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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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3,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 195
Gots: 361 | 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:
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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Ratings: 3,410 | Reviews: 1,393
Photo of PaulyB83
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of MaxPowers
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Slynger
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark, brownly black with a lid of fuzzy-creamy tan foam.

The smell is of sweet dark chocolate and cream with darkly roasty toasty malts and some black coffee beans.

Full-medium body with softly fuzzy and moderately creamy carbonation. Flavors bring the same cream diluted dark chocolatey sweetness, along with a darkly roasty, toasty malt base, and some ground black coffee beans.

Eh, not as impressed by this one as most Bell's offerings, but it's still a decent beer.

Photo of jucifer1818
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: solid black, with a thick two finger head

Smell: Smells of sweet milk suggar and lightly roasted malts. A light, but satisfying smell.

Taste: A lot of grassy hops up front, with a nice light roast after taste and the very late aftertaste is pure espresso

Mouthfeel: Thick on the mouth, with a nice grainy texture

Overall: a pretty decent, though thoroughly not creamy stout. I would recommend it for something different and a decent smooth stout

I still believe that X2 stout is a superior cream stout, but this is fine

Photo of jeremiahoden
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is nearly opaque with a bit of dark brown around the edges. a thin band of dark tan lacing.
The aroma is roasty formost and really dark cacao.
Flavor wise there is a roast that is very espresso like in many ways, smooth and creamy with a tight refined roast. Very chocolate like, and some lactose flavors.
The mouthfeel is full for a stout this size, middle of the road carbination.

A solid stout.

Photo of Vylo
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Small, less than one finger dense, dark beige head. Extremely dark brown/black body, not insight into it all.

S: Fills the room with molasses and coffee smells at first. A closer investigation gives me cooked brown sugar or toasted sugar of some sort. Sort of caramelly even, maybe like caramel mixed with dark chocolate.

T: Very dry and roasty, like hot chocolate made with all cocoa powder. Not too complex. Good, but not much going on. Apart from being very dry, there's not much impressive about this beer.

M: The dry taste translates into a dry feeling as well, but it has some good body. It's nice to have a stout that isn't so thick.

D: My friend that gave me this did so because in three + hours he'd only drank 2.5, and I'm not surprised.

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DoctorDog
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Black and opaque. Pours with 2+ fingers creamy light brown head, which fades very slowly into a thin cap. Sporadic spotty lacing.

S- Earthy, with roasty, acidic coffee.

T- Solid lactose sweetness, and dark coffee roastiness. Better than the nose was leading me to expect.

M- Moderately carbonated. Smooth and creamy. Fairly full feeling.

D- Very good..

Future outlook: Very good beer. The smell made me leery, but the taste and feel were better than expected. I'd be happy to have this again.

Photo of Dolfan907
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mjl21
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Part of batch 8732 and was packaged on 9/8/08. Comes in at 6.1%.

A-Pours black, but some reddish coloring can be seen as the glass is tilted. Has a minimal sandy head that quickly goes to a tiny ring and one lone foam bubble that rests in the middle of the glass.

S-After cracking the bottle open, get notes of sweet malt and a smell reminiscent of a mocha. There are some vanilla notes to be found. It smells like an Imperial Stout when it is first in the glass. As it warms all kinds of different aromas come and go...I picked up on a woody aroma as well as something akin to playdough.

T-When it first hits my mouth, the sweet malt is the first taste that makes it presence. Coffee flavor quickly follows, resulting in a taste that is very much like a good coffee ice cream. The roasted malt comes in once the liquid has gone down my throat.

M-Medium bodied with a nice creamy/smooth consistency. This one has a nice prickly level of carbonation that I would not have guessed based on how it looks after it was poured.

D-Not a very heavy beer, I could easily see milking (no pun intended) a few of these over the course of a night. Tasted really good when I paired it with a vanilla cookie with Tahitian vanilla frosting.

Another great beer from Bell's. I would love to have more access to this beer due to the relatively low abv and the fact that it is not overly heavy.

Photo of stoutman
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours well with a thick cocoa head that stayed nearly the whole glass. Has a sweet/chocolate flavor, almost a mild (dark) flavor of chocolate covered cherries. It's a medium bodied, with a finish of medium roast coffee flavor. I enjoy K-zoos dark beers and their lighter ones are only so-so for me.. It must be the common wateror hops in the recipe they use.

Photo of Syracuse12
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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 Evarigan
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of twelvsies
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I really loved this beer, and I'm not a particular fan of the milk stout style. A big fluffy beige head tops a very dark brown beer. Very inviting. Sitting around with a couple other people, we did not want to stop sniffing this beer. Rattling off flavors such as the obligatory coffee and chocolate but as diverse as peanut butter, raisins, and even rice milk was thrown out there. Complex in the flavor as well. Lots going on and it's all working. Big roasty notes, molasses, aforementioned coffee and a nice milk-chocolateyness. Almost like a cup of coco, but with out being too sweet. Still maintains a nice finish. Silky and creamy on the palate. Very impressive. Special double indeed.

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 steamboatbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Lurkerson
4/5  rDev +1%

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

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