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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,166 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,166
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 266 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

cooperla1, Thursday at 11:45 PM
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4/5  rDev +1%

TheSamKuehn, Nov 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

woogie359, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Jess1ca, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (bottled on 9/8/14 B [13474])

A: Pitch black, with the lightest tan collar. No lacing either.
S: Definitely smells like espresso with hints of cocoa. A lot of acidic black coffee and roast.
T: Lots of roast and a bit of coffee. A bit thin but I think that works here to come across as espresso. I kind of wish this had been a milk/sweet stout. The title is misleading, it needs to be creamy and a bit sweeter.
M: It's carbonation is akin to when a waves washes up on the beach and there is the leading line that rushes up with a froth of foam and then recedes.
O: Good, but got nothing on Expedition or Black Note. I don't have much hope for Java Stout, considering how all of their regular stouts have tasted.

gillagorilla, Nov 17, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -8.1%

GarrettBoots, Nov 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

xbrettfavrex, Nov 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Tyrolaspenleaf, Nov 16, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

denver10, Nov 16, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -1%

Gkruszewski, Nov 15, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

cjgiant, Nov 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

pauldave1976, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

MrBeige, Nov 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance - 3.5/5
A very dark brown-red, cannot see through. A finger or so of dark-tan colored head.

Smell - 3.8/5
Chocolate and coffee are the predominant aromas, cannot detect much else.

Taste - 3.5/5
Some sweet earthy malt taste, the chocolate and coffee is still present, but very subtle (whereas they were very pronounced in the smell). The beer is slighty smoky, slightly roasty, slighty hoppy, slightly earthy, and a tiny bit chocolate/coffee. I would have liked for this stout to be more chocolatey, and less smoky/hoppy/earthy.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Very smooth and creamy, which is to be expected for this "double cream" stout. There is a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay beer. From it's label and name, I was expecting more of a chocolately kind of taste, or something in that realm. But this stout had a surprising strong earthy taste. It wasn't bad, just wasn't quite what I was looking for in this beer. Overall, an okay choice.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

mchegash, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Syncro-Vox, Nov 14, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: black body of ale allows just a hint of dark amber around the edge; slim head a finger high of pale foam left but motes of lace behind

S: dark malt aromas suggest charred wood, cocoa powder, and coffee that's grown cold on the counter

T: bittersweet roasted malts contribute coffee and char; sweet edge suggests cocoa, dry and semi-sweet

M: smooth and soft, with some tingle of carbonation; medium body; some chalkiness; bittersweet coating lingers...

O: a well-done roasty stout, easy drinking and hearty - fairly typical flavors and feel for the style - not sure I got as much "special double cream" as I would've expected.

Greywulfken, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

schuler, Nov 14, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -3%

elvissosa, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

mattsucks, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Jordanmtate, Nov 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Ryan1, Nov 14, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +16.2%

Merl77, Nov 13, 2014
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,166 ratings.