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

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2,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,919
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 168
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
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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 jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2%

served into a nonic glass, from a 12oz. brown bottle long neck with crimped-on cap.

Opaque,black slight ruby red hue when held to light, 2" thick tan head, pillowy with good retention,lacing around the glass.

A solid moderate nose,very roasty,carmelly/toffee hints of vanallia,smokey and woody,a very enticing aroma.

Tastes very roasty,like coffee.toffee/carmell a great malty profile. woody,with hints of vanallia. A smooth,clean semi-sweet and bitter finish with a very pleasing quality.

A very creamy mouthfeel,feels light on the palate, a wee bit chewy,smooth throughout,very enjoyable and tasty and drinkable.
A very good stout,would love to drink this one again.
One of the best stouts i've had in a while.

01-11-2007 04:26:37 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of beerphan


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

12oz bottle -> american pint
batch id #7733; according to the website, packaged on 11/21/06

Pours black with a thick tan head that settles quickly to creamy film and leaves pangea lace.

Nose: Roasted malts, some smoke, sweet malts

Taste: Sweet chocolate malt, molasses, and a burnt cocoa bitterness finish with some astrigency.

Mouthfeel is creamy, thick, and slick.

This would be an extremely drinkable beer, except for a slightly astrident aftertaste.

01-09-2007 23:25:00 | More by beerphan
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

No Freshness date. Set of numbers at the bottom of the bottle on the label say 7733, whatever that means. Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Black beer with a creamy, mocha colored head. As the head dies down, it disperses across the top of the beer and leaves little pockets of bubbles that look like an atoll in the pacific somewhere (Bell's Island maybe?).Nice retention and some sporadic lacing as well.

Aroma is full of bittersweet chocolate and coffee grinds. Plenty of toasted malts as well as some nice breadiness. Chocolate fudge brownies and an espresso would be perfect with this.

Wonderful bittersweet chocolate flavor as well as some bitter coffee. Tons of toasted and burnt malts as well. Very chocolatey and very smooth.

A very nice stout. Doesnt really seem like a sweet or milk stout since there really isnt much sweetness; mostly bitter chocolate and burnt malts. Light to medium bodied. Could be a bit biggeer, but still is very nice. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. This is a wonderful drinking beer. A six pack could easily go down tonight.

01-03-2007 22:39:19 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of klewis


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Batch 7684

A: Pours pitch black with a two-finger bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Big malty smell with aromas of chocolate and vanilla.

T: Sweet with an earthy coffee flavor. A bit astringent in the finish.

M: The texture is odd; soft and creamy, yet bubbly with lots of carbonation. Medium-bodied.

D: Not bad, but I'll take a Mackeson's over this any day. Worth a try.

01-01-2007 22:05:24 | More by klewis
Photo of beermanbrian


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours black in color with a small brown creamy head that falls to a halo of creamy foam very quickly. Very little lacing. Smell and taste are chocolate malt with a nice roasted burnt malt background and a finishing bitterness. The bitterness gives it some real bite at the end but also serves to hide the high ABV. Another solid brew from Bell's as expected.

12-31-2006 01:45:43 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of pbr85

New York

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%

a: amazing jet black with a frothy, coffee colored head. good lacing
s: dark chocolate, coffee, toasted barly
t: first impression: pretty amazing. no overwhelming flavors, coffee chocolate, delicious
m: perfect, slides down the throat, cream is certainly an appropriate title for the beer
d: one of the best beers i've ever had, go get some if you can

12-21-2006 19:26:57 | More by pbr85
Photo of budsboy


3.93/5  rDev -1%

Pours very deep reddish brown with a creamy thick splotchy tan head that fades surprisingly fast.

Very fragant beer. Has a sweet doughy, chocolate smell with hints of hops and alcohol.

A competition between very sweet and full-on roasted bitterness. Sweet wins by a nose, but in the fight I get hints of fruit, black coffee, vanilla, roasted grains, juicy berries and a lingering dry sweet roastiness. Very nice.

Medium to full bodied, smooth going down but a bit gritty on the finish.

Easy to drink with a lot to offer in the way of aroma and flavor. This may be one of those like-it-or-hate-it beers, and I like it. But then, I like all of Bell's stouts.

