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

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Reviews: 1,382
Hads: 3,485
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 211
Gots: 388 | FT: 3
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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Reviews: 1,382 | Hads: 3,485
Photo of Swedgin_Wu
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black with a decent sized tan/khaki head. Fairly nice to look at but nothing spectacular

S- faint smell, not overpowering. mostly pick up malts..hint of dark fruit

T- Burnt/Roasted Malt is prominent. Nice finish is laced with the dark fruit i mentioned. Some chocolate in the middle. there's a lot of going on with the taste. Very complex, i enjoy the transition on the tongue. Taste some toffee in there too. Little bit of bitterness there as well.

M- I disagree with some other reviewers that the mouthfeel is watery. The Left Hand Milk stout to me is more of a watery stout mouthfeel, but this is pretty smooth..not overly thick but not thin. Moderate carbonation. very drinkable

O- As of right now this is considered an "exceptional" beer. I think it's a good stout...not a session stout because of it's complex flavors, but probably something i'd buy again just to pick up on the different flavors.

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Photo of tanousa
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice black color, little lacing on top.

S- hints of coffee , expresso like, roasted malts and chocolate.

T- Cream , coffee, dark chocolate and hints of dark fruits.

M- Smooth, creamy. great finish.

D- exelent, can go for many of this gems !

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Photo of gfsufb
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark dark black, smell is good but not the best of any stout. Mouthfeel is impressive and you can taste a multitude of flavors in each sip. Overall not the best stout i have had but it is well above average. I really enjoy bells brews in general and this one didn't disappoint.

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Photo of hmbrewer336
2.19/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Deep brown if it were any darker it would be black. I actually had to lean it over to see the brown. Nice tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Not at all what I expected. Very grassy. Also picked up corn. Subtle roast and a hint of black licorice. Very low hop aroma. I was looking for coffee and chocolate with a double cream.

T: Again not what I'm looking for. Roasty and a hint of coffee. No chocolate. Quite grassy again. Very noble hop flavor.

M: This is bad. Absolutely piss poor mouth feel. I had to re-read the label. I don't get much creamy feel. Not very oily. Not very big or impressive in the mouth.

O: Overall very disappointed with this beer. The label is deceiving. I wanted sweeter and this was light with subtle roast and lacking the creamy body to support it. I also felt it was over carbonated for the style.

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Photo of philmont
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a tan head that thins out while leaving a mild lace on the glass. The color is dark opaque almost black. The aroma is reminiscent of cocoa. Initial flavor is very much cream, almost like chocolate milk. As the beer warms a little, the 10 malts advertised begin to give a more complex flavor profile in addition to the traditional cream stout flavor. Low hop flavor doesn't get in the way of all the malts. Very drinkable beer. While the complex malt profile teases the tongue, it still in some ways is just another cream stout, just a more expensive cream stout. Worth a try, but wouldn't want to spend too much on what could be more affordable in other brands.

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Photo of sleepingbear
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout

Holy Larry! This is why Bell’s is loved so much by Michiganders- great beer for the Great Beer State.

What a gigantic Johnson this Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout is!

Rich decadent darkness yields to deep coffee and cacao nib spice laced perfectly on a robust rich body.
I can only compare this beer to the likes of Trappistes Rochefort 10 meets Lion Stout.
Thank you Larry for making it easy for me to be proud of my state’s beer!

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Photo of mgp80
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black, with a robust tan head. Good-lookin' brew,
S: Nothing out of place or spectacular for a stout. Roasted malt, basically.
T: There's a lot going on here, and it's all good. Hop bitterness is certainly there, but it's one of those "you'd miss it if it were gone" things, as opposed to center stage. There's a good dose of the alcohol-warm prune/plum favors that you get in a good baltic porter, and of course some roasty,dark chocolate, and coffee-like flavors. My only gripe is that the finish doesn't leave me with much.
M: Awesome. This is a beer that eats like a meal. Very rich, very creamy. Lives up to the name.
D: Bell's has packed a lot of the flavor and complexity of a 9% abv beer into one that's 6%. These go down fast and easy for me.

This is a solid beer, one that I will keep around in the future.

