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

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89
very good

3,327 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,327
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, batch 8273 (12/19/07). Pours black with no head. Aroma of raisin and sweet malt, light chocolate notes. Flavor is sweet and raisiny initially with a roasty finish. Unfortunately this is past it's prime, but I didn't realize how old it was when I purchased it. It's decent overall though.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

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

This beer pours black as night. When I held this up to the light for closer inspection, little changed. This is as dark as tar and there is no light getting through. The bartender was nice enough to leave a solid two finger tan head that receded quickly. There is a medium amount of tan lacing that graces the side of the glass.

Roasted malts dominate the nose. A smell of freshly brewed coffee is also present. This is rounded out with a nice sweetness that begs of cream, cinnamon, and chocolate.

The sweet tastes are present upfront. Chocolate, molasses, and whipped cream are what I detect. This is followed by the taste of coffee and roasted nuts and malt. It finishes dry with a slight bitterness that helps round out the flavor.

This beer has a creaminess that is heavenly. It has a good balance on sweetness mixed with roasted flavors. It is extremely drinkable, partly because the 7.5% abv. is hardly noticeable. This beer would be great alone or with the dessert of your choice.

Photo of nrbw23
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark black color with a brown head. Head doesn't have much retention and leaves some layered lacing here and there.

S- Smells pretty sweet. Roasted malts, coffee and a touch of chocolate.

T- Pretty much follows the nose. Lots of roasted coffee flavours up front, followed by smooth creaminess that sticks around even after a slightly bitter ending.

M- Body is closer to full, low carbonation and really nice creamy feel to it.

D- Not to bad at all just a little to sweet for me. A solid brew that I could drink again.

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

A - This beer poured a deep black color that created a brown fluffy head, which retained well and laced around the glass nicely

S - The aroma of roasted malts, coffee beans, and chocolate are prevalent, but it is the smell of sweet milk chocolate as opposed to the bitter dark chocolates from regular Stouts

T - Again, the tastes of this beer fall right in line with scents, I expected what I was getting, and enjoyed it incredibly. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, and coffee, just delicious

M - The mouth of this beer was a great Stout style, smooth and creamy, medium to heavy body, accompanied with slight carbonation

D - I really love the Milk Stout, if Bell's puts this much craft in the rest of their beers, I look forward to trying more of them in the future

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

Pours black, thin red tint at the bottom which allows maybe a spec of light through. Moderate size head with decent sized lacing, so far.

Smells sweet, malt, great amount of coffee and chocolate.

First sip is thick and sweet, nice and creamy. Awesome malts. I don't really get any bitterness or the alcohol in it, maybe once it warms more.

Body is full, smooth, thick, creamy and carbonated just right.

Goes down smooth, easy to say the least. Awesome dessert beer! Well done by Bell's.

Photo of Trappistfan1
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing
S - Hints of coffee, chocolate, malt. Mild but pleasant.
T - A rather complex menage of flavors, most of which are related to the malty character of this brew. I like it more as I approach the bottom of my pint glass and get my nose down in there a bit. Mildly bitter finish as some hops seem to surface.
M - Nicely creamy feel. About what I would expect from a milk stout.
D - For my tastes, pretty easy drinking. Could do a couple.

A pretty good brew for this style, a good brew in general. Bell's rarely disappoints with their interpretation of various beer styles. I have to salute them for this.

Having said that, this beer has the unfortunate distinction of being of the same style as one of my go-to beers, Mackeson's Triple XXX. While I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it, I would personally just as soon grab a Mack. I try not to let my personal taste interfere with objectivity, but since I'm comparing apples to apples... well there you go.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with brown highlights and a thin mocha head.

S - Roasted malt, sweet cream, milk chocolate and faint coffee.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Not as sweet as other milk stouts.

M - On the lighter side, smooth and creamy.

D - Not as lactic or milky as other milk stouts.

Photo of burchetts
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Roasted malty black that allows no light to pass through it. A dark brew.

Smell: Average. One can get a small taste of the coffee notes here.

Taste: Great tasting brew. Thick and creamy, as the name implies. A lot of chocolate and coffee notes here. Super thick and sugary that renders any surface it touches sticky.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth, yet thick and intriguing.

Drinkability: it's hard for a beer to have all of the aforementioned qualities and be as easy to drink as a domestic and, alas, this brew fails in this category. I found it hard to have more than 2 of these in a sitting. The sticky residue, harsh taste, and full bodied characteristics allow this beer to be a treat, rather than a go to brew.

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

A: French roast dark with a slight touch of brown on the edges. Head begins with some moderate strength and finishes with a glass tingling edge and a dance of lace.

S: Definite malt here, complex, almost too much digest as far as smells. Dark, rich, smooth, malty, almost too much of a jumble. The bottle says 10 different types of malt, not much hop smell here but who can be surprised?

T: Smooth, very smooth, you'd think there was some oatmeal tossed into this brew. So smooth you'd never think it was 7.5%. Slight bitter in the beginning, ends with a chocolate malty tone. Aftertaste is very pleasant.


