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

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3,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,389
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 353 | 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 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

Photo of BigJim5021
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I was about to leave the liquor store with one of my usual (Two Hearted) when I managed to find a sixer of this stuff hiding behind it. It had been a few years since I last had this tasty brew, so I picked it up.

It pours jet black with a damn-near brown head. There is a copious amount of lacing.

The smell is of coffee and sweet, roasted malt.

The flavor is really phenomenal. Tops among sweet stouts. The coffee profile is high, with a nice sweet (but yet still dry) finish. The malt is a very dark roast without tasting burnt.

The mouthfeel is among the best I've ever encountered. It's silky smooth with a rich creaminess. It's not quite Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout smooth, but it's damn close.

Overall, the ol' Double Cream Stout -- when in season -- is going to be a regular part of my rotation.

Photo of daliandragon
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has been sitting in the fridge for the last few weeks waiting for the weather to turn cold and I've had to warm the Buick up early in the morning before going to work (at the ungodly hour of 6:35 each day I might add).

Maybe not enough of a vigorous pour as the head is almost nonexistent on top of the nearly jet black and completely opaque body. The nose, however makes up for it with deep, delicious malty milk chocolate and plenty of it. It's not overly sweet, and stills like beer, but it's really good.

Absolute velvet in my mouth. The chocolate and coffee tones are powerful but still manage to be elegant. A late kick of oats and roasted nuts. A little more carbonation than I need in a milk stout, or any stout for that matter. All together it's pretty close to a symphony and an excellent choice for first stout of the season.

Photo of kasper
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Vigorous pour yields near pitch black body with multi-finger half creamy, half-foamy mocha head that leaves sheets of lacing around the glass as it slowly sinks, but never fades completely.

S: Great smell of roasted malts and milky, chocolaty sweetness, little bit of nuttiness.

T: More of the same, roasted malts predominately with a nice milky sweet backbone and some nutty creaminess. There's some bitterness in the finish but it's mild and barely noticeable. It just helps even out the sweetness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth and creamy as hell. Mild but ideal level of carbonation.

D: Nice sessionable sweet stout. If this really has 7.5% ABV, then I'm smitten. Not noticeable whatsoever. More like a 5% brew if that. Exceptional stout.

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

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into a goblet that leaves a nice ring and light sheeting throughout. the body was a dark black.
s - strong roasted coffee and oats.
t - coffee, oats, chocolate, with a lot of dryness.
m - slick and coating.
d - good beer but one will be enough. almost too dry and grainy.

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

Double Cream Stout pours a solid black with a tan one finger head that looks rather strong.

The aromas are milk chocolate and roasted malt. It smells rather tasty.

Taste is sweet up front and then finishes with enough bitterness to keep things from cloying. A moderate carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make for pretty good drinkability.

This can replace a chocolate desert, or compliment it rather than coffee.

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

Appearance: Jet black in color with a nice tan head

Smell: Very nice aroma with vanilla and a roasty malts.

Taste: Nice creamy lactose flavor with a roasty malts and hints of chocolate. Nice smooth aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Real smooth and creamy nice silky feel

Drinkability: Very drinkable I could have this all night long.

I enjoyed this brew very much I am a big fan of the smooth cream stouts. It's incredibly drinkable for the ABV on this, it could sneak up on you fast with how easy it drinks.

Photo of ph2001
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in snifter

black and no head even with a hard pour. smells sweet and bready, almost like grahm crackers. some vanilla notes also. it has a light-medium body and is creamy. it is very rich and roasty, especially in the aftertaste. very smooth and drinkable, but in no way weak on flavors. there is a very good balance of sweetness and roastiness.

Photo of mgp80
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black, with a robust tan head. Good-lookin' brew,
S: Nothing out of place or spectacular for a stout. Roasted malt, basically.
T: There's a lot going on here, and it's all good. Hop bitterness is certainly there, but it's one of those "you'd miss it if it were gone" things, as opposed to center stage. There's a good dose of the alcohol-warm prune/plum favors that you get in a good baltic porter, and of course some roasty,dark chocolate, and coffee-like flavors. My only gripe is that the finish doesn't leave me with much.
M: Awesome. This is a beer that eats like a meal. Very rich, very creamy. Lives up to the name.
D: Bell's has packed a lot of the flavor and complexity of a 9% abv beer into one that's 6%. These go down fast and easy for me.

This is a solid beer, one that I will keep around in the future.

Photo of everetends
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I picked up from Four Winds in Pensecola, FL. Served up in a nonic pint.

