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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 abuliarose
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pouted into a fluted pint glass, revealing deep opaque brown body with a beige head of average density, some lacing. The smell is so confusing. Normally I would retch at the sour lactose notes, but in this case they're decently balanced by sweet and roasty malt. For a cream stout, I could not expect much better.

Tastes lightly malty with a solid lactose tang and roasted character. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes the small tickling carbonation and otherwise heavier body very palatable. Drinks easy. I just wish the milkness was more sweet and less, well, rancid-like in character. I don't know if I've ever had more lactose in a beer.

Overall it's interesting. I don't know if so much milk is my thing, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of Riccymon
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep black with barely a quarter inch of craggy brown head. Within a few seconds, the beer is as lifeless as black coffee. Smell takes me a bit off guard, as a funky plum-coffee-chocolate malt-earth aroma wafts to the nose. To be honest, this smells to me a bit like a well-aged barleywine. Very complex and interesting.

Double Cream Stout tastes heavily of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and a nutty/dusty grain note. A complementary cherry note is well-integrated into the brew, reminding me of Bell's Cherry Stout. This is a pleasantly sweet beer, and it finishes rather dry and without much bitterness. Body is substantial, but it's not overdone for a milk stout.

I must have had my first bottle of Double Cream Stout a little too cold, but served at cellar temps, this beer is extremely well-done. A wonderful aroma and flavorful taste make this one of the best stouts I've had in a while.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Inky black with a tiny but persistent head.

S - Rich milk chocolate, and I do mean RICH... like half chocolate syrup and half milk. Reminds me of that white nougat stuff inside of a Charleston Chew.

T - Good balance of dark chocolate and sweeter milk chocolate notes with some heavily creamed and sweetened coffee (the way I like it).

M - Thick and milky. This one is solid and creamy, but hides it's strength well. I would have guessed that this was closer to 4% than 6%.

D - Good stuff, but not as mind boggling as some other Bell's brews (Two Hearted anyone?). I tried this at the good beer spot in town, and it may have been a little to chilled. I'd like to savor this in a snifter at room temp at home and give it another go.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 3/8/10 (yay I'm finally catching up on my backlog of reviews!)

A - Very dark brown with light tan 1.5" head in my Ommegang goblet. Nice lacing. 4.0

S - Overall, somewhat subdued. Sweet chocolate notes, light coffee, and a touch of citrusy hops. Caramel too. 4.0

T - A nice delicate blend of chocolate, mocha, and a touch of sweet cream with a long lasting bittersweet finish. Very slight citrus and earthiness of hops as well. 4.5

M - Rich and medium bodied, well carbonated and velvety smooth. 4.0

D - Exceptional. A very well made beer. 5.0

Photo of nickfl
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown foam resting on a black body with just a hint of amber light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace in its wake.

S - A moderate roasted malt note with a little bit of chocolate sweetness. A little bit of caramel and toffee but not much else.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with a strong, cola-like note. Some sour chocolate notes and black coffee character in the middle. Finishes with a bit more roast and lots of sweet, lactic caramel malt. Lingering cola and caramel character with coffee in background.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, syrupy finish.

D - This is a very odd beer. The aroma is quite subdued, but the flavor is robust (just not in a good way). This may be because the primary flavor component is sticky, cloying sweetness. This excessive sweetness is accompanied by an odd, cola like note of artificial caramel flavoring and some strange sourness. The only thing I can find to like about it is the pleasant, dark roasted coffee note that is always lingering in the background. I really didn't care for this beer, it is strange, one dimensional, and overly sweet and I definitely won't be drinking it again.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone IRS snifter

A - black as night with a small tan head

S - dark malts with are in the background on this one, lots of sweet vanilla flavors, this is gonna be good

T - sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish, the roasty malts come through, the vanilla comes through faintly but not nearly as strong as it smells

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, I expected a little bit heavier of a body

D - This is a pretty solid beer, I couldn't see myself drinking it real fast or drinking too many of these at once but it is working pretty good as my desert beer of the night. Would definitely pick this one up again

Photo of pwoody11
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black opaque.

After my first sip I decided to let it sit to warm up and I think it was a great decision. The mouthfeel was incredible. Very creamy and smooth.

I picked up mostly chocolate coffee in the taste with a little bit of vanilla. If you've ever had a Monster Java, this was what first came to mind after tasting it.

Overall a good brew. This was my first milk stout and I'm looking forward to trying another.

Photo of brobeerbot
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Nonic Pint.

A- Poured with just a small amount of tan head. Dark as night. Light can not penetrate it.

S- Strong coffee and cream going on here.

T- The first thing you get here is coffee and cream, just like your morning cup of joe. Hints of caramel and smoke can be tasted right after your sip.

M- Slight carbonation and not very thick as many stouts but far from watery.

