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

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89
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3,386 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,386
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 352 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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.
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Photo of TheDoorman
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, with a coffee colored head that disipates rather quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell: Nice roasty, sugary, malty nose.

Taste: Nothing stands out particularly strong on this stout after the nice aroma. Not particularly sweet, fairly bland overall.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly light body for a double cream stout, a touch of carbonation. Not the silky-smoothness I'm looking for in a cream stout. Pretty dry finish.

Drinkability: Says 6.1 ABV on the bottle, not the 7.5 it says here. Its not a particularly heavy beer, and with the ABV at a reasonable level, you could certainly have many of these, but the beer just doesnt do that much for me. It will probably be my last.

Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at tria in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark black color with a thin brown head. Aroma of malty chocolate, roasted coffee and hops. Very smooth, easy drinking stout. Nice balance of creamy chocolate maltiness with a nice touch of bitter hoppiness.

Photo of HappyBivouac
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a very large mug from the bottle. I would just like to say I really enjoy the presentation of this beer. Nice label design on it.

a- Pours dark opaqe brown that shows virtually nothing even when held up to a light. Two fingers of creamy rich tan head.

s- Upfront roasted malts and coffee chocolate. Heavy suggestions of chocolate milk, toffee, rich caramel. A definite sweetness in the smell. Very robust and pleasing.

t- I actually have to admit I feel kind of stumped in trying to analyze this one. Certainly not in a bad way, though, and there's nothing hindering my taste at the moment. Hmm.. The immediate sensation is a really delightful chocolate toffe and dark heavy bread with hints at coffee with cream, prunes and raisins and caramel. A mild roast coffee bitterness with subtle hops in the finish. Perhaps a bit too weak all around, but the flavors present are excellent and rich.

m- Wow, this is what I noticed immediately, rather than the taste. It goes down so delightfully smooth and creamy, it's easy to just sit back and feel this go down and not think about anything. Carbonation is so subtle but this just feels incredibly wonderful. Works perfectly with the sweet richness in the taste.

d- This is definitely a heavy beer in the stomach, and a very strong dessert beer. Consume after some lighter offerings and don't be disappointed at all.

I wasn't entirely sure how this was going to turn out. I've tried so many milk stouts and was curious about Bell's "double" take on the style, being that they like to try doing thier own thing. I was definitely not disappointed by this, and if you come across it ever, I highly reccomend a try.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass
A - Pours a super dark reddish brown with a tan head that fall to a ring. Some nice lacing.
S - Roasted malts, maybe some coffee.
T - Bitter chocolate, Roasted malt and a bitter coffee aftertaste.
MF - Super smooth - like velvet going down. This is the type of mouthfeel that I long for and rarely find.
D - It is a touch too bitter for my taste but the mouthfeel is so wonderful that I find myself wanting another sip and another!

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, and fresh roasted coffee. Lots of malt here. Nice blend of sweetness up front with some roasted bitterness. A slightly dry and tart finish. Pretty smooth feel with a perfect level of carbonation. A very nice stout, though I enjoy the Kalamazoo Stout more which is available year round.

Photo of skrib09
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nicely cascading, tan colored head.

really dark appearance which invites you to smell and sample it.

smells roasty, complex, sweet.

surprisingly roasty taste. a slight finish of sweet coffee. good taste.

good mouthfeel, average drinkability for me.

Photo of BWH3
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black opaque beer. A small thick, espresso colored and bubbly head tops the bee. Average retention

S: Roasted aroma, coffee been, prune, and a hint of cinnamon bun. Some oxidation and sherry aromas.

T: A very complex malt blend. The sherry, chocolate, dry roast grain, prune, burnt paper, coffee, cream.

M: Amazing creaminess. Thick, rich, still. Needs better head retention.

D: Stouts at Bells are some of the best and this one does not disappoint.

Photo of spointon
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Old Oak Tap in Chicago on 11/19/2008 - Served in a shaker pint glass.

A= Poured a very deep brown/black with a 2" dark tan creamy head. The head retention was excellent as this thing never dropped below 1/4". Tons of sticky lace down the glass.

S= Bigger aroma than I got from this beer when poured from a bottle. Same aromas, just bigger and better defined. The aromas were of molasses, roasted malts, and carob. Possibly a slight bit of earthy hop in there too.

T= There was an initial burst of sweetness reminiscent of molasses followed by bitter notes of coffee beans, roasted malts, and mild hops. The finish is dry and mildly alcoholic.

MF= Heavy bodied with a mild carbonation and creamy mouth feel.

D= This is a very drinkable sweet stout. I think I prefered the 2007 version more though, as this year's is much lower in abv.

Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Real dark brown pour, cream colored head. Roasty coffee, malt and mocha. Not extreamly "creamy", but it has the best of milk stout flavor with the edge of a double. More roasty malt and coffee than a normal sweet, but has the chocolate, mocha and slight lactic tones. More hoping than usual creates this balance I would guess. Drinkable and dangerously sessionable with it's slightly lower abv that beers with similar characteristics, ie imperial or double stouts. This is somewhere between a sweet stout and a double, which is what makes it a standout and unique to me. Nothing out there is quite like this one.

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

12oz bottle poured into the Duvel glass.

Huge, thick and powerful two and a half inch toffee colored head

Lactose, sugary, woody, almost mallow-like. If a beer could smell fluffy, this would be that beer. Maybe just the slightest bit overpowering in the nose.

Roasty, creamy, sweet. Amazing how it all balances out this way. That is, how roasty and creamy intertwine so seamlessly. Just a bit watery, lacking what I want in carbonation. Not as creamy as I figured a double cream would be. Still there is maintained a solid roastiness, very malty for such a creamy beer

Really very good, not as much as I would have liked in the creaminess department though.

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

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of caramel, roasted malts, coffee, nuts and a little earthy. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and a little nutty. Some lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 4/16/06

Photo of association330
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Oily, opaque black, with a cap of foam that reduces to a film in short order. Some spots and fingers of lacing.

S - A tad earthy (like a sweet tobacco), lots of chocolate, some coffee and roasted barley notes (not overdone for a sweet stout, good job). A hint of raisins or other ripe fruit as well, and a touch of hop grassiness. Really quite nice.

T - Sweet and chocolatey up front, swallow of coffee and Baker's chocolate with a surprising grassy hop finish. I did not expect the hops, that was a pleasant surprise and added another dimension to this brew.

M - Somewhat creamy, but too much carbonation and comes off as a tad watery, to be honest. Not the rich, semi-oily beer it appeared to be when I poured it.

D - Enjoyable all night long.

Really, the only thing I was disappointed in was the mouthfeel. It's just too prickly and a tad too thin. If Bell's works on that, this could be a real winner of a sweet stout in my book.

Photo of birchstick
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark as night with a chocolaty-tan head
S - huge hits of cocoa/chocolate and a little bit of burnt malts
T - starts off with a bit of chocolate sweetness and the aftertaste is dominated by roasted malts with some semi-sweet chocolate. As the label implies, it is very rich and serves as a nice treat. I really enjoy the sweet and roasted balance.
M - a bit thin and burns a bit from the carbonation as it goes down
D - This is a very good stout. I didn't know what to expect from the double cream name, but this beer was very enjoyable. As mentioned earlier, it has a nice sweet and burnt balance that makes me want to keep drinking it.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treasure in a BIF box from adamharbaugh.

Stout colored fluid. Stout colored head. Brief stout colored head.

Smells like roasted toasted nuts, not burnt. Ground coffee, also not burnt. Taste follows suit.

Gotta love that unique cream feeling that comes with a milk stout. Carbonation is just a bit on the rude side, not as bad as an 18 year old with a drivers license, but noticeable. Mellows out to perfection after a few.

I need another one of these because instead of her customary 2-3 oz taster, my wife stole half of this.

Overall: yummy

Photo of johnd513
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick black oily color with a small off white head that quickly disappears. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee, somewhat similar to Bell's Java. Tastes sweet with roasted malt and bitter coffee flavors. The mouthfeel has medium body and is creamy. Overall a solid offering from Bells. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of schellsbeer
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet nectar of the gods...

As with most Stouts from Bell's, this one is exceptional. Very thick and creamy. Very filling but clean tasting. An excellent after dinner beer, late afternoon beer, early afternoon beer, lunch beer, midmorning beer, breakfast beer, or for that matter, an 11:15 pm nightcap beer like I am having now beer.

This one is only offered during the winter months which I don't understand why. Great to put out for Santa Claus to help with the eating of the cookies but Santa gets thirsty during the rest of the year too.

A - Thick. Black. Oil.

S - Not as great as the Java stout but good. Remember, this is a sweet or mild stout. Not suppose to smell like coffee.

T - Yep....right on target.. Again, thick as cream but the color of tar. One of the best Cream if not the best Cream stouts there is...at least the ones that I have tasted.

M - Thick, warm and full. I feel like I want to chew it it is sooo good.

D - Once again, Bell's hides the alcohol very well. Not ever noticeable. Great beer.

Thanks Bell's.

Photo of semihobo
3.01/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 ozer, batch 8733, purchased recently at the general store in Kalamazoo.

Body is a thick black, can't see anything going on in the glass. Head is mostly composed of very fine bubbles, with a few big ones in the middle, like cooking pancakes. A very dark color on the head. Quite pretty.

Smell is complex, not so sweet. Toffee, decomposing wood, tobacco, smoke, very earthy.

Taste is drier than expected, with a sour acidic bite on the finish. A more prominent roasted note than on the nose, still earthy. Add black walnuts to the list of tastes and smells... I believe the label when it says "10 different malts." Baker's chocolate and coffee. A small hint of minty sweetness toward the finish before it is overtaken by a bitter finish, fairly astringent. Earthy hops on the finish.

