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

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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
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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:
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 DavidEddie
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drunkmonk for this one!

Appearance - Pours black with a tan head. Lacing stuck around.

Smell - Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

Taste - as it smells but with some light citrusy hops mixed in there.

Mouth feel - Creamy and smooth. Not as heavy as I was expecting.

Drinkability - is good. A real easy drinker. I could enjoy a few of these throughout the night.

DavidEddie, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark, almost black with a mocha colored head. Great retention and sheets of lace left behind.

Malty aroma - dark chocolate, mild coffee, caramel, and molasses. Spicy cinnamon notes top things off. A little milder than expected, but very inviting.

Big roasted flavor that gets sweet with dark and milk chocolate, molasses, and light coffee. Definitely creamy and rich. Mild spicy hops, baking spices, and toasted grain round things out. Alcohol does not show up at all. Finishes dry with lingering roasted sweetness. Very satisfying.

Medium-full body in body. Creamy yet crisp, rich, almost chewy. Easy to drink. Nice balance of roast and sweetness. Excellent - the best Milk/Sweet Stout I've had.

Lupe, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of bobbyc881
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, my bottle says 6.1% ABV, not 7.5%.

Pours out quite dark, with a thin tan head hanging out up top. I'm a bit stuffed up, so smelling this thing isn't really working out too well right now. What I do smell smells stouty.

Taste is smooth and roasty, just as it should be. Nothing exceptional here, but well done. Taste starts with chocolate and roast malts and finishes with a little bit of a lactic bite. Lingering flavor is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would think a "special double cream stout" should be. I've had a number of oatmeal stouts that have had a far creamier and smoother mouthfeel.

Drinkability is quite nice. This would be a good choice for grabbing a 6-pack and warming up in the winter with.

bobbyc881, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from Limesmut.

A clear deep brown colored beer nearing black in color. Short brown head forms and disappears.

Smell is sweet and quite strongly of chocolate. After the chocolate burned sugar and patent malt with a trace of carrot scent. Lastly there is a trace of smoke in this.

The taste starts out sweet and very strongly of chocolate, one of the biggest chocolate flavors I have tasted. Lots of bittersweet chocolate flavor with and real coffee taste. Fairly strong charred malt flavor and a decent amount of smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very tasty stout and not hyper alcoholic either. A tasty beer that I will gladly drink again.

Zorro, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of BlindPig
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- About a 1" mocha head on a black body.
S- Roasted, cream, oatmeal, light coffee, and almost a light vanilla.
T- Creamy with some roasted burnt malts, coffee, light chocolate, not actual oatmeal but something makes a almost oatmeal flavor, grass hops, and something else I can't put finger on. Light to medium bitterness left on tongue from grass hops and light cream flavor with some roasted malts stay for the aftertaste.
M- Low smooth carbonation, medium body.
D- It's a very tasty brew. I could down a lot of these very easily. Maybe one day when I head up to Bell's I will have a night with these.

BlindPig, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of theformula
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #19 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 11/19. Had this for awhile, and the only Bell's besides Hopslam that I haven't had.

A: Pours a nearly black, oily body into a snifter. A 2 finger mocha head retains decently well. Spotty lacing is left over. Should be rich.

S: Superbly rich, dark malts have an intense aroma. Dark chocolate mingles with blackstrap molassess and some coffee notes, as well as a touch of licorice. A nice roast quality plays off of the slightly sour lactic character. Nice.

M: Med.-full body, low carbonation. Almost chewy in its extremely coating, creamy M.F. Quite thick.

T: Bell's does it again, proving they brew some of the best stouts around IMO. Massive roasted patent malts give off waves of dark chocolate and molasses w/ a prominent coffee bean kick as well. The richness factor is up there and can be intense. The leafy, citrusy hops play a small role but add complexity and also a tart, acrid character.

D: A delicious, rich stout, not too heavy and packed w/ roasted goodness. The M.F. could use a bit more carbonation and is best suited to a desert or as a desert.

theformula, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with Faro, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this beer

Split with a friend tonight, first part of our Bell's Stouts night

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with an opaque black color, 2/3 inch pretty dark tan head that settled about five minutes later, nice retention, some sticky light brown lacing

Smell was complex with chocolate and cream right up front, also some coffee and butter, roasted barley, some caramel aromas, sweet malt, milk, raisins, and other minor dark fruit aromas

Taste had lots of sweetness, molasses and milk chocolate were the main sources, faint coffee flavor, not much of a hop presence, lots of sweet malt including a small caramel taste, mixture of dark and light chocolate which made this enjoyable, hints of half and half, as it warmed more sweet tastes came to the surface including a nice candy-like toffee finish, nice sweet dark beer overall

Body was nice and thick but too syrupy for the amount of sweetness it had, needed some carbonation or a dryer mouthfeel to offset some of that, taste was long lasting though

Could not drink too much of this, another bottle and I probably would have been good, the seven percent alcohol is hidden well though, just heavy like most sweet stouts tend to be

