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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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3,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,413
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 362 | 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:
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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Ratings: 3,413 | Reviews: 1,394
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.

Photo of bhalter8
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for tossing this on a recent trade, I had been wanting to try this once. On name alone I am intrigued. Pours a very thin head, and a jet black, but thin looking brew. Its odd, it doesn't look as much like a stout, as it does an extremely dark ale, just not as dense. A fair amount of carbonization, as well. The creamy, sweet smell is strong, and quite delicious. That cream comes through hard in the flavor as well, it tastes like part beer, and part cream soda. There is a bit too much carbonation for my taste in a stout, and that combined with the sweetness deters me from being able to have much more than one.

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

I would say this stout poured with substance. Not heavy, overly thick, or oily, but well-bodied, very very dark brown, basically black. A frothy, two finger head with some big soapy bubbles spattered across the top. Nice lacing.

I definitely detected some lactose on the nose, a subtle but sweet cream. Nice. Also caught some whiffs of ground coffee.

Cream and chocolate and coffee flavors. Starts off pretty sweet. Milk chocolate meets distinct roasted grain flavors and brings coffee to mind. Some coffee dryness and some bittering are left on the palate, but I felt quenched after each sip.

Some nice carbonation keeps an otherwise heavy beer flowing through my mouth with ease. It gets creamier and fuller as it warms.

A very nice milk stout, but I'm not sure I'd want to have more than one or two in a sitting.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown and lets no light through. Medium sized bubbles coalesce into a mocha, tan hued head and dissipate shortly thereafter.

S: Aroma is malty with caramel and chocolate bitterness along with hints of vanilla, a conventional stout with just a touch of decadence.

T/M: It quickly coats the mouth with a thicker than normal consistency and a medium amount of carbonation. Chocolate and roasted malts bring up the front with a fizzy bitterness and clean vanilla finish at the end.

It's not exactly a "double" in the imperial sense, like a double IPA is a double, nor is it as sweet as a milk stout since it does not incorporate lactose, as the "cream" part of the name might imply, but the mouthfeel is really nice and the smooth texture make it worthwhile. A well balanced and worthy stout, even if it is misleading.


Photo of Anaxagoris
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mrmaps
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark. Head rises creamy and is durable.

Sm: Malt, coffee, licorice, hops

Taste: Malt, coffee, mild hops with a mild carbonation. Well blended flavor profile without anything being overly aggressive. The flavor is long lived and the beer opens up well after about 10 minutes.

Feel: Smooth, creamy finely carbonated.

Overall: The beer has a low alcohol content which is further shoved to the back ground by making this beer smooth and readily drinkable. The hops an coffee flavors are well balanced and long lasting. A good beer.

Value: I have to admit, I am partial to Bell's beer. It is priced slighter higher than most beers, but this is balanced by a better quality than other beers. I like it.

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of association330
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Oily, opaque black, with a cap of foam that reduces to a film in short order. Some spots and fingers of lacing.

S - A tad earthy (like a sweet tobacco), lots of chocolate, some coffee and roasted barley notes (not overdone for a sweet stout, good job). A hint of raisins or other ripe fruit as well, and a touch of hop grassiness. Really quite nice.

T - Sweet and chocolatey up front, swallow of coffee and Baker's chocolate with a surprising grassy hop finish. I did not expect the hops, that was a pleasant surprise and added another dimension to this brew.

M - Somewhat creamy, but too much carbonation and comes off as a tad watery, to be honest. Not the rich, semi-oily beer it appeared to be when I poured it.

D - Enjoyable all night long.

Really, the only thing I was disappointed in was the mouthfeel. It's just too prickly and a tad too thin. If Bell's works on that, this could be a real winner of a sweet stout in my book.

Photo of maedhros09
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Maltier and smoother than the kalamazoo stout, with a milder flavor profile but still a hearty roastiness.

Photo of berserker256
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small fizzy bubbles cascade down the inside of the glass and make the carmel-colored head grow. The beer is perfectly black and allows no light to pass through the body. There are several key aromas that I detect. Chocolate, coffee, burnt plums, molasses, brown sugar, and roasted malt. An excellent combination. Nice creamy lactic texture and low carbonation. Not too heavy, either. But not too easy to drink. Sweet coffee and roasted malt is the most prodominant flavor feature in my opinion. A small bit of chocolate as well. But the taste seems weaker than the smell, if that makes sense. After sniffing the beer I expected a stronger flavor with more bite. It's pretty mild, but good. I feel some alcohol warmth also. Good beer.

