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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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2,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,877
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 166
Gots: 199 | FT: 5
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 bigbubba


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark black beer with a foamy brown head. As the head faded it left a dark tan lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. It smelled of lots of roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. There was a well balanced roasted malt flavor with slight bitterness. The mouthfeel was light and creamy smooth. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 04:06:10 | More by bigbubba
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no dating. Black as night, dark tan head, tiny bubble head melts down to a film, lots o' lace. Nose is of sweet fruit, vanilla and burnt malt in background. Lucious mouthfeel, this a sweet nectar of the stout gods. Notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, biscuits and roasted malts. As the bottle advertizes this one boasts a soft roasty finish. More fine stuff from Bells, I wish my wife brought a case of this stuff home instead of a sixer!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 04:45:59 | More by Billolick
Photo of Jason


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a code of the back label that could be possibly be some sort of freshness date.

Appearance: Super foamy but not gushing, the froth had no problem at all sticking on every inch of the glass. Black with evident brown hues on the edges.

Smell: Smells pungent of cream soda extract with a vague roasted malt in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy mouth feel off of a heavy body, smooth crispness. Sweet up front, you would swear they put a bucket of cream soda extract in this brew. The sweetness soon gets hit by some hops bitterness and a straight-up roasted grain flavor. A bite from the alcohol hits the palate with a spiciness. Slightly astringent finish and on the dry side as well.

Notes: Big and bold with jabs of complexity, this is certainly not for a weak palate. An above average sweet stout … nothing close to some of the imported or Island sweet stouts.

Thanks to sakaroo for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 22:52:22 | More by Jason
Photo of pheurton


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

seriously black in color with slight ruby highlights when held to the light. creamy full tan head of foam that subsides for the most part, but still manages to stick around. aromas of roasted oats and a dariy-like sweet cream aroma. interesting. rich and full bodied, lightly carbonated. nice roasted barley in the beginning followed by a big dollop of sweetness. the sweetness is pronounced, but not cloying in any way. finishes with more of a long burnt flavor and just a touch of leafy flavor. i don't have much experience with sweet stouts, but this one seems pretty solid. one was enough for me, however, the sweetness did sort of get to me in the end. worth a shot for sure though.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 01:53:55 | More by pheurton
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with light brown borders, topped by a light chocolate brown head that appears soft and deflates to a thick film on the surface of the beer. Lace is limited to small sheets and assorted scraps. The nose is of roasted malt with undercurrents of vanilla and coffee.

Special Double Cream Stout is enjoyable and has plenty of dark roasted malt to go around. Coffee is more aggressive on the palate and vanilla is still present as well. The beer seems both sweet and dry at the same time, with a long, mellow, slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is exactly what it should be for a sweet stout. It isn't as heavy or as viscous as an Imperial stout, more along the lines of an oatmeal stout. It falls just short of smooth and creamy... and the bubbles are fine.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout is another good beer from a very good brewery. It's a step or two down from Expedition Stout in terms of intensity. As a result, it seems more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 18:07:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of findlayfan


4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I thought Bell's Kazoo stout was nearly opaque, but then I got ahold of this one. Can't think of another stout I've tried that let so little light through. Very impressive!

Smell was quite nice, with no jarring notes, but the real forte of this brew was the taste. Complex, with a malty sweetness that didn't cloy at all.

A truly fine, big beer, whose only "minus" would be limited drinkability (well, that and the price: $11.99 per 6). I can't imagine downing more than two or three of these in an evening - but that would be a most pleasant winter evening indeed!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 03:06:06 | More by findlayfan
Photo of Jables


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a dense tan head.

Aroma is rich coffee beans, dark chocolate, and roasted malts.

Flavor is heavy on the coffee, with a decent bit of bitter dark chocolate. The roasted malts mellow towards the middle of the glass and the chocolate comes out to play a little more. It finishes slightly sweet but plenty creamy.

The mouthfeel is smooth, slick and creamy. The body is rich and the carbonation is calm and unimportant.

Drinkability is okay, it's a great brew but it's heavy, thick and I have a hard time drinking multiple roasted brews like this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 22:36:29 | More by Jables
Photo of winomark


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black wiht a generous light brown head. Very inviting.

Rich roasted coffee dominates, yet a distinctive sweet creamy tone present.

Good coffee and chocolate balanced with a nice rich sweetness. Well done for a sweet stout.

Rich, coating, and a good long lingering finish. Not too heavy, but very flavorful.

