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

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3,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,338
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 192
Gots: 335 | 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 Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, barely translucent dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to light. The tall, medium brown head has a densely whipped, creamy texture and solid retention. Lacing is impressive.

S: Some dark roasted malt, with latte-ish coffee hints. Definite notes of vanilla and lactic sweetness, along with milder whiffs of cocoa and a subtle fruity (cherry?) tanginess.

T: A firm dose of dark, roasted malt flavors that is initially accompanied by a healthy sweetness. Lactic notes are joined by a firm coffee and dark chocolate flavor. Hints of vanilla, bourbon, and lightly tangy fruit are present into the finish, which is also quite roasty and spicy.

M: A medium-heavy body. Carbonation is lush and creamy, leading to a roasty-dry finish and a lengthy aftertaste lingering on the palate.

D: I'm a bit conflicted on this one. I love sweeter, lactic stouts and this definitely fits the bill. The bittersweet aftertaste (tasty as it is) seems a bit oafish, and slightly overstays its welcome. I'd say this beer may be a victim of its own hype. I routinely see this selling for ~$15/sixer; I expected something excellent, but this falls just short of that.

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A nice, sweet aroma of cream, coffee and malt.

T: Like the smell, the taste had notes of coffee, cream and roasted malt. Much sweeter than I thought it might be, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied, not as a chewy as some stouts.

D: An easy to drink version of a milk stout.

Photo of cnally
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out a dark brown with a soapy tan head. Sticky head, opaque coloring.

Very smoky and sweet aroma, a little burnt malt.

Huge burnt malt in the flavor, smoky and woodsy. Pretty sweet, very even.

Syrupy, sticky feel. Low, virtually no carbonation.

Very mild flavor, but very sticky and for no reason. The flavor is muted, but still very decent.

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

Obtained in trade from monsterfat (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dark brown, almost bistre body with faint auburn edges. Thick, tan, active head recedes quickly to a thin, even, creamy layer. Light sandy lacing with thick glassy legs.

Coffe and cream aromatics with lightly burnt toast, and low cherry notes. Maybe a hint of oxidation.

Fairly complex malt flavors that come and go in waves: milk chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, roasted grain, clean barley, etc. Sweet and roasty, but joined quickly by a lactic sourness married to a bit of citrus (from the hops?). Well balanced, though I agree that it reminds me of cream soda at times.

Very smooth, medium-bodied, with adequate carbonation. Light astringency leaves the gums tingling.

A solid example of the style - one not readily brewed right now on the West coast.

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dense, dark, coffee-esque; pours three fingers that recedes to a thin, opaque, caramel head, finally dissolving towards the end of the bottle. No conspicuous carbonation.

S: Somewhat delicate and underwhelming, light coffee character, toasty and roasty.

T: Delicate coffee flavor at first, sweet milky middle, salty finish with a slightly bitter, almost hoppy aftertaste.

M: Chewy, viscous, but not as syrupy as other heavy stouts I've had. Pleasant, coating, milky finish. Very lightly carbonated.

D: Certainly drinkable--two or three in a row is not out of my range. Light enough to drink three, with enough taste and texture to keep your 'buds entertained.

Photo of fastsrt
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a 12 ounce bottle in a snifter
A: black, brown frothy head
S: coffee, bittersweet choclate, a hint of heavy cream, malt
T: toffee, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, cream, the bitterness is sharp and nicely balanced between roasted malts and hops. (6.1) abv there is some booze there.
M: Medium body with the carbonation, but as it dissipated it leaves a thick chewy feel.
D: like this brew alot, goes amazing with the right snack.
enjoyed this one with strawberries and a 70% coco chocolate bar the beer was simply perfect and with these, could have drank all six but ate up all my strawberries and chocolate so decided to save the rest. talk about harmony with food wow! wine cant hang with this combo.

Photo of Mora2000
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by hudsonphotog.

Pours dark brown to black with a khaki head. The aroma is awesome, smells like a mochaccino along with some roasted malt. The flavor is very creamy with coffee and roasted malts. The aftertaste is dominated by the coffee and you get some good bitterness from that. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Low carbonation.

