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

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3,330 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,330
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 192
Gots: 331 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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

I grabbed a few of these when I was on vacation and just got around to finally trying one of them. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/06/2009.

The pour was nice with a rich dark black color, with a small head of tan rising up and over it that settled down gently without much fan fare. Some nice lacing. The aroma was rich vanilla, molasses, sweet sugary notes and a touch of almost licorice like candy. Smooth, mellow carbonation let this one sit down nicely and made it a really nice sipper i have to admit. As it warmed subtle notes of chcolate and roasted malts took over, but always leaving it moderatly sweet, this was a nice little stout. I had no issues polishing this one off, and would have no issue in doing so again. A solid beer all around I would have to say.

Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled to cellar temperature and then poured into Duvel glass and allowed to warm some over the course of the tasting. Packaging date 9 Sep. 08, so bottle is about 6 months of age. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours almost black and opaque with ¼" tan head that quickly disappears leaving behind thin film of foam on the top and a small rim of foam around the edge of the liquid. Sipping results in some lacing on the side.

Smell: Aroma is rich and full with coffee/cream/dark roasted malt/dark milk chocolate sweetness.

Taste: Flavor is soft and complex with some bitterness and full with the dark chocolate/coffee/roasted malt flavors promised by the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light creamy carbonation. Finish fading slowly from some bitterness back to mild sweetness and then disappearing softly.

Drinkability: This is a very nice stout and as advertised would go every well with chocolate dessert. I could easily sip my way through a few of these in an evening.

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this stout pours a dark brown/black color with a big head that has a brown coffee ring around the glass.. the smell is delicious ..its coffee, chocolate,,mollasses ,dark currant fruity smells. the taste is the same but so smooth for a stout.. it fills the mouth with a malty/coffee chocolate semi-sweet bitterness that just warms the stomach..its very easy to drink for a stout although i only want 1 at a time..try this one as a first stout experience or keep on the rotation for the wintertime as i do..only available in the winter months... another great stout from BELLS who probably has the most seasonal stouts of any brewer

Photo of goatgoat
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark opaque black. Perfectly clear woody brown where it allows a little light through. A thin coffee head forms, falling quickly into a ring.
Aroma is rich chocolate, dark malts, a little bitterness. A hint of dark fruits.
Taste is very sweet. A hint of coffee. Dark fruits balanced by bittersweet chocolate into the finish.
Silky smooth and full feel.

This is much sweeter and fruitier than Bell's Kalamazoo. I prefer the Kalamazoo over this and that shows in drinkability.

Photo of beeragent
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a dark brown, forming a massive creamy 1 inch mocha head. Light spots of lace stick to the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts, with a light chocolate aroma.

T - Creamy roasted malts coat the palate, followed by a sweet chocolate bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, being a bit on the thin side, but exceptionally smooth in the mouthfeel. Very clean finish, with the taste coating the palate long after the swallow.

D - Delicious flavor and slightly higher alcohol makes for a very enjoyable beer. I have to say this is among the better cream stouts I have tried. I really wish this was available in my state.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan head that dissipated super fast. No head left and no lacing.

Smells semi sweet and toasted malty. Similar to other milk stouts i have had.

Tastes pretty good. I like the milk stout at my local brewery better but this one is not bad. Tastes more of burnt toast than a lot of chocolate or coffee like others taste. Slightly sweet on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little flat to me. And there is a weird toasty aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and if I saw it on tap somewhere I would get it but I am not going to waste any more trading efforts to seek it out.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head than doesn't last long but does leave some lacing.

Smell sweet and roasty.

Taste has a slight roastiness and is mostly of sweet milk chocolate. Not much aftertaste with this stout. It has a decent mouthfeel that seems to have a bit more carbonation than average. Highly drinkable beer that I enjoy regularly.

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

A- 12 oz brown bottle poured into a mug. The beer is black, with a 2 finger brown head which fades slowly. Not the greatest head retention or lacing, but better than most.

S- Pretty nondescript, some sweetness, caramel, and coffee/roasted notes. Not very strong of an aroma.

T- A roasted malt flavor predominates, with some chocolate and coffee notes. Some flavor of toffee and sweet cream is noticeable. All good flavors that go together well. No hop or alcohol detectable.

M- Thick and creamy as it should be. No carbonation except for the head. This is really the strongest point of the beer.

D- Something about this beer really works for me. I can't stop drinking it. I think it just goes down way too smooth. Too bad it's $10 for a sixer.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a rich black with twinges of brown. a vigorous pour yields an unexpected three-finger mocha-colored head that has impressive retention, fading leaving a good bit of lacing.

aroma of roasted malt up front. burnt caramel, burnt coffee beans, and a hint of cocoa. Very roasty on the whole.

Taste is roasted malt all the way, with some coffee, vanilla, and toffee notes hidden nicely. deliciously smooth, although not quite as sweet or lactosey as I was hoping. Definitely roasted character-forward... not a bad thing. Twinges of strong chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, and even a touch of hops show up as it warms. never really screams milk or sweet stout.

