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

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3,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,383
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 351 | 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 dudewithabeer
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer in mid-November from Total Wine for $10.99.

Beer poured a dark brown with an exceptional tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is malt city with a hint of espresso.

Taste is hints of dark chocolate and expresso with a hint of smoke in the roasted malt base.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a tasty stout. At 6.1 abv it is just above the sessionable range. Nice beer to have if you have not experienced it yet!

Photo of Gdcatch22
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark brown with three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Really nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt. Good but mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Nutty with milk flavors. Slightly bitter roasted malt flavors are stronger in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a good stout, but the nose is mild, and nothing about the taste sticks out to me. Above average, but not exceptional.

Photo of Keithp3939
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good stout. Creamy mouthfeel and nice taste

Photo of burchetts
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Roasted malty black that allows no light to pass through it. A dark brew.

Smell: Average. One can get a small taste of the coffee notes here.

Taste: Great tasting brew. Thick and creamy, as the name implies. A lot of chocolate and coffee notes here. Super thick and sugary that renders any surface it touches sticky.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth, yet thick and intriguing.

Drinkability: it's hard for a beer to have all of the aforementioned qualities and be as easy to drink as a domestic and, alas, this brew fails in this category. I found it hard to have more than 2 of these in a sitting. The sticky residue, harsh taste, and full bodied characteristics allow this beer to be a treat, rather than a go to brew.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan head that dissipated super fast. No head left and no lacing.

Smells semi sweet and toasted malty. Similar to other milk stouts i have had.

Tastes pretty good. I like the milk stout at my local brewery better but this one is not bad. Tastes more of burnt toast than a lot of chocolate or coffee like others taste. Slightly sweet on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little flat to me. And there is a weird toasty aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and if I saw it on tap somewhere I would get it but I am not going to waste any more trading efforts to seek it out.

Photo of BigIrishman
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a little bit of ruby highlights and a nice creamy tan head.

Smell: Very sweet. A big roasted character that is equally balanced by vanilla/caramel backbone. There are hints of dark fruit and maybe a light espresso undertone.

Taste: The balanced roasted/vanilla flavors are now heavily swaying toward roasted malts. The smokiness has engulfed a lot of those light intangibles are seemingly lost. They slightly came back as the beer warmed up but I feel this lacks the complex sweet stout characteristics that you find in a Sam Adams Cream Stout or Left hand Milk Stout.

Mouthfeel: Slick and a bit slimy and carries a medium to heavy body.

Drinkability: This beer isn't necessarily bad, it just lacks a balance between sweetness and roastiness. I will definitely enjoy the sixer I bought and have no problem grabbing one of these if it's available or at a party. However I think I'll stick with the cream stout when looking for a sweet creamy alternative to the big stouts.

Photo of DougT
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8-29-13. Poured into a stout glass.

Near black brew with clear, dark golden brown along the edge. Developed a 2 finger, dense, foamy, medium tan head that slowly dissipates leaving a fair amount of clingy lace on the glass.

Smells of dark fruits, malts and yeast with a little coffee. Malts come on a little strong.

Taste is not as complex as I expected, but good. Coffee, some roast flavors, some malts. Nice smooth bitterness with no bite from the grains. Just a hint of sweet. Pleasant aftertaste. Perhaps a bit tame, but a good flavor.

The bottle says; "dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, roasty finish." I think that describes the taste quite well.

The cream shows up in the mouth. Velvety smooth and full bodied. It has that oatmeal stout feel to it. Very easy to drink.

It's not overly aggressive. Not very bold. But it tastes good and is very drinkable.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into modified tulip.

Mocha pour, rich color. Tan, thin bubbles with a sweet lactic aroma.

Aroma is a particular highlight for this brew and certainly lives up to the name. The flavor and mouthfeel both reflect the 'creamy' aspect of the title but the underlying maltynes isn't lost, but muted enough to damage/limit any complexity in the flavor; not to my taste. Comparing this to other Bell's offerings, it is in line with the crispness that I've come to expect but the nature of this one mutes even that finish.

There is a pleasant 'bite' but the palate is coated and the aftertaste is all cream. If you're expecting a stout I believe you have the right to feel aggrieved. If you're expecting the carpet to match the drapes - you're in the right spot.


Photo of PeatReek
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7143: Bottled Nov. 2005.

Aroma: The aroma is rather faint, some vanilla. A smell I originally categorized as "woody" I suddenly realized was some piney hop aroma. Hmm.

Taste: Bold aroma hop flavor! A sweet attack gives way directly to the hops, which are very prominent. The sweetness comes back a bit in the aftertaste along with a nice roasty bite, but I'm having trouble really imagining this as a cream stout.

Appearance: 1/4 in. dark tan head stays for a while, slowly resolving to a ring around the glass. If you let it sit a few minutes, more patches of bubbles gradually arise. Laces better than the other Bell's stouts I've been trying.

Mouthfeel: Prominent carbonation for a stout. Not especially full-bodied for a cream stout, but enough to support the hops profile. Alcohol warmth is a somewhat prominent, but not outlandishly so.

Overall, the prominence of the hops was a nice surprise in this beer. I'm used to cream stouts that are sweeter and more malt-centric, so it's a bit unusual in that sense but a nice drink all the same.

