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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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1,384 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,384
Hads: 3,496
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 214
Gots: 392 | 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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Photo of dedrinker
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

All the classic coffee/bitterness/roast of most stouts worth their salt are muted here by the "double cream" aspect (lactose?) of the stout. Alot of body, chocolate, and residual sweetness are what is left over, and frankly that makes a fine beer as "comfort food." Much stronger alcohol content compared to classic U.K. versions, and aside from cold nights where one more cozy beer will put me to bed, I would not reach for this beer very often. Since it is 27 degrees out right now, I am enjoying this quite well, and find reassurance in its rich cozy comfort. One will be enough though.

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Photo of phisig137
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Ugly label design, but that doesn't really matter... Pours a deep black color, with a one finger khaki head. Nice retention gives way to gobs of lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is of toasted and roasted grains, biscuits and yeast. No real hop presence, but a slight caramel not is there.

Flavor has a slight hint of toffee, with a nice roasty finish. Chocolate flavors are abundant. Not a dry finish, but not particularly sweet either. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. But drinkability is great. Hides the 7.5% very well.

This is another solid beer from Bell's. At only 7.5%, it just on the edge of being a "double", and I think it lacks some of the sweetness and body that should be there in a cream stout. According to the name, it's not a great example. But as far as stouts go, I think it's quite tasty. Recommended... I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spills like black milk into a pint glass. There is a nutty brown one finger head with average retention and no lacing.

The nose is built up on a big foundation of rich roasted malts. Ranging from bittersweet burnt chocolate to mildy sweet caramel notes this beer's scent runs the gamut of stout scents and implements them in full force.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I'm drinking this beer on the warmer side of the spectrum and I'm finding it to be slightly more bland then the name suggests. It drinks with the same consistancy of milk but with a bittered variety of ovaltine taste. I'm left with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. This beer tastes good and better than a lot of stouts, but with a name like "Special Double Cream Sout" I have to admit I went in to this with high hopes and I'm left a little dissapointed.

It's dark and pretty high ABV so I find it a little difficult to justify extended drinking of this beer. It's pretty good and I could definitely throw one back from time to time or with a meal, but it's not a six pack beer for me.

Bottom Line:
Don't be fooled by the name, this beer is a pretty standard above average stout if that's not an oxy moron. Not to say you shouldn't try it but it's not going to rock your world like I was hoping.

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

Pours our really dark. Not much head, but some fine lacing.
Smell is toffee and coffee with just a hint of chocolate with some sort of berry like rasberry.
Taste is very sweet and malty with a nice bitter/black flavor.
Mouthfeel is great with the sweet malts covering the mouth then the black bitterness comes in for just a second leaving the sweet alcohol behind to soothe the back of the throat.
With a 7.5 % abv this might not be a session beer but it sure would be fun to try to down a 6-pack.

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Photo of Phatz
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh sweet creamy chocolate divine. yummy yummy in my tummy. This beer would make me sing if I were a guy who sang.

Appearance: Pours black with a creamy tan head and loads of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is rich with sweet cream and chocolate and a hint of butterscotch and caramel, dark fruit, and milk. Malty and simply appealing.

Taste: It is a super smooth sweet easy milk stout that is creamy for sure but sweet only to that point and it avoids becoming sugar sweet and holds at creamy sweet. mmm. There is a hint of cherry with the roasted grain undertone and them it simple slides down the throat. I, literally, am at a loss for words. The flavor is simple but yet just right.

Mouthfeel: Rich thick and full but not overweight. It is very thing I could ask for in a milk stout, it is creamy and velvety smooth with a distinct dryness on the edges.

Drinkability: There is something do easy and pleasant about drinking this beer, I can't help but to relax and feel better. It is more than the alcohol it it maybe it has to due with the chocolate in the flavor or the smooth silky creamy nature of the beer but I am certainly in the market for a case of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at near-room temperature.

A - Pours a rich, black color with a small tan head...long-lasting lacing that remained on the glass for awhile.

S - Very vibrant burnt-cocoa aroma.

T - Powerful flavors of dark chocolate and coffee beans, but I feel like I'm stating the obvious at this point! Creamy texture that finishes with almost a vanilla flavor...a good description would be it's like a chocolate-vanilla twist from a yogurt machine.

M - Best mouthfeel of any milk stout I've had. Creamy, but with a little bite on the finish. Works its way down very easily and with no bitterness. Excellent blend!

D - As my journey into beerdom continues, I'm falling more in love with Bell's and their collection of stouts. Wonderful winter nightcap!