Mouthfeel falls somewhere between slightly thin for the style, and slightly overcarbonated for the style, although it blends together to create a decently creamy and more than palatable mouth. a touch drying.

All in all, not a bad brew. It was milder both in aroma and flavor than I'd expected, which makes it ever so drinkable, although it doesn't really fit the bill of you're looking for a strong sweet stout. An excellent brew none-the-less, and if it was available locally, it may be one of my go-to brews.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is absolutely phenomenal! Pours an oft-tan head with lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee malts. Tastes the same. Extremely drinkable, almost scary. If priced a little better, I would keep this in the fridge year round. Very smooth and silky on the palate. A nice clean and crisp follow through. Love this one.

Photo of bfields4
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice mocha head with a body that is a deep hue of brown.

Has a nice vanilla creamy smell. Sweet chocolate malts make my mouth water for this guy.

The taste while not quite a let down is a lot milder than the nose would lead you to believe. Roasted malts and a little hop bitterness make for a very interesting beer to say the least.

So smooth and creamy a really a treat on the palate.

As one who regularly sessions Irish dry stouts. I may have to add this to my session beers. Nothing too overwhelming but with an abundance of flavors on the nose and such an smooth feel I could def find myself putting back a few of these.

Photo of jkendrick
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours black with a light brown head that fades quickly. The lacing is pretty good.

Aroma: A powdery cocoa smell with roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Definitely sweet smelling.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side with mild carbonation. A disappointment for a cream stout.

Taste: Roasted malt overtakes the sweet cocoa of the nose. There is a some chocolate there, but not nearly as strong as was suggested by the aroma. The chocolate also is more bitter than sweet. The coffee flavors are also more dominant here. There is some slight hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Overall Impressions: Meh, it's okay, but I expect something thicker and creamier from a cream stout. The aroma was very nice, but the flavors don't follow suit and the result is a somewhat bland stout more akin to an Irish stout than a sweet milk stout.

Photo of gdfan47
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- is a nice dark brown with a little white head
S- milk , cream, malt, sugar, a little sweet
T- cream, malt, corn, not overly sweet, finishes with a touch of hops
M- this one was pretty cold, but it was cold out so it worked. Good carbonation, alot less sweet then the smell dictates
D- wow i thought this was like 5 or so, very well hidden abv

a very solid beer, im not usually a stout guy. This one really works, and the bar i was at was selling it for $3!!!!

cant wait to try it on draft

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass after a long day of ice fishing.

A-Big, frothy light-brown head. Reduced slowly to a nice 1 cm bubble layer which retained nicely. Beer was black, opaque. Really, it was quite dark.

S-Chocolate and cocoa over a slight roasted malt.

T-Heavy roasted malt with bitter chocolate with the characteristic semi-sweet hints evident here and there. Maybe a nuance of coffee. Hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check, alongside the mild roasty astringency. Dark chocolate in the aftertaste, with a semi-sweet fruitiness.

M-Slick medium-light bodied beer, medium carbonation.

D-Decent. Very smooth beer, a nice cream stout. I'll be keeping an eye out for this one as an occasional indulgence.

Photo of mphopkins99
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown, with a small burnt-orange head. Lacing sticks around throughout.

S - Definite heavy malt presence, with a hint of coffee and caramel.

T - The roasted malt is promintnent, with a bit of sweetness added through slight dark chocolate and coffee taste.

M - Creamy, very smooth with an excellent dry finish.

D - A very drinkable beer. I could have enjoyed more than a few, it went down easy.

This is the second offering I've had from Bell's, and like the first it makes a great impression. I will definitely be seeking out their other offerings.

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had a hopslam within the hour, so this is a nice change of pace beer. Batch 8842. Purchased at Delock's Liquors in Munster, IN where they have a wide selection of Bell's brews.

Great appearance though there's little head. Just some lacing on the glass after a minute. Looks like motor oil but smells so wonderful. Like the back label says, "Brewed with a blend of 10 different malts, Double Cream is an incredibly rich stout composed dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, roasty finish." I couldn't have said it better myself.

I like this better than Hopslam, but not quite as good as Two Hearted Ale. It's a betweener.

I'm adding this last paragraph about two hours after the initial pour. This beer just tastes better and better the longer it sits and warms up. Exceptional brew.

Photo of mfhlucky13
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark like black coffee, with a nice little creamy brown head. It quickly settled with just a touch of lace.

S: Nice rich malt with a light sweetness and burnt coffee. I expected a stronger aroma, but still very pleasing.

T: More toasty malt and coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate offering just a bit of bitterness.

M: Tiny bubbles that lead to a smooth and soft creamy finish.

D: An easy drinking stout that's smooth with a nice balance of malty flavor.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice beige quarter inch head. Smell is roasted black malts and just a hint of coffee. Huge coffee flavor in the taste. Wasn't expecting that at all. Really dominant. A little cloying in the mouthfeel to be truthful. Very creamy and velvety smooth to drink. Very good, but still can't get over the amount of coffee in the flavor that I'm getting.

