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

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3,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,338
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 192
Gots: 335 | 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 thethrone
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black, with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around. There is noticeable carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Malty smell, with notes of vanilla and chocolate.

T - Sweet, creamy taste, well balanced hop profile. Roasted coffee flavor lingers throughout the glass.

M - Goes down very smooth. Light carbonation which fits perfectly.

D - Very drinkable. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and will certainly reach for it again when I get the opportunity.

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

08-07-08- Purchased at Chuck's Wine and Spirits in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a code printed on the back label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown approaching balck in color. Nice 3/4 inch head fills right to the top of the glass. Creamy in texture and feel. Light lace traces left behind.

Smell- Smells fairly well roasted if not coming to the burnt sector. Coffee, vanilla and very light chocolate notes.

Taste- Very highly roasted malts with just a touch of a smoky flavor coming into play. Vanilla bean-coffee mixtue is prominent. Very mild chocolate, mostly just very creamy heavily roasted coffee bean flavor. Hops are there, but play a very minor role.

Mouthfeel- Creamy..as it should be. Very smooth and silky. Very light hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Great beer here. Haven't been disappointed by Bell's yet. Seek out!

Photo of roadhouse
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ABV on this is actually 6.1% according to the bottle. Plus it is not actually a Milk Stout. I asked a representative from Bell's and it does not use lactose sugar. They say that it is called a Cream Stout because of the creamy texture.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears an opague black except for red highlights visible on the bottom when held up to some light. Two finger tan head quickly sinks down to a spotty coating on top.

Aromas of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, in that order.

Taste is similar, though the caramel doesn't really come through other than a creamy sweetness. Following the burst of sweetness some bitter roasted malt flavors similar to mocha coffee swoops in and balances out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium full and very smooth.

For not being an actual Milk Stout, it does taste like one. Looking at the Bell's site it says the OG is 1.075, so that would mean it only has about 58-60% apparent attenuation. I guess that would be the source of the residual sweetness in it. Assuming I am correct about that process, I think I like it better than using lactose sugar. Very tasty stuff from Bell's.

Photo of aubuc1
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours black with a nice, slow to disappear tan head.

Smells of sweet chocolate, cream soda, and some caramel.

The huge malt profile dominates the taste with sweet, roasted, and chocolate tastes. There is something like cream soda in there that gives a very different taste.

Very smoothe mouthfeel.

Nice beer to drink despite the 7.5%

Photo of Slynger
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark, brownly black with a lid of fuzzy-creamy tan foam.

The smell is of sweet dark chocolate and cream with darkly roasty toasty malts and some black coffee beans.

Full-medium body with softly fuzzy and moderately creamy carbonation. Flavors bring the same cream diluted dark chocolatey sweetness, along with a darkly roasty, toasty malt base, and some ground black coffee beans.

Eh, not as impressed by this one as most Bell's offerings, but it's still a decent beer.

Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

yaaay cask! Campaign it up for real ales!

nice n dark n dark n black thickness. No head, prolly cuz cask style.

A: Jet black at first, but when back lit there is a burgandy hint to it. Minimal head that leaves next to no lace. If I remember correctly anyway. Seemed a bit too wet and not so sticky. I dug it, but need to try this winter to try to re dig it.

Photo of corey0212
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from chemmie in a trade!

Pours a very dark brown, tan head rises slowly but fades quickly, leaves a small amount of lacing behind. Smell is milk chocolate, some roasted coffee, with a trace of vanilla. Taste is sweet, dry, lots of coffee aftertaste, slightly charred background. Medium-bodied stout, lots of lingering flavors and slight bitterness. This is never going to be my favorite style of stout, but this is certainly drinkable, and plenty tasty.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Bell's. Served in a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/ almost black, opaque body. Thin layer of dark tan head, dissipated into a thin rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: Smells of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate.

T: Taste is dominated by the roasted malts giving it an earthy coffe taste. Some dark chocolate in there as well. A semi-sweet beginning quickly gives way to a mildly bitter finish.

M: Medium to full bodied. Smoothe and creamy.

D: A very good stout. Easy to drink, and at 6.1% alcohol, would make a nice session beer for the stout lovers.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice dark brown color from the bottle with a thin brown head that quickly dissipated to a thin rim around the top.

Smell consists of a good bit of chocolate and some dark maltiness.

