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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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4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

morayeel, Nov 15, 2006
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4.93/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

yuenglingfan101, Nov 11, 2013
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4.93/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Mitchster, Jan 27, 2003
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4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!

B967ierhunter177, Apr 19, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +22.9%

flanbo, Sep 27, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Brad007, Jul 16, 2008
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4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

cindiwindi1025, Nov 01, 2008
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4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
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4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

CheapHysterics, May 28, 2014
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,046 ratings.