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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,932 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,932
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 207 | 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 Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another oily, rich, dark brown brew from Bells. Alomst black in color. Head was very fine, tan and short. Thinned rapidly to a miniscule layer of bubbles, with most congregating around the edge of the glass. Nose was very roasty and coffeeish, with little suggestions of any hops. Smooth on the tongue, and had a medium body, but was still hoping/expecting more here. Quite roasty and very dry. Has some creamy, choco notes with a subtle but pleasant sweetness. Floral hops, though in the background, round things out. Fairly good, overall.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

785

Bierman9, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a bottle in a shaker glass (Thanks to Zac for the bottle)
Dark brown color with just a hint of mahogany highlights. Not very much head to speak of. What did exist was a light brown color. Just a touch of lace clung to the side of the glass as I drank the beer. The nose is dominated by roast malt. There was just a touch of chocolate on the nose that came through with the malt. The taste is deep roasted, chocolaty malt. A little bit of figs and perhaps ribbon candy shows on the finish. This has a little more alcohol in the flavor profile than I expected. It doesn’t hurt the beer, just cuts through some of the malt. The hops don’t really show (that’s not a complaint. It works in this beer). The velvety mouth feel I expected after having a few of the other Bell beers. I often cant drink many stouts, but this is a very drinkable beer. Great beer. Clearly one of the best stouts available.

carln26, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of santoslhalper
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan collar of a head. The head leaves decent sheets of lacing.

Smell: Smell's mainly of chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee. A simple smell, not bad, but not special.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This brew is all about chocolate malts. A little bit of espresso, a little bit of coffee, but mostly chocolate. The chocolate tastes a little artificial, but still a pleasing taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is very good beer, different from any other Bell's offering I've had. I'd definitely have another. It was my mistake, but I sampled it after having Rogue Chocolate Stout (this review is from notes taken last night). The Rogue was better than this in every way. But this is still a tasty beer, and one worth trying.

Bashiba, Bashiba, Bashiba... you always hook me up.

santoslhalper, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very thick dark black with a creamy brown head that grips the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.
Scent is of Mocha, Espresso, an Caramel Malt goodness.
Taste is a nice bitter chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice earthy hoppiness that brings this around into balance so very well.
Mouthfeel is so full and creamy, just exceptional.
Drinkability is great on this fantastic beer from bells. A nice heavy stout that still leaves you wanting another.

bashiba, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of AlexJ
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours viscously out of the bottle, a tarry black brew topped with a light head that looks like chocolate milk. Sweet malt aromas mixed with creamy chocolate, coffe, dates and caramel. Taste is similar but amplified with a definate plum-like characteristic, very creamy, lots of bittersweet chocolate, and toffe. Very rich mouthfeel, oily, perfect carbonation. You definately will want to avoid the last 1/2 inch, very thick and gooey. Can I age this?

AlexJ, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of putnam
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

black coffee colored with a dirt-brown crumpet on top. Funky, oily espresso and moldy timbers aromas prelude to a palate of dry, coffee-like pleasure. Licorice, piney hops, black olives and plummy sweetness characterize this medium-bodied, chunky liquid. It's a useful Bell's product, better than the Porter or Kzoo stout if only for its more assertive taste and slightly creamier texture.


Consumed with a Greeek chicken salad from Little Daddy's -- a perfect pairing.

putnam, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color with a small head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is great. There is a ton of creamyness in there, almost a marshmellow in hot chocolate smell. I like it. The flavor is really good on this one too. The chocolate is huge, but it is mellowed with a creamy marshmellow flavor that adds a ton to the experience. There is a nice bite on the back of my tonge as well. Woo hoo. Me likey. The feel is nice and thick. Drinkability is good on this as well. Overall this is a damn nice beer.

kmpitz2, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of soulfly967
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this case for over a month, and it finally came! It pured black with a nice tan head that left a slight lacing in the glass. There was no chance of light getting through this one! The smell was of roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste was smooth creamy to begin, with flavors of coffee and chocolate finishing it out. The mouthfeel was excellent, very creamy. This was a very, VERY drinkable beer. Another great beer from Kalamazoo!

soulfly967, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of walleye
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black, small tan head with a little lacing.aroma, sweet, malts, chocolate, coffee. flavor malt chocolate,hints of toffee taste.Has a nice bitter sweet finish with a nice alcohol taste. just the way I like it. another good beer from bells.a very drink able beer

walleye, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of kmcnair
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle, thanks to feloniousmonk!

Pours as black as coffee and makes a nice tan head. Aromatics are dense of rich roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Flavor is quite large, with more roasted malt character, coffee and chocolate in the blender making me a mocha surprise. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky on the palate. This is a nice drinkable stout... its really similar to a homebrew porter that I made, so I am stoked!!!

kmcnair, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an opaque black with a tall brown head that almost overflowed. The head sticks around for the majority of the brew leaving rings of clumpy lace around the glass. Damn it seems bells really knows how to make their stouts look really damn tasty. Scents of dark chocolate, cream and roasted malt combine to form a very pleasant aroma. Roasted malt starts off the taste before giving way to bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The after taste is a creamy roasted lingering one. Body is about medium with a creamy feel to it. Very drinkable and tasty stuff here, this went great with some dark chocolate.

meathookjones, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black as night with an almost black head that lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate which dominated the aroma followed by caramel.