Nice body, very thick, lots of dextrins. Lush carbonation.

I kept tasting and smelling a familiar smell and it hit me toward the end of the beer... the compost pile my parents kept when I was growing up. Not exactly what I dream of in a beer.

Drinkability would be down for the fact that I just don't like this beer that much, but it stays at average due to the complexity of this beer... I could keep finding new things well into a six pack, I suspect.

This is like an art piece by a well-regarded contemporary artist you don't really like... I don't enjoy it, but I appreciate that it has complexity and value to someone else.

Photo of JDK
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark chocolate brown with 1/2" head that quickly disappeared.
Light to no lacing.
The smell and the taste was very good, roasted malts and chocolate with a hint of milk. Smooth but with light carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.
Probably the best stout I've had.

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my gosh...I am completely in love with this beer.

A - Opaque brown/black with tan, sticky lacing that lingers throughout the glass.

S - Malted chocolate is right off the bat with light coffee

T - Creamy, creamy maled chocolate, roasted coffee, marshmallows.

M - Light medium body, light carbonation, velvety feel

D - This is a beer you could get lost in and end up drinking 6 before you know it. It is very smooth, tasty, there are plenty of creamy flavors that blend perfectly to make this a very drinkable beer.

This beer is absolutely delicious...one of the best beers I have ever had. YUMMY!

Photo of sholland119
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's Everyday.

Pours a very deep, opaque brown with a thin tan head with a lot of retention. Great looking beer for the style.

Aroma is of roasted coffee and malts with some milk chocolate.

Taste begins with milk chocolate giving way to roasted malts and a moderate coffee bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, again really above my expectations for the style.

Drinkability is very good. Plenty of rich stout flavors and creaminess along with a moderate ABV.

HV

Photo of naterock
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours almost the deepest black I've ever seen. one finger head, doesn't really stay.

smells of rich malts and a yeasty nose to finish

rich and creamy, such a heavenly maltiness. can't really describe this one because it's just too complex for me.

velvety and smooth as hell. easily drinkable. fantastically balanced

Photo of TheMistler
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would say this stout poured with substance. Not heavy, overly thick, or oily, but well-bodied, very very dark brown, basically black. A frothy, two finger head with some big soapy bubbles spattered across the top. Nice lacing.

I definitely detected some lactose on the nose, a subtle but sweet cream. Nice. Also caught some whiffs of ground coffee.

Cream and chocolate and coffee flavors. Starts off pretty sweet. Milk chocolate meets distinct roasted grain flavors and brings coffee to mind. Some coffee dryness and some bittering are left on the palate, but I felt quenched after each sip.

Some nice carbonation keeps an otherwise heavy beer flowing through my mouth with ease. It gets creamier and fuller as it warms.

A very nice milk stout, but I'm not sure I'd want to have more than one or two in a sitting.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle onto my new belguim glass

A-Black as night blocks out direct light thin but creamy head.

S-Rich, extremly rich malt, very rosted nose, very small note of chocolate.

T-Bittersweet chocolate, rich roasted malt flavor with a slight bitter coffee finish.

M-I don't think I have ever had a beer that feels this way on my palate it goes down like silk, I'm gonna have no luck trying to describe the body so i'll leave it at that.

D-Real easy to drink not a huge amount of flavor but a very solid brew

Photo of Buebie
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jtrockchalk for this bottle.

I was going to save this one, but I accidentally tipped it over and it began to seep at the cap.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter.
No freshness date, but 8150 is printed on the back lable.
1 finger tan brown head. No light penetration on this, black as night. Thin, but bubbly lace, with a nice amount of retention.

Aroma is really malty and grainy. The grains are so pungeant in arom, its as if I scooped some out of the bags, cupped them in my hands and inhaled.
Chocolate pudding, cream, mild mild coffee aroma, a faint hint of cinnemon, vanilla.

First sip, WOW this is creamy!
Smooth milk chocolate textures and flavor, more chocolate pudding flavor, bitter chocolate grain notes, mild hop bittering at the swallow.
The flavor lingers with chocolate and heavy whipping cream.
Mild oxidized flavor lingering, but it could be confused with the malts. I do pickup some wet cardboard, but it seems to be mostly the malt.
No alcahol detected. All chocolate and cream. My two favorite things in a beer.
Very slight carbonation at the swallow, but thats it.

I dont think I can review the taste on this fairly off just one bottle. This is going back onto the wants.

Photo of midaszero
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Opaque black with 2 fingers of tan head and okay lacing

S - coffee beans and chocolate plus an odd hard to place smell

T - roasted coffee, chocolate, and malts. creamy espresso and marshmallows

M - light medium body with light medium carbonation

D - enjoyable and interesting. not a main stay and not to strong. the unrecognizable smell is distracting

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,386 ratings.