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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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3,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,386
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 353 | 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%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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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.

Photo of Cylinsier
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.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of teromous
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: It's a black colored beer with a very very tiny sliver of tan head forming a ring around the glass.

S: I get some burnt scents, like a dark coffee brewing.

T: I get a lot of the burnt charcoal, roasted grains. It has a very dark character to it. It's mildly sweet with malt. I don't get any cream-like flavor or sensation from this beer, despite the "double" implication. After tasting I visited the website and it mentions that the beer contains no dairy and the cream title refers to its texture. That's more for mouthfeel...

M: It does have a slightly slick mouthfeel. I wouldn't call it creamy. The carbonation is good, the body is a solid medium body with a good roasted bitterness.

O: Overall I think it's a good stout, but very average. I think the title led me to some expectations I didn't arrive at...so I am disappointed with that. It says "special" and the beer really tastes like a good stout but I don't see anything special. It says "double" but I didn't get much of anything to double...probably the 6%abv...then the "cream" which wasn't any more creamy than a normal stout. It tastes good but I don't think it's any better than the average stout.

I Had another bottle of this on 26 NOV 2012 and it left me with the same impressions. This time the beer actually finished drier than previously, which was a greater disappointment. While this is a wonderful stout, it does not feel creamy.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

12 oz. bottle purchased locally. Bottled on 1/04/12 -- 15 days ago. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown with 1-1/2" fluffy, khaki colored head that settles gradually and leaves consistent lacing that is thick in spots.

S: Mild, roasted coffee; smoky malt, chocolate.

T: Light, creamy chocolate; subtle coffee; licorice and toffee.

M: Low/medium carbonation, medium body; smooth and creamy; no detectable alcohol; neutral finish.

O: A pleasant, well-balanced, highly drinkable stout with good substance.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a thin cocoa head. Average lacing on the side of my CBS snifter. The nose is malt, chocolate, coffee. Fairly simple, and a little weak nose. The taste is a bit better. Chocolate, malt, vanilla, and a slight hint of coffee here. Very smooth and creamy in feel, with a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a good brew that I'd have again. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of frogships
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2 Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass and a Duvel tulip.

A: Very dark, nearly black - light does not get through. About a half finger of a head that dissipates rather quickly but is a very attractive burnt marshmallow color that contrasts beautifully with the pitch black below. Mild to moderate lacing.

S: Creamy chocolate; roasted malt; light roasted coffee, hint of vanilla and cream; fresh espresso like feel in the nose. Very nice.

T: Creamy chocolate, light roasted coffee, hints of toffee as it goes down. Absolutely fantastic balance with all the tastes. Every sip tastes great, I can hardly wait to take the next one. Everything I would be looking for in a double cream stout or american stout.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Again, absolutely terrific balance. finishes almost like an espresso feel on the tongue. Absolutely silky smooth.

O: I was shocked how much I liked this beer. It is a fantastic stout. I love the taste as it is a festival of flavors but in a calm and elegant delivery and each one balanced perfectly with the next. Officially one of my absolute favorite beers and if it's on tap, I'm getting it.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color, tough to get a nice head. What forms is off-white in color. Some lacing.

Aromas of bittersweet roasted chocolate and coffee, mostly.

Taste is much the same. Bitter coffee notes, lightly sweet chocolate, other dark and roasty malt flavors as well. Pretty robust for the ABV.

Medium mouthfeel, stout-like.

This is a good stout--Bell's tends to do them well. But it's nothing out of the ordinary, really.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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