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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

3,024 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,024
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 233 | 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 Star80
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a black concoction with a two-inch, beige head. Seen from the top for a moment, the glass almost looked like a chocolate milkshake. Nice brown lace. Smells quite sweet, like coffee with lots of creamer. Chocolate malts make their presence known on the second whiff. Tastes very sweet, roasty, but not too sweet; as I've disliked this with the other milk stouts. It could be all the roasted malts, or even a background hoppiness that helps keep the sweetness under control. Mouthfeel is my only gripe; it's a little thinner than I want for a beer of this stature. However, since the beer isn't cloyingly sweet and I find I enjoy its balance of bittersweetness, it regains in this area.

Star80, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with 2 fingers of foamy brown head. Just the slightest red tint near the bottom of the glass, although light does not pass through the main body of the beer. Sticky lacing and good head retention. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with cream in it, a malty mix with some good roastiness. Very full and well rounded taste. Bell's claims to use 10 different malts, and although I can't pick them all out, the blending is apparent. Sweet chocolate mixed with slightly bitter coffee blends well with a slight cream taste, with a roasted flavor throughout. A little sweet fruit is apparent near the beginning, and the faintest of citrous hops makes a showing near the finish. Finish is sweet and creamy with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is big and smooth. Bell's is very good at stouts, and this is no exception. This was the beer that got me into craft beer, and its a pleasure to have it again after quite awhile.

BeerFink, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow.. pours a deep black color with a tan head that lingers and leaves great lacing. Aroma is slightly musty? Taste is of cream and coffee... wonderfully playing off each other and together. Thick and lush as well. I like this and wish I had more. Note-- This has been cellared for a good 6 months.. YMMV.

deejaydan, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of euskera
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out coffee black with a bit more carbonation than expected. Smell is complex; coffee and dark chocolate and malt sweetness.

Taste is robust, roasted espresso and extra dark bitter chocolate. Just a small bit of sweetness in there as well. The carbonation is a bit distracting after a while.

Wonderful creamy mouthfeel.

All in all an excellent cream stout. I'll have no problem finishing the 6 pack I bought..

euskera, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque black with a small, tan head that disappears quickly and leaves the thinnest of coverings over the top.

Aroma full of chocolate, smooth roasted coffee and some milkyness.

Body is a bit thinner than I expected, though not thin. Very smooth with just a light carbonation. Big roasted malt flavors show up as well as nice chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. A sweet milk flavor shows up in the end and then leaves with a blend of roasted chocolate and sweet milk left behind.

A fine stout, I wouldn't mind a bit bigger body, but still plenty good. Another thanks is owed to Feloniousmonk for this.

Southernbrew, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of trancefishy
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cellar temp, 54, as always.

appearance is that of a dark dark brew with a toffee coloured head, small but doing it's job lacing.

smell is good, mostly dark roasted things, with some chocolate powder dust sailing around.

taste is smooth, perfect caramel chocolate coffee balance. ooooh, sweet, but, not nasty sweet. just enough to say that hey, i'm likable over here.

mouthfeel: creamy. carbonation: just right for something not thick, but, assertive.

overall, really great. i had this beer a year or two ago, and it was not so good. in fact, i thought it was bad. then i heard someone rave about it, and gave it another try. really good stuff, glad i am re-introduced. thank you, bell's. i love you.

trancefishy, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of ScottS
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a burnt brown color head. The beer poured with a decent head which faded surprisingly quickly. The aroma is very very faint. I think I smell some black patent malt and an unidentified sweetness.

The beer has a fairly complex taste with bits of dark chocolate, black patent malt, and a mild sweetness that's reminiscent of milk and a hint of something else, possibly cherries. Overall, a very good beer. I think this bottle is at least a year old but am not sure as there are no dates on this bottle.

ScottS, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Secter Santa 2004 #8

Absolute black hole body, no light, high or otherwise escaping. Topped by a light tan head, which rose to three fingers before settling to a table top, a bit quick. Some ok lacing.

Nose is a flat out marvelous mocha which leaps from the glass to the nose. Not coffee and chocolate as aspects, instead they are perfectly blended.

Nice roasty notes throughout the taste, lot of coffee, lot of chocolate, both with milk, but a nice bit of dark chocolate and espresso too. Some herbal hoppiness at the end rises up to see "we're here", and while it's nice to have them , they aren't the stars here. There aren't enough o's in smooth for this taste.

Mouthfeel is super slick, coating all in it's wake.

Drinkability. It's a personal tragedy that I have only the one. I'm trying to go slow, but it's not easy.

A "special" stout indeed.

RonfromJersey, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is black out of the gates with a chocolate milk like foamy head. Head sticks around for a hot minute or two. Some lacing produced. I like the darkness. I have hope.

The smell is of malt and souring milk with some coffee and baker's chocolate notes. Nothing that makes my mouth water. Not foul by any means, just not all that exciting. Quite a neutral aroma.

