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

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3,414 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,414
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 363 | 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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Ratings: 3,414 | Reviews: 1,394
Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine goblet(I was too lazy to wash a proper pint glass)
Dark brown/black in color with a thin but sturdyhalf-inch tan head of foam
Aroma-Caramel malt and coffee notes
Taste-Super smooth and creamy, rich, roasted coffee and toasted malts-A rather dry, black coffee finish.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let it sit for 20min before really getting into it. It pours complete with a healthy biscuit colored head into my snifter, reaching a finger in height and sitting frozen for a considerable period of time. Eventually this fades into a slight ring. The lace is an interesting mix of sticky webbing and viscous legging. The beer itself is the color of chocolate, edged with ruby highlights. I am transfixed by the perfect balance of opacity and translucence. I can see into the very core of the beer but no further. An alluring appearance for sure.

the nose is laced by an ashen, smoky character. Ashtray isn't an unfair description of what I pick up foremost... but this subsides and is enlivened into a round roasted maltiness. Some tobacco leaf and hop finish it out. It's not a 'bright' nose, and not completely to my liking...

The taste starts out with a nice chewy blend of coffeee and sweetish malts. It stays subdued & true through the middle until the finish, where enough malty complexity opens up to resemble a breaded, smoked, candied culinary treat. Sweet tobacco and cocoa show up as well at the top of my mouth. Only a hint of lactic sweetness towards the very end, which turns quickly (I love when a beer changes direction on a dime) into a surprisingly bold, bitter hop finish. The medium body finds its way into all crevices and deposits the leaf-like bitterness of the hops. Did I say unexpected? I thought sweet stouts favor round malted milkiness instead of sharp flavors, and at first I am ready to deduct points... But then again...the chewy and well-carbonated mouthfeel helps keep extremely tight reigns on the beer, and combined with the smoky dryness, this is a restrained affair. The first several sips, I was not a big fan. Now the glass is empty and I wish I had another to give this a fresh look... That is a compliment. Again I am allured.

Photo of rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kite and Key...

Pours a deep dark brown with thin yet fluffy khaki head. Smell is brown sugar forward with a nice roasted matl backbone. Taste is very sweet up front... the malts give a chocolate, carmel and molasses taste to the middle and hints of dark fruit, smoke and earth on the back end. Presence of bittering hops noted. Full bodied yet creamy. The heavy body and the super-sweet taste keep this otherwise yummy brew from being top notch.

Photo of PretzelCity
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to EricWo for sending this one. Poured an inky black with a big billowing creamy tan head that left lacing all the way down my glass. This is one good looking beer. The smell is good, roasted malt and hints of chocolate but nothing too overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is sweet, with a taste of roasted malt and a little chocolate that coats your tongue. Very easy to drink with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Really a well rounded beer. Excellent balance. An excellent example of one of my favorite styles.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout poured black with no head.

There was very little good or bad in the smell and taste of this stout. There was no real aroma of which to speak and the flavor was non-discript roasty and sweet. On the other hand, it was exceptionally creamy and smooth.

Bell's Special Double Cream is a nice, smooth, unremarkable, and safe stout.

Photo of kegger22
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with red highlight when held to a light. Just a thin covering for a head and that faded to almost nothing. The aroma was coffee and sweet. The taste was coffee sweetened with chocolate, but there was just a hint of sour too. The feel was medium/heavy bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability was good. A half step down from 3F Moloko, an enjoyable beer and another solid effort from Bell's.

Photo of MrStark
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is opaque black with a one-finger, light mocha head.

Smell is of roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Nothing is too prominent.

Taste is smokey roasted malts with some nice coffee sweetness. I can almost detect a little chocolate near the end and it has a small amount hop bitters towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. A little creamy and pretty much no aftertaste. Maybe a little bit of coffee left on the tongue.

Drinkability is good. This is a fairly good example of the style and it goes down pretty easy. Its not my favorite, but I could see having it again sometime.

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

Appearance: Nice opaque black color with a decent head.
Smell: A very roasty smell that almost boarders on a coffee aroma. The malt is very evident in this beer.
Taste: Roasted malt that almost feels smokey. Their is a very subtle coffee/chocolate taste that does linger. It has a very complex feel to it with all of the different malts.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Very silky, creamy texture to it. A nice thick and hearty beer that goes down easy.

Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was perusing Abe's Cold Beer the other night and I couldn't believe my luck in coming across Bell's Double Cream. After a fantastic experience with Kalamazoo, I've been on the hunt for the other Bell's stouts and this was my first chance.

A: Opaque black body with a thick tan head that stuck around for a bit and left nice lacing.