Photo of ifixufly
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of womencantsail
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to pick one of these up recently and I've been waiting for a good time to crack it open. Tonight seemed like a good one.

A: The pour is just about black. Very little highlights, if any, that I can see. A nice tan/mocha colored head perches itself on top.

S: The nose is full of roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate.

T: A very interesting flavor profile. A light roasted malt flavor with a very sweet finish. There is quite a bit of chocolate coupled with a mild bitterness.

M: A very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The body is medium, and there's a moderate level of carbonation.

D: The Milk/Sweet stout is a style that's beginning to grow on me. Generally I am more of an RIS fan, but the sweetness is quite a welcomed change of pace. A great beer, and I'm glad I have another.

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JWU
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Deep, dark. Pretty much black. A finger of creamed coffee colored head, which laces nicely.

S- Not much, some roasty malts are there.

T- Deep roasty malts with heavy notes of dark chocolate cake, coffee, slightly burnt, but not offputting. A very slight hint of booze. Hard to believe there is no lactose in here.

M- Creamy, creamy, creamy. Light to medium carbonation.

O- Very, very good stuff. The depth and complexity of flavor and mouthfeel at this ABV are impressive.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MudDrinker
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Opaque, jet black with a cream to very light tan colored head. Yep, it's a stout.

Smell - Sweet cream and malt chocolate. There's not much here to review.

Taste - Sweet cream upfront, as it warms dark chocolate, toast, and coffee flavors shine through. Fairly sweet throughout, but I could drink 3 or 4 in a row and not get sick of it. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - A little milky, decently thick. It's like drinking a liquid angelfood cake when mixed with the flavor. A little thin by most stout standards, though.

Overall - I guess there's not too much to this. It's not complicated by any means, but its a great straightforward sweet stout.

I think the name might lend some suggestion to the flavor, and it probably doesn't have a "sweet cream" flavor. I can definitely taste it, though, so maybe I'm just an idiot.

Photo of DHGranstrand
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lightindarkness for the variety six-pack from the heartland of the USA!

Pours jet black with prodigious amount of dark creamy head. Does not leave much lacing to speak of.

Smells of chocolate malt with notes of licorice and espresso.

Excellent malt flavor up front with chocolate and espresso finish.

Very nice carbonation with smooth finish.

This is a stout you can enjoy for an entire evening. I wish it was available locally in the Pacafic Northwest!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by the generous trader known as russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It's been a while since my last Milk Stout.

A very nice black looking brew with over 1 finger's worth of tannish foam. A great looking brew in my New Belgium goblet.

The smell *is* milky and of chocolate but very mild in character. The maltiness is obvious but a stronger nose would help a bit, I think.

The taste is great. This is a great milk shake for grownups! Wonderfully malty with heaps of chocolate malted flavour and a nice cocoa like bitterness about mid palate on that shares some duty there with good roasty tones. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium...very darn close to full bodied, with light carbonation; wow...silky smooth mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability? Not a scary abv here to contend with so I say, drink away, as I'm doing. Very easy drinker.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pitch black with a dark brown head. Head dissipates immediately.

s - very sweet with chocolate and coffee notes. It might be in my head, but it almost smells creamy :)

t - you can feel the smoothness when it immediately enters your mouth. coffee bitterness follows. I can't decipher much of the malt character except in the after taste. More of the caramel and chocolate come out as it lingers.

m - smoooth. Not a lot of carbonation.

d - it has a good flavor, but I don't think I could drink to many of these. It's almost like a small meal for me. My bottle says 6.1 abv, but this page says 7.5, so I don't know if they changed it recently or not. Either way it wouldn't be a session beer or something I could drink more than 2 of. The only thing for me that made this worth trying was to experience the smooth mouthfeel of this brew.

Photo of naterock
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours almost the deepest black I've ever seen. one finger head, doesn't really stay.

smells of rich malts and a yeasty nose to finish

rich and creamy, such a heavenly maltiness. can't really describe this one because it's just too complex for me.

velvety and smooth as hell. easily drinkable. fantastically balanced

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