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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,932 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,932
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 207 | 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 RuckusDu
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - maybe a little over a finger of light tan head on a deep black body. Requires less than 5mm to see through. Some good lacing. Bubbles of all sizes.

S - A lot of chocolate. Bitterness from some hops. Mellow. Some vanilla as well. Simple.

T - Again just a little too sour for me on the flavor. Like a sour milk sour which is not good. There are some stouty flavors such as chocolate and vanilla.

M - Not really all that creamy to me. Medium body and moderate carbonation make this not bad, but they say it will be double creamy.

O - Pretty pedestrian to me. Sure, overall it is pretty good, but nothing stands out and makes me want to go get more.

RuckusDu, May 30, 2012
Photo of Steimie
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Steimie, May 30, 2012
Photo of Tunguska
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Tunguska, May 27, 2012
Photo of GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev +0.8%

GreyGhost4, May 27, 2012
Photo of leinie13
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

leinie13, May 27, 2012
Photo of dejrrma
4/5  rDev +0.8%

dejrrma, May 25, 2012
Photo of Dweedlebug
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Dweedlebug, May 25, 2012
Photo of wo87810
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

wo87810, May 23, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +0.8%

ccozzi, May 23, 2012
Photo of Dual45s
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Dual45s, May 22, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown almost black with a finger of tan head fading into a ring with some decent lacing.

Aroma is slightly mild. Some espresso and vanilla.

Tastes almost like drinking a chocolate coffee milkshake. Big bitter chocolate flavors up front. Some roasted malts and earthy hops come in near the back and it finishes acidic and dry with a good roasted espresso flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Very very creamy. The best part of the mouthfeel.

My favorite of Bell's stouts. Easily approachable with lots of good flavors going on.

jmarsh123, May 21, 2012
Photo of rjl910953
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

rjl910953, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

twbeecher, May 21, 2012
Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

cfh64, May 20, 2012
Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this not long ago, also in bottle form, and rated it much higher then (4.75). Not sure if it's what I've eaten recently, or the other beer I've already had toinght, and maybe my taste buds are just tired and receptors all used up. But this seemed disappointingly bland. Almost no aroma. Beautiful rocky tan head. And smooth in the mouth. But where'd it go?

After it warmed up, the aroma came out nicely. Too bad it was all gone by that point.

martyl1000, May 20, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with some nice shades of brown around the edges. There is about a half finger of tan head that fades quickly. A bit of lacing is left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is chocolate, light coffee, light cream, some caramel, and a good dose of roast. It's a nice mix of sweet and roasty.

T: It starts out sweet and chocolaty, like chocolate milk. Toasted cashews and chestnuts come on in the middle. The finish is coffee with cream and sugar. This is solid.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's mega creamy. It coats the palate and takes awhile to move off. All the flavors work well together in this one.

O: Really nice. I had heard good things about this brew, and have been wanting to try it for awhile. It does not disappoint. Glad I picked this up.

trxxpaxxs, May 20, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Chugs13, May 20, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s an extra from a recent trade with GusDom: Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout. Sometimes brewers go a little nuts when it comes to complexity, and this particular beer is brewed with ten different malts, so I’m hoping its flavor is not too varying for its own good.

Brewed about eight months before the date of this tasting (“Packaged 10/10/11” on the label).

A: This stout pours a dark mahogany in color, almost black, with a thin, fizzy head of beige micro-bubbles. There’s just a hint of wet, dark brown retention and just a touch of too-oily lacing. Looks much thicker than a beer with less than 7% alcohol.

S: Subdued scents: vanilla Coke, walnut, caramel malts, and maple icing. Sweet and inviting, there is a gooey almond butter richness to the nose – as creamy as creamy stouts get – and with a touch of strawberry and tropical fruitiness. Pops in the end with a kick of fresh citric acid.

T: Flavorful and dark, swimming in tobacco smoke, roasted wheat, baked pear, and cedar sawdust. Its malt base is burnt sugar, black, buttery, and creamy; it’s as if a porter took on the fuller tastes of a vanilla milkshake. Soft ginger and whole hop taste of rose water and lemon pulp, as well, with a finish of sugary cream and brighter-than-most roast.

M: Wonderfully smooth, though it’s more porter than stout. There’s a ton of carbonation for such a heavy body, constantly picking up the roasted tones and reemphasizing that this is a low-ABV beer.

O: Quite possibly the greatest flavor-to-alcohol ratio I’ve experienced in a beer so far. It would be a shame to miss this whenever I saw it on the shelves – especially for aging.

BarryMFBurton, May 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DJ-22, May 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

TimRasmussen, May 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

HungarianCount, May 15, 2012
Photo of gradergator
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

gradergator, May 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,932 ratings.