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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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2,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,872
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 165
Gots: 198 | FT: 5
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 Mavajo


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrific soul-penetrating black pour with a moderate tan head. Decent retention, good lacing. Head eventually settles into a thin foam across the top.

Nose is pleasant, but a good too subtle. Coffee, roasted nuts, sweet. Taste is sweet, with notes of coffee, roasted nuts, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is good - smooth with medium to heavy carbonation. Creamy. Medium to full body.

Drinkability is very good, particularly for a stout. I burned through my glass quite quickly. Fairly filling.

Definitely intend to purchase again. One of my favorite stouts to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 01:02:44 | More by Mavajo
Photo of kbutler1


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Brewed with a blend of 10 malts, Double Cream is an incredibly rich stout composed of dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, toasty finish" - so sayth the bottle

Ahh, Bell's, so many good beers, here's to hoping this one is good as well.
Poured from a bottle (batch 9357) into my favorite tulip glass.

A: Dark brown almost black appearance with a thin tan head
S: Chocolate, sweetness, slight soft cofee notes
T: Bitterswet chocolate taste with a very smooth long finish with a slight bitterness. Chocolate coffee milk for grown ups!
M: Honestly, felt a little lighter in the mouth than expected. Would have liked a little heavier feel
D: Indeed

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:06:24 | More by kbutler1
Photo of BronYrAur


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Jet black with a nice dark tan head...decent staying power and I imagine a bit more lace if I weren't drinking out of this pint glass. Very nice.

S. Generous chocolaty, coffee aroma is evident immediately upon pouring, really nice nose that just pops as soon as the bottle is cracked.

T. Nice restrained coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes initially that become quickly covered by a very dark, roasted malt overload that characterizes all of Bell's stouts. Not sure I really get enough initial sweetness to really see "sweet" or "milk stout," though. The strong roastiness overpowers these elements just a bit too much for my taste.

F. Initially the carbonation seems a bit bright, but this quickly fades as the beer warms a bit. Nice silky, moderately creamy mouthfeel that could probably be a bit more full.

D. This isn't really intended to be a session beer but it definitely goes down easier than, say, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. This has a silkier, softer finish that, while still a bit thicker on the roastiness than I would like for the style, allows this brew to go down very smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:35:58 | More by BronYrAur
Photo of dpnelson1978


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

$14.99 / 6 pk.

S: Roasted coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Excellent.

A: Big loose brown head that has some definite staying power. Covers and laces nicely. Opaque dark brown to black body.

T: Very nice stout. Roasted nuts, coffee, and just a little chocolate. A little more chocolate would rock, but I can't complain.

M: Medium body and low to medium carbonation and very smooth. A bit heavier body would be nice, but again, I can't complain.

D: Stout isn't normally my thing, but I could easily do this all night. Goes down easy and tastes great!

O: Awesome beer! I'll be buying more to share with friends and family.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 04:13:52 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of ckeegan04


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown that is almost impenetrable by light. Faint reddish brown hues lighten up around the edges when held up to a light source. Foam is rather thin and quickly fades to a thin raing around the glass. Almost no lacing left behind.

S - Light lacto-sweetness in the nose mixed with a nice roasted grain aroma. Hints of dark chocolate mixed in as well.

T - Light milk chocolate sweetness up front with a nice roasty bitterness backing it. Both flacors play off each other through the entire drink without one becoming more dominant than the other. Hints of vanilla mixed in towards the end.

M/D - Medium bodied and very creamy fee. Carbonation gives a lightly fizzy feel on the tongue in the finish. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 17:38:00 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of capra12

New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with speedwayjim and steph seved out of a chalice.

Appearance: 11/2 fingers of light brown head. Jet blakc with no lacing.

Smell: slightly metallic but there is a dark malt and lactose that breaks through the metallic.

Taste:opens with a dark roasted malt and dark chocolate as the lactose comes through in the middle to the finish leaving a malty and lactose aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied at most and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again and would definitely recommend this to someone who seeks a dark malt character supported by a subtle coffee as a lactose come in at the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 21:35:36 | More by capra12
Photo of FernMaster


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap, poured into a snifter.

When the server brought this to me there was easily two fingers worth of head on this beer. The head was a dark caramel color that stayed around for two minutes or so before subsiding. Then after the head subsided it left a prolific amount of lacing on the glass. For the pure aesthetics of appearance, this easily earned a five, just wow. It looks just like a stout should and the head was prevalent and pleasing to look at. The smell was faint, it was there but subtle. I was able to make out hints of vanilla and coffee notes. The taste was really something else. My first impression was that it was a bit watery, but as I continued to drink and as it continued to warm, Bell's Special Double Cream Stout became something truly wonderful. The cream was definitely present, but not overpowering, there was some roasted malts and I think I picked up hazelnut, not sure if that's in there but it had that impression on my tongue. The coffee notes and vanilla balanced so well together that it created a truly unique taste and mouthfeel, that I've at least never had before - it was like drinking a licorice yogurt. For real. The mouthfeel was thick enough and the balance of the ingredients created a yogurt like texture. This became more prevalent as it continued to warm, but I was enamored. I ordered another beer before I finished this one and I didn't want to stop drinking the Special Double Cream Stout! Pick this up, buy it on tap, whatever, just try this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 21:23:09 | More by FernMaster
Photo of hosehead83


