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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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2,845 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,845
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 164
Gots: 196 | FT: 4
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 stumac


4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this brew pours up black like thick oil with a nice brown head. the nose is chocolate, big heavy malts, fairly sweet, yeasty. the taste is basically the same as the aroma but with a slight hop crispness in the finish. full bodied, medium carbo. A nice sweet stout.

"Being sober kicks ass!" - Steve O

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 16:44:44 | More by stumac
Photo of JasonA


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

Edit: My bottle says 6.1 ABV, not 7.5 for my Bell's Special Double Cream Stout

Pours very dark brown, not quite black. Very little head, but islands forming and ample lacing present. Looks great for a stout.

Yummy sweet dark malt. Is that brown sugar? Maybe molases? Maple syrup? Lots of unfermented sugars to go with a dark roasted, yet not overpowering, malt bill. No hops present.

Stout, biscuit, bitter, yummy. Great dryness, dont know how that was accomplished with the sweet aroma.

Wow, the stout really lasts dryness wise. Pretty exceptional considering all those unfermentable sugars. Quite nice.

Excellent change of pace with this brew. Bells has yet to let me down.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 21:53:23 | More by JasonA
Photo of Mauerhan


4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

received this from the 1980s bif. rock! a big thanks goes out to zachary aka sirsketch for this. thanks brother.

cracked open with a slight hiss. not thunderous but still enough to make itself known. center pour into my brewery tulip produces a slim line of mocha colored head that sits atop this dark beast. a good swirl session produces a half finger of head. not great retention but still nice to look at.

first smell i get off this is a slight biscuit/flour smell. almost smells like a pancake batter in a good way. obvious vanilla notes with hints of coffee lingering near the end. but mostly pancakes.

taste is creamy. big time subtle amounts of chocolate play around with biscuit crispness. but this thing stays. a lingering sweetness that is reminiscent of baking chocolate. an interesting taste. i will have to say i have not had anything like this before.

mouth like i said is thick and viscus and creamy. i am left with a milky coat minutes after finishing a sip. prolongs the brew. i like it.

as this reached room temp i had to put it down to stop myself from chugging this beast. drinkable is an understatement. awesome

this is an extremely interesting beer. I am pretty sure this is my first milk stout. ive had other sweet stouts but not that were like this...at least that i could remember. a very nice brew that i would like to try again soon. well played bells

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 05:12:56 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of dmfrench


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding and complex Milk Stout.

A: Extremely dark red. Opaque black until held to a light. Nice tight khaki two finger head. Out of control lacing.

S: Not getting much at all actually...

T: Creamy as all hell. There's a lot of flavors going on... it's hard for me to discern it all... it's a fairly homogeneous flavor with nothing sticking out too far, but there's definitely a good bit of chocolate, a bit of prune... nutmeg maybe? There's also a very subtle hop background that you don't really get until the finish. A bit on the salty side, but a very fine tasting beer indeed.

M: Delightfully creamy.

D: Very pleasant to drink, but one is quite enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 02:30:25 | More by dmfrench
Photo of twelvsies


4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I really loved this beer, and I'm not a particular fan of the milk stout style. A big fluffy beige head tops a very dark brown beer. Very inviting. Sitting around with a couple other people, we did not want to stop sniffing this beer. Rattling off flavors such as the obligatory coffee and chocolate but as diverse as peanut butter, raisins, and even rice milk was thrown out there. Complex in the flavor as well. Lots going on and it's all working. Big roasty notes, molasses, aforementioned coffee and a nice milk-chocolateyness. Almost like a cup of coco, but with out being too sweet. Still maintains a nice finish. Silky and creamy on the palate. Very impressive. Special double indeed.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 13:45:23 | More by twelvsies
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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.. dark brown/black with a good half inch or so of purple/tan head. Smell is sweet roasted malt and chocolate, maybe a slight unpleasant metallic twinge.