Photo of MJSJr
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeezLynn
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, with a little dark brown showing around the edges. Accompanied by a weak beige head that recedes to the edges of the glass.

S: Sweet dark malt and quite a bit of lactose with some sour twang.

T: Slightly bitter dark malts with a little sourness. Finish is heavy on the roasted coffee flavors. Sourness gives the flavor an almost crabapple-like character. Despite the very apparent lactose, it's not all that sweet by me.

M: Light, and heavily carbonated. But this seems to be a frequent issue for me with the style, so will not deduct much.

I thought this was smoother and maybe a little more full-bodied on draft. Still, enjoyable and one of the better milk stouts regularly available out there.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s an extra from a recent trade with GusDom: Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout. Sometimes brewers go a little nuts when it comes to complexity, and this particular beer is brewed with ten different malts, so I’m hoping its flavor is not too varying for its own good.

Brewed about eight months before the date of this tasting (“Packaged 10/10/11” on the label).

A: This stout pours a dark mahogany in color, almost black, with a thin, fizzy head of beige micro-bubbles. There’s just a hint of wet, dark brown retention and just a touch of too-oily lacing. Looks much thicker than a beer with less than 7% alcohol.

S: Subdued scents: vanilla Coke, walnut, caramel malts, and maple icing. Sweet and inviting, there is a gooey almond butter richness to the nose – as creamy as creamy stouts get – and with a touch of strawberry and tropical fruitiness. Pops in the end with a kick of fresh citric acid.

T: Flavorful and dark, swimming in tobacco smoke, roasted wheat, baked pear, and cedar sawdust. Its malt base is burnt sugar, black, buttery, and creamy; it’s as if a porter took on the fuller tastes of a vanilla milkshake. Soft ginger and whole hop taste of rose water and lemon pulp, as well, with a finish of sugary cream and brighter-than-most roast.

M: Wonderfully smooth, though it’s more porter than stout. There’s a ton of carbonation for such a heavy body, constantly picking up the roasted tones and reemphasizing that this is a low-ABV beer.

O: Quite possibly the greatest flavor-to-alcohol ratio I’ve experienced in a beer so far. It would be a shame to miss this whenever I saw it on the shelves – especially for aging.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark brown almost black with a short tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, earthy

T: heavy on coffee, espresso, cocoa, very malty, coffee bitterness on finish

M: full and very creamy, fluffy feeling

O: nice stout without trying to be too over the top, not overly alcoholic with great coffee and chocolate flavors

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a three finger mocha head. Left nice lacing. Spot on for a stout.

S - Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt. Pretty weak actually.

T - Chocolate, dark coffee, dark roasted malt, milk, molasses.

M - Light carbonation with a very light, extremely creamy body

O - Overall, this was a good stout, Though not as good as I expected. I would have again.

Photo of jfhrtn92
3.92/5  rDev -1%

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.92/5  rDev -1%

Photo of augustwest
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EricCioe
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours black with a nice one finger off-white head that fades with good lacing. On the nose the main note is caramel with some chocolate and raw sugar in the back. On the tongue it's the same idea as the nose, and towards the back there is a good deal of sweetness. In the mouth it's not especially thick but there is the cloying quality that often comes with these sweeter beers. It's plenty drinkable as long as sweet stouts don't turn you off.

Photo of metsfan1
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7733!

Pours an opaque brown/black, no edges, thick tan head forms, nice lace spots, good retention, pretty ring around the glass. Smell is super malty, very complex, caramel, bread, roast chocolate and coffee, cream, very fragrant, smells kind of like fresh dairy, little bit oaky and vinous, like a chardonnay oak sweetness. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, roasty, caramel sweetness, lactic, creamy, chocolate goodness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, nice flavour, lactic sweetness cloys a bit though. Thanks for picking up Lexx!

Photo of bret27
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerlovingrl:

Aroma: vanilla, nutty, cereal/grains, creamy/milk

Appearance: Almost pure black, but a little transparent. Head is light brown but basically nonexistent.

Body: Almost no carbonation. Full sweet body. Milk, vanilla, creamy, tiny alcohol taste.

Aftertaste: roasty finish, nutty, little oiliness on the mouth.

Overall: Good full stout, but a bit strong to be true to the style.

Photo of stewart124
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This milk stout pours a very dark black with just the hint of ruby red on the edges of the pint glass. Atop that sits a dark tan head that didn't seem to linger long.

Chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley hit the nose. Bits of sweet toffee are detected.

Very strong taste of roasted and burnt malts that is full in body and finishes sweet. Huge mouth feel! Tasty and the roasted malts leave a big aftertaste that is slightly bitter. Coffee and noble hops seem to be bittering this big stout. The lactose adds a bit of sweetness and body. Not sure how much Bell's added but the body is big and it makes tasty milk stout.

This is a fairly easy beer to drink but the residual sweetness and body make it a heavy beer on the palate. Still another great beer from Bell's.

Photo of illidurit
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Thanks to whoever brought this. Auburn-tinged brown with a fluffy tan head. Aromas of lactose, creamed coffee, milk chocolate. Porter-esque flavor, dark chocolate with little roastiness. Slight metallic note in the finish. Creamy body but nice and light.

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