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

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3,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,386
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 352 | 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:
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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Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- Dark brown with a caremel like head to it that seemed to stay forever.

s- Smelled like straight coffee and chocolate. Almost like a mocha.

t- This beer had a little less taste than I would have liked. You can obviously taste the beer in the aftertaste, but while you are drinking it, it almost seems as if the beer tastes like water.

m- This beer has a pretty good mouthfeel to it. Not to highly carbonated and definately not to creamy.

o- Overall I think that this beer could definately use something else in the flavor. It is not that this beer is bad, but more like it is "lacking something".

Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

What a treat! Before this year, I've left this one go. It's a take on an overdone theme (cream stouts) and the label is bland so I guess it just never caught my eye. Well recently a friend had a tulip of this and I could smell the delicious aroma from where I was sitting. Once I found out what it was I got one for myself and just enjoyed it thoroughly. This stout is now part of my permanent lineup. I almost never give 5's but was close to doing just that on the drinkable of this stout. Most stouts are very heavy and very potent with low drinkability just due to sensory overload from the complexity and high ABVs. Don't misunderstand, I love the class. LOVE it. But the drinkability is fairly low on these.

I digress. This stout has a dark appearance with a nice mocha head. It's dark and looks like a stout in color but with perhaps a little more carbo then I've come to expect from world-class stouts. The aroma is creamy (duh) with chocolate, coffee, caramel. It's a great balance. Nothing overpowers - not any of the flavors or the alcohol, or the carbonation. Many might say boring. I say good job! The drinkability is the main factor as with all my beers. A beer has to be drinkable. This stout is heavily drinkable and came close to a 5 in this regard.

A pleasure to drink - and more than one. Great work!

Photo of Dhren1979
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 12oz Bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A: Pitch black with no light being able to escape its darkness. A good amount of head and lacing.

S: Chocolately with hints of a sweet, creamy smooth aroma.

T: Light coffee, chocolate with no burnt malty flavor that I kind of expected. Just a hint of hops at the very end...a nice little touch.

M: Like smooth, creamy, silky stout! Am I drinking a beer?!

D: I must say for not being much of a fan of Bell's brews I really do love this one! Can I have another?!

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

12oz bottle from 2009.

Pours almost opaque black with burgundy edging and a whisp of tan head. A placid surface for the duration as well as a few dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with malted milk balls, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and shades of root beer. Vanilla and Kahlua follow through.

On the thicker side of medium bodied with a creamy yet still crisp mouthfeel.

Cocoa, roasted brownie bits, hazelnut, and a hint of char start the palate. Shades of espresso, brown sugar, and smoke follow through.

Finishes with lingering caramelized sugar, powdered cocoa, and a hint of vanilla.

Tasty brew, but probably better fresh and a bit sweet for my liking. The carbonation is flatish, which hurts the appearance, nose, and palate. A bit watery and thin for the style.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle from Batch 10,144.
A: Opaque black with a nice fluffy two-finger dark cream head that sticks.
S: Creamy oatmeal, milk chocolate, nice roast and hops that come off almost earthy and woodsy together with almonds. Good.
T: Again, cream and milk chocolate... in fact it almost tastes like good milk with a chocolate burnt roast character. Nuttiness is there too with some biscuit. Hops are a nice spicy addition on the finish. Great.
M: Super creamy but relatively cleansing on the finish.
D: Really good.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
1.66/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: black with a nice persistent dark tan head and lacing.
S: dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and dark sourish stone fruits.
T: wow...sourness dominates. Dark sour cherries overwhelm this beer. Sour, sour, sour. Dry and extremely puckering. Where is the creaminess? The rich malt sweetness? The rich roasty malt? Double cream stout my fucking ass. Heinz red wine vinegar is more like it.
M: nice level of carbonation but the sourness is killing this too.
D: this had to be an off batch, but I will review what I purchased. This was extremely disappointing with the dominating sourness. Hopefully this review doesn't get deleted like my review of thomas hardy's. This is just godawful, like drinking vinegar. I hate that this looks decent because it deserves a lower score. I would honestly rather have a bud light right now, but am masochistically punishing myself to finish it in order to have a legit review. I hate myself for opening this beer as my nightcap. The only beer I ever had which was more challenging to finish was the aforementioned thomas hardy's. Each sip is like acid eating away my entire digestive system.