Taste is a nice mix of coffee, chocolate and malt. It starts out semi-sweet and ends with a little bitterness, but not overwhelmingly so.

This stout has just the right amount of carbonation, and is not overly thick or syrupy. An very decent consistency overall.

I could definitely drink this over and over again. A solid stout all the way.

Photo of marcpal
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Mad Elf chalice.

A: Almost black as night and has a creamy look to it because of the chewy looking mocha colored head. This beer looks an awful lot like a Worldwide stout with the color and very thin filmy head.
Bottle reads 6%, not the 7.5% listed here.

N: Smell of a sweet chocolate bar with some licorice. Super sweet malts that turn into a sweet, sugary espresso.

T: Coffee and what I thought was pretty complex for a beer that doesnt come with too many bells and whistles. In the long run, the coffee starts to dominate which becomes almost boring. Really becomes all roasted coffee- not bad though.

M: A little bit of carbonation in the mouth with a very full body that is almost syrupy for a mild stout like this. Chunky and chewy.

D: Glad to have gotten a couple of these for trade. Nice change of pace in the summer and not hard to drink. Miles ahead in terms of character and taste compared to the kalamazoo expedition and java stouts- none of which I found all that great.

My choice so far of the Bell's stouts. Nice beer.

Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pitch black with a thin brown head.

Aroma: Creamy and sweet. Hints of chocolate and mild roastiness in the nose.

Taste: Rich and creamy with strong coffee/chocolate flavors upfront. Roastiness is just right. Smooth and vibrant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. Chocolate lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Nails it on the mouthfeel alone. This is a style that is supposed to be sweet and creamy and I feel that Bells lives up to it.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from paulthebeerguru. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Delirium snifter. Beer poured a dark brown, almost black color with a small, dark tan head. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Aroma was heavy coffee, chocolate, vanilla and caramel.

Taste was light coffee, mild chocolate, vanilla and sweet malt.

This one was surprisingly balanced and very smooth, but also full flavored and mildly complex. Went down very easily. Great session beer.

Photo of Gtreid
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pub glass.

A: Jet black at first, but when back lit there is a burgandy hint to it. Minimal head that leaves next to no lace.

A: Milk chocolate, and roasted malts. It also has a nice earthiness to it. The smell is however a little subdued.

T: This is where it shines. Smooth chocolate, some lite coffee, and molasses. The toasty malts with the earthy hops balance this beer nicely. Beer finishes extremely smooth.

M&D: Full body, creamy, next to no carbonation, great mouthfeel. This is one of the more drinkable stouts I have ever had. At only 6.1% ABV I could session this. Once agian Bell's proves it is at the top of the foodchain for craft brewers. Skal.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black color, with skim-thick tan head, and some apparent carbonation seen from the bottom of the glass.

Really nice smell of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and sweet toffee.

Taste is awesome... sweet chocolate, roasty, and butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is as advertised - creamy and rich in the mouth, but finishes dry enough to leave you wanting more.

So drinkable, was hard to sip this one slowly. Just be sure to let it warm a bit - much richer smell and flavor in the 50's than straight from the fridge.

Photo of bbothen
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a regular old pint glass.

Pours black with a 1 finger root beer float colored head. Leaves a nice sticky spider web like lacing on glass.

Smells of malted milk, milk chocolate, & roasted coffee.

Big roasted malt flavor with some coffee, chocolate, bitter toasted flavors. Nice. 7.5% is well hidden in all the creamy goodness.

Thick, lush, & creamy, slightly carbonated. Biting finish.

Nice after dinner beer to be paired with a chocolate oriented desert of some sort. Or anytime really if you're like me.

Photo of atigerlife
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark brown creamy head. Very nice beer to look at.

Aroma is of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is bitter. A burnt taste to it. Some grape in the background. Not really pleasant. Has an old sock sort of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Not as creamy as I was expecting for the style.

Overall, a decent brew, but not one I will search out.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black and opaque. No light shining through, even on the edges. I don't know if I had a weird bottle or what, but there was absolutely no head, just a small, thin, tan film that disappeared quickly into a small off-white collar.

S - Typical butter and caramel, with some coffee hiding, but also an extra dimension of brown sugar and cinnamon. Faint anise perhaps?

