Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
A good stout slows down time. A great stout slows down time immeasurably so that you sit and stare mindfully off into the void for a long minute after the first gulp and take in what it has to offer. Kinda like watching a Regina Spektor video through your taste buds. After that it's sipping time and for me eating time so that I don't become tipsy or nod off for ten minutes and drown in the tub. Yeah, so there is lots of toastiness in this one along with the other general stout traits but for a citrusy bite in the dregs. A nice start to a weekend of sampling Bell's stouts.
09-14-2006 04:48:19 | More by thelagerheads
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a very dark brown/black color that lets in no light at all. Mine also had almost zero head to speak of. The tan colored head, if one can call it a head, was maybe 1/8th on an inch thick at most before becoming a thin ring lining the inside ofthe glass 2 or 3 minutes after being poured. Very little lacing. This beer is full of roasty aromas of coffee, dark fruit, malt, a hint of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate dominate the smell. Perhaps a hint of roasted nut as well. The taste is somewhat sweet upfront and lingers with all the characteristics in the smell also present in the taste. There is also a hint of milk or lactose in the taste, but not the smell. No bitterness in the taste of aftertaste at first, but it starts to creep in after a few sips as the beer starts to warm. Aftertaste is somewhat mild. A bit of a dry aftertaste/mouthfeel as well. A nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Mine did not have a very frothy or creamy mouthfeel at all, as the name of this beer would imply. Moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Unusually easy to drink for a stout IMO. All around this beer felt like a porter more than a stout. A good solid beer, but not all that great. Worth a try for sure.
09-08-2006 04:45:32 | More by neenerzig
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours ruby tinged black with a moderate brown head.
Roast and milk chocolate dominate the smell. There is some kind of wet dog aroma there as well.
Lactose, chocolate and a bit of roasty astringency in the flavor.
Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, a slightly better than average beer, pretty easy drinking.
08-28-2006 23:00:06 | More by nortmand
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Murky black color with a frothy tan head that persists throughout although the lacing is not great
Smell: After some unusual aromas, it settles down to provide a steady base of roasted malt, rich dark fruit, licorice and coffee tones
Taste: Initially generates a mouthful of rich coffee flavor; after the swallow, some modest bitterness kicks in with a slight sour tone on the finish
Mouthfeel: Creamy texture with moderate carbonation but ultimately a little bit thin
Drinkability: A very good milk stout but not a great one; a couple of demerits on the aroma and sour finish
08-27-2006 02:39:33 | More by brentk56
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours pitch black with a creamy, two finger head that leaves a fine lace after a few minutes.
Smell is sweet and malty.
Taste is also sweet and malty, not really robust, decent hops balance, alcohol comes through in the finish.
Mouthfeel is great...thick and creamy.
Pretty drinkable, especially for a 7.5% ABV. I'd definitely do it again.
08-26-2006 11:28:28 | More by tfp4268
British Columbia (Canada)
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Batch ID 7219, packaged on January 13, 2006.
A: Black with a tan head. Not much retention, leaves a little leg with some assistance.
S: A good amount of nose & very pleasant. Piney American hops, brown sugar and plenty of dark maltyness (bread, nut).
T: Slight sweetness, mild roastyness, mild acidity. Bready, chocolate, molases, caramel & pine. Quite nice, though I actually thought the Kalamazoo was a little more flavourful.
M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Carbonation on the light side of moderate.
D: Very good.
I LOVE Bell's stouts!
08-24-2006 21:33:34 | More by Derek
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
12 oz bottle of batch 7250 poured into a pint glass
Athick black solid liquid with a thin fizzy cocoa colored head, fades away slowly and spotty lacing is produced
Scoffee, sweet malty tones, some butter, alcohol is faint
Tlots of malts, milder chocolate and coffee, nice flavors, some milky taste is very faint, too
Mcreamy and smooth, but a little thinner than I expected, medium bodied, good carbonation
DI like it. A solid stout and more would be welcomed
08-21-2006 13:45:12 | More by hanco005
4.13/5 rDev +4%
A: Poured a dark black color, small head that dissipated very quickly, no lacing.
S: Smell is chocolatey, also slightly smokey
T: Same as smell, smokey with chocolatey flavors. Very flavorfull.
M: Creamy mouthfeel, thick and kind of syrupy. Goes down very easily
D: Awesome tasting, very smooth drinking beer.
08-07-2006 23:16:38 | More by loren01
4.13/5 rDev +4%
What a wonderful stout full of flavor and textures that make each sip an experience...
The pour is a bit on the average side - it's a slightly thick deep brown brew with a small cocoa colored head that falls down almost immediately. No lacing throughout the drink, not even a collar of foam after a few minutes.
The nose is incredible. There's a base of deep roasted sugars somewhere between caramel and molasses, plenty of vanilla, cocoa and coffee topped with just a touch of alcohol sweetness.
The taste is very good as well with quite a bit of caramel and maple syrup flavors (though oddly this isn't overly sweet), dark chocolate and hints of espresso and a very rich creamy finish that's reminiscent of a coffee ice cream.
