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

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89
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3,253 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,253
Reviews: 1,363
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 183
Gots: 300 | 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:
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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Photo of OldYoda
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Very dark and opaque with virtually no head from an aggressive pour and minimal lacing.

The smell is of roasted sweet malt, coffee and more malt.

Taste closely follows the smell - the malt is the overriding note with lot's of sweet coffee. Not cloying but definitely sweeter than anything I would normally pick up.

Mouthfeel is slick and a little oily. Not bad.

Drinkability is ok, although this is certainly no session beer.

Overall a little out of my standard range but I enjoyed it. Certainly a good effort from Bell's.

Photo of slk22
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark brown/black, almost opaque, with a light-brown head that was almost non-existent following a standard pour. Aroma was mainly chocolate, with noticeable roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Very inviting. As might be expected, taste was very sweet upfront with a light chocolate and mild roasted malt flavor. A light a sweet roasty flavor lingered into the aftertaste with a dry finish. Mouthfeel was smooth with little to no carbonation detectable. Body was light to medium. Lighter than I would have liked. This beer was enjoyable, but for me a bit too rich to have several.

Photo of jbone78
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thought was expensive. We will see how good it is...

A- Poured nearly Black, little visibility. Nearly no head. light lace.
S- Normal nothing to get excited about.
T- very nice malt character. The label says there is ten different malts and they are blended well. Not a bad flavor! Being a cream stout, you can also taste the lactose in there.
M- Sweet, not overbearing, flavor and not too sugary.
D- I would not pay the price for this one again.

-Bye

Photo of gunnerman
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with no head. The smell is all malt sweet roasted grain in the nose slight hint of alcohol. Taste is impressive this is a malt bomb, very thick and to the point. I can taste chocolate, prunes, coffee, sweet bitter honey. This leaves a sweet thick finish on my palate after drinking sip after sip. This truly needs to be sipped to enjoy the strong roasted character. Overall this beer holds a special place, it has so much flavor profile.

Photo of drummerben
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis.

Had this one just after keg was tapped, served in a pint glass. Appearance is black with a thin latte-like head. Smells of roasted chocolate, malt, caramel, and coffee - like a chocolate malt or shake.

Taste is fresh and rich- you can actually taste the freshness here. Creamy and thick mouthfeel is great, though it could stand to be even chewier. Smooth with a roasty finish. Sweetness is well balanced with the espresso and chocolate notes.

This has quickly become my favorite sweet/milk stout. Great beer that drinks like a desert. Too bad this isn't distributed to Atlanta in bottles yet.

Photo of kenn
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a stout glass. so dark light barely passes thru it. smell & taste of strong coffee & bitter chocolate. as i drink it the lacing takes some time to disappear. i didnt taste much of a hop flavor which is fine
for this stlye. I enjoyed this beer but would only have one at a time.I look forward to the next one.

Photo of colts9016
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Kelly, thank you.

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A nice one finger solid tan head that is creamy. The body of the beer is burnt motor oil. The body of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A nice rich roasted malt with cream, melanoids, chocolate, espressos, and hops. The hops profile is fruity esters and citrus.

Taste: A wonderful rich malt with chocolate, espresso, melanoids, and fruity esters.

Overall: The mouth feel is silky creamy and velvety. The body of the beer is thick and rich and the finish is medium. This beer is a wonderful stout with a lot of cream flavor packing a punch. The beer isn't sweet at all but, nonetheless, the beer is wonderful.

Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerlovingrl:

Aroma: vanilla, nutty, cereal/grains, creamy/milk

Appearance: Almost pure black, but a little transparent. Head is light brown but basically nonexistent.

Body: Almost no carbonation. Full sweet body. Milk, vanilla, creamy, tiny alcohol taste.

Aftertaste: roasty finish, nutty, little oiliness on the mouth.

Overall: Good full stout, but a bit strong to be true to the style.

Photo of Plenum
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expected more out of this one. Especially with Bell's on the label. Didn't have the depth I was expecting. Was more tart than I thought a cream stout should be. Color was dark, little lacing left on the glass. Thinner than I thought it should be. Run of the mill stout. Good, but not worth searching all over for.

