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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,842 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,842
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 164
Gots: 195 | FT: 4
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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Walkerjgt

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.4%

06-30-2014 19:10:19 | More by Walkerjgt
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Filabee

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.4%

04-04-2014 21:49:28 | More by Filabee
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heytomcat

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-02-2013 23:37:52 | More by heytomcat
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-22-2011 02:02:21 | More by SteelCityHops89
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -24.4%

03-03-2012 19:55:40 | More by kscaldef
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jkball01

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -24.4%

05-13-2013 16:03:19 | More by jkball01
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Vierenner

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Feb 2011: Ordinary. I'm sure the brewery put forth a great deal of effort to make it ... quality ingredients, careful process control, etc ... and compared to a lackluster stout it would stand out. But when the competition, and perhaps even Bell's, is brewing much more flavorful and interesting beer this particular label doesn't get a prize.
Nov 2011: Forgot I previously reviewed this one. Looking back on my old review I still feel the same. Style is along the lines of beer I favor, but overall it's quite an ordinary brew. There are roasted flavors throughout, and a slight hop bitterness, but fairly blah.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:35:33 | More by Vierenner
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biercycle

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

04-08-2012 23:11:45 | More by biercycle
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beerslushy

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.4%

10-26-2013 19:01:55 | More by beerslushy
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Alex5

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-10-2013 00:05:24 | More by Alex5
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Puterguru

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-26-2011 17:56:38 | More by Puterguru
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Maltus

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.4%

04-22-2012 12:41:02 | More by Maltus
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Trevormcraig

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-20-2012 22:12:58 | More by Trevormcraig
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halo3one

Georgia

3/5  rDev -24.4%

06-28-2014 18:15:20 | More by halo3one
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it was due to this following the blacknote, but I found this to be thin and lacking. a mediocre stout that didn't seem to have much going on, other than the typical dark chocolate, coffee, and fig flavors found in stouts. OK, but nothing I'd revisit again. The mouthfeel was even mediocre.

Perhaps in the future if it is on tap I'll try a sample to see if it still is the same, but this experience left me wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 22:10:26 | More by taylor714914
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FourBetter

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with barely any head which clings to the glass only slightly.

OK aroma of roasted malt.

Mildly sweet when at first sip, some bitterness hiding in the background. A smoky malt flavor remains behind on the back of your tongue.

Fine to sip on a cold night, but not overly rememberable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 06:17:17 | More by FourBetter
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Jammies

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- ours a brownish black with a thin layer of foam that quickly retreats

S- chocolaty odor

T - a light, smoky, chocolate flavor. seems a bit bland

M- light and watery on the palate. A little coarse on the way down.

O- not my favorite. Nothing really special about this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 17:20:41 | More by Jammies
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark brown creamy head. Very nice beer to look at.

Aroma is of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is bitter. A burnt taste to it. Some grape in the background. Not really pleasant. Has an old sock sort of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Not as creamy as I was expecting for the style.

Overall, a decent brew, but not one I will search out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2008 23:55:35 | More by atigerlife
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Duvel glass. Batch 9961 packaged on Sept. 14, 2010. The body was deep brown and supported one finger of tan head which settled to a thin ring.

The smell was brown sugar and cottage cheese. Bready.

The taste was tangy. and malty. Not too sweet. Actually kind of bland.

The mouthfeel was a little thinner than expected. Moderate carbonation. Not one of my favorite Bell's beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 04:21:46 | More by Cresant
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BB1313

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch# 11540; bottled on 10/18/12. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a mocha head that eventually fades and leaves decent lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty subtle. Lots of sweet cream and cocoa powder. There's some chocolate malts in the mix as well. The flavors are pretty straight forward and not as interesting as I recall. There's a nice roastiness to this one with a touch of expresso and hints of vanilla. This is a pretty rich beer, but it's just not as intense as I once remembered. There's also some dark fruits in the mix. Finishes somewhat bitter. The mouthfeel is phenomenal. It's extremely creamy, fluffy, smooth, light, and has moderate carbonation. This is a very smooth, easy drinking beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Of all Bell's stouts, this was always my least favorite, but I remember liking it alot more. Besides the mouthfeel, it's not too memorable. Maybe it's not Bell's best work, but it's still a well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 22:00:07 | More by BB1313
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teromous

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: It's a black colored beer with a very very tiny sliver of tan head forming a ring around the glass.

