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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,388 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,388
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 353 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Infamous7100
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown to black with a great looking tan head. No lacing.
S: very malty with some nice roasted notes. Cocoa and coffee.
T: spot on here as it follows the nose, though not as muted. Sweet and chocolatlely at the front, roasty and slight bitter at the back.
M: creamy, as noted. Full bodied but not filling. Finishes with a bittersweet hang.
O: really enjoy this beer. Creamy, balanced nicely, not overly burdensome and quite tasty. Well done.

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

Enjoyed this offering to the extent that I don't enjoy the smoky/roasted taste.

This brew pours up very dark, opaque, with a micro-bubble soft pillowy head of medium size...the smell is strongly of malt and slightly of alcohol. Taste is malty, smoked/roasty on the back end and the mouthfeel is ideal, smooth. Overall, a decent offering, don't know if I can palate the smoked feature any more. Glad I tried it!

Photo of Jaycase
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: black as night. tan head which settles quickly

s: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee

t: coffee and chocolate up front fading into sweet malts.

m: smooth and creamy. light carbonation.

o: double cream indeed. simply a solid creamy, sweet, coffee flavored stout. quite drinkable. another good one from Bell's.

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

A - black with slight brown around the edge of the glass. An explosive creamy brown head that really sticks around.

S - Coffee, chocolate, toffee, slight roasted burnt smell,

T - Creamy chocolate which gives way to coffee and a bit slight herbal tones. These then bow to a strong roasted profile that is quite mellow.

M - Good carbonation, but very smooth.

O - A solid stout. Provides the profile with a "double-creaminess" that makes it go down quite easy without losing the character.

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

Bottle from a six-pack poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty big, cascading head that settles after a few minutes. Utterly impenetrable brown-black with a tan head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: On the lighter side of intensity, but pretty nice. Sweet malt, mostly caramel with a little chocolate. A little bit of alcohol, which doesn't really seem necessary.

Taste: It's a stout alright, but it's got a different flavor profile than the (also wonderful) Kalamazoo Stout. The front is a little milky, while the finish is a little darker. Some roasted black malt, but in lighter quantities than the Kalamazoo. It is complemented with softer cocoa and toffee elements. Little hints of herbal hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Sure is creamy! Aptly named. Carbonation is appropriate for the style, a little tingly.

Overall: Bell's stouts are great choices. Different from Kalamazoo, but just as good.

Photo of jsprain1
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours deep deep brown. Head is tan and lasts fairly well.
S- The aroma is sweet, milk chocolate, and a bit of a maple syrup type aroma.
T- Cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla, and a caramel presence as well. The finish has kind of a funny sweet maple flavor.
M- Very smooth and creamy. Roughly medium weight to it. Lingers a long time in the mouth.
O- Worth trying just for the nice mouthfeel. The flavors are only slightly above average, but in it's totality it's a good stout.

Photo of WMEugene
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown/black with a cream-colored head that dissipates to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Notes of coffee, vanilla, and other spices. I also pick up noticeable smells of roasted malts.

T - Nice blend of coffee, malt, and toffee. I also definitely pick up the cream flavors. It is sweet, which is what I look for in anything that has "cream" in the name of it, though not overpoweringly so. Very well-balanced.

M - Creamy and smooth. Medium to thick bodied, but really smooth. Perfect finish.

O - If you want a creamy and sweet stout, look no further. I was very impressed with the Double Cream Stout - it does a marvelous job of balancing the sweet flavors with the roasted character of the stout. Fantastic beer!

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Packaged September 6th 2011.

A very small one finger head, of dark coffee and cocoa color is presented, sitting on a somewhat very dark red, almost deep red brown body color. Head seems to fall and disappear fairly quickly, collar recedes as well too. Some just barely visible tiny rising carbonation is noticeable.

Nose is a simple berry fruit, some cherry but also a nice simple roast character, browning cooked and roasted malt. Nice mix of fruit barleywine character and stout.

For the style even slightly wet, but also fairly good flavors on the palate. Taste rolls to a mild flattened coffee and even a big soft roast character on the palate. Finish is a little watery, and almost like flattened club soda.

Overall though I really like the nose on this beer and it's the most impresssive thing about it, so I don't seem to mind ramming my shnoze in the glass and having another sip.

Photo of adman08
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very deep brown with a small amount of creamy light tan head.
S-Very complex aroma, notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and a slight caramel sweetness.
T-Slight sour flavor along with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee at the start. Slight caramel flavor, nice creamy flavor.
M-Very balanced, full bodied and creamy. Light carbonation.
Overall, a very nice stout. I love the creamy flavor, it offsets some of the bitter coffee flavors you get with most stouts yet you don't lose the traditional stout flavor. Not as creamy as I was expecting but a very good stout.

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

Appearance is deep solid black with brown head and nice lacing.

Nose is coffee with sweet malt and tree bark.

Taste is coffee and cocoa up front, and fades to a variety of sweet malts (10 in all, at least 3 or 4 are discernible). Sugary finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with mild carbonation; very pleasant.

Overall, a nice, smooth, flavorful stout.

Photo of suspect
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Received as an extra from rfraga77. Thanks!

A: Dark dark brown. Agressive pour leads to a two-finger fluffy tan-ish head that disappears relatively quickly. Lacing is thick and sticks to the glass like glue.

S: Wow, big time aroma here of toasted chocolate malts, bitter dark cocoa, espresso. Lots and lots going on here...it's really an assault on the nose - in a good way.

T: Way more subtle than the nose would suggest. Way smooth blend of coffee, espresso, chocolate, toasted malts, bready malt and a touch of hop bitterness at the end that for some reason I think I can differentiate from the coffee bitterness - but I'm pretty sure I'm right.

M: Nicely carbonated, probably on the lighter side of carbonation. Medium body, smooth feel.

O: A nice, easy drinking stout with a ton of complex aromas and flavor. To strike the balance of smooth and complex is seemingly not an easy task. This is a really nice brew and I commend Bell's on a job well done.

Photo of patm1986
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown with a big ol' frothy head on 'im like steamed milk. looks like a macchiato.

aromas of a light roast with lots of cream and sugar. there's a roasted nut aroma running around in there that finishes sweetly with vanilla.

this is really sweet and nutty. it tastes remarkably like a mellow coffee blend with lots of milk and sugar. it's funny that they disclaim diary as an ingredient, because it very much seems to be in there. there's also a mellow nutty flavor present, like a walnut or pecan. finally, there's a hop presence that is really excellent, because it balances the beer so well.

i did not expect this much creaminess. this is wonderful. really, really smooth. the hop backbone though is a great component, because it cuts all these malts down a bit smoothly.

really good beer. really good. actually tastes like coffee and cream. so smooth and highly drinkable. BELLS.
cheers

Photo of GeoJ
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really can't add to the other A+ reviews other than to say this:

I have something of a "sweet-tooth", so this brew is right in my wheelhouse.

Don't misunderstand - The sweetness isn't cloying, or obtrusive. It's in perfect harmony with the hops and alcohol that sneak in and remind you that you are, indeed, drinking a beer.

I can see pouring this over some great vanilla ice-cream as a socko dessert to surprise your dinner guests.

Simply one of the most delicious beverages I've ever tasted.

Incredible.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,388 ratings.