Photo of azorie
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

date code 8842. Not cheap for a 6 pack of 6% beer, but never had it so WTH. I just hope since it was already cold its not old beer.

A: Its Black of course with light creamy brown head. Lace is short lasting after hitting about 1.5 inches tall in a MUG.

S: roasted malt, some vanilla and coffee. oxidized burnt wood

T: Burnt dark roasted malt, coffee comes more of an aftertaste and the vanilla is still present as well. The beer is NOT as sweet as I think it should be to hit the style. it's very dry at the same time with a slightly hoppy finish. You get the milk in there but its very faint. it say on Bell web site its great with Chocolate, NOT, I mean where the FUCK is the chocolate in this beer?

M: medium body, but not as sweet as it should be Not as smooth as it should be.

D: too heavy for the style, not sweet enough.

I don't know if this is bad six pack or too old or what, but its a BIG disappointment to me. if I not bought it all the way in ORLANDO, I would take the rest back. i see its rank 3rd in milk stouts, i have to try again from somewhere else, but NOT in the same league at Young Double chocolate stout.

Photo of ShrLSU
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall your traditional black color with tan halo around the rim. Leaves a touch of lacing as well. Not much of a nose honestly, maybe a touch of roasty malt and coffee. Taste is a slight dark fruitiness with coffee bitterness and a twinge of creaminess. Overll mouthfeel is light and airy for a stout. Not really all that wild about this. It doesn't seem to have the depth I thought it would. Just seems like another stout to me.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A standard dark black color with a tan head. Smell is a little on the light side. A touch of bittersweet chocolate in the nose mixed in with a coffee scent. Taste has a little bit of a metallic bite to it. Cream taste definitely leaves it's fingerprint on this one. It combines with the bitter coffee and semi-sweet chocolate very well. A little on the thin side in the feel, and not as robust as it should be. A rare miss for Bell's. It's a little bit of a downer but not horrible.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Batch #8902. Thanks, brokenleadedcask!

Black pour. Smallish light brown head gives way to a thin cap. Random assortment of light lacing.

Aroma is roasty. A quick swirl brings out some really nice milk chocolate and vanilla smells to go along with the roast and ground coffee.

Nice roasty flavor. Much more coffee than the aroma led me to believe there would be. The sweetness and roast balance well. The chocolate and vanilla give this a really light, very drinkable flavor. Slight bitterness in the drying finish.

This beer reminds me of Kalamazoo Stout in a few ways, especially how it balances sweet and bitter. However, the comparisons end when it comes to texture. While Kalamazoo Stout was rich and velvety, Special Double Cream Stout is lighter, and less creamy. Of course, we are dealing with different styles here, and Bell's nailed both. Very good mouthfeel for a sweet stout.

Special Double Cream Stout is an unbelievably easy drinker. The light body, and the delicious flavor, make this one go down very easily. Once again, Bell's brews a winner.

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

From a 12 oz bottle with no decipherable freshness date, into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Served from about 55 degrees and left to sit for about 10 minutes. Dark brown, pretty much opaque color with a one-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a thin cap and spotty lacing. Nose of rich molasses, cocoa, and milk and dark chocolate... smells great! In the mouth, more big milk chcolate flavor tempered against a dark chocolate and burnt coffee backdrop. Bits of dark licorice and more chocolate. Nice toasty dry finish. In the mouth, viscosity is just about perfect: mid crisp-to-creamy, though I imagine the creaminess would improve greatly with about 10 minutes more warming. Yes, some more warming would really open this brew up. I think I shall indulge it.... Yes, a bit of warming does intensify things, but not to epic levels. This is a great milk stout, no doubt, however. Drinkability is excellent; only the 6.1% ABV keeps this from being a "sessionable" brew.

Overall: A tasty and utterly enjoyable milk stout with plenty of chocolate, smoothly creaminess, and general tastiness to please the most discerning fan of the style. Definitely recommended.

Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Thanks to whoever brought this. Auburn-tinged brown with a fluffy tan head. Aromas of lactose, creamed coffee, milk chocolate. Porter-esque flavor, dark chocolate with little roastiness. Slight metallic note in the finish. Creamy body but nice and light.