Mouthfeel is quite good but a bit shy on carbonation. It's a medium to heavy bodied brew with a very nice creamy mouthfeel - more like a thin milkshake than a brew. While creamy and rich the residual sugars are restrained so there isn't a thick glaze left on the tongue.
While it's not tops in many ways this is a very drinkable brew and an experience that's well worth repeating (as often as practical) Coming from the same brewery that makes Expedition Stout it's pretty clear that Bell's understands how to make very high quality stouts.
07-26-2006 03:43:14 | More by RedwoodGeorge
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
This one poured dark as night with a dense creamy head of foam which built to about an inch and subsided to nothing but a creamy ring and light coating. Lacing was light and sticky.
Smell was smokey with roasted malts and a bit of smoke.
Taste was more smokey than anything but also had a lot of coffee and some chocolate with almost no alcohol.
Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Moderately thick but very easy on the mouth. I can't get over how much I enjoy this one, every time I try it.
Drinkability is good and overall, I'd say it's about as drinkable as any milk/sweet stout I've had.
07-26-2006 01:14:43 | More by nflmvp
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head that dissipates almost immediately.
Smell is slightly sweet roasted malt. Mild vanilla, coffee, and alcohol notes.
Taste is similiar to the nose, but on a grander scale. Bitter chocolate and coffee battle it out with the roasted malt. Mild dark fruit and a rather tart finish with warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel is full bodied. Very smooth and creamy.
A good dessert beer. Very full flavored and interesting.
07-20-2006 16:31:44 | More by Blakaeris
3.28/5 rDev -17.4%
The head falls fast, but leaves a good sticky lacing. The color is crisp black and inviting.
Sweet black fruit, molasses, chocolate and coffee flavors with a slight creamy feel in the smell.
Not thick, but watery with coffee and cream flavors with very little body and only a slight aftertaste.
Watery and unlike most stouts with a very little body.
Overall it was less than expected from Bell's, it would take a special case the next time I try this one.
07-11-2006 04:57:52 | More by Erdinger2003
4.05/5 rDev +2%
Batch #7219. There is no date anywhere on the bottle but it appears to be new since several other recent posts list this batch number.
Appearance: The beer pours almost black with a slight dark garnet/ruby brown in the areas of the glass were light can get through. Poured a dark tan head (maybe 3/4") that lasted about a minute. The persistent 1/8" head remains with minimal lacing. Swirling darkens the trace head around the edges to nearly brown.
Aroma: Aroma is largely of coffee, dark malts, and slight buttery toffee/caramel. Depth isn't really in this as I find the coffee, black malt notes over power. Couldn't find any perceivable hop notes as others have noted.
Taste: The taste is a very rich creamy coffee. Excellent mouthfeel and creaminess. A very pleasant coffee bitter is balanced by malt and the cream finish. A trace sour finish that I expect in a stout. Nothing out of the ordinary as far a flavor. Bitterness seems to be mostly from the use of dark malts with minimal hops. Excellent balance as the beer finishes with a cream bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy without any unpleasant harshness.
Drinkability: This beer would be best enjoyed on a nice cool autumn day as opposed to the mid-70's we are enjoying in MI today. All and all, worth trying and I would definitely make a point of buying this when I get the chance.
06-24-2006 16:34:53 | More by bigman147
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Appears a dense black with a 3 finger tan head that slowly fades out into a film and collar. Spots of lacing are left around the tulip glass.
Smell is of sweet, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, toasted chestnuts, vanilla, and cream.
Taste is of the same aromas. Toasted nuts, fruits, cocoa, coffee, vanilla ice cream.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with creamy, toasty coffee bitterness with some sweet chocolate notes coming through. Mildly carbonated and rich.
06-24-2006 02:31:40 | More by weeare138
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
This beer pours a very dark black with a thin collar of darker tan. A glimpse through the dimple in the bottom of my tulip reveal only a sliver of dark brown.
Smells of a dry woody dark chocolate, a little coffee and sweet cream. Theres also an odd sourness lingering in the background.
Tastes of smooth barley whose creaminess is augmented by a milky sweetness. This lies beneath a prominent smoky coffee that has a slight ashy dryness to it. Finishes with a slight lingering sourness that blends into the smoky coffee.
The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and rather smooth with a light, nearly un-noticeable carbonation that thickens the body up with out being fizzy at all.
Its very evident that this is a very well crafted beer, but it just isnt a flavor that resonates with me.
06-23-2006 22:10:15 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3.83/5 rDev -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.
06-20-2006 00:19:58 | More by expatsteve
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
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!
06-18-2006 21:46:12 | More by AltBock
4.05/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-18-2006 05:33:52 | More by mentor
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-18-2006 04:43:23 | More by cproioi
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
06-07-2006 06:10:52 | More by Brian700
4.65/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
06-02-2006 23:29:27 | More by HellsBELLS24
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
05-29-2006 16:33:13 | More by DuqTroops
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
05-26-2006 09:57:42 | More by MeLikeBeer
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
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
05-21-2006 04:40:41 | More by russpowell
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-21-2006 01:36:31 | More by DaPeculierDane
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,918 ratings.