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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

3,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,411
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 361 | 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:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We crack a bottle of late 2011 (store aged) stock and pour a brew of cola coloring, letting up deep ruby hues around the edges. It holds a three finger head of hot cocoa colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Ridged mountains of lacing are left around the glasses as it slowly dissipates. No haze is noted, but generous chunks of sediment are seen floating about. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma offers notes of licorice, black strap molasses, fire burnt chocolate and coffee malts, raw barely, white flour, rice vinegar, fusel booziness, malted milk balls, soy sauce, gravel, milk chocolate syrup, red cherry fruitiness, freshly pressed espresso, hazelnut, and lactic acidity. Our first impression is that the flavoring is rich and nicely sweet, but very smooth on the sip. The taste opens with souring charred graininess of coffee and blackened English-style malts, rice starchiness, walnut warmth and sweetness, bark, dusty chocolate, tangy vinegar, general roast, hazelnut coffee sweetness, and a light birdseediness. The middle peaks with apple and pear fruitiness, even chocolate and raw barley grit, mineral water, seaweed saltiness, lemon zest, milk chocolate sugars, continued vinegar acidity, and tangy milked creaminess. Washing through the finish is a blend of heavy creamer lactics, tinny metallics, medicinal phenols, light soapy hoppiness, juniper berry fruitiness, parchment paper, soy sauce, cherry fruitiness, fig syrups, alcohol, sugar cookie sweetness, and more of those English burnt and brown malts. The aftertaste breathes of vinegar, drying chalk, malted milk ball candies, sunflower florals, mineral and tinny metallics, cocoa powder, raw molasses, toffee sugars, light plastics, charcoal, rich roast of grain, and milk chocolates. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip offers silky smooth cream, slurp, smack, froth, and finishing moustache-filling pop. The mouth is richly coated, with eventual chalky dryness, and the softest puck. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. The aroma begins things nicely, giving smoothness, heartiness, and functional sourness, much like an English porter. As we move to the taste, however, we get a beautiful blend of rich and roasty malts, sweetness, evenness, cleanliness, and inclusive darkness. The feel, too, is gloriously soft and smooth, glugging back with ease, and providing the drinker with pleasing closure at the end of each sip. This is an excellent beer, with robust and devilish flavoring, and something we will now look forward to each winter.

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12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
Bottled 10/18/12. Store-aged for almost a year.

Almost black with 1 finger of brown head.

Peanut butter, lactose and milk chocolate.

Very nutty with notes of peanut butter and hazelnut. Milk chocolate, lactose and dark roasted coffee.

Medium-full bodied, silky and exceptionally smooth.

A really smooth and easy drinking Cream Stout.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Aggressive pour brought about almost a 3 finger head of lighter tan smooth/creamy looking head. Color is deep and dark black as a stout normally is. Head sticks around for a long while and leaves very little lace. Good with the large head, little lace though brings it down a bit. If it weren't for the lasting head, it'd just be average in appearance.

Aroma - Nose is very light and almost airy. Aromas are there but not very prominent. I guess that's more of what this brew is going for; light and smooth/creamy smell. Espresso and smooth roast qualities with some smooth cocoa (not really sweet or bitter, just smooth) and almost a just light wonderful roasted richness.

Taste - Really a smooth and light espresso/coffee flavor is dominant for me, with lighter roasted malts and soft cocoa powder taste (almost like a somewhat watered down hot chocolate). Like the smell, really just above average. I think I look for brighter tastes that stand out more. This does have a nice complex array of malt flavors. Probably just above average for an American Stout, for me.

Mouthfeel - Summed up in 3 words: Smooth and creamy! Silky smoothness with a light carbonation and light-medium body. Finish is dryer and lasts a bit longer than average. Good mouthfeel/drinkability.

Overall - This is closest to a 3.5 overall for me. It's good, complex, nuanced, smooth and creamy...and doubly special I guess. If you want a smooth easy drinking stout that's much better than a Guinness, look no further. If you feel like something a bit more prominent and memorable, try one of the other stout offerings from Bell's.

Editing my review after having this again. Changing the smell from a 3.5 to a 3.75, the taste from 3.5 to a 4.0, the mouthfeel form a 4.0 to a 4.25, and overall from a 3.5 to a 4.0. I definitely like this beer more than when I initially reviewed it! It's an amazingly drinkable American Stout and tastes and smells better than I remember or my review previously said!

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