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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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2,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,920
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 168
Gots: 208 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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.

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Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3%

Pours out brownish black, with a creamy tan head that held pretty well.

Smell is very malty, with a lot of chocolate and caramel rising out the glass, and a pronounced roastiness as well.

Flavor is sweet chocolate malts with hints of caramel and espresso and a very slight fruitiness. Finish is dry with a little coffee bitterness.

Not as good as Expedition or Kalamazoo, but still another solid stout from Bell's. You can't go wrong with this one.

03-04-2006 23:41:27 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of Ricochet


3.15/5  rDev -20.7%

Poured black, good head that lasted, looked like a milkshake, no light came through. Check. Smelled like burnt malts, coffee , with a winey note at the end. Check. Creamy mouth, mild bitterness, with heavy coffee aftertaste and dry. Check.

It went astray in the taste department. Yes, it was heavy on the coffee flavors and sweet like a milk stout, but seemed a little thin , with burnt malt flavor seeming to take away from rather than adding too. Still a good stout, but price/taste means I can get better/cheaper. This was 2.50 for 12oz-- Maybe $7 for a 6 would be better.

03-02-2006 04:00:12 | More by Ricochet
Photo of Schooly


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

A: Black and opaque. Thin ring of foam around the glass. Leaves some lacing behind as I swirl.

S: Burnt malts and caramel. A slight hint of milkiness. Not too strong or overpovering, but inviting.

T: A bit of metallic at first sip (maybe that's due to having a clear palate) leaving me with the taste of roasted coffee beans and malt. Finishes somewhat dry. As my mouth warms up to it, I can taste a bit of fruitness and alcohol in the background letting me know to watch out or this stuff could sneak up on me.

M: Not too thick, not too thin. More creaminess than the others I've tried (maybe it's the milk :-). Lets you know there's something behind this one.

D: I could put away a few of these without realizing it. But by then it'll be too late...

I Haven't had too many of this style. Seems to taste like most other stouts but a little creamier. I would revisit this one.

03-01-2006 00:06:42 | More by Schooly
Photo of kohoutek


3.85/5  rDev -3%

Served in a pint glass @ 58 degrees F.

Poured a nice rich, opaque black with tan lacing that quickly dissipated.

First sniff tells me this beer has a malt aroma that I don't find particularly appealing. There is something about the grains used - I am guessing special roast and some flaked barley? I can only descibe this as being like vegetal matter that has slightly turned - compost? It never does blow off with time.
I have had this beer many times and from differnt batches and I get this stinky smell everytime.

However, I do love the characteristic Bells vinous notes that always accompany their stouts - fruity, dark stone fruits: cherries, plums, prunes, currants. This is pleasantly balanced with a nice smooth roast profile. Not too sharp. A well balanced stout.

This beer tastes very similar to the aroma profile above. I can taste the vegetal thing interwoven with all of that nice fruit and chocolatey roast. The bitterness is subdued and well integrated. If that vegetal thing was gone this beer would display superb balance and finese for such a robust concoction.

The mouthfeel is rather thin for a beer of this size. I will keep drinking K-Zoo stout, Expedition, 7000 and quit complaining!

02-26-2006 18:54:30 | More by kohoutek
Photo of sleepingbear


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout

Holy Larry! This is why Bell’s is loved so much by Michiganders- great beer for the Great Beer State.

What a gigantic Johnson this Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout is!

Rich decadent darkness yields to deep coffee and cacao nib spice laced perfectly on a robust rich body.
I can only compare this beer to the likes of Trappistes Rochefort 10 meets Lion Stout.
Thank you Larry for making it easy for me to be proud of my state’s beer!

02-24-2006 09:22:21 | More by sleepingbear
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a solid jet black color with a magnificent burnt sienna brown colored head that thins out after a minute or so.

The nose is roasted and full of chocolate and raisins.

It has an earthy/hearty taste. Heavily roasted and it reminds me of dry leaves or sand or something. Flavors of coffee grounds, honey, and prunes are also found.

The mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth. Very comparable to a nitro-beer, only this one has reasonable carbonation and doesnt taste overly flat. Maybe the smoothest non-nitro that has ever graced my palate.

Drinkability is okay. This one went down quick, but I imagine after 3 or so the flavor would get a little worn out. Definitly a good beer and one I would reccomend to any craft beer fan. Cheers!

02-15-2006 04:10:47 | More by jasonpeckins32
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: Black dark with fairly retentive head that dissapeared quickly. This one is deep black, allowing virtually no light through at all.

