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

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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

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3,331 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,331
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 192
Gots: 331 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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.
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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of shanblur
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cryptic freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. A - Dark with a tan head which quickly recedes, leaving spotty lacing. S - Rich chocolate and coffee notes with a characteristic roasted malt aroma. T - Milk chocolate and roasted malts with a slight acidity. Not overly complex. M - Smooth and creamy, like an oatmeal stout. Not a bad stout, but not the best I've had.

Photo of atone315
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from a bottle jopl hooked me up with in a trade to a pint glass! Thanks again!

A - Pours a thick black color with a dark tan/brown head which exploded to 3 fingers in width. Slowly settled down with little lacing.

S - The aroma presents a variety of roasted and sweet malt characteristics. Its boasts a rich stout profile that is quite pleasing.

T/M - The mix of specialty malts hits the palete immediately. It's an unrivaled creamy smooth flavor I've never had before, quite good. The beer transitions to a mild bitterness and then then to a smooth clean finish. It's a roasted flavor but not over the top and rather mild.

D - Very drinkable. The smooth nature of the beer allows for an extremely enjoyable beer.

Overall I was impressed with the complex balance of the malts and how they mesh together for such a smooth, creamy profile. I was very impressed. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-26-2011 02:03:48

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dafizzif
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very opaque typical stout black (very dark brown). Outline is deep ruby. Thin light brown head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell: Chocolate. It evens has that tangy tinge that chocolate sometimes has. Also good amount of coffee. Also roasted malts.

Taste: Pretty generic roasted malt taste up front. Bit of creaminess and loads of bitterness on the back end, almost like it is burnt, which is unique but not very pleasant to me. Also a bit tangy.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin though creamy, especially upon the lips. Low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Average but nothing spectacular at all. Definitely expect more from Bell's but certainly not a bad beer by any measure.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a creamy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roast, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, hints of sweet caramel and little to no hop aroma. Taste is sweet creamy and smooth. Whipped milk chocolate mousse with hints of mocha, caramel and roast. Sweet roasty creamy and flavorful. Medium body with a velvety smooth creamy silky mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. That is a nice flavorful stout. Its hard to believe there is no lactose in there.

Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ToasterChef
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a pint glass.

The beer has a very dark brown body. A small head of tan bubbles sits on top. Swirling the beer leaves some film and foam behind.

The aroma is slightly sweet, with a mixture of cocoa powder and chocolate.

The beer does have a nice creamy flavor, but also some good bitterness in the finish. Initially, I can taste some dark chocolate sweetness and a bitterness that reminds me medicinal roots. Creamy milk chocolate flavors are tasted in the finish.

This beer leaves a little bit of sticky film on my lips, but nothing too much. The coating in my mouth has some chocolate flavor to it.

This is an above average stout. I would certainly drink it again if I came across it, but I don't think I'll go out of my way to track a bottle down.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Schimms
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of allenc85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at fridge temp in a pint glass.

Pours a silky black with a thin creamy/tan head with some lacing. Not a think head, maybe a finger with about average retention.

Coffee is the first aroma that hits me, with roasted malt/grains and some chocolate and vanilla tones, followed lastly with a touch of earthy hops

Flavor follows the smell - coffee in the forefront but not overwhelmingly so. There is a rich creaminess that nicely mingles the malt, cocoa and vanilla flavors together. The finish is slightly earthy, slightly creamy.

Nice, creamy mouthfeel - smooth and very drinkable.

I am relatively new to stouts, so I can't fairly compare this to any one in particular - but this was a very nice drink and the flavors/aromas blend very well for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler generously provided by BigLobo8971 in the growler plus round 3 BIF. Thanks bro, this will taste great with tonight's Giant's victory!!! Poured from a 64oz growler into a Blue Point snifter globe.

A - Poured a silky black with a thin tan head that hung out for a while and left nice streaky lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malt creaminess. some bittering coffee. quite nice.

T - Roasted malts, nuts, sour coffee. Just as I remembered it

M - Vibrant in my mouth, milky and creamy.

D - Pretty good. Better than I had remembered it from the glass. Very excited to half 64oz of it, but my wife tried it and dug it so looks like I'll have help finishing this with the game.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Pittrooney for throwing this my way!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled 11/14/11 (number 10797)

pours out pretty much opaque black, just a little ruby brown color when held to the light. about one fingers worth of creamy, tan colored head. average head retention with just a little lacing.

a nice range of roasted aromas, coffee, deeply roasted grains, and bitter cocoa. coffee stands out the most to me. just a hint of earthy hops in there as well.

again, nice roasted flavors here. mostly some nice coffee and cocoa with some bitter-sweet roasted/ burnt grains. earthy hops balance the beer with maybe even a little pine trying to break through. solid bitter cocoa finish.

very nice creamy mouthfeel, carbonation feels a touch on the sparkly side. medium bodied. very smooth and drinkable.

one of the better american stouts ive come across. very nice roasted flavors and just super drinkable. ill revisist this in the future for sure. nothing extreme or out of the ordinary but they nailed the classic stout flavors just right IMO.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bobhits
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body turns black as night in this snifter. The head formed is thick and creamy with layer after layer of thick creamy foam forming over top of it. As the head falls it leaves intricate lacing on the glass.

Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors are all here, but a mellow hop finish gives this beer a rather blunt end to the aromas. Not nearly as strong or powerful on the nose as I'd have expected.

The flavors follow the nose rather well. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate with strong vanilla notes all finishing with a subtle hop finish. The mellow finish takes on elements of lactose, but I would suspect that the hops are more responsible than some lactose being added here.

This one lives up to the name, a lot of cream and very smooth stuff.

Part of me wants to say this is pretty average for a stout. Nothing is intense or stands out, but instead this blend of flavors seems to work surprisingly well.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours opaque black with the slightest red tinge around the edge. Tan head is a thin lacing.

Smells of chocolate malts, smokey oak and a bit of brown sugar.

Tastes very mildly toasted, bready, chocolatey and sweet with brown sugar malts. Rich but not overbearing.

Body is medium and very creamy with sharp pin pricks of carbonation all through the mouth.

Overall, very good, would definitely have again. Great flavor profile, good body without being overly strong, an excellent creamy stout.

Photo of JRed
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and bubbly in body with light tan head that sticks around. Hefty aroma of butterscotch, cream, light cocoa, and vague hop presence. Tastes of smooth milk chocolate, cream, light butter, cola, roast comes in towards the finish along with a hop bitterness and leaves a faint tobacco finish. Pretty heavy carbonation in the mouthfeel and medium bodied. The flavors are welcomed but the carbonation turns me off. Wish it wasn't as fizzy on the palate and thicker in body.

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