Taste is refreshingly sweet and light. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily thick and creamy, and definitely fits the name. There isn't much hop character here and it isn't really that strong in terms of alcohol presence. It is fairly refreshing and a good dessert-type beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 00:23:15 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Thorpe429


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

G: Poured into a Bell's pint glass.

A: Quite dark with a fairly dark head, and a little bit of lacing.

S: Dark malts and a little bit of milk and coffee.

T: Again, dark malt and some coffee with the typical milk flavor.

M: Nice and creamy, yet at the same time dry. I'm intrigued.

D: This is a slow sipper. However, it's not terribly thick and might be nicer once the heavier stout season has passed.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 05:51:57 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of JAA


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says 6.1% ABV. I don't know why they wouldn't just call this ''Bell's special cream stout''.

Pours very very black. Big two and a half finger head. The light brown head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin layer on top of a black ocean of goodness.

OK, here's the one thing that turns me off about this beer: it smells terrible. The odor is of wet flour or some god awful white bread dough.

Moving on...

Tastes great. Big roasted coffee flavor with subtle chocolate malts in the background. Smooth taste. Nice to drink when it's still fairly cold.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice. The 6.1% alcohol is perfect for this brew, allowing you to fully enjoy the complex roasted and coffee malt flavors.

Now, if it only smelled better...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 21:16:11 | More by JAA
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Dark brown, nearly black. Very Clear with a noticeably taupe head.

AROMA: A noticeable malty smell with some heavy coffee tones and an ever so slight alcohol note present.

FLAVOR: Malty, roasted, coffee flavors. Extremely smooth & rich, with just a hint of sweetness. It filled my mouth with a rich, thick, but not cloying foam. Subtle hints of chocolate. A light, almost nonexistent bitterness of hops.

PALATE: Definitely a medium-bodied, extremely well balanced, very creamy mouth feel. Almost no heat (of alcohol) about it.

NOTES: I could easily make this a session beer. The beer was medium bodied, very enjoyable, and very rich. But, at 7.5% ABV I think as a session, I'd have to make it a very, very early night.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 02:02:39 | More by HopHed
Photo of Martin2D

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours pitch black with a tan head that fades quickly

S - Super roasty, malty goodness

T - Extremely roasted flavor. Creamy, with an almost dry finish that extremely rich and potent.

M - Low carbonation and medium-full in body

D - One of the best milk stouts I've had. Extremely good...I could drink a ton of these if I had them.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:20:19 | More by Martin2D
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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was interesting for me. A complex enough beer, but one dominated by one flavor. For me, the nose was entirely dominated with an aroma of bread. Bread cooling after being removed from the oven. Lots of yeast and flour. Not what I was expecting. Taste is sweet, very sweet actually, with flavors of caramel and maple syrup. Good stuff. However, again, the huge yeasty flavor of bread dominated the taste. While not bad, the bread/yeast smell is nice, it really does dominate the entire beer. Just seemed a bit strange to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 05:24:13 | More by yeastsipper
Photo of Vonerichs


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep brown color, almost black but not quite. There is a slight coffee colored head and a light lacing.

The first thing that came to my head when I smelled it was German Chocolate Cake. The nose is a very sweet chocolatey smell. I can also smell a sweet cream. Sweetness dominates the smell.

The taste, while similar, is also quite different. The sweet chocolate is there, but tons of roasted malts is the predominant flavor. The taste goes back and forth between a rich sweetness and roasted malt.

The creamy mouthfeel is huge in this stout. There's a slightly dry finish.

For a stout, I would say drinkability is above average. Despite being so creamy, for some reason it doesn't feel as filling for me.

This is a very enjoyable stout from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:53:11 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of DoctorDog


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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Black and opaque. Pours with 2+ fingers creamy light brown head, which fades very slowly into a thin cap. Sporadic spotty lacing.

S- Earthy, with roasty, acidic coffee.

T- Solid lactose sweetness, and dark coffee roastiness. Better than the nose was leading me to expect.

M- Moderately carbonated. Smooth and creamy. Fairly full feeling.

D- Very good..

