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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,878 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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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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expatsteve

Wisconsin

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

Appearance: Black, with no visibility. Rich amber head about an inch thick - head didn't go anywhere either, staying at about 1/2 an inch once settled.

Aroma: Sweet, immediately malty finish; few coffee notes, though cream finish adds subtle notes of cane sugar and dark chocolate. Aroma marked by cool, deep notes, and is definitely a commending feature of the beer.

Taste: Full body with slightly sour finish upfront. Malt provides slight coffee tones; front palate suggestions of cream that are as much product of the smooth finish as they are of the flavor of the beer. Stout bitterness is present, but takes a back seat, with strongest concentration in the aftertaste. The sweet finish gives the bitterness a cocoa finish that provides a refreshing finish to a heavy beer.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, medium viscosity, with light-medium carbonation. Velvet in the mouth, but heavy in the finish. Last mouthfeel revealed an oily finish that wasn't detectable during the rest of the bottle.

Drinkability: Nice flavor, but might be too heavy to drink a lot of. The cream finish gives way to the more recognizable coffee notes of a stout. I can't help feeling that the heavy body might be more profitably matched with slightly heavier flavors (think Dogfish Head). A good beer, but one that could explode more in the mouth at the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 00:19:58 | More by expatsteve
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AltBock

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with a tan with black trim label with... to be honest, I don't really know what's on the label. It's either a picture of a tree branch or something close up in a microscope, like a piece of hair or maybe malt up close, I really don't know. Your guess is as good as mine. On the back label, there is some information about the beer, Govt warning, and a batch number, mine being batch #7219. There is no date anywhere on the bottle. If you want the date, you'll probably have to contact Bell's and see when that specific batch # was brewed.

Appearance: when poured into a mug, the beer was a dark brown almost black color with a half an inch head of tan colored foam. The head of foam dissipated away really fast leaving behind just a tiny amount of rings and no lace around the glass.

Smell: It had the slightest aroma of some roasted coffee, hint of caramel, and some roasted malt in the background. I did get a slight hops aroma, but that was when I first took the cap off and it never bothered to show up again.

Taste: The taste stared of with a rich taste of many different types of roasted malt, dark roasted coffee beans, sweet caramel, little chocolate, and then with a miniature taste of hops at the very end. The type of taste you would expect from a beer that was brewed with a blend of 10 different malts. A nice enjoyable roasted taste!

Mouthfeel: Rich, thick, smooth, creamy, medium carbonation, and with an aftertaste of many different types of roasted flavors.

Drinkability: Yet another enjoyable offering from Bell's. If you love different types of roasted flavors, then this would be a must try! Something I could enjoy over and over again!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 21:46:12 | More by AltBock
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mentor

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by deejaydan as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity! Batch 7143. Hard pour to get a full finger of brown head of a pitch liquid. Thick pour, I'd like to add. Smells woody dry and black patent sour. Dark and roasted with a lactose undertone.

Tastes over-roasted coffee with a touch of cherry sour. Nice malty sweetness with a grassy hop carried on a faint alcohol breeze. Dry finish from the roast and cleansing carbonation, but a persistent dark malt/molasses on the back of the tongue. Warmer beer at the bottom of the glass, now. Has dark chocolate with a supporting toffee/caramel. Nice lactose character coupled to a dark fig. Thick mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Really an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 05:33:52 | More by mentor
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cproioi

Ohio

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

A: Pitch black with a light brown head that didn't have good retention.

S: Chocolate roasted malts was very apparent. Also had notes of alcohol. Very little hops aroma what so ever.

T: Amazing taste. Full of flavor had a very pronounced chocolate/coffee flavor. Also along with the alcohol smell there was faint hints of alcohol in the taste.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Left a very warming feeling in my mouth.

D: Yeah I could see myself drinking this again and again. However, when I had the drink it was a hot and humid day. While it was good I feel I would of enjoyed it more in the winter.

Serving type: cask

06-18-2006 04:43:23 | More by cproioi
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Brian700

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black with a creamy brownish head.

The aroma is sweet and chocolaty.

The flavor is chocolatey and milky sweet. It is a very creamy flavor. I know creamy is a texture but once you try this beer you'll know what I mean by creamy. It's really good.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 06:10:52 | More by Brian700
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HellsBELLS24

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth like velvet.

Has a distinct creamy smell and taste. Has enough chocolate but is not overpowering. can be a little too sweet at times. Nice malt characteristics with very little hoppiness. Has a very easy drinkability and it would go well with most chocolate desserts. Not as strong as I like but overall a very good stout.

I Would recommend this to everyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 23:29:27 | More by HellsBELLS24
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DuqTroops

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - really dark with a brownish head.

Smell - smells of chocolate and sweetness to it. little bit of coffee in the aroma, but more chocolate.

Taste - a little bitterness to the end of the taste, but smooth at first. cream, milk, chocolate. Probably would be good over a glass of ice cream.

