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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,179 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,179
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 273 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

DubbelTrubbel, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

OB1, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

sirsteve42, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Axnjxn, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/18/12 and poured into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Appearance: Pitch black ... no light getting through this one. There's about a two finger head that goes away pretty swiftly, but there's some fantastic brown lacing.

Smell: Fantastic. Super sweet milk chocolate aromas, coffee, caramel, sweetness... make this beer a damn candle.

Taste/feel: Up front you get that extremely creamy texture which is awesome -- smooth all the way through. The taste is somewhat burnt, which turns me off a good bit, but the bitterness isn't too extreme, and the super roasty malt flavors make it pretty drinkable. Overall, somewhat disappointed with this. The smell was promising, but the taste left a lot to be desired ... it's just sort of bland. Still, it's easy drinking.

Alextricity, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a fresh growler

A- pours pitch black with just a thin ring if dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace.

S- sweet chocolate and cocoa powder, a bit of bitter coffee, maybe some raisin as well.

T- sweet and creamy chocolate with just a bit of vanilla and coffee. The finish is roasted, but very subtle. Not as smoky as a usual stout which leads to a softer, creamier finish.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel, finishes slinky creamy

O- very drinkable with a pleasant chocolate linger on the back end. My wife hates beer, specifically stouts, and she actually didn't make her usually disgusted face when she tried this. The underlying roasted character gives it more drinkability and would be a good option for ose who don't quite have the palate for super roasted and smoky stouts.

Treyliff, Jan 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

jeff1973, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of carolinahophead
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 Edition
A: Poured a dark color with a little head .
S: Roasted malt , smoke,dark chocolate and cream is present .
T: It is quite smooth and with nice bitter finish. Do like the big front dark start and stout finish.
M: A good medium mouthfeel , good finish and well balanced. This might make a great food pairing beer. Can you say a hearty stew.
O : Bell's does make great beer and this no exception . Make a winter choice for sure and share it with friends.

carolinahophead, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of rangerred
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a thick two finger dark tan head. While the head does fade there is a constant thin cap over the beer throughout. Really nice lacing all the way around.

Dark chocolate, vanilla, and caramel immediately jump out at me in the aroma. There is definitely a healthy dose of roasted barley and chocolate malt in this. No hops detectable at all. This aroma is all malt.

Tons of roast right away in the flavor. Bitter bakers chocolate along with just a hint of vanilla and some caramel. There is almost a cappuccino-like quality to this although the coffee characteristics are quite faint. Some dark fruit floats around in the background and comes forward for a split second midway through the taste. No real hop flavor but lots of bitterness reminiscent of a good strong coffee or a piece of dark chocolate. Nice thick mouthfeel with a creamy sweetness.

Overall, an amazing stout for only being 6%. There is a ton of flavor packed into a small package in addition to excellent body. A great winter beer.

rangerred, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

AlexFields, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

UncleBuccs, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an over-sized, tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Nearly black in color with deep mahogany and garnet highlights that shine at the edges of the glass beneath a two-finger head of tan foam which bubbles down to a slick resin that leaves a ring of creamy lacing around the glass.

S: Robust, sweet and roasty, with hints of licorice, coffee and dark cocoa nibs in the nose. A subtle, dark raspberry aroma combines with the roasted malts to add some fruitiness in the smell.

T: Smooth, rich, creamy and burnt malt flavors hinge on the bittersweet roastiness of this robust cream stout. Initial flavors of rich chocolate and whole cream give way to subtle, burnt wood, smoke and tobacco leaves. There is a fine, fruity and bitter herbal hop resin that sneaks onto the palate with a roasted black malt flavor. The finish is bittersweet, yet balanced, leaving some residual smokiness and creamy, chocolate flavors on the palate.

M: Full-bodied, incredibly smooth and satisfying stout which incorporates equal parts rich, creamy malts and bracing, resinous, yet subdued hops.

O: A toast to the roast of this incredibly rich, yet well-balanced and supremely flavorful American Stout! At 6.1% ABV, it would make for a nice after-dinner drink before or with rich vanilla custard or chocolate torte topped with raspberries. It's malts varieties play so well off one another, only adding roasted bitterness to the artfully used hops.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

lucasj82, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours jet black, with a two-finger creamy head of brown foam. Head has excellent retention. Big patches of clumpy lacing.

S - Oh wow. Big, rich aroma of roasted oats, chocolate, and coffee. Smells divine.

T - Great tasting blend of barely burnt grains, espresso, vanilla, and bakers chocolate. Some earthy hops bring bitterness, but "roast" is the star here. More grainy and bitter than sweet. Flavors are rich, and it suprises me how much flavor is packed in here without rolling over into "burnt/charred" territory. A little metallic oxidation in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied with aggressive, prickly carbonation. Slight overcarbonation winds up highlighting some grainy elements where it could be more creamy, and is a minor flaw in an otherwise perfect presentation.

O - A really solid stout, and as close as you can get to a coffee stout with actually having coffee added. Big aromas and flavors in a (relatively) small abv package. Really enjoyed it, and will buy again.

TempeBeerMan, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

CalbeDacks, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

green94, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

deweese, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

monitorpop, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

CmBanaszak, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Tumble, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Aschap, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Kunstman, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

mecmd, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly straight black. Head is small and the color of cream with a splash of coffee. Drops to a small collar with spots of lacing. No cap. Minimal carbonation. Pours nice and smooth.

Smell: Nice big roastee compliment. Some vanilla, toasted malts, caramel, toffee, old coffee, and loads of chocolate. Some vague notions of something like fresh baked bread with some spices (cinnamon maybe?). Minor touches of char and burnt malt in the back.

Taste: A bit sweeter than the nose would let on with a solid presence of spent coffee and milk chocolate. Layers of cocoa, something akin to vanilla, a mild oxidized presence. Pushes toward sherry and oak without crossing over. Cocoa - vaguely burnt - some char lingers. Deeply roasted. Some caramel as well. Touches of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: So very smooth and creamy. Finishes clean with a little warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Derble Terble.

Rich, smooth, and creamy. Drinkable. Damn you Bell's for knowing how to make me want to drink things I can't get!

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 04, 2013
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,179 ratings.