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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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3,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,183
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 276 | 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:
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 chilidog
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the chance try a pint on tap.

Nice dark black appearance. Cream like tan head. Lace was thick enough to maintain and lace fair.

Aroma was dark roasted malts, cocoa and coffee.

Taste and mouth is sweet coffee with cream, dark cocoa, roasted malts, dark earthy notes of barral and pine.

Drinkable, very much so, would order another.

chilidog, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of timherremans
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very deep black with slightly frothy creme colored head. CO2 action is sparse. Appearance is fairly thick. Average pint glass.

S - Aroma is of heavy use of malts. Roasty. There are scents of dark cocoa . And a light scent of coffee. Could be more pronounced perhaps but it's about the taste and finish.

T - Wow. I love this stout. Very malty. Definitely heavy use of malts. Great flavor and balance. A hint of cocoa and coffee are there but not pronounced. The roasty malt is the standout and slightly smokey. The finish is really smooth and roasty.

M - A good balance of CO2 at work here. Not to much, but a nice low amount for a stout, leaving the mouthfeel slightly thick & heavy and not watery. It has a good creamy & smooth finish that gives the beer it's name.

D - 5/5. Easy to drink because of the great malt flavors and smooth creamy finish. This is a good stout. I could easy drink quite a few of these in one night. It only grows on me. This is not the first time I have bought Double Cream Stout.

Highly regarded and recommended.

timherremans, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark color with a nice 2 finger espresso head

S-Has a really nice malty coffee smell with some hints of cocoa

T-Has a nice bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee flavors.

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation

D- THis is a great beer! this has great balance and i would get this beer again anytime!

zrab11, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pitch black with 2 fingers of thick tan creamy head. It dissipates quite slowly, leaving thick layers of lacing.

Rich roasted malts, coffee, some earthiness and a metallic smell (oxidation?)

Roasted malts and some burnt flavor. Not very robust.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, fairly creamy. Quite smooth.

I wouldn't make this a go-to stout

Allpe45, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of shand
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice. For some reason, I thought this was one of Bell's stronger brews when I chose my glassware. Oh well.

Pours a very deep brown with ruby highlights. Wisps of cappuccino coloured head dance around the glass. Lacing is very nice looking. The aroma is nice, although rather standard for the style. Smooth roasted malts, hints of coffee and cocoa. The taste is quite nice, this is one of those brews where the taste and the mouthfeel almost go hand-in-hand. This goes down super smooth with the roasted malts, then as the creaminess of the mouthfeel subsides, some nice bitter chocolate and coffee fade in for a superb aftertaste.

The mouthfeel? It's creamy, as said above, also is fairly thick. Delicious. the drinkability is quite good, it does drink like it's a bit higher in ABV though. A great stout, I'm glad I picked up the last single at a local bottle shop. Recommended.

shand, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Preismj
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: pours darker than I thought it would with about a half inch expresso head that slowly shrinks. light lacing remains. head was a bit uneven.

s: roasted malts for sure. smells a bit like a red ale with cocoa and coffee. very rich scent.

t: burnt coffee in the mix. hints of bittersweet chocolate and a lot of malty goodness. very nice flavor profile and and the taste or roasted malt gives off a nutty flavor when it all hits you at the end.

m: very good, very creamy...nice and smooth. It is a tad bit thick for my liking but in the end, the taste and smoothness combined make this a good brew.

d: I don't need another. It tastes quite good and the roasted flavor is a big hit with my tastebuds, but the thickness would get to me after a while. One is plenty. I would consider buying again at some point, but I have a few other stouts with this flavor that aren't as heavy and more my type.

Preismj, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark brown almost black in color. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention. Streaks of lace left on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts in the front with some light bitter chocolate undertones. Coffee and caramel malt also show up around mid-aroma. Hints of roast once again with a light raisin notes and a hint of cream.

T- Roasted malts with chocolate once again comes in the front of the beer like the aroma. There is some light darker fruits this time that show up a little earlier than the aroma would have it seem. There seems to be a burnt flavor as well coming from what I would say is some grain. Light bitterness in the backend with the alcohol comes from a late hopping which helps to semi-balance this beer out.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Tons of roast malts left on the palate with hints of chocolate, darker fruit, and bitterness. Aftertaste is a lot of alcohol (medicinal at times), chocolate, roasted malts, and hints of raisins. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors are well blended for the style with the bitterness in the ending making up for some of the malty flavors. No off flavors were present when I was drinking this beer.

D- A nice drinking beer for a colder night. A little bit higher ABV will keep you warm but also overall limits the beer in terms of pint after pint drinking. A nice stout like usual from Bell's. Always look forward to this one coming out.

alleykatking, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Justin23060
2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Wow that's dark... Black as a matter of fact. Head is brown stiff and sticky. First smell is yeasty roasty and slight metallic. There's something unpleasant in the smell that I can't place (barnyard, wet leather?) Taste has that same unpleasantness. It got a little better as it burned off during warming. Dispite this distration I do get some nice chocolate with a pretty nice dry finish that not to puckering. Mouthfeel is leaning toward creamy with a body surprisingly lighter than expected but not watery by any means. Still that being said I'll finish this one but probably won't seek it out again. Sorry Bell's.