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

I feel like I am drinking a Mackesons Milk Stout, and that is a good thing. I am going to have to drink these beer back to back to get my bearings because they seem almost the same...which is a good thing! Very smooth, nice and roasty. Chocolate, coffee, and nice cream flavor. VERY easy drinking, a regular in my stout line up.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a rich deep reddish black color with fluffy cream/coffee colored head. Big, chunky, bubbley lacing all around....nice! Poured very smoothly

S: coffee, vanilla beans, and sweetness to boot. Pretty roasted overall with a pinch of bitter powered cocoa. The nose is mild and very well equipped for a nasal exploration

T: molasses, chocolate, and slight vanilla toffee flavors permeate within every sip. I find this beer has a creamy sort of Cool Whip appeal on the tongue. The coffee notes are more aggressive on the palate and is followed by a bitter somewhat dry taste. Gets on real tasty and much like the nose, it is heavily roasted and malty. This is one of my all time favorite Bells brews

M: goes down way to easy and has a great feel. This is near chewy and has plenty of volume. I would venture to say a heavy full body

D: absolutely solid. I do not need to say anymore.

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Photo of morayeel
4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Lacy, head is solid, looks like a nice tan color and I love the way the head settles, if poured a little violently. Awsome

s: chocolate and alcohol with a bit of smoke taste to it at the end. Very smooth

t: oh greatness. Leaves a thick chocolaty and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker but very smooth at the end.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it I had this on tap and when you tap a pint you get a half of a glass of head.

d: The first time I had this is on tap at my house. This was my first stout on tap and I think I picked a good one to start off with. This is a stout that hits the spot after a long day. I love the smooth full silky moth feel of this stout. But it’s a stout that can make you full after a few.

conclusion: This was my first stout on tap at home and I am really happy with my choice. I wish this was made year long but its only seasonal. I liked this stout and plan on having my distributor get me a keg next fall.


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Photo of dolphlungdren
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: lace lace lace, head is solid, looks like clouds and bubbles if poured a little violently. wonderful

s: chocolate and alcohol... i want to snort it.

t: oh greatness. leaves a thick choclatey and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it.

d: the first time i bought this beer i meant to ration it due to its somewhat pricey label (like 11.99 per six)... however I accidentally drank five of them in a sitting because they were hitting the spot. if you are in the mood for a stout that is not terribly bitter, this is your money pit.

conclusion: i generally prefer imperial stouts and things of the more bitter variety, but this is a great beer. I think i like it more than the average person on here, but I can't get enough of it and absolutely crave it when it is out of season. this beer will make your night better. it might not solve your problems, but it will certainly help you forget about them for a while.

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Photo of wingman14
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan head. Smell is sweet with some burnt characters, hints of chocolate and coffee. A moderately strong alcohol smell. Taste is similar, yet very weak for a stout. The taste was somewhat underwhelming. The aftertaste is subtle with the burnt flavor showing up most. The mouthfeel was not very smooth and had a good deal of carbonation. I really wanted to enjoy this beer, but didn't find much to rave about. A decent stout, worth checking out especially if you are a fan of bell's.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Would like to thank BigErn again for this brew. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a very deep, dull black with a two-finger creamy tan head. Little head retention , but, left a generous amount of tan lace on my glass. Faint burnt rubber, creamy milk chocolate, and coffee bean nose. Nothing too overwhelming here. Tasted of freshly roasted ingredients , short blasts of espresso, with maybe a touch of alcohol. Very little carbonation. Has a somewhat thick almost milky feeling in the mouth. Didn't think it was anything spectacular , but it was pretty good.

