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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,919 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,919
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 168
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
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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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.9%

03-01-2013 04:42:21 | More by KC9LDB
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Jips

Kansas

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-23-2011 18:33:55 | More by Jips
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-23-2011 00:52:25 | More by Rochefort10nh
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horrorspecialty

Virginia

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-16-2011 14:52:16 | More by horrorspecialty
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docrates

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.9%

10-18-2012 01:54:33 | More by docrates
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callmeishmALE

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-15-2011 18:26:04 | More by callmeishmALE
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TwoForty

Florida

5/5  rDev +25.9%

03-04-2013 21:46:19 | More by TwoForty
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BJasny

Texas

5/5  rDev +25.9%

03-13-2012 04:18:34 | More by BJasny
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TimRasmussen

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +25.9%

05-17-2012 19:59:36 | More by TimRasmussen
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bdeast1

Alabama

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-28-2011 19:30:33 | More by bdeast1
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TATURBO

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-22-2011 15:52:02 | More by TATURBO
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andersen8185

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-25-2011 22:46:47 | More by andersen8185
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eulerthegrape

California

5/5  rDev +25.9%

08-25-2014 20:01:52 | More by eulerthegrape
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morayeel

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +24.7%

a: Lacy, head is solid, looks like a nice tan color and I love the way the head settles, if poured a little violently. Awsome

s: chocolate and alcohol with a bit of smoke taste to it at the end. Very smooth

t: oh greatness. Leaves a thick chocolaty and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker but very smooth at the end.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it I had this on tap and when you tap a pint you get a half of a glass of head.

d: The first time I had this is on tap at my house. This was my first stout on tap and I think I picked a good one to start off with. This is a stout that hits the spot after a long day. I love the smooth full silky moth feel of this stout. But it’s a stout that can make you full after a few.

conclusion: This was my first stout on tap at home and I am really happy with my choice. I wish this was made year long but its only seasonal. I liked this stout and plan on having my distributor get me a keg next fall.

WAY TO GO BELL’S BREWING

11-15-2006 17:09:00 | More by morayeel
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +24.2%

Another solid beer from Bell's . Very dark and creamy. I love a creamy stout with average head and dark color. Too bad i couldn't find this in six pack at the place i work at (Gay's Hops-N-Schnapps, Auburn Indiana). This is a stout i could drink day after day after day as creamy and addicting the flavor is. so smooth

11-11-2013 16:25:03 | More by yuenglingfan101
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +24.2%

OG=1.075, 7.5% ABV, brewed with 10 different malts.

Jet-black oily brew forms a thick dark tan head which looks like a bubbling pancake, leaving an impressive tenacious collarette of suds with each sip. Head sits atop medium sized bubbles, and is moderate in carbonation. Aroma is of espresso, dark roasted malts, dark bakers chocolate, caramel, fresh lightly-roasted grains, sourdough bread just out of the oven, and the immortal Bell's yeast "oomph". Quite a knockout aroma. Taste, mouthfeel and finish are somewhere between a Susie's Sweet Stout and the Expedition Stout. It has a thick, chewy mouthfeel with an oily sheen on the tongue. There is a big initial impression of fresh hops, dark-roasted malt sweetness and acidity, coffee and cocoa powder. The finish is amazing, and possibly the best of Bell's brews. It starts with a bright acidity with a perceptable and enjoyable sourness, gives way to a perfectly balanced spicy hop note, and ends in a long caramel sweet finish with a bright clean mouthfeel.

Rich, amazingly complex, incredibly satisfying, and highly drinkable despite the moderately-high ABV. As anyone who reads my reviews knows, I don't give 5.0's very often, but this is truly one of the very best stouts available. Pure Heaven in a bottle.

Re-review 12-07-04: Very different beer here at the new Comstock facilities...the aroma is intense with black walnut compared to prior versions. Medium-dense body but not as thick as remembered. Alcohol is perceptable in aroma. The slight sourness and unique Kzoo yeast funk are all but missing, and replaced with a chalky roasted malt sweetness. Alcohol is evident in the finish. This is still a good beer, but it's a far cry from what I used to drink years ago. It's sad seeing my favorite beers disappear, as the Bell's lineup doesn't even taste like the beers I've loved for so long.
L=4.5, A=4.5, T=4.5, MF=4.0, D=4.0

01-27-2003 15:06:36 | More by Mitchster
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +22.9%

This beer pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head and heavy, nice lacing to the end. It's aroma is complex leading off with wood with nuts, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is a superb blend of wood, coffee, and dark chocolate followed by milk chocolate and anise in the finish. The mouthfeel is full, creamy, and smooth. Bells Special Double Cream Stout is an outstanding brew, well balanced and very complex. Very highly recommended!!

