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

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3,257 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,257
Reviews: 1,365
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 183
Gots: 300 | FT: 2
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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.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001)
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Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

A creamy black pour. Thick and persistent light brown head. Plenty of lacing down the glass. Beautiful beer.

An incredible aroma! Lots of chocolate, a touch of coffee, some sweet vanilla, and tons of roasted malt character in the nose. Smells rich and creamy.

Flavors follow the nose very closely, though there's more vanilla character in the flavor and a touch less chocolate. Plenty of roasted malts carry the load but the chocolate and vanilla are incredibly nice complements. Absolutely delicious!

Medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation.

A real treat. This is a creamy, relatively sweet, chocolatey stout, with enough bitterness to balance, with a vibrant vanilla hint throughout that really makes this a spectacular brew with plenty of depth.

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Hawthorne's on a quick day trip to Philly (from NYC area) last May.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Batch 10151 (Packaged Jan. 25, 2011).

A: Light butterscotch color head (major cascading) with a dark body bordered by red tinges. The foam fills half the glass and holds strong at 3 fingers. Would have scored a 5 if there was more lacing.

Smell: Sweet a bit with malt and licorice maybe? Some maple as it warms. An aroma that makes its presence known.

Taste: Slightly roasted with some mild coffee. A light bitterness in the back. A hint of smoke. Nice back and forth between sweet and roasty. Flavor not quite full but does linger.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy but lacks a certain fullness. I still like the feel though.

Overall: A nice ale that could be more full-bodied but still manages to please. Recommended.

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Black with reddish brown edges when held up to the light. Tall rocky brown head that lasts forever, sticking heavily to the glass.

N- Not much of an aroma to be honest. A little roasted malt and grass, that's about it. Maybe a hint of chocolate.

T- Big, complex malt flavors up front. Lots of sweet creamy grain with a nice roasty husk. Not astringent at all. A touch of bitter chocolate and grassy hops compliment the sweetness. Nice dry roasty/grassy finish.

M- Surprisingly light-bodied. Very smooth and creamy, but more like milk than cream. Moderate carbonation.

D- Overall, a good light-bodied stout. Something I'd like to try on nitro.

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a black thick liquid, it's got a creamy brown head. The lacing is pretty decent on this brew. The smell is rich and roasted, has a slight sweetness to it as well. The taste is on the stronger side. It's got a good roasted malt base that carries the beer from start to finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than some of Bell's beers. Overall it's not a bad brew, it's worth revisiting for sure.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pitch black, very black. Brown 1 1/2 inch head. Nice lacing, not too much head retention. Very nice looking for a 6% ABV Stout.

Smell-Lots of sweet roasted malts. Slight sweetness and some coffee. Did I mention roasty and sweet?

Taste-Rich sweetness. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate and some light coffee notes. A unique sour cherry flavor as it warms. Nicely balanced, sweet upfront, but balances out.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, sweet. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall-Nice stout. Nice late night stout right before bed. Refreshing and sweet. Would go great with some chocolate cake. Another winner from Bells

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown body that looks a little bit cola, with a tan head that is pretty fizzy looking, but still manages to have some good retention. Solid pieces of lacing remain.

The aroma is pretty good. All kinds of malt aromas, dark fruits, anise, black malt, and a little bit of chocolate. Some alcohol, with a good bit of hops in there also.

I like the smell a little bit better than the tastes, but this smells fairly good too. The flavor has a slightly creamy taste to it that the aroma doesn't have, and it mixes with chocolate malt to make a milk chocolate flavor. I still notice anise and dark fruit, but only very small hints. A large roasted malt flavor does come through. The finish is a marriage of alcohol warmth (without flavor), and a solid hop-kick that brings a moderate amount of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is pretty good; big and smooth.

Stouts from Bell's and I haven't always gotten along so well, but Double Cream is solid.

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyeenjoybeer for the 12 pack of this beer.

poured into pint glass

Color: Looks like coffee... dark coffee. Nickel thick tan head that recedes quickly to a dime thin head. Little lacing left behind.

Nose: A bouquet of roasted malts that deliver a sweetness to the nasal passages. Quite evident also is a subtle creaminess and sweet milk chocolate. Some caramel but its a bit faint.

Palate: Soft and drinkable. The carbonation is just right. I would like to see a bit more character here and some more complexity, but still solid. The creaminess of this beer subdues a bit on the tongue and the coffee flavors come to the forefront.

Finish. Just north of ok. If it finished the way it smelled it would be a home run, but instead its a hard hit double that just missed being a triple.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jparkanzky for sending this to me in a trade. Been looking to try it for a while.

A: Poured into a DFH signature glass, the beer is dark brown with a two finger tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin layer on top. Leaves behind some very nice lacing all over the glass.

S: Simple, but good. Light roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a little bit of coffee and a hint of hops.

T: Lightly roasted malt and a good bit of milk chocolate, not much coffee at all. Not overly sweet, but certainly creamy.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation, on the creamier side, very smooth.

