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

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3,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,386
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 352 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark, opaque black. About a half inch of tan head. As someone else said, it pretty much just looks like a stout.

S- Roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Some alcohol. Not the strongest I've ever smelled, but it's pleasant and definitely there.

T- Dark, roasty malt with coffee notes. Very slight chocolate. A little sweetness from the malt and cream. A little woody too. Hint of alcohol. I really like this beer... It's not extremely complex but it is solid.

M- Very creamy and pretty thick. Nice for a double cream stout.

D- Could definitely have more than one. 7.5% masked nicely, but could bite me in the ass if I had a bunch.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours pitch black with a half-finger of tan head that quickly recedes to the collar, leaving behind very little lacing.

S: Roasty coffee, plums, chocolate, and licorice (an apparent staple in the Bell's stout lineup).

T: It starts sweet with mild coffee notes, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel and finishes bitter with raisins and licorice.

M: It has a medium-thick body that is quite creamy and somewhat sticky.

D: It isn't too strong or thick but it isn't very drinkable. The flavors get a bit annoying like the rest of Bells's stouts. I don't get it.

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of nodder
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

A- Black with a big light tan head. Spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts. Slight coffee notes.

T- Very subtle. Roasted malts, chocolate, smoky/coffee flavors. No alcohol taste to speak of. Slightly bitter finish.

M- The real winner here. Creamy and so smooth. Medium to full body. This is easy to drink.

O- Underated beer imo. I love it and would have again.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice find at one of my favorite local haunts, JP O'Malley's in Allentown. This stout oozed out fo the bottle creating something of a respectable head with the help of a moderately vigorous pour. The aroma was something of dark, roasted malt with a creamy overtone - almost like a silencer on a handgun, so to speak. My analogies need work, I know... The flavor was not overly heavy, and the creaminess on the palate was a welcome notation. The roasted malt came through in a nice way all the way through the sip, through to the end of the bottle. A solid offering, to be sure.


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

One of my favorite styles and one of my favorite Bells products. Dark brown without too much head. Not overpowering in alcohol. Very smooth flavor with roasted malts, creaminess, and french pressed coffee. A delicious milk stout. A little more bitterness than some other milk stouts I've had. Drier, a little less sweet, and a little less carbonation. Body is a little fuller than the other milk stouts I've had too. I could drink these all night.

Bells, expand your distribution to California, I beg you.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled December 2009.

Pours a dark, dark brown with about a finger of tan head. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

A touch of coffee bean and roasted malt on the nose, but the aroma is mostly dominated by a slightly sour lactose smell. Almost dairy like. Normally I wouldn't enjoy this kind of smell, but this is a cream stout, so it's pretty likely that lactose was used. Bits of vanilla linger as well.

Smooth, roasty malts on the tongue followed by a lactic tang. Bits of chocolate and coffee come through as well. A very milky stout. Lactose adds a sweet and slightly sour touch to the beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost velvety, but the body is light enough to notice the small, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I like the well roasted malts and the touch of dark chocolate, but the lactic sourness cuts down on the drinkability for me.

Overall, this is a very interesting brew. Big roasty malts, a smooth body and tangy milkiness. I like sour beers, but I'm not sure if this pairing is really my thing. I think Bell's has done a good job with the style and if I had a fresher bottle maybe I wouldn't notice the lactic sourness as much. All in all though, this is still a tasty beer and one that I'd like to try again.

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of happygnome
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: pours a nice deep dark brown balck color with about a half inch of head that doesnt dissapear leaving a good amount of lace that sticks to the side of the glass as well on top of the brew
s: deep chocolate malts with cream aroma as well, dark fruits are also present
t: chocolate malts cream dark fruits very complex
m: medium to full bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, wow this is truly a good brew

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a rich black with twinges of brown. a vigorous pour yields an unexpected three-finger mocha-colored head that has impressive retention, fading leaving a good bit of lacing.

aroma of roasted malt up front. burnt caramel, burnt coffee beans, and a hint of cocoa. Very roasty on the whole.

Taste is roasted malt all the way, with some coffee, vanilla, and toffee notes hidden nicely. deliciously smooth, although not quite as sweet or lactosey as I was hoping. Definitely roasted character-forward... not a bad thing. Twinges of strong chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, and even a touch of hops show up as it warms. never really screams milk or sweet stout.

Mouthfeel falls somewhere between slightly thin for the style, and slightly overcarbonated for the style, although it blends together to create a decently creamy and more than palatable mouth. a touch drying.

All in all, not a bad brew. It was milder both in aroma and flavor than I'd expected, which makes it ever so drinkable, although it doesn't really fit the bill of you're looking for a strong sweet stout. An excellent brew none-the-less, and if it was available locally, it may be one of my go-to brews.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of dannyfayy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Ricochet
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
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 theboozecruise
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nearly black with a small lingering off-white head.

S - like coffee with creamer

T - a little more bitter than the smell but delicious. Malty, rich.

M - definitely a cream stout. I can feel the creaminess on the tongue. Thick.

D - yeah. I'll have another.

Photo of HopsMatt
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of kerry4porters
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of khiasmus
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black into my glass, and boasts two fingers of nut brown head that drop to nothing within a few moments, leaving nothing behind.
Aroma is of burnt grain, along with some stale coffee. I may be crazy, but I swear I can smell some sweet cream. Overall, though, the nose is very faint and you have to strain to get much besides a husky roast character.
Not what I have come to expect in a sweet stout, but still fits the guidelines quite well. The roastiness is dominant, with all sorts of burnt toast and roasted barley notes coming out. Almost all of the bitterness seems to come from the grain, and there is very little hop bitterness/flavor/aroma in the beer. The roasted grain is balanced by quite evident lactose sugar... it tastes as if someone dumped whipping cream in this beer. The finish is more husky notes, more lactose, and that canned coffee that I smelled... the finish is certainly the weakest link.
Mouthfeel department is quite adequate, with medium carbonation and immense milky creaminess. the finish is smooth in the center from the cream, and dry around the edges from the grain.
This is pretty much a two-dimensional beer: grain and cream. I prefer Sam Adams' cream stout, but I certainly wouldn't turn one of these down. If cream stouts are your mug of beer, you should certainly give this one a taste.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stange. No date.

Appearance - Big brtown head with medium-high retention. Black body.

Smell - Coffee. Chocolate. Soy sauce.

Taste - Strong coffee and chocolate. Unfortunately some more soy sauce. Creamer.

Mouthfeel - Creamy head. Medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable. Some of the soy sauce charater dissipates over time and with each sip, which is great because it's a big flaw otherwise.4

Photo of blbarnett3
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of waughbrew
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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 mattboyer182
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of instinct2
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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