S: I get some burnt scents, like a dark coffee brewing.

T: I get a lot of the burnt charcoal, roasted grains. It has a very dark character to it. It's mildly sweet with malt. I don't get any cream-like flavor or sensation from this beer, despite the "double" implication. After tasting I visited the website and it mentions that the beer contains no dairy and the cream title refers to its texture. That's more for mouthfeel...

M: It does have a slightly slick mouthfeel. I wouldn't call it creamy. The carbonation is good, the body is a solid medium body with a good roasted bitterness.

O: Overall I think it's a good stout, but very average. I think the title led me to some expectations I didn't arrive at...so I am disappointed with that. It says "special" and the beer really tastes like a good stout but I don't see anything special. It says "double" but I didn't get much of anything to double...probably the 6%abv...then the "cream" which wasn't any more creamy than a normal stout. It tastes good but I don't think it's any better than the average stout.

I Had another bottle of this on 26 NOV 2012 and it left me with the same impressions. This time the beer actually finished drier than previously, which was a greater disappointment. While this is a wonderful stout, it does not feel creamy.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 22:08:48 | More by teromous
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Thick, black color with Light brown head, surprisingly not creamy and minimal retention. What was left however left some decent lace.

Smell leaves scets of caramel and roasted coffee, and a very sweet smelling milk scent. Very appetizing.

Initial taste is oddly very vacant as my palate struggles to get past the overcarbonation. Aftertaste thankfully has some style with a nice milky coffee flavor. The hints of flavor come out more with each sip but never manages to overcome the bubbles.

Mouthfeel is poor, I wanted thick and smooth but the carbonation created the opposite effect. Way too thin for something I expect to coat the mouth.

While this brew goes down way too easy, why even bother? I had high hopes for this one coming in but will likely not be purchasing it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 22:08:06 | More by sonicdescent
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LittleBreeze

New York

3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting Bell's Ball - Double Cream Stout

Two finger head with very decent retention. The usual suspects were present. Chocolate, malt, hint of vanilla, dark sugar.
Taste was good. Just good. I expected...more. I also expected creamier.

This one was a let down for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 04:31:37 | More by LittleBreeze
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tayner

Arizona

3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured dark but clear with a 1 inch tan head that was foamy on top but tiny bubbles nearer the beer

it smelled of roasted malt mostly, but smells were very subdued.

As i am more of a malt head this brew was right up my alley. It has a big roasted malt profile with a smoothness to it. There are some dark, sweet fruity undertones which for me are hard to pick out, fig maybe? there is definitely some milk chocolate and coffee going on in there as well. The finish was smooth which was expected being a cream/sweet stout, sort of lactose sweet at the end. the finish was surprisingly dry as well.

the mouthfeel was good, not as heavy as a RIS, but certainly bigger than a porter and respectable for a sweet stout for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 01:48:41 | More by tayner
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Phelps

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks: a pervasive, deep brown-black, with a one-finger head of dull copper. The bubbles are large yet sticky, and the head only collapses to half its size before setting up camp and going nowhere. Full sheets of lace decorate the walls as I drink.

Smells: like a cup of Folger's. The coffee aroma reminds of instant granules, but there's also loads of dark chocolate, toasty bread, sweet cream and a tiny bit of tangy sour grain in the back.

Tastes: transitory. The first flavor that hits is roastiness, coffee-laden and dark. Some tanginess then takes hold, with light notes of plums and a flavor akin to bitter dark chocolate that's been left in the cupboard too long. Like a boomerang, the toasty malts come flying back in at the finish, leaving lingering hints of charred bread and dark espresso. As I make my way through the glass, that expired-chocolate tanginess becomes the only thing I can notice. It's rather distracting.

Feels: moderately carbonated and medium-light-bodied, the beer foams up a bit as it moves through the mouth. For a beer called Double Cream stout, I'd expect much more creaminess. The bittersweet tang is building now, leaving an unpleasant sharpness on the back sides of my tongue.

Drinks: like confusion. Not creamy enough and a little too tangy, Double Cream Stout isn't one I'll be seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 18:49:53 | More by Phelps
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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