Not a bad beer at all from Bell's, heard the bourbon barrel version of this is delicious from a friend who lives near the brewery, look forward to trying that someday, highly recommended, we will see in a few weeks if the Expedition Stout and Batch 7000 measures up to this one

Floydster, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black sea into my snifter with a dark tan head that recedes at decent rate. Chocolate of the bat in the nose. Very sweet aroma from the 10 different malts. Also has a very roasted aroma. The double cream stout has an extremely rich flavor. So much flavor with all the malts. This is perhaps my favorite beer from Bell's. Coffee, Chocolate and molasses are all over this one. This beer makes the mouth salivate. Great sweetness with matching bitters. That roasted flavor is lingering for a while. At 6.1% this could become my new session stout if it wasn't so limited. Pick this up, you won't be disappointed.

paulthebeerguru, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On a cask pull, served in a tulip glass.

A- It poured a deep brown-black with reddish tones and a decent tan-brown head.

S- It smelled mostly of roasty chocolate malts with some coffee tones.

T- It had a full coffee flavor with hints of fermented raisin.

M- It was very creamy and smooth. Great feel.

D- It was a really easy drinker.

Overall- I had it en lieu of dessert. Great beer that was even more enjoyable when served from the cask. I'd love to come across it again in cask form.

GRPunk, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark black with thin mocha-colored head and a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts, butter, brown sugar, and toffee greets the nose.

The robust flavors of espresso hit you first, followed by the tastes of rye and dark chocolate. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Rich mouthfeel, slick and moderately carbonated.

Overall, a nice Stout that is easy to drink and enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of baos
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking as I typing.

A: Very dark on pour with a nice two finger head. Head retention is very nice. Really nice lace patterns going on as well.

S: Roasty caramel maltiness. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee. And believe it or not kind bud resin.

T: Hops up front that goes straight to coffee and bitter chocolate with some scorched caramel somewhere in the middle. Very complex and highly recommended. Ends nice and dry.

M: Medium to full bodied, bravo to my fwends to the north.

D: Bitter and strong as it is: it is also refreshing. Chug-a-lug Chug-a-lug makes you want to yell "yummy ass!!!"

baos, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, dark brown, almost black, pour resulted in a one finger relatively dark brown head with an orange tint made up of medium bubbles. Medium lacing left when head recedes.

S = Smell of whipped milk chocolate, frappacino, and roasted, almost burnt grains.

T = This is almost like a Starbuck's coffee drink followed by a beer taste finish. It has a creamy, chocolate taste that melds with a slightly bitter coffee taste at the mid-palate. The finish is long and complex giving both a sweetness on the middle of the tongue and bitterness on the back.

M = Medium to heavy bodied, good coating of the mouth, light carbonation which is perfect for the taste.

D = This is definitely a drinkable beer. I could easily see this being my go to stout for cold Winter evenings.

Traquairlover, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near-black color with thick tan/brown head. Head is dense like a nitrogen gassed beer. Head fades to a nice cap and holds with pretty good retention from here on.

Very roasty aroma with vanilla and a hint of something metallic. Not especially impressive.

Flavor, however, is an exceptional blend of roasty malt smoothly mixing with chocolate and a rich maltiness. Clean finish with a bit of coffee. Fantastic!

Fairly light carbonation and a smooth, medium-thick mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, just with the aroma had done more for me. I will certainly be seeking this out again.

AaronHomoya, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of pheggeseth
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Surly Darkness goblet.

A: black with ruby around the edges, pours pretty thick with a billowy, coffee colored head quickly generating, very enticing

S: roasted malt with a soft, sweet glow around the edges, not as pronounced as I hoped

T: hop/coffee bitterness up front with a great roasted malt backbone hitting in the middle, sweetness again in the back

M: good carbonation, pretty thick, but not extreme, well balanced

D: low abv, not obtrusive flavor, pleasant, not terribly unique, but still quite enjoyable, a flavorful stout you don't have to fuss over

pheggeseth, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of EGledhill
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: 1 finger head that dissipates almost immediately. dark brown/black

Smell: for lack of better words, it kinda smells like a hot, sweet, malty fart. not very enjoyable at all.

Taste: the taste redeems the smell. burnt coffee taste with hints of bitter chocolate. a little powerful on the coffee but extremely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: pretty good. not overpowering at all compared to the expedition stout due to its lower alcohol content (only! 6.1%)

Drinkability: also pretty good. would be tough to have more than 3 of these at one sitting, but would be an excellent dessert beer

EGledhill, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of AndoBrew
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*liked it, would buy it*

app: not black and mysterious, not brown and beautiful, just in the middle and blah.nice big head!

smell: smells like a babies diper that needs changing. but with a sweet backdrop, of nice black malts.

taste: much better than the smell. refreshing water then toasty black malt goodness. really nice MILD stout, i usually like em big n bold, this is nice and refreshing but still yummy and full of flavor.

mf: for how weak and refreshing it is the thin un stout like mf actually matches, i like this thin water mouthfeel with the light refreshing stout. good job!

drinkable?: INDEED! bottoms up!