Aroma: Roasty burned bitter aromas. Their is a hint of sourness that accompanies the roasted caramel smells. Very pleasant to sniff.

Taste: Full mouthfeel. The roasted somewhat bitter flavors are pleasing on the palate, and they linger for a bit after the beer passes down the tongue. Their are notes of cake-y sweetness that balance some of the coffeeish flavor.

Notes: If you like stouts then you'll like this one. Very solid, very drinkable big stout. Splitting a six pack of this on a cold winters day is good for the spirit. Trust me.

02-14-2006 03:02:45 | More by beerinator
Photo of BigDaddyWil


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 120z. bottle into a pint glass.
Batch date on back is 7143. Put this number into the Bell's website and came up with "batch date not in database"

Dark, black body with a thin tan colored head. Semi-thick motor oil consistency, with no lacing whatsoever. Average amount of carbonation. The smell is not strong at all, mostly of dark roasted malts with a hint of chocolate milkshake. Heavy bitter, roasted malt taste. Creamy, slick feel to this brew. Alcohol is hidden very well. This is a great dessert beer, but it leaves me with a heavy feel in the stomach. A decent offering from Bell's, one that I would try again. Recommended.

02-13-2006 01:31:02 | More by BigDaddyWil
Photo of danielocean03


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle, batch 7186. Appearance is midnight black with a thin dark brown head that faded away quickly to light tan lacing. Aroma is sweet, chocolaty and malty, smells slightly milky as well. Taste is big, roasty malts well blended between a creamy sweetness and bitter chocolate flavors. Slight hopping present, mostly pine along with some citrus. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, hides it's 7.5% abv quite nicely, hardly noticeable at all. Carbonation level is moderate, assists in thinning the beer out some, finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste, refreshing. Easily drinkable, good complex malting, coats-the-throat smooth. Would purchase again.

02-08-2006 02:52:34 | More by danielocean03
Photo of KarlHungus


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

This brew pours an opaque black color. The haed is two-fingers in height, and tan in color, but recedes fairly quickly. The aroma is amazing. Chocolate, cream, cookie dough. The taste is great too. It is not huge, but it is flavorful. It is sweet and creamy, but with a nice bitterness that keeps it from being too sweet. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a really good brew.

01-31-2006 21:56:38 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Shovelbum


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a generous mocha head over a black body. Head recedes leaving chunky lace gripping the glass. Aromas of faint roasted malt and is that a bit of lactose?… it is “double cream stout” but hard to say if that is what I’m smelling. The flavor is rather subdued. There is mild coffee character, a bit of roasted malt, a light sweetness and perhaps a very faint trace of vinous fruit as well. The hop bitterness is similarly mild. Very full-bodied, smooth in the mouth and lightly carbonated. The finish is fairly clean with very little residual flavor or dryness.

Not my favorite beer from Bell’s. This is a fairly bland stout that isn’t necessarily bad, it just isn’t very exciting. I expected much more sweetness, but I guess if I wanted that I should have grabed a K-zoo stout (oh, right that was all gone).

01-30-2006 22:28:37 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of karst


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Cleaning carboys and kegs on a windy bright January day 60° on the porch. Pour was 48°F a respectable temp for this time of year. Its monolithic black hints of the dark roasting of some of its 10 malt blend. Holding the Grindstone pint glass directly inline with the low afternoon sun - there are no glints as the uniform fine brown bubbles fall from their child's 1 finger height to a ring of meneniscus lace struggling to reach up the sides and sliding back with the rise and fall of my glass as I breath in lightly aromatic esters of the Bell's yeast that suggust fresh fruit - and hide the cornucopia of grain in sweet milk chocolate.

Lactose softens the dark roasted malt bitterness and combines well with a balanced hops. All the elements are truely fused into a single satisfying goodness that is medium bodied and has an expanding velvety satisfying mouthfeel. Clean aftertaste suggest some alcohol and hop bitterness and the higher that usual CO2 ( only my 6th example of the milk / sweet stout style) level that works well with the tart fruity esters from Bell's yeast strain - that clings tightly to the bottom of the bottles.

This carbonation starts a tingling acidity that rounds in the middle milky sweetness of chocolate and caramelize malts. Holding this as long as possible you still cant completely fathom the rich complexity of malts. A woody bitterness adds to the excellent hop/roasted malt finish.

Warming to 60 °F long after the pour the malts remain a single unitary rich taste. With the nose becomming more chocolate and hints of coffee. Amazingly still not flat but the tartness has softened. Your not going to believe how delicious this Double Cream Stout is - truely elegant!!

