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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,932 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 2,932
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 207 | 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.

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

Drank from a 12 fl oz/355 ml bottle
Batch 8314
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to adamharbaugh for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a super deep and dark, mahogany-brown (near black) color with a creamy, frothy, bubbly, two-finger, saddle brown head. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass. As the beer sat, the head slowly faded to a thick film.

The aroma was an enticing blend of coffee and chocolate. Lots of sweet milk chocolate, to be specific. Quite mocha-like. Milky, lactic notes were detectable as well, along with some vanilla. A bit of nuttiness also appeared as the beer warmed.

The taste was big and roasty. Somewhat sweet and malty up front before the bitter, black coffee flavor took over. Nutty and a touch boozy in the center. The dry, lingering finish was bitter, burnt and hoppier than expected.

The mouthfeel was somewhat smooth and slick. Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. A bit thinner than I anticipated for a beer of this ABV.

Although I loved the aroma of this beer, the taste was a bit too burnt and bitter for my liking. Overall, this was definitely one of the more "extreme" versions of a milk stout I have yet to try.

Damian, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store for the Bell's GA release.

Pours pitch black with a large tan head that lingers for quite a while and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is very toasty though with plenty of sweet chocolate malts and lactose. There are hints of vanilla and coffee as well.

The taste is dominated by the sweet dark chocolate malts and milky lactose. There is a faint roasted character to the malts, but the sweetness is most evident. Wonderfully full flavored.

The mouthfeel is super creamy with the roasted aspect taking a backseat to the malty sweetness on the palate.

This is a great beer and one of the best milk stouts I've ever had. I'm lucky I was able to sample this on tap.

gford217, May 27, 2009
Photo of berserker256
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small fizzy bubbles cascade down the inside of the glass and make the carmel-colored head grow. The beer is perfectly black and allows no light to pass through the body. There are several key aromas that I detect. Chocolate, coffee, burnt plums, molasses, brown sugar, and roasted malt. An excellent combination. Nice creamy lactic texture and low carbonation. Not too heavy, either. But not too easy to drink. Sweet coffee and roasted malt is the most prodominant flavor feature in my opinion. A small bit of chocolate as well. But the taste seems weaker than the smell, if that makes sense. After sniffing the beer I expected a stronger flavor with more bite. It's pretty mild, but good. I feel some alcohol warmth also. Good beer.

berserker256, May 21, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. This stout appears a barely translucent dark brown color with two fingers of dense creamy, lingering foam. Aroma and flavors are of richly roasted barley, milk chocolate, mocha, caramel malt, and a touch of vanilla. Smooth and creamy and adequately carbonated. Great stuff.

ClockworkOrange, May 20, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of sweet vanilla and smaller amounts of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Creamy roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by hints of vanilla. Midway through the sip good amounts of dark chocolate flavors come out before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass with no problem and could have a few of these.

Overall this is an easy-drinking Milk Stout that balances that milk and stout portions quite nicely. Worth a shot.

glid02, May 19, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle almost exactly like the one pictured (mine has a light brown color font while the image that I can see here has red) which I purchased for $2.20 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio as a single. Poured into my clean, clear Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Light brown 1 inch head over a completely dark body that lets no light through (not even direct light when held in front of one). Nice look, appropriate to the style of course.

S Dark malt but a nice sweetness to it as well. I think that I even smell a bit of "milk" creaminess as well, like a sweet milk behind dark malt.

T Dark malt predominates but there is a smoothness gained from the "double cream" aspect of the beer that keeps it from being punchy or edgy. The sweetness shows up in the taste as well and there is a pleasant distant (1 minute) aftertaste of coffee which I like a lot.

M Full with dark malt, the creamy feel and the reasonably high ABV (which I did not detect while enjoying sip after sip).

D This is a great nightcap but I cannot have more than maybe two. The style does not call for any more than that.

Notes: Another finely crafted beer from Larry Bell and Co.

adamette, May 18, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had s good Milk/Sweet Stout in a while, so this seemed like a fitting choice for tonight. Label says this comes from batch 8842. Thanks to the fam for briniging this beer back from Pennsylvania for me. Pour is a cool black, with about half a finger of tanned heading. Sweet lactose comes through in the aroma (as expected), along with some cream, chocolate and coffee. More of the same comes through in the smell. A roasty edge balances out the sweetness as well. Despite the ABV, body doesn't feel too big, more medium if you ask me. A few of these in a night would be no problem with some dessert. Overall a fine beer from the Bells line. Not their best stout, but definitely one of them. It reminds me of Left Hand's version a bit. Pair this with some tuffles and see how they work together. Cheers

jamie2dope, May 15, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a large creamy tan head that dissipated leaving some lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is very dark brown and lets a little light through around the edges.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, chocolate, sweet cream, and a bit of a coffee smell that appears as the beer warms.

