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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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3,153 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,153
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 176
Gots: 262 | 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 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
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque with a very dark tan head. Malty nose. Nice roasted bean flavor profile with an obvious sweet tone to it. Thick liquid feel. Nice level of carbonation. Overall, I'll say this is a pretty good brew. Hearty with a slight rich edge to it, it's a good enough stout I wouldn't mind trying on-tap.

RblWthACoz, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of BeerIsland
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. Virtually black, it lacked a head but was impressive looking. Not a lot of aroma, just some maltiness. It's very smooth and not sweet at all, which surprised me. The alcohol is completely masked, wouldn't know it was there. Nice and toasty on the finish. Goes down beautifully. Very nice!

BeerIsland, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I want to give this famed stout a higher score, I just couldn't. This stout has a lot of pluses. A very nice deep ebony presentation -deep red hues can be seen if held against the light. The head was a dirty brown and long lasting. However, the aroma was somewhat muted. Could only detect slight hints of roasted barley. The taste was dominated by dark roasted malts -very little complexity. I was expecting something a bit more diverse. Perhaps more chocolate, carmel, and crystal malts would have added character to this stout.

While I plan on drinking this again, I was expecting a bit more.

jpkoch1962, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of littleshamrocks
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with the batch number printed on the back of the bottle. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque black with a full, rich, creamy, cocoa colored head. So far, so good, this brew looks thick and delicious. The head settles nicely, leaving patches of lacing. The nose is of sweet, roasted malts with apparent coffee tones. Also pick up some dark fruit (currants) and a faint semi-sweet baker's chocolate. The flavor is much like the smell as it starts off with a very smooth sweetness, followed by the chocolate and dark fruitiness, and finishes with a lingering roasted malt/coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with an almost velvety texture. The carbonation is just to the edge without going over, and the finish is semi-chalky. Luscious.

I really like this beer. It is brilliantly crafted and top notch for the style. At 6.1%, I think that I could easily drink a gallon without growing tired of it. Utterly easy to consume with almost nothing negative about it. In fact, if I were forced to find a negative, it would be that I do not currently have another to enjoy. This is worth seeking out.

littleshamrocks, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of RustyDiamond
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8215 and purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville.

Poured jet black, with 1 finger of tan head into a goblet. Lots of tiny to mid-sized bubbles in the uber frothy head.
Aroma of bittersweet chocolate & coffee.
Sweet mouthfeel transitioning into a creamy then roasty finish.
No one flavor stands out with this stout...pretty smooth nothing fancy.

RustyDiamond, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of LittleBreeze
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting Bell's Ball - Double Cream Stout

Two finger head with very decent retention. The usual suspects were present. Chocolate, malt, hint of vanilla, dark sugar.
Taste was good. Just good. I expected...more. I also expected creamier.

This one was a let down for me.

LittleBreeze, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark licorice brown with half an inch of tan foam. Aroma of toasted malt. Taste was appropriate for the style but was rather unremarkable to my taste, not sweet enough for a sweet stout. Mouthfeel was good and the carbonation was nice. But I probably won’t drink this one again, not because it was bad but because they are many others that are better at the same price.

CDBeerDisappear, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- licorice colour with an ebony/reddish hue. Head dissipates quite quickly, however lacing is ok. Nose- more licorice, oatmeal and some roast. Taste- light roasts, milk chocolate and anise. Carbonation was pretty spritzy for the style, otherwise nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is good- I had no idea that this was 7.5%. Good stout on a winter's day.

oakbluff, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of AMo
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout pours a dense, opaque black with a dark tan head. It has a pleasant smell, moderately strong of roasted malts. The taste offers a wonderful, and more intense dose of malts than can be detected in the smell. Overall this has a great blend between a medium and thick bodied beer that just goes down super smooth; making this one a bit too easy to down.

AMo, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Head was 1 finger in height and mocha in color, and a good amount of lacing was left on the glass. Somewhat high in viscosity. A little less head and carbonation than I would like, but overall, not bad.

S: Sweet caramel and chocolate malts, roasted and toasted.

T: Typical stout tastes of the chocolate and caramel roasted malts. A little bit of coffee, and some hop bitterness, but more sweet.

M: I thought it was fairly creamy. I thought it had the viscous mouthfeel of certain imperials, but with a much sweeter taste.

D: Tasty and creamy, but filling. Mostly a dessert beer or one for sitting next to the fire on a cold day. Overall pleased. Not astounded, but happy.

fightingirishcmk, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a name like "Special Double Cream Stout," a expected some serious cream. I don't know what they "doubled," but this just came off like a big stout with a little less of a dry, roasted feel. No, it's not bad, there's a dark malt profile that's similar to a mocha coffee, maybe with a touch of cream. Basically it's a good stout, but I don't know if it's special.

tempest, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of pwoods
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint. Batch 8150 is invalid but it's pretty fresh.

A: Pours a motor oil black but not quite the same viscosity. 2 fingers of tan head with some retention before dieing to a large layer on top. Good lacing.

S: Very sweet. Cocoa powder, bananas, cookie dough, and whole cream. A little bit of hops add a fresh crispness.

T/M: Much too sweet. Very thick sweetness from a whole cream and vanilla icing backbone. Lightly burnt coffee and caramel malts. Bits of cocoa and doughy cookies. Body is medium with an oily feel.

D: Way too sweet. I'm had it on tap several times with the same conclusion.

pwoods, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a biege head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and leaves isolated spots of lacing. Body is black.

