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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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2,910 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,910
Reviews: 1,333
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 168
Gots: 208 | FT: 4
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into tulip pint glass; nice thick creamy head that dissipates to ring and clings the glass; color is deep dark brown to black

Smell is nice smooth roasted malt, with good amounts of chocolate and toffee flavors.

TAste is a very smooth roasted malt with mild hop bitterness; notes of coffee, chocalate and vanilla, with a touch of lactose.

Great balance, flavors mix well throughout and cling to the tongue well, with just enough carbonation.

Drinkability is just right for this beer, great flavor and mouthfeel.

03-03-2011 06:04:00 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of tehchunk


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

A - Poured straight into a Bell's tulip glass. A light brown, three-finger head that sticks around just long enough before collapsing to a nice, frothy film that eventually disappears after a few minutes. Minimal lacing. Opaque black with brown tint.

S - Sweet molasses up front with hints of cream, mocha, some coffee. Hard to pick up too much; it just smells delicious.

T - Mmm, certainly tastes like what a double cream stout should taste like. Creamy, lots of mocha with a roasty, bitter ending. Leaves a dry but nice aftertaste.

M - Just thick enough, not as much as the name suggests. More carbonated than your usual stout but that could just be the style. Rests fairly nicely on the tongue with a slight tingle.

D - Definitely could drink a few bottles of this in one session. Drinks very nicely for a stout with that much flavor. I can only imagine what this would be like on tap, especially a nitro tap.

03-03-2011 02:47:44 | More by tehchunk
Photo of THECPJ


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger creamy head

Smell: coffee, mocha, malts

Taste: mokah, little iron or oxidation,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, creamy, smooth

Overall: A very enjoyable cream stout just wish it didn't have that iron / oxidation aftertaste.



03-02-2011 21:16:36 | More by THECPJ
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Pitch black in color, a nice off white head that leaves a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet malts, as well as chocolate, and slight hints of coffee.

T: Chocolate, coffee and some vanilla, almost exactly like the nose.

M:Creamy, great stout, very minimal carbonation

D: Another great brew from Bells, never disappointed with this brewery. Will definitely have another.

02-28-2011 01:40:01 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of TheSupremeAJ


3.43/5  rDev -13.6%

A- Smooth fluffy tan head. Dark stout appearance.

S- Sweet and boozey.

T- Very sweet, bitter, and creamy all at the same time.

M- Creamy and smooth

D- Easy drink, however it just doesn't taste good enough to earn a high drinkability rating.

Overall it has a very nice mouthfeel, however at this price point I expect it to be a lot more balanced.

02-27-2011 22:19:23 | More by TheSupremeAJ
Photo of femmebiere


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

It had a very creamy smell with a most unique taste. The only taste that I could relate it to is going to come across as very negative. Not the initial taste or even on the swallow, but on the lips afterward, you are left with a sour cream taste. It is very peculiar to have a beer tart and creamy, and this beer definitely did it.
It is not my favorite beer, and I can recommend many more before this one. However, in no way is it a bad beer with its dark color and hearty stout taste.

02-27-2011 05:23:05 | More by femmebiere
Photo of Brewbro000


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Thanks to OregonKnowsBest for this tasty extra-

A very dark pour that yields a on finger khaki brown head that recedes very quickly into a thin ring around the edges with minimal lacing. Smell of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is of sweet toasted malts/chocolate and caramel that finishes dry despite how sweet it begins. Each sip is better than the rest as it warms and the carbonation mellows the creamy smoothness this bottle claims begins to come through. I would easily drink a few of these as the booze is low.

