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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,240 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,240
Reviews: 1,361
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 295 | 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:
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 Metalmonk
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque fudgy blackness with an enormous head despite an easy-handed pour. The head is bumpy and creamy, retaining very well. Thick lace forms a kind of honeycomb pattern on the glass. This looks, as the English say, "the business."

Aroma of sweet cream and milk chocolate shavings, also lightly fruity and a slight hint of mineral in back.

Flavor is somewhat of a letdown, if I'm comparing it with any other Bell's stout. Even for the style it seems merely okay. Watery chocolate, coffee bitterness, fruit zing, and the sweetness of fresh cream. Mineral rides through in the finish.

Heavily carbonated, and too much so. There's a smoothness in there, I can feel a nice velvety texture, but I found it too tingly. It's certainly not due to excessive coldness, as I'm drinking this just barely below room temperature.

Easily my least favorite Bell's beer so far (I've tried 14 to date). It's not at all bad--I don't think even the worst Bell's beer would be terrible--and it won't be a chore getting through the other 3 remaining from the 6-pack. But I probably won't return. And, yeah, we should review to style, and I believe I am, but this has never been my favorite style, so...

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

Cracked open a bottle of this excellent beer the other night.

The stout pours the expected blackish brown color, but with exceptional head retention and lacing. The head on this beer has something of a cocoa color, which I quite appreciate. The beer is likewise very attractive on the nose, with some noticeable chocolate, vanilla and coffee, but with a fine roasty, almost burnt toast aroma as well. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with moderate sweetness, but with enought hoppy bitterness to keep that sweetness from becoming overwhelming. The mouthfeel is very light and creamy, and might be this beers best feature. The beer is very drinkable, with the 7.5% alcohol well disguised.

This beer is nothing like the expedition stout, and is a nice departure from some of the RIS's I've been drinking of late. A very nice effort from Bell's, to no great surprise.

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

7.5% ABV.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into heavy glass mug

A: Oil black with a half-finger of cocoa colored head, leaving small spotted lace. There are a few small bubbles streaming up. Maybe I poured it too cold.

S: Deep dark smores-like hint. Creamy, roasted malt.

T: Creamy, dark chocolate with slightest hint of coffee.

M: Velvet smooth too start, but surprisingly dry in the back of the throat. Not as dry as a Guinness, but I didn't think this would have this dry of a finish. Still, creamy smoothness in front.

D: Two or three of these wouldn't be unheard of, but your liver will hurt in the morning, there is a lot of density to deal with.

Recommended for the super stout lover.

Photo of droomyster
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly impenetrable black with a tall brown head with long retention. The smell is of surprisingly faint but still delicious cocoa powder. Taste is roasty: big on the dark chocolate and coffee elements, more sweet than bitter, all around yummy. Could be considerably heavier but still its weight is sufficient and quite easily sustainable if you want to drink several of these guys in a sitting.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly dark brown, some patchy highlights. Head is initially firm and bubbly, but recedes quickly and leaves little lacing. Okay.

Aromas of roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, some oak tannin in the background. Not a ton to speak of, but about right. There's also an unfortunate metallic component that really emerges with warmth.

The flavor is roasted and for the most part one dimensional. Plenty of coffee, hint of vanilla bean, and I suppose enough sweetness to qualify for style. A little dark fruit, a little steely, but mainly the java.

The body is firmly medium: not to thick and full, but far from thin. Finish is a little fruitier, and probably hoppy - it's a little hard to tell, but I think the hops are contributing that slight amount of complexity-adding fruitiness at each turn. 'Pretty drinkable, if not totally adventurous.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

20 ounce pint glass, served from cask at The Pub, Columbus, OH (Polaris). Pours a dark brown color with about a bit more than an inch off-white/tan head. It almost looked like a nitro-tap Guinness when it was brought to me. Lacing and head retention were both excellent. The aroma was chocolate, coffee, cream and roasted malt. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's good and sweet but also has a nice slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's very creamy and velvety with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and creamy and extremely easy to drink. I'd drink this all the time if I could, I've had the beer from the bottle before and I like it a lot, but it's just excellent on cask. Recommended.

Photo of samccoy
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle, it appears as a nice dark-chocolate color with more of a milk-chocolate head.

S: It smells of marshmellows and cream. Absolutely amazing.

T: It tastes as good as it smells. There are hints of dark and chocolate malts as well as the cream flavor and marshmellow overtones. It is extremely sweet, best paired with some sort of meal to balance the sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is extremely silky and smooth. It feels just and good and smooth as it tastes.

D: Due to the sweetness of this beer, it is very difficult to drink more than a beer or two at a time. It should be paired with a hearty meal in order to fully enjoy every aspect of this awesome brew.

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

A: An extremely dark black color. A very small 1 finger tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: For a milk stout, the smell was a little weaker than expected. When it did come through, there was roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and coffee.