Mouthfeel - i drank the rye stout this evening as well, i prefer this one of the Rye.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 16:33:13 | More by DuqTroops
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MeLikeBeer

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this on tap, but wasn't slow to order one. I wasn't disappointed.

Appears dark black/brown in the glass, with a creamy foam head which clung to the edges of my mug.

It smells like roasted cocoa....yum...rich, malty aroma as well.

The flavor is VERY smooth, roasted malt flavors, creamy milk chocolate taste- balanced by a rich bitter aftertaste which stops by and says "hey mouth- want some flavor today?"

Very medium-bodied beer, not heavy as you might think on first look. As others before have said- like velvet.

I'm glad this is on tap here.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2006 09:57:42 | More by MeLikeBeer
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany to black with a 2 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & good head retention

Smell: Roasted malt & chocalate, some coffee notes

Taste: Smooth choclate up front, followed by roasted grain & slight fruittyness.

MF: Thick & rich, good carbonation

Drinks really easy for its abv. Pretty yummy take on the style

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 04:40:41 | More by russpowell
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big huge tan head floats on a creamy dark, almost black body. Great lacing after head dissipates. Smell is full of chocolate and roast with a light lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is bittersweet and dry as the Aticama during the rainy season. Coffee and mocha in the flavor along with a touch of cream and scones. Fruit flavors in the finish along with some sourness as it warms. Yummy. Pleasurable and quite drinkable. A bit light in the body.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 01:36:31 | More by DaPeculierDane
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely pitch black with zero light penetration. 1 1/4" dark tan, tight head.
Smell is of roasted malts, coffee, caramel, light smoke, peat with a hint of soy. Good balance and complexity.
Taste is roasted malt, coffee, smoke, peat. Expected more actual sweetness from a milk/sweet stout.
Smooth, not quite creamy (but close). Medium body leaning towards full. Decently chewy but not so thick as to be cloying. All in all, a darned good brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 13:38:30 | More by PorterLambic
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CRJMellor for this one...
Pours dark brown in color with two full fingers of cocoa-colored head...half of which recedes within minutes, but leaves behind some very attractive web lacing.
Definitely malty sweet at first with a generous helping of dark chocolate, faint espresso and caramel.
Taste is less than I was expecting, but at the same time enjoyable.
More of a milk chocolate flavor with very little coffee flavor...sweetness is perfect for the style.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but very creamy nonetheless and I'd prefer the carbonation a bit less.
Real nice offering from Bell's...easy drinking with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 23:27:24 | More by warriorsoul
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black, good tan head.

Smell: Smells a little sweet, not overpowering.

Taste: Combination of coffee, chocolate, with a little sweetness on the side. Flavor is a little more intense than some other milk stouts I've had.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, but a little more substance than other milk stouts.

Drinkability: Slightly higher ABV knocks this down a little.

Overall: Pretty good, other beers I've had of this style are more sessionable where this one is more of a "special occasion" beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 00:00:43 | More by Mdog
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bort11

Missouri

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

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. It wasn't much of a hard pour so it didn't have as big of a hed as I would like, about a half a finger. The head was the color of chocolate milk which receeded to a light lace. The beer is a rich rasted dark brown color, not letting any light through.

Not a very strong smell. Smell is mocha chocolate with bitter espresso around the edges. Bittersweet and pleasant.

I was expecting a bigger taste, and even as I let it warm up to room temp, it didn't expand as much as I would like it to. Still, it was a very nice roasted chocolate taste.

I thought the mouthfeel really stood out. Very full and creamy with a slight carbonation tickle. It coated the tongue pleasantly but finished pretty clean. It wasn't syrupy or sticky, just full.

This is an excellent dessert beer. Is it wrong for me to want to dunk Oreos in it? I look forward to having more of these in the future

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 04:49:49 | More by bort11
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evanackerman

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

stout pours a deep black color with a cinnamon colored head.

aroma is roasted malt and vanilla

taste is on par with the aroma, roasted malt, vanilla, a bit sweet in the finish and a touch of hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is silky smooth, moderate viscosity.

overall, a very enjoyable sweet stout, can hardly tell the alcohol content is so high, i would recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 01:17:22 | More by evanackerman
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heyitsbyron

Wisconsin

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

Poured a single ($1.35) into an English pint glass.

Nice dark stout, some ruby hues, with a good solid 2cm of tight tan head. Only loses points because some nasty yeasty junk came out even though I tried my best not to pour the ass of the bottle.

Wow! Smells like hops, like an IPA. Starnge smell actually, like mily hops with a yeast funk at the end. Toasted malts are only secondary here.

Taste follows smell. Probably the hoppiest stout I've had. Then there's that pleasant white russian flavor. I'm liking this. Real strong flavors at first, then tapering off. Hop burps ensue.

Heavy carbonation, but still smooth. Nice full body without being syrupy.

