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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

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.

Added by Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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Reviews: 1,411 | Ratings: 3,654
Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle of this excellent beer the other night.

The stout pours the expected blackish brown color, but with exceptional head retention and lacing. The head on this beer has something of a cocoa color, which I quite appreciate. The beer is likewise very attractive on the nose, with some noticeable chocolate, vanilla and coffee, but with a fine roasty, almost burnt toast aroma as well. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with moderate sweetness, but with enought hoppy bitterness to keep that sweetness from becoming overwhelming. The mouthfeel is very light and creamy, and might be this beers best feature. The beer is very drinkable, with the 7.5% alcohol well disguised.

This beer is nothing like the expedition stout, and is a nice departure from some of the RIS's I've been drinking of late. A very nice effort from Bell's, to no great surprise.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much head at all but decent lacing. Very dark, opaque appearance. Aromas slightly muted; roasty and vaguely metallic. Excellent flavor. Roasty, complex, malty, balanced, just the right amount of bitterness. Medium long finish, lingering nicely without a bitter aftertaste. Not a hoppy stout, which I like. Good mouthfeel with creamy, tongue-coating quality. Not too thick. Another superb Bell's offering. The roasted malt dominates, with the standard chocolate and coffee notes well in the background for a change. Nicely malty but only slightly sweet.

I really liked this one!

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by coffee, some chocolate. Taste is the same, heavy with the coffee, some underlying notes of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Derek
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch ID 7219, packaged on January 13, 2006.

A: Black with a tan head. Not much retention, leaves a little leg with some assistance.

S: A good amount of nose & very pleasant. Piney American hops, brown sugar and plenty of dark maltyness (bread, nut).

T: Slight sweetness, mild roastyness, mild acidity. Bready, chocolate, molases, caramel & pine. Quite nice, though I actually thought the Kalamazoo was a little more flavourful.

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Carbonation on the light side of moderate.

D: Very good.

I LOVE Bell's stouts!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/14/12
*From notes

A: Pretty rich and dark for a low ABV stout like this. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger head that doesn't stick around all too long, though the thick and creamy collar certainly will suffice.

S: Earthy green. Maybe a touch of coffee? Kind of muddled, as it's not all that expressive.

T: Quite mellow. It's certainly creamy. Less char here, more of a smooth vanilla quality to it.

M: It's not mind blowingly thick, but it'll do.

O: Not the world changer some find it to be, Bell's Double Cream Stout is still a pretty darn good beer. If you're looking for a lot of flavor in your stout with a lower ABV, look no further.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a thick 1/2" light brown head above a dark, dark brown/black brew. Long-lasting head that laced excellently. Aroma is sweetly of dark malts, perhaps to a fault, with no balancing bitterness seemling present at all. Taste follows the nose, with sweetness dominant, to a fault, and ends up with a tinge of bitterness, but almost too little, too late. Mouthfeel is nowhere near as smooth as one would expect from a cream stout, kind of disappointing, and drinkability is a bit better, but one could certainly find a more desirable lot from Bell's stable.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a large tan head that features excellent retention and a good amount of lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malts, and hints of chocolate and coffee. Wow, the smell is mouthwatering! The taste is much like the aroma, it starts out smooth and roasty with hints of charcoal and finishes with a good amount of bitterness. Overall, this is another fantastic stout in Bell's outstanding lineup. Recommended.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by the generous trader known as russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It's been a while since my last Milk Stout.

A very nice black looking brew with over 1 finger's worth of tannish foam. A great looking brew in my New Belgium goblet.

The smell *is* milky and of chocolate but very mild in character. The maltiness is obvious but a stronger nose would help a bit, I think.

The taste is great. This is a great milk shake for grownups! Wonderfully malty with heaps of chocolate malted flavour and a nice cocoa like bitterness about mid palate on that shares some duty there with good roasty tones. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium...very darn close to full bodied, with light carbonation; wow...silky smooth mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability? Not a scary abv here to contend with so I say, drink away, as I'm doing. Very easy drinker.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and received a black cola-esque, viscous brew that left a mountainous head (size and appearance) that receeded slowly and left some lace patches. Some roasted and sweet malts in the nose, like chocoalte and coffee, but not much going on. Extremely creamy and smooth are the first two adjectives to come to mind. There is a residual sweetness from chocolate and coffee malts are noticeable, but it finishes with a nominal dry backbite. Also may have detected some caramel and toffee (maybe even honey - a thickness and stickiness not found in too many stouts). ABV is barely noticeable even as the beer warms the tongue.
This is not the most complex beer, probably not even my fave stout, but something about this beer (reminded me of yoo-hoo or something w/ alcohol)...if it was on tap or something at a local watering hole I'd be sessioning this hours. Just my opinion and personal taste.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Malty nose - mainly roast - seasoned with coffee and chocolate.
Pours deep dark brown under a finely bubbled foam collar, thin but lacy. The roast flavors are soft rather than bitter or harsh.
Palate: bittersweet chocolate and coffee, a touch of caramel sweetness.
Chewy with an extraordinarily creamy body - very fine carbonation.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2.50$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a hugee size fizzy and frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. There are also some roasted/toasted nut flavours and a light smokiness. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste with some light lingering bitterness.