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

Review from notes. I enjoyed this one after my sister brought a box home from Michigan for Thanksgiving. At my friend Alex's house, I poured this bottle with a half-finger head and a thick black base.

It looks black, with tan edges, solid lacing and an aromatic head that features hops and some strong milky and malty tinges. It is almost like a brown, but thicker, and richer. Still, it features the hops in the front and a clean finish. Malts of chocolate and coffee in the middle like a good stout.

Drinkable and clean, this one has a lower enough alcohol volume to be one you go back to, and it feels about the same. I dig. It's a stout that's basically like a milk stout, but has a bit of hop character to keep it interesting.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours pitch black with a half-finger of tan head that quickly recedes to the collar, leaving behind very little lacing.

S: Roasty coffee, plums, chocolate, and licorice (an apparent staple in the Bell's stout lineup).

T: It starts sweet with mild coffee notes, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel and finishes bitter with raisins and licorice.

M: It has a medium-thick body that is quite creamy and somewhat sticky.

D: It isn't too strong or thick but it isn't very drinkable. The flavors get a bit annoying like the rest of Bells's stouts. I don't get it.

Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Duvel glass. Batch 9961 packaged on Sept. 14, 2010. The body was deep brown and supported one finger of tan head which settled to a thin ring.

The smell was brown sugar and cottage cheese. Bready.

The taste was tangy. and malty. Not too sweet. Actually kind of bland.

The mouthfeel was a little thinner than expected. Moderate carbonation. Not one of my favorite Bell's beers.

Photo of birderbeerer
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours heavy black, labors out of the bottle. Frothy, dark tan head on the pour but little head lingers and the lace slides down the glass.

Smells sweet, licorice and molasses with some coffee. The malt lingers subtly under the other scents. Smells like a roast-enhanced syrup.

Chewy beer. Roast is the primary taste with sweet edges. Chocolate, molasses, with a licorice tinge. Dry aftertaste.

This beer is most notable for its thickness. Chewy, malty, mostly roast flavor with sweet edges. Tastes more of a high abv beer than what it is.

It becomes smoother and roastier as it warms.

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

I bought this bottle as a single from World Market in Shortpump/Richmond, VA - poured into Victory Tulip glass

I fudged the pour. I usually have to pour hard to get a decent head on my stouts so I assumed this was the same.. boy was I wrong.. twas quite carbonated and it overflowed some

The head ended up beautiful though! It was VERY dense, it felt as though I was swirling oatmeal in my glass it was so thick. The beer itself was very dark with dark red edges, lacing was considerable.

Smelled faintly (very faintly) of chocolate and had mostly malt and grain aromas. Not a whole lot going on but it was pleasant

the beer tasted good, not spectacular but definitely a good stout, mostly bittery coffee flavors with the malt

Felt great, smooth and dense on the tongue with some sharp bitter notes

Overall I thought it was a good beer, but I enjoy "louder" stouts. This was mild and from what I understand I need to try the Expedition!

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

A: Brown-black. Impenetrable. Dark beige head.

S: Sweet - brown sugar, malts, vanilla. Some chocolate and coffee.

T: Cream chocolate, roasted malts. A little bitter hops.

M: Super smooth and creamy, yet tingly. Bitter finish.

D: Sweet and creamy. I liked it; I'd say it's worth trying.

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

12 oz undated bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Opague black/brown with dark mahogany highlights. Smallish tan head that too quickly turns to a small ring. Limited lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt with undercurrents of vanilla, coffee, chocolate.

T- mainly dark roasted malt, with hints of coffee, chocolate and vanilla, in diminishing order. This stout has a definite sweetness to begin, but ends with a long but mellow bitter and slightly dry finish. Rich and interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and creamy. Decent carbonation. Medium body. Seemed smoother as it warmed.

