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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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very good

3,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,179
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 273 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev +1%

speedvagen, Feb 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

danpam1024, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

rabiddawg, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of PaterMorse
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A very good pour. Tasty, creamy. A good option for those new to stouts.

A: Nice looking head, giving way to clusters of lacing and sandy striations. As it settles, looks like last glimpse of Maine sunset -- black but with notable orange/crimson ring on the edges. Suds stick to side of glass.

S: Sweet. Butterscotch. Java chip ice cream.

T: Smooth. Cocoa, espresso. Very mild bitterness. Roasted malts.

M: Soft, watery. Not necessarily a bad thing; but it's pretty flimsy.

O: Very easy to drink. Again, a good "starter stout." Not bitter, very smooth. Not necessarily a Hall of Fame beer, but truly is TOPS in look and aroma. But for weak body, an otherwise great blend of taste, look and smell that is enjoyable to drink.

Repeat? Sure. Although I don't yearn for another, I certainly would have it stocked on-hand for friends (particularly those new to stouts), and would happily imbibe with them.

Random Notes: Unlike many stouts, this one tastes better COLD

Two Words? Satisfying Sampler

PaterMorse, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

bohemyth, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

JoeLacy, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of MudDrinker
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Opaque, jet black with a cream to very light tan colored head. Yep, it's a stout.

Smell - Sweet cream and malt chocolate. There's not much here to review.

Taste - Sweet cream upfront, as it warms dark chocolate, toast, and coffee flavors shine through. Fairly sweet throughout, but I could drink 3 or 4 in a row and not get sick of it. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - A little milky, decently thick. It's like drinking a liquid angelfood cake when mixed with the flavor. A little thin by most stout standards, though.

Overall - I guess there's not too much to this. It's not complicated by any means, but its a great straightforward sweet stout.

I think the name might lend some suggestion to the flavor, and it probably doesn't have a "sweet cream" flavor. I can definitely taste it, though, so maybe I'm just an idiot.

MudDrinker, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

JohnnieNepal, Feb 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

oldvines, Feb 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Joey1566, Feb 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Rons35, Feb 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

mzeld, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

dcbeers, Feb 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

WhatAlesMe, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

BGsWo22, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

clevbrown2, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

kp29, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

linnymtu, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Lipstraw, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

nitter, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Mtooman, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jn84, Feb 16, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep black with limited head and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts.

T - Semi-sweet, with roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Very mild bitterness.

M - Smooth initially, but really falls apart. Double cream had me expecting a velvety texture, but instead you are left with a very thin body...almost watery.

O - It's tasty, though not as complicated as the bottle description would suggest. It's a very drinkable beer, but don't expect to be blown away.

JohnSnowNW, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

circus_cat, Feb 15, 2013
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,179 ratings.