02-25-2011 22:45:53 | More by Brewbro000
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz


3.4/5  rDev -14.4%

A: rich jet black and yields a generous fluffy mocha colored head. appears as a nice stout should, inviting and warm.
S: chocolate and roasted malt. little bit of coffee but really just plays background to the roast. mild overall but pleasing for sure.
T: the overload of roasted malts gives it plenty of solid flavor, and quite tasty. my initial response is that it is a milk stout because i
get some of those familiar lactose qualities, but alas ive been proven wrong.
M: pretty damn creamy and smooth. it actually gets a little light on the back end where the roastiness dissipates just a little bit, but overall quite nice. i had this with some lamb and spicy rice and it really made the meal a totally enjoyable experience.
D: close to room temp this really just goes down so easy and i could see a future with a few more. its a nice break from the huge viscous stouts ive been settling in with so far this winter.

02-23-2011 03:08:56 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
Photo of Vierenner


3/5  rDev -24.4%

Feb 2011: Ordinary. I'm sure the brewery put forth a great deal of effort to make it ... quality ingredients, careful process control, etc ... and compared to a lackluster stout it would stand out. But when the competition, and perhaps even Bell's, is brewing much more flavorful and interesting beer this particular label doesn't get a prize.
Nov 2011: Forgot I previously reviewed this one. Looking back on my old review I still feel the same. Style is along the lines of beer I favor, but overall it's quite an ordinary brew. There are roasted flavors throughout, and a slight hop bitterness, but fairly blah.

02-22-2011 02:35:33 | More by Vierenner
Photo of Spiekerbox


3.85/5  rDev -3%

A- Very dark red-brown-black with a dark tan head that is relatively small and needed to be forced, subsides reltively quickly.

S- Dark and sweet malts. Somewhat of a chocolate malt scent with some roasted malts as well.

T- Big coffee, roasted flavor. A creamy chocolatey flavor is also quite noticeable. Quite rich flavor with smokey finish.

M- Creamy is a pefect description for the feel. High carbonation and a medium thick body. The finish is sticky with a hint of alcohol heat.

D- Pretty good beer, takes some time to drink and I dont think I would want more than one, but pretty drinkable for a stout. ABV is lower than I would like for a beer this big though, could use more warmth and a bigger "punch" to it.

02-21-2011 04:20:10 | More by Spiekerbox
Photo of TMoney2591


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I have no idea what took me so long to enter a review for this guy. This era ends now. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a finger of light sandy ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light vanilla, light maple syrup, and very light molasses. A mild sweetness hangs above it all, a whisper confirming the style. The taste ups the roast ante a bit and adds a touch of coffee, but, beyond that, everything else from the smell remains constant. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, other than a carbonation a smidgen too active for my tastes here, this is a great milk stout. Get some.

02-20-2011 01:27:47 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Flipadelphia84


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

A- Almost pure black but not quite. Dark cream colored head, looks to be medium to high carbonation.

S-Coffee, Dark roasted malts, a little chocolate. Somewhat smokey.

T- Heavy on the roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, very smokey, a little sweet. A sort of sour smokey finish. Very good.

M- I expected a thicker body but it was slightly above average. Medium carbonation.

D- Good drinkability for a heavier stout.

02-19-2011 00:46:03 | More by Flipadelphia84
Photo of kiddynamite920


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

A: Very dark brown, close to black. Head is nearing two fingers and is a tan color, looks frothy and creamy. Leaving some lacing immediately.

S: Smells of chocolate malt right off the bat, sweet malts and coffee. Good roasted malt aroma, touch of grains.

T: Dry and roasty, big chocolate and coffee notes. Faint cherry flavor with some fruity yeast. Actually has a "cream" type of flavor like heavy cream.

M: Nice body on this one, finishes a bit chalky though. Leaves the lips sticky. Carbonation is pretty mild, texture is right on point.

D: Easy drinker for sure, definitely a well crafted beer. Only managed to drink a quarter of it through this review, but it definitely goes down easily.

02-15-2011 22:57:32 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of lsrose


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%

I have drank a lot of this beer. It is one of my favorite stouts. It pours a nice thick head that sticks around quite well. The coffee smells really jump out when pouring it. It also has taste of toffee and chocolate and other malts as the 10 malt blend comes through. Some bite and hops come through late.

I really like this one and it is a great malty stout.