Another good beer from a great brewery.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Nice thick head that eventually fades into lacing. Dark brew with thick molasses-like consistency.

Smell: Cream, sweet dark malts, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste: Thick cream like flavor upfront along with dark malts, coffee, chocolate, and some buttery/toffee flavors. Ends with a subtle zing from the hops. At first, this beer was almost too cream-like for my palate, but after a couple of sips I adjusted.

Drinkability: Great seasonal beer for drinking once a year. Outside of that, this beer isn't something I'd search out.

Photo of Deus1138
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very, very dark. Black. Head is dark tan. Very frothy. Watching the bubbles accumulate on the surface, this appears to have a smooth, creamy texture.

Smell is mostly of dark, roasted malts.

Taste is exceptional. Lately I've been on a Stout kick and this definitely satiates the appetite. It has all of the smoothness of a milk stout, but not the sweetness. Burnt, roasted malts are plentiful. Hints of cocoa and coffee are there. The finish is dry and leaves an aftertaste of coffee. Very well balanced malt profile.

Mouthfeel is full bodies, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is excellent. This is definitely falling into my regular rotation of brews. A must try for Stout fans.

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest head that settles quickly until there is only a ring of bubbles. Leaves some slippery lace. Near black color. No light passes.

Another mellow stout aroma from Bell's. Light dark toast smell with a touch of lactose.

The "cream" comes in the swallow. Surprisingly, there's no sourness that I associate with the style. Coffee (without cream) up front. A very easy to drink stout--smooth. Body and carbonation is accurate.

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

Pour a 12 oz bottle just about 2 months old.
A very Niice pour with a nice head at the top.
Very drinkable and not too heavy for a stout.
Good roasted flavor with a hint of chocolate.
Carbonation just right, it goes down very smooth and very
Pleasant on the palate.
Scary how think can easy become a session beer.

Photo of mbusster88
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle batch 10080.

A: Pours black with red/brown on the edges. No seen carbonation. Brown head is rather thick and sticks around well.

S: Very toasted aroma and some creamy notes. Very good malt backbone that really stands out.

T/M: Taste is very creamy and roasty. Malts are fantastic and really well done. Great balance and richness make this a great tasting beer. Love the mouth feel, great lactic feel that lets you know there is something to this beer.

D: Easy drinker and great character, a must try.

Photo of zoso493
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: This brew pours an exceedingly dark and opaque near-black color that looks pretty thick for a milk stout. A tame pour only a produces a wafer thin bubbly head that retreats quickly to the edges of the glass almost immediately.

Smell: Bell's SDCS smells pretty typical for a milk stout. Up front there is a big smell of malts that refrains from taking on a darker character and consists mainly of oatmeal and bready notes. Somewhere in the background there is a hint of coffee, but this is overpowered by the softer malts.

Taste: The taste remains much the same as the smell, save for the roasted coffee being more pronounced. Still, the softer malts are the bigger player and counter the bitter coffee with some sweet tastes of oatmeal and dark fruit. SDCS is not an overpowering beer, or a particularly complex one, but it is nicely put together.

Mouthfeel: This is definitely on the lighter side of things for a stout, but what it lacks in body it makes up for in crispness. This is a pretty highly carbonated brew, which might contribute a bit to its thinness, so it makes for a pretty dry and drinkable stout.

Drinkability: While this brew is pushing the limits, definitionally, of a session beer, this is definitely one that you'd like to have a couple of. It's light-bodied, highly carbonated and tasty enough to savor, so this definitely a beer to enjoy in multitudes, though the price of a six pack might prevent one (me) from doing so.

Overall, Bell's SDCS is a good stout for what it is. It's not going to blast your taste buds, but it is sufficiently complex to be enjoyable and could be drank in earnest. I'm glad I got the chance to try this one and I would happily have another.

Photo of clarkm04
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Midnight black, tan head retention

Smell - Very faint but complex. Licorice dominates the nose but there also seems to be chocolate and a couple roasted notes.

