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

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3,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,254
Reviews: 1,364
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 183
Gots: 300 | 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 Junnila
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: Pours a dark black with a hint of redness. Medium head with not too long retention and limited lacing. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste was very well balanced and featured notes of everything I smelled and more. Mouthfeel was sweet, buttery, creamy...lactose. I definitely enjoyed it and would love to try it on tap to compare notes and see it there is anything missing from the bottles.

Photo of HopDerek
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-less dark brown/black with a nice 2 fingers of creamy tan head, good retention and good lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, and cream. Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt with a touch of hops in the finish for a nice balancing blend. Medium in body with a good balance, smooth and creamy. A very easy to drink, flavorful milk stout with a nice sweetness to it.

Photo of Greggy
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep chocolate color with a nice 1.5 finger head that recedes slowly into some nice tight lacing. The beautiful thing I saw with the head was almost a swirling of colors that reminded me of hot chocolate with melting marshmellows in it. Quite unique!

Smell: Deep chocolate, cocoa, cream and a hit of latte hit this one on the nose. It smells quite rich!

Taste: Just like the nose with an excellent silky smooth chocolate and cream taste. Very rich on the palette with a nice long creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth with a lower carbonation that works great with the dark richness of this great brew.

Drinkability: I can't see myself having more than a couple of these a night as they are quite rich; however, this is a great brew that I intend to have more of in the future.

Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured almost black with a 1/4 inch of brown head that did not have much retention. Low amounts of lacing for a stout. A bit disapointing.

This beer has a mocha and malt aroma. The taste is similar. The flavor profile isn't complex but has a nice slightly sweet chocolate and rich malt taste. Medium body with a creamy feel that finishes slightly dry. Carbonation is well matched to the beer. A very good sweet stout but not one I could drink a lot of, more of a special occasion or dessert beer.

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

Thanks to drunkmonk for this one!

Appearance - Pours black with a tan head. Lacing stuck around.

Smell - Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

Taste - as it smells but with some light citrusy hops mixed in there.

Mouth feel - Creamy and smooth. Not as heavy as I was expecting.

Drinkability - is good. A real easy drinker. I could enjoy a few of these throughout the night.

Photo of Lupe
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark, almost black with a mocha colored head. Great retention and sheets of lace left behind.

Malty aroma - dark chocolate, mild coffee, caramel, and molasses. Spicy cinnamon notes top things off. A little milder than expected, but very inviting.

Big roasted flavor that gets sweet with dark and milk chocolate, molasses, and light coffee. Definitely creamy and rich. Mild spicy hops, baking spices, and toasted grain round things out. Alcohol does not show up at all. Finishes dry with lingering roasted sweetness. Very satisfying.

Medium-full body in body. Creamy yet crisp, rich, almost chewy. Easy to drink. Nice balance of roast and sweetness. Excellent - the best Milk/Sweet Stout I've had.

Photo of bobbyc881
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, my bottle says 6.1% ABV, not 7.5%.

Pours out quite dark, with a thin tan head hanging out up top. I'm a bit stuffed up, so smelling this thing isn't really working out too well right now. What I do smell smells stouty.

Taste is smooth and roasty, just as it should be. Nothing exceptional here, but well done. Taste starts with chocolate and roast malts and finishes with a little bit of a lactic bite. Lingering flavor is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would think a "special double cream stout" should be. I've had a number of oatmeal stouts that have had a far creamier and smoother mouthfeel.

Drinkability is quite nice. This would be a good choice for grabbing a 6-pack and warming up in the winter with.

Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from Limesmut.

A clear deep brown colored beer nearing black in color. Short brown head forms and disappears.

Smell is sweet and quite strongly of chocolate. After the chocolate burned sugar and patent malt with a trace of carrot scent. Lastly there is a trace of smoke in this.

The taste starts out sweet and very strongly of chocolate, one of the biggest chocolate flavors I have tasted. Lots of bittersweet chocolate flavor with and real coffee taste. Fairly strong charred malt flavor and a decent amount of smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very tasty stout and not hyper alcoholic either. A tasty beer that I will gladly drink again.

Photo of BlindPig
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- About a 1" mocha head on a black body.
S- Roasted, cream, oatmeal, light coffee, and almost a light vanilla.
T- Creamy with some roasted burnt malts, coffee, light chocolate, not actual oatmeal but something makes a almost oatmeal flavor, grass hops, and something else I can't put finger on. Light to medium bitterness left on tongue from grass hops and light cream flavor with some roasted malts stay for the aftertaste.
M- Low smooth carbonation, medium body.
D- It's a very tasty brew. I could down a lot of these very easily. Maybe one day when I head up to Bell's I will have a night with these.

