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

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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

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3,024 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,024
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 233 | 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 malcontent
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-swallowing pitch black with a solid finger of reverse-cascading head. Swirling shows this to be a slightly viscous brew. Head dies too quickly for a perfect score but nonetheless, this looks wicked good.

That unmistakable lactic quality leads into a tandem of chocolate and raisins. An odd scent that I can only describe as bran flakes takes up the back end of the aroma. Softly smoky after a while.

Oh, Hell. That is one damn fine cream stout. Essentially perfect for the style. Dark roasted bitterness gives way almost immediately to a marvelously creamy taste (to say nothing of the texture; more on that later). Soft hints of honey and milk chocolate surface briefly only to be engulfed in the half and half theme again. Creamy is the no-brainer but dead-accurate description for the taste.

Mouthfeel is heavenly; silky but never muddy and the finish is actually lactic (you have phlegm form in the back of your throat!). I don't know if this is something I could drink a ton of (could you drink a bunch of milk?) but it's nothing short of a triumph for Bell's. Absolutely the most I've enjoyed a beer in ages.

Huge thanks to kryptic for the trade!

malcontent, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Milk Stout pours black with some light ruby highlights. The frothy tan head recedes in good time and leaves some nice but sparse lace around the glass.

Roasty and sweet in initial aroma. Very good coffee and some milk chocolate. Sweet, decadent caramel and toffee are prominent as well. Very appetizing and dessert-like.

Sweet and buttery. Light but very sweet coffee/mocha and milk chocolate. Not terribly complex; rather straight forward. Subtle finish, not too overwhelming. Camel and cream. Again, very decadent in flavor as well.

Creamy and smooth, lower carbonation makes for a heavier finish. Lingers on the palate well. Simple and sweet but with nice roasty robustness as well. Well crafted and a very good representation of the style.

letsgopens, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Riverwarrior
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Dark black without much of a head.

S = Chocolate and coffee

T = Semi-sweet chocolate coming through with hints of coffee.

M = Creamy and smooth as velvet

D = Incredibly balanced. Even after warming, the beer was great including a very nice finish.

This particular offering has turned me into a "stout" drinker.

Riverwarrior, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark black, light tan ring of foam. Looks thick, but doesn't cling to glass.

S - Sweet smelling, chocolate up front, and then some coffee.

T - Strong coffee flavor, some sweetness, bitter roastiness.

M - Full, astringent. Drys out the middle of my tongue.

D - Pretty good, a nice cream stout, but tastes at lot more like a coffee stout.

enfield249, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a very short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, dark roasted malt and coffee.

T: The taste is creamy with flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and dark malts. It’s not really as sweet as most stouts can be, which is a good thing. There isn’t much of a hops presence but the kind of beer where you would really want one. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling for the style, nice kick, good representation of style. This is a good stout that you can drink a few of whereas most stouts you would usually be done with after 1 or 2.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of nsmartell
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark black but not much head.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Nice taste, and just slightly bitter. Very light taste of chocolate at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. The kind of beer you want to chew.

Drinkability: This is a really good beer. I will be on the look out for this when I see again as it will make an excellent session beer.

nsmartell, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this is one of the best beers I have had all year long, and not surprisingly, another great Stout from Bell's. Found it at a random restaurant in Gastonia, NC of all places, I think it was $4 a bottle. Very opaque with a nice tan head that took a while to settle. If you like espresson, it's the smell and taste all the way in my opinion. The body even had the grainy qualities of coffee beans. Excellent in so many ways.

Backer2004, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of hwwty4
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...Great beer. I feel like I should put that upfront. Pours a dark brown, lets just a few rays of light through to alter its color. Has a slight head that leaves a mild lacing around the beer. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and sweet cream. Taste is basically the same, but the sweet cream comes out in the finish of the beer to leave a sweet tang in the back of your throat. This is the first beer I’ve rated a beer with a perfect 5 in Mouthfeel. Its amazing. After the first it just wants to make me drink another.

hwwty4, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of Tballz420
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body lets in the faintest of brown hues when held to the light. Small brown head lasts for quite a while, leaving a good amount of lace. Big, sweet roasted malt scent. Taste is dominated by a nice amount of roasted malt, fair amount of hops involved. Medium bodied, fairly wet mouth. Quite a tasty treat.

Tballz420, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Relatively thick black under a nice tan head. Really nice retention but no lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate, some roasted malt and coffee like character.

T: Nice roasted bitterness in sync with an excellent sweetness. Some slight hints of chocolate in the finish goes well with the bitterness. Slight hint of the alcohol but nothing that throws off the balance.

M/D: Creamy and thick, really nice mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. I went right through this one without hardly noticing. Out of the 3 Bell's Stouts (Cherry, Java, Double Cream) I think this is the best in terms of drinability, ranking just behind the Java overall.

