Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 1,382
Hads: 3,483
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 211
Gots: 388 | FT: 3
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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 Bones54
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I hate to raise expectations on a beer based on price, but at $12 for a six pack it's just a natural thing to do. This beer pours the darkest of any I've ever seen. It's very smooth and very creamy, so the name does not disappoint. The coffee and black licorious smell are strong and amazing. Being from Cleveland this beer makes me think one thing, much like Lebron James this beer did not fail to deliver on it's hype!

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had been eyeing this for a while during my bi-annual trips to Minnesota and finally decided to splurge $12 for the six pack. I must say, just the name sounds delicious. Anyway, it poured like engine oil, and looks like it too. The head is small, but very cocoa colored. Awesome chocolate, coffee, and black licorice aromas. A tremendously thick and wholesome mouthfeel ensues. Wow! Tastes abound! Big coffee notes while silky smooth chocolatey flavors add definition. And there's just enough of a burnt edge to lend traction. It finishes dry and leaves the impression of just finishing a mocha expresso. There is a touch of sweetness in the back of the throat that just leaves you salivating for more! A showstopper!

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep onyx with a light beige head that falls into a fine lace.
the aroma is dark, hopsack, alcohol, roasty, and malt.
the flavor malty, roasty, carmel, coffee, cream, spice.
the mouthfeel is a little thick and a creamy.
very enjoyable on a cold night.

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

Thanks to my man Hhawk06 for this sample. This beer pours a jet black color that looks very devious in nature yet delicious. It leaves a sudsy tan head that is clinging to my snifter. The smell is hoppy sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, creamed sugar, vanilla and herbal spices throughout. The taste is smooth, it has a bittery hop feel up front followed by a medicinal chocolate herbal taste on the palate finished with some nice malty chocolate creaminess. This is a smooth beer that coats the tongue and tickles it with dark chocolate malts dipped in a creamy milkiness.

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

Batch 7143: Bottled Nov. 2005.

Aroma: The aroma is rather faint, some vanilla. A smell I originally categorized as "woody" I suddenly realized was some piney hop aroma. Hmm.

Taste: Bold aroma hop flavor! A sweet attack gives way directly to the hops, which are very prominent. The sweetness comes back a bit in the aftertaste along with a nice roasty bite, but I'm having trouble really imagining this as a cream stout.

Appearance: 1/4 in. dark tan head stays for a while, slowly resolving to a ring around the glass. If you let it sit a few minutes, more patches of bubbles gradually arise. Laces better than the other Bell's stouts I've been trying.

Mouthfeel: Prominent carbonation for a stout. Not especially full-bodied for a cream stout, but enough to support the hops profile. Alcohol warmth is a somewhat prominent, but not outlandishly so.

Overall, the prominence of the hops was a nice surprise in this beer. I'm used to cream stouts that are sweeter and more malt-centric, so it's a bit unusual in that sense but a nice drink all the same.

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Photo of blackie
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my snifter creates a low, tan head that recedes until only a ring is left around the glass. The beer is practically black in color, except for a small amount of brown coming through on the edges.

smell: I first notice a creamy, roasted maltiness. Big roasts going on here. Not as much lactose as I notice in many milk stouts, but creamy nonetheless, which I like. Some of the roasted malt character could be likened to coffee or chocolate (chocolate covered coffee beans come to mind), but it smells more like roasted barley than anything else. Hints of dark tobacco and hardwood. There are some hop notes, but roast dominates. Very slight ethanol presence. I would've liked a tad more sweetness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the higher end of the light range. The body is between medium and heavy, with a creamy slickness felt on the tongue.

taste: I love how the smooth and creamy mouthfeel compliments the great roasted and sweet flavors. Notes of sweet milk chocolate and dark roasted barley on the tongue. What else can I say...a great milk/sweet stout flavor. Hop flavor is minimal and the bitterness is just right. Finishes with an astringent bitterness and lingering roasty flavors, with just a slight sweetness on the back of the tongue. No ethanol noticed on the tongue.

drinkability: pretty darn good

The batch ID # 7143 printed on the back label indicates a bottling date of November 15, 2005. Received this bottle from CRJMellor in SS '05. This one gets wonderful as it warms to near room temperature and the carbonation fades somewhat from my incesssant glass swirling.

10.16.13 bottle consumed 12.06.13 during a bell's six-pack roots revisit - 2 of 6 - richly roasted, smooth and creamy, a little coffee in the backend, mildly hopped, a little toffee sweetness, a fantastic stout, pervious scores kept

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stone IPA glass. Nice dark appearance with thin beige foam.

Smell is nothing special in my opinion, mostly roasted malt aroma with a little sour smell mixed in. Unfortunately the flavor is about the same. Wasn't as thick or creamy as I hoped based on the name. Just a run-of-the-mill stout to me.