Future outlook: Very good beer. The smell made me leery, but the taste and feel were better than expected. I'd be happy to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 04:07:45 | More by DoctorDog
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, with a khaki head, about 3/4 inch. Rocky and glimmery with some nice lacing remaining.

Smells like what chocolate covered raisons taste like. Good. And doesn't seem entirely unhealthy. Also good.

Malted milk ball, with an underlying roasted flavor. Lactose sweet, but a nice bittering. Whether from the hops or the roasted barley, I haven't the foggiest, but it's well rounded. No hop flavor, per se, but balanced and tasty. The raisons from the nose are more plum-like in the flavor. On further examination, some bright citrusy hop flavor comes through, albeit modestly. Scant lacing remains in the glass.

Mouthfeel is solid. Full, robust, silky smooth.

Overall, a good beer. Maybe not the big brother to the K'zoo stout, but more like it's cool cousin. The one who would buy you your first beer, and it would be this one. Maybe. Still, good solid choice for a tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 02:18:54 | More by dancinwillie
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carbonized wood with English Breakfast tea on the trims. The complexion appears chalky, in a tumbled marble kind of way, and the beer is uncompromisingly opaque. Good lighting reveals shades of browns near the surface but its body is impenetrable. There isn't much head but its surface is far from plain. Little marks of lacing dot the glass like rifle spray.

I'm not impressed by a brewery just putting on the label that they use 10 different malts in the recipe - I want to taste it for myself! In this case, I can smell it first. The aroma is so full of malted graininess it makes me believe I'm hovering over a propane burner and a keg full of boiling sweet homebrew wort. I don't have much experience with raw ingredients but in this I feel as though I can manage to distinctly pick out individual pale, crystal, roast and chocolate malts.

Whoa! I can taste them, too. With 10 malts in there it's easy to guess a few correctly; my palate indicates roast barley, chocolate, Munich, caramunich, a chewy English Marris Otter and likely, everything in between. Each sip is like the musical scale of malts that takes you from low octave to high, changing tones and pitch all along the way. In quick splitting seconds the taste changes from light, pale malts to dark, roasty to sweet and caramelized.

I like that the beer is left so plainly undecorated. Beers are rarely this straightforward and simple; pale ales and pilsners perhaps, but stouts rarely. I don't taste much coffee, nor chocolate, nor dark berries, nor licorice. (Actually, the most distinct impressions I get are of peat, soot, ashes and smokey wood.) I taste grains - and plenty of them. This isn't taking anything away from the flavour, on the contrary, I find this a refreshingly earnest offering.

Like good music, beer requires balance and harmony between its instruments. The use of such a profound malt bill has provided an orchestra of grainy, malty flavours that rotate positions like a game of musical chairs. It's too bad that with this being my last bottle I'm going to be the one left without a seat when the music stops. Thanks BuckeyeNation!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 19:38:58 | More by biegaman
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a nice head that is gone way too quickly. Moderate amount of roasted aroma with a touch of hops. Great roasted flavor. Has a fantastic grainy sort of flavor-against the roasted malt it is really good. Mild, lingering coffee taste to it. Good body, maybe a touch thin. Very enjoyable. Bell's stouts usually are!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 21:16:34 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of ottovon


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

A: pours black, with a 2 finger tan head.

S: dominating smell for me is coffee. there is some sweetness in the nose as well as toffee and caramel. hints of fruit, but could just be the sweetness i smell.

T: tastes of roast malt up front, with some coffee. hints of toffee and caramel in the finish. there is some sweetness.

M: very smooth with a medium body. some carbonation.

D: a good beer. could drink quite a few.

drank with whiterascal

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 02:01:03 | More by ottovon
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North Carolina

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

12 oz bottle poured into a normal pint glass. This beer pours dark black with a then espresso colored head. It smells of chocolate, some sort of dark fruit, and dark malts. The taste is very nice. There is a a nice chocolate bitter coffee taste up front that changes to a sweet creamy finish. The carbonation is fine and this beer is top notch. It is a little thin so those that prefer their stouts thick should tread lightly. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 02:01:17 | More by ROBORB
Photo of BigMike


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

This is my 50th review!!