T: Big flavor of coffee, chocolate and caramel really come through. A big thick quite sweet beer.

M: An extremely creamy(duh right?) and smooth stout. Leaves the mouth oil slick!

D: 7.5% abv and really sweet limit this to 1-2 beers in a sitting for me. A great beer to drink though!

Photo of eagles22
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice black body with a 3 finger creamy tan head and good amount of carbonation bubbles

Smell: very nice sweet malty smell kind of like a sweet chocolate smell

Taste: milk chocalte with a coffe hint and it goes down very smooth

mouthfeel: very nice complex beer...sweet at first but than ends with a nice coffee bite...and aftertaste isnt bad at all leaves you wanting more

Drinkability: is very high ...great session

Photo of xpimptastikx
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bluemoonswoon for this extra!

A - Standard stout. Opaque with 1/4" of off white head. No lacing.

S - Some roastedness, malts, and toffee.

T - Slightly smokey. More malted milk taste, some cocoa.

M/D - Good. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. A session-able stout.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and a small head. There is a slight roasty smell to it, but not much else. The beer has a slight sweetness with a lot of roastiness. There isn't much much flavour in this beer, which is disappointing. The beer is roasty and slightly sweet, but nothing much else. The mouth feel is good, and it's drinkable. I'm quite disappointing with this beer.

Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was pitch black. It poured with a short lived, whisp of light tan fizz.

s: Roasty malt aromas that have a hint of cocoa and some lactic sweetness. A milk stout on steroids.

t: Clean malty flavors of nutty cocoa with a sweet milky finish.

m: Gentle carbonation and a nice lingering sweet cocoa flavor.

d: Hmmmm... a semi-imperial milk stout? Works for me!

Photo of usmittymc
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle labeled "8732" into a generic brandy snifter.

A: Opaque black liquid (no light will penetrate it- I tried to with a Coleman MAX LED flashlight!)

S: Definitely sweet malt. Caramel or butterscotch as well.

T: More caramel/ butterscotch on the front with slight coffee or baker's chocolate bitterness in the middle, with a resugance of sweet caramel on the back! Outstanding.

M: Double cream? Definitely. Very smooth, velvety slickness.

D: Well, this is a very drinkable brew. Since it is in the single digits outside right now (as I am in Indy), a few of these is just the right medicine. Kudos to Bell's.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep caramel black darkness with a dark tan, brown head.

S: A cream roasted coffee with perhaps some caramel and chocolate scents hanging in the back.

T: The beer has a brief bitter intro with coffee flavoring that quickly moves to a milky cream.

M: Medium body (though lighter than anticipated) with low carbonation.

D: Smooth with a small bite at the start.

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

Very solid all around. No kidding. Nice head, nice smell, good taste. They did a fine job of keeping everything nicely in balance - I could drink this one every day and be perfectly happy doing so.

Opaque black, nice head that lasts, decent aroma - hints of chocolate, biscuit and coffee in the nose, ah, chocolate, biscuit and coffee in the mouth... A pleasant hint of drinking chocolate milk!

Photo of Weissenheimer
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Moderate frothy head with big bubbles and some color variegation. Thin lacing. Head dissipates within thirty seconds.

S: Not smelling much. Some roasted coffee, maybe a little sweet cream behind it.

T: Milk chocolate, toasted marshmallow, graham cracker.

M: Not a whole lot going on, but what's there is pleasant enough.

D: This seems like a great session beer.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Thick, black color with Light brown head, surprisingly not creamy and minimal retention. What was left however left some decent lace.

Smell leaves scets of caramel and roasted coffee, and a very sweet smelling milk scent. Very appetizing.

Initial taste is oddly very vacant as my palate struggles to get past the overcarbonation. Aftertaste thankfully has some style with a nice milky coffee flavor. The hints of flavor come out more with each sip but never manages to overcome the bubbles.

Mouthfeel is poor, I wanted thick and smooth but the carbonation created the opposite effect. Way too thin for something I expect to coat the mouth.

While this brew goes down way too easy, why even bother? I had high hopes for this one coming in but will likely not be purchasing it again.

Photo of Brew33
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, when I poured this beer I wasn't sure if I poured a beer or changed my oil. Wow, very dark.

It smelled okay, it was still pretty cold on the initial sniff. I should have let it warm a little more.

The taste was fantastic! Excellent beer. The taste was complex and sweet. I was very impressed. Slight smokiness and a lot of chocolate and a creamy sweetness. Good stuff.

I thought it was very drinkable, no trace of alcohol in the taste and a smooth aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel Wow. I like it!

I would certainly suggest this beer. Bell's continues to impress.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Sep 4, 2008
Pours Oily black No head to speek of,minimul lacing. Nose is very rich with straight forward coffee & chocolate with a bit of roast. Flavor is lightly sweet and malty with the light hops coming through in the end next to a bit of smoke. Not super complex at all, but very straight forward. Drinkable

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle, mine's listed at 6.1% abv. Apparently there are 10 different malts in here, bring it on...