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color, 1.5 inch head

Smell: molasses and roasted malt

Taste: cream, molasses, toasted malt, vanilla, touch of burnt malt

Mouthfeel: bitter burnt malt backbone with sweet tones throughout, medium heavy bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Bells is the king of stouts and this is another winner. Wish I bought two sixpacks and wish this was here. Love the combo of toasted and burnt malts. An excellent milk stout to rival left hand.

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

Color is a deep and rich black with heaping brown head. As the head recedes, a thick wall of lacing coats the inside of the glass, giving the brew a stately look. Nice to look at.

A big chocolate bar smell is the first aroma to make itself known, followed by nuts, espresso and the warm creamy scent one would find in a Young's Double Chocolate.

As for flavor, a sweet, cakey dessert taste is most prevalent, accompanied by dry roasted elements and a hint of heavy cream. It seems to have a bit in common with imperial stouts, especially the anise liqueur backend and eggy richness. A bit sweeter than I bargained for, but still appealing and interesting.

Liquid leaves a thick coating of espresso abrasiveness on the tongue, which adds a bit of bite to this otherwise smooth endeavor. It is certainly a bit richer than expected.

ABV is low enough to have a few, but the syrupy richness and the in-your-face chocolate cake flavor may make this a one and done affair.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Doble cream is a very very dark brown that might as well be called black, it practically is. A nice semi full off white vanilla head stayed a float but did not manage to leave any lace. Smell up front is dark malt and chocolate, warming up some of vanilla creeps in with toasted nuts, further warming reveals coffee beans. The taste is pretty much in the same order. A bit of caramel malt sweetness but the cream seems to be lacking. A lot of coffee with warming that i was not expecting. I dont see why they call this a double. The feel is a bumpy ride and a bit rugged. Not as easy going down as other's in the style, perhaps this would be best off a nitro, hopefully one day i'll find it. Bell's needs to take double out of the name or add double the amount of cream next batch.

Photo of gregalobeer
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious stout, but a disappointing cream stout.

This beer failed to exhibit many of the cream-factors typical of cream stouts. For example, the head disappeared almost immediately. I like a thick head with my cream stout. I like the head to stick on my upper lip like a milk mustache. The body was thin, the sticky texture missing, and the sweet, milky finish barely detectable. In fact, I drank the first few bottles completely unaware I was having the cream stout in the fridge. (Sometimes I don't look carefully at the label, just to surprise myself.)

But all is not lost with this specialty Bells stout. Malts are super toasty and dark, practically begging to be followed with a fat chunk of chocolate or maybe a chocolate covered espresso bean. And hey, with such a beautiful malty finish, I think the puny sweetness is a blessing in disguise.

Photo of abrand
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from bacth #9357 poured into the SN tumbler.

Pours a deep brown almost black color with a fairly thin tan head that sits that settles atop. You can smell the creamy milk characteristics of this beer. Very refreshing smell with some hints of roasted coffee beans. Taste is similar to the nose with some added taste of coffee and the milk/cream really dominate the quaff. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy while refreshing. Very solid milk stout. Alcohol is masked really well by the complexity and sweetness of the taste. Very sessionable in my opinion.

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

Thanks to my buddy Ross for bringing this one to a recent tasting. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown/near black; starts with a 1/2 finger tan head with decent retention that fades moderately slowly to a full skim that is a little thin; body is opaque; slight webs of lacing hang around the bottom of the glass as it dwindles down there.

Smell: Actually starts out a little hoppy for a milk stout, then the definite creaminess and even a little milkiness creeps into the nose; a nice smooth roastiness is in there as well; almost a smokey presence is somewhat blended in there as well.

Taste: Quite nice -- sweet milky creaminess combines with a very solid roastiness; mildy semi-sweet dry chocolate flavor (almost like a cocoa powder or something similar); I sense an earty hoppiness that is present, but I think it's lingering on my palate more from the scent than anything else and it's way in the back; slightly earthy malty aftertaste with the dry cocoa; a solid smokey presence lingers as well.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth; carbonation is mild and provides just enough life; very nice and reminiscent of a milkshake.