One of the better stouts I've had, but not as good as the Kalamazoo. I like the hops, but on the other hand it lacks the true-to-form stout qualities. I'd have no problems drinking this again, but it's not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 03:02:56 | More by heyitsbyron
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Bell's stout for the sampling. This one pours black with lighter brown highlights at the edges and a medium tan head that dissipates to a ring that leaves lace. The aroma is a bit underwhelming -- some roasted malts poke their way through the sweet/sour malts, but it doesn't add up to terribly much. I will say that it smells inviting, though, just the way a sweet stout should. The taste is considerably more complex. A sweet caramel flavor starts things off, followed by a slightly sour taste common in stouts with lactose added. The finish is sweet and sticky. Throughout, this stout glides over the tongue with grace in spite of its only-medium body. This beer is finely tuned and tasty -- an excellent version of a milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 03:59:59 | More by geexploitation
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dfried

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an inky, silky black color with slight brown around the edges. A small, carmel colored head forms, but quickly dissapates to a ring that leaves some lacing. The smell is not very apparent or strong, but it is pleasant none the less, sweet coffee, carmel, and chocolate tones. There are 10 different malts used in this beer so the taste is very complex. A lot of different sweet flavors, coffee, carmel, chocolate, etc., but not really any roasted flavor, all in all a very sweet stout. I also really liked the floral hop flavor in the after taste as well. This is a quite heavy beer though which definitly affects the drinkability. It almost reminded me of a bock with how sweet and deep the flavor was.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 13:54:54 | More by dfried
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HimerMan

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock glass - as I am doing with all of my Bell's stouts (from a recent shipment). 12 oz bottle.

Minimal head, barely sticks to the glass. Not really much of a big smell - however, a sweet stout with low alcohol is clear from the smell and first sip.

Taste is good; but really not as stout-like as other - a little disapointing for what I was expecting.

Carbonation seems a bit high - alcohol is low, no question about it.

Very easy to drink, very smooth (the carbonation is short-lasting in the mouth) and flavor does linger a silky chocolate/cream.

Definitely worth a try, Top-notch brewery and easily drinkable.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 01:20:11 | More by HimerMan
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Double Cream Stout pours out dark brown with a medium sized head. The aroma is grain with some creamy sweetness. There's some roastiness, but it's not as roasty as I expected. Sweet malty flavor. Sour oakiness. Maybe a bit of chocolate. Bitterness comes in just at the end, but this is mainly a sweet beer. The sour flavor is a little too strong. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good. There are some good flavors in this beer, but some off flavors too.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 00:10:53 | More by beveragecaptain
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark. not really any head...lots of sticky looking lacing. almost opaque. chocolatey odor, some roasted malt odor too. quite tasty, burnt coffee at first, very toasty tasting. then i get some hops and sweetness, like sweet syrup. that's really what i take away most from this beer, a hoppy syrupy taste that i wasn't expecting at all. when i burp (as i often do), all i taste is tons of hops. mouthfeel was surpizingly thin and made me feel like i was drinking a porter instead of a milk stout (although i guess that's how Mackeson is too). doesn't really strike me as creamy in any way, just a nice coffee hop mix. a nice beer, but probably too expensive for me to drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 15:07:05 | More by aforbes10
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Crosling

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thin head that appears light tan in color. Deep aroma highlighting decadent malts (chocolate, coffee, roast) along with a touch of cream for coffee and gingerbread. Rich and chewy malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee and brownies. Another very special Bell’s stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 00:09:47 | More by Crosling
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

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

Received in a trade from zrrbrrt.

A: Pours a jet black color with a one finger caramel colored head that has good retention.
S: Aromas of chocolate and caramel malts with a dry finish.
T: Tastes of dry sweet chocolate hit the palate first followed by a nice blast of carbonation that tingles the tongue. Nice faint sweet aftertaste on the back of the tongue--almost of licorice.
M & D: Nice smooth taste. Slick going down. Not as heavy or coating as I thought it was going to be. Sweet aftertaste is very appealing. Drinkable dessert beer, but I wouldn't have more than 2. Definately a tasty offering from Bell's. Would have again if I can get it.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 23:14:09 | More by bjohnson
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Dithyramb

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with tan head. Loads of retention and lacing. This is followed by raw coffee and caramel aromas. Mix of flavors that are expected, some chocolate, bitter coffee, and some light floral hops. The problem was that it came off muddled and not the cream/milk stout flavor or smoothness that I expected. Not bad, just not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 17:48:18 | More by Dithyramb
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice creamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of subtle chocolate and coffee. Taste is less pronounced then expected with some sweet chocolate malt and a very subtle coffee touch. No bitterness to speak of but a nice creamy well carbonated body. The finish is a bit too watery for my taste. Good but may be a bit overrated in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 17:33:00 | More by Phyl21ca
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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