12-21-2006 06:01:02 | More by budsboy
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark, very dark but also very red, like dried blood, Ah in a good way. The head is nice, 2 fingers tan , some lace on the glass. Good!

The smell is sweet pungent fruit.

The taste is better dark and roasty but not very burnt. Hint of honey and molasses.

The mouthfeel is good but not real thick. Less then full body. Good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good. This stout is quite drinkable. I will buy more for sure. Prosit, MK

12-20-2006 06:43:39 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of Minkybut


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured beer into a tumble at 50 degrees. Noticed head not lasting long and what was there was very thin. Smell was burnt grain coffe like. Tast was pleasant and dark roasted coffee with peat taste intervening at the end. I thought it was a nice stout and yes it was creamy tasting even without the head.

12-17-2006 18:37:29 | More by Minkybut
Photo of xav33


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout
12 oz bottle
Packaged 10/06, milked 12/06
Moderate pour in an English pint

Poured black with mahogany highlights with a light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of burnt grain, sour milk, dark coffee, and dark chocolate, light fruity dark plums or blackberries,.

Taste was upfront strong bitter burnt taste and moderate sweet coffee and cream followed by a strong bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee , soy, and anise. Palate was full bodied, softly carbonated, creamy, coating and silky smooth, with moderate astringency and light alcoholic feel.

Overall, this is a great balance of sweet and bitter in a stout. The flavors are exploding all over my tastebuds like a fireworks display. It's the softest beer on the palate I've yet to have, like licking a Playmate's buttocks. Creaminess is kinda odd though and reminds me of sour milk. It all works wonderfully though.

12-17-2006 05:42:20 | More by xav33
Photo of dedrinker


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

All the classic coffee/bitterness/roast of most stouts worth their salt are muted here by the "double cream" aspect (lactose?) of the stout. Alot of body, chocolate, and residual sweetness are what is left over, and frankly that makes a fine beer as "comfort food." Much stronger alcohol content compared to classic U.K. versions, and aside from cold nights where one more cozy beer will put me to bed, I would not reach for this beer very often. Since it is 27 degrees out right now, I am enjoying this quite well, and find reassurance in its rich cozy comfort. One will be enough though.

12-08-2006 04:08:14 | More by dedrinker
Photo of phisig137


3.85/5  rDev -3%

Ugly label design, but that doesn't really matter... Pours a deep black color, with a one finger khaki head. Nice retention gives way to gobs of lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is of toasted and roasted grains, biscuits and yeast. No real hop presence, but a slight caramel not is there.

Flavor has a slight hint of toffee, with a nice roasty finish. Chocolate flavors are abundant. Not a dry finish, but not particularly sweet either. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. But drinkability is great. Hides the 7.5% very well.

This is another solid beer from Bell's. At only 7.5%, it just on the edge of being a "double", and I think it lacks some of the sweetness and body that should be there in a cream stout. According to the name, it's not a great example. But as far as stouts go, I think it's quite tasty. Recommended... I'd buy it again.

12-07-2006 01:18:13 | More by phisig137
Photo of Grundle20


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

Spills like black milk into a pint glass. There is a nutty brown one finger head with average retention and no lacing.

The nose is built up on a big foundation of rich roasted malts. Ranging from bittersweet burnt chocolate to mildy sweet caramel notes this beer's scent runs the gamut of stout scents and implements them in full force.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I'm drinking this beer on the warmer side of the spectrum and I'm finding it to be slightly more bland then the name suggests. It drinks with the same consistancy of milk but with a bittered variety of ovaltine taste. I'm left with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. This beer tastes good and better than a lot of stouts, but with a name like "Special Double Cream Sout" I have to admit I went in to this with high hopes and I'm left a little dissapointed.

It's dark and pretty high ABV so I find it a little difficult to justify extended drinking of this beer. It's pretty good and I could definitely throw one back from time to time or with a meal, but it's not a six pack beer for me.

Bottom Line:
Don't be fooled by the name, this beer is a pretty standard above average stout if that's not an oxy moron. Not to say you shouldn't try it but it's not going to rock your world like I was hoping.

