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

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2,928 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,928
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 208 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

AGust82, Aug 03, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into a standard pint glass. Batch #9446.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a half an inch tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: Sweet, toasted malts hit the nose right away. Very pleasant nose on this one.

Taste: Slightly smokey flavor initially followed up by sweet roasted malt flavor.

Drinkability: A very smooth beer, one that I could have many times in a session. No hint of alochol at all.

I would definitely go for this beer again. Another great stout by the fine folks at Bell's.

Axic10, Nov 28, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

JoeLacy, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mcphish22, Nov 14, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Pitch black in color, a nice off white head that leaves a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet malts, as well as chocolate, and slight hints of coffee.

T: Chocolate, coffee and some vanilla, almost exactly like the nose.

M:Creamy, great stout, very minimal carbonation

D: Another great brew from Bells, never disappointed with this brewery. Will definitely have another.

thedoubler55, Feb 28, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Received as an extra from rfraga77. Thanks!

A: Dark dark brown. Agressive pour leads to a two-finger fluffy tan-ish head that disappears relatively quickly. Lacing is thick and sticks to the glass like glue.

S: Wow, big time aroma here of toasted chocolate malts, bitter dark cocoa, espresso. Lots and lots going on here...it's really an assault on the nose - in a good way.

T: Way more subtle than the nose would suggest. Way smooth blend of coffee, espresso, chocolate, toasted malts, bready malt and a touch of hop bitterness at the end that for some reason I think I can differentiate from the coffee bitterness - but I'm pretty sure I'm right.

M: Nicely carbonated, probably on the lighter side of carbonation. Medium body, smooth feel.

O: A nice, easy drinking stout with a ton of complex aromas and flavor. To strike the balance of smooth and complex is seemingly not an easy task. This is a really nice brew and I commend Bell's on a job well done.

suspect, Nov 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dirty25, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

anhigdon, Jan 17, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Beer is as black as ink. A very short dark tan colored head. To dark to note any carbonation at all. Very thin ribbons of lace run away watery.

Aroma hits of big malt scents right up front. A very sweet blend of dark plum, chocolate, and licorice. A light lactose hint behind the other aromas.

A roasted malt body mixed with a very sweet cream flavor. Licorice fades from scent, but a faint bit of plum is still there. A great mix of flavors.

A slight bit on the watery side on the tongue. Only a light carbonation shifting in the beer.

A solid brew. Great to drink with a cigar on a fall night. Not an everyday style, but a good offering. Another choice brew from Bell's

RedChrome, Sep 20, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

This brew had a very strong coffee and chocolate aroma. It poured with no head and a very dark black opaque body. It actually had a very mild coffee taste with an otherwise OK flavor. There was no after bite which allowed it to go down very smoothly.

TheDM, Jul 03, 2003
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3.85/5  rDev -3%

This one pours out a dark brown with a soapy tan head. Sticky head, opaque coloring.

Very smoky and sweet aroma, a little burnt malt.

Huge burnt malt in the flavor, smoky and woodsy. Pretty sweet, very even.

Syrupy, sticky feel. Low, virtually no carbonation.

Very mild flavor, but very sticky and for no reason. The flavor is muted, but still very decent.

cnally, Jan 18, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a pitch black color with a thick creamy unforgiving tan head with tons of residual lacing. Smells of coffee, and some chocolate and maybe roasted malts. Tastes of tons of coffee with tasty sweetness and roasted malts. Hops round out the flavor and cut some of the sweetness. You can taste some chocolate in there as well. Nice thick and full bodied mouthfeel. Drinkability is really good.

TheKingofWichita, Nov 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jpaulsen, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Pours a deep brown with 2 finger mocha colored head. Good amount of frothy lacing

S- Sweet cocoa, roasted malt, hint of vanilla and dark fruit

T- Taste is robust, cocoa, burnt coffee, vanilla, and raisins. Very good.

M- Creamy, full, well carbonated

Overall- Superb American Stout. Very delicious

BeerBuckeye, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

HardyA, Oct 14, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +18.4%

A- This is an opaque black color and looks very solid. The head looks very creamy, is a cappuccino color and has moderate retention in my opinion....settles down to a thin layer a little quicker than I'd like. The lacing, while decent, is less fulfilling than I was expecting, but nothing to really complain about. Overall, a fine....perhaps slightly underwhelming looking stout, but that is not what makes the beer....onward....

S- There is a medley of fine aromas happening here...I find a milky quality about the aroma first off....to me it has a soft chocolate milk smell initially, followed by mild aromas of roasted coffee, cream, and dare I even say a hint of canned black olive?!....yes I did! The finish has some smooth bitterness happening....very mild and very inviting!

T- Oh this is a delightfully creamy tasting beer! This is chalk full of mild, yet robust flavors of bitter chocolate, mild roast coffee, sweet caramelized molasses/golden brown sugar, and toasty malted barley. The finish has a bitterness, but not of the hop variety, but rather just the right amount of burnt grain kernels...reminds me slightly of an oat stout in this regard. My only qualm is right after the swallow, there is the slightest bit of an alcohol spice, which takes away from the smoothness, but again, nothing to really get excited over.

M- I am willing to bet that this is one of the creamiest stouts in the world! Full mouthfeel, and I really enjoy the rich softness of the beer....almost like some heavy cream was added to this but I fully realize that this is dairy free....it's just that smooth! The carbonation is soft and stays in the background where it belongs....just wonderful!

O- This is a deadly stout that is very highly drinkable!! Oh boy, if this was available in my area, I would have a new go to for the style! Rich flavors & aromas, superbly smooth and full, without being overbearing on the palate or stomach, I give this one very high marks and highly recommend this one to anyone who appreciates a super high quality stout!

ChrisCage, Mar 03, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -3%

And again, thanks to pwoody11 (man, he hooked it up!). Batch 9446.

A - Clear, very dark brown, almost opaque. Small, long-lasting tan head. Little lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, caramel. Clean.

F/M - Chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark dried fruits (prunes). Medium-low bitterness helps this beer stay smooth and the creamy mouthfeel really makes it full bodied yet clean in the finish. Medium-lite carbonation.

D - This is one easy-drinking "double cream" stout. Full bodied, creamy and rich, yet finishes clean and without a heavy lingering aftertaste.

domtronzero, Sep 02, 2010
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

squack, Feb 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

TheSleepyMonkey, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Definitely the most bitter tasting sweet stout I can remember. Almost like Shakespeare or other examples of micro-stouts. I thouroughly enjoyed this one, although it was different than what I expected. No Mackeson's or Young's luxury here. Hops are quite evident, but the finish is not overly dry. Nice appearance, smooth mouthfeel. This is an excellent stout.

JohnnyDuvel, Oct 29, 2003
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

The appearance is dark black with cocoa edges. The head pours a solid fluffy one finger head that evolves into a haze over the glass. The tan head does not leave any lacing and the legs are watery.

The smell is of chocolate, roasted grains, vanilla.

The taste is impressive and drinkable. Chocolate, vanilla, a cream lactose mouthfeel. This one reminds me of a chocolate stout that I brewed with lactose, really creamy. Great smooth mouthfeel that finishes great. Incredible drinkable, this would be a session stout at my house. Lots of vanilla in the warming up of the brew.

Jmoore50, Mar 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

TypsiYpsi, Jan 08, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -1%

Black and opaque... with a decent tan head. Aroma of roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, and some dried fruit. Flavor is somewhat astringent, with coffee and chocolate flavors... some sweetness, and dried fruit flavors. Medium to full body, with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth as it warms. Another well done stout from Kalamazoo.

zerk, Nov 28, 2002
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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