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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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2,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,931
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
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 pwoody11
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

pwoody11, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of brobeerbot
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

brobeerbot, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tetonka4kzoo, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of backfat
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

backfat, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of rawthar
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

rawthar, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


Gehrig, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

beer2day, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Stigs, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jmoore50, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Pabs311
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just got 2 of these beers today in a trade thanks to lerxst.

first one was on the warmer side

A- poured very dark brown, almost black with a very thin ok lacing

S- very creamy smelling, like buttercream, a little coffe in the background. very ineresting.

T- very similar to the nose on this, very creamy flavor. butter cream, vanilla and some coffee.

M/D-a little on the thin side for a stout of this ABV for me, would have liked to have seen a little more here. very drinkable though, i would love to be able to get my hands on this in CT.

Pabs311, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Blacker than the depths of the La Brea Tar Pits, with about four fingers of ruby-tan foam that eventually settles into blotchy lacing.

S – Chocolatey and roasty, with a musty malt aroma; a nice brew for the olfactory. It does not smell as overtly oxidized as some of the Bell’s Stouts tend to.

T – It is delicious. The taste is full, bitter, and roasted, with sourly astringent malt and a moderately bitter hop that asserts itself upon the finish. This is not a sweet brew, despite the style moniker; Sweet Stout is in this case a misnomer. It is not particularly creamy or buttery in flavor, either. Nor does it taste strongly of coffee, cocoa, caramel, spices or any other adulterants. It is a very enjoyable stout with not many frills, just straightforward roast, toast and hop with a touch of lactic sourness.

M – Medium-thick, oily, and very chuggable.

D – This is a very good offering from Bell’s. It’s a shame I so seldom see it, I would drink it more often.

ktrillionaire, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a fantastic extra in a super trade with Kbeals... Huge thanks Kevin.

I'm broke and diving into stuff in the fridge... poured into my Delirium goblet.

Thin lite tan head... the brew is of course black.

Nose is pretty roasty with a background sweetness... French roast ...

Flavor is a good standard milk stout... could actually use a bit more sweetness to balance the dark malts.. lite bittersweet chocolate... good body and carbonation... sorry not alot more to say... this is just a great beer and a great take on the style.

Thanks again Kevin... You're good people.


JohnGalt1, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Acraig
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Is a dark hazy brown coffee color with a slight ring of head.

Smell: a slight malt smell with a nice rich coffee and cream smell.

Taste: A nice creamy coffee taste with a a slight bitter after taste. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: A slightly heavy beer with a smooth finsh. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very smooth...I could easily drink these through out the night.

Serving type: on-tap

Acraig, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8732 (September 08') consumed today 2/19/10 received as an extra from a very generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours dark brown with red tinged honey folds. The crown is mocha, about 1 finger, shows little retention and lace.

Smell: Medium roasted malt with some cream and a hint of soap.

Taste: Smooth roasted malt with some coffee bitterness and sweet cream. The cream dominates but the bitterness shines in the long finish.

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium bodied with fine carbonation and a long finish.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth but sits a bit heavy. I wouldn't want to have more than two bottles.

koopa, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of noduckla
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolaty color with littlel head and minimal lacing. It has a great smell of roasted malts and chocolate. Chocolatey smell that surpasses the taste and drinkability. There is a decent amount of CO2 for a stout, but it does not really stand out as a stout that separates itself from the rest.

noduckla, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of joshstevens87
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black with a little over an inch of dark tan head
S-a nice blend of coffee and chocolate malts and a nice cream texture with an overall expresso type of feel to it
T-a strong coffee kick to it with a little bit of chocolate in the background with a nice creamy sweetness to it with no presence of hops evident
M-a nice full body with a moderate carbonation could be a bit weaker but still is a very smooth full mouthfeel
D-very drinkable a perfect balance of bitter like coffee and chocolate notes and the sweetness of lactose a very nice balanced sweet stout that can definately be enjoyed throughout the night

joshstevens87, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: creamy froth, but quickly disapating head, light tan, deep dark brown, nearly ebony color body

smell: sublte aromas, some roasted malt and some chocolate.

taste: Had that similar milk stout taste and some good chocolate flavors. subtle sweetness.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: a solid stout and i would drink again. Seemed sessionable and not too "Double" as stated on the label. Very much just like anormal milk stout, very good though

CampusCrew, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of KalH
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to admit this is the first milk stout I've ever had and was not sure what to expect. I had purchased this at a local wine and beer store and thought I'd give it a shot being a Bell's fan.