Taste - Very tasty. A lot of malty sweetness up front that descends to a nice sweet nutty finish. Lots of complexity with a nice sweet and smooth flavor profile and a slight smokey aftertaste. Very balanced and delicious and impressive given the 6% ABV.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth on the palate

Drinkability- Very high

Overall- I'm very impressed with this beer. It's tasty and unique and recommend others to try this.

Photo of deebo
2.24/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A-Very dark with thick tan head-Guinness like
S-Dark roasted malts with heavy smoky character
T-Upfront nice dark malt flavor that is overpowered with a heavy smoke note that also has a strong black pepper flavor that is too strong and makes this unpleasant
M-Medium to heavy bodied
D-Hard to drink a pint of this unless you like smoky/peppery style beers

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

Poured from bottle into oversized, stemless wineglass.

A. Jet black. Mocha colored head lasts for 30 seconds then dissipates.

S. There's a hint of chocolate, followed swiftly by a sweet rancio, I can't think of another way to describe it. Maybe roasted coffee, with a little too much milk in it.

T. Milky sweetness. The attack is mellow, the body is strong and the finish is fairly short but warm. There isn't much roasted bitterness. It's mostly composed of a soft, hazelnut taste. Fairly unique for a stout.

M. Fizzes as it goes down, fills the mouth. Creamy, smooth.

D. Not nearly as imposing as I thought it would be, which actually lends itself to drinkability. It really is creamy.

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

Pretty dark black with a hint of ruby. Ruby/tan head that is about 1" or so and dissapates quickly leaving small islands with a bit of lacing. Smell is rich in malty overtones. Very sweet smelling. Strong vanilla, chocolate, and toffee flavors among the "10 malts" that are used. Smell is excellent for a beer and one of the best points. Taste is definitely creamy and milky along with the aforementioned malts. It's a delectable stout. The finish is some toasted bitter coffee and kind of brings a nice clean finish to the sweet malty beginning. Gets better with every taste. Well brewed and crafted. Medium bodied with light carbonation. I will definitely seek this one out again.

Photo of cratez
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Wolverine Market in Port Huron, MI. Pours a dense black with ruby highlights, one finger of mocha froth, and speckles of lacing on the tulip. Smell is toasty roasted malts, licorice, faint chocolate note, baking sugar, black currants, and floral hops. Taste is dark chocolate, burnt grains, espresso, table cream, spicy and resiny hops, and some cocoa powder on the cough. Mouthfeel is rich, velvety, fuller than medium, silky middle, flash of spice gives way to a chalky, parched palate. Long, bone dry finish. Overall, this is a straight forward yet satisfying stout that nails the style. I could drink a few of these in an evening.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BSDCS pours close to pitch black with a one and a half finger mocha head into my snifter. I am surprised at just how dark the head is, but the film that is left after the froth recedes is a touch lighter. From what I can see of the carbonation, it looks bountiful and excitable. The lacing left behind on the sides of my snifter has the classic and cherished snow-capped mountain look.

The aroma of this beverage is delectable. When agitated with an aggressive swirl, the roasted malts really make their presence known, and carry with them a peanut presence. At rest, a milk chocolate and vanilla smell combo emerges. I know that this beer does not contain any dairy, but holy cow, I swear that I smell some creamy lactose in this calf. I like how this aroma is versatile from swirl to rest.

At first sip, the taste of the beer is of roasted malts that tend toward a nutty taste. After that initial roasted flavor, a mild mix of milk chocolate, vanilla, and cream mellow out my palate. The finish has just a slightly bitter nip to it, which I would guess comes from the hops in the brew. This finish cleanses my palate nicely and leaves just a little bit of residual roastyness on my tongue.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy and about medium-bodied for a single stout. I do wonder how they got this to be so creamy without any dairy and with such a low a.b.v. I am impressed. The finish balances the creaminess of mid-sip nicely with its drying quality.

This is an enjoyable beer to drink and is a stout of which I could knock back a few. I really enjoy its pronounced creaminess, as well as the nutty roasted malts. This is definitely another winner from Bells.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,386 ratings.