AndoBrew, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of adams82
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black with a faint ruby hue with a fluffy tan head.

Smells sweet with deeply roasted malts/espresso/dark roast coffee. The flavor is predominantly roasty; an onslaught of dark roasted malts, a hint of bittersweet dark chocolate and rounded by a slight sugary sweetness (lactose) and finishes with a nice, balancing citric hop bitterness.

Full bodied and easy to drink. A great beer!

adams82, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of joekfsu
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a thick nearly black color with 2 cm brown head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is dominated by chocolate, some hints of sweet malt. Flavors of chocolate, cream, and smoky malt. Medium body, significant lacing, no real alcohol detected, and lasting aftertaste. Very tasty and drinkable, almost a pop feel.

joekfsu, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brownish, but turns black in the glass. It sits there, with little head between you and the beer. It's just begging you to drink it.

It's a little harsh in the mouth, but refreshing. Excellent taste, and not overwhelming. Mainly burnt coffee flavors, which coincidently is how it smells, too

A slight metallic bitterness hurts the drinkability, but not much.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of cracgor
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown with reddish edges. It has a nice coffee like aroma. The beer tastes pretty good. Like coffee, but it isn't as full flavored as i'd like to see. My only complaint would be it could feel a lot more creamy. The malt is fairly well balanced by the hop. Not a lot more to say about it.

cracgor, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with little to no head. Smell is of deep roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Bitter chocolate hops presents first. Followed by a silky roastedness which develops more in the aftertaste. Quite nice indeed. Well structured. Aftertaste lingers for a bit, yum. I could enjoy this beauty all night.

timbro81, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to GrizzlyAdams for this brew.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Pours a pitch black with about 1/2 of tan head.

S- Not a strong nose with notes of coffee and currants. Of course I am used to drinking these out of a sniffer so it may have a strong nose in that.

T- Sublime! Coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits. Very roasty but not overpowering with flavor like the Exp. Stout. I like this beer a lot.

M- Another 5 from me. This is a very smooth beer and very creamy. Lowish cabonation but that is how you want it. I have got to try more Bell's brews.

D- Bring it on bartender! I could drink this until I was full. Because I think I would get full before drunk on this beer. Very good over all. Top 10 stouts for me!

Mudpuppet, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pitchblack beer with almost no head, only a small layer of off-white cream on the side of the glass.

Smell is roasted with coffee and chocolate notes. Very mild. There is a smooth 'oiliness' to the beer which comes from unmalted grain.

Taste is light roasted with chocolate and mild coffee hints. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and very smooth and the roast is never sharp. The alcohol is nicely hidden. I am not sure where this double cream comes from, but it was creamy. A nice beer! Thanks to dogfooddog for this beer.

Absumaster, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Hatch
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pry-off brown bottle with a batch number on the back in place of a freshness date.

Pours and looks like many stouts; black with some dark brown along the edges when held up against light. A nice tan head that fades into some very nice lacing that sticks around for a while. Looks like it has a nice amount of carbonation.

Smells of dark malts, some roasted notes detectable, some sweetness in the aroma, hints of coffee. More aromatic than what I would have expected, which is great, but it's nothing special.

Taste sweet at first, crisp, creamy, then you taste the roasted malts, hints of coffee, and some slight bitterness from the hops. You'll feel a slight warming from the alcohol as it goes down, but it doesn't distract you from the other flavors. Feels creamy on the palate, smooth, which is nice.

I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these if I had just eaten, or during a meal, due to the brews ability to fill you up fast. But away from a meal I could drink a couple of these. I'm sure after a couple you'd start to realize the higher ABV. But for this style of beer you couldn't expect anything else.

Notes: An overall good sweet stout that's readily available in most areas, which gives it points in my book.

Hatch, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass
Batch 7684 - packaged 10/16/06

A - Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head that fades somewhat quickly. Lacing is nice when tipped but falls rapidly.

S - Smell is faint and reeks slightly of alcohol, perhaps the aging has mellowed the supposed strong malt presence. Still, the malt does show some in a nicely roasted, chocolately sweet flavor with a touch of molasses and oak.

T - Flavor is strong on sweet roasted malt with predominant notes of chocolate. As with smell, molasses and oak are present. Finish contains lingering sweetness with a touch of drying bitterness (there are hops in this beer!). The "10 different malts" combine to form a cohesive flavor. Just a bit of alcohol is present in the taste as this beer warms.

M - Rich and smooth with some sticky sweetness and a full body. Lightly drying in the aftertaste.

D- A nice drinking stout that expresses a bit of alcohol upon warming. I probably wouldn't age this too long, as I think this might have lost a bit of personality in the past year.

gmcfarre, Jan 03, 2008
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,175 ratings.