D- A very easy drinking stout could drink multiple bottle in a night.

Overall this i a very nice stout that tastes as the label states.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with decent tan head.

Has a light, sweet aroma. A nice, mellow roasty malt aroma too.

This milk stout has a creamy, sweet and roasty taste. Has a smooth feel and taste. The sweet malts add much flavor.

The mouthful is is creamy and milky. It is a very smooth stout.

The sweetness makes it very drinkable. Double Cream is not too strong and quite easy to drink. Its been a while since I have had a Double Cream Stout.

Photo of backfat
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very dark brown with a one finger light tan head. smells strong and robust. very tart yogurt like aromas. the taste is very tart and sour, but i like it. mouthfeel isn't very stouty, but you can actually taste some cream like qualities. very interesting.

Photo of rawthar
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle of a Bell's Dark Side case into a Brooklyn tulip. Remember this being one of my favorite of the bunch...let's see how it holds up now.

A- Pours a burgundy tinged black, total espresso-colored big-bubbled head with a usual quick dissipation to a frothy film that leaves a pretty lacing on the sides of the glass. Completely opaque and seriously substantial.

S- Alcohol and caramelized roasty malts with the tiniest bit of blueberry and anise, smells a lot like a creme brulee just out of the salamander.

T- A balance of sweet and sour. Not quite as much caramel on the tongue as in the nose, but the burnt characters float on top of a sour milky undertone, rounded out with some roasted coffee, before finishing up with an acidic kick to the back of the tongue. A lot going on in this glass.

M- Thick and frothy, smooth and coating, this beer turns into a pleasant, living foam in your mouth.

D- Not something to daisy chain together, for sure, but too good not to finish. This is somewhere between a sipper and a dessert beer.

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

Impenetrable black body with a finger of mocha froth atop it. A nice dollop of foam persists well into its consumption. Nice, but subtle, biscuit malt aromas, with plenty of chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of cherry.

The taste is rich, full, and rather complex, with the aforementioned flavors assuming a prominent position in Double Cream. There is also an unmistakable wooden flavor that is welcome. The creamy, soft texture is simply outstanding, doing so much to enhance the taste. Bell's has this stout, as with its others, down to a tee.

Great pick-up from the sterling Neil St. Piccadilly in Champaign; Double Cream is a terrific, tasty, amenable stout that is easy on the palate without being uncomplicated.


Photo of beer2day
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours straight black with a medium dark tan 1-finger head. No retention but decent lacing.

Nose is dark chocolate and medium roast coffee with sweet cream. Very nice and very rich.

Taste is strong chocolate malt. Nice roast hit, turns a little sweeter midway through, and finishes very dark and chocolaty. The chocolate really lingers.

Body is so close to perfect. Just a mite on the thinner side of what I would want, but very nice. Very rich body for a beer this low in alcohol.

Exceedingly easy drink and goes down very fast.

Photo of Stigs
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours about a finger worth of loose, bubbly and soapy dark khaki foam...falling and crackling slowly as it warms. the beer is quite dark, just a tinge of dark brown hue when held up to a bright light. spotty lacing throughout the drink.

S - adequate amounts of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, some fresh coffee...sweetness comes in as some vanilla, butterscotch. faint earthy hops round out at the end.

T - starts off a bit sweeter than the nose would indicate. bittering slightly watered down coffee kicks in after an initial kick of vanilla, lactose, brown sugar, cream. disappointingly kind of fades to nothing after the bitterness, just a slight bit of earthy hops.

M - drinks very thin, and carbonation is quite overdone and very distracting. adds an astringent prickly feel and not very pleasing (yet void?) aftertaste.

D - maybe i just dont enjoy this style very much, but this one just doesnt hold up very well for me. the flavors are there but fall off very quickly, succumbing to an unappealing mouthfeel. i was contemplating pouring this for a bit before i decided to suck it up...not an awful beer, just not for me.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is dark black with cocoa edges. The head pours a solid fluffy one finger head that evolves into a haze over the glass. The tan head does not leave any lacing and the legs are watery.

The smell is of chocolate, roasted grains, vanilla.

The taste is impressive and drinkable. Chocolate, vanilla, a cream lactose mouthfeel. This one reminds me of a chocolate stout that I brewed with lactose, really creamy. Great smooth mouthfeel that finishes great. Incredible drinkable, this would be a session stout at my house. Lots of vanilla in the warming up of the brew.

Photo of Pabs311
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just got 2 of these beers today in a trade thanks to lerxst.

first one was on the warmer side

A- poured very dark brown, almost black with a very thin ok lacing

S- very creamy smelling, like buttercream, a little coffe in the background. very ineresting.

T- very similar to the nose on this, very creamy flavor. butter cream, vanilla and some coffee.