04-19-2012 01:43:42 | More by B967ierhunter177
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Brad007

Vermont

4.88/5  rDev +22.9%

Color: Pitch black with a thin brown head.

Aroma: Creamy and sweet. Hints of chocolate and mild roastiness in the nose.

Taste: Rich and creamy with strong coffee/chocolate flavors upfront. Roastiness is just right. Smooth and vibrant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. Chocolate lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Nails it on the mouthfeel alone. This is a style that is supposed to be sweet and creamy and I feel that Bells lives up to it.

07-16-2008 21:30:39 | More by Brad007
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cindiwindi1025

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +22.9%

Oh my gosh...I am completely in love with this beer.

A - Opaque brown/black with tan, sticky lacing that lingers throughout the glass.

S - Malted chocolate is right off the bat with light coffee

T - Creamy, creamy maled chocolate, roasted coffee, marshmallows.

M - Light medium body, light carbonation, velvety feel

D - This is a beer you could get lost in and end up drinking 6 before you know it. It is very smooth, tasty, there are plenty of creamy flavors that blend perfectly to make this a very drinkable beer.

This beer is absolutely delicious...one of the best beers I have ever had. YUMMY!

11-01-2008 22:15:15 | More by cindiwindi1025
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Pencible

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +22.2%

This poured an opaque black with a little dark tan head. It smelled like coffee and heavy cream with a bit of dark chocolate. It tasted like creamy mocha with a hint of bitterness, a very rich flavor but not too strong. It was exceptionally thick with no carbonation and a mild aftertaste. Overall this was one of the best stouts I can remember. I liked it purely for its own merits, not because I expected it to be good based on hype. Truly an excellent beer.

03-27-2008 21:44:03 | More by Pencible
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CheapHysterics

Pennsylvania

4.84/5  rDev +21.9%

Looks dark and beautiful, smells delicious, mouthfeel is so creamy, and it tastes as delicious as it smells. I know its seasonal but I stash a few to enjoy all summer long. The roasted malt characteristics stand out, with some fleeting hints of smoke and dark fruit. Just enough sweetness to balance out the earthiness and hop bitterness. Such a great beer I can't get enough of it.

05-28-2014 03:22:46 | More by CheapHysterics
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

Oh sweet creamy chocolate divine. yummy yummy in my tummy. This beer would make me sing if I were a guy who sang.

Appearance: Pours black with a creamy tan head and loads of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is rich with sweet cream and chocolate and a hint of butterscotch and caramel, dark fruit, and milk. Malty and simply appealing.

Taste: It is a super smooth sweet easy milk stout that is creamy for sure but sweet only to that point and it avoids becoming sugar sweet and holds at creamy sweet. mmm. There is a hint of cherry with the roasted grain undertone and them it simple slides down the throat. I, literally, am at a loss for words. The flavor is simple but yet just right.

Mouthfeel: Rich thick and full but not overweight. It is very thing I could ask for in a milk stout, it is creamy and velvety smooth with a distinct dryness on the edges.

Drinkability: There is something do easy and pleasant about drinking this beer, I can't help but to relax and feel better. It is more than the alcohol it it maybe it has to due with the chocolate in the flavor or the smooth silky creamy nature of the beer but I am certainly in the market for a case of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

11-29-2006 08:36:23 | More by Phatz
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Drew966

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout pours an opaque black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Roasted malt dominates the aroma. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt, it tastes like chocolate and a bit like coffee, caramel comes to mind too. Kick ass beer.

02-24-2008 15:25:52 | More by Drew966
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Jishguy

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

One of my favorite cream stouts that keeps me coming back over and over again.

A- Pours a solid black body with a dark cream colored head that stays around for ages.

S- The aroma is wonderful and complex. Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut, toasted aromas, and a bit of smokiness.

T- Wonderful chocolate and coffee notes up front, quickly followed by the toasted and roasted flavors described in the aroma.

M- Near perfect. Creamy like no other. Goes down with such ease.

05-24-2011 04:51:31 | More by Jishguy
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ronniebruner

Arizona

4.8/5  rDev +20.9%

WOW! That was my initial reaction when I popped this bad boy open. The beer was a beautiful golden shade of caramel. The aroma of the cream and barley is absolutely top notch! The beer poured perfectly, just the right amount of head and lace and the taste was out of this world. This by far is probably the smoothest beer I've ever had. Samuel Adams needs to watch out, because Bell is quickly becoming one of the best American breweries. This beer is just flat out amazing! I don't say this often, but this beer is an absolute must!

04-06-2012 04:05:35 | More by ronniebruner
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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