So this beer poured just like I expected it to - a black milkshake. It had a one finger brownish ruby head and smelled of mocha, dried fruit, chocolate, and earth.
The taste was creamy and malty with a slight bitter aftertaste from the roasted coffee/mocha flavoring that was ever present from start to finish. Mouthfeel was not what I expected but okay.
I would probably try this again, but stouts are not really my thing. For what it was though, I thought it was a good beer and something I'd recommend to anyone into that style.

KalH, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce snifter.

This one pours a nice coffee-black, with a decent creamy head floating on top...which is keep up pretty well.

The aroma gives off some good black olive notes, chocolate, sour/bitter elements, brown sugar, and molasses.

Taste is solid...buttery, creamy, indeed. Hints of chocolate, coffee, some spicy notes, too. There is an interesting element in this one...the only way I know how to describe it is that earthy, summer pond smell. Not bad, but like cattails and seaweed. But it's good, that is just what is coming to mind.

Overall, a decent stout. Carbonation plays in well with the flavors, and helps to balance things out on the palate. A good example of a finely crafted cream stout.

movingtrain, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with only a tiny white layer of foam.
Smells like mild coffee with mocha overtones. Not too roasty either, which is good.
Initially you get some chocolate and bready character with a sweet/sour hit coming from the lactose. Finish is of a mocha dessert that fades slowly.
Good stuff with a nice texture, too.
Another winner from Bell's. Why is this available in Florida but not Colorado?

Domingo, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown with a fair sized creamy mocha colored head that has fair retention but left some nice lacing.

S-Malt, a bit of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Smells good.

T-Roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, chocolate and vanilla, a faint coffee note.

M-A bit thin and prickly. Its not impressing here.

D-Mouthfeel detracts a bit from drinkability, but overall its not bad.

I looked forward to finally trying this one. It wasn't quite as good as I hoped, but it certainly is another respectable offering from Bells.

Lerxst, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Soneast
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, burnt brown color...just a shade or two under black. Develops a 2 finger thick, light brown colored head that hangs around for awhile, slowly condensing to a creamy mat.

The aroma is sweet and malty, with some dark fruits components, caramelized sugar, chocolate and very little roastiness. Also a touch of fresh baked bread yeastiness.

The flavor is chock full of malty sweet goodness, you have the sugary malt sweetness, the creamy lactose sweetness, along with some chocolate flavors and burnt caramel even a touch fo marshmallow. The roastiness is kept in check, and the finish is balanced well, not bitter nor sweet, just well rounded.

Great texture to the beer, creamy and not too heavy. The flavors are exactly what I like in a Milk stout with emphasis on the creaminess and overall sweet character. Just an awesome milk stout, IMO.

Soneast, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch 9513 bottled Dec 18, 2009. Pours very dark brown, black, medium body, large foamy light brown head that retains well and leaves rings of lacing.

Aroma is pretty potent, chocolate, coffee, smoke, roasted malts, and a lactic quality. Almost like cream cheese frosted chocolate cake. Hmmmm...and maybe some chocolate chip cookies, too. Interesting and unique.

Flavor is more coffee up front, some chocolate, roasted malts, and lactose. A bit watery. Bittersweet finish. OK.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, yet still a tad thin, medium carbonation.

The aroma > flavor in this one for me. If it tasted like it smelled, it would be an easy 4+. As it is, I prefer Bells Kalamazoo stout, which is also cheaper than this Double Cream stout.

elgiacomo, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of drpimento
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd duck. Seems to vary a little in its characteristics. This time, I don't think I'm imagining it and don't know how it could be possible - but it seems to me like the "cream" qualities, i.e. the lactose, is spoiled. I pick up some sour milk aroma and flavor. Other than that part the flavor is spot on and ditto aroma. Body is creamy and is, for me, one of my favorite kinds of beer: milk/cream stout. So easy drinking. Don't pick up any alcohol in this at all, so it's a sneaky one. Carbonation is perfect. Head is tan, fine and medium size. Nice lace. I'd give it much better rating except for the sour thing. And, admittadly my sensory apparatus is defective, soooo... I leave it there.

drpimento, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew looked great in the glass. The smell was great. Very full and it draws you in. The flavor is a bit odd. The first mouthful I actually did not like. It was a little like an odd cheese. But after that I really liked it. I wished that I had more than one bottle. I do think that I could drink this for a full evening.

biglite351, Feb 09, 2010
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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