Appearance: Hands down THE darkest beer I've ever poured. No light, and I mean NO light gets through this. This beer's capped with a dark-tan head with good retention that leaves thick sheets of lacing.

Smell: Sweet, roasty grains, light coffee and cream notes, with bitter chocolate in the background and a substantial English Toffee kick. Delicious.

Taste: Rich and full. Mild roasted coffee with hints of hazelnut cream, a touch of bitter chocolate, a mild but firm kick of hops, and a mild earthiness. It ends smooth and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Rich...and...creamy, very nice.

Drinkability: Quite high for the style

Conclusion: The best Sweet/Cream Stout I've tried yet, and I'm not typically huge on the style. Bell's has a real winner here, this would be an absolutely fantastic dessert beer, this would kill with a nice Yorkshire caramel shortbread.

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

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Very dark brown with a thin cap of tan head due to the on-tap pour. Decent lace despite the short head.

S: Lush aromas of lactose, chocolate, roasted caramel and dark malts, and light espresso all blend beautifully.

T: A very sweet stout, which I like a lot. I had a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout after this one, and it tastes downright bitter compared to the Bell's offering. Big lactose sweetness is tempered nicely with medium-roasted dark malts with a bit of chocolate in the midst of it all.

M: A lighter-bodied stout which I think goes well with the sweeter flavors. Aftertaste is lactose and cocoa.

D: One of the most drinkable stouts around with its great blend of sweetness and roasty character.

Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

undated bottle - labeled batch 8733. Lower ABV that advertised here.

A - Pours a very dark used motor oil like appearance. Very thick. Head is very quick to appear and is mocha in color. Stronger carbonation is apparent.

S - A combination of chocolate, caramel, and more strongly roasted/smoked malts. Not overly potent.

T - Starts off with a lightly chocolate flavored malt hit that is nicely balanced by bitterness. Some phenolic edges through the mid stream. Finishes with the smooth and sweet chocolate flavors. Aftertaste is not very pronounced.

M - Creamy and thick as the beer would suggest. Carbonation is probably higher and more stinging than others in this category. However, not overly so as to make it unpleasant.

D - Moderately drinkable due to the heavier body. It is filling/satisfying on the palette. ABV has not been a challenge to making this a relatively easy drinking beer.

Very solid and interesting stout. Flavors could be stronger, but well worth trying.

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

A: Dark black color with a rich mocha colored head.

S: Smell of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: Roasted malts, hints of chocolate, coffee. Sweet and creamy.

F: Medium mouth feel, very smooth and creamy.

D: Very good cream/milk stout. A little strong on the finish.

The beer was cold when I started, but I let it warm up before I finished it. When warmer, there are more complex flavors and other nuances. I would suggest drinking slightly colder than room temperature for maximum enjoyment.

Photo of Drewcifer
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got to thank Matt at Capone's for recommending this one... it did not disappoint.

Pours a nice, dark brown/black, no real head to speak of, a small collar of tan around the top.

Aroma is very sweet, rich chocolate, a little milk. A little bit of a grainy note, but overwhelmingly sweet malt.

Taste is roasted malt, mild chocolate, coffee. A good blend of the three in to something altogether different, surprisingly not as sweet as I was expecting. They've done a good job of keeping it from going to far to the sweet side. An aftertaste like you get a few minutes after you finish a milk chocolate bar - it's still there, reminding you, but not holding your tastebuds hostage.

Great mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth. Thick.

Overall, a good drinkable cream stout. And not just a stout for stout lovers, but one that would go over well with many beer drinkers, regardless of their favorites. This could definitely work its way into a reserved spot in my fridge. Quality.

Photo of younger35
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Uncle Mike's Highway Pub in Kenosha Wisconsin. I liked this brew out of the bottle and am curious to see how it fairs on cask. Drank from a generic snifter.

Appearance- Pours a ridiculously dark ruby/brown/black that has a small foamy tan effervescent head that recedes very quickly. No cap is left but a small collar is present and no lacing.
Smell- Not as nice or as intense as I remember. I still get some of that molasses and plenty of warm milk chocolate. Some vanilla at times and the usual tinges of coffee. Still okay, just not as in your face as I expected.
Taste- Really roasted with bits of chocolate, coffee and even some licorice. Not a whole lot of sweetness, just a smooth almost bitter roasted profile. I remember it being a bit more complex in the bottle, but this is probably A LOT fresher. A bit of vanilla is present in the finish along with a lingering hazelnut nuttiness.
Mouthfeel- Super smooth and creamy with a slick oily feel and very muted carbonation.
Drinkability- Other than the mouthfeel, I like this brew better out of the bottle. It might have been that the bottle had a little age on it unlike the fresh cask but it seemed to make a world of difference. Still pretty tasty though and glad to have had again.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,240 ratings.