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Photo of frogships
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2 Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass and a Duvel tulip.

A: Very dark, nearly black - light does not get through. About a half finger of a head that dissipates rather quickly but is a very attractive burnt marshmallow color that contrasts beautifully with the pitch black below. Mild to moderate lacing.

S: Creamy chocolate; roasted malt; light roasted coffee, hint of vanilla and cream; fresh espresso like feel in the nose. Very nice.

T: Creamy chocolate, light roasted coffee, hints of toffee as it goes down. Absolutely fantastic balance with all the tastes. Every sip tastes great, I can hardly wait to take the next one. Everything I would be looking for in a double cream stout or american stout.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Again, absolutely terrific balance. finishes almost like an espresso feel on the tongue. Absolutely silky smooth.

O: I was shocked how much I liked this beer. It is a fantastic stout. I love the taste as it is a festival of flavors but in a calm and elegant delivery and each one balanced perfectly with the next. Officially one of my absolute favorite beers and if it's on tap, I'm getting it.

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Photo of Junnila
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: Pours a dark black with a hint of redness. Medium head with not too long retention and limited lacing. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste was very well balanced and featured notes of everything I smelled and more. Mouthfeel was sweet, buttery, creamy...lactose. I definitely enjoyed it and would love to try it on tap to compare notes and see it there is anything missing from the bottles.

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Photo of tylerzander
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty dark this one, with just a tinge of garnet highlights along the edges when held up to a light; pours with a very minimal paper thin tan head that dissipates immediately

S - rum raisin booziness pretty apparent despite 6.1% ABV; dark crystal malts up front but some roastiness lurks in the background; some milk chocolate as the beer warms and some smooth caramelized/burnt sugar

T - chocolate maltiness from the variety of specialty malts lingers without any sharp/bitter roastiness, although some roastiness comes through to help temper the residual malt character; what you smell follows through to the taste: caramel, slight ethanol, smooth chocolate, some dried raisin/plum dark fruit flavor

M - nice low carbonation enhances the complex malt body, befitting of the descriptor "cream stout;" has a full-bodied mouthfeel without excessive sweetness

D - good as a standalone beer, as every sip is eagerly anticipated, but one 12 oz serving seems to adequately satisfy my desire for a full bodied double cream stout at the end of an evening

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Photo of Yooperduder
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: French roast dark with a slight touch of brown on the edges. Head begins with some moderate strength and finishes with a glass tingling edge and a dance of lace.

S: Definite malt here, complex, almost too much digest as far as smells. Dark, rich, smooth, malty, almost too much of a jumble. The bottle says 10 different types of malt, not much hop smell here but who can be surprised?

T: Smooth, very smooth, you'd think there was some oatmeal tossed into this brew. So smooth you'd never think it was 7.5%. Slight bitter in the beginning, ends with a chocolate malty tone. Aftertaste is very pleasant.

M: Almost like an oatmeal stout. Silky with a lingering touch of malt on the palette. The finish is very nice, exceptionally light for such a malty beer.

D: An exceptional beer in the drinkability realm. I would be hard pressed to find a smoother stout that could handle itself on an evening of enjoyment quite like this beer. If there is one fault to the beer it is the "busy" taste. You get so many tastes and flavors all at once. By the end of the glass you can notice some additional flavors coming forth but its like watching someone in the fog, almost... but not quite.

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Photo of andrewsporter
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Bought a 6 pack of this and poured it into a pint glass.

Appearance - looks absolutely delicious, heavy, dark. The head is a burnt brown that's fairly resilient. It's fun to spin it around in the glass since the beer is has so much weight to it.

Smell - Smells wonderful

Taste - Good. I let it warm up a bit which really brought out a more pronounced hoppy bite than I remember. Lingering burnt chococatey aftertaste

Mouthfeel - very thick, slides down with a little effort

Drinkability - these things really fill you up. I probably wont be able to finish more than 2 in a sitting, but delicious nonetheless.

The two things that stand our are the its thick mouthfeel and the stunning visual appearance.