Taste: Dark roasted malt, sweet chocolate, hint of dark fruit like cherries, roasted coffee, and a sweet and slightly sour (but good) cream flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, tingle on the tongue that fades away leaving a creamy silky texture. Mouth is left with a clean feel making you want more.

Overall: Great drinkability! Good roasted malt balanced with a sweet creamy chocolate. A little lighter and tinglyer than I had hoped for in the mouthfeel but still delicious!

I have had this before and noticed a metallic flavor, but this time (this bottle was kept in the fridge the whole time) I couldn't even find it. This beer needs to be drank fairly fresh and kept cool until it is consumed.

natasharai, May 11, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch 8825 bottled 11/6/08

pours black with a 1 finger tan head that leaves lacing down the glass

smells of cocoa powder roasted malts and sweet milk

tastes of sweet cream and sugar with milk chocolate and roasted malts - with a lingering after taste of bitter chocolate and burnt malts that stays with you for minutes in between sips

mouthfeel is silky smooth with just enough carbonation to leave a nice creamy finish

drinability is very good even through i am not a huge fan of milk stouts.

overall - out of the few (6)milk stouts i have had this one is tops so far

jsh420, May 11, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with an interesting two finger head that almost looks pale red. The lacing is decent.

S: AWESOME nose! Cocoa powder is pretty dominant along with cherries and burnt malts. Also, lots of chocolate (bitter and bittersweet).

T: Again, burnt malts, a metallic taste, minerals (like you find in tap water), chocolate, cherries and other dark fruit, and cocoa

MF/D: I do not like two things about this beer; the carbonation (which is a little high for my liking in this style), and the dryness, which is BONE DRY. Other than that, pretty drinkable, certainly enjoyable.

scottyshades, May 09, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Part of batch 8732 and was packaged on 9/8/08. Comes in at 6.1%.

A-Pours black, but some reddish coloring can be seen as the glass is tilted. Has a minimal sandy head that quickly goes to a tiny ring and one lone foam bubble that rests in the middle of the glass.

S-After cracking the bottle open, get notes of sweet malt and a smell reminiscent of a mocha. There are some vanilla notes to be found. It smells like an Imperial Stout when it is first in the glass. As it warms all kinds of different aromas come and go...I picked up on a woody aroma as well as something akin to playdough.

T-When it first hits my mouth, the sweet malt is the first taste that makes it presence. Coffee flavor quickly follows, resulting in a taste that is very much like a good coffee ice cream. The roasted malt comes in once the liquid has gone down my throat.

M-Medium bodied with a nice creamy/smooth consistency. This one has a nice prickly level of carbonation that I would not have guessed based on how it looks after it was poured.

D-Not a very heavy beer, I could easily see milking (no pun intended) a few of these over the course of a night. Tasted really good when I paired it with a vanilla cookie with Tahitian vanilla frosting.

Another great beer from Bell's. I would love to have more access to this beer due to the relatively low abv and the fact that it is not overly heavy.

mjl21, May 06, 2009
Photo of kingothewoods
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with dark brown head. Good carbonation. Smells of a typical stout with roastyness and sweet malt. The tasts are of sweet roasted flavor but has a strange tinney hint. Very smooth and not dry like a regular stout. I liked this cream stout and plan on trying some other brands to see what the cream stout is all about.

kingothewoods, May 05, 2009
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

stumac, May 04, 2009
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.

JasonA, May 01, 2009
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

Mauerhan, May 01, 2009
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.

dmfrench, Apr 29, 2009
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.

twelvsies, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
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.

webmanspidey, Apr 27, 2009
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 23, 2009
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...

JAA, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of HopHed
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.

HopHed, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
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.

Martin2D, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
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.

yeastsipper, Apr 14, 2009
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.

Vonerichs, Apr 11, 2009
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.

DoctorDog, Apr 09, 2009
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,932 ratings.