S: Roasted aroma with notes of milk, chocolate, and a touch of mocha.

T: Lovely roasted flavor starts out with a well endowed undertone of milky chocolate and a a bit of coffee. Very well balanced hoppy bitter finish rounds out a very clean, well done Stout.

M: Medium-body with medium carbonation and a wonderful aftertaste.

D: A fantastic milk stout that is very well balanced and just well done overall. Bell's really seems to have a good handle on Stouts and I'm very excited to get my hands on Java and Expedition. This was a really easy drinking brew, sips very nicely with the milky/ mocha flavor. This goes in the must-try catagory, go get some if you're looking for a solid stout.

Photo of alkemy
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with hints of ruby along the bottom and sides of the glass. Head was light brown in color, but went quite quickly. A few pods of bubbles remained clinging to the top of this chocolate, coffee, and prune smelling brew. I got an almost vanilla extract flavor at the beginning.This was followed by coffee and sweet roasted malts. Also get the prune taste on the back end. I'm not really getting the chocolate many others have referenced. I love the feel of this. I'd have it again. Thanks for the haul buschbeer.

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

I poured into a pint glass to a thin film of brown head. It is dark brown/black in color. I smell dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Very nice! It tastes very nice as well. I get the coffee right off the bat, but the chocolate and dark fruits come out subtly. I really like this stuff. This might be my favorite Bell's that I have sampled. I still have a lot to try though.

Photo of OldYoda
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Very dark and opaque with virtually no head from an aggressive pour and minimal lacing.

The smell is of roasted sweet malt, coffee and more malt.

Taste closely follows the smell - the malt is the overriding note with lot's of sweet coffee. Not cloying but definitely sweeter than anything I would normally pick up.

Mouthfeel is slick and a little oily. Not bad.

Drinkability is ok, although this is certainly no session beer.

Overall a little out of my standard range but I enjoyed it. Certainly a good effort from Bell's.

Photo of slk22
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark brown/black, almost opaque, with a light-brown head that was almost non-existent following a standard pour. Aroma was mainly chocolate, with noticeable roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Very inviting. As might be expected, taste was very sweet upfront with a light chocolate and mild roasted malt flavor. A light a sweet roasty flavor lingered into the aftertaste with a dry finish. Mouthfeel was smooth with little to no carbonation detectable. Body was light to medium. Lighter than I would have liked. This beer was enjoyable, but for me a bit too rich to have several.

Photo of jbone78
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thought was expensive. We will see how good it is...

A- Poured nearly Black, little visibility. Nearly no head. light lace.
S- Normal nothing to get excited about.
T- very nice malt character. The label says there is ten different malts and they are blended well. Not a bad flavor! Being a cream stout, you can also taste the lactose in there.
M- Sweet, not overbearing, flavor and not too sugary.
D- I would not pay the price for this one again.


Photo of gunnerman
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with no head. The smell is all malt sweet roasted grain in the nose slight hint of alcohol. Taste is impressive this is a malt bomb, very thick and to the point. I can taste chocolate, prunes, coffee, sweet bitter honey. This leaves a sweet thick finish on my palate after drinking sip after sip. This truly needs to be sipped to enjoy the strong roasted character. Overall this beer holds a special place, it has so much flavor profile.

Photo of drummerben
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis.

Had this one just after keg was tapped, served in a pint glass. Appearance is black with a thin latte-like head. Smells of roasted chocolate, malt, caramel, and coffee - like a chocolate malt or shake.

Taste is fresh and rich- you can actually taste the freshness here. Creamy and thick mouthfeel is great, though it could stand to be even chewier. Smooth with a roasty finish. Sweetness is well balanced with the espresso and chocolate notes.

This has quickly become my favorite sweet/milk stout. Great beer that drinks like a desert. Too bad this isn't distributed to Atlanta in bottles yet.

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

poured into a stout glass. so dark light barely passes thru it. smell & taste of strong coffee & bitter chocolate. as i drink it the lacing takes some time to disappear. i didnt taste much of a hop flavor which is fine
for this stlye. I enjoyed this beer but would only have one at a time.I look forward to the next one.

Photo of colts9016
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Kelly, thank you.

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A nice one finger solid tan head that is creamy. The body of the beer is burnt motor oil. The body of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A nice rich roasted malt with cream, melanoids, chocolate, espressos, and hops. The hops profile is fruity esters and citrus.

Taste: A wonderful rich malt with chocolate, espresso, melanoids, and fruity esters.

Overall: The mouth feel is silky creamy and velvety. The body of the beer is thick and rich and the finish is medium. This beer is a wonderful stout with a lot of cream flavor packing a punch. The beer isn't sweet at all but, nonetheless, the beer is wonderful.

