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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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2,878 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,878
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 166
Gots: 200 | FT: 5
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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 scott


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Nice large, medium-tight head floats effortlessly atop one dark mother of liquid and has a fair amount of sticky & spotty lacing. Robust nose that parallels the palate of wood char and molasses. This is not your Grandmother's sweet stout, because the liberal amount of milk and baker's chocolate is highly concentrated. Nothing sweet or overly creamy to be found here. This has successfully roped in the bitter, although it is no where close to being tamed.
This is not the most complex of stouts, but the more I try, the more I appreciate the subtle beauty found here. Easy to drink, and somehow, very refreshing (still a bit too thin in body, but @ 6.1% I won't complain so I can session this when released).

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 00:43:07 | More by scott
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North Dakota

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 19C(66F); great stout temperature! Ink black body with peanutbutter coloured head. Smell was big on lactose, chocolate, and burnt coffee. Rich and robust both in smell and in taste. About halfway through the swallow, the lactic sourness is quite easy to detect; a dry roasted cereal with burnt coffee soon follows. Mouthfeel is very average for the style, and to tell the truth, I really wish this were a bit heavier. Overall, however, this is a wonderful stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 23:09:56 | More by SilentSabre
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part two of my Bell's stout excursion.

A- Deep brown, almost black, as a stout should be. The head, however, is negligible. Only about a half inch forms and that's gone in a second.

S- Has a stronger and more distinct aroma than the Kalamazoo stout (to which I'm comparing it because the beers are the same style). Dark chocolate and espresso-like aromas are more prominent, as well as a fruity undertone reminiscent of plums.

T- Despite the strong smell, the roasted malt aromas are actually toned down a little in the taste. Joining them is a milk-like sweetness and sourness. I'm not sure if lactose is actually used in the brewing of this beer, but it tastes like it is. The finish is soft with a slight bitterness and a milk and coffee aftertaste.

M- Like the Kalamazoo stout, the mouthfeel of this beer is great. It's smooth and creamy with good carbonation, something the Kalamazoo lacked, although I'd say they're both quite similar.

D- While it doesn't seem overly drinkable at first due to its richness, I found that it went down a lot faster than I expected. My bottle says the ABV is 6.1%, significantly lower than the 7.5% listed above. Still, you probably wouldn't want to drink enough of this stuff that the alcohol becomes a problem. I could possibly see having one more bottle, but no more.

This is definitely one of the better milk/ sweet stouts that I have had. The flavors were softer yet more distinct than the Kalamazoo. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and if you're a stout fan I suspect you will too. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 04:31:14 | More by vtfan77
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer!

Pours nearly black and opaque, puts up a creamed-coffee head, and offers scents of sweetness, chocolate, and the fine dark malts that gave us this beer. Taste is really big. Roasty n' toasty, sweet, savory, and chocolately flavors really treat my tastebuds well.

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, and YUM!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 18:18:26 | More by MrBen
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District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark dark. coffe with cream colored humongous head that has great retention and superb lace. roasty malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and maybe some fruit in the nose. milk chocolate really comes to mind in the taste. it really has that milky sweetness. almost reminds me of super strong coffee with a lot of sugar and cream. not coffeeish like their java stout, but that roasty maly flavor with the sweetness and creaminess brings cafe to mind. very creamy and silky mouthfeel. what a real pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 02:25:51 | More by timtim
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque brown with a one-finger tan head that leaves billowy lacing as it fades. The aroma is very sweet, slightly milky, with some espresso and chocolate notes. I find the taste to be exceptional with front-end sweetness that thins out slowly to slight sourness and roasted coffe notes. The mouthfeel is very nice -- carbonation accents the brew nicely. A very nice effort from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 03:28:19 | More by WAP
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow. What a disappointment.

Looks nice enough. Burnt black with a light brown head of about an inch. Actually, looks great.

Smells faintly of roasted malt, largely of burnt coffee and ... not much, really. I'm serious, there is shockingly almost no aroma to this. Disappointment begins.

Taste is also strangely weak. Big charred roasted malts and ... not much. For a "milk/sweet" stout it's surprisingly low on any sweetness at all. Maybe a hint of sugar, but no real chocolate. Just burnt malt and coffee. And a bit of charcoal-iness to it.

Dull. Boring. Nice mouthfeel, but really a let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 06:13:39 | More by Overlord
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black with no light passing through. Slight light brown head. Decent looking stout.

Smell: Smells creamy, if that makes sense. Plus big sweet roasted chocolates.

