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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,046 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,046
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 239 | 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 nlmartin
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Midnight blackness with a finger width copper white head. The head quickly resolves itself into a copper white film. The foam clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: For me the smell was the best part of this beer. Very sweet malty smell. There is a spicy sweet combintation in play in this beer with a slight astringency about it.

Taste: This beer has a very thickly sweet buttery coffee and malty taste. It is frankly to sweet for my own taste. I not sure but this could possibly stand a bigger hop profile. In short I dont like it.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Well frankly again, this one is just to dam sickeningly sweet. It has a hell of a full bodied buttery taste but way to sweet. Pass this one up and buy something else.

nlmartin, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bell's special double cream stout reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams cream stout. It is good, but not really anything outstanding. It just doesnt have that extra little 'something' that I was hoping for, to push it into the realm of greatness.

A very attractive dark midnight, with small head. I found the smell the best part of this beer. Chocolatey malty sweetness.

The taste was a bit of a letdown. Like I said, its good, but not the stunner I was hoping for. I didnt find it twice as creamy as your average stout. I didnt really find it all that creamy, period. But, it is a stout, and has all the chocolate and malty characteristics you love from a good stout.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, especially for calling your beer something like "double cream."

I dont think i'd have this one again, unless it was offered to me for free. There's too many other stouts on my horizon to try.

chOAKbarrell, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of ClearDog
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep midnight black into my imperial pint glass. Nice foamy one finger khaki head. Very impressive to behold!

Smell -- Faint hoppy nose, bitter chocolate and a little bit of coffee. I really enjoy the complexity of this brew.

Taste -- Exceptional! Slightly bitter upfront, with a nice chocolate/coffee finish. I'd say the chocolate is more apparent than the coffee. The alcohol is masked quite nicely, but you can still enjoy the warming feeling as this stout goes down.

Mouthfeel -- Thick and creamy. . . almost chewy. Very nice.

Drinkability -- If I can find anymore of this I'll be buying it. Very drinkable, but one should probably limit it because this is my first one and I can already feel a hint of a buzz. This brewery really has its stuff together. Absolutely brilliant!

ClearDog, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Super dark with a thin light tan head at first pour. The head was reduced to a small wisp within a few minutes. I am guessing that there was some action going on to maintain the head that stands.

Aroma: Really clean and Chocolaty aroma that has a slick grainy sweetness that makes me think that there may be some oatmeal in there somewhere or something.

Taste: Clean, dry, creamy flavor with lots of roastiness to coexist with the cream. I get an oatmeal flavor also. The beer is really drinkable, leaving you with a slightly roasty coating on the back of the throat after drinking. I don't notice the alcohol.

Opinion: I really like this beer. I am not normally very big on really roasty beers, but this one is slick enough that it doesn't leave the palate all acidic and feeling like you just sucked on a piece of burnt wood. It is definitely one that I would try again.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours black with a small tan head, little or no lacing. Smell is woody malts, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Taste continues with the woody caramel malts, vanilla and chocolate tones. Mouthfeel is incredibly rich and creamy, they weren't exaggerating about the double cream. So rich that I could maybe drink another, but one is probably enough. A unique and tasty sweet stout here, try it if you can find it.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: black and bold, chocolate brown thick and creamy head (like most of the bell's stouts), head fades but laces the glass

smell: fairly mild, sweet milk chocolate, light coffee and cream, faint cherry, slight roastiness to the aroma as well

taste: milk chocolate, light coffee roast, quite sweet.

mouthfeel: rich and creamy, thick and chewy

drinkability: not as heavy as other bell's stouts, refreshing like chocolate milk

Not the first bell's stout i would seek out but a great milk/sweet stout

dirtylou, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed with a fresher sample since the first time I had it, it was sitting in the Iowa Beer Cache for an undisclosed period of time. This particular batch was bottled November 21 and drank during the first week of December. Now that's fresh! Subsequently, it was much more enjoyable.

The appearance is decent. It pours to an opaque black, completely impervious to light. The head is very thin and chocolatey, dissipating soon after it builds. Lacing is decent.

The smell has a lot of vanilla bean and cream soda aroma to it, backed by chocolatey malt, caramel, and molasses. Nice bold roast. Similar to the Kalamazoo Stout, but a little more rich and full.

Nice bold coffee flavor with a hint of sweet creaminess to balance out. Nice chocolatey roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is great. Very thick and creamy with a gentle and soft carbonation. One of the best American stouts I've yet tried. The ABV and intense roastiness prevent it from being more drinkable, but it is a very good beer. Another quality product from Bell's.

neonbrown82, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have recently acquired a real fondness for sweet stouts. This one is a treat. A basic oil black color and texture. Bittersweet chocolate dominates the nose and flavor. Slight sourness and bitterness helps the sweet malts (lactose). Black malts, roasted malts, and barley malts combine to reveal molassas, caramel, and a slight grain bittering. Creamy and silky, it's like chocolate milk for the beerlover's sour.

