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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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2,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,922
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 169
Gots: 208 | FT: 3
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 righthereisay


3.33/5  rDev -16.1%

Little lacing on this very dark beer.

It had some coffee flavor, but I would say it tasted more like a milk stout than expected. This is probably why the smell wasn't as good as expected either.

With the name, I expected a more creamier stout. So I was a little dissappointed.

I thought it had a little too much carbonation, and thought it had a medium body at best. Again, expectations were a full body creamy stout.

Obviously it didn't meet my expectations but it was still a good beer. I probably wouldn't spend a night drinking these..

04-04-2010 21:59:11 | More by righthereisay
Photo of meatyard


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

It's very dark with nothing showing through the edges, guess it's black. Poured it with about a 1", creamy, tan head that fell at a moderate pace without lacing.
The smell is some alcohol at first with cream and milk chocolate followed at the end by dark malt.
The taste is very sweet and creamy/milk followed by dark roasted malt, a light tanginess/sourness and lingering sweetness finishes.
Mouthfeel starts medium thick but then starts to feel thin with low carbonation.
Drinkability: If you like the style it fits though maybe at a more intense level and you could have a couple of these easily enough at 6.1% ABV. It seems like something that I would like given it's a stout and sweet but 1 is definitely enough for me. What I liked least was the peculiar tangy sourness in the middle.

04-04-2010 01:08:14 | More by meatyard
Photo of semibaked


2.3/5  rDev -42.1%

Pours into a Tulip glass. Batch 9513

A - Pours jet black with a big 2 fingers of towering brown foam and stays around for a while.

S - Roasted Malts, coffee, sugary sweetness and perhaps some oxidation or maybe some lactose, hard for me to tell.

T - A sourness like spoiled milk hit me up front, then roasted malts, coffee, but really no sweetness. Pretty off putting.

M - Medium bodied and some chewiness, I also get tartness and some slickness.

D - This is not very good to me. I am pretty sure this is a fresh bottle given the batch number, but this is like carbonated slightly sour milks with coffee and carbonation. I think I will pass on this in the future.

04-02-2010 00:42:45 | More by semibaked
Photo of ncfranklin


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured into a pint glass.

A : Black. Black black. No hints of red. A good two finger brown head that settles to a gentle coating on top.

S : Creamy, coffee and chocolates, maybe even a bit of caramel.

T : Creamy and milky is powerful on the tastebuds, with the bits of coffee poking through. On the end, it twangs over with the lactose'y milk, and leaves the mouth dry. This isn't too sweet of a cream stout, a little weak for me, but possibly good for the usual doubter of this style.

M : Heavy. It is a stout afterall. But it settles well in the mouth, and doesn't sour.

D : It's a one glass drink for me. Makes for a good dessert brew, but doesn't draw me in.

03-31-2010 03:24:03 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Jet black with a humongous beige head. Great retention and generous lacing.

S: Roasted malt, milk, cream

T: Very creamy and rich with a very noticeable lactose flavor. The milk aspect is present throughout the taste, with mild sourness. A tasty beer, though perhaps the lactic aspect is a bit overdone.

M: Smooth and easy to drink. Bitter aftertaste, with lactose overtones.

D: A really solid example of the style. Recommended.

03-30-2010 23:46:46 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of FishGetter


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to Jaxon53 for this one on a trade. Pours jet black in a snifter with minimal head. Wow its black!
Aroma is of toasted grains, coffee, some soy, birch, and some sweetness.
Very smooth toasted grains, some black coffee notes too. Vary faint bitter chocolate flavors round it out. Some hop biterness flashes to finish it off.
Nice solid mouthfeel, between a medium and heavy. Very silkie and smooth.
Very drinkable stout. Not too complex and very smooth. Nice touch in not killing it with a high ABV. Great ballance on this one.

03-30-2010 22:51:51 | More by FishGetter
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours an exceptionally dark shade of black with a nice tan head.

The smell on this one is great. Hints of chocolate, doffee, and a nice hit of vanilla abound. I could sniff this one all day.

The taste follows with the nice hit of vanilla and some light coffee. There is a slight metallic bitterness on the finish that keeps this one from getting a higher score. Freat on the front end, though.

The mouthfeel on this one is pretty good. It has a nice body with a decent about of carbonation for the style.