Man, I can drink this all day long! Flavorful and rich, but not too heavy. A tremendous stout from a great brewery. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 15:48:15 | More by winomark
Photo of pezoids


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date. My first beer from this brewer. Poured dark as dark as a black cat in a dark room at midnight. Topped with a small tan head. Rich and complex aroma of reminds me of chocolate butter creams. The taste is delightful and very rich. Roasted nuts, bittersweet chocolates and coffee. This beer would match perfectly with a rich chocolate dessert, or raspberry cheesecake. No bitterness detected and the alcohol just manages to show itself towards the end of the glass, when the beer finally warms up a bit. It’s well hidden otherwise. A beautifully rich and potent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 15:58:01 | More by pezoids
Photo of Bierguy5


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, nearly black liquid, with a wonderful dark tan creamy frothy head. The head on this beer alone was one of the most appealing I have ever seen. This beer smells of dark roasted coffee beans, nearly burnt. The taste is somewhat sweet with a hint of almost burnt coffee. This is very smooth and creamy. This is a pretty drinkable beer. I feel fortunate to have been able to have this on draft, as I know the bottles can be somewhat expensive, and well, we know the track record for Bell's bottles. If you are a stout lover, this is certainly worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2004 16:50:37 | More by Bierguy5
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Cream pours out characteristically black with a medium amount of head. Smell is strong and roasty with a touch of chocolate to go along with.

Taste is wonderfully creamy, like Kazoo Stout (coffee and roast backbone) but with a lot more creaminess added to it, and of course, a proper hit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is decent, not full bodied to the extreme, but adequate while the drinkability is good, largely because the extra creamy flavour makes it finish easier.

Overall, this is an interesting second take on Kazoo Stout. It basically takes a very solid year around, and then polishes it up a little, trading the heavier roasted edge of the standard for a creamier, smoother flavour. I like them both.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 20:55:13 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of sulldaddy


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I pour this brew into a snifter I have taken to for sampling.
The brew pours very dark brown and allows almost no light through.
A very thin tan head foams up with a little coaxing.
The aroma is very mild with chocolate and faint roasty hints coming through.
The flavor is rich and chocolatey with roasty malt flavors. The finish is slightly bitter but not from hops but a coffee bitter. Although this bitterness is very gentle and easily missed.
The carbonation is soft and the body is thick. This is a very tasty stout and I am glad to get a bottle of it. Give it a shot if you see it!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 04:35:04 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of BCMan


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I opened this beer, my wife said, "Oooohh! Pretty label!" Even with a rather agressive pour, this beer poured very flat but did manage to build about a half inch of frothy head. This has been pretty typical of the beer I've tried from Bell. This beer is dark, no light was getting through. The head was tan and faded fast but hung around the edge like wall flowers. The nose was very subtle with chocolate malt tones. The taste was a little thin, not what I was expecting. The flavor was mild as well but then again, a lot of stouts don't really explode with flavor. This beer is very mellow and demands that you take your time with it. It finishes nice with a bit of a mocha flavor and more chocolate. I probably would've rated this beer a bit higher if it were a bit more active from the pour and I'd like to taste it a little more chewy.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 18:19:15 | More by BCMan
Photo of aracauna


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, flash-in-the-pan phead the fades to a ring of foam around the edges but stirs up easily with a small swirl. Chocolate and char on the nose. The flavor has an odd dry powdery flavor (can't quite describe it actually), that seems to intertwine itself with the chocolate malt flavors to give the impression of a mouthfull of cocoa powder. A bit milky in the flavor. I really imagined a stout called Double Cream to be a bit thicker, but it's not exactly thin. Definitely improves as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 03:08:02 | More by aracauna
Photo of far333


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anyone figure out that label? Dark chestnut color with a light brown fine-bubbled head. Oily lacing hangs around the inside of the glass. An inch high head slowly recedes, but leaves darker brown caps of foam rising out of a few spots. When held to the light, reddish-brown particles are seen suspended. Aroma of cocoa and faint hops, perhaps a hint of raisin. Rich flavor of sweet cocoa, bitter chocolate, tart cherry, piney hops, raisin and espresso. Some molasses, but not an overly roasted malt character. Chalky residual feel around the mouth, with some definite tingling from the combination of hops and bitter chocolate and coffee. Has almost an imperial feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 02:51:05 | More by far333
Photo of yankeeheel


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a frothy espresso colored head.
Smells quite nicely of coffee and chocolate. Smells almost a little sweet.

Tastes just incredibly smooth. Like cocoa beer. Lots of big dark cafe flavors mingle nicely with the cream to make a super smooth and sweet stout. Mouthfeel is rather big and the carbonation is held at bay. Ends just a scant bit hoppy. If this were local I'd drink it everyday. Beautiful.

Thanks to JahNoth for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 02:42:22 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of kwalters


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a very good stout, the best I've had so far. I tried Bell's porter and Java stout and was not overly impressed so I only had moderate expectations for this brew. They were far exceeded.

It looks deep, dark black; as you'd think a rich stout would. The head was small but lingering. The taste was indeed exceptional (5). This has all the fullness and flavor of the Java stout but is toned down just a bit and isn't overpowered by roasty-coffee flavors. This is what I had hoped the Java stout would have been. Glad I found it. To quote the governator: "I'll be back".

