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

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3,181 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,181
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 275 | 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%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Redstar137, Jan 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

ironwill54, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Fakexican, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

iKasey, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

chrishensley, Jan 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Keener, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

beergorrilla, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jtyson, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

brotherloco, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

lljthockey, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Eastside151, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Kam, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

kattmunkel, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of mikem0487
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into ale glass.

A-Pinky width brown head that dissapated slowly and left a decent amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Dark black like any other stout.

S-Coffee bean, roasted malts, vanilla and prunes. Smells great with the vanilla being the main standout for me.

T-Roasted malt/coffee bean bitterness that is subdued by the sweetness of the 10 grain malt grain. Finishes quite roasty. Very drinkable stout. Not as pleasant with the taste as the smell is. Good none the less.

M-As the name implies it is quite creamy. Mild carbonation, medium bodied.

O-A good drinkable stout. Defiantly going to enjoy this 6pack!

mikem0487, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

BlakeL, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Misfit2209, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

elcrawl, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Lee_Hancock, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

BeerJesus, Dec 29, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -68.4%

imduffman, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been in the fridge a while.

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a solid half inch tan head that lingers. My beer has floaties.

Chocolate, nuts, diacetyl, and subtle dark fruit begin the aroma. Toffee, toasted malt, and light roast malt add complexity.

Flavor is very buttery and fairly sweet, with sherry-like fruit emerging and leading to chocolate, roast malt, and a lightly bitter finish. Pretty subtle transitions. The finish is a touch acrid.

Body is moderate, creamy with fairly low carbonation.

Very good stout that probably developed the sherry quality due to age. Think I'd rather it not be there.

barczar, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crane Ally in Urbana, IL

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms and sticks throughout. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted malt up front and center. Coffee, cereal grains, light chocolate. Then comes a metallic and almost acidic twang. That pretty much takes over in the finish.
T: Follows the nose with a big roasted malt, coffee, and cereal grain flavor. Finishes very metallic and acidic.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Just a bit on the thin side. Not hard to drink, but just not a fan of the metallic finish. Not something I am coming back to often.

Not a bad stout. It would be great if not for the metallic and acidic finish. I will probably try this a few more times because I have had wildly different experiences with different stout batches from Bell's.

champ103, Dec 28, 2012
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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