Photo of barnzy78
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Poured very near black with a light brown head that was quick to dissipate and left minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas were of chocolate and roasted malts; rather sweet smelling. Tastes were of bold dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Finished nicely sweet with some milk chocolate as well. Mouth-feel was velvety smooth and creamy. Another solid brew from Bell's!

Photo of jlb307
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from gorby10826 (thanks Mike).
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Coffee black with a dark tan head. Darn near looked flat, it was so thick. Head was only 1/2" at most, and didn't retain long. What was left was nice little puddles of foam on the surface which laced nicely.

S: Black coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet toasted malt, with just a hint of hops.

T: Coffee and cream, with a semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste. Hints of toast.

M: Liquid velvet is the best way I can describe this brew. Full bodied with a clean finish.

D: Very good beer and surprisingly easy to drink, given how "heavy" it is.

Photo of infestaxion
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it at the world record Bell's tapping. Took notes in the kick ass notebook they gave us.

A - Deep dark brown with a slight mocha head that fades pretty fast.

S - Sweet creamy dark malt. Hints of toffee and caramel.

T - Almost the same as the smell but with some roasty goodness. Then the malty finish.

M - Medium body. Good feel.

D - Very drinkable. One tasty beer.

Photo of philmont
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a tan head that thins out while leaving a mild lace on the glass. The color is dark opaque almost black. The aroma is reminiscent of cocoa. Initial flavor is very much cream, almost like chocolate milk. As the beer warms a little, the 10 malts advertised begin to give a more complex flavor profile in addition to the traditional cream stout flavor. Low hop flavor doesn't get in the way of all the malts. Very drinkable beer. While the complex malt profile teases the tongue, it still in some ways is just another cream stout, just a more expensive cream stout. Worth a try, but wouldn't want to spend too much on what could be more affordable in other brands.

Photo of rpstevens
2.38/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to beerlovngrl for this extra, I had been wanting to try it for a while.

The appearance is a black fading to mocha brown around the edges. The pour yields an off-white-to-light-brown head that leaves minimal lacing as it fades.

The smell is all coffee and roasty malts, but it's not a very strong smell at all.

The taste is malty sweetness with a burnt coffee tone, some roasted malt shows through but has an acidic, metallic taste that is fairly unpleasant. There is a soda-pop sweetness to this beer that is out of place as well.

The mouthfeel is nice, the beer is more carbonated than expected and the beer is also pretty light and easy to drink for a stout of this magnitude. But the flavor is a bit off, not something that I will have more than one of, this is the first Bell's brew that I haven't liked.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Leffe footed chalice this beer has a thick off-white pillow head that recedes quickly. The color is very dark brown to black.

The taste is rich and of coffee with cream. I would love to try a blend with this and expedition stout - I might tomorrow!

The mouthfeel is a bit light but not bad. I would like a little more viscosity and perhaps a touch more alcohol.

Drinkability is great as these tend to slide down the throat easily. I really enjoyed each of these Double Cream Stouts.

Photo of marvin213
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The serving is black. A thin layer of black-tinged foam dissipates gradually. Big bubbles make way for a thin trim o' foam. It's really black--opaque. I mean solid black.

It's a sweet stout--buttermilk sweet. It's basically a freshly churned blob of cow butter-cream.

The taste is a sweet carbonation. I really notice the malts now. I determine quite quickly that the malts are directly responsible for the blackness of this beer. I taste the malty blackness. In contrast to its smell, I feel like I could even add more cream to this malty concoction--it's that malty. It's like a liquid malted milkball...with alcohol. I'm not totally feelin' that. It tastes more like it looks than smells.

The mputhfeel, especially for such a malty beverage, is diappointing. Believe it or not, it's too malty. It's overly warm for 6.1. The carbonation seems ample, but there's nothing for it to feed. Maybe it's too many different malts as opposed to too many malts in general, but it's relatively unimpressive. +0.5 for somewhat of a sweet sensation.

Not very drinkable. I used to think this beer's relative rarity around my parts meant it was especially good and exclusive. Now I wonder if it's relative obscurity relates more to its quality.

Photo of Damian
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of berserker256
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,253 ratings.