NCSUdo, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near-black color with some dark amber highlights at the bottom. Large, healthy looking tan head falls to a nice, creamy covering leaving the occasional string of lace on the glass. The aroma is a very chocolaty blend of roasted malts and a burnt-like sweetness. Dark, roasty flavor full of bittersweet chocolate and a creamy sweetness that perfectly compliments the creamy mouthfeel. Medium-plus body with very fine carbonation. Seems like a very "complete" sweet stout to me.

wedge, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stout from Bell's Brewery. I've enjoyed all the others I've had from the brewery before and I don't anticipate not liking this one. Just an interesting sidenote, though: the label lists the ABV at 6.1%, while BA has it listed at 7.5%. Seems like a rather large disparity. Perhaps the beer used to be brewed bigger?

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Double Cream Stout is pitch black in color. Almost marble-esque in quality, it is entirely opaque, allowing no light to shine through whatsoever. No colored hues appear when held up to the light. The head is an orange/light brown color and is big and thick. It maintains a lenghty retention and leaves amble lace. One of the coolest and healthiest looking stouts I've ever seen. The nose is dense and filled with notes of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, nuts, caramel, and vanilla. The taste embodies the aroma as well, delivering a sweet, velvety chocolate flavor up front, followed by rich fruits, and a savory coffee bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but smooth, dry, and comletely palatable.

This is another great stout from Bell's. Honestly, I don't know of another brewery that consistently delivers so many stout variations of such high quality. For that matter, I may not know of any other breweries doing this many different stouts period. If the label is right, and this is really 6.1%, then this becomes a quality session stout, perfect for the fall and winter months. I think this would be excellent served with a rich dessert, but it would also go great with oysters on the half-shell too. Would probably be great to cook with as well.

Atlas1, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of bboven
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black opaque body with little head or lacing. What head is there is light tan.

Smells very sweet and nutty, almost like a pecan pie or something along those lines. There's a slight sour tinge throughout as well, but not enough to hurt it significantly.

Definitely a sweet flavor, but there's a big roastiness that didn't come through in the sweet smell. The bittering at the end of the sip is pretty amazing as well.

Full but not too thick, creamy and smooth carbonation, clings just enough to your palate to make an emphasis.

I've had this before, but not since moving to NC. Bell's is starting to make its way out here more and more and I'm very happy for it. I recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the style or wants a sweet and hearty dessert beer from time to time.

bboven, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light brown hue with a chocolate milk head that dies to a thick ring. Laces nicely. Smells of roasted malt with notes of vanilla and coffee. Tasty with dark roasted malt. The coffee shows nicely and vanilla is slightly more than an afterthought. Smooth as silk in the mouth and not as bulky as an impy stout leading it to be very drinkable. A tasty brew.

franksnbeans, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of Enola
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7186 (December 22, 2005)

This beer is pitch black. There was a nice tan head the dissapeared quickly. a little lacing sticks to the glass. The smell is coffee and roasted grain. Taste is coffee, some chocolate and a bitterroot taste. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with the abv being hidden well. The drinkabnility is good. This beer has held up just fine for nearly two years. A good brew that I would have again.

Enola, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of becktone
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Dark brown to black in color, highlights are extremely dark brown with a hint of red. The head is creamy in appearance, tan in color, and has good retention and some lacing,(would be nicer with better lacing though) nice size on it as well.

Nose: Lots of aromas here. Roasted grains, chocolate, maybe a hint of chocolate, and also some sweetness/lactose aroma/vanilla. No hops to speak of. Could be a bit more potent, but overall still good.
edit: the more I smell it the more I seem to pick up something funky in it...ugh, it works but isn't something I'd like to dwell on.

Tongue: Oh, so good. Lots of chocolate in the flavor of this brew. Also notable are the roasted grains and the sweetness from the lactose-gives it kind of a vanilla type of flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The brew is smooth as it goes down, great full body with appropriate levels of carbonation. It is an easy one to drink, perfect for those cool fall, or cold winter days, when you need something with body, or when its incredibly hot outside and you wish to drink something cold and refreshing(that is if you find a cold glass of milk-every now and then-refreshing). This is a beer I'd buy again, as a matter of fact, I'm thinking of buying a case of it.

becktone, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark, seal brown body with a sizable tan head. Foam leaves thick, layered lacing due to its excellent retention (even for a stout). Aroma is rife with coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste presents a sharp, bitter mocha coffee note. It's not quite as sweet as other milk stouts I've had, but a smooth creaminess manifests itself in the mouthfeel and finish. This beer goes down easily and leaves you wanting more. I wish I had bought a six pack instead of a single bottle. Probably will someday. As always, good job Bell's.

wagenvolks, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of tayner
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured dark but clear with a 1 inch tan head that was foamy on top but tiny bubbles nearer the beer

it smelled of roasted malt mostly, but smells were very subdued.