Overall - Another winner from Bell's. There is a nice balance of flavours and it tastes like it was made with quality ingredients. Not my favourite style of beer, but something I'm glad I tried.

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

Black, light ruby highlights, with a mocha coloured, thin head. Fair retention and lacing. Lactose sweetness in the aroma, chocolatey and malty, light alcohol and moderate roasted character. Full body with low carbonation. Silky smooth texture, a bit milky. Balance is on the malty side, lactose, low roasted flavour but the roast barley contributes to dryness at the finish. Low bitterness and just a bit of milk chocolate. Very light alcohol warmth. Pretty good stout overall, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a black color with a scrumptious looking fluffy tan head that just stays.

The aroma has a good amount of medium roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, oats, like Breakfast Stout, and actual creaminess of dairy.

On the flavor, the beer attacks of rich roasted malt along with a hint of dark dried fruit and in an extremely manner for this ABV and style. Almost like burnt wood and licorice. There's some bittersweet chocolate on the middle, then onto coffee grounds and a good roasted bitterness, along with a bit of creaminess.

The mouthfeel as expected is medium minus to light.

The beer is rich and robust and does not hold back despite it's ABV. A pleasant surprise from Bell's.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pour leaves a wafer thin, beige head that quickly recedes to a ring around the edge of the beer. Color is a very, very, very dark brown. Almost like brownie mix.

Smell- A great sugared cream aroma mixed with melted milk chocolate mixed with some slight, dry acidity to the finish.

Taste- Starts out warm milk sweet and hot chocolate. This leads too a more easily defined roasted malt character. The sweetness slowly trades with a dry bitterness. Like a drop of hops was added to my goodnight milk.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth to start but finishes a little and acidic.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

20 ounce pint glass, served from cask at The Pub, Columbus, OH (Polaris). Pours a dark brown color with about a bit more than an inch off-white/tan head. It almost looked like a nitro-tap Guinness when it was brought to me. Lacing and head retention were both excellent. The aroma was chocolate, coffee, cream and roasted malt. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's good and sweet but also has a nice slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's very creamy and velvety with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and creamy and extremely easy to drink. I'd drink this all the time if I could, I've had the beer from the bottle before and I like it a lot, but it's just excellent on cask. Recommended.

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

Been in the fridge a while.

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a solid half inch tan head that lingers. My beer has floaties.

Chocolate, nuts, diacetyl, and subtle dark fruit begin the aroma. Toffee, toasted malt, and light roast malt add complexity.

Flavor is very buttery and fairly sweet, with sherry-like fruit emerging and leading to chocolate, roast malt, and a lightly bitter finish. Pretty subtle transitions. The finish is a touch acrid.

Body is moderate, creamy with fairly low carbonation.

Very good stout that probably developed the sherry quality due to age. Think I'd rather it not be there.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black. It has some head so I guess I got a fresh bottle.
S - burnt and slight peppery
T - coffee and pepper dominate with a slight bitter.
M - Creamy and delicious. Burnt not too dominant.
D - I could finish a couple and enjoy them.

Overall I expected sort of a milk stout but got more of a peppery magic hat "Howl" with a smoother body. Would buy again.

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Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7733!

Pours an opaque brown/black, no edges, thick tan head forms, nice lace spots, good retention, pretty ring around the glass. Smell is super malty, very complex, caramel, bread, roast chocolate and coffee, cream, very fragrant, smells kind of like fresh dairy, little bit oaky and vinous, like a chardonnay oak sweetness. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, roasty, caramel sweetness, lactic, creamy, chocolate goodness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, nice flavour, lactic sweetness cloys a bit though. Thanks for picking up Lexx!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is ink black. A thin brown head recedes to an edging rather quickly. Nice belgian lacing. Huge mix of toffee, vanilla bean, coffee, mocha and dark fruits on the nose. The taste is a combination of bittersweet chocolate (slight), lactic sourness, alcohol and dark plum and cherry like fruits. Nice combination. Body is about medium-full. Just another in the long line of outstanding stouts from K-zoo. I can't believe I didn't review this one already.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Bottle code 10151, which means it was bottled 1.25.11

Appearance - Near black, with a nice, lively tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and malts.

Taste - Similar to smell, more smokey flavors and some coffee flavors.

Drink - Good carbonation.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty black, but then I guess its a double stout, even if of the cream variety. Aroma is faint cocoa, very delicate, not overpowering.

The taste, rich, yet soft, very easy drinking, not big on the roast or chocolate, it keeps a velvet like average chewiness with that dallop of cocoa powder. Not heavy on the sweetness. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste at all, ends dry for a milk stout or whatnot. A little twang with it. This beer offers a ton of different flavor profiles all under one cap, but none of them are really in your face. One of those stouts that you can use to convert someone to stouts, but isn't overly simplified, complex and enjoyable enough for everyone.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,411 ratings.