Drinkability: I give it a 4 -- very nice flavors that are robust; solid mouthfeel and smell and a moderate ABV, would be very nice for a cool night.

Photo of diybrun
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I spoiled myself with some great beer on a recent trip to the Mitten state. Picked up this fantastic brew.

Poured into a pint glass, black with a 1 finger mocha head that dissolved fairly quickly, leaving a thin lacing. Smelled of chocolate and roasted barley. The taste followed the nose, and it was a real pleasure to drink. Chocolate and roasted barley with a hint of mocha and a hops aftertaste that was far from overpowering but balanced the beer just fine. Moderate carbonation. This is about as drinkable of a beer as I've had, I would be more than happy having a few more.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass
Batch 9357

It poured a very deep thick brown with a wonderful mocha colored head rising up after the pour.

The nose was was of heavy roasted barley with a nice sweet chocolate overtones

the taste had a predominant roast flavor with a nice creamy finish. The chocolate notes present in the nose were more muted in the taste.

It was creamy and silky as it should be with a very low astringency. Very drinkable and overall a good example of the style that isn't over the top creamy and cloying.

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

Big, aggressive head of dark tan, lots of dense foam yet offers a host of large bubbles as well, excellent retention and strong lacing as well. Onyx black in color, actually black is not a color so more or less colorless. The nose has a dryness to it which controls the sweeter qualities of the dark chocolate, cocoa, licorice accents, the cherry, plum scents show good contour, some scone or flaky dough notes, nothing overtly hoppy but one assumes they contribute to the dryness. Full-bodied, the creamy texture relieves much of the weight as well as a good bit of bitterness. Still, the dark chocolate, coffee bean, cocoa powder has some bitterness. Licorice, orange peel, tea leaves, nuts drift in and out. Lower level of cherry, apricot, apple fruit, subtle. The carbonation is itself smooth but has a relentless power to it, adds to a sense of movement. Very consistent, balanced presentation.

Photo of jhoban19
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my personalized chalice.

A: jet black with a thick, foamy, tan head that holds up nicely. When it settles, a better than average ring forms around the side of the glass. A strong lacing creates a pattern that almost looks like leopard spots.

S: At first, the aromas are very subtle. The combination of 10 malts blend together well and none of them step to the forefront. I get some hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and a general roasty malt. As it warms, a bitter coffee aroma starts to take charge.

T: much like the aromas, the tastes are subtle at the start- coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and a roasted/toasted malt flavor. And again, like the aromas, a bitter coffee flavor takes charge, though still with a well-balanced sweetness.

M: smooth, rich and creamy with a long, pleasant finish. An oily hop feel also makes it way around, leaving a sticky residue on the lips and on the tongue.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, though not as big and bold as I was expecting. Looks good and feels good, with a nice combination of flavors that make for an easy sipping stout.

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

Got this one in a great trade with Noslenwerd. I wanted to help out his cause for 365 beers in 365 days. For those who haven't heard of his quest, try this website:

Anyways, he sent me a bunch of stuff I can't get here, including a slew of Bell's beers, and I decided to review a bunch tonight. This one first as Drew really enjoyed it.

A: Pours with a rich thick creamy 2 finger head with shades of darkness. The color of the beer is almost pitch black, with almost light coming through the corners. The head sticks around for a while and leaves a light lacing on the glass, and it's so thick I feel like I need a knife to cut through it.

N: Pouring this unlocked a huge aroma billowing out. Aroma is not overpowering either, its somewhat subtle but carries well. Lots of creamy stout aromas, some roast and chocolate, I think a little black patent malt even. I actually almost get milk on the nose, and definitely chocolate cream. Touches of coffee accompany the roast.

T: I can feel my beer moustache as I take the sip. Lots of chocolate hit first, and I mean chocolate. It's got milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, chocolate powder, etc. Is very creamy and rich, and super thick. Some roasted flavors and hints of coffee. I really feel I have to chew on it. Lots of dark malts as well, almost a malt bomb. but nothing is overpowering, except maybe chocolate. A little sweet, but not too sweet, which is good as I was worried it would be overly sweet. Instead its pretty drinkable.

