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

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3,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,386
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 352 | 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 infestaxion
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it at the world record Bell's tapping. Took notes in the kick ass notebook they gave us.

A - Deep dark brown with a slight mocha head that fades pretty fast.

S - Sweet creamy dark malt. Hints of toffee and caramel.

T - Almost the same as the smell but with some roasty goodness. Then the malty finish.

M - Medium body. Good feel.

D - Very drinkable. One tasty beer.

Photo of philmont
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a tan head that thins out while leaving a mild lace on the glass. The color is dark opaque almost black. The aroma is reminiscent of cocoa. Initial flavor is very much cream, almost like chocolate milk. As the beer warms a little, the 10 malts advertised begin to give a more complex flavor profile in addition to the traditional cream stout flavor. Low hop flavor doesn't get in the way of all the malts. Very drinkable beer. While the complex malt profile teases the tongue, it still in some ways is just another cream stout, just a more expensive cream stout. Worth a try, but wouldn't want to spend too much on what could be more affordable in other brands.

Photo of rpstevens
2.43/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to beerlovngrl for this extra, I had been wanting to try it for a while.

The appearance is a black fading to mocha brown around the edges. The pour yields an off-white-to-light-brown head that leaves minimal lacing as it fades.

The smell is all coffee and roasty malts, but it's not a very strong smell at all.

The taste is malty sweetness with a burnt coffee tone, some roasted malt shows through but has an acidic, metallic taste that is fairly unpleasant. There is a soda-pop sweetness to this beer that is out of place as well.

The mouthfeel is nice, the beer is more carbonated than expected and the beer is also pretty light and easy to drink for a stout of this magnitude. But the flavor is a bit off, not something that I will have more than one of, this is the first Bell's brew that I haven't liked.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Leffe footed chalice this beer has a thick off-white pillow head that recedes quickly. The color is very dark brown to black.

The taste is rich and of coffee with cream. I would love to try a blend with this and expedition stout - I might tomorrow!

The mouthfeel is a bit light but not bad. I would like a little more viscosity and perhaps a touch more alcohol.

Drinkability is great as these tend to slide down the throat easily. I really enjoyed each of these Double Cream Stouts.

Photo of marvin213
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The serving is black. A thin layer of black-tinged foam dissipates gradually. Big bubbles make way for a thin trim o' foam. It's really black--opaque. I mean solid black.

It's a sweet stout--buttermilk sweet. It's basically a freshly churned blob of cow butter-cream.

The taste is a sweet carbonation. I really notice the malts now. I determine quite quickly that the malts are directly responsible for the blackness of this beer. I taste the malty blackness. In contrast to its smell, I feel like I could even add more cream to this malty concoction--it's that malty. It's like a liquid malted milkball...with alcohol. I'm not totally feelin' that. It tastes more like it looks than smells.

The mputhfeel, especially for such a malty beverage, is diappointing. Believe it or not, it's too malty. It's overly warm for 6.1. The carbonation seems ample, but there's nothing for it to feed. Maybe it's too many different malts as opposed to too many malts in general, but it's relatively unimpressive. +0.5 for somewhat of a sweet sensation.

Not very drinkable. I used to think this beer's relative rarity around my parts meant it was especially good and exclusive. Now I wonder if it's relative obscurity relates more to its quality.

Photo of Damian
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz/355 ml bottle
Batch 8314
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to adamharbaugh for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a super deep and dark, mahogany-brown (near black) color with a creamy, frothy, bubbly, two-finger, saddle brown head. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass. As the beer sat, the head slowly faded to a thick film.

The aroma was an enticing blend of coffee and chocolate. Lots of sweet milk chocolate, to be specific. Quite mocha-like. Milky, lactic notes were detectable as well, along with some vanilla. A bit of nuttiness also appeared as the beer warmed.

The taste was big and roasty. Somewhat sweet and malty up front before the bitter, black coffee flavor took over. Nutty and a touch boozy in the center. The dry, lingering finish was bitter, burnt and hoppier than expected.

