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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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3,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,241
Reviews: 1,361
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 296 | 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 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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

A-Nice black syrupy looking beer with a nice head and lacing.

S-Smells sweet and malty with hints of chocolate.

T-Sweet but not to sweet and very malty.

M-Thick and creamy, I love it.

D-one of my favorites, incredibly rich and, a treat for the palate.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a small tanned foam that drops to a thin film but leaves a nice trail of goodies behind. Pretty much black except for the bottom of the glass.

Smells kinda like a vanilla root beer float (IMO) also has some roasted malt and a bit of chocolate.

Tastes of sweet chocolate malts, bitterness and roasted coffee. Very smooth mouthfeel with a dose of carbonation as well.

Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a very dark brown/black. Not much of a head. Leaves a smokey wisp on the top.

S_Sweet and roasted with a bit of chocolate. almost like a chocolate milk shake.

T_Sweet and rich with more coffee taste than the nose. The finish is pure smoke though which I wasn't expecting from the smell. A good blend of malts here.

M_A rich and creamy stout, mild yet slightly tingly carbonation.

D_An enjoyable experience but nothing mind blowing. Not as good as their Expedition stout.

Photo of sjohansen
2.28/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black as the inside of a closet with the door closed so you can't see your hand in front of your face. Cream one finger head, disappears quick, leaving a handful of floating brown bubbles on top. Great sticky lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and dark coffee. Dry oats. The notes are very rich, and the smell is great.

It's got a nice dry character, tastes roasty in the middle of the palate, but... something is off in the aftertaste. And by off, I mean nasty. Not as sweet as Special Double Cream would entail. It has a sour quality that quickly destroys the enjoyable characteristics.

Mouthfeel is like cough syrup. The first couple sips coated my mouth and ruined the rest of the beer.

There are plenty of stouts in the universe, this one is not too high on my list.

Photo of SIRIUS2
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 into a pint glass

A: Pours syrupy dark brown, nearly black with no discernible translucency. Head was minimal to none but there was a thin layer of bubbles that diminished to a light brown ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Abundant dark roasted malt on the nose. Plenty of chocolate with some coffee as well.

T: Abundant malts engulf the taste buds with great complexity and swirling smoothness. The dark toast on the malt is not too bitter, allowing for the sweetness to come through. There is just enough bittering to bring everything to a close for a relative quick finish and a light linger of coffee.

M&D: Mouthfeel is heavy and full with an abundance of fine carbonation allowing for this brew to go down easy. A very good sample for the class and another great brew from Bell's.

Photo of Drew966
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout pours an opaque black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Roasted malt dominates the aroma. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt, it tastes like chocolate and a bit like coffee, caramel comes to mind too. Kick ass beer.

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

I enjoyed this Stout at Underground Bluz in Orlando. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4524

The bartender poured into a snifter and it was a very dark brown/black with no translucence. Good retention and lacing.

The first whiff tells me that I'm going to like this stout. A bit of sweet molasses smell with some chocolate and coffee hints.

The taste is great! Plenty of maltiness and a complex taste like the scent.

The mouth feel is thick and creamy, just what I expect from a stout.

I could drink this one all night long. I'm looking forward to more of these.

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decanted into my Caracole tulip @ 45 degrees

A - A pitch black liquid nestled beneath a beige cap of whipped head w/ a fine bead. The head decompresses gradually and leaves spots of lace.

S - Rich and roasty w/ a cofee-like aroma and nutty roasted barley odor.

M - Smooth creamy malt w/ roasted textures and a full effervesence and subtle sweetness w/ a slightly dry finish.

T - Sweet, creamy malt w/ light vanilla and caramel notes are blended well w/ a fine milky chocolate and buttery nut flavor. The crisp coffee-like roast blends w/ the caramel notes w/ subtle sweetness and gentle hop spice. Slightly biscuity as the dark malty flavors subside.

D - Very rich w/ a nice blend of roasty and smooth. Very quaffable, one of the most drinkable of Bell's beers and a sweet, yet not cloying stout which is very well made.

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

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl

Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a nice tan head that turns to a nice ring of lace around the glass
It has a wonderful dark black brown body

Aromas of chocolate, molasses, coffee and tons of malt

Flavors of sweet malts, cream and chocolate with a light coffee bitter finish

Great creamy full mouthfeel

A very drinkable stout I like it better than the Expedition stout and I am going to savor every last drop of this one

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