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

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2,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,919
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 168
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
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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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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Very dark - midnight black, with a lot of head that faded slowly to about 1/2 inch.

S - Mild and pleasant - not fruity smelling

T - Very creamy and mild, with burnt undertones

M - Smooth and creamy

D - The ABV is a little bit high to be really drinkable, but

03-23-2009 00:43:32 | More by aaronhanson
Photo of JEngler


3.3/5  rDev -16.9%

A - Pouring aggressively resulted in a tiny head. It was almost midnight black after the pour.

S - It had a gentle aroma of burnt malts and caramel.

T - This was a complex taste but the malts and hints of caramel in the background we there at each drink. It was surprisingly smooth, despite it's think and dark appearance.

M - I found this to be lightly carbonated and lighter tasting then I anticipated.

D - I think this was pretty good for a stout but was expecting a bit more richness.

I enjoy most of the product's by Bell's and this is also very enjoyable.

03-22-2009 22:54:58 | More by JEngler
Photo of patril


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A - very dark, almost black. Pours with a little dark head, leaves some light lacing. Pretty much opaque. Looks just like... a stout.

S - earthy, dense smell of roasted malts. I have a hard time picking out specific flavors except for faint chocolate and caramel.

T - Oh my! I'm first struck by the definite creamy flavor, followed closely by unmistakeable chocolate and a hint of vanilla. It's all backed wonderfully by a solid, semisweet, slightly burnt malt taste. I'm very impressed by the taste and each sip makes me want more. The finish is reminiscent of the earthly smell from a minute ago. Not at all unpleasant.

M - Pretty thick and well-carbonated.

D - could be more drinkable, but I wouldn't trade that for the taste. No way.

Bell's has impressed me a number of times, and this one is immediately one of my favorites. I'm not sure I've ever enjoyed a stout this much. This is a rare find.

03-22-2009 02:07:45 | More by patril
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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

Had this on-tap at bocktown

A- Body is a thick, deep, dark brown hue. Is served with a wonderful 1/2 finger cream colored head that eventually fades to a thin collar and leaves little lacing behind in the glass.

S- Roasted malt, vanilla, cream, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The slightest presence of phenols as well.

T- The flavor is more typical imperial stout than imperial milk stout. Roasted coffee flavors come through first along with a smooth creamy sweetness. The finish is pretty much all roasted malt-but this doesn't get overpowering or intense in any way. A minimal roasted malt bitterness lingers on the palate.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a pretty smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The feel is great-but for the style it is a but hindered by a slight phenolic presence.

D- This is a good milk stout. Certainly a much better imperial cream stout than creme brulee. Its good-but not as good as sessionable beers of the same character. I still do like this one and will have it again.

03-21-2009 02:17:07 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of Shaw


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours all black with a nice brown head that reduces to an island of foam in my glass.

It smells really good: Chocolate, coffee, even soy sauce aromas are in there!

The taste is a little bit of a letdown after that great aroma. It's quite subdued. There are chocolate and coffee and other roasted malt flavors, but none of them really stand out.

The body is fantastic. It is -- just as the name says -- like cream: slick, glassy and wonderful.

This is a real easy-drinking beer. Perhaps that's why the flavors are dialed down. Though at 7.5%, I sure can't call this a session stout.

Worth trying, for sure.

03-16-2009 07:34:21 | More by Shaw
Photo of dfillius


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger brown head that subsides to a thin layer and ring with okay retention. Slightly better retention please. Liquid is very dark brown, not quite opaque.
S: Chocolate, roastiness, red wine, fruiy, cream, bread and butter. Only negative is too much alcohol upon warming.
T: Tasty. Great roasted maltiness with bitterness keeping it under control. Tiny, enjoyable alcohol twinge grows to just too much to enjoy.
M: Smooth and creamy - Double creamy? ;-) Yeah, actually maybe it is! Ideal.
D: High quality. I like this beer a lot and would order another and buy a six pack of it.