Photo of bret27
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerlovingrl:

Aroma: vanilla, nutty, cereal/grains, creamy/milk

Appearance: Almost pure black, but a little transparent. Head is light brown but basically nonexistent.

Body: Almost no carbonation. Full sweet body. Milk, vanilla, creamy, tiny alcohol taste.

Aftertaste: roasty finish, nutty, little oiliness on the mouth.

Overall: Good full stout, but a bit strong to be true to the style.

Photo of Plenum
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expected more out of this one. Especially with Bell's on the label. Didn't have the depth I was expecting. Was more tart than I thought a cream stout should be. Color was dark, little lacing left on the glass. Thinner than I thought it should be. Run of the mill stout. Good, but not worth searching all over for.

Photo of azorie
2.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

date code 8842. Not cheap for a 6 pack of 6% beer, but never had it so WTH. I just hope since it was already cold its not old beer.

A: Its Black of course with light creamy brown head. Lace is short lasting after hitting about 1.5 inches tall in a MUG.

S: roasted malt, some vanilla and coffee. oxidized burnt wood

T: Burnt dark roasted malt, coffee comes more of an aftertaste and the vanilla is still present as well. The beer is NOT as sweet as I think it should be to hit the style. it's very dry at the same time with a slightly hoppy finish. You get the milk in there but its very faint. it say on Bell web site its great with Chocolate, NOT, I mean where the FUCK is the chocolate in this beer?

M: medium body, but not as sweet as it should be Not as smooth as it should be.

D: too heavy for the style, not sweet enough.

I don't know if this is bad six pack or too old or what, but its a BIG disappointment to me. if I not bought it all the way in ORLANDO, I would take the rest back. i see its rank 3rd in milk stouts, i have to try again from somewhere else, but NOT in the same league at Young Double chocolate stout.

Photo of ShrLSU
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall your traditional black color with tan halo around the rim. Leaves a touch of lacing as well. Not much of a nose honestly, maybe a touch of roasty malt and coffee. Taste is a slight dark fruitiness with coffee bitterness and a twinge of creaminess. Overll mouthfeel is light and airy for a stout. Not really all that wild about this. It doesn't seem to have the depth I thought it would. Just seems like another stout to me.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A standard dark black color with a tan head. Smell is a little on the light side. A touch of bittersweet chocolate in the nose mixed in with a coffee scent. Taste has a little bit of a metallic bite to it. Cream taste definitely leaves it's fingerprint on this one. It combines with the bitter coffee and semi-sweet chocolate very well. A little on the thin side in the feel, and not as robust as it should be. A rare miss for Bell's. It's a little bit of a downer but not horrible.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Batch #8902. Thanks, brokenleadedcask!

Black pour. Smallish light brown head gives way to a thin cap. Random assortment of light lacing.

Aroma is roasty. A quick swirl brings out some really nice milk chocolate and vanilla smells to go along with the roast and ground coffee.

Nice roasty flavor. Much more coffee than the aroma led me to believe there would be. The sweetness and roast balance well. The chocolate and vanilla give this a really light, very drinkable flavor. Slight bitterness in the drying finish.

This beer reminds me of Kalamazoo Stout in a few ways, especially how it balances sweet and bitter. However, the comparisons end when it comes to texture. While Kalamazoo Stout was rich and velvety, Special Double Cream Stout is lighter, and less creamy. Of course, we are dealing with different styles here, and Bell's nailed both. Very good mouthfeel for a sweet stout.

Special Double Cream Stout is an unbelievably easy drinker. The light body, and the delicious flavor, make this one go down very easily. Once again, Bell's brews a winner.

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

From a 12 oz bottle with no decipherable freshness date, into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Served from about 55 degrees and left to sit for about 10 minutes. Dark brown, pretty much opaque color with a one-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a thin cap and spotty lacing. Nose of rich molasses, cocoa, and milk and dark chocolate... smells great! In the mouth, more big milk chcolate flavor tempered against a dark chocolate and burnt coffee backdrop. Bits of dark licorice and more chocolate. Nice toasty dry finish. In the mouth, viscosity is just about perfect: mid crisp-to-creamy, though I imagine the creaminess would improve greatly with about 10 minutes more warming. Yes, some more warming would really open this brew up. I think I shall indulge it.... Yes, a bit of warming does intensify things, but not to epic levels. This is a great milk stout, no doubt, however. Drinkability is excellent; only the 6.1% ABV keeps this from being a "sessionable" brew.

Overall: A tasty and utterly enjoyable milk stout with plenty of chocolate, smoothly creaminess, and general tastiness to please the most discerning fan of the style. Definitely recommended.

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