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

3,462 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 3,462
Reviews: 1,405
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 204
Gots: 379 | FT: 3
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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 tai4ji2x
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from trade with jnn4v.

12oz bottle. batch 8842. tasted in early june 2009.

black, nearly opaque, some reddish brown translucency on the edges. 1.5-finger beige head, fades to wisps and ring. splotchy lacing here and there.

aroma: carob, cocoa and hint of vanilla, w tart plum, and then figs and cherry, as the caramel, brown sugar, molasses and malt then comes out, plus roast notes and hint of coffee. faint earthy hop grassiness in back.

taste: similar interplay of flavors, though the roast and mash comes out slightly more. moderate bitterness, but smoothed out by pleasant maltiness. vanilla, cocoa, carob and touch of fruity esters. off-dry finish w lingering trace acidity.

syrupy feel, creamy and smooth, w gentle acidity and astringency in finish. mild to moderate carbonation helps with both bringing out flavor and giving a fluffy creaminess.

the combination of dessert-like qualities actually cuts down all-night drinkability however.

Photo of jlb307
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from gorby10826 (thanks Mike).
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Coffee black with a dark tan head. Darn near looked flat, it was so thick. Head was only 1/2" at most, and didn't retain long. What was left was nice little puddles of foam on the surface which laced nicely.

S: Black coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet toasted malt, with just a hint of hops.

T: Coffee and cream, with a semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste. Hints of toast.

M: Liquid velvet is the best way I can describe this brew. Full bodied with a clean finish.

D: Very good beer and surprisingly easy to drink, given how "heavy" it is.

Photo of Magpie14
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a rich deep reddish black color with fluffy cream/coffee colored head. Big, chunky, bubbley lacing all around....nice! Poured very smoothly

S: coffee, vanilla beans, and sweetness to boot. Pretty roasted overall with a pinch of bitter powered cocoa. The nose is mild and very well equipped for a nasal exploration

T: molasses, chocolate, and slight vanilla toffee flavors permeate within every sip. I find this beer has a creamy sort of Cool Whip appeal on the tongue. The coffee notes are more aggressive on the palate and is followed by a bitter somewhat dry taste. Gets on real tasty and much like the nose, it is heavily roasted and malty. This is one of my all time favorite Bells brews

M: goes down way to easy and has a great feel. This is near chewy and has plenty of volume. I would venture to say a heavy full body

D: absolutely solid. I do not need to say anymore.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dyan for another Bell's product. Bell's sure does know how to do their stouts, although my bottle says 6.1% ABV.

Pours very dark brown/black color with a good size tan head that leaves a decent lacing.

Smell is of roasted malt with tones of coffee.

Taste is mostly malt, very creamy as the name suggests, slight coffee bitterness, some caramel and chocolate undertones as well, slight dark fruit presence. Very complex stout, I believe it when they say there's 10 different malts in it.

Photo of MrBen
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer!

Pours nearly black and opaque, puts up a creamed-coffee head, and offers scents of sweetness, chocolate, and the fine dark malts that gave us this beer. Taste is really big. Roasty n' toasty, sweet, savory, and chocolately flavors really treat my tastebuds well.

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, and YUM!!!

Photo of sweett3k
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy Yums! The Bro's say Bell's beer taste too oxidized...too bad they do not live 20 miles from the brewery cuz mine is as fresh as the morning dew. This stout has a Dark rich brownish-black with a gorgeous creamy head pour. Complex notes of malts. I like my stouts to be more robust and less chocolaty. This one delivers nice and sweets with a smooth finish. My new favorite stout. Thanks again Michigan for making me smile with great beer.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a coffee like brownish black with about two fingers of tan head. Slow to retreat into the beer leaving behind a thin film and really nice lacing on all sides of the glass.

S: Has a good smell to it. Chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee. As always, it's hard for me to recognize much through the nose, but it's inviting all the same.

T: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted malts. Doughy like flavors make this very savory to me and keep me wanting more. I'm not really finding the hops at the end, but there is fruity quality to the aftertaste..almost like plums or raisins. Great taste here.

M: Creamy indeed. Has a nice, full velvety feel to it. Leaves behind a coat of great flavors.

O: As mentioned in the taste portion, this begs to be drank. On my next trip to Bowling Green, I may pick up an entire 6 pack of this if available.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a black obsidian hue with a brown off color head into the pint glass. Great lacing as the beer progressed all the way to the end of the beer. It has a sweet roasted barley scent with aromas of vanilla, rich chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The taste follows the nose into roasted barley with chocolate and cocoa notes. I didn't get any coffee flavor on tongue, but a bit of vanilla did come to life as the beer warmed more. The mouthfeel on this is smooth and creamy and coats nicely with the alcohol very well hidden. Drinkability is also high due to the low carbination and silky smooth mouthfeel and not overly high alcohol ABV. I could easily make this a session stout.

Photo of eyeenjoybeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Molasses brown to black. Head is lovely light brown.

S: Dark roasty malts and coffee notes.

T: The taste is bittersweet chocolate and coffee that weaves in and out of the pure roasted malt flavors. This taste profile carries through the entire drink to swallow. Slight notes of tobacco are coming through mid-taste with a little warming. I do love this beer.

M: The mouthfeel stands up to the double cream name. This one coats well and then rolls off without being too heavy.

Overall, I haven't visited this brew in a number of years and I forgot what I was missing. Bell's nails a easy drinking and complex stout.

Photo of Nuke77
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown near black with a thick medium tan head in when using a snifter. Good nose of roasted and sweet malts with a bready essence. The brew leasves a beautiful lacing in the glass. The taste is malty with a touch of sweetness. It is smooth, creamy and delicious. This is a superb stout. Just an excellent effort from Bell's.