T - Not quite as complex as the nose. Initially something akin to a minimally sweetened chocolate milk comes to mind. This flavor slowly dries out until the finish, where a quick and unobtrusive coffee bitterness persists for a bit. Excellent, but simple.

M - Despite the lack of head, there's moderate carbonation with a very full body. Suited to the flavor.

D - A very filling brew, and something that probably wouldn't keep me interested past the first bottle. Price is steep as well. Easy to get through this glass, but I'll be glad to move on to something else.

Photo of Tbn2
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A-Black, with no light shinning through. Tan head that stay around for the duration and gives a little lacing all the way down.

S-Roasted grains as typical; coffee and buttery smell are also in the forefront. A sweetness is also there but not as powerful.

M/T-Just like it smells. Very well balanced and finishes a touch dry. It gives it a nice crisp finish with a slight flavoring of an earthy hop.

Overall this is a good brew from Bells. Go get it, it won't let you down.

Drink em' if ya got em'...

Photo of smellsofstout
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pour from bottle to snifter. light brown head that laces ok. aroma is of chocolatey roasty malts very delicious notes. very mellow espresso like aftertaste with a creamy finishs. good stout from a good brewer who never dissapoints. could definitely pound a few.

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

12 ounce bottle with a weird-ass drawing of capillaries or something on it reminds me of the creepy ghostly fish on the Two Hearted Ale label. Odd art taste at Bell's (?), but the beer taste is just fine (!)... anyway... poured into a tulip yields an impossibly dark garnet body capped with a fat finger of rocky dark-khaki foam that retains at a ring and leaves a few semicircles of lacing in the glass.

Dark roasted malts, chocolate and molasses tickle the nose with a sweet and tangy perfume.

Tastes warm and roasty, with notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate and balancing malty sweetness finished by a mild lactic twang.

Smooth and lightly creamy with plenty of carbonation to keep it from being heavy or cloying. Easy to drink.

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

Pours virtually black and opaque with one finger of brown head sittingo n top. Decent retention and no lacing.

Aroma has a sweet maltiness. Dark chocolate notes and roasty.

Taste is decent, with some smooth chocolate and roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a gentl carbonation. This beer is creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is fairly high. Moderate alcohol levels and decent flavors make for easy consumption. A nice beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach. Thanks Joe!

A- Pours a milky creamy coffee color. A light lacing of tan head wisps my glass and runs away. A very opaque coffee color after settling.

S- milk chocolate and slight hints of toffee to round it off. No coffee smell even though it looks it.

T- coffee coco flavoring and taste. the coffee really comes out in the aftertaste. Very sweet and creamy tasting.

M- creamy and smooth on the lips and in the mouth. Silk on the way down. Full of flavor and no warmth just cool and refreshing.

D- These seem easy to put down but be wary because it is a dark beer andit could kick you in the ass later. A nice sixer of these would be recommended in building something. Carpentry beer as i like to call it!

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Huge tan head that subsided slowly. Lacing

S - Chocolate and coffee

T - Slightly sweet flavors of chocolate and coffee

M - Creamy, lightly carbonated

D - No real bitter to it, VERY drinkable. I'd call this a session beer.

Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and received a black cola-esque, viscous brew that left a mountainous head (size and appearance) that receeded slowly and left some lace patches. Some roasted and sweet malts in the nose, like chocoalte and coffee, but not much going on. Extremely creamy and smooth are the first two adjectives to come to mind. There is a residual sweetness from chocolate and coffee malts are noticeable, but it finishes with a nominal dry backbite. Also may have detected some caramel and toffee (maybe even honey - a thickness and stickiness not found in too many stouts). ABV is barely noticeable even as the beer warms the tongue.
This is not the most complex beer, probably not even my fave stout, but something about this beer (reminded me of yoo-hoo or something w/ alcohol)...if it was on tap or something at a local watering hole I'd be sessioning this hours. Just my opinion and personal taste.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very deep brown almost black. Two finger tan head with good retention and decent lacing

Smells of roasted malts chocolates and coffee. Smells delicious.

Taste is magnificent. Very creamy and sweet. Vanilla, coffee chocolate and roasted malted mix wonderfully. After taste may hint slightly at dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is full but again very creamy and smooth. The carbonation is light but not flat.

Exceptionally drinkable. Exceptional brew. I do enjoy this one.

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