Batch 7186 from Springfield's International House of Wines.

Thanks to Jennifer, Jason, Hanna and August.

01-24-2006 23:21:57 | More by karst
Photo of Sephiroth


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours with adequate carbonation. Body is dark brown, near to black. Smell of dark, roasted malt. Hint of coffee.

Taste is pretty mild. Flavor isn't lacking, it is just understated. Mellow roasted malt, hint of sweetness in the middle, and a bitter finish. Thick mouthfeel, with the right amount of CO2. Very drinkable, but not something I would want to drink all night.

01-21-2006 07:06:24 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of Bones54


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Wow! I hate to raise expectations on a beer based on price, but at $12 for a six pack it's just a natural thing to do. This beer pours the darkest of any I've ever seen. It's very smooth and very creamy, so the name does not disappoint. The coffee and black licorious smell are strong and amazing. Being from Cleveland this beer makes me think one thing, much like Lebron James this beer did not fail to deliver on it's hype!

01-12-2006 02:55:55 | More by Bones54
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

I had been eyeing this for a while during my bi-annual trips to Minnesota and finally decided to splurge $12 for the six pack. I must say, just the name sounds delicious. Anyway, it poured like engine oil, and looks like it too. The head is small, but very cocoa colored. Awesome chocolate, coffee, and black licorice aromas. A tremendously thick and wholesome mouthfeel ensues. Wow! Tastes abound! Big coffee notes while silky smooth chocolatey flavors add definition. And there's just enough of a burnt edge to lend traction. It finishes dry and leaves the impression of just finishing a mocha expresso. There is a touch of sweetness in the back of the throat that just leaves you salivating for more! A showstopper!

01-10-2006 00:46:45 | More by Hhawk06
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4.13/5  rDev +4%

pours a deep onyx with a light beige head that falls into a fine lace.
the aroma is dark, hopsack, alcohol, roasty, and malt.
the flavor malty, roasty, carmel, coffee, cream, spice.
the mouthfeel is a little thick and a creamy.
very enjoyable on a cold night.

01-09-2006 03:50:23 | More by plaztikjezuz
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Thanks to my man Hhawk06 for this sample. This beer pours a jet black color that looks very devious in nature yet delicious. It leaves a sudsy tan head that is clinging to my snifter. The smell is hoppy sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, creamed sugar, vanilla and herbal spices throughout. The taste is smooth, it has a bittery hop feel up front followed by a medicinal chocolate herbal taste on the palate finished with some nice malty chocolate creaminess. This is a smooth beer that coats the tongue and tickles it with dark chocolate malts dipped in a creamy milkiness.

01-08-2006 19:06:27 | More by Franchise
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Batch 7143: Bottled Nov. 2005.

Aroma: The aroma is rather faint, some vanilla. A smell I originally categorized as "woody" I suddenly realized was some piney hop aroma. Hmm.

Taste: Bold aroma hop flavor! A sweet attack gives way directly to the hops, which are very prominent. The sweetness comes back a bit in the aftertaste along with a nice roasty bite, but I'm having trouble really imagining this as a cream stout.

Appearance: 1/4 in. dark tan head stays for a while, slowly resolving to a ring around the glass. If you let it sit a few minutes, more patches of bubbles gradually arise. Laces better than the other Bell's stouts I've been trying.

Mouthfeel: Prominent carbonation for a stout. Not especially full-bodied for a cream stout, but enough to support the hops profile. Alcohol warmth is a somewhat prominent, but not outlandishly so.

Overall, the prominence of the hops was a nice surprise in this beer. I'm used to cream stouts that are sweeter and more malt-centric, so it's a bit unusual in that sense but a nice drink all the same.

12-26-2005 19:55:42 | More by PeatReek
Photo of blackie


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

appearance: The pour into my snifter creates a low, tan head that recedes until only a ring is left around the glass. The beer is practically black in color, except for a small amount of brown coming through on the edges.

smell: I first notice a creamy, roasted maltiness. Big roasts going on here. Not as much lactose as I notice in many milk stouts, but creamy nonetheless, which I like. Some of the roasted malt character could be likened to coffee or chocolate (chocolate covered coffee beans come to mind), but it smells more like roasted barley than anything else. Hints of dark tobacco and hardwood. There are some hop notes, but roast dominates. Very slight ethanol presence. I would've liked a tad more sweetness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the higher end of the light range. The body is between medium and heavy, with a creamy slickness felt on the tongue.

taste: I love how the smooth and creamy mouthfeel compliments the great roasted and sweet flavors. Notes of sweet milk chocolate and dark roasted barley on the tongue. What else can I say...a great milk/sweet stout flavor. Hop flavor is minimal and the bitterness is just right. Finishes with an astringent bitterness and lingering roasty flavors, with just a slight sweetness on the back of the tongue. No ethanol noticed on the tongue.

drinkability: pretty darn good

The batch ID # 7143 printed on the back label indicates a bottling date of November 15, 2005. Received this bottle from CRJMellor in SS '05. This one gets wonderful as it warms to near room temperature and the carbonation fades somewhat from my incesssant glass swirling.