The mouthfeel was somewhat smooth and slick. Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. A bit thinner than I anticipated for a beer of this ABV.

Although I loved the aroma of this beer, the taste was a bit too burnt and bitter for my liking. Overall, this was definitely one of the more "extreme" versions of a milk stout I have yet to try.

Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store for the Bell's GA release.

Pours pitch black with a large tan head that lingers for quite a while and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is very toasty though with plenty of sweet chocolate malts and lactose. There are hints of vanilla and coffee as well.

The taste is dominated by the sweet dark chocolate malts and milky lactose. There is a faint roasted character to the malts, but the sweetness is most evident. Wonderfully full flavored.

The mouthfeel is super creamy with the roasted aspect taking a backseat to the malty sweetness on the palate.

This is a great beer and one of the best milk stouts I've ever had. I'm lucky I was able to sample this on tap.

Photo of berserker256
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small fizzy bubbles cascade down the inside of the glass and make the carmel-colored head grow. The beer is perfectly black and allows no light to pass through the body. There are several key aromas that I detect. Chocolate, coffee, burnt plums, molasses, brown sugar, and roasted malt. An excellent combination. Nice creamy lactic texture and low carbonation. Not too heavy, either. But not too easy to drink. Sweet coffee and roasted malt is the most prodominant flavor feature in my opinion. A small bit of chocolate as well. But the taste seems weaker than the smell, if that makes sense. After sniffing the beer I expected a stronger flavor with more bite. It's pretty mild, but good. I feel some alcohol warmth also. Good beer.

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. This stout appears a barely translucent dark brown color with two fingers of dense creamy, lingering foam. Aroma and flavors are of richly roasted barley, milk chocolate, mocha, caramel malt, and a touch of vanilla. Smooth and creamy and adequately carbonated. Great stuff.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of sweet vanilla and smaller amounts of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Creamy roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by hints of vanilla. Midway through the sip good amounts of dark chocolate flavors come out before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass with no problem and could have a few of these.

Overall this is an easy-drinking Milk Stout that balances that milk and stout portions quite nicely. Worth a shot.

Photo of adamette
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle almost exactly like the one pictured (mine has a light brown color font while the image that I can see here has red) which I purchased for $2.20 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio as a single. Poured into my clean, clear Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Light brown 1 inch head over a completely dark body that lets no light through (not even direct light when held in front of one). Nice look, appropriate to the style of course.

S Dark malt but a nice sweetness to it as well. I think that I even smell a bit of "milk" creaminess as well, like a sweet milk behind dark malt.

T Dark malt predominates but there is a smoothness gained from the "double cream" aspect of the beer that keeps it from being punchy or edgy. The sweetness shows up in the taste as well and there is a pleasant distant (1 minute) aftertaste of coffee which I like a lot.

M Full with dark malt, the creamy feel and the reasonably high ABV (which I did not detect while enjoying sip after sip).

D This is a great nightcap but I cannot have more than maybe two. The style does not call for any more than that.

Notes: Another finely crafted beer from Larry Bell and Co.

Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had s good Milk/Sweet Stout in a while, so this seemed like a fitting choice for tonight. Label says this comes from batch 8842. Thanks to the fam for briniging this beer back from Pennsylvania for me. Pour is a cool black, with about half a finger of tanned heading. Sweet lactose comes through in the aroma (as expected), along with some cream, chocolate and coffee. More of the same comes through in the smell. A roasty edge balances out the sweetness as well. Despite the ABV, body doesn't feel too big, more medium if you ask me. A few of these in a night would be no problem with some dessert. Overall a fine beer from the Bells line. Not their best stout, but definitely one of them. It reminds me of Left Hand's version a bit. Pair this with some tuffles and see how they work together. Cheers

Photo of natasharai
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a large creamy tan head that dissipated leaving some lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is very dark brown and lets a little light through around the edges.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, chocolate, sweet cream, and a bit of a coffee smell that appears as the beer warms.