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine goblet(I was too lazy to wash a proper pint glass)
Dark brown/black in color with a thin but sturdyhalf-inch tan head of foam
Aroma-Caramel malt and coffee notes
Taste-Super smooth and creamy, rich, roasted coffee and toasted malts-A rather dry, black coffee finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 12:28:24 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Philabeerphia


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let it sit for 20min before really getting into it. It pours complete with a healthy biscuit colored head into my snifter, reaching a finger in height and sitting frozen for a considerable period of time. Eventually this fades into a slight ring. The lace is an interesting mix of sticky webbing and viscous legging. The beer itself is the color of chocolate, edged with ruby highlights. I am transfixed by the perfect balance of opacity and translucence. I can see into the very core of the beer but no further. An alluring appearance for sure.

the nose is laced by an ashen, smoky character. Ashtray isn't an unfair description of what I pick up foremost... but this subsides and is enlivened into a round roasted maltiness. Some tobacco leaf and hop finish it out. It's not a 'bright' nose, and not completely to my liking...

The taste starts out with a nice chewy blend of coffeee and sweetish malts. It stays subdued & true through the middle until the finish, where enough malty complexity opens up to resemble a breaded, smoked, candied culinary treat. Sweet tobacco and cocoa show up as well at the top of my mouth. Only a hint of lactic sweetness towards the very end, which turns quickly (I love when a beer changes direction on a dime) into a surprisingly bold, bitter hop finish. The medium body finds its way into all crevices and deposits the leaf-like bitterness of the hops. Did I say unexpected? I thought sweet stouts favor round malted milkiness instead of sharp flavors, and at first I am ready to deduct points... But then again...the chewy and well-carbonated mouthfeel helps keep extremely tight reigns on the beer, and combined with the smoky dryness, this is a restrained affair. The first several sips, I was not a big fan. Now the glass is empty and I wish I had another to give this a fresh look... That is a compliment. Again I am allured.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 03:09:22 | More by Philabeerphia
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kite and Key...

Pours a deep dark brown with thin yet fluffy khaki head. Smell is brown sugar forward with a nice roasted matl backbone. Taste is very sweet up front... the malts give a chocolate, carmel and molasses taste to the middle and hints of dark fruit, smoke and earth on the back end. Presence of bittering hops noted. Full bodied yet creamy. The heavy body and the super-sweet taste keep this otherwise yummy brew from being top notch.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 13:45:48 | More by rfgetz
Photo of PretzelCity


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to EricWo for sending this one. Poured an inky black with a big billowing creamy tan head that left lacing all the way down my glass. This is one good looking beer. The smell is good, roasted malt and hints of chocolate but nothing too overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is sweet, with a taste of roasted malt and a little chocolate that coats your tongue. Very easy to drink with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Really a well rounded beer. Excellent balance. An excellent example of one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 10:38:45 | More by PretzelCity
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout poured black with no head.

There was very little good or bad in the smell and taste of this stout. There was no real aroma of which to speak and the flavor was non-discript roasty and sweet. On the other hand, it was exceptionally creamy and smooth.

Bell's Special Double Cream is a nice, smooth, unremarkable, and safe stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 20:57:23 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of kegger22


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with red highlight when held to a light. Just a thin covering for a head and that faded to almost nothing. The aroma was coffee and sweet. The taste was coffee sweetened with chocolate, but there was just a hint of sour too. The feel was medium/heavy bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability was good. A half step down from 3F Moloko, an enjoyable beer and another solid effort from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 18:37:10 | More by kegger22
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is opaque black with a one-finger, light mocha head.

Smell is of roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Nothing is too prominent.

Taste is smokey roasted malts with some nice coffee sweetness. I can almost detect a little chocolate near the end and it has a small amount hop bitters towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. A little creamy and pretty much no aftertaste. Maybe a little bit of coffee left on the tongue.

Drinkability is good. This is a fairly good example of the style and it goes down pretty easy. Its not my favorite, but I could see having it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 21:24:10 | More by MrStark
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice opaque black color with a decent head.
Smell: A very roasty smell that almost boarders on a coffee aroma. The malt is very evident in this beer.
Taste: Roasted malt that almost feels smokey. Their is a very subtle coffee/chocolate taste that does linger. It has a very complex feel to it with all of the different malts.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Very silky, creamy texture to it. A nice thick and hearty beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 22:33:45 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of jdg204


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was perusing Abe's Cold Beer the other night and I couldn't believe my luck in coming across Bell's Double Cream. After a fantastic experience with Kalamazoo, I've been on the hunt for the other Bell's stouts and this was my first chance.

A: Opaque black body with a thick tan head that stuck around for a bit and left nice lacing.