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Photo of smptenor
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great stout! my favorite stout is still the milk stout nitro by left hand brewing company but this is still very good. It is very smooth with a great Burnt coffee Finish. The smell is great, very Malty with vanilla and coffee and hints of chocolate. I like the texture but I love stouts. Stouts are my favorite type of beer and I feel that they should have a creamy texture. This beer could be a bit more creamy. It's a bit watery like Guinness but not too bad. I'm a stout man so I could easily session this beer but for someone who doesn't drink stouts this is not a session beer. I feel that I would drink this after a steak dinner or with a hamburger. Great stout better than the reviews on here had me thinking it would taste.

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Photo of ScottS
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a burnt brown color head. The beer poured with a decent head which faded surprisingly quickly. The aroma is very very faint. I think I smell some black patent malt and an unidentified sweetness.

The beer has a fairly complex taste with bits of dark chocolate, black patent malt, and a mild sweetness that's reminiscent of milk and a hint of something else, possibly cherries. Overall, a very good beer. I think this bottle is at least a year old but am not sure as there are no dates on this bottle.

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Photo of BronYrAur
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Jet black with a nice dark tan head...decent staying power and I imagine a bit more lace if I weren't drinking out of this pint glass. Very nice.

S. Generous chocolaty, coffee aroma is evident immediately upon pouring, really nice nose that just pops as soon as the bottle is cracked.

T. Nice restrained coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes initially that become quickly covered by a very dark, roasted malt overload that characterizes all of Bell's stouts. Not sure I really get enough initial sweetness to really see "sweet" or "milk stout," though. The strong roastiness overpowers these elements just a bit too much for my taste.

F. Initially the carbonation seems a bit bright, but this quickly fades as the beer warms a bit. Nice silky, moderately creamy mouthfeel that could probably be a bit more full.

D. This isn't really intended to be a session beer but it definitely goes down easier than, say, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. This has a silkier, softer finish that, while still a bit thicker on the roastiness than I would like for the style, allows this brew to go down very smoothly.

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Photo of Bmuncy
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black with slightly reddish/brownish hue. Ruby red on the very edges of the glass. Poured into a half finger mocha head, resembling that of a chocolate milkshake. Definitely looks as creamy as the name suggests. Unfortunately, the small head dissipates rather quickly. Good lacing on the glass but it doesn't stick around for too long, either.

Smell: Nothing too surprising in here. Coffee, lots of malt and a touch of sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps milk chocolate, as opposed to the often found dark chocolates. As it warms, a little more of the sweetness comes out.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, sweetness. The sweetness comes out a bit more as the beer warms, just as in the nose. Very pleasant, though nothing new ventured in the taste department. Overall, quite solid.

Mouthfeel: It's a medium-full body that's velvety smooth and creamy. Not much in the way of carbonation, but cream stouts SHOULD be smooth and creamy. High marks, in this regard.

Overall: Very tasty and appealing brew. Mouthfeel and taste slightly outshine the other qualities. It's somewhat standard but also of tremendous quality. I'm definitely a fan of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout.

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Photo of Moss
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a nice brownish tan head. Two fingers worth of head which left nice lacing on the glass. As I drank lacing continued to be left on the glass. Perfect look for a stout.

S - The smell is of dark chocolate and hops. I can really smell the grassy hops which reminds me of the smell when boiling the hops in. Other then that I don't smell much else.

T - A little sweet upfront but really covered up with the bitterness of the beer. As it warms up I taste the cream a little more along with coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Overall a good combination.

M - Good medium to heavy mouth feel with just enough carbonation.

O - Good beer but not one of my favorites. Just a little too hoppy in the smell and taste for me.

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Photo of shamsoftabriz
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nearly black with just a hint of dark rust when held up to a light. Looks like...well...a stout! Thin head, no lacing.

S: Very sweet, maple candy aroma with a bit of toffee.

T: I was worried that this would be too sweet for my taste after smelling it, but it is a remarkably well-balanced beer with just a bit of hop character to balance out the sweet, roasted malts. Not super-strong or intense, but very drinkable. More of a dessert stout, but not cloying at all.

M: Homerun. Double-cream indeed! Thick foamy effervescence that when swished around leaves a wonderful long-lingering, slightly bitter "roasted" aftertaste.