Justin23060, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is an opaque black; zero light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of dense, tan head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted and bubbly lacing, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Roasted dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, and there is a hint of black licorice.

Taste: Smooth like an oatmeal stout, but it has a slightly bitter edge from the roasted characters. It mostly mirrors the smell: roasted dark chocolate, caramel, and a little coffee. Thankfully, the black licorice did not come through in the taste. I hate that stuff.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I like the fact the roasted malts do not dominate, but it is still a solid stout. It just tastes like a Bell's stout.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery tulip... Good looking beer, black, with a big medium tan head, great retention and lacing... The aroma reminds me of an oatmeal stout, a little sweet and super creamy, cocoa, a hint of chocolate, smells great... The taste loses a lot of the creaminess and relies mostly on the cocoa notes, a bit of bitter chocolate. While's it good, just didn't live up to what I was expecting. Some interesting prune notes come out, a touch too much alcohol on the finish... The feel is a bit too hot, could be more full too.

This was pretty darn good, frankly I'm surprised. I'd gladly have this again.

jrallen34, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very nice dark brown, almost black color with some faint ruby highlights around the sides and edges. A nice, full, creamy, fluffy, smooth khaki colored head with very nice retention and real nice lacing.

Smell - A nice malty tone in the aroma. Some roasty aspects. A bit of coffee. A bit of chocolate. Neither aroma is very robust. Might be picking up a bit of raisin and a small note of the oatmeal and/or cream. Seems to be balanced pretty well though.

Taste - The taste had a lot of the proper characteristics of a Stout. Some roasted coffee and chocolate, but like the smell, not real pronounced or robust. A minor hint of bitterness and maybe even a hint of some dark or burnt grain.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Rather smooth and mostly creamy. Did a nice job of leaving flavor on the palate. Mostly dry, but not too dry.

Drinkability - I've had better, more robust, complex Stouts, but this one is solid enough to be considered a good example. Very easy to drink and worth a shot if you see it. Nothing over complicated. More than anything a no-nonsence, pretty enjoyable Stout.

Shrews629, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of andrewsporter
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Bought a 6 pack of this and poured it into a pint glass.

Appearance - looks absolutely delicious, heavy, dark. The head is a burnt brown that's fairly resilient. It's fun to spin it around in the glass since the beer is has so much weight to it.

Smell - Smells wonderful

Taste - Good. I let it warm up a bit which really brought out a more pronounced hoppy bite than I remember. Lingering burnt chococatey aftertaste

Mouthfeel - very thick, slides down with a little effort

Drinkability - these things really fill you up. I probably wont be able to finish more than 2 in a sitting, but delicious nonetheless.

The two things that stand our are the its thick mouthfeel and the stunning visual appearance.

andrewsporter, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - very dark brown/black, with about 2 fingers of dark tan colored of foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - malty, chocolaty notes, somewhat of a roasted hint too.

Taste and Mouthfeel - definitely malty. Roasted chocolaty tones...with emphasis on the roasted quality. Texture not as creamy as I was expecting, but still a good level of creaminess.

Drinkability - very good brew. The combination of all of the malts makes an interesting taste. Nice and complex.

Nerudamann, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of henryd30
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical stoutish look - dark brown in color, with thinner than expected head for double cream.

S: Nice carmelly roasty smell. Almost a hint of bourbon scent to it.

T: Smooth all the way through, can definitely taste the roasty sweetness, and it is consistent from start to finish.

M: A little more carbonated and watery than expected, but not unappealing at all.

D: Quite drinkable do to it's smoothness, not as filling as one might expect from a double cream either.

henryd30, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown/black, with reddish tinges around the edges. Two fingers of frothy tan head.

S: Lots of toasty malts and chocolate flavors; a bit of cream, very bittersweet.

T: Roasted, toasty malts once again; light coffee flavors to compliment the chocolate from the aroma. Strong flavor for the ABV, lots of creamy sweetness, with a lingering bittersweet finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: The sweetness and not quite extraordinary taste keep this from going down too quickly, but I did enjoy this glass.

AwYeh, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of milkbaby9
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle (batch 10106) poured into Duvel tulip. A 1 finger mocha head flees quickly leaving a skin of bubbles floating on top. As it's drunk, it leaves a few tiny spots of foam on the glass, and seems to have some long legs as the liquid gently crawls back down the glass. Inky black color with brown edges, though this was more brown-black pouring out of the bottle.

Aromas of mocha espresso, dark chocolate, toast, sweetish liquorice... a hint of plums and dates?

Initial taste is dominated by roast coffee bean with a hint of acidity, and then cola root flavors come through along with a taste of milk chocolate. Finishes sweet with almost a hint of grape juice and a smoky burnt toast note that is pleasant.

Bitterness is there and makes itself known but it nicely harmonizes with the other flavors and gives this stout just enough of an edge that's enjoyable.

