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

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3,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,386
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 352 | 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 surlytheduff
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick brown-black, murky. Nice brown head, like a root beer float.

S: Rich, some vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Can smell the roasted malt. Maybe a bit to subtle in aroma.

T: The roasted malt jumps out to me. There is somewhat of a tangy zing to it; the chocolotae/coffee flavors are a bit subdued.

MF: Carbonation is noticable; otherwise it's that pleasant milky stoutness that envelopes your mouth

D: I think the ABV being lower than some of the big stouts helps it's sustained drinkability. Separate from that, it's not quite what I've come to expect from a cream stout - lacks an overall, uh, creaminess.

Photo of AwYeh
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown/black, with reddish tinges around the edges. Two fingers of frothy tan head.

S: Lots of toasty malts and chocolate flavors; a bit of cream, very bittersweet.

T: Roasted, toasty malts once again; light coffee flavors to compliment the chocolate from the aroma. Strong flavor for the ABV, lots of creamy sweetness, with a lingering bittersweet finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: The sweetness and not quite extraordinary taste keep this from going down too quickly, but I did enjoy this glass.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a sturdy deep black body with a 3 finger mocha head. Ok retention.

The strongest aroma from this beer is cream, followed by a very faint roastiness. A pleasant, well balanced smell, but kinda faint.

A rich brew that taste of cream followed by a slightly bitter dark chocolate. The roastiness is appropriately low in this brew, but still adds a nice layer to the beer. This beer is like a less complex version of their Kalamazoo stout.

Soft and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Nice.

A very drinkable beer, but if I am having a Bell's stout, I would take the Kalamazoo Stout over this one every time.

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 BlackBelt5112203
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 2-finger frothy, rocky, tan head. Nice retention but not much lacing.

S – Mostly chocolate, vanilla, and some roasted coffee. There’s also a bit of licorice and maybe some molasses here, too.

T – Starts off sweet with chocolate, vanilla, and some molasses and finishes with smoothly bitter roasted coffee.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly bitter finish. Bittersweet dark chocolate flavors linger for a little bit.

O – This is a good stout. The aroma and flavor aren’t quite as robust as they could be and the mouthfeel is a little short of the wonderful, velvety feel that great stouts have, but this is still a tasty and drinkable beer with all the elements that it should have. It’s not a big stout, but no one ever said it should be. Nice beer from Bell’s.

Photo of carolinahophead
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 Edition
A: Poured a dark color with a little head .
S: Roasted malt , smoke,dark chocolate and cream is present .
T: It is quite smooth and with nice bitter finish. Do like the big front dark start and stout finish.
M: A good medium mouthfeel , good finish and well balanced. This might make a great food pairing beer. Can you say a hearty stew.
O : Bell's does make great beer and this no exception . Make a winter choice for sure and share it with friends.

Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great sippin’ brew, rich and creamy almost to a fault. Must be 300 calories in each bottle, not that I’m countin’ What a thick and chewy beverage.

Coal black pour, tan head died way too quick, but whatdahec. Nice rivers of sticky lace ran around the glass.

Sweet and subtle malty chocolate cream in the aroma and quaff. The finish dried out stout-wise, and notes of charcoal intermix with the dark chocolate cream-sickle brew.

Good winter brew, drink ‘em up before the summer heat comes on.

Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my 50th review!!

Pours completely black with one finger of tan head.

Smell is of roasted malt and chocolate with undertones of vanilla and coffee.

Taste is strongly roasted malts and coffee with a lot of heavy cream with a little vanilla. This stout is pretty well balanced. Sweet and dry at the same time. The finish has a nice bitterness to it that evens everything out.

This has a pretty light mouthfeel to it. Its creamy and almost frothy. very easy to drink and very smooth.

This is very drinkable. Overall i really like this stout. A lot of good flavors going on here.

