Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours pitch black with a thin head that eventually disppears, leaving a ring that leaves lacing on the glass.
The smell is of bittersweet, roasted coffee with a lactose fragrance.
The taste is of roasted, bittersweet coffee with milk becoming ever--more present. Some hints of cocoa powder. Sweet, becoming more balanced with bitterness as it progresses. Alcohol very well-covered. The only "gripe" I have with the taste is the odd aftertaste - can't quite put my finger on it (metallic?)
It's lighter in body than I would expect for the style, especially a "double". But, it is very smooth and has some creaminess to it.
Easy to drink - alcohol well-covered. Can't say it's among the best I've had in this style, but a decent brew never-the-less.
04-09-2007 03:25:24 | More by jwc215
3.28/5 rDev -17.4%
This beer pours a deep brown, almost a black, color. It forms a thick brown head when swirled in my glass. The aroma is of a buttery roast malt. The butter seems to dominate the aroma. The butter component is in the taste as well. This beer is creamy in consistency. It has definite roast character as well, though befitting a cream stout, it is a soft roast flavor. The stout is fairly thick bodied, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The butter flavor seems to dissipate with time, though I could just be getting used to it. I am not sure if the butter character is supposed to be here (my guess is that it is not), but it is no so strong that it horribly detracts from this beer. It even helps to boost the perceived fullness of this beer. Though in the end this beer would be much better without the butter component.
12-16-2003 20:50:35 | More by Gueuzedude
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Modest head that settles quickly until there is only a ring of bubbles. Leaves some slippery lace. Near black color. No light passes.
Another mellow stout aroma from Bell's. Light dark toast smell with a touch of lactose.
The "cream" comes in the swallow. Surprisingly, there's no sourness that I associate with the style. Coffee (without cream) up front. A very easy to drink stout--smooth. Body and carbonation is accurate.
01-16-2011 22:18:05 | More by smcolw
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
Black in color with 1/2" head that quickly reduced to surface foam. The aroma is pleasant as coffee and chocolate are easily detectable. The flavor is very impressive as numerous flavors makes the taste buds happy. Roasted malt is a tad more burnt in flavor (in a good way) and the chocolate, coffee, licorice, and raisin tones round this out nicely. Just a touch of bitterness, and the alcohol is barely noticable.
Medium/heavy in body. Creamy smooth start with a long dry and tingling roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate finish. Very nicely drinkable and extremely enjoyable. Too bad the pour didn't look better.
09-23-2004 23:44:31 | More by Gavage
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
Acquired for $2.59 at the Four Firkins. 12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Bell's pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Expectations are high given this brewery's reputation. Reviewed live. Bottled 10/01/12.
Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and decent retention for the fairly high ABV. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Dark malts, cream, a hint of roast, java/coffee, and even a hint of vanilla. A good balanced aroma for the style. Average to mild in strength.
T: Cream, dark malts, cinnabon, chocolate malt, and light subtle coffee/java. Quite tasty. Decently balanced and built. A solid stout, but not particularly complex or subtle.
Mf: Carbonation is a bit overdone. A bit too thick, but nice nevertheless. Creamy, smooth, wet and tasty. Suits the flavours well.
Dr: A drinkable, solid all around stout. I'd love to try it on nitro. A good stout from Bell's, but not exceptional.
12/02/13: Truncated additional notes (freeform).
Appearance is solid for a stout: sleek opaque black. Nice head.
The finish has a kiss of bitterness, which may be from the dark chocolate and isn't ideal. I like the cream. I could use far more roast than it offers.
It's got a nice sleek smooth mouthfeel but isn't as creamy as it should be. Aptly thick and medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.
Quite drinkable for a stout. I'd definitely have it again. A solid brew from Bell's. Well worth trying. As good as I remember.
