittering at the end of the sip is pretty amazing as well.

Full but not too thick, creamy and smooth carbonation, clings just enough to your palate to make an emphasis.

I've had this before, but not since moving to NC. Bell's is starting to make its way out here more and more and I'm very happy for it. I recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the style or wants a sweet and hearty dessert beer from time to time.

bboven, Nov 08, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

VikeMan, Dec 19, 2011
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.

JamesMN, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of santoslhalper
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan collar of a head. The head leaves decent sheets of lacing.

Smell: Smell's mainly of chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee. A simple smell, not bad, but not special.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This brew is all about chocolate malts. A little bit of espresso, a little bit of coffee, but mostly chocolate. The chocolate tastes a little artificial, but still a pleasing taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is very good beer, different from any other Bell's offering I've had. I'd definitely have another. It was my mistake, but I sampled it after having Rogue Chocolate Stout (this review is from notes taken last night). The Rogue was better than this in every way. But this is still a tasty beer, and one worth trying.

Bashiba, Bashiba, Bashiba... you always hook me up.

santoslhalper, Dec 17, 2004
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a rich deep reddish black color with fluffy cream/coffee colored head. Big, chunky, bubbley lacing all around....nice! Poured very smoothly

S: coffee, vanilla beans, and sweetness to boot. Pretty roasted overall with a pinch of bitter powered cocoa. The nose is mild and very well equipped for a nasal exploration

T: molasses, chocolate, and slight vanilla toffee flavors permeate within every sip. I find this beer has a creamy sort of Cool Whip appeal on the tongue. The coffee notes are more aggressive on the palate and is followed by a bitter somewhat dry taste. Gets on real tasty and much like the nose, it is heavily roasted and malty. This is one of my all time favorite Bells brews

M: goes down way to easy and has a great feel. This is near chewy and has plenty of volume. I would venture to say a heavy full body

D: absolutely solid. I do not need to say anymore.

Magpie14, Nov 16, 2006
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. 1 finger head. Nice retention. Some fairly heavy lacing left. Color is black.

S. Smell is pretty sweet. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Nice sweet stout smell. Not really a whole lot of hops at all.

T. Taste is good. Chocolate, coffee. Sweet finish. Maybe a litte bit of dark fruit. Nice balance.

M. Medium bodied. Nice mouthfeel. Medium/low carbonation. Sweet finish.

D. Very easy drinking. Milk stout is my preferred type of stout next to Imperial. This is really well balanced and easy to put down. I like the chocolate flavors in this.

siradmiralnelson, Nov 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Tafyob41, Mar 22, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

FaradayUncaged, Oct 24, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a 16oz nucleated tumbler... nice full somewhat creamy head. Great retention, some lacing. Beer is black, with absolutely no light shining through when held up to the light

S- Smells like coffee with cream and a tiny bit of sugar

T- A perfect combination of sweet and toasted malts mesh perfectly from start to finish... nice coffee flavor in the finish

M- Smooth. Light carbonation, full bodied though its not chewy

D- Delicious. I will definately look into buying more of this... a great beer for once the weather starts to cool


bbeane, Nov 11, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

WuBByG999, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

rojapa, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

wellsnb, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass after a long day of ice fishing.

A-Big, frothy light-brown head. Reduced slowly to a nice 1 cm bubble layer which retained nicely. Beer was black, opaque. Really, it was quite dark.

S-Chocolate and cocoa over a slight roasted malt.

T-Heavy roasted malt with bitter chocolate with the characteristic semi-sweet hints evident here and there. Maybe a nuance of coffee. Hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check, alongside the mild roasty astringency. Dark chocolate in the aftertaste, with a semi-sweet fruitiness.

M-Slick medium-light bodied beer, medium carbonation.

D-Decent. Very smooth beer, a nice cream stout. I'll be keeping an eye out for this one as an occasional indulgence.

CHSLBrew, Feb 20, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown color, with 1 finger of creamy tan head, leaving some slight lacing. Not a whole lot in the smell, some hints of chocolate and roasted malts is about it. The taste is similar to the smell, but there is also some tartness to this stout - maybe some dark fruits? Not exactly what I was expecting, just cant get over the tartness of this sweet stout. This is my 2nd time giving this Bell's offering a chance, and I don't think I would seek it out again unfortunately (definitely prefer their other stouts)

prdstmnky, Oct 25, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

beerhast, Sep 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jpd026, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

taigor, Apr 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Tumble, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

KornWallace, Dec 01, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it was due to this following the blacknote, but I found this to be thin and lacking. a mediocre stout that didn't seem to have much going on, other than the typical dark chocolate, coffee, and fig flavors found in stouts. OK, but nothing I'd revisit again. The mouthfeel was even mediocre.

Perhaps in the future if it is on tap I'll try a sample to see if it still is the same, but this experience left me wanting more.

taylor714914, Oct 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Screper, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is an opaque black; zero light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of dense, tan head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted and bubbly lacing, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Roasted dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, and there is a hint of black licorice.

Taste: Smooth like an oatmeal stout, but it has a slightly bitter edge from the roasted characters. It mostly mirrors the smell: roasted dark chocolate, caramel, and a little coffee. Thankfully, the black licorice did not come through in the taste. I hate that stuff.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I like the fact the roasted malts do not dominate, but it is still a solid stout. It just tastes like a Bell's stout.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Dolfan907, Dec 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Stillyman11, Jul 15, 2014
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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