Photo of aforbes10
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark. not really any head...lots of sticky looking lacing. almost opaque. chocolatey odor, some roasted malt odor too. quite tasty, burnt coffee at first, very toasty tasting. then i get some hops and sweetness, like sweet syrup. that's really what i take away most from this beer, a hoppy syrupy taste that i wasn't expecting at all. when i burp (as i often do), all i taste is tons of hops. mouthfeel was surpizingly thin and made me feel like i was drinking a porter instead of a milk stout (although i guess that's how Mackeson is too). doesn't really strike me as creamy in any way, just a nice coffee hop mix. a nice beer, but probably too expensive for me to drink regularly.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into my Founders Brewing snifter

A: Pours dark brown, almost black. Light cannot pass through. Nice one finger tan head that stays throughout the beer. Beautiful lacing as the head dissipates.

S: Big roasted malts with a slight bitter hop undertone. Dried coffee beans come through as well.

T: Bitter dark chocolate up front with a vanilla coffee through the middle that ends in a creamy sweetness.

M: Coats the pallet with a smooth, sweet, almost chewy liquid gold. Can almost feel the beer linger on your teeth. Perfectly balanced carbonation.

O: A much roastier, sweeter stout than usual but still excellent. Easy to drink due to smoothness.

Photo of Thanby
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a pretty standard coffee stout. Very light chocolate nose over the maltiness. Surprisingly light malt for a stout, mellowed by cream flavors. Full, smooth body with a faint malt stickiness in the finish. Incredibly light and mellow flavor, very easy to drink. Definitely try it out if you can.

Photo of Brew33
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, when I poured this beer I wasn't sure if I poured a beer or changed my oil. Wow, very dark.

It smelled okay, it was still pretty cold on the initial sniff. I should have let it warm a little more.

The taste was fantastic! Excellent beer. The taste was complex and sweet. I was very impressed. Slight smokiness and a lot of chocolate and a creamy sweetness. Good stuff.

I thought it was very drinkable, no trace of alcohol in the taste and a smooth aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel Wow. I like it!

I would certainly suggest this beer. Bell's continues to impress.

Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by deejaydan as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity! Batch 7143. Hard pour to get a full finger of brown head of a pitch liquid. Thick pour, I'd like to add. Smells woody dry and black patent sour. Dark and roasted with a lactose undertone.

Tastes over-roasted coffee with a touch of cherry sour. Nice malty sweetness with a grassy hop carried on a faint alcohol breeze. Dry finish from the roast and cleansing carbonation, but a persistent dark malt/molasses on the back of the tongue. Warmer beer at the bottom of the glass, now. Has dark chocolate with a supporting toffee/caramel. Nice lactose character coupled to a dark fig. Thick mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Really an enjoyable beer.

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

A: Jet black with a humongous beige head. Great retention and generous lacing.

S: Roasted malt, milk, cream

T: Very creamy and rich with a very noticeable lactose flavor. The milk aspect is present throughout the taste, with mild sourness. A tasty beer, though perhaps the lactic aspect is a bit overdone.

M: Smooth and easy to drink. Bitter aftertaste, with lactose overtones.

D: A really solid example of the style. Recommended.

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

Thanks to Jaxon53 for this one on a trade. Pours jet black in a snifter with minimal head. Wow its black!
Aroma is of toasted grains, coffee, some soy, birch, and some sweetness.
Very smooth toasted grains, some black coffee notes too. Vary faint bitter chocolate flavors round it out. Some hop biterness flashes to finish it off.
Nice solid mouthfeel, between a medium and heavy. Very silkie and smooth.
Very drinkable stout. Not too complex and very smooth. Nice touch in not killing it with a high ABV. Great ballance on this one.

Photo of HopDerek
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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 nodder
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

A- Black with a big light tan head. Spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts. Slight coffee notes.

T- Very subtle. Roasted malts, chocolate, smoky/coffee flavors. No alcohol taste to speak of. Slightly bitter finish.

M- The real winner here. Creamy and so smooth. Medium to full body. This is easy to drink.

O- Underated beer imo. I love it and would have again.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark, seal brown body with a sizable tan head. Foam leaves thick, layered lacing due to its excellent retention (even for a stout). Aroma is rife with coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste presents a sharp, bitter mocha coffee note. It's not quite as sweet as other milk stouts I've had, but a smooth creaminess manifests itself in the mouthfeel and finish. This beer goes down easily and leaves you wanting more. I wish I had bought a six pack instead of a single bottle. Probably will someday. As always, good job Bell's.