Photo of theformula
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #19 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 11/19. Had this for awhile, and the only Bell's besides Hopslam that I haven't had.

A: Pours a nearly black, oily body into a snifter. A 2 finger mocha head retains decently well. Spotty lacing is left over. Should be rich.

S: Superbly rich, dark malts have an intense aroma. Dark chocolate mingles with blackstrap molassess and some coffee notes, as well as a touch of licorice. A nice roast quality plays off of the slightly sour lactic character. Nice.

M: Med.-full body, low carbonation. Almost chewy in its extremely coating, creamy M.F. Quite thick.

T: Bell's does it again, proving they brew some of the best stouts around IMO. Massive roasted patent malts give off waves of dark chocolate and molasses w/ a prominent coffee bean kick as well. The richness factor is up there and can be intense. The leafy, citrusy hops play a small role but add complexity and also a tart, acrid character.

D: A delicious, rich stout, not too heavy and packed w/ roasted goodness. The M.F. could use a bit more carbonation and is best suited to a desert or as a desert.

Photo of Floydster
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with Faro, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this beer

Split with a friend tonight, first part of our Bell's Stouts night

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with an opaque black color, 2/3 inch pretty dark tan head that settled about five minutes later, nice retention, some sticky light brown lacing

Smell was complex with chocolate and cream right up front, also some coffee and butter, roasted barley, some caramel aromas, sweet malt, milk, raisins, and other minor dark fruit aromas

Taste had lots of sweetness, molasses and milk chocolate were the main sources, faint coffee flavor, not much of a hop presence, lots of sweet malt including a small caramel taste, mixture of dark and light chocolate which made this enjoyable, hints of half and half, as it warmed more sweet tastes came to the surface including a nice candy-like toffee finish, nice sweet dark beer overall

Body was nice and thick but too syrupy for the amount of sweetness it had, needed some carbonation or a dryer mouthfeel to offset some of that, taste was long lasting though

Could not drink too much of this, another bottle and I probably would have been good, the seven percent alcohol is hidden well though, just heavy like most sweet stouts tend to be

Not a bad beer at all from Bell's, heard the bourbon barrel version of this is delicious from a friend who lives near the brewery, look forward to trying that someday, highly recommended, we will see in a few weeks if the Expedition Stout and Batch 7000 measures up to this one

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black sea into my snifter with a dark tan head that recedes at decent rate. Chocolate of the bat in the nose. Very sweet aroma from the 10 different malts. Also has a very roasted aroma. The double cream stout has an extremely rich flavor. So much flavor with all the malts. This is perhaps my favorite beer from Bell's. Coffee, Chocolate and molasses are all over this one. This beer makes the mouth salivate. Great sweetness with matching bitters. That roasted flavor is lingering for a while. At 6.1% this could become my new session stout if it wasn't so limited. Pick this up, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of GRPunk
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On a cask pull, served in a tulip glass.

A- It poured a deep brown-black with reddish tones and a decent tan-brown head.

S- It smelled mostly of roasty chocolate malts with some coffee tones.

T- It had a full coffee flavor with hints of fermented raisin.

M- It was very creamy and smooth. Great feel.

D- It was a really easy drinker.

Overall- I had it en lieu of dessert. Great beer that was even more enjoyable when served from the cask. I'd love to come across it again in cask form.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark black with thin mocha-colored head and a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts, butter, brown sugar, and toffee greets the nose.

The robust flavors of espresso hit you first, followed by the tastes of rye and dark chocolate. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Rich mouthfeel, slick and moderately carbonated.

Overall, a nice Stout that is easy to drink and enjoy.

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

Drinking as I typing.

A: Very dark on pour with a nice two finger head. Head retention is very nice. Really nice lace patterns going on as well.

S: Roasty caramel maltiness. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee. And believe it or not kind bud resin.

T: Hops up front that goes straight to coffee and bitter chocolate with some scorched caramel somewhere in the middle. Very complex and highly recommended. Ends nice and dry.

M: Medium to full bodied, bravo to my fwends to the north.

D: Bitter and strong as it is: it is also refreshing. Chug-a-lug Chug-a-lug makes you want to yell "yummy ass!!!"

