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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,955 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,955
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 214 | 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 brdc
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pitch black brew, that pours thick out of the bottle and creates a creamy tan head with good retention and a nice lacing.
The aroma is interesting, with powerful roasted malts, coffee, but also more subdued hints of milk, chocolate and cookies.
Medium to full bodied, it is sweetish, with chocolate/milk/roasted malts upfront, but a moderate bitterness comes along, mostly unsweetened coffee and bittersweet choclate that balances it quite well.
Another nicely crafted stout, this one, although not as impressive as the expedition, it is definitely more "drinkable".
Well worth it.

brdc, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sixer of this on my last trip to Michigan. Unfortunately, I shared it with some relatives that aren't too appreciative of good beer. At least I enjoyed it though....

Poured deep dark black/brown with a thin dark tan head of about 1/2". The head dwindled down fairly quickly leaving traces of dark tan lacing.

The nose was definately of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste was good!... The coffee and malt came through. The chocolate came through as an aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was average for a cream stout.... perhaps a bit low on carbonation.... but typical.

Drinkability.... is good for those who like a nice rich stout.... my relatives didn't like it for the most part.... but then again.... they prefer bud lite!

TheBierBand, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of wspscott
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

This pours completely black, not a hint of color when held up to a light. It has a thin tan head that disappears quickly, but leaves a small bit of lace. The smell is on the bitter/toasted/roasted side, but there is enough sweetness to balance out the bitter in the mouth. There are hints of chocolate in the nose, but that doesn't come through in the taste. This feels thick/creamy on the tongue, I am surprised there is not more of a head given the mouthfeel. There is no hint of the actual alcohol level, this could be a 4% beer. I could drink this by the barrel, but I think the alcohol would catch up pretty quick. I think this is close to my ideal stout, not too dry or bitter, but with enough bite to balance out the sweeter malts. Highly recommended.

wspscott, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a cask and poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color with brown hues. Java colored head pours a half finger thick. Spotty retention. Thin spider web like lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Roasted malts. Bread. Earth.

T: Sweet roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate are followed by a soft hop presence that plays with the tongue. Sweetness of molasses and the taste of wet earth come through. More dark roasted grains that give off an astrigent bite. Faint smokiness is followed by a very dry finish.

M: Thick and creamy. Full body. Minimal carbonation. Dry.

D: Different than most milk stouts that I have sampled. Very astrigent and drying in a good way. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

All this time I thought I didn't like Milk Stouts.
Now I realize I just didn't like bad Milk Stouts.
This is excellent.
Pours dark amber...almost black with a nice half finger of tan bubbles that melts away to a very faint ring.

Aroma is roasted, toasted dark malts yielding a nice dark chocolate and coffee - light, one sugar - aroma that is followed with sort of a medicinal alcohol.

There is a whole lot going on with the taste....an incredible dark, creamy, smooth chocolate coats the tongue. Some dark fruits like prunes, plums, and raisins. More light coffee...not weak coffee....full bodied coffee with cream and sugar...meets the tongue as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and aftertaste is creamy dark semi-sweet chocolate and alcohol.

Yummy!

IntriqKen, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This poured an opaque black with a small coffee colored head that quickly disappeared to near nothing.

Smells is mostly roasted malt with some coffee notes. Not as much on the nose as I would like.

Taste is bitter. Not as sweet as I would have thought for the style. Coffee and burnt malt mostly. Still quite tasty.

Overall good. I could see having a couple of these on a cold winter night.

bluegrassbrew, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid twelve dollars for a sixer of this at the local grocery store. What's noteable about this is that all of the other Bell's sixers (including the Kalamazoo Stout) were only eight dollars.

The appearance of this brew, when poured into a glass is jet black (like most stouts) with an off-white, almost-bronzish head. Not as much head or "shade-morphing" as is typical with Young's, Guinness, or Samuel Smith Stouts. An attractive beer but not quite as pretty as many of the English Cream Stouts.

smelled most notably of roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and heavy cream. In other words, it was a party to my nostrils.

It tasted how one would expect a medium-priced cream stout to taste. Extremely sweet, malty, and delicious. To compliment my brew, I ate a couple of butter cookies with chocolate sprinkles. It was simply exquisite.

The thing that stuck out must about this brew was its mouthfeel. DOUBLE cream is right!!! A creamy, almost buttery texture to this beer left me in awe; especially as a complement to the cookies I was eating with it. There are few stouts known to man with as wonderful of a texture.

This is a beer that I would definetely NOT drink to get drunk. I coulnd't imagine downing more than three of them without getting full to the point of wanting to lie down. More so than anything, this one (like most cream stouts) is designed to be a treat for the palate.

CreamyStoutMan, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Batch ID 7801--which the Bell's website will tell you was released on Jan 21, 2007. It pours an opaque motor oil color, with a head that resembles the top layer of a freshsly compressed espresso. Shows some decent lacing.