Photo of Shrews629
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very nice dark brown, almost black color with some faint ruby highlights around the sides and edges. A nice, full, creamy, fluffy, smooth khaki colored head with very nice retention and real nice lacing.

Smell - A nice malty tone in the aroma. Some roasty aspects. A bit of coffee. A bit of chocolate. Neither aroma is very robust. Might be picking up a bit of raisin and a small note of the oatmeal and/or cream. Seems to be balanced pretty well though.

Taste - The taste had a lot of the proper characteristics of a Stout. Some roasted coffee and chocolate, but like the smell, not real pronounced or robust. A minor hint of bitterness and maybe even a hint of some dark or burnt grain.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Rather smooth and mostly creamy. Did a nice job of leaving flavor on the palate. Mostly dry, but not too dry.

Drinkability - I've had better, more robust, complex Stouts, but this one is solid enough to be considered a good example. Very easy to drink and worth a shot if you see it. Nothing over complicated. More than anything a no-nonsence, pretty enjoyable Stout.

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a tasting I held, though I've had full bottles of this before.

Beer pours a very dark brown, almost black. Darker than I expected from a cream stout.

Aroma is mainly of roasted malts, maybe even a little burnt.

Taste is similar. Roasted malts dominate; I really don't taste much coffee or chocolate. There is a creaminess that comes in the middle and stays in the end. Aftertaste is a bit bitter, like burnt malts.

Mouthfeel is medium. I do like the milky texture I get in the sides of my mouth towards the end of each sip.

You could easily have a few of these. Pleasant not too strong flavors, and low alcohol.

A nice brew, but nothing too interesting. Duck Rabbit remains my favorite milk stout.

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

A single bottle from Bells. I poured this into my usual glass.

Got a nice 1" head that was light tan. The body was very dark brown and opaque. The lacing stayed around until the very end.

Nose was slightly charcoal with malt and vanilla

Taste is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla.

Mouth feel as you would expect is very creamy. This is a very nice beer. Drinkability is held back slightly due to sweetness.

Photo of akokandy
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 12 oz brown bottle poured into a mug. The beer is black, with a 2 finger brown head which fades slowly. Not the greatest head retention or lacing, but better than most.

S- Pretty nondescript, some sweetness, caramel, and coffee/roasted notes. Not very strong of an aroma.

T- A roasted malt flavor predominates, with some chocolate and coffee notes. Some flavor of toffee and sweet cream is noticeable. All good flavors that go together well. No hop or alcohol detectable.

M- Thick and creamy as it should be. No carbonation except for the head. This is really the strongest point of the beer.

D- Something about this beer really works for me. I can't stop drinking it. I think it just goes down way too smooth. Too bad it's $10 for a sixer.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep brown color, almost black but not quite. There is a slight coffee colored head and a light lacing.

The first thing that came to my head when I smelled it was German Chocolate Cake. The nose is a very sweet chocolatey smell. I can also smell a sweet cream. Sweetness dominates the smell.

The taste, while similar, is also quite different. The sweet chocolate is there, but tons of roasted malts is the predominant flavor. The taste goes back and forth between a rich sweetness and roasted malt.

The creamy mouthfeel is huge in this stout. There's a slightly dry finish.

For a stout, I would say drinkability is above average. Despite being so creamy, for some reason it doesn't feel as filling for me.

This is a very enjoyable stout from Bell's.

Photo of herman77
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Near black with a small khaki head that dies quickly. Hardly any lacing.

S: Roasty malt, with milk chocolate and a hint of mocha. Smoke lingers in the forefront.

T: Follows the nose pretty close. Roasty up front, then some coco sweetness. There is a hint of smokiness to it too. Some hops come out and make an appearance in the finish.

M: Medium body, average to softer carbonation, pretty silky smooth.

O: A pretty solid stout. Tasty, no huge thrills, but nothing off at all.

Photo of zeledonia
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, November 2010. Pours a deep brown, almost black, with minimal head that remains as a bit of foam on the surface. Smell is of roasted malt with a bit of hop bitterness following it. Mouthfeel is very good - smooth, rich, about medium for a stout, with that odd creamy coating feeling that milk stouts often have. Taste is good and well-balanced, with a strong sweet roasted malt flavor up front that's complemented by just the right amount of hops. A very solid stout, though the flavor could be more complex.

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