A: Pours a dark brown, might as well be black. Somewhat thick on the pour. Has a pretty nice finger of tan head that has decent retention that recedes to a top cap that produces a nice thick sheet of lacing. When held to the light, it has some really nice brown to ruby red hues. Not a bad looking brew.

S: Smell is of some serious cream and lactose. This smells of rich, cream much like ice milk. Sweet. Rich malts are in there as well. Sweetness. Dark coffee and rich chocolate is very faint. Overall the cream and malt are big time.

T: Taste is not much unlike a chocolate milkshake with a shot of mocha. Rich creamy lactose presence comes in first. Cool and thick. Then the malt comes in with rich chocolate and a bit of sweet coffee flavors. Although all these flavors are present they are very much overpowered by a heavy malt aftertaste. Kinda kills it a bit.

M: Full bodied brew that is thick, but still has a thin feel somehow. This is a pretty smooth brew. Goes down pretty easy. It is a bit sticky and the malt really covers the palate.

D: This beer is pretty damned drinkable for the style. It is incredibly easy to drink. I am down with this beer. It has areas to improve but it is still tasty and drinkable in mass. I like it.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, thick black with a foamy, thick two-finger light tan head with average retention and fantastic lacing. The lacing is what really stands out about this one - huge sheets of it, thin and glittery but with great staying power.

Aroma: Cream, sugar, coffee, chocolate ... this is the first milk/sweet stout I've ever had where the lactose sugar notes just completely dominate the toasted malt notes.

Taste: Half milk, half beer. Lactose sugars abound, with a faint chocolate and coffee - though mostly coffee - toasted malt presence backing everything up, and an even fainter hop bitterness note barely sneaking in. As it warms, it really is like drinking a latte, or a 3/4ths milk, 1/4th coffee latte, at least. Faint hint of booze in the finish, particular as this one warms.

Mouthfeel: It's quite literally like drinking cream. Thin, but still remarkably smooth, creamy, milky, even ... is this even beer!? Fantastic, though a little disconcerting, to be honest! It'd get a five if not for the practically obligatory sticky creamy slick feel all cream beers leave on your tongue/teeth.

Drinkability: This was one strange and unique beer, like many of Bell's brews are. Definitely the creamiest, milkiest milk stout I've ever had, and though the alcohol was reasonable, it was almost a little too milky for me. Very interesting though, and at least worth one try.

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

Given to me by a friend from DC

A - pours a very dark, opaque almost black brown which turns slightly mahogany around the edges when held up to light. Bit of a tan head which dissipated

S - tons of rich, roasty malt mix with a detectable amount of sweet malt. Lots of lovely roasty dark chocolate and coffee aromas. There is some milk chocolate coming through as it warms. My nose says I need to dive into this!

T - wow, serious sweet stout! The roasty dark chocolate and coffee are there, but man there is some serious sweetness going on. Almost a touch of caramel followed up by some milk chocolate. Highly enjoyable

M - seriously smooth and creamy. Feels really nice swirling around the palate

D - good work Bell's dudes! This is an enjoyable sweet stout (another review said there's no lactose, so I guess technically it's not a milk stout) which I like quite a bit. Definitely up there with Duck Rabbit Milk Stout (though perhaps a tad less mind blowing), which is a personal fave. Highly recommended if you can get it. Will certainly save one for the coming cold weather

Photo of RobH
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle.

This one is touted as being sweeter than the Kalamazoo Stout and it lives up to that billing without being cloying.

I enjoyed this one better than the Kalamazoo Stout. I guess I expect a cream stout to have less of a bitter character and more sweetness around the edges, which this one delivers without going overboard.

My favorite cream stout remains the Samuel Adams Cream Stout, but I can also recommend this one.

Photo of kels
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Fries Cafe in Clifton during BeerFest 08.

Appearance: Pours dark to medium chocolate brown with a very short tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving light rings of sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Smells first and foremost of burned coffee beans - not toasty, but burned. It's followed by a strong sweet smell somewhat like whipped cream or cake icing with some vanilla.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very strong and direct burned coffee taste, like drinking black coffee that was scorched in the carafe after sitting on the hotplate too long. It is tempered only slightly by the sweet cream taste I was expecting from the scent - I wish it was a little stronger in the mix to balance out the burned note. The carbonation is good, adding lightness and maybe contributing to the distinct bright, almost tart flavor that this beer leaves as I swallow. I almost have to say something lemony, which seems not to make any sense in this style. I try another drink - same thing. It's very strange, adn my mouth puckers a little each time I swallow as it only hits me as it's going down.