BEERchitect, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of jvajda
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a competitor with Old Rasputin for world's best double cream stout. This beer is fantastic. It's very rich and bittersweet, but not over-the-top. I think most of us could handle a couple of these at once and be fine. There's a lot to experience in this glass, make sure it has your full attention.

jvajda, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, light ruby highlights, with a mocha coloured, thin head. Fair retention and lacing. Lactose sweetness in the aroma, chocolatey and malty, light alcohol and moderate roasted character. Full body with low carbonation. Silky smooth texture, a bit milky. Balance is on the malty side, lactose, low roasted flavour but the roast barley contributes to dryness at the finish. Low bitterness and just a bit of milk chocolate. Very light alcohol warmth. Pretty good stout overall, quite enjoyable.

DrJay, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of budgood1
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out like motor oil...thick dark tan head with staying power. thick rings of lace. aroma of those boxed chocolates so popular at valentines day and around x-mas. tastes of intermingled dark and milk chocolate. tart notes of candied cherries. rum cake. molasses. currants, raisins and dates. a whole lot of yeasty goodness. liquid lusciousness in a bottle. voluptuous body, velvety mouthfeel. double creamy indeed. finishes sweet and then roasty dry. highly drinkable for a stout of this magnitude. yummy stuff.

budgood1, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black in colour with a small off white head. The aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate (think chocolate chips), with more subtle notes of espresso, roasted malt, and a fruit element that I can’t quite identify (perhaps plum?). Upon drinking, the chocolate becomes a little less sweet, and takes on more of a powedered cocoa flavor. There’s also a bit of a yeasty note with a bit of leafy hop bitterness at the end. The sweetness is a little less than I expected, but well within stylistic guidelines. I had hoped for a bit more body too, but again, it’s not as if it’s thin. I tend to want sweet stouts to completely bowl me over with sweetness and thick mouthfeel. I found this one to be a bit on the tame side, but still a quality beer.

fisherman34, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of shippos
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured with barely a skim of a head on a thick dark black body. smelled when it's cold - muted notes of cold coffee/esspresso and dark fudge, heavy roasted flavors with a thick slightly sweet body with a dry roasty finish
smelled wthen it's warm - rich aroma of mocha and a mix of sweet sugar and tosted grain, mouthfeeel is a bit on the thin side at first and follows with a dry finish.

shippos, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of PatYoda
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with minimal head. Smell is very inviting. Smells like a sweet chocolate milkshake with some coffee thrown in for kicks. Alcohol is there behind everything if you look. Roastiness is very subdued. The taste is very similar. Creamy (per the name) slickness dominates in the mouthfeel. Could use a tiny bit more carbonation in my opinion. Taste is extremely milky and chocolaty all the way until you swallow, then the roastiness comes through in the finish. It is accompanied by a very lactic character as well, which eventually wins over the roasted malt with its sourness. This is a little unpleasant. With a little more roasted character, this could have been a real winner. It's no Kalamazoo Stout though.

PatYoda, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of karengarys
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours very very very dark. Opaque black, not even translucent. It leaves a small brown head which over time turns into a carmel color ring.

Smell is very unsweetened chocolate and coffee, and as it warms becomes predominantly coffee. Touch of hop.

Taste is very rich and creamey chocolatey and coffee and maltey and some nice dry hop balance. Alcohol notes are present, and as it warms the alcohol becomes VERY apparent.

It has a very nice, rich body.

Mouthfeel is super creamy when it is cold, and turns a bit wet as it warms to room temprature.

The finish is a bit hard on the alcohol side, but the dry hop cleans the pallet in a very pleasent way. This does not leave an aftertaste as you would expect with something this thick.

This is the first time I tried this, and I'll be getting more. it is a favorite. One thing - I usually like my beers warmer, but not this one. I enjoy this one more at about 40 degrees than I do at room temprature. It is creamier, richer and livlier when it is cold, and as it warms it seems to flatten a bit, and become edgey.

If you see this, buy it and give it a try!

karengarys, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful pour! Deep, dark black, completely opaque, with a nice brown head.

Smells like coffee with a hint of milk and powdered coco. Incredibly robust.

Surprisingly tart-tasting up front, a little weak. That moves into a coffee and insanely-complex roasted malt in the middle and a very dry, milky end. Good, but kind of a letdown after taking in the look and smell of this brew.

The body is strange. Fizzy upfront like seltzer, it seems almost to change with the flavor. It gets thick in the middle and ends as creamy as milk. Wonderful.