Again, if it wasn't for the metallis bite this one would be a bit better. Still, it's very drinkable and I will definitely buy it again.

03-29-2010 04:30:12 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

A: Near black body with creamy tan head.

S: Raisins, smoke and coffee primarily.

T: The milk shows up strong, adding a sweeter dimension to the already oatmeal raisin chocolate cookie-like flavors. Some slight herbal hop along the way. Smoke also lingers on the finish.

M: Creamy with a long finish.

D: Great balance of sweet and smokey with a smooth body. It's an easy drinker, full of flavor without being too big at all. The sweet comes from both the fruit and the milk, balancing the acidity on that end as well. Really pleasant.

03-25-2010 01:47:13 | More by dudecandle
Photo of BeerGodz

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Look: Nearly black color, medium tan head with decent retention & lacing

Smell: Mild aromas of milk, milk chocolate

Taste: Up Front: Slightly sour, chocolate, cola. Finish: Chocolate; reminds me of a Charleston Chew - NICE!

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium/low carbonation, slightly sweet - on par with the style

Drinkability: Silky smooth, especially at cellar temperature

Overall Impression: This is a very mellow sweet stout. I really liked the chocolate finish. It was better previously at the POPE on cask, but that goes without saying. I never actually smelled milk in a beer before, and I've had many Milk/Sweet Stouts over the years. Regardless, I still liked it. This beer really did not come to life until it warmed up, more so than most other fine ales

03-24-2010 21:40:00 | More by BeerGodz
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottled December 2009.

Pours a dark, dark brown with about a finger of tan head. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

A touch of coffee bean and roasted malt on the nose, but the aroma is mostly dominated by a slightly sour lactose smell. Almost dairy like. Normally I wouldn't enjoy this kind of smell, but this is a cream stout, so it's pretty likely that lactose was used. Bits of vanilla linger as well.

Smooth, roasty malts on the tongue followed by a lactic tang. Bits of chocolate and coffee come through as well. A very milky stout. Lactose adds a sweet and slightly sour touch to the beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost velvety, but the body is light enough to notice the small, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I like the well roasted malts and the touch of dark chocolate, but the lactic sourness cuts down on the drinkability for me.

Overall, this is a very interesting brew. Big roasty malts, a smooth body and tangy milkiness. I like sour beers, but I'm not sure if this pairing is really my thing. I think Bell's has done a good job with the style and if I had a fresher bottle maybe I wouldn't notice the lactic sourness as much. All in all though, this is still a tasty beer and one that I'd like to try again.

03-22-2010 02:23:02 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Pouted into a fluted pint glass, revealing deep opaque brown body with a beige head of average density, some lacing. The smell is so confusing. Normally I would retch at the sour lactose notes, but in this case they're decently balanced by sweet and roasty malt. For a cream stout, I could not expect much better.

Tastes lightly malty with a solid lactose tang and roasted character. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes the small tickling carbonation and otherwise heavier body very palatable. Drinks easy. I just wish the milkness was more sweet and less, well, rancid-like in character. I don't know if I've ever had more lactose in a beer.

Overall it's interesting. I don't know if so much milk is my thing, but I'm glad I tried it.

03-22-2010 02:14:13 | More by abuliarose
Photo of Riccymon


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours from the bottle a deep black with barely a quarter inch of craggy brown head. Within a few seconds, the beer is as lifeless as black coffee. Smell takes me a bit off guard, as a funky plum-coffee-chocolate malt-earth aroma wafts to the nose. To be honest, this smells to me a bit like a well-aged barleywine. Very complex and interesting.

Double Cream Stout tastes heavily of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and a nutty/dusty grain note. A complementary cherry note is well-integrated into the brew, reminding me of Bell's Cherry Stout. This is a pleasantly sweet beer, and it finishes rather dry and without much bitterness. Body is substantial, but it's not overdone for a milk stout.

I must have had my first bottle of Double Cream Stout a little too cold, but served at cellar temps, this beer is extremely well-done. A wonderful aroma and flavorful taste make this one of the best stouts I've had in a while.

03-21-2010 18:25:44 | More by Riccymon
Photo of pmcadamis


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Inky black with a tiny but persistent head.

S - Rich milk chocolate, and I do mean RICH... like half chocolate syrup and half milk. Reminds me of that white nougat stuff inside of a Charleston Chew.