Carbonation doesn't seem high but the bubbles make this feel a bit crisp on the tongue. Smooth creamy mouthfeel otherwise but not syrupy or overtly heavy. Nice long finish that is roasty and sweet -- very nice! Excellent brew, great drinking!

milkbaby9, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I can't remember who sent these to me, or even if they came from the same person (I think both were extras), but I came across two bottles of these tucked away in my stash. The first one I opened tonight smelled strongly of burnt caramel and butterscotch (uh-oh). Upon tasting it I almost spit it out it was so gross. The sour-cherry taste coupled with the butterscotch smell screamed some kind of infection. The batch number printed on this bottle was 9566. Luckily my second bottle was from a different batch. Review is as follows:

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch number 9357.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a thin light brown head that quickly fizzed away into pretty much nothing. The infected bottle had a much more impressive head.
S: Very roasted smelling with slight notes of chocolate and caramel.
T: Extremely malty, in more of a brown ale type of way rather than a stout, with some roasted notes in the aftertaste and a hint of coffee in the finish. Pretty sweet overall.
M: Mouthfeel is decently creamy as promised, but the carbonation is pretty tingly and tad sharp at the end. Body is on the lighter side of full, but it's not bad.
D: There is almost too much malt to this brew. If that's your thing, then you may love it. To me, this didn't really taste like a stout, it tasted like a more 'brown' style of beer.

scottfrie, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of mpcrump
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a very thick opaque black. I was suprised by a fair amount of carbonation. Thick brownish head that hung around for a while.

S: Roasted malts. Coffee. Chocolate. Vanilla.

T: Starts with roasted malts. Then it moves into chocolate with some caramel and cocoa. I sense the coffee at the finish.

M: Very creamy with a sticky sweet finish.

D: Decent ABV coupled with a very interesting taste range and creaminess. I'm not a huge fan of stouts like this but this is a great beer for certain occasions.

mpcrump, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, November 2010. Pours a deep brown, almost black, with minimal head that remains as a bit of foam on the surface. Smell is of roasted malt with a bit of hop bitterness following it. Mouthfeel is very good - smooth, rich, about medium for a stout, with that odd creamy coating feeling that milk stouts often have. Taste is good and well-balanced, with a strong sweet roasted malt flavor up front that's complemented by just the right amount of hops. A very solid stout, though the flavor could be more complex.

zeledonia, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nearly black with a small lingering off-white head.

S - like coffee with creamer

T - a little more bitter than the smell but delicious. Malty, rich.

M - definitely a cream stout. I can feel the creaminess on the tongue. Thick.

D - yeah. I'll have another.

theboozecruise, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of jar2574
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Charlie Hooper's in KC. Nice looking pour, 1/2 inch dark head over midnight black beer. Smell is really faint but mostly of roasted malts. This is a mild, creamy, tasty stout. Malts predominate, not sensing any hops. Not much bitterness or too much roasted flavor. A very good choice as a session beer for a stout.

jar2574, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of TheDTrain
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick opaque pitch black . Thick is an unstatement which I believe hinder this beer a bit. Very cream soda-esque. While the flavors of roast malts, coco, and coffee and hoppy alcohol bite at the finish was nice, the heavy cream is fatiguing and muddled the nuances of this brew a bit. Nevertheless, this a sip & enjoy kinda brew.

TheDTrain, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Completely opaque black in color. No peripheral highlights noticeable. A dark tan head recedes to leave a minimal cap and ring.

S - Hmmmm...lots going on. Some vanilla....some smokiness...roasted malt....a sourish lactose-like note....coffee...dark chocolate.

T - The flavor is as complex as the smell. First taste is of smoky roasted malts. As the beer warms....new flavors emerge. More of a sweet milk chocolate flavor kicks in. Further warming brings a more caramel/cocoa profile. Roasted coffee bitterness kicks in on the swallow and there is a lingering sweetness on the finish along with an oily coffee flavor.

M - Complex to mirror the taste. This is a very viscous, creamy beer. There is a constant smoothness. Some stickiness is also apparent. Oily on the finish as well.

D - A mid-level ABV and the vast array of flavors and feel make this fun to drink. Definitely worth seeking out. The profile gives the most after it warms a bit so sip this one.

Brunite, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Reviewed December 2010.

A: Very black with brownish edges. Scarcely any head, but nice lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate(?) malt. Vanilla ice cream. Faint, but so pleasant.

T: Very nice. Rich, with sweet vanilla cream the unmistakable master of the maintaste. A bit of tingly hops sneak in for a bitterish end taste.

M: I feel a bit repetitive at this point, but it's creamy, round, and scrumptious. Good!

D: It seems Bell's can do no wrong -- I have yet to have any of their beer that is even mediocre. Great beer; recommended.

AgentMunky, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip pint glass; nice thick creamy head that dissipates to ring and clings the glass; color is deep dark brown to black

Smell is nice smooth roasted malt, with good amounts of chocolate and toffee flavors.

TAste is a very smooth roasted malt with mild hop bitterness; notes of coffee, chocalate and vanilla, with a touch of lactose.

Great balance, flavors mix well throughout and cling to the tongue well, with just enough carbonation.

Drinkability is just right for this beer, great flavor and mouthfeel.

mvanaskie13, Mar 03, 2011
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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