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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,033 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,033
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 238 | 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 tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, black ink in color with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is basically non-existent. Nose picks up nothing but huge amounts of roasted malts - bittersweet chocolate and some sweet coffee. Toasted barley in the background brings everything together. Taste contains traces of black licorice with lots of super bitter chocolate, deep notes of strong, black coffee, molasses, slight nutty tones, heavy wood chips on the back of the tongue. Ending contains quite a bit of hop flavor - leafy and herbal in character, notes of tobacco and leather. Bitterness fads into the aftertaste and balances nicely with the sweetness of the malt. This beer tastes like it could be a porter but it's got the body of a stout. Mouth is left with some cocoa notes and faint herbal bitterness. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium body, maybe a little thinner than expected, with medium-high carbonation.

Had this beer a long time ago and was blown away. This time around, it didn't impress quite as much. But it's still an excellent beer - definitely one to try if you're a fan of Bell's.

tectactoe, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of JackStraw
4/5  rDev +0.8%

JackStraw, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of dccombs
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

dccombs, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of CooperEllis
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into modified tulip.

Mocha pour, rich color. Tan, thin bubbles with a sweet lactic aroma.

Aroma is a particular highlight for this brew and certainly lives up to the name. The flavor and mouthfeel both reflect the 'creamy' aspect of the title but the underlying maltynes isn't lost, but muted enough to damage/limit any complexity in the flavor; not to my taste. Comparing this to other Bell's offerings, it is in line with the crispness that I've come to expect but the nature of this one mutes even that finish.

There is a pleasant 'bite' but the palate is coated and the aftertaste is all cream. If you're expecting a stout I believe you have the right to feel aggrieved. If you're expecting the carpet to match the drapes - you're in the right spot.

(192nd)

CooperEllis, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of TerryB
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

TerryB, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of discdueler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

discdueler, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown with 2 finger mocha colored head. Good amount of frothy lacing

S- Sweet cocoa, roasted malt, hint of vanilla and dark fruit

T- Taste is robust, cocoa, burnt coffee, vanilla, and raisins. Very good.

M- Creamy, full, well carbonated

Overall- Superb American Stout. Very delicious

BeerBuckeye, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of danoble1
4/5  rDev +0.8%

danoble1, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

e30todamax, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Dieck
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dieck, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of DrLaFollette
4/5  rDev +0.8%

DrLaFollette, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of flip7
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

flip7, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Bighorn, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of FLBEERGUY25
4/5  rDev +0.8%

FLBEERGUY25, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque and hazy very dark brown. Thin light brown head. Looks like it will lace nicely.

Aroma: Sweet roasted malt. Creamy chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Says on the bottle they use ten different types of malts and it actually shows well in the complexity on the palate. Starts creamy and sweet then you get toffee and a nutty character about halfway through. The finish slowly goes from roasted chocolate to a black coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite complex for 6.1% ABV but not overly so. No hop presence but I attribute the bit of bitterness right at the beginning to whatever hop addition(s) was made. The roasted malt and bitter aftertaste does a good job of balancing an otherwise sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but feels more viscous. Real nice creamy feel before the finish. Easy drinkability but complex enough to warrant a slower enjoyment. My only gripe is that it's a little over carbonated.

Final Thoughts: I've been anticipating this beer's seasonal release but without incredibly high expectations. In the end it has left me satisfied with making the purchase of a sixer. Would I drink it again? Yep. Given the season and limited availability I'll be sure to ration them throughout the long winter and probably buy it again next year.

JamesMN, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of blinker97
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

blinker97, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Optifron
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours viscous black/dark brown, with a creamy, light brown head.

Aroma: Smooth, gentle roasted coffee, dark chocolate

Taste: Starts with the taste of sweet cream, balanced with some roasted bitter, finishing with a bit stronger bitter roast. Dark chocolate bitter lingers

Mouthfeel: Wet, sweet, very light carbonation. Very nice and smooth. Creamy.

Overall: Really great winter beer. Fantastic mouthfeel, nice, full-bodied and rich sweetness, all packed into fairly low ABV.

Optifron, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired for $2.59 at the Four Firkins. 12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Bell's pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Expectations are high given this brewery's reputation. Reviewed live. Bottled 10/01/12.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and decent retention for the fairly high ABV. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Dark malts, cream, a hint of roast, java/coffee, and even a hint of vanilla. A good balanced aroma for the style. Average to mild in strength.

T: Cream, dark malts, cinnabon, chocolate malt, and light subtle coffee/java. Quite tasty. Decently balanced and built. A solid stout, but not particularly complex or subtle.

Mf: Carbonation is a bit overdone. A bit too thick, but nice nevertheless. Creamy, smooth, wet and tasty. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: A drinkable, solid all around stout. I'd love to try it on nitro. A good stout from Bell's, but not exceptional.

B-

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12/02/13: Truncated additional notes (freeform).

Appearance is solid for a stout: sleek opaque black. Nice head.

The finish has a kiss of bitterness, which may be from the dark chocolate and isn't ideal. I like the cream. I could use far more roast than it offers.

It's got a nice sleek smooth mouthfeel but isn't as creamy as it should be. Aptly thick and medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.

Quite drinkable for a stout. I'd definitely have it again. A solid brew from Bell's. Well worth trying. As good as I remember.

B

kojevergas, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of AmitC
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter glass.

Pitch black in the glass and extremely dark brown color while pouting. More than a finger thick head of tan color that soon withers off into a ring. Decent lacing.

Aroma is very subdued. Toasted and burnt malts. Toffee and slight caramel with some hint of bitter hops. No alcohol presence.

Taste: Again is very much the nose and well balanced with nothing standing out. Dark chocolate, burnt malts and caramel. No hint of coffee. No creamy feel. Sweetness is countered well by the hops.

Mouth feel : Medium bodied with somewhat lighter tones. Smooth, easy to drink. Moderate to high carbonation but without any astringency of any sort. Dry finish with no lingering effect.

Like a few others have noted - there is nothing extraordinary about it. Plain stout.

Style rate: 3.75
Personal Rate: 3.5

AmitC, Nov 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Omensetter, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

yankees27, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Tee2Grn
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Tee2Grn, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

tmt71883, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

st9647v3, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

RandyKemka, Nov 23, 2012
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,033 ratings.