I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 batch# 7143, bottled on 11-15-05 poured into a pint glass.

Almost black with a light brown head that's about 1" in height with strong retention and thick sheets of lace.

The nose carries a lot of roasted malt and a sour, woody aroma with a little bit of cocoa and milk underneath.

The taste starts off a bit watery but the roasted malts come through quickly followed by a splash of chocolate milk and some dry hops. The finish is a little sweet with the chocolate/roasty flavors carrying through to the aftertaste. Full bodies with some residuals. I could have a couple more of these before moving on.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from an incredibly fresh six-pack.

Bell's Special Double Cream stout is an impenetrably jet-black beer whose head reaches 1" of height. This deep tanned froth subsides in half, leaving little sunspots of lace on the inside of the glass.

Intensely sweet on the nose, this beer instantly brings to mind all things chocolately and indulgent. Milk chocolate, cocao, hot chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Raisins - or Raisinettes actually - with yoo-hoo, and canned malt extract. Heavy cream. Iced mocha.

Following the aroma, the palate of this beer is quite - or as my review says insanely - sweet. A weird grape-juice flavor pops up in the midst of diabetes-inducing candi-corn/liquid fudge malts.

Not particularly viscous or entertaining in the mouth. I really crave roastiness in any black beer, and this is somewhat lacking in that department. I prefer hop/roast interplay, of which this beer has none.

Truly for the choco-freak or diabetes sufferer. Not a beer for the masses, but an interesting aside nonetheless. I could see non-beer people enjoying this one as a special treat.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout poured a deep black that would only allow light through a thin layer. The head poured out a definite brown and very thick but faded somewhat as the beer was drunk. There was adequate lacing on the glass. The smell was complex due to the multiple malts used in this beer; roasted notes and a subtle hint of chocolate dominated it. The taste was complex with the roasted malts dominating. The body of this beer was exceptional, thick, clean, and enjoyable. I would not say this beer is very drinkable as it is quite heavy and has a strong flavor. One or two of these is all I would want in a night.

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Photo of iron78
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

doesn't allow any light through. has a dark brown head that fades very fast.
the standard porter coffee and chocolate smell, but with a hind of tobacco maybe.
carries the coffee and chocolate into the flavor. the bitterness masked well by the cream, almostlike a latte.
very thick and creamy leaving the mouth feel coated.
very enjoyable.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.87/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Midnight blackness with a finger width copper white head. The head quickly resolves itself into a copper white film. The foam clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: For me the smell was the best part of this beer. Very sweet malty smell. There is a spicy sweet combintation in play in this beer with a slight astringency about it.

Taste: This beer has a very thickly sweet buttery coffee and malty taste. It is frankly to sweet for my own taste. I not sure but this could possibly stand a bigger hop profile. In short I dont like it.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Well frankly again, this one is just to dam sickeningly sweet. It has a hell of a full bodied buttery taste but way to sweet. Pass this one up and buy something else.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bell's special double cream stout reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams cream stout. It is good, but not really anything outstanding. It just doesnt have that extra little 'something' that I was hoping for, to push it into the realm of greatness.

A very attractive dark midnight, with small head. I found the smell the best part of this beer. Chocolatey malty sweetness.

The taste was a bit of a letdown. Like I said, its good, but not the stunner I was hoping for. I didnt find it twice as creamy as your average stout. I didnt really find it all that creamy, period. But, it is a stout, and has all the chocolate and malty characteristics you love from a good stout.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, especially for calling your beer something like "double cream."

I dont think i'd have this one again, unless it was offered to me for free. There's too many other stouts on my horizon to try.

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Photo of ClearDog
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep midnight black into my imperial pint glass. Nice foamy one finger khaki head. Very impressive to behold!

Smell -- Faint hoppy nose, bitter chocolate and a little bit of coffee. I really enjoy the complexity of this brew.

Taste -- Exceptional! Slightly bitter upfront, with a nice chocolate/coffee finish. I'd say the chocolate is more apparent than the coffee. The alcohol is masked quite nicely, but you can still enjoy the warming feeling as this stout goes down.

Mouthfeel -- Thick and creamy. . . almost chewy. Very nice.

Drinkability -- If I can find anymore of this I'll be buying it. Very drinkable, but one should probably limit it because this is my first one and I can already feel a hint of a buzz. This brewery really has its stuff together. Absolutely brilliant!

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

Appearance: Super dark with a thin light tan head at first pour. The head was reduced to a small wisp within a few minutes. I am guessing that there was some action going on to maintain the head that stands.

Aroma: Really clean and Chocolaty aroma that has a slick grainy sweetness that makes me think that there may be some oatmeal in there somewhere or something.

Taste: Clean, dry, creamy flavor with lots of roastiness to coexist with the cream. I get an oatmeal flavor also. The beer is really drinkable, leaving you with a slightly roasty coating on the back of the throat after drinking. I don't notice the alcohol.