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 16:04:38 | More by kwalters
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edit 3/23/04
The pour was prettier with a much more impressive topping of foam. The aroma was a beautiful whiffer with loads of creamy chocolate aromas. Smooth with a nice big body and loaded with flavor, I guess my taste buds were hurting on the last bottle I had because this stuff is excellent.

It is very creamy with a solid backround of coffee and roasted malts. The chocolate sweetness comes in to really step up the complexity. Caramel joins in the party, and it is sensational. I will have to grab another.

A very dark brown pour with a nice head of tannish foam on the top. The aroma is nice and roasty with some chocolate and caramel whiffs in there. Nice touch of coffee as well.

It is creamy smooth, but it doesn't really seem to have carbonation. Maybe this bottle is a bit off, but I will try it again soon. The flavor is not as intense as I thought it would be. It is sweet at the start with some chocolate and caramel flavors leading the way. Roasty notes come in a bit later to finish you off before a nice dry aftertaste filled with toasty flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty good, creamy, but I am not sure if this one is supposed to have more carbonation. It is pretty good, but this one will be edited if I have a better sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 02:59:00 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of babyhobbes


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured dark dark chocolate-y brown with a small, creamy, tan head. It smells good of espresso and slightly burned caramel. The taste is good. It's smooth and full with a sweet coffee taste. The mouthfeel is quite creamy as expected but not too think. This is an easy drinking stout. Another good beer from Bell's!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 23:41:58 | More by babyhobbes
Photo of jackndan


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout: a vigorous pour leaves a good-sized head, with very nice staying power. The head is tan, and very creamy. The beer is absolutely black, and not a trace can penetrate the brew. The aroma is very mild, in fact, a deep sniff reveals little but a trace of chocolate milk. What’s immediately notable is the fact that this is a smooth a beer as I’ve had in my life, I’m guessing the cream refers to the mouth feel of the beer, it’s more like a milkshake than a beer.

The taste is very nice, needless to say very malty, but very well balanced, and it bears repeating, exceptionally smooth. The flavors here run the gamut of malts: chocolate, espresso, rye bread, and a bit of toast, with a pleasant taste of buttered rum. The hop flavor is subdued, but rises to the task to help clear the palate toward the end. This is really terrific.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 03:35:05 | More by jackndan
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep brown, almost a black, color. It forms a thick brown head when swirled in my glass. The aroma is of a buttery roast malt. The butter seems to dominate the aroma. The butter component is in the taste as well. This beer is creamy in consistency. It has definite roast character as well, though befitting a cream stout, it is a soft roast flavor. The stout is fairly thick bodied, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The butter flavor seems to dissipate with time, though I could just be getting used to it. I am not sure if the butter character is supposed to be here (my guess is that it is not), but it is no so strong that it horribly detracts from this beer. It even helps to boost the perceived fullness of this beer. Though in the end this beer would be much better without the butter component.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 20:50:35 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This big, dark stout pours a tar pitch black with a smallish tan head and some trails of sticky, webby lace. Little bits of unfiltered yeast and proteins make one aware of the anticipated healthy benefits. The aroma isn't at all what one normally expects with this depth of darkness and body. Fresh cut hay predominates, while smells of coffee, chocolate and a faint alcohol fuminess can be noticed with some concentration. The full rich malt body is fairly sweet. Espresso, dark bittersweet chocolate, toffee, biscuits and a rich smokiness remain strong throughout the glass. The hops provide a sharp-edged bite of both citrus bitterness and a mild metallic tang.
Sakaroo was kind enough to provide me with this very interesting Bell's offering (my first). When you see him, give him beer! He's a wonderful human being and a true BA!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 01:05:53 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of maxpower


4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black color with a nice creamy brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass, roasty malty aromas. Taste like bitter sweet chocolate and rich coffee, full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a mild sweetness, alcohol is very well hidden, very drinkable and dangerous, this is a beautiful stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 22:32:43 | More by maxpower
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West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Midnight black with caramel brown notes edging through on the edges when held to the light nice full tan head leaves thick collar of lacing continues the same pattern throughout the session. Aroma: An airy sweet cream scent with hints of wood chips slipping through, dark chocolate and coffee notes round out the scent. Taste: Deliciously creamy just awesome mouth full of whipped cream blended with chocolate what a dessert beer, very rich with some bitterness coming through from the dark roasted malts bringing chocolate and coffee to the table maginficant. Mouthfeel: Full bodied cream stout just a big brew when it comes down to it, nice even sturdy carbonation. Drinkability: These would ware on you but it would also blend so well with vanilla ice cream as a topping, awesome well done tip my hat to the brewer's at Bell's great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 09:41:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is very dark brown, with a nice tan head. The smell is a slight sweetness. The taste is bittersweet, the creamy sweetness mixing quite well with the roasted malt bitterness, and the aftertaste is quite sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy. Drinkability-wise, definitely could have a few.

Another solid Bell's offering. A nice mix of sweetness and bitterness that keeps both in the forefront. A good stout, and absolutely one I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 03:58:33 | More by beergeek279
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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