The flavor contained an grainy sourness and then chocolate and coffee.

The finish was dry with sourness lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full to full.

12 ounce bottle. The sourness had a lactic flavor and may have indicated a sanitation issue. Still a drinkable brew.

GCBrewingCo, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with 1/2" head that quickly reduced to surface foam. The aroma is pleasant as coffee and chocolate are easily detectable. The flavor is very impressive as numerous flavors makes the taste buds happy. Roasted malt is a tad more burnt in flavor (in a good way) and the chocolate, coffee, licorice, and raisin tones round this out nicely. Just a touch of bitterness, and the alcohol is barely noticable.

Medium/heavy in body. Creamy smooth start with a long dry and tingling roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate finish. Very nicely drinkable and extremely enjoyable. Too bad the pour didn't look better.

Gavage, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of trumick
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with very little head.
Scent is of sweet dark malts, coffee and slight alcohol.
Taste is like the smell, sweet roasted malts with a nice dry bitter coffee finish nice, however the sweetness does tend to stick around after the bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a nice velvety, lightly carbonated feel.
This is a bit too sweet for me to drink very many, maybe one or two.

I like this beer over all, but it is a bit sweet and the sweetness sticks with you for a while. That is the only thing that really turned me off about this beer. I like their Kzoo Stout better.

trumick, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle carried back home by a good friend.

Beer pours into a straight side pint glass as a big black with short, almost nonexistant tan head.

Aroma is deeply fruity and buttery with coffee and tobacco.

Flavor is sharp and roasty with an acidic bite and a toasted bread finish.

Overall I'd have expected more sweetness in the brew, but the body is sufficiently weighty to wrestle the roast that is such a large character in the palate.

drewbage, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark, opaque brown with a thick foamy brown head that, unfortunately didn't last too long. Smell was roasted malt with hints of honey and fruit. Taste initially was strong burnt malt.. maybe a bit too burnt... but, more complex flavors then emerged. Slightly sweet, notes of raisins and plums, followed by more earthy and woody flavors. Alcohol flavor emerges as the beer warms. Finish was dry and maybe a little astringent. Full-bodied mouthfeel with a light carbonation. A pretty tasty stout.

jimdkc, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaquely dark chocolate brown with a short light brown head. Butterscotchy and roasty malt aromas, peaty, earthy and lactic smelling. Some toffee, molasses, coffee and chocolate maltiness is rounded well with a creamy mouthfeel, its texture is luxurious. Further roasted grain flavors linger throughout the drinking experience. The lactic acid is pretty well hidden under the complexity of the malt. 10 different kinds of malts... Wow.

crookedhalo, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a thick 1/2" light brown head above a dark, dark brown/black brew. Long-lasting head that laced excellently. Aroma is sweetly of dark malts, perhaps to a fault, with no balancing bitterness seemling present at all. Taste follows the nose, with sweetness dominant, to a fault, and ends up with a tinge of bitterness, but almost too little, too late. Mouthfeel is nowhere near as smooth as one would expect from a cream stout, kind of disappointing, and drinkability is a bit better, but one could certainly find a more desirable lot from Bell's stable.

ppoitras, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of Todd
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a cryptic "6236" on the back, along with a statement that this brew is a blend of 10 different malts. Sweet.

Pitch black opaque beer with a finger thick, creamy coffee colored, tight bubbled lace. Sticky lace. Nice retention.

Roasted aroma of chocolate, sweet coffee and a slight cinnamon bun finish. Oxidation.

Whoa! This brew has got one hella-creamy mouthfeel. It's very smooth with a fluffy thickness on the palate. Malts are very complex with a roasted / molasses twang, oxidized / sherry, wood, chocolate brownies, burnt edges, baked raisins, hints of prune, coffee syrup, suggestions of toffee and a dry-ish chocolate grain finish. Notes of a mixed-bag of baking spices. Alcohol becomes more noticeable (warming) as the beer warms, gets a bit prickly, which also pulls out more of the oxidized / sherry characters. Hop bites through, along side the roasty twang, with a light citric character. Lingers dry with notes of wet cardboard.

A wicked tasty brew, but like most Bell's beers that I've tried it's far too oxidized and kills what would otherwise be an devastatingly delicious twist on the style.

Todd, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce, long neck brown bottle. The obverse main label is completely different to that depicted in the BA Database. The bottle I have has a much more conservative black edged light gray background label with a brown silhouette of a tree in full winter defoliated mode. The reverse label describes the offering as “...a blend of 10 different malts, Double Cream is an incredibly rich stout composed of dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, roasty finish”. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Midnight black body with a light tan cocoa head that is exceptionally smooth and creamy in appearance with good stamina. The head settles to a ¼” thin but wealthy collar that leaves a nice ring lacing demarking the volumetric capacity of the last mouthful to within a tolerance fit for match-makers. Looks good!