Taste: Dark roasted malt, sweet chocolate, hint of dark fruit like cherries, roasted coffee, and a sweet and slightly sour (but good) cream flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, tingle on the tongue that fades away leaving a creamy silky texture. Mouth is left with a clean feel making you want more.

Overall: Great drinkability! Good roasted malt balanced with a sweet creamy chocolate. A little lighter and tinglyer than I had hoped for in the mouthfeel but still delicious!

I have had this before and noticed a metallic flavor, but this time (this bottle was kept in the fridge the whole time) I couldn't even find it. This beer needs to be drank fairly fresh and kept cool until it is consumed.

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch 8825 bottled 11/6/08

pours black with a 1 finger tan head that leaves lacing down the glass

smells of cocoa powder roasted malts and sweet milk

tastes of sweet cream and sugar with milk chocolate and roasted malts - with a lingering after taste of bitter chocolate and burnt malts that stays with you for minutes in between sips

mouthfeel is silky smooth with just enough carbonation to leave a nice creamy finish

drinability is very good even through i am not a huge fan of milk stouts.

overall - out of the few (6)milk stouts i have had this one is tops so far

Photo of scottyshades
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with an interesting two finger head that almost looks pale red. The lacing is decent.

S: AWESOME nose! Cocoa powder is pretty dominant along with cherries and burnt malts. Also, lots of chocolate (bitter and bittersweet).

T: Again, burnt malts, a metallic taste, minerals (like you find in tap water), chocolate, cherries and other dark fruit, and cocoa

MF/D: I do not like two things about this beer; the carbonation (which is a little high for my liking in this style), and the dryness, which is BONE DRY. Other than that, pretty drinkable, certainly enjoyable.

Photo of mjl21
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Part of batch 8732 and was packaged on 9/8/08. Comes in at 6.1%.

A-Pours black, but some reddish coloring can be seen as the glass is tilted. Has a minimal sandy head that quickly goes to a tiny ring and one lone foam bubble that rests in the middle of the glass.

S-After cracking the bottle open, get notes of sweet malt and a smell reminiscent of a mocha. There are some vanilla notes to be found. It smells like an Imperial Stout when it is first in the glass. As it warms all kinds of different aromas come and go...I picked up on a woody aroma as well as something akin to playdough.

T-When it first hits my mouth, the sweet malt is the first taste that makes it presence. Coffee flavor quickly follows, resulting in a taste that is very much like a good coffee ice cream. The roasted malt comes in once the liquid has gone down my throat.

M-Medium bodied with a nice creamy/smooth consistency. This one has a nice prickly level of carbonation that I would not have guessed based on how it looks after it was poured.

D-Not a very heavy beer, I could easily see milking (no pun intended) a few of these over the course of a night. Tasted really good when I paired it with a vanilla cookie with Tahitian vanilla frosting.

Another great beer from Bell's. I would love to have more access to this beer due to the relatively low abv and the fact that it is not overly heavy.

Photo of kingothewoods
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with dark brown head. Good carbonation. Smells of a typical stout with roastyness and sweet malt. The tasts are of sweet roasted flavor but has a strange tinney hint. Very smooth and not dry like a regular stout. I liked this cream stout and plan on trying some other brands to see what the cream stout is all about.

Photo of stumac
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this brew pours up black like thick oil with a nice brown head. the nose is chocolate, big heavy malts, fairly sweet, yeasty. the taste is basically the same as the aroma but with a slight hop crispness in the finish. full bodied, medium carbo. A nice sweet stout.

"Being sober kicks ass!" - Steve O

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

Edit: My bottle says 6.1 ABV, not 7.5 for my Bell's Special Double Cream Stout

Pours very dark brown, not quite black. Very little head, but islands forming and ample lacing present. Looks great for a stout.

Yummy sweet dark malt. Is that brown sugar? Maybe molases? Maple syrup? Lots of unfermented sugars to go with a dark roasted, yet not overpowering, malt bill. No hops present.

Stout, biscuit, bitter, yummy. Great dryness, dont know how that was accomplished with the sweet aroma.