The aroma is quite toasty, roasted malt dominates. The flavor offers vanilla, chocolate, toasted--but overly charred--malt, butterscotch, and coffee with sugar and cream, and just a gentle prick of dry hops.

The mouth is exceedingly creamy, quite delicate and sweet, but not in a cloying, sugary sense. All the elments work really well together. It's very drinkable, and quite unlike any other stout I have had. Big ups to the Bell's boys.

Osiris9588, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin head that eventually disppears, leaving a ring that leaves lacing on the glass.

The smell is of bittersweet, roasted coffee with a lactose fragrance.

The taste is of roasted, bittersweet coffee with milk becoming ever--more present. Some hints of cocoa powder. Sweet, becoming more balanced with bitterness as it progresses. Alcohol very well-covered. The only "gripe" I have with the taste is the odd aftertaste - can't quite put my finger on it (metallic?)

It's lighter in body than I would expect for the style, especially a "double". But, it is very smooth and has some creaminess to it.

Easy to drink - alcohol well-covered. Can't say it's among the best I've had in this style, but a decent brew never-the-less.

jwc215, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of david131
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black liquid. A sizable brown head floats atop and maintains itself for quite some time. Eventually it settles to a ring around the outside. Leaves some decent lacing.

S- Some chocolate and coffee, but it seems too restrained. Good, but not really a lot going on here.

T- About the same as the smell, but with a little more oomph. Still, it leaves me wanting more. Very well hidden alcohol.

M- Nice, creamy and thick. Not too dry or bitter, very pleasant on the palate.

D- With no noticeable alcohol and a good mouthfeel I was surprised how not drawn to this beer I was. There is something missing for me. It is a quality brew, but I wish I could put my finger on what else I wanted in this.

david131, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great sippin’ brew, rich and creamy almost to a fault. Must be 300 calories in each bottle, not that I’m countin’ What a thick and chewy beverage.

Coal black pour, tan head died way too quick, but whatdahec. Nice rivers of sticky lace ran around the glass.

Sweet and subtle malty chocolate cream in the aroma and quaff. The finish dried out stout-wise, and notes of charcoal intermix with the dark chocolate cream-sickle brew.

Good winter brew, drink ‘em up before the summer heat comes on.

Vancer, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and oozing from the bottle, this stout develops an inch of foamy, mocha head that lasts a couple of minutes, but leaves a nice sticky layer along the edges of the glass all of the way down.

Smells are definitely chocolate and roasted malt, with a small amount of caramel coming through, but just barely. I find the scent slightly underdeveloped, or lacking in presence.

The main taste here is dark chocolate and milk chocolate, a wonderful balance of bitter and sweet. More sweetness comes from the smoky, roasted malt and more bitterness from hints of coffee beans. Sort of an oak taste overall, I wouldn't be surprised if this sat in barrels of oak before heading to the bottler.

Great feeling as you drink it, very creamy at first, but nothing syrupy that sticks with you after the swallow. Being medium bodied and not incredibly aggressive would make this a highly drinkable beer, sort of high in alcohol content, but you'd never notice, and that could be a problem if you're drinking a few...

dogger6253, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of philberinghele
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

creamy pleasures await
the salivating husband
springtime chills will come

This beer started off promising but left a weird taste in my mouth. It is thick, creamy with a solid head but has a pretty unnecessary aftertaste. It starts out creamy only to end bitter. Overall, it still isn't that bad of a beer in small quantities but the aftertaste becomes more noticeable the more you get through your bottle.

philberinghele, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of Boppar
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I really had high hopes for this one.

A: poured a gorgeous black with a sizeable head.

S: Mmm... interesting. Sweet, malty coffee goodness, with something I can't pin down.

T: the first sip or three were quite enjoyable. Malty sweetness, good coffee taste, and a milky, almost Bailey's-esque taste in the background. But then the aftertaste kicked in. This beer would've owned pretty hard if the aftertaste had not smacked of pennies.

M: gorgoeus mouthfeel: thick, fluffy, chewy. In short, everything one could want from a stout.

D: the pennies just killed it for me. I may try another bottle a ways down the road to see if this was a fluke/fault.

Sorry Bell's, not your best.

Boppar, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours super-dark and opaque, with one-finger tan head with huge lacing-- looks like a foamy milkshake.

Bell's says there are something like ten billion different malts in here, but I smell two, and they smell like cream soda and coffee.

Opens up great, tastes just like it smells. There's one fault that really brings this beer down-- a coiny aftertaste that gets strong with each sip. I've heard this is a common issue in some Bell's beers; it's a shame.

It's still a solid brew, but it could be great.

kajerm, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Vigorous pour yields a dark tan, two finger head atop a dark black body. Head recedes quickly and leaves virtually no lace.

S: Rich aromas of chocolate, cherry, caramel, and brown sugar.