Nose: Lost of roasted character with some burnt malt and dark chocolate. Rather strange nose, it has a “synthetic” aspect to it, not sure what it is, it’s not bad - far from it - it is just that it has a something that I can’t describe. Maybe on reflection it reminds me of the smell of burnt milk that has been left to boil over in saucepan. Some coffee in the back end as well. Lovely.

Taste: Who cares about the nose, the flavor Department is totally natural and incredibly smooth in character. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and dark fruits with a very frothy-cum-creamy cocoa milk and Ovaltine feel. This is a creamy smooth offering for sure. Has a caramel milky finish with the merest hint of sour alcohol. Bloody Good!!

Mouthfeel: Pretty solid here, especially thanks in no doubt to the creamy feel and big roast character, with also the thick coffee bean aspect.

Drinkability: This disappeared rather too easily actually, I just found myself looking into the empty 12 ouncer like an unbelieving alcoholic!! It’s truly all gone. Darn that was quick!

Overall: A very smooth and creamy dark roasted ‘Double’ Cream Stout that is a pleasure to drink. Highly enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable.

A Double Creamy Thanks to FM for supplying this one to Long Beach. Very Nice Indeed!

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.79 for a 12oz. bottle

The appearence is just like it's counterpart, Bell's porter, where that it has a dark brown base a medium head that is light choclate colored, good retention and the lacing is there but not as ideal like it's Porter. The aroma is very impressive of coffee, milky, sweet, choclatey goodness...

The taste is great too, coffee with a side of cream and some sweetness, it's like they read my mind in how I personally like my coffee... It's good stuff, The mouthfeel is pretty damn smooth for a 7.5% stout, low carbonation is a plus as well. The drinkability is high on this, I could drink this down without knowing it had so much alc. in it. Very impressive!

Final Thought: Wow, Kalamazoo Brewing Co. may be the best one out there! Great tasty stout!

mobyfann, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of shapudding
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black chocolate brown-black. There is no light coming through this baby. Nice creamy beige-brown head that sits at about 1/4 inch when reduced. Thick lacing. Nice coffee and toffee flavoring. Toasted and roasted. You taste more chocolate as it warms up. The flavor that lingers on is one of mostly coffee. Thick, rich, full bodied, nice and lightly creamy. A very good tasty brew.

shapudding, May 26, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cryptic 6236 label designation noting 10 malts, offers up a BELL’S Special Double Cream Stoudt.

Steeped pour in me pint with a crater-of-the-moon dark tan almost brown head. BELL’S Double Cream Stoudt is the color of used motor oil and midnight dark with zero light getting thru. Lace cleanly skids down the glass doing nothing in between.

I am not sure what the difference is between Double Cream and ordinary Stout but this has all of the quality characteristics of a good Stout.

Not a whole heck of a lot of nose here. Rather a basic dark roasted malts meeting afterscents of sweet hops and honey.

Dark chocolate hits me first followed by roasty malts with a disciplined reserved bitterness in the flavor to boot. A well balanced dark coffee roaster with a back bite of creaminess and a smooth silky feel.

Last swigs: Big hitter in the Stout mouth, well maintained obligatory trite roast adjectives with a sweet floral honey nose. Black as a rural midnight cornfield. Whew! Once again, its drinkability suffers at the altar of a powerful punch. In a perfect world, this is a 5/5 drinker but no way can these go down all day long after battening down the hatches or putting up shelves.

Beer is good. Happy dark beering.

blitheringidiot, May 25, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice chocolate malt aroma with a light coffee undertone. Dark walnut colored head pours nice and thick. Head fades slowly to a thick film resting on the deep black beer. Soft, smooth mouthfeel in a solid bodied beer. Chocolate, roasted malt, and cream combine for a nice flavor. It finished mildly bitter, just enough to make you want another sip. Cellar temperature serving highly recommended.

HappyHourHero, May 17, 2004
Photo of rabidawg
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with lots of yeasty chunks. Gotta give these Bell’s beers a careful pour if you want them clean. Good thing I don’t mind the yeasties. Aggressive pour yielded a fairly small, white head that skimmed to nothing. Clinging lace.

Smell: Roasty and astringent, with the dark malts in the forefront. Very rich and luxurious, like a warm piece of chocolate cake, with definite java influence.

Taste: Very, very nice. Initially slightly sweet, with a soft, mouth-filling body. Glides down the throat with no hint of off flavor. Prickly carbonation hits the tongue, then the creaminess washes away any harshness that may have been present. Finishes only moderately dry, with a slight leafy hop afterthought. Only a slight chalkiness as it warms.

Probably my favorite Bell’s thus far. Thanks feloniousmonk!

rabidawg, May 12, 2004
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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