Wow, the stout really lasts dryness wise. Pretty exceptional considering all those unfermentable sugars. Quite nice.

Excellent change of pace with this brew. Bells has yet to let me down.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

received this from the 1980s bif. rock! a big thanks goes out to zachary aka sirsketch for this. thanks brother.

cracked open with a slight hiss. not thunderous but still enough to make itself known. center pour into my brewery tulip produces a slim line of mocha colored head that sits atop this dark beast. a good swirl session produces a half finger of head. not great retention but still nice to look at.

first smell i get off this is a slight biscuit/flour smell. almost smells like a pancake batter in a good way. obvious vanilla notes with hints of coffee lingering near the end. but mostly pancakes.

taste is creamy. big time subtle amounts of chocolate play around with biscuit crispness. but this thing stays. a lingering sweetness that is reminiscent of baking chocolate. an interesting taste. i will have to say i have not had anything like this before.

mouth like i said is thick and viscus and creamy. i am left with a milky coat minutes after finishing a sip. prolongs the brew. i like it.

as this reached room temp i had to put it down to stop myself from chugging this beast. drinkable is an understatement. awesome

this is an extremely interesting beer. I am pretty sure this is my first milk stout. ive had other sweet stouts but not that were like this...at least that i could remember. a very nice brew that i would like to try again soon. well played bells

Photo of dmfrench
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding and complex Milk Stout.

A: Extremely dark red. Opaque black until held to a light. Nice tight khaki two finger head. Out of control lacing.

S: Not getting much at all actually...

T: Creamy as all hell. There's a lot of flavors going on... it's hard for me to discern it all... it's a fairly homogeneous flavor with nothing sticking out too far, but there's definitely a good bit of chocolate, a bit of prune... nutmeg maybe? There's also a very subtle hop background that you don't really get until the finish. A bit on the salty side, but a very fine tasting beer indeed.

M: Delightfully creamy.

D: Very pleasant to drink, but one is quite enough for me.

Photo of twelvsies
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I really loved this beer, and I'm not a particular fan of the milk stout style. A big fluffy beige head tops a very dark brown beer. Very inviting. Sitting around with a couple other people, we did not want to stop sniffing this beer. Rattling off flavors such as the obligatory coffee and chocolate but as diverse as peanut butter, raisins, and even rice milk was thrown out there. Complex in the flavor as well. Lots going on and it's all working. Big roasty notes, molasses, aforementioned coffee and a nice milk-chocolateyness. Almost like a cup of coco, but with out being too sweet. Still maintains a nice finish. Silky and creamy on the palate. Very impressive. Special double indeed.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.. dark brown/black with a good half inch or so of purple/tan head. Smell is sweet roasted malt and chocolate, maybe a slight unpleasant metallic twinge.

Taste is refreshingly sweet and light. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily thick and creamy, and definitely fits the name. There isn't much hop character here and it isn't really that strong in terms of alcohol presence. It is fairly refreshing and a good dessert-type beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Bell's pint glass.

A: Quite dark with a fairly dark head, and a little bit of lacing.

S: Dark malts and a little bit of milk and coffee.

T: Again, dark malt and some coffee with the typical milk flavor.

M: Nice and creamy, yet at the same time dry. I'm intrigued.

D: This is a slow sipper. However, it's not terribly thick and might be nicer once the heavier stout season has passed.

Photo of JAA
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says 6.1% ABV. I don't know why they wouldn't just call this ''Bell's special cream stout''.

Pours very very black. Big two and a half finger head. The light brown head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin layer on top of a black ocean of goodness.

OK, here's the one thing that turns me off about this beer: it smells terrible. The odor is of wet flour or some god awful white bread dough.

Moving on...

Tastes great. Big roasted coffee flavor with subtle chocolate malts in the background. Smooth taste. Nice to drink when it's still fairly cold.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice. The 6.1% alcohol is perfect for this brew, allowing you to fully enjoy the complex roasted and coffee malt flavors.

Now, if it only smelled better...

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