T: See above with the addition of a surprising bitter hoppiness. Rounding out the flavors are roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruit, and dark roast coffee.

M: Very creamy, very full, very thick and chewey.

D: Extremely pleasing to the palate. Complex flavors and aromas and a fantastic creamy texture that makes you come back for more.

GbVDave, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnnyM2002

Pours a clean dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, a few islands, but not much lacing at all. The nose is slightly roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is very nice of roasted malts, and mostly coffee, the finish is slightly dry. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, my first Double Cream Stout, if you can get your hands on some, do it. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, dark brown (nearly black) with a thick, creamy one and a half finger head. Nice retention and lacing down the mug.

Smell: Mostly chocolate and coffee fragrance. However, there are some roasted nut, toffee, caramel and malty aromas in there, as well.

Taste: Very chocolaty. Coffee taste is blended nicely. It nearly tastes a bit like an espresso mixed in. Nice malty body. The caramel and roasted nut flavors add a lot of depth.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a very smooth stout. Not quite as creamy as I expected, but it's extremely drinkable. Alcohol is masked very well. Overall, very good beer. Definitely recommended.

prototypic, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown with nice dark tan foam. Really nice lacing. Aroma is predominantly chocolate with some roastiness. Taste is very chocolately with mild nuts and coffee. Very little roasted flavor. Not too sweet. Very little alcohol comes through. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is not quite as thick as I expected. Very drinkable as a dessert drink or nightcap.

Duster72, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-16-07
Batch 7776
Bottled on 12-20-06

Pours a very dark brown with a very nice tan-colored head.

Smell is fantastic! Chocolate dominates with hints of smokiness.

Tastes of lots of different complex malts, with notes of coffee, chocolate and a surprising hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is unbelievable! Ultra thick and creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the lower abv lets you notice the flavors that much more.

Overall, I was surprised. I've always been a fan of the Kalamazoo Stout, but this blows it out of the water. A great beer to just have around.

BMoney575, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Avagadro
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark with a chocolate colored head. This beer definitely looks drinkable

S: Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee are very present and very pleasing.

T: All of the previous flavors present, but they unfold one by one on your palette. It is sweeter than most stouts, but what do you expect from milk stout. To me it is the paragon of this style.

M: So thick you almost need to chew it. Mouthfeel is definitely one of the highlights of this brew.

D: One of the many great brews from Bell's. Absolutely worth trying. Whenever I'm in Michigan I make sure to pick up atleast one bottle of this.

Avagadro, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton. This is solidly black with a thin tan head. The aroma is whiskey-laced and smoky; the beer has a big stick-to-your-ribs consistency. As I drink I get more bourbon character, dark cherry fruit. Don’t get the "cream" with this one, but this is an excellent stout. I had a couple. (#2743, 3/10/2007)

Braudog, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap in Denver (its a secret tap).
Poured black and slick looking.Medium brown head billowed up nicely and stayed around, some chunks.
Coffee and chocolate, hint of sour milk and dried hops in the nose.
Mix of coffee and chocolate, sweet in the middle and finished dry, nutty aftertaste. The sourness of the aroma is still there, but blends in well with the other flavors. A bit creamy, makes drinking it a bit easy.

Mebuzzard, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Complimentary bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, saved from their Bell's tasting.

Pours an inky black into a snifter, nice chocolaty foam rises and settles on the inside of the glass.

Slight lactic aroma, mild roasty malt. After the first taste, the huge flavor blasts the aromas into submission. Mouthfeel is velvety, big roasty milk chocolate coats the palate. Very tasty, bigger than the Kalamazooo Stout, but not as monstrous or rich as the Expedition. Creamy overall feel, exceptional balance and drinkability.

Come back to IL, please!!

emerge077, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first time I ever had this brew, I don't remember
being that impressed with it. Since then, I've quit
smoking and there's been a definite shift in my
palate. Or my perception of my palate. Whatever.

Anyway, somebody recommended I take another
look at this brew and I'm glad I did!

My bottle of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout, according to
the code on the label, was put up on December 16, 2004. It's
only two years and two months old, and it's about to die...

Poured out it has a nice thick chocolate colored head over a
black brew. Carbonation is pretty active, and the nose is dark
malt and dark fruit. The flavor is very smooth- chocolate with a
bit of hazelnut and coffee with the tiniest bit of bitterness in the
finish. Mouthfeel is also smooth, round and surprisingly clean for
such a thick brew. Also surprising for a stout, there is no real
aftertaste except a very slight echo of the nut flavor I noticed
sipping it. This brew is incredibly smooth and flavorful, which
you need to keep in mind since the alcohol by volume is about
6%- you do not need to be slamming it! Bells has a good, strong
stable of stouts, and their Double Cream reminds me why. Like a
lot of other boozy beers, this one can only improve over a couple
more years of cellaring. Too bad I don't have the space.

shadow1961, Feb 22, 2007
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,955 ratings.