Taste: Good and sweet, just like the nose. Creamy chocolate taste with a roasted flavor and caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, which is a plus in my book. Smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: This brew, while delicious, is too heavy to have several of. Very good one beer drink but I couldn't do more than maybe a couple.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 04:15:59 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of beersabound


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

Here's a yummy stout that is black with some dark brown corners. The espresso-esque head formed quickly but faded too soon. The strong aroma is of patent malt and molasses. The flavor is more complex than the aroma. I taste lots of residual sugar to balance out the roasted malts. Some nice alcohol warmth blended in with a creamy mouthfeel make this feel great in my mouth. Overall, it's a good after dinner beer that would go well with a very rich fruit or chocolate dessert or by itself.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 05:14:10 | More by beersabound
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass served at Capone's during the Founders/Bell's Nights

A: The ale is a dark chocolate color, almost pitch black, but in a darker bar setting who can tell for certain? An off-white head laces nicely throughout the glass, creating spiderwebs of delicious beer.

S: The nose has a lactic sourness, milky with an undertone of dry tartness. Some darker chocolate notes round out the aroma profile.

T: The taste follows the nose, starting off with a roasted stout body. That body is reasonably restrained, at least compared to Expedition Stout (which I had just before it). The roasted chocolate flavors are mixed with a lactose tartness, creating a milk chocolate-like flavor that comes across as just a little out of date. That lactose finish is strange, especially if you weren't expectin' it.

M: The bitterness is unusual, a strange flavor that rarely pops up even in milk stouts. Roasted malts and lactose are a nice combination.

D: Very drinkable, even with a higher abv. I went into the night liking Java Stout more but left favoring Double Cream.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2007 02:10:44 | More by akorsak
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was batch 7808 so that makes it about 8 months old.

A: Dark black with ruby notes and a dark mocha head. I served it in a Sam Adams glass.

S: Dark roasted malt and chocolate dominate the aroma. There is a bit of sweetness, probably lactose, that is typical of this style.

T: This is a pretty sweet beer but with roasted malt in the background. The sweetness is definitely lactose and right in line with the style.

M: Medium to heavy bodied and just how i like it.

D: A pretty good Cream Stout all around. Damn, I wish Bell's was closer...

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 04:50:54 | More by drseamus
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kick ass beer! Must try everyone. On tap at Capone's

Very dark,opaque body with a small brown head.Taste are sweet malt,berry and dark fruits.Roasted malts there also.Nice lacing on my glass.Smells like roasted malts and chocolate with some berry.Creamy mouthful and some awesome hop flavor as well as aroma.Well brewed beer from a well made companey.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2007 06:10:50 | More by MmmIPA
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capone's.

Pours a dark, opaque, brown color with a big frothy beige head. Nice lacing coated the glass. That head didn't fade quickly either...it stuck around almost to the end.

The smell was of chocolate, sweet cream, light coffee, roasted malts, and just a hint of nuts.

The flavor really surprised me. I have some bottles of this in the cellar, but have yet to try it for fear of lacto. Totally unfounded fear, I now find out. The smooth chocolate, sweet cream, touch of bitterness, and hints of coffee just blend together so well. I know what I will be having a bottle of after dinner tonight.

Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied with active carbonation. Don't be like me and fear the lacto. "Double Cream" means extra creamy here. Very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2007 14:52:04 | More by Imstillthegman
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, brewed with 10 different malts; batch 7733 - packaged on 11/21/07. It pours with a black body, light carbonation, and a finger of lightly-yellowed, tan head that retains a 3/4" collar and a thin blanket of foam throughout, depositing bits of lace here and there. The bouquet is quite aromatic, yet subtle, revealing notes of chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, and hints of green hops. At times it gives the impression of Chambord-flavored milk chocolate and blackberry coffee - gotta love the smell of Bell's stouts. On the palate, there's espresso, dark chocolate, roasted/burnt malts, black/blueberries, and a latent creaminess. The body starts light, but quickly becomes heavier, with medium carbonation and a lactic smoothness that evens things out. Overall, another quality stout from Bell's, but I have a sneaking suspicion that if they made a straight-up cream stout, the result would be even better than this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 02:52:03 | More by mmmbeer
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a bubbly, caramel-colored, three-finger head. It left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of toffe, caramel and malts.

T - It tasted very sweet. A nice milky chocolate flavor. A good dose of caramel flavors.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another great Bell's product. One of the better milk/sweet stouts that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 00:10:19 | More by zeff80
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7733!

Pours an opaque brown/black, no edges, thick tan head forms, nice lace spots, good retention, pretty ring around the glass. Smell is super malty, very complex, caramel, bread, roast chocolate and coffee, cream, very fragrant, smells kind of like fresh dairy, little bit oaky and vinous, like a chardonnay oak sweetness. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, roasty, caramel sweetness, lactic, creamy, chocolate goodness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, nice flavour, lactic sweetness cloys a bit though. Thanks for picking up Lexx!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 21:22:08 | More by Viggo
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nchrist13 for this treat.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, batch 7808.