M/D-a little on the thin side for a stout of this ABV for me, would have liked to have seen a little more here. very drinkable though, i would love to be able to get my hands on this in CT.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Blacker than the depths of the La Brea Tar Pits, with about four fingers of ruby-tan foam that eventually settles into blotchy lacing.

S – Chocolatey and roasty, with a musty malt aroma; a nice brew for the olfactory. It does not smell as overtly oxidized as some of the Bell’s Stouts tend to.

T – It is delicious. The taste is full, bitter, and roasted, with sourly astringent malt and a moderately bitter hop that asserts itself upon the finish. This is not a sweet brew, despite the style moniker; Sweet Stout is in this case a misnomer. It is not particularly creamy or buttery in flavor, either. Nor does it taste strongly of coffee, cocoa, caramel, spices or any other adulterants. It is a very enjoyable stout with not many frills, just straightforward roast, toast and hop with a touch of lactic sourness.

M – Medium-thick, oily, and very chuggable.

D – This is a very good offering from Bell’s. It’s a shame I so seldom see it, I would drink it more often.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a fantastic extra in a super trade with Kbeals... Huge thanks Kevin.

I'm broke and diving into stuff in the fridge... poured into my Delirium goblet.

Thin lite tan head... the brew is of course black.

Nose is pretty roasty with a background sweetness... French roast ...

Flavor is a good standard milk stout... could actually use a bit more sweetness to balance the dark malts.. lite bittersweet chocolate... good body and carbonation... sorry not alot more to say... this is just a great beer and a great take on the style.

Thanks again Kevin... You're good people.


Photo of Acraig
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Is a dark hazy brown coffee color with a slight ring of head.

Smell: a slight malt smell with a nice rich coffee and cream smell.

Taste: A nice creamy coffee taste with a a slight bitter after taste. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: A slightly heavy beer with a smooth finsh. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very smooth...I could easily drink these through out the night.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Batch 8732 (September 08') consumed today 2/19/10 received as an extra from a very generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours dark brown with red tinged honey folds. The crown is mocha, about 1 finger, shows little retention and lace.

Smell: Medium roasted malt with some cream and a hint of soap.

Taste: Smooth roasted malt with some coffee bitterness and sweet cream. The cream dominates but the bitterness shines in the long finish.

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium bodied with fine carbonation and a long finish.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth but sits a bit heavy. I wouldn't want to have more than two bottles.

Photo of noduckla
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolaty color with littlel head and minimal lacing. It has a great smell of roasted malts and chocolate. Chocolatey smell that surpasses the taste and drinkability. There is a decent amount of CO2 for a stout, but it does not really stand out as a stout that separates itself from the rest.

Photo of joshstevens87
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black with a little over an inch of dark tan head
S-a nice blend of coffee and chocolate malts and a nice cream texture with an overall expresso type of feel to it
T-a strong coffee kick to it with a little bit of chocolate in the background with a nice creamy sweetness to it with no presence of hops evident
M-a nice full body with a moderate carbonation could be a bit weaker but still is a very smooth full mouthfeel
D-very drinkable a perfect balance of bitter like coffee and chocolate notes and the sweetness of lactose a very nice balanced sweet stout that can definately be enjoyed throughout the night

Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: creamy froth, but quickly disapating head, light tan, deep dark brown, nearly ebony color body

smell: sublte aromas, some roasted malt and some chocolate.

taste: Had that similar milk stout taste and some good chocolate flavors. subtle sweetness.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: a solid stout and i would drink again. Seemed sessionable and not too "Double" as stated on the label. Very much just like anormal milk stout, very good though

Photo of KalH
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to admit this is the first milk stout I've ever had and was not sure what to expect. I had purchased this at a local wine and beer store and thought I'd give it a shot being a Bell's fan.

So this beer poured just like I expected it to - a black milkshake. It had a one finger brownish ruby head and smelled of mocha, dried fruit, chocolate, and earth.
The taste was creamy and malty with a slight bitter aftertaste from the roasted coffee/mocha flavoring that was ever present from start to finish. Mouthfeel was not what I expected but okay.
I would probably try this again, but stouts are not really my thing. For what it was though, I thought it was a good beer and something I'd recommend to anyone into that style.

Photo of movingtrain
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce snifter.

This one pours a nice coffee-black, with a decent creamy head floating on top...which is keep up pretty well.

The aroma gives off some good black olive notes, chocolate, sour/bitter elements, brown sugar, and molasses.

Taste is solid...buttery, creamy, indeed. Hints of chocolate, coffee, some spicy notes, too. There is an interesting element in this one...the only way I know how to describe it is that earthy, summer pond smell. Not bad, but like cattails and seaweed. But it's good, that is just what is coming to mind.

Overall, a decent stout. Carbonation plays in well with the flavors, and helps to balance things out on the palate. A good example of a finely crafted cream stout.

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