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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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3,175 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,175
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 270 | FT: 2
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.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001)
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Photo of bkilpatr
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/15/08. Batch 8314.

Pours a pitch black with about one finger of light brown head. The head leaves minimal lacing around the glass. Aroma is creamy milk chocolate, caramel, and lightly roasted coffee.

Taste is a balanced mix of sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Neither taste is overpowering, and work together quite well. Some bitter hop aftertaste, the hop profile is fairly low.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Very smooth and creamy. Thick and full. The carbonation level is alright, a bit lower and I think it'd be perfect. Drinkability is alright. The full body would make it difficult to drink more than a few. The bitterness is nicely offset by the sweetness.

A pretty good milk stout. I've got another that I'm going to hold on to for awhile and see how it develops.

bkilpatr, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a half inch frothy tan head. There was a small amount of lacing all the way down.

S: The only aromas I could pick up were roasted malt and just a hint of chocolate.

T: Hints of coffee and chocolate, but neither dominate the flavor like some others in this style. This one has a very smooth taste when compared to similar stouts with coffee and chocolate flavors. For my tastes, it was the perfect blend of sweet and bitter in a stout.

M: Very thick which makes it enjoyable to roll around in the mouth. It also has the perfect amount of in mouth carbonation.

D: The slight bitterness makes you slow down a little as you drink it. However, since it is so balanced with the sweet in mouth flavor it is pretty easy to drink down.

GatorBeerNerd, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bottle with my BA buddy imacoug. We poured our portions of the capped 12 ounce bottle into chalices.

A: IT poured a rich inky black body with a creamy chocolate head that receded fast to nothingness. There were clumps of lacing that did not linger long.

S: There was a dominant aroma of chocolate and roasted malts with hints of coffee.

T: The sweet and tangy roasted malts give the creamy chocolate flavors a thick rich body. Following a big burst of milk chocolate and coco there is a tang of hoppiness.

M: It was a medium to full-bodied beer dominated by sweet and tart chocolate flavors. It finished warm and clean with little aftertaste.

D: It was a well balanced sweet stout that was not overly sweet and balanced well the hops and hid well the alcohol. This might merit cellering for six months or more to see if it integrates its flavors even more. Nice beer but too rich for more than a single at a time.

dnichols, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of MASPuros
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and not much head. That quickly disappeared.

S: Smelt like a Mocha Latte. Other then that there were slight hints of vanilla and roasted malts.

T: Very smooth, sweet and creamy. Had a dark chocolate taste.

M: Not to sticky. Like drinking a yoohoo. Well pretty close

D: Very drinkable, not overwhelming for a stout. I will definately be searcing for some more of these.

MASPuros, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle brought back home from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI. Purchased for $2.39 (single bottle) in March 2008. Brought home for the better half that really likes stouts. This review is a mix of 2 opinions.

Note the bottle says 6.1% ABV, not 7.5% as listed on BA.

Pours an inky brown, cloudy, and a nice tan head that sticks around a while before fading into memory.

Aroma of chocolate and cream, but with that dry stout toastiness.

At first sip, it's actually fairly dry and sharp (it's colder). As it warms up, it opens up a bit and gets significantly better- more rich cream, more chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a less harsh astringency in the ending. It's still there, and is still dry, but much subdued.

Very nice version of the style.

Dukeofearl, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a brownish black with a one finger tan head into a pint glass. Cream and roasted malts are two of the biggest aromas that I could pick up on. It tasted the same with a hop and coffee after taste. It was rich and thick and very easy to drink!

ROMER79, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of DHGranstrand
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lightindarkness for the variety six-pack from the heartland of the USA!

Pours jet black with prodigious amount of dark creamy head. Does not leave much lacing to speak of.

Smells of chocolate malt with notes of licorice and espresso.

Excellent malt flavor up front with chocolate and espresso finish.

Very nice carbonation with smooth finish.

This is a stout you can enjoy for an entire evening. I wish it was available locally in the Pacafic Northwest!

DHGranstrand, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, batch number 8150, poured into a pint glass

A: Thick, nearly opaque black with chocolate tones around the edges. Not much of a head, thin tan color that quickly dissipates to a ring of film with little lacing.
S: Overall a fairly mild smell. Burnt malt, toasted flavors, coffee, slightly oxidized, no hops.
T: Very creamy and fluffy body, slightly oxidized. Very malty, toasted and burnt flavors, that begins very sweet and finishes with a slightly more bitter hop taste. There is also a light alcohol burn in the finish. A very nice sweet stout, and full of flavor but a little to thick and hot to be very drinkable.

yourefragile, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 04/06/08.

Pours a deep, dark brown with almost no carbonation. Two finger foamy mocha colored head forms.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with dairy overtones - think chocolate milk.