Photo of number1bum
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My contribution to NEPA BC split #20.

Pours dark brown, nearly black with a big tan head. Head is rich, thick and creamy and billows over the rim of the glass to make quite a crown. It settles slowly and keeps a pretty full lace but thin lace and lots of rings of stick as it settles.

Smell is full of chocolate and roasted malt, plus some coffee. There is a bit of grain here too, and it's just a bit on the weak side, though enticing.

Taste has a good amount of chocolate and also some roasted malt. Also some coffee and some hop bitterness. Not quite as much roasted character as I expected from the smell, though. There is just a bit of husky grain that detracts from the otherwise superb milk chocolaty flavor. It has a nice sweetness but also finishes a bit on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, just silky on the tongue. Medium bodied with a bit of a dry finish.

I wanted to like this one so much more. I really think this has the potential to be a remarkable beer, but it's not quite there. Mouthfeel is superb, but it could just use more flavor, although not the grainy bite. With some tweaks this could be simply divine. For now, it's good, not great.

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

A batch number of 8733 on the back label lets me know that this beer was brewed on September 9th, 2008. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hard pour produced a 1 finger tan/brown head. Very black body. No light shining through at all.

Smell: Fresh and roasty coffee. Slight aroma of cream or milk.

Taste: Pretty thick and substantial mouthfeel. Roasted coffee upfront. Creamy taste and feel on the swallow. Mild bitterness.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark black abyss like you'd expect from a heavily malted stout. A nice head forms and sticks around for a while.

Aroma was a little off. The usual suspects were here but something wasn't quite right. I found it hard to pick out the tastes and smells on this one. I knew that I really didn't dig the harsh bitterness in this stout and I like hoppy beers. The harshness was more from a burnt wort or burnt grain taste than from hops.

Photo of bhalter8
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for tossing this on a recent trade, I had been wanting to try this once. On name alone I am intrigued. Pours a very thin head, and a jet black, but thin looking brew. Its odd, it doesn't look as much like a stout, as it does an extremely dark ale, just not as dense. A fair amount of carbonization, as well. The creamy, sweet smell is strong, and quite delicious. That cream comes through hard in the flavor as well, it tastes like part beer, and part cream soda. There is a bit too much carbonation for my taste in a stout, and that combined with the sweetness deters me from being able to have much more than one.

Photo of Jekster
2.64/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: This beer pours from the bottle oil slick deep black color. There is a thick dark down head that sits on top of the beer with a persistent staying power.

Smell: This beer has a definite oatmeal aroma which nearly overpowers all other present aromas. There is a slight sweet roast in the background along with some nutty and bready characters.

Taste: The oat also comes through distinctly upon taking a swig. There is almost roasted pecan flavor and a definite white burnt sugar sweetness to the beer. This beer's flavors are extremely unbalanced with the distinct, dominate, not pleasant oat character followed by awkward sweetness and a dry alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: The beer does have a pleasant body that is thick and chewy without making it a sipper beer. There is a definitely slick feeling to the beer which I would guess is from copious amounts of oat in the grist.

Drinkability: The unbalanced flavors and armoa do not lend to making this beer drinkable. I wouldn't want to drink more than one in an evening.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Bell's makes some fantastic beers, but this is not one of them. It's disappointing because their Kalamazoo Stout is such a fantastic beer. Unless you are a big fan of massive oat character stay away from this beer. Instead, save yourself some cash and go pick up a sixer of Bell's Porter or traditional Kalamazoo Stout.

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

Courtesy of my latest beer swap...

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Poured with about a half inch of head which faded quickly. Leaves good lacing.

Smell: Coffee stands out the most to me. Overall, has a nice sweet smell, hints of chocolate follow the coffee.

Taste: Very very tasty. Sweet, tastes of coffee and chocolate with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Feeling kinda let down here. I was expecting a little more in this department, but still very good. Creamy, smooth, but I was expecting a thicker feel to it. Still, very good.

Drinkability: Overall, highly drinkable beer. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so I can't see myself drinking more than a couple of these beers. This beer would be perfect for dessert.

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8842

Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass. Pours a 1.5 finger tan head. that dissipates to a thin layer. It left some nice lace rings down the side of the glass. Color is a deep deep brown, pretty much black.

The aroma is very robust. It reminded me a lot of Bell's porter: very smokey and malty with hints of carmel. Taste is very smokey and roasty. The beer is very malty. It seems as if the chocolate taste is burnt in this beer.

Mouthfeel is a little more bitter than I expected, after a few seconds it gets creamy and ends with a pretty clean aftertaste. Seems decently carbonated.

Overall, this is a decent beer, however I would rather get a different product for the price. I enjoyed expedition a lot more and hopslam is such a bomb. This is one of bell's more expensive products and I just don't like it enjoy to want to purchase it again. All-in-all, a great beer, just not my favorite.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,330 ratings.