M: Almost like an oatmeal stout. Silky with a lingering touch of malt on the palette. The finish is very nice, exceptionally light for such a malty beer.


D: An exceptional beer in the drinkability realm. I would be hard pressed to find a smoother stout that could handle itself on an evening of enjoyment quite like this beer. If there is one fault to the beer it is the "busy" taste. You get so many tastes and flavors all at once. By the end of the glass you can notice some additional flavors coming forth but its like watching someone in the fog, almost... but not quite.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decided to try this single while watching the NFL playoff's today.

12 ounce bottle, batch # 8733.

Pours an opaque, dark brown/black with a nice, creamy, sticky light mocha head with light lacing.

Smells of sweet, creamy lactose, caramel and coffee.

Semi-sweet lactose flavor mixed with a dry, heavily roasted coffee. Light vanilla notes picked up in the after taste. Big mouthfeel with higher carbonation. Medium-to-full body and flavor.

Finishes slighty dry and bitter. Nice example for a milk stout.

Photo of nicktay
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours an opaque dark brown/black like espresso. The head retention is good and the head itself is a chocolate color. After the foam settles a thin dark brown lacing remains on the top. Beautiful!

Smell:
This stout smells of chocolate and espresso. The malts overpower the hops, but the malts are the accent of this style. If I had to say, I would say the hops were floral smelling. The beer has a pungency, almost sour smelling.

Taste:
The taste is very interesting. It tastes of smoked, malt or patent black malt which gives it a charred flavor--delightful!--and has a robust roasted flavor. In all the beer presents a very round, complex flavor, and on top of that, it is well carbonated, giving it a nice bite and added dimension.

Mouthfeel:
The mouthfeel is thick, very thick and complements the thick flavor. Just what I would expect from a highly malty beer style. THe way it is supposed to be brewed!

Drinkability:
In conclusion, I like this one a lot. A little heavy for more than one in a sitting, but this is to be expected from such a robust beer. I will definitely buy this one again, and I would have to say, I think it was better than most of the other Bell's beers I have tried.

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

This beer was recommended by Emily at Palmer's in Columbus, Oh. Emily, you recommended a lot to me that night, I sure am glad that this one a beer that you pushed me on, i sure am glad I picked this one up.

A. Ok from pour, a very Dark brown with no visibility coming through, but a lot of carbonation coming up from the bottom. A very highly carbonated dark caramel head is present upon release from the bottle. It's overall presence is ok, but not anything overly impressive.

S Tons of bourbon, caramel, and coffee. Tones of it. This beer has a very sweet and woody scent to it. Definitely feels like and smells like a bourbon barrel aged beer. The scent is very warming but lacks refinement.

T. The taste is good, its got the complexity of a good stout, but lacks certain flavors that should be there. It doesn't live up to it's name, where's the double cream? Regardless the oat presence is noticeable. Some dryness is provided through both roasted malts and coffee bitterness. Some pretty good chocolate come out, and very slight dark fruit hints, mainly rasphberry. As noticeable in the smell, tons of bourbon. Not too much, but slightly overpowering to the other flavors. There's a slight roughness to the flavor, which I'm assuming is coming from the caramel malts. This is a good beer, I'm interested to see if it will smooth out with time.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque fudgy blackness with an enormous head despite an easy-handed pour. The head is bumpy and creamy, retaining very well. Thick lace forms a kind of honeycomb pattern on the glass. This looks, as the English say, "the business."

Aroma of sweet cream and milk chocolate shavings, also lightly fruity and a slight hint of mineral in back.

Flavor is somewhat of a letdown, if I'm comparing it with any other Bell's stout. Even for the style it seems merely okay. Watery chocolate, coffee bitterness, fruit zing, and the sweetness of fresh cream. Mineral rides through in the finish.

Heavily carbonated, and too much so. There's a smoothness in there, I can feel a nice velvety texture, but I found it too tingly. It's certainly not due to excessive coldness, as I'm drinking this just barely below room temperature.

Easily my least favorite Bell's beer so far (I've tried 14 to date). It's not at all bad--I don't think even the worst Bell's beer would be terrible--and it won't be a chore getting through the other 3 remaining from the 6-pack. But I probably won't return. And, yeah, we should review to style, and I believe I am, but this has never been my favorite style, so...

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle of this excellent beer the other night.

The stout pours the expected blackish brown color, but with exceptional head retention and lacing. The head on this beer has something of a cocoa color, which I quite appreciate. The beer is likewise very attractive on the nose, with some noticeable chocolate, vanilla and coffee, but with a fine roasty, almost burnt toast aroma as well. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with moderate sweetness, but with enought hoppy bitterness to keep that sweetness from becoming overwhelming. The mouthfeel is very light and creamy, and might be this beers best feature. The beer is very drinkable, with the 7.5% alcohol well disguised.

This beer is nothing like the expedition stout, and is a nice departure from some of the RIS's I've been drinking of late. A very nice effort from Bell's, to no great surprise.

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

7.5% ABV.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into heavy glass mug

A: Oil black with a half-finger of cocoa colored head, leaving small spotted lace. There are a few small bubbles streaming up. Maybe I poured it too cold.