O: Tasty. Stouts aren't my favorite style, but I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of mrmaps
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark. Head rises creamy and is durable.

Sm: Malt, coffee, licorice, hops

Taste: Malt, coffee, mild hops with a mild carbonation. Well blended flavor profile without anything being overly aggressive. The flavor is long lived and the beer opens up well after about 10 minutes.

Feel: Smooth, creamy finely carbonated.

Overall: The beer has a low alcohol content which is further shoved to the back ground by making this beer smooth and readily drinkable. The hops an coffee flavors are well balanced and long lasting. A good beer.

Value: I have to admit, I am partial to Bell's beer. It is priced slighter higher than most beers, but this is balanced by a better quality than other beers. I like it.

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Photo of tuo
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black in color with a nice tan head

Smell: Very nice aroma with vanilla and a roasty malts.

Taste: Nice creamy lactose flavor with a roasty malts and hints of chocolate. Nice smooth aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Real smooth and creamy nice silky feel

Drinkability: Very drinkable I could have this all night long.

I enjoyed this brew very much I am a big fan of the smooth cream stouts. It's incredibly drinkable for the ABV on this, it could sneak up on you fast with how easy it drinks.

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Photo of diybrun
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I spoiled myself with some great beer on a recent trip to the Mitten state. Picked up this fantastic brew.

Poured into a pint glass, black with a 1 finger mocha head that dissolved fairly quickly, leaving a thin lacing. Smelled of chocolate and roasted barley. The taste followed the nose, and it was a real pleasure to drink. Chocolate and roasted barley with a hint of mocha and a hops aftertaste that was far from overpowering but balanced the beer just fine. Moderate carbonation. This is about as drinkable of a beer as I've had, I would be more than happy having a few more.

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Photo of timherremans
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very deep black with slightly frothy creme colored head. CO2 action is sparse. Appearance is fairly thick. Average pint glass.

S - Aroma is of heavy use of malts. Roasty. There are scents of dark cocoa . And a light scent of coffee. Could be more pronounced perhaps but it's about the taste and finish.

T - Wow. I love this stout. Very malty. Definitely heavy use of malts. Great flavor and balance. A hint of cocoa and coffee are there but not pronounced. The roasty malt is the standout and slightly smokey. The finish is really smooth and roasty.

M - A good balance of CO2 at work here. Not to much, but a nice low amount for a stout, leaving the mouthfeel slightly thick & heavy and not watery. It has a good creamy & smooth finish that gives the beer it's name.

D - 5/5. Easy to drink because of the great malt flavors and smooth creamy finish. This is a good stout. I could easy drink quite a few of these in one night. It only grows on me. This is not the first time I have bought Double Cream Stout.

Highly regarded and recommended.

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Photo of smacgaha
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from plastic growler to tulip glass

Appearance - Very deep brown with minimal transparency. Poured with a medium tan head that dissipated to the sides after a while.

Scent - Deep caramel with some coffee. Something's missing.

Taste - Lots of caramel, coffee, and chocolate, with a lot of other malt traces. Surprisingly subtle in terms of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Tons of body, and adequate carbonation to match.

Overall - The body is fantastic, and the low ABV suits it well. The malt could be amplified a bit, especially in terms of aroma.

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Photo of mdhobbs
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice head on the pour with a deep dark appearance. It has a great smell with hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouth feel is fantastic. Overall, this is a very nice stout that I'll try again without hesitation. It also paths the way to try other beers produce by Bell Brewery.

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Photo of trinitone
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nearly black copper color. Half a finger's worth of head that dissapated fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit all with a subtle smokiness. Maybe it's because fall is here, but I also detect that freshly fallen leaf smell in a 100% good way.

The tongue follows the nose, with the addition of a sweet lactose taste to the flavors of the smokey, bitter coffee and the sour maltiness.

Mouthfeel was quite good with a medium/heavy body and not overcarbonated.

Drinkability gets high marks as I have just finished the beer and am wishing I had another at my disposal. This is quite a complex beer, perhaps having to do with the ten malts used, that takes a bit of dissecting. Pick one up and drink it slowly.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,382 ratings.