M: Very thick, rich, heavy, and chewy. It's ridiculously thick, thicker than 10k mile used motor oil. Some carbonation, more than I would expect for the style. Creamy and velvety.

F: Finishes semi bitter, but not from hops, just a good old fashion bitter earthy starched charred malts. After chewing on it for a while, it goes down the hatch not so easily. It leaves a few layers on the mouth when its gone, leaving the chocolate, roast, and malty flavors to dwell on. Some light syrupy flavors, almost molasses. It's not really dry, but not really sweet either on the finish. Pretty neutral and surprisingly drinkable for the weight.

Photo of tanousa
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice black color, little lacing on top.

S- hints of coffee , expresso like, roasted malts and chocolate.

T- Cream , coffee, dark chocolate and hints of dark fruits.

M- Smooth, creamy. great finish.

D- exelent, can go for many of this gems !

Photo of mondegreen
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Guiness tulip.

A: Beautiful black with a lingering one finer off-white head. Shades of garnet where the light shines through. A few lonely carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Very malty nose. Sweet notes of chocolate and maybe a hint of fruit.

T: Follows nose exactly. Malts on the tongue with just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very very tasty.

M: The 'Cream Stout' name is appropriate. The creamy mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer.

D: Great for a milk stout (not really a session style, IMHO).

Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours dark with a medium brown head, no real lacing, not very carbonated. Smell is weak but sweet.

Taste is dominantly sweet and noticeably creamy -- very pleasant. Maybe a hint of cherry and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thin and clean and light. Drinkable, tasty beer.

Photo of NCBeerFan
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH snifter, opaque black as with most stouts, very little head and lacing. It has a very pleasant aroma of toffee, caramel, roasted malts, and coffee. It is very light and creamy in the mouth, with the coffee and roasted malts flavors coming to the forefront. It goes down really smooth, with a slight aftertaste of the chocolate. This is the first time I've had this and it is definitely a brew that I will seek out when it comes around again. A great stout to start out the evening, very drinkable and not too overpowering.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black. It has some head so I guess I got a fresh bottle.
S - burnt and slight peppery
T - coffee and pepper dominate with a slight bitter.
M - Creamy and delicious. Burnt not too dominant.
D - I could finish a couple and enjoy them.

Overall I expected sort of a milk stout but got more of a peppery magic hat "Howl" with a smoother body. Would buy again.

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a tasting I held, though I've had full bottles of this before.

Beer pours a very dark brown, almost black. Darker than I expected from a cream stout.

Aroma is mainly of roasted malts, maybe even a little burnt.

Taste is similar. Roasted malts dominate; I really don't taste much coffee or chocolate. There is a creaminess that comes in the middle and stays in the end. Aftertaste is a bit bitter, like burnt malts.

Mouthfeel is medium. I do like the milky texture I get in the sides of my mouth towards the end of each sip.

You could easily have a few of these. Pleasant not too strong flavors, and low alcohol.

A nice brew, but nothing too interesting. Duck Rabbit remains my favorite milk stout.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one from treyrab in BeerSwap 3.0. thanks, Trey.

A: The pour is not very viscous at all. The beer is a fully opaque black that does no t produce any hues when held up to light. Additionally, there is no head to speak of. There are only wispy bubbles that swirl on the surface as I try to pour this beer aggressively to try to get anything out of it. Nothing. No lacing either...go figure, though.

S: Complex malt character of light roast, a malty creamy sweetness, and some grainy notes to round it out.

T: Roasted grains are the first thing you will notice. There is a sweetness that is not quite milky and not quite oatmeal. Compelling...it stays with me in the creamy and soft finish.

M/D: As stated before, creamy and smooth, especially towards the back of the palate. The consistency is light to medium, with a bit of carbonation (despite the completely flat pour) to add texture. Easy to drink and enjoyable, but this beer is just too sweet for me to drink more than one of...it's a good "every once in a while" beer, but not a go-to

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,338 ratings.