O: A good beer, would be a touch better if the flavors were a bit bolder, but still very good and lives up to its name of being creamy. A stout that I could drink a few of for sure.

Photo of russwbeck
2.38/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

*Upon contacting Bells, I learned this bottle came from December 2009, making it far past the recommended date. I knew something was off!*

A: Black pour without any head at all.

S: Alcohol, dark fruits. Smells really sweet. Something honestly seems a bit off here. It smells a lot like the infected Black Albert I had a few weeks ago.

T: Taste is also not quite what I remember last time I had it. Alcohol and dark fruits up front. Followed by some chocolate and roastiness. The taste really drops off afterward, and isn't very good.

MF: Heavy body without a lot of carbonation.

O: I think I got a bad bottle. Had this on tap before and liked it. This seems just...bad.

Photo of t420o
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schmoopsbeer for giving me this one as an extra in a trade.

A- Pours a half finger head that dissapates quick and leaves very little lacing. Beer is very dark brown in color, approacing black.

S- Chocoalte, coffee, nice malt scent, toffee, and ripe dates

T- Chocolate milk, nice malt complexity, slightly bitter coffee, cinnamon

M- Slick and creamy. Low carbonation

O- A good beer that I would get again if it was available locally for a decent price. Not one I'd seek out though. The drinkablility was good.

Photo of Jishguy
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite cream stouts that keeps me coming back over and over again.

A- Pours a solid black body with a dark cream colored head that stays around for ages.

S- The aroma is wonderful and complex. Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut, toasted aromas, and a bit of smokiness.

T- Wonderful chocolate and coffee notes up front, quickly followed by the toasted and roasted flavors described in the aroma.

M- Near perfect. Creamy like no other. Goes down with such ease.

Photo of djsmith1174
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very, very dark brown with very minimal medium brown head.

S: Smells of chocolate and nice roasted coffee. Only a slight hint of sweetness.

T: Solid taste of roasted coffee and chocolate. Just a hint of sweetness on the finish.

M: Really nice viscosity and slickness.

D: Another solid offering from Bell's. Nothing about it is really special, but I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I stored this bottle in the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before opening and pouring into a beer snifter. The beer poured out jet black with a rocky dark tan 2 finger head that did not cling well. I didn't detect much of a nose from this beer. Perhaps just a hint of molasses.

I thought this beer tasted really sweet without much bitterness at all. It's very malty and chocolaty with a hint of hazelnut. I didn't detect any of the coffee flavors common in stouts. Also, it is worth noting that this has perhaps the creamiest mouth feel I've ever experienced in a beer.

Because of its sweet character, this beer probably won't appeal to everyone. However, if you're into creamy, chocolaty, easy-drinking stouts you'll feel right at home. Personally, I really enjoyed it and had a difficult time setting the glass down!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Bottle code 10151, which means it was bottled 1.25.11

Appearance - Near black, with a nice, lively tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and malts.

Taste - Similar to smell, more smokey flavors and some coffee flavors.

Drink - Good carbonation.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Small, less than one finger dense, dark beige head. Extremely dark brown/black body, not insight into it all.

S: Fills the room with molasses and coffee smells at first. A closer investigation gives me cooked brown sugar or toasted sugar of some sort. Sort of caramelly even, maybe like caramel mixed with dark chocolate.

T: Very dry and roasty, like hot chocolate made with all cocoa powder. Not too complex. Good, but not much going on. Apart from being very dry, there's not much impressive about this beer.

M: The dry taste translates into a dry feeling as well, but it has some good body. It's nice to have a stout that isn't so thick.

D: My friend that gave me this did so because in three + hours he'd only drank 2.5, and I'm not surprised.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Major thanks to brew3crew for this one.

A: Black with not much of a head. Slight bit of mocha colored foam that goes away quickly.

S: Roasted malts with a subtle sweetness beneath them. Some cocoa powder, cola nut and cream soda. The smell wasn't huge but it was nice.

T: The mouthfeel absolutely steals the show here. Incredibly creamy and velvety. Notes of roasted malt, milk chocolate, molasses and cream soda with a slightly bitter finish with a touch of dark roasted coffee. Pretty nicely done.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- exceptional texture is evident as soon as the liquid leaves the bottle. deep and dark with a shred of mahogany around the bottom of the glass. i've seen nicer looking foam on a stout, but this one's not bad. it's a warm khaki color and leaves a bit of drippy lace.

S- roasty espresso and dark chocolate as well as the fruity side of dark chocolate, backed up by sour cherries, fig, and raisin. some tobacco and leather and something woodsy, earthy, and fresh. coffee aromas are most definitely predominant and there's a nice marshmallow and vanilla sweetness lingering in the background. this stout smells exceptional.

T- taste almost follows suit. bell's claim to focus on the roasted-but-not-burnt coffee/chocolate flavors is completely true but it starts off with an herbal woodsy hoppy piney bite that keeps it from being perfect to me. on the swallow however, it's roasted and espresso and cappuccino and dark chocolate and milk chocolate and marshmallow and all sorts of good. finishes woodsy and grainy with a touch of burnt cookie and hops as it dries out a bit.