03-16-2009 02:13:05 | More by dfillius
Photo of ThePeskyDingo


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured with a minimal head, nearly opaque with a faint reddish black tint. Had some yeast sediments floating about.

Smells like coffee with hints of chocolate.

Tastes a bit like coffee, not too overpowering though, with hints of dark chocolate.

Has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation, leaves a creamy, slightly oily feeling in my mouth.

This beer is fairly easy to drink, not too 'coffee-ee' (if that is a word..)

03-15-2009 01:55:19 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours pitch black with a thin creamy, tan head into my Belgian tulip glass. Chocolate notes laced with espresso both in the nose and taste. Smoot mouthfeel. Gets more expressive and tastier as it warms. A nice nice effort from Bells. Worth the price.

03-13-2009 12:47:22 | More by jim102864
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4.05/5  rDev +2%

Big thanks to psychohops for this one! Pours thick and black with a good amount of mocha brown head. Wafts of chocolate and coffee come from the pour. Sticking my nose in the glass for a quick huff reveals a lot of coffee with some hints of bitter dark chocolate. Taste is also coffee with a smooth, milky chocolate sweetness turning to a light hop bitterness. Great aftertaste and silky smooth mouthfeel. Thicker than most but nothing crazy. Very good beer.

03-12-2009 05:25:58 | More by jgap
Photo of StrangeBrewer76


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours very dark reddish brown but in the glass, no light will shine through. Nice 2 finger head that lingers then dies back to a foamy 1/2 finger.

I smell chocolate malt and leather along with a lactose/ milky sweetness.

The taste is relatively mild for a stout; especially a double cream stout. It's nice to have a stout that isn't trying to choke you with body and this has a nice flavor of roasted malt and a very minor milk sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light and wet with a little prickliness as the acid bites toward the end but there's a little foaminess to balance that out.

Drinkable for sure. This is one that you could drink all night.

I would not refuse one of these if offered but I doubt I will seek it out.

03-11-2009 01:04:00 | More by StrangeBrewer76
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a deep coal black with about an inch's worth of tan head on top. Retention was lacking, but the lacing rings were superb. Smells of milk chocolate! Great cocoa tones mixed with roasted coffee beans. Very pleasant.

Super creamy mouthfeel. Silky smooth. Great dark chocolate flavor that finishes like a bitter coffee. Great roasted characteristics in this one. This was a very easy stout to drink; and most often with stouts for me it's one-and-done, but not this one. I could drink a few of these for sure. Recommend.

03-10-2009 19:48:16 | More by Onenote81
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

A- Has a half finger head that goes down to a little ring around the glass. The head is a creamy brown sort of color and the body is a dark, dark opaque brown. Leaves little lacing that isn't sticky.

S- Smells like a coffee with lots of creamer in it. A bit of caramel comes to me as well. So basically, a caramel coffee with a lot of cream.

T- Taste is like a bitter coffee. I also get a milky flavor and just a hint of caramel too. There seems to be a baker's chocolate flavor as well, but it is certainly on the backburner compared to the coffee taste.

M- Medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate; not too much of it at all.

D- I find it to be very drinkable. I don't think it's too strong and I can see myself having a few at a function.

03-10-2009 16:43:52 | More by PattynSuicide
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a deep opaque brown with a half finger tan head that dissipated quickly in to a thin ring around the glass. I wanted just a little bit more head, especially for the fairly hard pour.

Nose is dark chocolate and caramel malt with some roasted notes in the background. Some slight vanilla hints blend in well, overall it is very nice.

The front of the tongue is sweet milk chocolate and some very light roasted (coffee). There is an off taste at the back of the tongue, a weird alcoholic bitter that doesn't match the flavor profile at all. Long dark chocolate finish. Would rate the taste higher if it weren't for that one off note but it really does kind of ruin what could be a really nice flow from sweet to bitter as it goes through the palate.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with some carbonation but not a whole lot.