Opinion: I really like this beer. I am not normally very big on really roasty beers, but this one is slick enough that it doesn't leave the palate all acidic and feeling like you just sucked on a piece of burnt wood. It is definitely one that I would try again.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours black with a small tan head, little or no lacing. Smell is woody malts, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Taste continues with the woody caramel malts, vanilla and chocolate tones. Mouthfeel is incredibly rich and creamy, they weren't exaggerating about the double cream. So rich that I could maybe drink another, but one is probably enough. A unique and tasty sweet stout here, try it if you can find it.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: black and bold, chocolate brown thick and creamy head (like most of the bell's stouts), head fades but laces the glass

smell: fairly mild, sweet milk chocolate, light coffee and cream, faint cherry, slight roastiness to the aroma as well

taste: milk chocolate, light coffee roast, quite sweet.

mouthfeel: rich and creamy, thick and chewy

drinkability: not as heavy as other bell's stouts, refreshing like chocolate milk

Not the first bell's stout i would seek out but a great milk/sweet stout

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed with a fresher sample since the first time I had it, it was sitting in the Iowa Beer Cache for an undisclosed period of time. This particular batch was bottled November 21 and drank during the first week of December. Now that's fresh! Subsequently, it was much more enjoyable.

The appearance is decent. It pours to an opaque black, completely impervious to light. The head is very thin and chocolatey, dissipating soon after it builds. Lacing is decent.

The smell has a lot of vanilla bean and cream soda aroma to it, backed by chocolatey malt, caramel, and molasses. Nice bold roast. Similar to the Kalamazoo Stout, but a little more rich and full.

Nice bold coffee flavor with a hint of sweet creaminess to balance out. Nice chocolatey roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is great. Very thick and creamy with a gentle and soft carbonation. One of the best American stouts I've yet tried. The ABV and intense roastiness prevent it from being more drinkable, but it is a very good beer. Another quality product from Bell's.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have recently acquired a real fondness for sweet stouts. This one is a treat. A basic oil black color and texture. Bittersweet chocolate dominates the nose and flavor. Slight sourness and bitterness helps the sweet malts (lactose). Black malts, roasted malts, and barley malts combine to reveal molassas, caramel, and a slight grain bittering. Creamy and silky, it's like chocolate milk for the beerlover's sour.

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Photo of jvajda
4.78/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a competitor with Old Rasputin for world's best double cream stout. This beer is fantastic. It's very rich and bittersweet, but not over-the-top. I think most of us could handle a couple of these at once and be fine. There's a lot to experience in this glass, make sure it has your full attention.

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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 budgood1
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out like motor oil...thick dark tan head with staying power. thick rings of lace. aroma of those boxed chocolates so popular at valentines day and around x-mas. tastes of intermingled dark and milk chocolate. tart notes of candied cherries. rum cake. molasses. currants, raisins and dates. a whole lot of yeasty goodness. liquid lusciousness in a bottle. voluptuous body, velvety mouthfeel. double creamy indeed. finishes sweet and then roasty dry. highly drinkable for a stout of this magnitude. yummy stuff.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black in colour with a small off white head. The aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate (think chocolate chips), with more subtle notes of espresso, roasted malt, and a fruit element that I can’t quite identify (perhaps plum?). Upon drinking, the chocolate becomes a little less sweet, and takes on more of a powedered cocoa flavor. There’s also a bit of a yeasty note with a bit of leafy hop bitterness at the end. The sweetness is a little less than I expected, but well within stylistic guidelines. I had hoped for a bit more body too, but again, it’s not as if it’s thin. I tend to want sweet stouts to completely bowl me over with sweetness and thick mouthfeel. I found this one to be a bit on the tame side, but still a quality beer.

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Photo of shippos
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured with barely a skim of a head on a thick dark black body. smelled when it's cold - muted notes of cold coffee/esspresso and dark fudge, heavy roasted flavors with a thick slightly sweet body with a dry roasty finish
smelled wthen it's warm - rich aroma of mocha and a mix of sweet sugar and tosted grain, mouthfeeel is a bit on the thin side at first and follows with a dry finish.

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Photo of PatYoda
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with minimal head. Smell is very inviting. Smells like a sweet chocolate milkshake with some coffee thrown in for kicks. Alcohol is there behind everything if you look. Roastiness is very subdued. The taste is very similar. Creamy (per the name) slickness dominates in the mouthfeel. Could use a tiny bit more carbonation in my opinion. Taste is extremely milky and chocolaty all the way until you swallow, then the roastiness comes through in the finish. It is accompanied by a very lactic character as well, which eventually wins over the roasted malt with its sourness. This is a little unpleasant. With a little more roasted character, this could have been a real winner. It's no Kalamazoo Stout though.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,382 ratings.