Thick and slick, smooth and creamy, there's a wealth of roasted dark malts on first sip. Subtle dairy and rich mocha notes in the background. A touch of sourness fades away quickly, leaving a more-roast-than-hop bitterness lingering on the tongue.

I bet this stuff is killer on draft.

charlzm, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of codyw
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, minimal head that quickly dissipated.

S: Coffee. This thing really smelled like coffee. It also had hints of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. If there was one thing that jumped out though, it would be the coffee.

T: Very smooth. Had some hop bitterness for balance, but much less pronounced than a dry stout. Lots of coffee flavor. Great sweet stout taste.

M: Silky smooth. Great feel.

D: Although I have never been a fan of something as thick as a stout to be a session beer, I think I could find myself easily downing a handful of these. A great beer.

codyw, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7684. Bottled October 16, 2006 as according to the bell's batch website. Poured into a Belgian pint glass (sort of curved pilsner).

Appearance- Beer pours black with hints of red around the edges. Head is fairly minimal and forms a ring and a thin film over the top of the glass. Lacing sticks for a few minutes but doesn't linger.

Smell- Dark burnt roasted malts, hints of alcohol, sweet creaminess. I would insist I detected lactose sugar had I not heard from the bell's lady herself that they don't add that to this beer. Not sure what they're adding to make it smell like this, it really is wonderful. No hops are detectable.

Taste- Roasted malt thickness and creaminess, a bit grainy but in a balanced way. A nice creamy chocolate upfront that lingers to almost a chocolate milk quality. A bit of warmth on the finish and a little spiciness that seems like it must be the hop. I am very pleased by this stout in every incarnation I've had it in (which now is every way I could have had it in).

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium full bodied, fairly low carbonated. Nicely sweetened and wonderfully balanced. Very well done beer.

Drinkability- Even with the higher ABV of 7.5% I could session these and drink them all day. In fact, I may end up buying a six pack and use it for my summertime lawnmower beer. Come now, honestly, tell me that you drink light lagers when YOU mow the lawn?

blakesell, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm quite impressed with this.

Pours thick out of the bottle, with a dark head. Nearly opaque with reddish-brown edges.

Smells delicious, roasted and burnt notes, with coffee, vanilla, and ashy wood

Burnt notes on dark malts, with dark chocolate, coffee, woody notes, a hint of vanilla, and a slow fading slighly hoppy bitterness. Not overly bitter or roasty though, and comes off as quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel smooth as silk, with a nice substantial consitency.

This was a pleasure to drink. I'm truly sad I only had one.

Strix, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a delicious brew this is... Just about the right consistency and mouthfeel for a sweet stout, this brew really hit the spot. It looked great, smelt of chocolate and sweet malts and tasted delicious. One of the best sweet stouts I've had. It reminds me of the Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stout except a little thicker and tastier.

Tilley4, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured an opaque black with a little dark tan head. It smelled like coffee and heavy cream with a bit of dark chocolate. It tasted like creamy mocha with a hint of bitterness, a very rich flavor but not too strong. It was exceptionally thick with no carbonation and a mild aftertaste. Overall this was one of the best stouts I can remember. I liked it purely for its own merits, not because I expected it to be good based on hype. Truly an excellent beer.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of oelergud
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown 12oz glass bottle, pry-off cap and a tan label shows a tangled tree limb.
Opaque maple body, a brown creamy head with medium to large bubbles. Great retention and lace.
Amazing bitter sweet chocolate bean scent, coffee and dark dark molasses. The hops are well represented as well with a dry kick of spice.
The flavor is strong and full, semisweet chocolate bean, more molasses, some brown sugar, nut skin hoppiness and anise. The aftertaste is more of the same. Lingers well with full strenght and great duration.
Chewy body, residual sugars, lots of coating, just great.
Very drinkable, this is going to be a regular Bell's in my fridge next to the Kalamazoo.


oelergud, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of westweasel
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schneid for this delicious brew!!!

The appearance is dark brown and opaque with a thin tan head. The aroma is fairly subtle, with roastiness and some coffee.

The taste is roastiness and coffee up front with a bit of dark chocolate. The finish seems fairly dry, accentuated by both some bitterness and the roastiness.

The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, somewhere between medium and thin, with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable and roasty stout. I was expecting more sweetness or mouthfeel from the name, but it was still great.

westweasel, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to emacgee for the bottle and perhaps somebody else, I'm forgetting...
Pours black with a foamy tan head. Very subtle cream and roasty smell on the nose. Nice but too subtle. Some smoke in the nose and taste as it warms only. Fairly creamy body with light notes of coffee with cream or milk, and a roasty maltiness. Pretty smooth overall and easy drinking. Bittersweet creamy roast pretty much sums it up with some Kalamazoo-esque smokiness coming through as it warms. Nice beer.