As i am more of a malt head this brew was right up my alley. It has a big roasted malt profile with a smoothness to it. There are some dark, sweet fruity undertones which for me are hard to pick out, fig maybe? there is definitely some milk chocolate and coffee going on in there as well. The finish was smooth which was expected being a cream/sweet stout, sort of lactose sweet at the end. the finish was surprisingly dry as well.

the mouthfeel was good, not as heavy as a RIS, but certainly bigger than a porter and respectable for a sweet stout for sure.

tayner, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerBeing and to the 1,000 Miles (East/West again) BIF for this beer. Batch number 6707 (according to the website "was packaged on December 16, 2004).
Served at cellar temp.

Pours a cola soda color with about half an inch of foam. Very attractive and well formed ring of foam once it settles.

Aroma is of roasted barley, anise, malted milk, hints of coffee, and a bit of vanilla. A good presence of roasted and chocolate malts as well and just slightly alcoholic. A bit more of grain and roasted aroma as it warms up and some mocha (chocolate/coffee) as well.

Taste is of chocolate, cocoa, candy malted-milk balls, and a bit of anise and woodsy licorice. It has a dry, chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are above average. Very tasty Cream Stout, and another great beer from Bell’s.

seaoflament, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thank you to umustdrink for this bottle. Produced sometime between Nov. '06 and March '07. Pours a very dark black but you can tell that the liquid is a very clear and dark ruby brown. The dark tan head starts out pretty creamy and sticky but subsides rather fast. Good lacing left on glass.
The smell is only mildly roasty and a sweet milk chocolate-like character..
The taste starts with a bit of roastiness and finishes with a creamy lactose type sweetness. The aftertaste is a subtle sweet mocha flavor.

The mouthfeel is actually not too heavy... I would say medium, but it is very soft and slick in the mouth. Not as much flavor in any direction as I was expecting but very solid nonetheless.

MiScusi, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black and I am having difficulty getting any light to pierce the beer. Dark brown head resting on top that never quite gave way. Nose was very subtle with some slight mocha notes.

Flavor is full of mocha and cocoa. Slight hints of coffee and licorice as well. Full mouthfeel that just thickens as it warms too. slihgtly dry but not quite. Aftertaste is full of candies--chcolate, licorice and caramel. Kind of a creamy flavor too.

MuddyFeet, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of scott
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Nice large, medium-tight head floats effortlessly atop one dark mother of liquid and has a fair amount of sticky & spotty lacing. Robust nose that parallels the palate of wood char and molasses. This is not your Grandmother's sweet stout, because the liberal amount of milk and baker's chocolate is highly concentrated. Nothing sweet or overly creamy to be found here. This has successfully roped in the bitter, although it is no where close to being tamed.
This is not the most complex of stouts, but the more I try, the more I appreciate the subtle beauty found here. Easy to drink, and somehow, very refreshing (still a bit too thin in body, but @ 6.1% I won't complain so I can session this when released).

scott, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 19C(66F); great stout temperature! Ink black body with peanutbutter coloured head. Smell was big on lactose, chocolate, and burnt coffee. Rich and robust both in smell and in taste. About halfway through the swallow, the lactic sourness is quite easy to detect; a dry roasted cereal with burnt coffee soon follows. Mouthfeel is very average for the style, and to tell the truth, I really wish this were a bit heavier. Overall, however, this is a wonderful stout.

SilentSabre, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part two of my Bell's stout excursion.

A- Deep brown, almost black, as a stout should be. The head, however, is negligible. Only about a half inch forms and that's gone in a second.

S- Has a stronger and more distinct aroma than the Kalamazoo stout (to which I'm comparing it because the beers are the same style). Dark chocolate and espresso-like aromas are more prominent, as well as a fruity undertone reminiscent of plums.

T- Despite the strong smell, the roasted malt aromas are actually toned down a little in the taste. Joining them is a milk-like sweetness and sourness. I'm not sure if lactose is actually used in the brewing of this beer, but it tastes like it is. The finish is soft with a slight bitterness and a milk and coffee aftertaste.

M- Like the Kalamazoo stout, the mouthfeel of this beer is great. It's smooth and creamy with good carbonation, something the Kalamazoo lacked, although I'd say they're both quite similar.

D- While it doesn't seem overly drinkable at first due to its richness, I found that it went down a lot faster than I expected. My bottle says the ABV is 6.1%, significantly lower than the 7.5% listed above. Still, you probably wouldn't want to drink enough of this stuff that the alcohol becomes a problem. I could possibly see having one more bottle, but no more.

This is definitely one of the better milk/ sweet stouts that I have had. The flavors were softer yet more distinct than the Kalamazoo. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and if you're a stout fan I suspect you will too. Recommended.

vtfan77, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of MrBen
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer!

Pours nearly black and opaque, puts up a creamed-coffee head, and offers scents of sweetness, chocolate, and the fine dark malts that gave us this beer. Taste is really big. Roasty n' toasty, sweet, savory, and chocolately flavors really treat my tastebuds well.

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, and YUM!!!

MrBen, Oct 20, 2007
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,024 ratings.