Pours completely black with one finger of tan head.

Smell is of roasted malt and chocolate with undertones of vanilla and coffee.

Taste is strongly roasted malts and coffee with a lot of heavy cream with a little vanilla. This stout is pretty well balanced. Sweet and dry at the same time. The finish has a nice bitterness to it that evens everything out.

This has a pretty light mouthfeel to it. Its creamy and almost frothy. very easy to drink and very smooth.

This is very drinkable. Overall i really like this stout. A lot of good flavors going on here.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 00:45:17 | More by BigMike
Photo of BeerFMAndy


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

12 oz bottle decanted as instructed by Bells in an Imperial Pint.

A - Very dark amber - pretty much opaque - with a very small dark tan head that disappears pretty fast.

S - Roasted coffee and malts are bit on the nose. A slightly creamy vanilla is present too.

T - Bitter coffee is the main flavor with roasted malts, a creaminess, and a dry finish taking a back seat.

M - Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with very little amounts of bubbles are followed by a dry finish.

D - Its a rich beer that is demanding of attention. Not too drinkable after one. And its a sipper at that.

Allow to warm up to 55 degrees or higher after decanting. Much better at a warmer temp.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 19:20:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a thin tan head that disapates quickly. No light gets through this bad boy. Leaves some slight lacing on the glass with each sip.

Smell: Not what I was expecting, I smell soy sauce. Very salty smelling. Also a slight smokey peat smell like a good single malt scotch.

Taste: Good carbonation, smooth and salty tasting. A faint sweetness to it but I can't really call it chocolate tasting. There is definitly a creamy feel to it though. The saltiness is somewhat off putting.

Being a WMU grad I feel it my duty to get my hands on all the Bell's products I can. I have a love hate with Bells in that everyone I talk to loves it but I really cant say any of their beers have been life changing for me. I really want to love them but I haven't found anything that rocks my boat yet. This one is another "eh" beer, I could take it or leave it.

P.S. This beer is rated at 6.1% ABV on the bottle, not 7.5% like it states above.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 23:52:46 | More by 88blkiroc
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass from bottle. Deep black with a tan, fluffy head that quickly subsided.

Smells of roasted malt. Maybe a hint of coffee or chocolate.

Taste of roast malt. Some coffee in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium with little carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 03:03:24 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I held this glass right up to a 65 watt floodlight and it only just brightened maybe the first quarter inch of this beer. Dark was this stout it its glass.

Smells like fresh cream, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and more chocolate.

Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee, bailey's?, and more creamy goodness.

Mouthfeel isn't quite as creamy as it is more like a watered down stout.

I like a lot of bell's stouts and this one is up there, not top 3 but top 5.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 00:58:05 | More by midnite2sixman
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours opaque black, with a thin light brown head.

Nose is coffeeish, but smooth. Notes of baking chocolate, some roasty espresso. Light.

Flavor is licorice and coffee with a bit of cream, sweet but roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, but light, with light but crisp carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 14:38:49 | More by JohnQVegas
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New Jersey

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

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: forms a tan 1.5 finger head, which diminishes to a small ring of foam. Jet black body, no light getting through this one. small bubbles can be seen at the edge of the glass if you look hard.

smells a roasty malts to me. a touch of chocolate? yeah, maybe a bit of a sweet smell in there too.

mmmm.... a good milk stout is nice indeed. a nice job, as it's not overly sweet either. a good play of roast and bitterness to balance the sweet, so it's not a bottle of soda. some chocolate and maltiness in there add to the creamy taste of this guy.

a nice creamy mouthfeel, but not super thick. the carbonation level is nice for this style too, not overly carb'ed to the point it's tingling or stinging.

easy to drink and pleasant. if it wasn't hard for me to come by (ie, a trip out to PA to find it) i can see this being good for me and some friends before, during, and after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 23:23:18 | More by beerorRIP
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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