That off bitter flavor is the only thing that bothers me, otherwise this would be very drinkable.

03-10-2009 16:39:53 | More by mullenite
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

I grabbed a few of these when I was on vacation and just got around to finally trying one of them. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/06/2009.

The pour was nice with a rich dark black color, with a small head of tan rising up and over it that settled down gently without much fan fare. Some nice lacing. The aroma was rich vanilla, molasses, sweet sugary notes and a touch of almost licorice like candy. Smooth, mellow carbonation let this one sit down nicely and made it a really nice sipper i have to admit. As it warmed subtle notes of chcolate and roasted malts took over, but always leaving it moderatly sweet, this was a nice little stout. I had no issues polishing this one off, and would have no issue in doing so again. A solid beer all around I would have to say.

03-08-2009 03:07:22 | More by mikesgroove
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Chilled to cellar temperature and then poured into Duvel glass and allowed to warm some over the course of the tasting. Packaging date 9 Sep. 08, so bottle is about 6 months of age. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours almost black and opaque with ¼" tan head that quickly disappears leaving behind thin film of foam on the top and a small rim of foam around the edge of the liquid. Sipping results in some lacing on the side.

Smell: Aroma is rich and full with coffee/cream/dark roasted malt/dark milk chocolate sweetness.

Taste: Flavor is soft and complex with some bitterness and full with the dark chocolate/coffee/roasted malt flavors promised by the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light creamy carbonation. Finish fading slowly from some bitterness back to mild sweetness and then disappearing softly.

Drinkability: This is a very nice stout and as advertised would go every well with chocolate dessert. I could easily sip my way through a few of these in an evening.

03-06-2009 10:52:01 | More by drtth
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

this stout pours a dark brown/black color with a big head that has a brown coffee ring around the glass.. the smell is delicious ..its coffee, chocolate,,mollasses ,dark currant fruity smells. the taste is the same but so smooth for a stout.. it fills the mouth with a malty/coffee chocolate semi-sweet bitterness that just warms the stomach..its very easy to drink for a stout although i only want 1 at a time..try this one as a first stout experience or keep on the rotation for the wintertime as i do..only available in the winter months... another great stout from BELLS who probably has the most seasonal stouts of any brewer

03-04-2009 23:31:29 | More by gatornation
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a dark opaque black. Perfectly clear woody brown where it allows a little light through. A thin coffee head forms, falling quickly into a ring.
Aroma is rich chocolate, dark malts, a little bitterness. A hint of dark fruits.
Taste is very sweet. A hint of coffee. Dark fruits balanced by bittersweet chocolate into the finish.
Silky smooth and full feel.

This is much sweeter and fruitier than Bell's Kalamazoo. I prefer the Kalamazoo over this and that shows in drinkability.

03-04-2009 03:10:26 | More by goatgoat
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a dark brown, forming a massive creamy 1 inch mocha head. Light spots of lace stick to the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts, with a light chocolate aroma.

T - Creamy roasted malts coat the palate, followed by a sweet chocolate bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, being a bit on the thin side, but exceptionally smooth in the mouthfeel. Very clean finish, with the taste coating the palate long after the swallow.

D - Delicious flavor and slightly higher alcohol makes for a very enjoyable beer. I have to say this is among the better cream stouts I have tried. I really wish this was available in my state.

03-04-2009 02:54:39 | More by beeragent
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3.93/5  rDev -1%

Pours a dark black with a tan head that dissipated super fast. No head left and no lacing.

Smells semi sweet and toasted malty. Similar to other milk stouts i have had.

Tastes pretty good. I like the milk stout at my local brewery better but this one is not bad. Tastes more of burnt toast than a lot of chocolate or coffee like others taste. Slightly sweet on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little flat to me. And there is a weird toasty aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and if I saw it on tap somewhere I would get it but I am not going to waste any more trading efforts to seek it out.