S: Deep dark smores-like hint. Creamy, roasted malt.

T: Creamy, dark chocolate with slightest hint of coffee.

M: Velvet smooth too start, but surprisingly dry in the back of the throat. Not as dry as a Guinness, but I didn't think this would have this dry of a finish. Still, creamy smoothness in front.

D: Two or three of these wouldn't be unheard of, but your liver will hurt in the morning, there is a lot of density to deal with.

Recommended for the super stout lover.

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

Pours a nearly impenetrable black with a tall brown head with long retention. The smell is of surprisingly faint but still delicious cocoa powder. Taste is roasty: big on the dark chocolate and coffee elements, more sweet than bitter, all around yummy. Could be considerably heavier but still its weight is sufficient and quite easily sustainable if you want to drink several of these guys in a sitting.

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

Fairly dark brown, some patchy highlights. Head is initially firm and bubbly, but recedes quickly and leaves little lacing. Okay.

Aromas of roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, some oak tannin in the background. Not a ton to speak of, but about right. There's also an unfortunate metallic component that really emerges with warmth.

The flavor is roasted and for the most part one dimensional. Plenty of coffee, hint of vanilla bean, and I suppose enough sweetness to qualify for style. A little dark fruit, a little steely, but mainly the java.

The body is firmly medium: not to thick and full, but far from thin. Finish is a little fruitier, and probably hoppy - it's a little hard to tell, but I think the hops are contributing that slight amount of complexity-adding fruitiness at each turn. 'Pretty drinkable, if not totally adventurous.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

20 ounce pint glass, served from cask at The Pub, Columbus, OH (Polaris). Pours a dark brown color with about a bit more than an inch off-white/tan head. It almost looked like a nitro-tap Guinness when it was brought to me. Lacing and head retention were both excellent. The aroma was chocolate, coffee, cream and roasted malt. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's good and sweet but also has a nice slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's very creamy and velvety with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and creamy and extremely easy to drink. I'd drink this all the time if I could, I've had the beer from the bottle before and I like it a lot, but it's just excellent on cask. Recommended.

Photo of samccoy
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle, it appears as a nice dark-chocolate color with more of a milk-chocolate head.

S: It smells of marshmellows and cream. Absolutely amazing.

T: It tastes as good as it smells. There are hints of dark and chocolate malts as well as the cream flavor and marshmellow overtones. It is extremely sweet, best paired with some sort of meal to balance the sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is extremely silky and smooth. It feels just and good and smooth as it tastes.

D: Due to the sweetness of this beer, it is very difficult to drink more than a beer or two at a time. It should be paired with a hearty meal in order to fully enjoy every aspect of this awesome brew.

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

A: An extremely dark black color. A very small 1 finger tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: For a milk stout, the smell was a little weaker than expected. When it did come through, there was roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and coffee.

T: Big flavor of coffee, chocolate and caramel really come through. A big thick quite sweet beer.

M: An extremely creamy(duh right?) and smooth stout. Leaves the mouth oil slick!

D: 7.5% abv and really sweet limit this to 1-2 beers in a sitting for me. A great beer to drink though!

Photo of eagles22
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice black body with a 3 finger creamy tan head and good amount of carbonation bubbles

Smell: very nice sweet malty smell kind of like a sweet chocolate smell

Taste: milk chocalte with a coffe hint and it goes down very smooth

mouthfeel: very nice complex beer...sweet at first but than ends with a nice coffee bite...and aftertaste isnt bad at all leaves you wanting more

Drinkability: is very high ...great session

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

Thanks to Bluemoonswoon for this extra!

A - Standard stout. Opaque with 1/4" of off white head. No lacing.

S - Some roastedness, malts, and toffee.

T - Slightly smokey. More malted milk taste, some cocoa.

M/D - Good. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. A session-able stout.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and a small head. There is a slight roasty smell to it, but not much else. The beer has a slight sweetness with a lot of roastiness. There isn't much much flavour in this beer, which is disappointing. The beer is roasty and slightly sweet, but nothing much else. The mouth feel is good, and it's drinkable. I'm quite disappointing with this beer.

Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was pitch black. It poured with a short lived, whisp of light tan fizz.

s: Roasty malt aromas that have a hint of cocoa and some lactic sweetness. A milk stout on steroids.

t: Clean malty flavors of nutty cocoa with a sweet milky finish.

m: Gentle carbonation and a nice lingering sweet cocoa flavor.

d: Hmmmm... a semi-imperial milk stout? Works for me!

Photo of usmittymc
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle labeled "8732" into a generic brandy snifter.

A: Opaque black liquid (no light will penetrate it- I tried to with a Coleman MAX LED flashlight!)

S: Definitely sweet malt. Caramel or butterscotch as well.

T: More caramel/ butterscotch on the front with slight coffee or baker's chocolate bitterness in the middle, with a resugance of sweet caramel on the back! Outstanding.

M: Double cream? Definitely. Very smooth, velvety slickness.

D: Well, this is a very drinkable brew. Since it is in the single digits outside right now (as I am in Indy), a few of these is just the right medicine. Kudos to Bell's.

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