Pours a complete opaque black with a nice two finger tan head that dies down to a nice lacing that sticks around quite well. Stickiness is spotty, but alright. Smell is heaven, wonderful milk chocolate, creamy caramel, mild espresso, toffee goodness...malt bomb to say the least. Good solid malt taste, just what I expected. Sweet caramel taste up front, smooth creamy chocolate milk taste to follow, then some roasted nut flavoring finishes it up, very complex. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, medium to full bodied with low carbonation, fits this style very well. To me, this falls just short to Kalamazoo Stout, but both are amazing representations of the Milk Stout style. Get your hands on this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 00:21:22 | More by BeerTruth
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color, no light gets through. Small to medium tan head that fades to a covering of the glass. No lacing. Nice roasted malt smell, fairly pronounced. Taste is roasted malt and coffee bitterness. Taste and mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer. While I was expecting a more creamy, dairy taste based on the name and type, this seemed more like a fairly simple but good tasting stout. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, not quite Samuel Smith's Oatmeal stout but close enough.

The abv is high, but this is a very drinkable beer. You tend to sip stouts anyway and this one would be great for 3 and out the door. I would drink this one again. Would love to try it from a nitro tap!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 03:57:54 | More by JayQue
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from BitterBrian thanks bro!

A: Pours jet black with a creamy one finger head. Not much carbonation and no lacing to be seen.

S: Not very strong, rather mild to be honest. Picked up some milky chocolate and malt. Not much else.

T: This is a rather mild beer. Has usual chocolate and coffee notes, but nothing really stands out here.

M: Expected it to be a little more full bodied and creamy. It came off as medium, with little carbonation. I would call it dry in fact.

D: It does go down rather smootly for a brew in excess of 7% ABV. I could drink several rather easily.

Overall: I feel as though i didn't give this beer much respect so far. It really isn't a bad beer. I was expecting a little more in taste, but I am known to like over the top beers. I would drink another if given the chance, but will not actively seek it out. This may be a good gateway beer for those looking to cross the line into craft beer darkness.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 01:25:40 | More by tpd975
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, batch 7776 12/20/06. Pours a dark brown with a thin brown head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains, sweet lactic chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. It improves as it warms but is still kind of subdued - more roast and coffee, less grains.

The flavor is sweet and sugary rich chocolate, a little tart and slightly sour fruitiness, some smoke and nuttiness and raisins with a roasted coffee finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very fine sweet stout. The roasted coffee balances well with the sweet notes.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 05:14:22 | More by Beaver13
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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Cobblestone's in York, PA

Direct from notes, but I expected this to fall into a cream stout category, not milk.

The pour into the pint raised a tan head that fizzed away quickly. It left some sparse, slick lacing, and had an opaque black body. Not too special here.

The nose was characterized by molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and seemed kind of milk-stouty, and mellow.

The taste was indeed very much like a milk stout, but also a bit toasty and acidic. Started sweet, ended dry.

The mouth was thick, but with good carbonation.

A relaxing and easy beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 18:04:29 | More by mjc410
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an incredibly smooth and creamy scent that boasts of chocolate malts and lactose. It's highly sweet; almost candy like. The taste is good. It has a nice malty bite with a sweet tone to it. It's loaded with chocolate and roasted barley. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight warming feel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine cream stout. It's dry and earthy, but with a nice sweet touch.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 20:58:19 | More by WesWes
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: A highly drinkable stout. Not a superstar, but a solid, reliable performance. Would recommend.

Appearance: Deep, opaque black with a creamy tan head that carries with it a slight orange hue. Head persists at about a finger thick and lacing is moderate.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt, coffee, caramel.

Taste: Roasted, but not harsh like most double or imperial stouts. Pronounced sweetness throughout. Chocolate and coffee. Slight hop twang in the back.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I expected, but definitely slick. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Really quite drinkable. No one flavor is too overpowering; they all mix nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 01:50:55 | More by kpantz
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pitch black brew, that pours thick out of the bottle and creates a creamy tan head with good retention and a nice lacing.
The aroma is interesting, with powerful roasted malts, coffee, but also more subdued hints of milk, chocolate and cookies.
Medium to full bodied, it is sweetish, with chocolate/milk/roasted malts upfront, but a moderate bitterness comes along, mostly unsweetened coffee and bittersweet choclate that balances it quite well.
Another nicely crafted stout, this one, although not as impressive as the expedition, it is definitely more "drinkable".
Well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 19:26:28 | More by brdc
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sixer of this on my last trip to Michigan. Unfortunately, I shared it with some relatives that aren't too appreciative of good beer. At least I enjoyed it though....

Poured deep dark black/brown with a thin dark tan head of about 1/2". The head dwindled down fairly quickly leaving traces of dark tan lacing.

The nose was definately of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste was good!... The coffee and malt came through. The chocolate came through as an aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was average for a cream stout.... perhaps a bit low on carbonation.... but typical.

Drinkability.... is good for those who like a nice rich stout.... my relatives didn't like it for the most part.... but then again.... they prefer bud lite!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 20:02:27 | More by TheBierBand
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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