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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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3,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,066
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 247 | 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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Photo of mikem0487
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into ale glass.

A-Pinky width brown head that dissapated slowly and left a decent amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Dark black like any other stout.

S-Coffee bean, roasted malts, vanilla and prunes. Smells great with the vanilla being the main standout for me.

T-Roasted malt/coffee bean bitterness that is subdued by the sweetness of the 10 grain malt grain. Finishes quite roasty. Very drinkable stout. Not as pleasant with the taste as the smell is. Good none the less.

M-As the name implies it is quite creamy. Mild carbonation, medium bodied.

O-A good drinkable stout. Defiantly going to enjoy this 6pack!

mikem0487, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of BlakeL
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

BlakeL, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Misfit2209
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Misfit2209, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of elcrawl
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

elcrawl, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Lee_Hancock, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of BeerJesus
4/5  rDev +0.8%

BeerJesus, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of imduffman
1.25/5  rDev -68.5%

imduffman, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

barczar, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crane Ally in Urbana, IL

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms and sticks throughout. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted malt up front and center. Coffee, cereal grains, light chocolate. Then comes a metallic and almost acidic twang. That pretty much takes over in the finish.
T: Follows the nose with a big roasted malt, coffee, and cereal grain flavor. Finishes very metallic and acidic.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Just a bit on the thin side. Not hard to drink, but just not a fan of the metallic finish. Not something I am coming back to often.

Not a bad stout. It would be great if not for the metallic and acidic finish. I will probably try this a few more times because I have had wildly different experiences with different stout batches from Bell's.

champ103, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Nutwood
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Nutwood, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +0.8%

zenithberwyn, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

muskiesman, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jduprey007, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an inky dark brown with zero head. At the very end of the pour a few bubbles form a tiny ring of tan foam around the glass, but otherwise no head is to be found from my particular bottle (11 months from the date on the label). Held up to the light, this brew is completely opaque, with some light only showing on the dark brown edges.

The nose is dark chocolate with both sweet vanilla and slightly bitter notes, and when swirled there's a slight earthy sourness that compliments the sweet malt. A tiny amount of alcohol can be detected as it warms.

The flavors are pretty straightforward - cocoa, espresso, grassiness from the hops, mild alcohol. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. This beer is called a cream stout due to its mouthfeel, and I concur. It has a heavy, smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation.

Overall a fine beer, very smooth and tasty.

Tupperwolf, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of dorf
4/5  rDev +0.8%

dorf, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Vbloise, Dec 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

tedho21, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

JonIrabagon, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Cramerican, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Lukass, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Moss
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a nice brownish tan head. Two fingers worth of head which left nice lacing on the glass. As I drank lacing continued to be left on the glass. Perfect look for a stout.

S - The smell is of dark chocolate and hops. I can really smell the grassy hops which reminds me of the smell when boiling the hops in. Other then that I don't smell much else.

T - A little sweet upfront but really covered up with the bitterness of the beer. As it warms up I taste the cream a little more along with coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Overall a good combination.

M - Good medium to heavy mouth feel with just enough carbonation.

O - Good beer but not one of my favorites. Just a little too hoppy in the smell and taste for me.

Moss, Dec 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Trevormcraig, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of LouDogg114
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

LouDogg114, Dec 19, 2012
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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