This is milk stout. Some milky taste that stirs up a feeling of coffee and cream. Low hops profile. The body is somewhat thick but in more of a dairy sense than an oily sense. Quite sweet and dairy like. I can't really perceive any carbonation on my tongue. This is not a repulsive brew by any stretch of the imagination, but I would most likely not try this again. This style seems to lack the things I love about stouts. The milk factor seems to really dull things out. Namely the bitterness and roasted feeling of stout brews. Bell's has much finer drinks available in my opinion.

SupaCelt, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an American pint glass

A-Jet black dense color with a few bubbles slowly rising to the surface. The head is a milk chocolate brown but it disappears rather quickly

S- notes of coffee beans and a creamy chocolate hint aswell. Just a little earthiness gives the coffee some depth

T- roasted malt start with lots of sweetness on top of some hoppiness. Finishes with a graham cracker mellowness and just the hint of hops.

M- medium body with residual sweetness but a tart mouthfeel at the end.

D- This is a very pleasant yet complex stout. It has a lot of flavor packed in that bottle but no characteristic is over powering. I would like to see a bit more chewiness in the mouthfeel but definitely a leader in this category.

rhoadsrage, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a dark coffee color, with a dark brown foamy head that held it's own and stuck around for quite a while. Not much of a scent to note, but odors of coffee and dark chocolate were present. Label states that smoothness is from the 10 different malts used in the brewing process, and I will give them that, this brew is smooth. Overtones of chocolate, malt, sweetness are prevailant, with a touch of a mellow bitterness aftertaste. Very creamy mouthfeel, but I must admit that this brew was far too heavy for my taste. It made me feel like I had a friggin' brick in my stomach. Maybe good with a steak or burger, but overall, was too rich for me. None the less a decent brew, worthy of a try if you are looking for a good example of a smooth stout.

Frozensoul327, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of feloniousmonk.
Pours a rich, dark chocolate color, with a creamy off-white head. The head is dense and quite nice looking.
Smell is caramel, chocolate, and a muted cream coffee aroma. The smell is VERY mild, I had a hard time discerning the different elements.
Taste is creamy, sweet, and chocolate. Caramel, a little bit of hop bitterness, and whipped cream. This is a desert beer, I feel like I'm drinking cake.
This is a great stout. Certainly something that couldn't be had every day, but I would say that once in a while this is a fine treat.

LuckySevens82, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of the best stouts I've ever had, period.

Very drinkable and highly likable! Pours a rich thick black, with a nice 1 inch thick head. Smell is very woody and creamy with some heavy malts smells throughout.

The taste is gorgeous, smooth with slight vanilla like overtones, woody and malty with a cramy aftertaste. Cream and beer don't sound like a good match, but there isn't a dairy taste here really, just more of a hint at it. The aftertaste you can feel a little carbonation prick on the tip of your tongue but goes away quickly.

The mouthfeel was nice and lighter than you might expect.
Overall I am highly impressed.

Gaisgeil, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of goindownsouth
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice find at one of my favorite local haunts, JP O'Malley's in Allentown. This stout oozed out fo the bottle creating something of a respectable head with the help of a moderately vigorous pour. The aroma was something of dark, roasted malt with a creamy overtone - almost like a silencer on a handgun, so to speak. My analogies need work, I know... The flavor was not overly heavy, and the creaminess on the palate was a welcome notation. The roasted malt came through in a nice way all the way through the sip, through to the end of the bottle. A solid offering, to be sure.

Prosit!

goindownsouth, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of alexgash
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite as oily, inky dark as Expedition, but plenty dark nonetheless. Capped by a solid, medium-sized, dark khaki head. Bell's stouts always look great to me. Aroma consists of sweetish roasted malt, with a hint of sweet cream, and light metal coffee thermos. Roasty, peaty, and bitter coffee up front. Roasted notes swell along with oak, and a creamy, lacto sweetness. Finish is dry, acidic, coffee and bitter, with smoky, roasted sweetness hanging around. Very nice. Full-bodied, creamy feel. Another absolute winner from Bell's.

alexgash, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of irishmoss
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Velvety black gloominess in the pour, with a tan/light brown two finger head that leaves brilliant lacing down the sides of the glass. Impressive appearance. The smell is almost entirely malts with a faint whiff of chocolate. The flavor is sweet and roasted malts, with assorted dark chocolates. Oily and silky-smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Unquestionably drinkable with the great flavor and mouthfeel.

irishmoss, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of frazbri
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thick, creamy, mocha head topping a black body. Pitch black. Chocolate and coffee aromas with a faint fruitiness. Espresso and mocha flavors. Thick and creamy body with very modest carbonation.

This is an adult milk shake. Rich and creamy body loaded with chocolate flavor. This is a favorite December night cap for me.

frazbri, Jan 10, 2005
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
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,024 ratings.