02-14-2011 02:05:15 | More by lsrose
Photo of ramseye4


3.73/5  rDev -6%

The bottle has a batch number proudly stamped on it, no freshness date. Pours a thick oily black color, dark brown one finger head, decent lacing. Dark roasted malt hits the nose first, a bit of chocolate and coffee as well. It has a bitter taste, with roasted malt and a bit of espresso, very creamy as the description says. Good, but a bit thin feeling in the taste. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily creamy and complements the taste. Drinkability is above average, the sweetness brings it down a tad.

02-13-2011 06:16:15 | More by ramseye4
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

A- Somewhat an example of what any good stout should look like. Black like a RIS, with a full mocha colored head, and some nice lacing.

S- Chocolate and roasted malt emerge quickly. There's hints of coffee as well. A lot of this is blended well, and it can be a bit hard to pick out anything else with these powerhouse scents.

T- Has burnt malt and cocoa bitterness from the beginning. It makes a very good foundation for the coffee flavor. I like the non-dairy creaminess in this a lot. It really leaves more room for the cocoa and coffee to play around. I can really agree with the description Bell's has given this beer; the only thing I would change is adding that it has a richness to the malt which is fairly uncommon. It says that it's softer and smoother, but I find bold would be a better descriptor yet, although it is still quite smooth. Due to the richness, I'd love to give it a 5, but it seemed a bit too sweet for my ultra bitter preferences.

M- Very creamy. The carbonation as well as bitterness keep your tongue awake though. It could be a bit thicker, but it does well with what it's got. Semi dry, sticky finish.

D- Very drinkable especially for the amount of flavor. I'd probably have put this at a higher ABV due to the amount of flavor they fit it. For a 6.1% beer, it packs a little less than you'd expect from an RIS, but just a little less. The great thing about this beer is that you could drink it for a while.

There's not much alcohol flavor to it, and it makes a solid chocolate filled stout leaning fairly heavily towards the dark chocolate side. Very drinkable and quite tasty. Would definitely recommend.

02-13-2011 01:09:45 | More by BBP
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

as soon as I poured this bell's special cream stout, I knew it meant business. tit pours black as pitch with a golden caramel head. The smell is slighter that I would expect. The taste is a robust blackness. It is blackened and chocolaty. It's a good cold evening beer. You don't pound this beer, it pounds you.... With flavor lulz.

02-12-2011 21:35:29 | More by mattkoon
Photo of FosterJM


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

242nd review on BA
bottle to pint
bottle code 9986- bottle date 9/28/10

App- A nice syrupy dark brown with just an edge of bubbles. A little bit of lacing slides down the glass

Smell- Smells very malty, a slight like chocolate tinge and a hint of vanilla

Taste- Very light and roasty with a creamy feel. Somewhat of a dessert stout to me. Has some good flavors with the roast and cream blending and meshing well.

Mouth- Medium/Full bodied with a low carb feel to it. Very creamy aftertaste.

Drink- Very smooth and very drinkable.

02-10-2011 04:46:20 | More by FosterJM
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Deep brown, almost black. Hints of ruby with almost two inches of a thick creamy tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts and grains. Coffee.

T&M: Very rich and creamy. Roasted coffee. Mellow with a mild hint of earthy hops. Some vanilla and a bit of a chocolate chalkiness on the fade.

Goes down quite easy. A very good quality beer. Nothing thrilling, but a good stout.

02-09-2011 23:43:07 | More by cdizinno
Photo of callmescraps


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Intrigued by this one. I like everything that Bell's does, so it should be good.

Apearance- Very deep brown, almost black. Hints of ruby. Almost two inches of thick creamy head. Settles into a nice cap. Laces pretty well.

Smell- Plenty of roast. Almost coffee. Very rich. A little nutty. Nice, a little mellow.

Taste- Pretty smooth. A coffee roast kicks in. It is pretty mellow, but with a hint of earthy hops. Some vanilla, but just a shadow. A little coffee, a little dark fruit.

Mouthfeel- Definitely delivers. Very rich and creamy. It is luxurious.