12-01-2006 20:04:49 | More by Grundle20
Photo of peabody


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours our really dark. Not much head, but some fine lacing.
Smell is toffee and coffee with just a hint of chocolate with some sort of berry like rasberry.
Taste is very sweet and malty with a nice bitter/black flavor.
Mouthfeel is great with the sweet malts covering the mouth then the black bitterness comes in for just a second leaving the sweet alcohol behind to soothe the back of the throat.
With a 7.5 % abv this might not be a session beer but it sure would be fun to try to down a 6-pack.

11-30-2006 02:36:50 | More by peabody
Photo of Phatz


4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

Oh sweet creamy chocolate divine. yummy yummy in my tummy. This beer would make me sing if I were a guy who sang.

Appearance: Pours black with a creamy tan head and loads of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is rich with sweet cream and chocolate and a hint of butterscotch and caramel, dark fruit, and milk. Malty and simply appealing.

Taste: It is a super smooth sweet easy milk stout that is creamy for sure but sweet only to that point and it avoids becoming sugar sweet and holds at creamy sweet. mmm. There is a hint of cherry with the roasted grain undertone and them it simple slides down the throat. I, literally, am at a loss for words. The flavor is simple but yet just right.

Mouthfeel: Rich thick and full but not overweight. It is very thing I could ask for in a milk stout, it is creamy and velvety smooth with a distinct dryness on the edges.

Drinkability: There is something do easy and pleasant about drinking this beer, I can't help but to relax and feel better. It is more than the alcohol it it maybe it has to due with the chocolate in the flavor or the smooth silky creamy nature of the beer but I am certainly in the market for a case of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

11-29-2006 08:36:23 | More by Phatz
Photo of JohnnyM2002


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at near-room temperature.

A - Pours a rich, black color with a small tan head...long-lasting lacing that remained on the glass for awhile.

S - Very vibrant burnt-cocoa aroma.

T - Powerful flavors of dark chocolate and coffee beans, but I feel like I'm stating the obvious at this point! Creamy texture that finishes with almost a vanilla flavor...a good description would be it's like a chocolate-vanilla twist from a yogurt machine.

M - Best mouthfeel of any milk stout I've had. Creamy, but with a little bite on the finish. Works its way down very easily and with no bitterness. Excellent blend!

D - As my journey into beerdom continues, I'm falling more in love with Bell's and their collection of stouts. Wonderful winter nightcap!

11-23-2006 03:20:52 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of adammills


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

I feel like I am drinking a Mackesons Milk Stout, and that is a good thing. I am going to have to drink these beer back to back to get my bearings because they seem almost the same...which is a good thing! Very smooth, nice and roasty. Chocolate, coffee, and nice cream flavor. VERY easy drinking, a regular in my stout line up.

11-18-2006 00:36:13 | More by adammills
Photo of Magpie14


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

A: a rich deep reddish black color with fluffy cream/coffee colored head. Big, chunky, bubbley lacing all around....nice! Poured very smoothly

S: coffee, vanilla beans, and sweetness to boot. Pretty roasted overall with a pinch of bitter powered cocoa. The nose is mild and very well equipped for a nasal exploration

T: molasses, chocolate, and slight vanilla toffee flavors permeate within every sip. I find this beer has a creamy sort of Cool Whip appeal on the tongue. The coffee notes are more aggressive on the palate and is followed by a bitter somewhat dry taste. Gets on real tasty and much like the nose, it is heavily roasted and malty. This is one of my all time favorite Bells brews

M: goes down way to easy and has a great feel. This is near chewy and has plenty of volume. I would venture to say a heavy full body

D: absolutely solid. I do not need to say anymore.

11-16-2006 02:37:24 | More by Magpie14
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4.95/5  rDev +24.7%

a: Lacy, head is solid, looks like a nice tan color and I love the way the head settles, if poured a little violently. Awsome

s: chocolate and alcohol with a bit of smoke taste to it at the end. Very smooth

t: oh greatness. Leaves a thick chocolaty and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker but very smooth at the end.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it I had this on tap and when you tap a pint you get a half of a glass of head.

d: The first time I had this is on tap at my house. This was my first stout on tap and I think I picked a good one to start off with. This is a stout that hits the spot after a long day. I love the smooth full silky moth feel of this stout. But it’s a stout that can make you full after a few.

conclusion: This was my first stout on tap at home and I am really happy with my choice. I wish this was made year long but its only seasonal. I liked this stout and plan on having my distributor get me a keg next fall.