T - Good balance of dark chocolate and sweeter milk chocolate notes with some heavily creamed and sweetened coffee (the way I like it).

M - Thick and milky. This one is solid and creamy, but hides it's strength well. I would have guessed that this was closer to 4% than 6%.

D - Good stuff, but not as mind boggling as some other Bell's brews (Two Hearted anyone?). I tried this at the good beer spot in town, and it may have been a little to chilled. I'd like to savor this in a snifter at room temp at home and give it another go.

03-18-2010 05:51:52 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of DmanGTR


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Review from notes on 3/8/10 (yay I'm finally catching up on my backlog of reviews!)

A - Very dark brown with light tan 1.5" head in my Ommegang goblet. Nice lacing. 4.0

S - Overall, somewhat subdued. Sweet chocolate notes, light coffee, and a touch of citrusy hops. Caramel too. 4.0

T - A nice delicate blend of chocolate, mocha, and a touch of sweet cream with a long lasting bittersweet finish. Very slight citrus and earthiness of hops as well. 4.5

M - Rich and medium bodied, well carbonated and velvety smooth. 4.0

D - Exceptional. A very well made beer. 5.0

03-17-2010 12:42:33 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of nickfl


2.93/5  rDev -26.2%

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown foam resting on a black body with just a hint of amber light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace in its wake.

S - A moderate roasted malt note with a little bit of chocolate sweetness. A little bit of caramel and toffee but not much else.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with a strong, cola-like note. Some sour chocolate notes and black coffee character in the middle. Finishes with a bit more roast and lots of sweet, lactic caramel malt. Lingering cola and caramel character with coffee in background.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, syrupy finish.

D - This is a very odd beer. The aroma is quite subdued, but the flavor is robust (just not in a good way). This may be because the primary flavor component is sticky, cloying sweetness. This excessive sweetness is accompanied by an odd, cola like note of artificial caramel flavoring and some strange sourness. The only thing I can find to like about it is the pleasant, dark roasted coffee note that is always lingering in the background. I really didn't care for this beer, it is strange, one dimensional, and overly sweet and I definitely won't be drinking it again.

03-17-2010 05:35:41 | More by nickfl
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone IRS snifter

A - black as night with a small tan head

S - dark malts with are in the background on this one, lots of sweet vanilla flavors, this is gonna be good

T - sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish, the roasty malts come through, the vanilla comes through faintly but not nearly as strong as it smells

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, I expected a little bit heavier of a body

D - This is a pretty solid beer, I couldn't see myself drinking it real fast or drinking too many of these at once but it is working pretty good as my desert beer of the night. Would definitely pick this one up again

03-17-2010 02:22:06 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of pwoody11


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours black opaque.

After my first sip I decided to let it sit to warm up and I think it was a great decision. The mouthfeel was incredible. Very creamy and smooth.

I picked up mostly chocolate coffee in the taste with a little bit of vanilla. If you've ever had a Monster Java, this was what first came to mind after tasting it.

Overall a good brew. This was my first milk stout and I'm looking forward to trying another.

03-15-2010 03:11:03 | More by pwoody11
Photo of brobeerbot


4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

Bottle poured into Nonic Pint.

A- Poured with just a small amount of tan head. Dark as night. Light can not penetrate it.

S- Strong coffee and cream going on here.

T- The first thing you get here is coffee and cream, just like your morning cup of joe. Hints of caramel and smoke can be tasted right after your sip.

M- Slight carbonation and not very thick as many stouts but far from watery.

D- A very easy drinking stout could drink multiple bottle in a night.

Overall this i a very nice stout that tastes as the label states.

03-14-2010 03:19:46 | More by brobeerbot
Photo of tetonka4kzoo


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a black color with decent tan head.

Has a light, sweet aroma. A nice, mellow roasty malt aroma too.

This milk stout has a creamy, sweet and roasty taste. Has a smooth feel and taste. The sweet malts add much flavor.

The mouthful is is creamy and milky. It is a very smooth stout.

The sweetness makes it very drinkable. Double Cream is not too strong and quite easy to drink. Its been a while since I have had a Double Cream Stout.