MF- tight prickly carbonation rolls over into an extremely luscious and creamy brew. the bubbles never falter or flatten out, nicely keeping pace with the big body from start to finish.

D- aside from the extreme richness, this one goes down without effort. the drawback however is that i feel like i just ate a huge wedge of chocolate cake, not that that's a bad thing. aroma and feel win. belly feels good. despite the company's explanation, lactose or no lactose, with a name like double cream stout i would have expected something a bit sweeter.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from kzoobrew. Thanks Kevin!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a beige head that thinned out leaving a few trails of lacing.

S - roasted malts and dark chocolate, yum.

T - rich, roasty flavors of coffee and chocolate carry through with a slight espresso-like bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a very good beer that was very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Milk chocolate, cocoa, creamed coffee, and dark husky notes all jump out of the glass. No real hop aroma. Clean fermentation character. Dark malt dominates the nose.

Appearance: Deep chocolate pour with ruby highlights. Tan head that retains reasonably well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More powdered dark chocolate, cocoa, and creamed coffee dominate the palate. There is some mild earthy hop bitterness that provides a counterpoint but again, the dark malt presence is what dominates. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. No alcohol heat or slippery notes. Just a touch of dark malt astringency which is appropriate and adds to the complexity.

Overall impression: A flavorful, dark malt dominated American stout. I'm not sure it would fit the style guidelines for an American Stout due to the lack of hop character but that's probably the best style for this beer. Bell's can make a great stout and this is no different. Easily quaffable and nicely done. Recommended.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black with tan 1/2 head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Coffee, some malts, chocolate, not very strong smell.

Taste - Nice mild , and creamy stout. Has a nice syrup/vanilla-ish creamy flavor adding some sweetness. Almost reminds me of a soda/creamed mint ginger ale flavor. The malts are mild and smooth coffee-ish flavored. I get some hops near the end, fairly bitter but not over powering.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness on mouth, smooth, sweet and tasty. Tounge gets some malts and cream, palette gets some coffee and bitterness from the hops.

Overall - This is smooth, sweet and easy to drink. Not overly sweet, yet still has some stout kick to it. I get no alcohol in each drink. A nice twist on a stout, i enjoyed mostly cause it wasnt overly sweet. Great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strictly black pour with a thin mocha cap. Aromas of caramel, toasted hops, mocha, and coffee are all distincly present and making my mouth water. A very creamy brew with great toasty notes with a lactic finish that lets you know that the cream is ther. The carbonation is nice on the pallet and the full bodied brew is creamy and thick going down the hatch. The bittnerness does get a little harsh after a full pint and is actually a little mroe typical of a chocolate stout. Overall the beer is very drinkabel though maybe only slightly out of bounds with regard to style.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a coffee like brownish black with about two fingers of tan head. Slow to retreat into the beer leaving behind a thin film and really nice lacing on all sides of the glass.

S: Has a good smell to it. Chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee. As always, it's hard for me to recognize much through the nose, but it's inviting all the same.

T: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted malts. Doughy like flavors make this very savory to me and keep me wanting more. I'm not really finding the hops at the end, but there is fruity quality to the aftertaste..almost like plums or raisins. Great taste here.

M: Creamy indeed. Has a nice, full velvety feel to it. Leaves behind a coat of great flavors.

O: As mentioned in the taste portion, this begs to be drank. On my next trip to Bowling Green, I may pick up an entire 6 pack of this if available.

Photo of Brabander
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a beertasting yesterday evening with my cousin Bert and his son Michael. After a while Mrs. Brabander joined the tasting. I used small Westvleteren and La Trappe tastinglasses.

This is a good stout but to be honest not spectacular if you like stouts. I think this has to do with the low ABV compared to other stouts like the Black Albert.

The fluid is nice, pitchblack and coffee and light chocolat smells come in the nose.

Not too bad this one but not a beer which blows you out of your socks.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body with some brown edges and a sticky brown, chunky lace.

S - Smells of dark bread yeast and roasted grains. Notes of java and dark sweetnessand tang.

T - Very sweet up front, with a nice bold punch of molasses chew candy. Molasses and coffee syrups, with some bitter sweet chocolate added.

M - Semi dry, low carbonation. A good stout body and finish.

O - A pretty darn sweet milk stout. Alot of dark sweetness in this one.

Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into my Founders Brewing snifter

A: Pours dark brown, almost black. Light cannot pass through. Nice one finger tan head that stays throughout the beer. Beautiful lacing as the head dissipates.

S: Big roasted malts with a slight bitter hop undertone. Dried coffee beans come through as well.

T: Bitter dark chocolate up front with a vanilla coffee through the middle that ends in a creamy sweetness.

M: Coats the pallet with a smooth, sweet, almost chewy liquid gold. Can almost feel the beer linger on your teeth. Perfectly balanced carbonation.

O: A much roastier, sweeter stout than usual but still excellent. Easy to drink due to smoothness.

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