11-25-2012 21:17:21 | More by kojevergas
4.05/5 rDev +2%
08-07-08- Purchased at Chuck's Wine and Spirits in Chagrin Falls, OH.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with a code printed on the back label. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Appearance- Deep brown approaching balck in color. Nice 3/4 inch head fills right to the top of the glass. Creamy in texture and feel. Light lace traces left behind.
Smell- Smells fairly well roasted if not coming to the burnt sector. Coffee, vanilla and very light chocolate notes.
Taste- Very highly roasted malts with just a touch of a smoky flavor coming into play. Vanilla bean-coffee mixtue is prominent. Very mild chocolate, mostly just very creamy heavily roasted coffee bean flavor. Hops are there, but play a very minor role.
Mouthfeel- Creamy..as it should be. Very smooth and silky. Very light hop aftertaste.
Drinkability- Great beer here. Haven't been disappointed by Bell's yet. Seek out!
08-08-2008 15:57:00 | More by GClarkage
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
Served on tap at tria in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours a dark black color with a thin brown head. Aroma of malty chocolate, roasted coffee and hops. Very smooth, easy drinking stout. Nice balance of creamy chocolate maltiness with a nice touch of bitter hoppiness.
11-28-2008 09:58:40 | More by corby112
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Appears a dense black with a 3 finger tan head that slowly fades out into a film and collar. Spots of lacing are left around the tulip glass.
Smell is of sweet, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, toasted chestnuts, vanilla, and cream.
Taste is of the same aromas. Toasted nuts, fruits, cocoa, coffee, vanilla ice cream.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with creamy, toasty coffee bitterness with some sweet chocolate notes coming through. Mildly carbonated and rich.
06-24-2006 02:31:40 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
12 oz bottle, batch number 8150, poured into a pint glass
A: Thick, nearly opaque black with chocolate tones around the edges. Not much of a head, thin tan color that quickly dissipates to a ring of film with little lacing.
S: Overall a fairly mild smell. Burnt malt, toasted flavors, coffee, slightly oxidized, no hops.
T: Very creamy and fluffy body, slightly oxidized. Very malty, toasted and burnt flavors, that begins very sweet and finishes with a slightly more bitter hop taste. There is also a light alcohol burn in the finish. A very nice sweet stout, and full of flavor but a little to thick and hot to be very drinkable.
04-07-2008 00:56:55 | More by yourefragile
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
I am making a concerted effort to clear some of the beer out of my basement and this surfaced. Nice to see you again!
From the bottle: "Brewed with a blend of 10 different malts, Double Cream is an incredibly rich stout composed of dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, roasty finish."
The pour created an impressive finger of deep-tan head with excellent retention. Color was obsidian black, allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a sweetish smell, like dried dark fruits, underlain by a light smokiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with tastes of dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, smoke and charcoal in the mouth. Wow! Finish was incredibly silky smooth, very chocolaty, especially on the extreme finish. I have been on a stout kick the last day or so and this struck me as more of a dessert beer/stout, given its lingering sweetness. This was the third (!) different way that I have had this beer and each time, it was enjoyable. That has to count for something.
06-27-2011 00:22:03 | More by woodychandler
4.05/5 rDev +2%
Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.
A - Pours dark as night with a solid one finger, creamy, tan head that leaves thick lacing down the entire glass.
S - Strong sweet aroma right off the bat. Hints of dark roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, and cream. The sweetness overpowers nearly all of the smaller aroma's in this one.
T - Quite sweet up front quickly giving way to a creamy mix of coffee, chocolate, and other rich earthy flavors. Finish is a strong roasted flavor that is a bit overpowering. A fairly well put together cream stout.
M - Heavy flavor and feel with moderate carbonation. Very smooth with rich, roasted, flavors clinging to the pallet long after consumption.
D - I am sure I could drink a few of these, just maybe not all in one sitting. A very nice cask offering from Bell's.
11-17-2010 20:47:08 | More by orangesol
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
With a name like "Special Double Cream Stout," a expected some serious cream. I don't know what they "doubled," but this just came off like a big stout with a little less of a dry, roasted feel. No, it's not bad, there's a dark malt profile that's similar to a mocha coffee, maybe with a touch of cream. Basically it's a good stout, but I don't know if it's special.