S: Roasted aroma with notes of milk, chocolate, and a touch of mocha.

T: Lovely roasted flavor starts out with a well endowed undertone of milky chocolate and a a bit of coffee. Very well balanced hoppy bitter finish rounds out a very clean, well done Stout.

M: Medium-body with medium carbonation and a wonderful aftertaste.

D: A fantastic milk stout that is very well balanced and just well done overall. Bell's really seems to have a good handle on Stouts and I'm very excited to get my hands on Java and Expedition. This was a really easy drinking brew, sips very nicely with the milky/ mocha flavor. This goes in the must-try catagory, go get some if you're looking for a solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 01:24:27 | More by jdg204
Photo of alkemy


3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with hints of ruby along the bottom and sides of the glass. Head was light brown in color, but went quite quickly. A few pods of bubbles remained clinging to the top of this chocolate, coffee, and prune smelling brew. I got an almost vanilla extract flavor at the beginning.This was followed by coffee and sweet roasted malts. Also get the prune taste on the back end. I'm not really getting the chocolate many others have referenced. I love the feel of this. I'd have it again. Thanks for the haul buschbeer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 02:23:42 | More by alkemy
Photo of buschbeer


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a thin film of brown head. It is dark brown/black in color. I smell dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Very nice! It tastes very nice as well. I get the coffee right off the bat, but the chocolate and dark fruits come out subtly. I really like this stuff. This might be my favorite Bell's that I have sampled. I still have a lot to try though.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 01:54:33 | More by buschbeer
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Very dark and opaque with virtually no head from an aggressive pour and minimal lacing.

The smell is of roasted sweet malt, coffee and more malt.

Taste closely follows the smell - the malt is the overriding note with lot's of sweet coffee. Not cloying but definitely sweeter than anything I would normally pick up.

Mouthfeel is slick and a little oily. Not bad.

Drinkability is ok, although this is certainly no session beer.

Overall a little out of my standard range but I enjoyed it. Certainly a good effort from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 18:06:44 | More by OldYoda
Photo of slk22


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark brown/black, almost opaque, with a light-brown head that was almost non-existent following a standard pour. Aroma was mainly chocolate, with noticeable roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Very inviting. As might be expected, taste was very sweet upfront with a light chocolate and mild roasted malt flavor. A light a sweet roasty flavor lingered into the aftertaste with a dry finish. Mouthfeel was smooth with little to no carbonation detectable. Body was light to medium. Lighter than I would have liked. This beer was enjoyable, but for me a bit too rich to have several.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 19:29:10 | More by slk22
Photo of jbone78


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thought was expensive. We will see how good it is...

A- Poured nearly Black, little visibility. Nearly no head. light lace.
S- Normal nothing to get excited about.
T- very nice malt character. The label says there is ten different malts and they are blended well. Not a bad flavor! Being a cream stout, you can also taste the lactose in there.
M- Sweet, not overbearing, flavor and not too sugary.
D- I would not pay the price for this one again.


Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 23:08:48 | More by jbone78
Photo of gunnerman


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with no head. The smell is all malt sweet roasted grain in the nose slight hint of alcohol. Taste is impressive this is a malt bomb, very thick and to the point. I can taste chocolate, prunes, coffee, sweet bitter honey. This leaves a sweet thick finish on my palate after drinking sip after sip. This truly needs to be sipped to enjoy the strong roasted character. Overall this beer holds a special place, it has so much flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 23:06:47 | More by gunnerman
Photo of drummerben


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis.

Had this one just after keg was tapped, served in a pint glass. Appearance is black with a thin latte-like head. Smells of roasted chocolate, malt, caramel, and coffee - like a chocolate malt or shake.

Taste is fresh and rich- you can actually taste the freshness here. Creamy and thick mouthfeel is great, though it could stand to be even chewier. Smooth with a roasty finish. Sweetness is well balanced with the espresso and chocolate notes.

This has quickly become my favorite sweet/milk stout. Great beer that drinks like a desert. Too bad this isn't distributed to Atlanta in bottles yet.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 02:14:14 | More by drummerben
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a stout glass. so dark light barely passes thru it. smell & taste of strong coffee & bitter chocolate. as i drink it the lacing takes some time to disappear. i didnt taste much of a hop flavor which is fine
for this stlye. I enjoyed this beer but would only have one at a time.I look forward to the next one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:03:18 | More by kenn
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Kelly, thank you.

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A nice one finger solid tan head that is creamy. The body of the beer is burnt motor oil. The body of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A nice rich roasted malt with cream, melanoids, chocolate, espressos, and hops. The hops profile is fruity esters and citrus.

Taste: A wonderful rich malt with chocolate, espresso, melanoids, and fruity esters.

Overall: The mouth feel is silky creamy and velvety. The body of the beer is thick and rich and the finish is medium. This beer is a wonderful stout with a lot of cream flavor packing a punch. The beer isn't sweet at all but, nonetheless, the beer is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 03:01:43 | More by colts9016
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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