Smell - nuts, chocolate, roasted malt, malt bread with slightly burnt crust, and vanilla. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the nose, and much more. Chocolate, nuts, vanilla, roasted malt, as well as caramel, dark fruit like raisins, plums, and sour cherries. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, creamy, and silky smooth.

Drinkability - this is very, very good ale. Thouroughly delicious and hearty, and quite sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of jscondon
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer. It pours nicely with very little head, smelling sort of like dark chocolate with a hint of roasted barley. The flavor is very well balanced and smooth, I find that it fills my pallet with flavor then finishes with a little bitterness followed by some sweetness. Although I find the flavor of this beer to be excellent, the mouth tactile is only average. It is a little weak in the finish.
In all I like this beer, summed up in sentence one.

jscondon, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a sturdy deep black body with a 3 finger mocha head. Ok retention.

The strongest aroma from this beer is cream, followed by a very faint roastiness. A pleasant, well balanced smell, but kinda faint.

A rich brew that taste of cream followed by a slightly bitter dark chocolate. The roastiness is appropriately low in this brew, but still adds a nice layer to the beer. This beer is like a less complex version of their Kalamazoo stout.

Soft and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Nice.

A very drinkable beer, but if I am having a Bell's stout, I would take the Kalamazoo Stout over this one every time.

IPAcraig, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a light brown head that disappears fast.

S - Creamy malt, with some chocolate smells.

T - Smooth creamy flavor of malt. Sweet with some hints of chocolate.

M - Not bad. It's a medium body. Little bit of cirtus.

D - Good, not my favorite but I could defenitely drink a couple while relaxing.

jeffmonarch, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 2 finger head with good head and retention. Nice dark brown color.

Smell is of several malts. Caramel, pale, chocolate, roasted, toasted malts. The roasted mixed with the biscuity just makes me shreik with anticipation.

Taste: Wonderful malt complexity. Pale malts are in the back followed by caramel matls. Toasted, biscuity malts come in with nice chocolate malts. Some roasted malt comes in to balance as well. The hop bitterness is a little citrusy. I think a piney hop such as a chinook should be added to balance the citrusy hop profile out. This beer is so close to being a five, but the hopping isn't right for me.

The mouthfeel is creamy, but it is slightly ruined by a citrusy from the hops, again a pineyer (sp?) hop would help balance this out.

This beer is so close to being a five it pains me. The malt bill is incredible. However, the citrusy hoppy profile should be a little bit more piney to compliment the flavors of the malt bill better.

jasonjlewis, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of tjcortez
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack after enjoying Sam Adam's Cream Stout. This definitely impressed.

A | Poured a much darker, dark brown with a nice sepia colored head.

S | Like coffee and cocoa with a leathery scent mixed in, very pleasant though.

T | Really good. Not overwhelming with any of its flavors and not too complex.

M | Low carbonation and very smooth.

D | Goes down real easy and leaves me wanting another.

My favorite stout so far. I would definitely recommend this to cream lovers everywhere!

tjcortez, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown with some ruby highlights around the bottem edge. The head is a generous finger width of of light brown foam that eventually settles down into a beautiful creamy covering and leaves an awesome looking latice work of lace down the sides of the glass. Aroma is deep with notes of sweet chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste is thick once again with that sweet chocolate character as well as warming mellow roastiness. Hop bitterness is strong in the finish but that gives way to a final kiss of lingering sweetness on the palette. The mouthfeel is an awesome creamy medium with a fantastic silky carbonation.

Bell's has yet to disappoint me with a stout and the trend continues here. Just a fantastic smooth drinking sweet stout with an excellent subtle character that's a pleasure to enjoy.

Kegatron, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of jeonseh
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle that I got out of a midwest craft brew mix pack.

Very dark opaque black color with a chocolate creme colored, rather frothy head. One can smell a scent of bitter chocolate.

Taste a lot of sweet, chocolate in this one and really a smooth brew that just goes right down, leaves a slight burnt malt taste, almost as if it fades into a darker chocolate at the end. Like a change from a Hershey's bar to a Lindt Dark Truffle. I don't taste much other than the chocolate at it really seems to dominate for me.

Very drinkable and light feeling stout that you could just suck down for dessert after a heavy meal. I think this aspect of it makes it very drinkable as I could definitely see myself having a couple of these.

Overall, pretty solid but nothing outstanding. I would put this in terms of taste as a middle beer one that tries to be a chocolate stout but does not fully make it there and one that is a bit sweeter than some of the other milk stouts that I've had.

jeonseh, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a large tan head that features excellent retention and a good amount of lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malts, and hints of chocolate and coffee. Wow, the smell is mouthwatering! The taste is much like the aroma, it starts out smooth and roasty with hints of charcoal and finishes with a good amount of bitterness. Overall, this is another fantastic stout in Bell's outstanding lineup. Recommended.

cjgator3, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a black obsidian hue with a brown off color head into the pint glass. Great lacing as the beer progressed all the way to the end of the beer. It has a sweet roasted barley scent with aromas of vanilla, rich chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The taste follows the nose into roasted barley with chocolate and cocoa notes. I didn't get any coffee flavor on tongue, but a bit of vanilla did come to life as the beer warmed more. The mouthfeel on this is smooth and creamy and coats nicely with the alcohol very well hidden. Drinkability is also high due to the low carbination and silky smooth mouthfeel and not overly high alcohol ABV. I could easily make this a session stout.

TheodorHerzl, Dec 10, 2007
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,153 ratings.