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

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3,414 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,414
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 363 | 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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Ratings: 3,414 | Reviews: 1,394
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Double Cream Stout is served up a deep and viscous black brown with a head that is somewhere between tan and beige. Both the retention and lacing are pretty average looking in this pint.

The aroma is nice and roasty with a definite coffee character to it. Some nice chocolate and a slight chalky character are also present. A touch of vanilla rounds out the flavors near the end of each sip.

The flavor mimics the aroma well with the roasted and chocolate flavors taking center stage. They are backed up by a creamy sweetness that is spiked with vanilla. As the beer warms some nice cocoa flavors begin to come out as well.

The mouthfeel of this beer is surely its best attribute. It is smooth and creamy with a body that is on the heavier side of medium. It seemingly slides down as I imbibe this brew and disappears with a surprisingly dry and roasty finish.

While I remembered this beer being better than I thought it was today, it remains a very solid beer for its style. It is quite impressive what Bell’s is able to do with malt in a beer that has no special ingredients.

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Strong aroma is quite smoky with notes of burnt coffee and caramel and a hint of licorice. It pours a luscious opaque sable with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled, if not too persistent, head. Mouth-filling flavor has burnt coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and licorice notes with a hint of caramel. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a fair amount of fizz and leaves a smoky, tingly finish. I had this before on tap, and as good as it is in a bottle, as with most beers it is better from a keg or barrel.

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A - Pours nearly pitch black with two finger mocha head. Lacing clings to glass.

S - Cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, light smoke.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, creamy cocoa.

M - Quite thin, almost watery.

O - Very smooth, creamy stout. Bitterness is definitely kept in check. Very enjoyable. Another great brew from Bell's.

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