10.16.13 bottle consumed 12.06.13 during a bell's six-pack roots revisit - 2 of 6 - richly roasted, smooth and creamy, a little coffee in the backend, mildly hopped, a little toffee sweetness, a fantastic stout, pervious scores kept

12-26-2005 07:30:45 | More by blackie
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3.43/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stone IPA glass. Nice dark appearance with thin beige foam.

Smell is nothing special in my opinion, mostly roasted malt aroma with a little sour smell mixed in. Unfortunately the flavor is about the same. Wasn't as thick or creamy as I hoped based on the name. Just a run-of-the-mill stout to me.

I won't seek it out again.

12-23-2005 16:21:13 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

12 batch# 7143, bottled on 11-15-05 poured into a pint glass.

Almost black with a light brown head that's about 1" in height with strong retention and thick sheets of lace.

The nose carries a lot of roasted malt and a sour, woody aroma with a little bit of cocoa and milk underneath.

The taste starts off a bit watery but the roasted malts come through quickly followed by a splash of chocolate milk and some dry hops. The finish is a little sweet with the chocolate/roasty flavors carrying through to the aftertaste. Full bodies with some residuals. I could have a couple more of these before moving on.

12-13-2005 06:02:58 | More by ypsifly
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3.73/5  rDev -6%

Sampled from an incredibly fresh six-pack.

Bell's Special Double Cream stout is an impenetrably jet-black beer whose head reaches 1" of height. This deep tanned froth subsides in half, leaving little sunspots of lace on the inside of the glass.

Intensely sweet on the nose, this beer instantly brings to mind all things chocolately and indulgent. Milk chocolate, cocao, hot chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Raisins - or Raisinettes actually - with yoo-hoo, and canned malt extract. Heavy cream. Iced mocha.

Following the aroma, the palate of this beer is quite - or as my review says insanely - sweet. A weird grape-juice flavor pops up in the midst of diabetes-inducing candi-corn/liquid fudge malts.

Not particularly viscous or entertaining in the mouth. I really crave roastiness in any black beer, and this is somewhat lacking in that department. I prefer hop/roast interplay, of which this beer has none.

Truly for the choco-freak or diabetes sufferer. Not a beer for the masses, but an interesting aside nonetheless. I could see non-beer people enjoying this one as a special treat.

12-07-2005 15:27:01 | More by GreenWBush
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3.93/5  rDev -1%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout poured a deep black that would only allow light through a thin layer. The head poured out a definite brown and very thick but faded somewhat as the beer was drunk. There was adequate lacing on the glass. The smell was complex due to the multiple malts used in this beer; roasted notes and a subtle hint of chocolate dominated it. The taste was complex with the roasted malts dominating. The body of this beer was exceptional, thick, clean, and enjoyable. I would not say this beer is very drinkable as it is quite heavy and has a strong flavor. One or two of these is all I would want in a night.

11-13-2005 17:26:21 | More by DevilDogBeer
Photo of iron78


3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

doesn't allow any light through. has a dark brown head that fades very fast.
the standard porter coffee and chocolate smell, but with a hind of tobacco maybe.
carries the coffee and chocolate into the flavor. the bitterness masked well by the cream, almostlike a latte.
very thick and creamy leaving the mouth feel coated.
very enjoyable.

11-10-2005 20:27:48 | More by iron78
Photo of nlmartin


2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Midnight blackness with a finger width copper white head. The head quickly resolves itself into a copper white film. The foam clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: For me the smell was the best part of this beer. Very sweet malty smell. There is a spicy sweet combintation in play in this beer with a slight astringency about it.

Taste: This beer has a very thickly sweet buttery coffee and malty taste. It is frankly to sweet for my own taste. I not sure but this could possibly stand a bigger hop profile. In short I dont like it.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Well frankly again, this one is just to dam sickeningly sweet. It has a hell of a full bodied buttery taste but way to sweet. Pass this one up and buy something else.

10-28-2005 08:34:47 | More by nlmartin
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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