11-15-2006 17:09:00 | More by morayeel
Photo of dolphlungdren


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

a: lace lace lace, head is solid, looks like clouds and bubbles if poured a little violently. wonderful

s: chocolate and alcohol... i want to snort it.

t: oh greatness. leaves a thick choclatey and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it.

d: the first time i bought this beer i meant to ration it due to its somewhat pricey label (like 11.99 per six)... however I accidentally drank five of them in a sitting because they were hitting the spot. if you are in the mood for a stout that is not terribly bitter, this is your money pit.

conclusion: i generally prefer imperial stouts and things of the more bitter variety, but this is a great beer. I think i like it more than the average person on here, but I can't get enough of it and absolutely crave it when it is out of season. this beer will make your night better. it might not solve your problems, but it will certainly help you forget about them for a while.

11-12-2006 00:39:11 | More by dolphlungdren
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3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

Pours black with a dark tan head. Smell is sweet with some burnt characters, hints of chocolate and coffee. A moderately strong alcohol smell. Taste is similar, yet very weak for a stout. The taste was somewhat underwhelming. The aftertaste is subtle with the burnt flavor showing up most. The mouthfeel was not very smooth and had a good deal of carbonation. I really wanted to enjoy this beer, but didn't find much to rave about. A decent stout, worth checking out especially if you are a fan of bell's.

11-08-2006 05:04:28 | More by wingman14
Photo of jaxon53


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

Would like to thank BigErn again for this brew. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a very deep, dull black with a two-finger creamy tan head. Little head retention , but, left a generous amount of tan lace on my glass. Faint burnt rubber, creamy milk chocolate, and coffee bean nose. Nothing too overwhelming here. Tasted of freshly roasted ingredients , short blasts of espresso, with maybe a touch of alcohol. Very little carbonation. Has a somewhat thick almost milky feeling in the mouth. Didn't think it was anything spectacular , but it was pretty good.

10-29-2006 18:18:29 | More by jaxon53
Photo of trinitone


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured a nearly black copper color. Half a finger's worth of head that dissapated fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit all with a subtle smokiness. Maybe it's because fall is here, but I also detect that freshly fallen leaf smell in a 100% good way.

The tongue follows the nose, with the addition of a sweet lactose taste to the flavors of the smokey, bitter coffee and the sour maltiness.

Mouthfeel was quite good with a medium/heavy body and not overcarbonated.

Drinkability gets high marks as I have just finished the beer and am wishing I had another at my disposal. This is quite a complex beer, perhaps having to do with the ten malts used, that takes a bit of dissecting. Pick one up and drink it slowly.

10-18-2006 01:10:49 | More by trinitone
Photo of MDekker


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

The bottle shows the code "7250", which corresponds to February 14, 2006, according to the Bell's website. It pours out black as midnight, and you can see the viscosity, with about half a finger of light brown head. It smells immediately of dark chocolate, with roasted coffee notes too. Upon tasting, you can tell that it's a double cream stout - with all the bitter chocolate/coffee flavors comes a milky, sugary aspect, so it tastes a bit like coffee loaded up with cream. The taste doesn't punch you out, though, and there's the taste nicely fades away before becoming overbearing. And it is smoo-ooth, with just enough carbonation. Pretty easy to put down, too, making this a good brew.

10-04-2006 01:36:42 | More by MDekker
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Dertbert...thanks for this beer.
Solid black is the color with a 1/4" brown head that recedes to a film on top. Lacing is thick in areas and sparse in others.
Smell's like a dark coco coffee. The milk is noticable in the aroma too.
The flavor starts of as a sweet milk chocolate but tranfers to a heavy coffee roasted flavor in the middle to the finish.
The mouthfeel is very unique. I would say it is a medium bodied beer, but the heavy roasted finish gives it a very full feel.
Another excellent beer from Bell's that I could drink all night.

09-27-2006 02:25:32 | More by wcudwight
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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