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

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, dark brown, almost black, pour resulted in a one finger relatively dark brown head with an orange tint made up of medium bubbles. Medium lacing left when head recedes.

S = Smell of whipped milk chocolate, frappacino, and roasted, almost burnt grains.

T = This is almost like a Starbuck's coffee drink followed by a beer taste finish. It has a creamy, chocolate taste that melds with a slightly bitter coffee taste at the mid-palate. The finish is long and complex giving both a sweetness on the middle of the tongue and bitterness on the back.

M = Medium to heavy bodied, good coating of the mouth, light carbonation which is perfect for the taste.

D = This is definitely a drinkable beer. I could easily see this being my go to stout for cold Winter evenings.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near-black color with thick tan/brown head. Head is dense like a nitrogen gassed beer. Head fades to a nice cap and holds with pretty good retention from here on.

Very roasty aroma with vanilla and a hint of something metallic. Not especially impressive.

Flavor, however, is an exceptional blend of roasty malt smoothly mixing with chocolate and a rich maltiness. Clean finish with a bit of coffee. Fantastic!

Fairly light carbonation and a smooth, medium-thick mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, just with the aroma had done more for me. I will certainly be seeking this out again.

Photo of pheggeseth
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Surly Darkness goblet.

A: black with ruby around the edges, pours pretty thick with a billowy, coffee colored head quickly generating, very enticing

S: roasted malt with a soft, sweet glow around the edges, not as pronounced as I hoped

T: hop/coffee bitterness up front with a great roasted malt backbone hitting in the middle, sweetness again in the back

M: good carbonation, pretty thick, but not extreme, well balanced

D: low abv, not obtrusive flavor, pleasant, not terribly unique, but still quite enjoyable, a flavorful stout you don't have to fuss over

Photo of EGledhill
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: 1 finger head that dissipates almost immediately. dark brown/black

Smell: for lack of better words, it kinda smells like a hot, sweet, malty fart. not very enjoyable at all.

Taste: the taste redeems the smell. burnt coffee taste with hints of bitter chocolate. a little powerful on the coffee but extremely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: pretty good. not overpowering at all compared to the expedition stout due to its lower alcohol content (only! 6.1%)

Drinkability: also pretty good. would be tough to have more than 3 of these at one sitting, but would be an excellent dessert beer

Photo of AndoBrew
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*liked it, would buy it*

app: not black and mysterious, not brown and beautiful, just in the middle and blah.nice big head!

smell: smells like a babies diper that needs changing. but with a sweet backdrop, of nice black malts.

taste: much better than the smell. refreshing water then toasty black malt goodness. really nice MILD stout, i usually like em big n bold, this is nice and refreshing but still yummy and full of flavor.

mf: for how weak and refreshing it is the thin un stout like mf actually matches, i like this thin water mouthfeel with the light refreshing stout. good job!

drinkable?: INDEED! bottoms up!

Photo of adams82
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black with a faint ruby hue with a fluffy tan head.

Smells sweet with deeply roasted malts/espresso/dark roast coffee. The flavor is predominantly roasty; an onslaught of dark roasted malts, a hint of bittersweet dark chocolate and rounded by a slight sugary sweetness (lactose) and finishes with a nice, balancing citric hop bitterness.

Full bodied and easy to drink. A great beer!

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

12 oz bottle. Pours a thick nearly black color with 2 cm brown head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is dominated by chocolate, some hints of sweet malt. Flavors of chocolate, cream, and smoky malt. Medium body, significant lacing, no real alcohol detected, and lasting aftertaste. Very tasty and drinkable, almost a pop feel.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brownish, but turns black in the glass. It sits there, with little head between you and the beer. It's just begging you to drink it.

It's a little harsh in the mouth, but refreshing. Excellent taste, and not overwhelming. Mainly burnt coffee flavors, which coincidently is how it smells, too

A slight metallic bitterness hurts the drinkability, but not much.

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

This beer is a dark brown with reddish edges. It has a nice coffee like aroma. The beer tastes pretty good. Like coffee, but it isn't as full flavored as i'd like to see. My only complaint would be it could feel a lot more creamy. The malt is fairly well balanced by the hop. Not a lot more to say about it.

Photo of timbro81
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with little to no head. Smell is of deep roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Bitter chocolate hops presents first. Followed by a silky roastedness which develops more in the aftertaste. Quite nice indeed. Well structured. Aftertaste lingers for a bit, yum. I could enjoy this beauty all night.

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