Drinkability: moderate to low - too many competing strong tastes make it hard to get through very quickly.

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

Pours jet black with a creamy dark brown head. Strong aromas of sweet dark malt. Creamy dark chocolate with hints of coffee.

There's some alcohol evident in the flavor but lots of creamy dark malt underpinned with the earthy dark chocolate and roasted coffee. An incredibly smooth mouth. Downright velvety. The roasted coffee flavors linger in the finish and aftertaste.

A little bit of everything in this one but it is still undoubtedly a cream stout. Very nice and very drinkable.

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

Thanks again go to The ManiacalOne for this beer!
Pours almost black with a dark tan head that dissipates very quickly. Roasted aromas dominate with some chocolatey overtones. Taste is roasted, slightly sweet with some chocolate flavors. Thick, creamy and rich mouthfeel - the best part of this beer. Easy drinking beer. I hope I can get my hands on some more of this beer.

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

Beer is as black as ink. A very short dark tan colored head. To dark to note any carbonation at all. Very thin ribbons of lace run away watery.

Aroma hits of big malt scents right up front. A very sweet blend of dark plum, chocolate, and licorice. A light lactose hint behind the other aromas.

A roasted malt body mixed with a very sweet cream flavor. Licorice fades from scent, but a faint bit of plum is still there. A great mix of flavors.

A slight bit on the watery side on the tongue. Only a light carbonation shifting in the beer.

A solid brew. Great to drink with a cigar on a fall night. Not an everyday style, but a good offering. Another choice brew from Bell's

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to naproxen for this one.

Pours a deep black with a nice light tan head that retains ok. Nose is somewhat weak roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. Taste follows with some good roasted malt, some lactose, chocolate, a tiny bit of dark fruits, and some cream. Almost a bit of cherry sweetness. Was imagining more cream on this one. Mouthfeel is pretty good, about what it should be for an amped up milk stout. Drinkability is very good here, as there is little heat, and it goes down quite smooth. Overall a solid brew, a good stout, as most are from Bell's. This isnt one im going to write home about or put up some annoying "OMG blah blah blah beer is soo goood!!!!" Bar Talk post on, but all the same, it is a good beer, and i could see myself purchasing this one from time to time if i was a michigan man. good brew.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black color. An aggressive pour yields a creamy but surprisingly small light brown head.

Super malty nose as one would expect from a beer brewed with 10 kinds of malt. Somehow manages to be sweet AND roasty smelling. Smells like a milk chocolate shake and vanilla coffee beans.

Wow! That is smoooth. Alot of different flavors here. Most intriguing to me is the ability of this beer to be both chocolaty sweet, have plenty of roasty bitterness and still have a clean dry finish.

Fantastic stout, very easy to consume mass quantities. One of the best tasting stouts I have had.

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

A: Poured mostly black with a massive two fingers of mocha head. Some lacing.

S: Very sweet nose. Reminds me of a more subtle version of Portsmouth milk stout. Hints of chocolate.

T: Has all the basics of a sweet stout but the sweetness is not overpowering as some other examples of the style. Little hint of chocolate in there as well.

M: Very nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: Still not a huge fan of this style but his beer diverges enough from this style to make it interesting for me. Really like what I have had from Bells. Got this in NJ and wish Bells would be in NY.

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

Look is jet black body with a khaki head. The bubbled head oddly resembles a full moon with it's craters. Lace is very nice.

Aromas of roasted coffee with sweet cream, bakers chocolate.

The flavor is very rich and very complex. Full malts blend with sharp bitter coffee and dark chocolates. Sour syrupy hints of something fruity like raisins or figs. Mouthfeel is very creamy and very thick. Finish is roasted and dry.

This bottle is quite good, though I seem to remember this beer as being the best milk stout I had ever had. Perhaps it lost a bit in the past few months, and might be noticeably better when very fresh.

Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a small khaki colored head

S- roasted sweet malt, coffee and a bit of chocolate.

T- marshmallow and lots of roasted malt with a coffee aftertaste

M- smooth and creamy. medium feel bordering on thick

D- very easy to finish a couple of these if i had the chance. i hope this one makes it to chicago later this winter.

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

One of my favorite styles and one of my favorite Bells products. Dark brown without too much head. Not overpowering in alcohol. Very smooth flavor with roasted malts, creaminess, and french pressed coffee. A delicious milk stout. A little more bitterness than some other milk stouts I've had. Drier, a little less sweet, and a little less carbonation. Body is a little fuller than the other milk stouts I've had too. I could drink these all night.

Bells, expand your distribution to California, I beg you.

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