03-03-2009 07:39:40 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours black with a tan head than doesn't last long but does leave some lacing.

Smell sweet and roasty.

Taste has a slight roastiness and is mostly of sweet milk chocolate. Not much aftertaste with this stout. It has a decent mouthfeel that seems to have a bit more carbonation than average. Highly drinkable beer that I enjoy regularly.

03-02-2009 23:20:30 | More by brewintheLou
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4.05/5  rDev +2%

A- 12 oz brown bottle poured into a mug. The beer is black, with a 2 finger brown head which fades slowly. Not the greatest head retention or lacing, but better than most.

S- Pretty nondescript, some sweetness, caramel, and coffee/roasted notes. Not very strong of an aroma.

T- A roasted malt flavor predominates, with some chocolate and coffee notes. Some flavor of toffee and sweet cream is noticeable. All good flavors that go together well. No hop or alcohol detectable.

M- Thick and creamy as it should be. No carbonation except for the head. This is really the strongest point of the beer.

D- Something about this beer really works for me. I can't stop drinking it. I think it just goes down way too smooth. Too bad it's $10 for a sixer.

03-01-2009 20:18:18 | More by akokandy
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3.73/5  rDev -6%

pours a rich black with twinges of brown. a vigorous pour yields an unexpected three-finger mocha-colored head that has impressive retention, fading leaving a good bit of lacing.

aroma of roasted malt up front. burnt caramel, burnt coffee beans, and a hint of cocoa. Very roasty on the whole.

Taste is roasted malt all the way, with some coffee, vanilla, and toffee notes hidden nicely. deliciously smooth, although not quite as sweet or lactosey as I was hoping. Definitely roasted character-forward... not a bad thing. Twinges of strong chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, and even a touch of hops show up as it warms. never really screams milk or sweet stout.

Mouthfeel falls somewhere between slightly thin for the style, and slightly overcarbonated for the style, although it blends together to create a decently creamy and more than palatable mouth. a touch drying.

All in all, not a bad brew. It was milder both in aroma and flavor than I'd expected, which makes it ever so drinkable, although it doesn't really fit the bill of you're looking for a strong sweet stout. An excellent brew none-the-less, and if it was available locally, it may be one of my go-to brews.

03-01-2009 17:07:27 | More by djeucalyptus
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

This brew is absolutely phenomenal! Pours an oft-tan head with lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee malts. Tastes the same. Extremely drinkable, almost scary. If priced a little better, I would keep this in the fridge year round. Very smooth and silky on the palate. A nice clean and crisp follow through. Love this one.

03-01-2009 01:32:53 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of bfields4


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a very nice mocha head with a body that is a deep hue of brown.

Has a nice vanilla creamy smell. Sweet chocolate malts make my mouth water for this guy.

The taste while not quite a let down is a lot milder than the nose would lead you to believe. Roasted malts and a little hop bitterness make for a very interesting beer to say the least.

So smooth and creamy a really a treat on the palate.

As one who regularly sessions Irish dry stouts. I may have to add this to my session beers. Nothing too overwhelming but with an abundance of flavors on the nose and such an smooth feel I could def find myself putting back a few of these.

02-27-2009 05:43:47 | More by bfields4
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Appearance: Pours black with a light brown head that fades quickly. The lacing is pretty good.

Aroma: A powdery cocoa smell with roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Definitely sweet smelling.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side with mild carbonation. A disappointment for a cream stout.

Taste: Roasted malt overtakes the sweet cocoa of the nose. There is a some chocolate there, but not nearly as strong as was suggested by the aroma. The chocolate also is more bitter than sweet. The coffee flavors are also more dominant here. There is some slight hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Overall Impressions: Meh, it's okay, but I expect something thicker and creamier from a cream stout. The aroma was very nice, but the flavors don't follow suit and the result is a somewhat bland stout more akin to an Irish stout than a sweet milk stout.

02-26-2009 00:50:52 | More by jkendrick
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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