JDV, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of weasbri
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black color, with only the slightest bit of foam, but I didn't pour it, so there's the caveat. Aroma is a malty caramel, but a bit burnt coffee throws me off. Good sweetness in the flavor, with a fairly dry finish, a bit of lingering bitterness there. I also feel the slight bite of alcohol, though nowhere near the imperial stout range. Good creamy feel as the drinking continues.
Just a tad bit too much of a burnt aroma and flavor for me, keeps it from being a more perfect beer.

weasbri, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Poured into an oversized tulip. Pours motor oil black with a one finger, biege head. Significant lacing.

Aroma is produces a certain cream soda inspired smell. Wood notes with a hint of vanilla.

Very creamy and smooth on the palate. Taste is creamy with sweet malt. Mouth is left oily and a little bit tart; a mocha aftertaste.

A very easy to drink stout with the alcohol hidden very well. I could certainly enjoy a few more.

jdoncbus, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8215.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a tall, though brief beige head.

Smell: Roasty aroma with notes of smokey bittersweet chocolate, licorice, charred firewood, and espresso. Distant fruitiness. Very faint lactic touch in there, too.

Taste: Roasted malts bring in flavors of Columbian coffee and dark chocolate with a soft sweetness. A complimentary sip of prune juice. Mild lactic sourness. Dash of bitters, one and a half dashes of ash, two dashes of cinnamon. Light roastiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bell's has really got a handle on the stouts, I'll give'm that. For me, it comes in third after the Expedition and Kalamazoo stouts.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of ahking
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this nice stout into a pint. Looks good going in and tastes good going down. Obviously dark, not quite pure black, thick but not "motor oil" thick in the glass. Slight tan head that quickly retreats to the edge of the glass. Bit o' yeast in the bottom of the bottle that I gladly swirled around and emptied into the glass (gotta have my vitamin B for the day). Aroma better than good. Nice roasted malt aroma, a step back from being "burnt." Sweet smelling, milk chocolate, cakey. Flavor is pleasantly mild and slightly tangy. Rich, caramel, milk chocolate, roasty, slight hop tang in the finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full bodied.

ahking, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of jph424
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received via a trade with BirdsVsWorms

A - Black with a beautiful tan head that has the awesome waterfall effect as it dissipates.

S - Coffe, Chocalate, and Vanilla. I can't wait to taste it.

T - Slightly bitter dark chocalate and burnt coffee with a pretty solid hop presence. This is very smooth and leaves the coffee and chocolate flavor on your palate long after you swallow it.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Terrific mouthfeel.

D - Pretty darn drinkable. I really like this one and it is making a fine desert!

jph424, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's- Cream Stout

A- Dark murky brown almost brackish with a small lacing head.
S- Vanilla and grains. Slight touch of coffee bean.
T- Sweet vanilla malt with a light roasted coffee bean flavor. Very creamy milk-like flavors going on.
M- Sweet up front with a dry slightly boozy finish.

Overall- A unique vanilla/ milky coffee taste makes this enjoyable. A pint or two would be sufficient during dinner.

NJpadreFan, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black into my glass, and boasts two fingers of nut brown head that drop to nothing within a few moments, leaving nothing behind.
Aroma is of burnt grain, along with some stale coffee. I may be crazy, but I swear I can smell some sweet cream. Overall, though, the nose is very faint and you have to strain to get much besides a husky roast character.
Not what I have come to expect in a sweet stout, but still fits the guidelines quite well. The roastiness is dominant, with all sorts of burnt toast and roasted barley notes coming out. Almost all of the bitterness seems to come from the grain, and there is very little hop bitterness/flavor/aroma in the beer. The roasted grain is balanced by quite evident lactose sugar... it tastes as if someone dumped whipping cream in this beer. The finish is more husky notes, more lactose, and that canned coffee that I smelled... the finish is certainly the weakest link.
Mouthfeel department is quite adequate, with medium carbonation and immense milky creaminess. the finish is smooth in the center from the cream, and dry around the edges from the grain.
This is pretty much a two-dimensional beer: grain and cream. I prefer Sam Adams' cream stout, but I certainly wouldn't turn one of these down. If cream stouts are your mug of beer, you should certainly give this one a taste.

khiasmus, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep opaque brown with a creamy brown head. Aroma is cocoa and sweet with some molasses and cereal in there. Taste is sweet but nicely bitter at the end so its not over the top. Some burnt dark chocolate and sweet coffee there as well. Very tasty. Not quite as thick as I was hoping, but still very good, and the alcohol (7.5?) Is nowhere to be found, so it's quite drinkable. A restrained sweet stout, but still well worth the money.

saintwarrick, Mar 04, 2008
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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