12-17-2007 00:17:02 | More by tempest
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours black with some brown highlights, and a super creamy, off-white head with excellent lacing. Smells nutty and lightly roasty with some creaminess. Tastes delicious. Creamy and slightly sweet with a fresh cream, citrus hop, and a light roasty flavor and some toasted hazlenut and almonds. Creamy and with some sweetness in the mouth. A very nice beer.
09-09-2010 03:17:09 | More by Georgiabeer
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
12 oz bottle, no dating. Black as night, dark tan head, tiny bubble head melts down to a film, lots o' lace. Nose is of sweet fruit, vanilla and burnt malt in background. Lucious mouthfeel, this a sweet nectar of the stout gods. Notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, biscuits and roasted malts. As the bottle advertizes this one boasts a soft roasty finish. More fine stuff from Bells, I wish my wife brought a case of this stuff home instead of a sixer!
03-23-2004 04:45:59 | More by Billolick
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a very dark brown color with a thick 2 finger head of tanned foam. Nose is hoppy upfront with the burnt grains filling out the middle an the finish is sweet and chocolate-like. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Taste is bitter with a mix of both hops an burnt grain. Bitter chocolate fills the mouth with a very pleasant taste that lingers. Medium feel. Very well balanced with the hops and bitterness keeping the chocolate in check.
11-13-2009 19:35:45 | More by stakem
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with hints of brown when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy tan head that quickly reduces to a small amount of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts with some lighter notes of chocolate & coffee. The smell of this beer improves as the beer warms up. Just the faintest hint of vanilla as well.
T: The flavor of this beer is mostly malty with lots of dark malts and some lighter amounts of roasted malts. Some lighter and more subtle notes of chocolate and coffee. Not sweet and there is a light amount of lingering bitterness.
M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and lightly creamy.
O: Very enjoyable but not sure I get why it is called a double cream stout... I think I had expectations of a much creamier mouthfeel based on the name. Nice flavors and very enjoyable. I'd get this one again if I had easy access to it.
09-16-2012 18:49:16 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev +0.8%
A pint glass served at Capone's during the Founders/Bell's Nights
A: The ale is a dark chocolate color, almost pitch black, but in a darker bar setting who can tell for certain? An off-white head laces nicely throughout the glass, creating spiderwebs of delicious beer.
S: The nose has a lactic sourness, milky with an undertone of dry tartness. Some darker chocolate notes round out the aroma profile.
T: The taste follows the nose, starting off with a roasted stout body. That body is reasonably restrained, at least compared to Expedition Stout (which I had just before it). The roasted chocolate flavors are mixed with a lactose tartness, creating a milk chocolate-like flavor that comes across as just a little out of date. That lactose finish is strange, especially if you weren't expectin' it.
M: The bitterness is unusual, a strange flavor that rarely pops up even in milk stouts. Roasted malts and lactose are a nice combination.
D: Very drinkable, even with a higher abv. I went into the night liking Java Stout more but left favoring Double Cream.
08-31-2007 02:10:44 | More by akorsak
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
Served in an American pint glass
A-Jet black dense color with a few bubbles slowly rising to the surface. The head is a milk chocolate brown but it disappears rather quickly
S- notes of coffee beans and a creamy chocolate hint aswell. Just a little earthiness gives the coffee some depth
T- roasted malt start with lots of sweetness on top of some hoppiness. Finishes with a graham cracker mellowness and just the hint of hops.
M- medium body with residual sweetness but a tart mouthfeel at the end.
D- This is a very pleasant yet complex stout. It has a lot of flavor packed in that bottle but no characteristic is over powering. I would like to see a bit more chewiness in the mouthfeel but definitely a leader in this category.
02-22-2005 00:28:35 | More by rhoadsrage
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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