And for as complex and strong as it is, this is one stout that goes down smooth as silk.

mynie, May 28, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black color with a large and frothy tan head that leaves nice lacing down the glass, a beautiful stout. The aroma is very creamy, like whole milk and sugar, with chocolate and coffee undertones and a cloying sweetness. The taste is very interesting and sort of goes all over the place. You get hints of cocoa, coffee, whole milk, molasses and a mild roasted bitterness. Probably one of the best milk stout's i've had, the alcohol is hidden well and the mouthfeel is extremely creamy and incredibly smooth. This isnt really a beer you could call a session beer, but it's not hard to drink by any means. This is my first beer from Kalamazoo but it's quite impressive, and thanks to NeroFiddled for the beer.

silver0rlead, May 14, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

someone gave me a bottle of this, thanks, but i sampled it at market ave. wine bar in cleveland, oh. cellar temp, 12oz.

black body with a nice tan head.. pours rather thick and murky into a wine glass. scent is heavy on wood and vanilla, nothing too offensive or overpowering. taste mildly reflects the wooden oak aroma and brings out a true roasted nutty flavor along with some fudge notes. tart finish sneaks up on you, more than likely a bit of freshness in a beer that might need a couple months to sit. a decent beer but surprisingly light on the 'sweet and creamy' for style.

goodbyeohio, May 04, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cool label...I've been waiting to try this one. Batch 6707. Pours quite thick, deep dark black with a sturdy, creamy 1" head sitting nicely atop the brew. Lovely lacing...no light dares try to escape. Beautiful. Sweet chocolate maltiness, lactic milk notes, vanilla extract, a bit roasty with a hint of raisins. Big on the sweet malt...but overall the nose is a little weak.

Milk chocolate malt balls float over my tongue..a hint of coffee peeks through as well. Sweet, but not cloying, roasty and toasty. 10 different malts and it shows....rich, creamy and just damn good. A slight hoppiness on the back of the palate with just a hint of bitterness and lactic notes. Awesome sweet stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full and creamy. Washes over my tongue like silk and gently slides down the throat. I find it intensly enjoyable. I regret that I only have one bottle of this fine brew. I will be hunting down a sixer as soon as possible. I recommend this one to any fans of the style as it kicks a large amount of ass. Bell's has impressed me yet again.

orbitalr0x, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like dirty, motor oil, and produces an opaque, inky black body. One finger, light brown, head has garnet hues around the fringe and collar. Considerable patch and sheet lace adorn the glass.

Aroma begins with hazelnuts, immediately followed by nice dark malt notes of coffee, carob, and chicory.

Mouthfeel is robust, smooth, and creamy.

Creamy malted chocolate runs out the gate first, with roasted Kona coffee right behind. An understated, toasted almond character is unmistakable, and adds considerable depth. Good hops bitterness keeps it all in check. Finish is bittersweet chocolate/carob, wth a mild coffee aftertaste.

Excellent for the style, and my favorite stout from Bell's.
Re-reviewed on 4-28-05, and well worth doing so. Better score for appearance this time around, as the head revealed some some rusty orange hues in addition to the garnet tints noted in my earlier experience. Aroma score gets bumped up a notch for complexities I missed in my first review. Some smokiness and vanilla notes add to the multiple malt notes to be found in this interesting stout. Mouthfeel, as well, is worthy of an update. Velvety smooth on the palate, and quite exquisite. Ten different malts are used in this one, according to the label, and the adventurous complexity is well worth revisiting. Very tasty, and a very nice stout to sip and savor. One of Bell's better offerings, for sure, and that's quite a compliment.

merlin48, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not available here in Wichita. Thanks Rob!

Appearance: This beer poured a deep black with no light making it through the glass. It had a bit of a viscous look to it. The dark brown head rose up to only a finger and dissipated at a normal rate. A thin ring remained around the edge of the glass for the entire drink, but it produced no lace.

Smell: Lightly yeasty, but the main aromas were cream and rich milk chocolate. There was nothing bitter on the nose at all. As the beer sat for awhile, a deep roasted component arose that became strong enough to seem smokey. The smokiness was almost like burnt nuts and different from what I have ever detected in other beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied in the mouth with a slippery, slick feeling to it on the tip of the tongue. More carbonation than I would expect from this style developed as the beer moved back into the mouth. It didn't become rough, though; it was velvety and a little spongy.

Taste: Huge smokey, deep roasted malt flavors were very dominant and increased in strength through the finish and even into the aftertaste. It had a nice charred quality to it. Underneath this was creamy milk chocolate and a strong dose of black coffee. A little hops peaked through on the finish, but it didn't provide much more that balance. Everything mingled together very nicely.

An excellent beer. Very dark, deep roasted flavors for a cream stout, but the correct characteristics were still there. There was a little bit of a numbing effect from the 7.5% abv, but otherwise the alcohol was perfectly hidden. I hope that I can get my hands on more of this stuff.

Quaffer, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, very dark coffee colored brew with a nice creamy milk chocolate head that retreats to lace fairly quickly.

The aroma is mostly dark roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and apple.

The taste is dark roasted malt, caramel, toffee, apples, chocolate and cream. It starts mildly sweet, then the roasted bitterness kicks in with a bit of citrus hops, the finish is back to sweet caramel and coffee but the sweetness is never excessive and the alcohol warmth mellows it even more.

Rich and creamy smooth to drink, the body is a little thin, but, again, it doesn't detract that much from a really enjoyable, easy drinking experience. I could drink some more of these, especially in cool weather. Very nice.

whynot44, Apr 25, 2005
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
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,046 ratings.