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

The bottle shows the code "7250", which corresponds to February 14, 2006, according to the Bell's website. It pours out black as midnight, and you can see the viscosity, with about half a finger of light brown head. It smells immediately of dark chocolate, with roasted coffee notes too. Upon tasting, you can tell that it's a double cream stout - with all the bitter chocolate/coffee flavors comes a milky, sugary aspect, so it tastes a bit like coffee loaded up with cream. The taste doesn't punch you out, though, and there's the taste nicely fades away before becoming overbearing. And it is smoo-ooth, with just enough carbonation. Pretty easy to put down, too, making this a good brew.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dertbert...thanks for this beer.
Solid black is the color with a 1/4" brown head that recedes to a film on top. Lacing is thick in areas and sparse in others.
Smell's like a dark coco coffee. The milk is noticable in the aroma too.
The flavor starts of as a sweet milk chocolate but tranfers to a heavy coffee roasted flavor in the middle to the finish.
The mouthfeel is very unique. I would say it is a medium bodied beer, but the heavy roasted finish gives it a very full feel.
Another excellent beer from Bell's that I could drink all night.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown, almost black color with moderate tannish head. Smell is supremely enjoyable, being a nice mixture of choclate, coffee, roasted malt, dark rich fruits, and burnt smokey wood. Taste is also very enjoyable with nice chocolate and coffee flavors, combined with more dark fruitiness, and ending with a mild bitterness that beckons for another taste. So very easy to drink that I was suprised to see the alcohol conent. excellent beer. First class.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good stout slows down time. A great stout slows down time immeasurably so that you sit and stare mindfully off into the void for a long minute after the first gulp and take in what it has to offer. Kinda like watching a Regina Spektor video through your taste buds. After that it's sipping time and for me eating time so that I don't become tipsy or nod off for ten minutes and drown in the tub. Yeah, so there is lots of toastiness in this one along with the other general stout traits but for a citrusy bite in the dregs. A nice start to a weekend of sampling Bell's stouts.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black color that lets in no light at all. Mine also had almost zero head to speak of. The tan colored head, if one can call it a head, was maybe 1/8th on an inch thick at most before becoming a thin ring lining the inside ofthe glass 2 or 3 minutes after being poured. Very little lacing. This beer is full of roasty aromas of coffee, dark fruit, malt, a hint of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate dominate the smell. Perhaps a hint of roasted nut as well. The taste is somewhat sweet upfront and lingers with all the characteristics in the smell also present in the taste. There is also a hint of milk or lactose in the taste, but not the smell. No bitterness in the taste of aftertaste at first, but it starts to creep in after a few sips as the beer starts to warm. Aftertaste is somewhat mild. A bit of a dry aftertaste/mouthfeel as well. A nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Mine did not have a very frothy or creamy mouthfeel at all, as the name of this beer would imply. Moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Unusually easy to drink for a stout IMO. All around this beer felt like a porter more than a stout. A good solid beer, but not all that great. Worth a try for sure.


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Photo of nortmand
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby tinged black with a moderate brown head.

Roast and milk chocolate dominate the smell. There is some kind of wet dog aroma there as well.

Lactose, chocolate and a bit of roasty astringency in the flavor.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, a slightly better than average beer, pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky black color with a frothy tan head that persists throughout although the lacing is not great

Smell: After some unusual aromas, it settles down to provide a steady base of roasted malt, rich dark fruit, licorice and coffee tones

Taste: Initially generates a mouthful of rich coffee flavor; after the swallow, some modest bitterness kicks in with a slight sour tone on the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture with moderate carbonation but ultimately a little bit thin

Drinkability: A very good milk stout but not a great one; a couple of demerits on the aroma and sour finish

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Photo of tfp4268
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a creamy, two finger head that leaves a fine lace after a few minutes.

Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is also sweet and malty, not really robust, decent hops balance, alcohol comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is great...thick and creamy.

Pretty drinkable, especially for a 7.5% ABV. I'd definitely do it again.

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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 hanco005
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of batch 7250 poured into a pint glass

A—thick black solid liquid with a thin fizzy cocoa colored head, fades away slowly and spotty lacing is produced

S—coffee, sweet malty tones, some butter, alcohol is faint

T—lots of malts, milder chocolate and coffee, nice flavors, some milky taste is very faint, too

M—creamy and smooth, but a little thinner than I expected, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—I like it. A solid stout and more would be welcomed

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Photo of loren01
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark black color, small head that dissipated very quickly, no lacing.
S: Smell is chocolatey, also slightly smokey
T: Same as smell, smokey with chocolatey flavors. Very flavorfull.
M: Creamy mouthfeel, thick and kind of syrupy. Goes down very easily
D: Awesome tasting, very smooth drinking beer.

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

What a wonderful stout full of flavor and textures that make each sip an experience...

The pour is a bit on the average side - it's a slightly thick deep brown brew with a small cocoa colored head that falls down almost immediately. No lacing throughout the drink, not even a collar of foam after a few minutes.

The nose is incredible. There's a base of deep roasted sugars somewhere between caramel and molasses, plenty of vanilla, cocoa and coffee topped with just a touch of alcohol sweetness.

The taste is very good as well with quite a bit of caramel and maple syrup flavors (though oddly this isn't overly sweet), dark chocolate and hints of espresso and a very rich creamy finish that's reminiscent of a coffee ice cream.

Mouthfeel is quite good but a bit shy on carbonation. It's a medium to heavy bodied brew with a very nice creamy mouthfeel - more like a thin milkshake than a brew. While creamy and rich the residual sugars are restrained so there isn't a thick glaze left on the tongue.

While it's not tops in many ways this is a very drinkable brew and an experience that's well worth repeating (as often as practical) Coming from the same brewery that makes Expedition Stout it's pretty clear that Bell's understands how to make very high quality stouts.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.