Drinkability- Goes down quite easy.

A very nice beer. Nothing thrilling, but a good beer.

02-09-2011 03:20:17 | More by callmescraps
Photo of kiddwhiz


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to jmkratt for the generous gift that is this bottle and for the trader that recently sent it to him.

a: I poured the 12 oz bottle with a #9986 stamp in to a New Belgium tulip. The darkest of brown/blacks with one finger of silky, tan head.

s: Sweetened malted milk, grapes (yeah I know, wtf) and figs.

t: Subtle and savory with a bitter-sweet finish. Malted milk balls meets toffee meets pecans meets chocolate.

m: Slightly unctuous with a bit too much carbonation.

d: I find this beer enjoyable and drinkable but not at an exceptional level.

02-08-2011 03:11:25 | More by kiddwhiz
Photo of harrymel


3.18/5  rDev -19.9%

Thanks to Awalk1227 for this trade.
Batch 9985: 09/14/2010

Poured to NB globe.

A: Dark ale with limited translucency and little head. Only a centralized light peanut cap evidencing the carbonation in the beer. No lacing.

S: Nice, roasty scent. Malts with hints of figs, plums, raisin. These scents are, however, quite faint. Really expect more assertiveness on the nose with this type of beer.

T: Dry stout. Little resonance of the nose into the taste of the beer. Okay beer, prefer their kalamazoo stout.

M: medium body with high carbonation. Nothing too special here.

D: Drinkable, but there are better cream stouts out there. Get the feeling this one is rated well because it's Bell's, not because it's great.

02-07-2011 08:45:01 | More by harrymel
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

12 oz bottle with batch code on back label, easily lloked up on their website. I like the tree branches on the front label.

Pours a nice deep, dark brown. A whippy, darkish-tan head clings all over the glass. Smell is very nice. Earthy malts with a bit of mineral. Taste is sweet and milk-chocolatey more than anything. A creme brulee of beer. Ends rather dry with a touch of bitter. Feel is a little creamy, yet pithy at the same time. A little reserved, but it's exactly what this beer set out to do, and it was good to sample. Drinks good, but I like a bit more 'oomph' in a stout.

02-02-2011 05:29:12 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of leakyfaucet12


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

a- Dark brown with a caremel like head to it that seemed to stay forever.

s- Smelled like straight coffee and chocolate. Almost like a mocha.

t- This beer had a little less taste than I would have liked. You can obviously taste the beer in the aftertaste, but while you are drinking it, it almost seems as if the beer tastes like water.

m- This beer has a pretty good mouthfeel to it. Not to highly carbonated and definately not to creamy.

o- Overall I think that this beer could definately use something else in the flavor. It is not that this beer is bad, but more like it is "lacking something".

01-30-2011 22:53:13 | More by leakyfaucet12
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

What a treat! Before this year, I've left this one go. It's a take on an overdone theme (cream stouts) and the label is bland so I guess it just never caught my eye. Well recently a friend had a tulip of this and I could smell the delicious aroma from where I was sitting. Once I found out what it was I got one for myself and just enjoyed it thoroughly. This stout is now part of my permanent lineup. I almost never give 5's but was close to doing just that on the drinkable of this stout. Most stouts are very heavy and very potent with low drinkability just due to sensory overload from the complexity and high ABVs. Don't misunderstand, I love the class. LOVE it. But the drinkability is fairly low on these.

I digress. This stout has a dark appearance with a nice mocha head. It's dark and looks like a stout in color but with perhaps a little more carbo then I've come to expect from world-class stouts. The aroma is creamy (duh) with chocolate, coffee, caramel. It's a great balance. Nothing overpowers - not any of the flavors or the alcohol, or the carbonation. Many might say boring. I say good job! The drinkability is the main factor as with all my beers. A beer has to be drinkable. This stout is heavily drinkable and came close to a 5 in this regard.

A pleasure to drink - and more than one. Great work!

01-30-2011 00:37:50 | More by Hellabeerguzzler
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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