03-13-2010 23:10:20 | More by tetonka4kzoo
Photo of backfat


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

pours a very dark brown with a one finger light tan head. smells strong and robust. very tart yogurt like aromas. the taste is very tart and sour, but i like it. mouthfeel isn't very stouty, but you can actually taste some cream like qualities. very interesting.

03-12-2010 19:12:30 | More by backfat
Photo of rawthar


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

From a bottle of a Bell's Dark Side case into a Brooklyn tulip. Remember this being one of my favorite of the bunch...let's see how it holds up now.

A- Pours a burgundy tinged black, total espresso-colored big-bubbled head with a usual quick dissipation to a frothy film that leaves a pretty lacing on the sides of the glass. Completely opaque and seriously substantial.

S- Alcohol and caramelized roasty malts with the tiniest bit of blueberry and anise, smells a lot like a creme brulee just out of the salamander.

T- A balance of sweet and sour. Not quite as much caramel on the tongue as in the nose, but the burnt characters float on top of a sour milky undertone, rounded out with some roasted coffee, before finishing up with an acidic kick to the back of the tongue. A lot going on in this glass.

M- Thick and frothy, smooth and coating, this beer turns into a pleasant, living foam in your mouth.

D- Not something to daisy chain together, for sure, but too good not to finish. This is somewhere between a sipper and a dessert beer.

03-11-2010 02:12:58 | More by rawthar
Photo of Gehrig


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Impenetrable black body with a finger of mocha froth atop it. A nice dollop of foam persists well into its consumption. Nice, but subtle, biscuit malt aromas, with plenty of chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of cherry.

The taste is rich, full, and rather complex, with the aforementioned flavors assuming a prominent position in Double Cream. There is also an unmistakable wooden flavor that is welcome. The creamy, soft texture is simply outstanding, doing so much to enhance the taste. Bell's has this stout, as with its others, down to a tee.

Great pick-up from the sterling Neil St. Piccadilly in Champaign; Double Cream is a terrific, tasty, amenable stout that is easy on the palate without being uncomplicated.


03-08-2010 22:48:01 | More by Gehrig
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North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours straight black with a medium dark tan 1-finger head. No retention but decent lacing.

Nose is dark chocolate and medium roast coffee with sweet cream. Very nice and very rich.

Taste is strong chocolate malt. Nice roast hit, turns a little sweeter midway through, and finishes very dark and chocolaty. The chocolate really lingers.

Body is so close to perfect. Just a mite on the thinner side of what I would want, but very nice. Very rich body for a beer this low in alcohol.

Exceedingly easy drink and goes down very fast.

03-06-2010 02:22:31 | More by beer2day
Photo of Stigs


3.43/5  rDev -13.6%

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours about a finger worth of loose, bubbly and soapy dark khaki foam...falling and crackling slowly as it warms. the beer is quite dark, just a tinge of dark brown hue when held up to a bright light. spotty lacing throughout the drink.

S - adequate amounts of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, some fresh coffee...sweetness comes in as some vanilla, butterscotch. faint earthy hops round out at the end.

T - starts off a bit sweeter than the nose would indicate. bittering slightly watered down coffee kicks in after an initial kick of vanilla, lactose, brown sugar, cream. disappointingly kind of fades to nothing after the bitterness, just a slight bit of earthy hops.

M - drinks very thin, and carbonation is quite overdone and very distracting. adds an astringent prickly feel and not very pleasing (yet void?) aftertaste.

D - maybe i just dont enjoy this style very much, but this one just doesnt hold up very well for me. the flavors are there but fall off very quickly, succumbing to an unappealing mouthfeel. i was contemplating pouring this for a bit before i decided to suck it up...not an awful beer, just not for me.

03-05-2010 04:51:20 | More by Stigs
Photo of Jmoore50


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

The appearance is dark black with cocoa edges. The head pours a solid fluffy one finger head that evolves into a haze over the glass. The tan head does not leave any lacing and the legs are watery.

The smell is of chocolate, roasted grains, vanilla.

The taste is impressive and drinkable. Chocolate, vanilla, a cream lactose mouthfeel. This one reminds me of a chocolate stout that I brewed with lactose, really creamy. Great smooth mouthfeel that finishes great. Incredible drinkable, this would be a session stout at my house. Lots of vanilla in the warming up of the brew.

03-05-2010 00:47:40 | More by Jmoore50
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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