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

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very good

3,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,156
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 178
Gots: 264 | 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 Cafu912
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Cafu912, Oct 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

WestHam973, Oct 22, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -4%

jeezie, Oct 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

tjb27, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of humuloner22
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how I have missed this one by Bell's over the years but, alas I have. But I have now resolved that problem! I enjoy cream stouts, this one is a bit of a hybrid.

Color: Black, but there is some light that escapes from this one. It isn't Ten Fidy or Stone IRS. But then again those beers are not in the same category really.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted dark malts, chocolate, not a huge amount going on, but part of the attraction.

Taste: Grainy, but a pleasant way. Its sweet, dark chocolate, smooth malts and some sweetness, very pleasant and drinkable.

Overall: Not the best stout in the world, but very well made and enjoyable. For something comparable, I would still choose Left Hand Nitro Milk stout over this, but then this isn't really a milk stout, its a cream stout. I don't believe they use the lactose, which is probably a good thing. Its good, worth seeking out and the price is about where it should be.

humuloner22, Oct 21, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -2%

PilzPlz, Oct 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

lochef81, Oct 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Artmcd88, Oct 20, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -8.1%

pknyc, Oct 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Sara_erickson89, Oct 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

KShophead, Oct 20, 2014
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2.36/5  rDev -40.4%

augie, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

KirkFrancis, Oct 19, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

Draesith, Oct 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Mlawrence, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

rspauldi, Oct 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

joemochas, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

paulish, Oct 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

hopnado, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DeanMoriarty, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Dewsby, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

russwilliam, Oct 17, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Lusso, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Mikus
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This poured a deep, murky black with a minimal head, and small bubbles throughout. Nice lookin'. Aromas of roasty malt, burnt popcorn (in a good way), and coffee hints. Tasted malty, a bit sweet (do I detect lactose sugars?), some roasty flavors, altogether rather light. Mouthfeel was a bit light and watery, clean aftertaste. Well-made, but I am a fan of bigger, badder stouts... good for the style.

Mikus, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a creamy medium tan head. The head burns off in short order leaving some nice small lacing. The aroma is pretty roasty, despite the taste notes, with hints of coffee and cocoa. The taste doesn't have much burnt malt until the finish, with some upfront notes of cocoa. The body is a little thinner and there is a heft bite to it on the finish. Good but not my favorite.

delta490, Oct 16, 2014
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,156 ratings.