Photo of frazbri
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thick, creamy, mocha head topping a black body. Pitch black. Chocolate and coffee aromas with a faint fruitiness. Espresso and mocha flavors. Thick and creamy body with very modest carbonation.

This is an adult milk shake. Rich and creamy body loaded with chocolate flavor. This is a favorite December night cap for me.

Photo of patm1986
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown with a big ol' frothy head on 'im like steamed milk. looks like a macchiato.

aromas of a light roast with lots of cream and sugar. there's a roasted nut aroma running around in there that finishes sweetly with vanilla.

this is really sweet and nutty. it tastes remarkably like a mellow coffee blend with lots of milk and sugar. it's funny that they disclaim diary as an ingredient, because it very much seems to be in there. there's also a mellow nutty flavor present, like a walnut or pecan. finally, there's a hop presence that is really excellent, because it balances the beer so well.

i did not expect this much creaminess. this is wonderful. really, really smooth. the hop backbone though is a great component, because it cuts all these malts down a bit smoothly.

really good beer. really good. actually tastes like coffee and cream. so smooth and highly drinkable. BELLS.
cheers

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle bottled on 11/14/11.

A - A big black brew, with 0 clarity, lots of thick creamy head, and tons of sticky lace on the glass

S - Extremely sweet, faint hint of alcohol

T - Smooth, creamy, complex. Starts very sweet, then gets bitter, and then a spicy aftertaste. Alot going on in here, very tasty! Nice little alcohol kick at the end too...

M - Thick, full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. It definitely is a blast to your senses

O - An extremely tasty beer with alot of complexity for a 6/1% brew. Bells always impresses

Photo of BMMillsy
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with tiny light brown head. Aroma is very roasty with lots vanilla, lactose, and chocolate. Taste is a nice balance of roasted coffee, toffee and chocolate, solid sweetness from the lactose. Full bodied but not syrupy. Good carbonation to keep the sweetness in check. This one is really good. No wonder they mix this in for some Black Note.

Photo of nsmartell
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark black but not much head.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Nice taste, and just slightly bitter. Very light taste of chocolate at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. The kind of beer you want to chew.

Drinkability: This is a really good beer. I will be on the look out for this when I see again as it will make an excellent session beer.

Photo of BeerFink
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with 2 fingers of foamy brown head. Just the slightest red tint near the bottom of the glass, although light does not pass through the main body of the beer. Sticky lacing and good head retention. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with cream in it, a malty mix with some good roastiness. Very full and well rounded taste. Bell's claims to use 10 different malts, and although I can't pick them all out, the blending is apparent. Sweet chocolate mixed with slightly bitter coffee blends well with a slight cream taste, with a roasted flavor throughout. A little sweet fruit is apparent near the beginning, and the faintest of citrous hops makes a showing near the finish. Finish is sweet and creamy with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is big and smooth. Bell's is very good at stouts, and this is no exception. This was the beer that got me into craft beer, and its a pleasure to have it again after quite awhile.

Photo of doughanson78
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to GCurlow for this one.

A: Completely black. One finger mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Some medium sized bubbles in the head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Big roasted coffee/espresso aroma. A subtle smokiness. Very light chocolate and vanilla.

T: A creamy chocolate/vanilla sweetness upfront that never really fades. Nice roasted/smokey flavor throughout the rest of the mouth. Light coffee bitterness in the finish along with hints of vanilla.

M: Full bodied. Thick for being a Stout and not an Imperial. Very creamy. Subtle smokiness lingers in the after taste.

O: Great stout. Very reminiscent of Deschutes' Obsidian Stout. These beers could be brothers. Obsidian gets a slight edge in my book because of the bigger smokiness. Any East Coast lovers of this beer NEED to try Obsidian.

Photo of fountainofyouth
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a six-pack poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty big, cascading head that settles after a few minutes. Utterly impenetrable brown-black with a tan head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: On the lighter side of intensity, but pretty nice. Sweet malt, mostly caramel with a little chocolate. A little bit of alcohol, which doesn't really seem necessary.

Taste: It's a stout alright, but it's got a different flavor profile than the (also wonderful) Kalamazoo Stout. The front is a little milky, while the finish is a little darker. Some roasted black malt, but in lighter quantities than the Kalamazoo. It is complemented with softer cocoa and toffee elements. Little hints of herbal hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Sure is creamy! Aptly named. Carbonation is appropriate for the style, a little tingly.

Overall: Bell's stouts are great choices. Different from Kalamazoo, but just as good.

Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark dark. coffe with cream colored humongous head that has great retention and superb lace. roasty malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and maybe some fruit in the nose. milk chocolate really comes to mind in the taste. it really has that milky sweetness. almost reminds me of super strong coffee with a lot of sugar and cream. not coffeeish like their java stout, but that roasty maly flavor with the sweetness and creaminess brings cafe to mind. very creamy and silky mouthfeel. what a real pleasure.

Photo of Dhren1979
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 12oz Bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A: Pitch black with no light being able to escape its darkness. A good amount of head and lacing.

S: Chocolately with hints of a sweet, creamy smooth aroma.

T: Light coffee, chocolate with no burnt malty flavor that I kind of expected. Just a hint of hops at the very end...a nice little touch.

M: Like smooth, creamy, silky stout! Am I drinking a beer?!

D: I must say for not being much of a fan of Bell's brews I really do love this one! Can I have another?!

Photo of kzoobrew
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very deep brown almost black. Two finger tan head with good retention and decent lacing

Smells of roasted malts chocolates and coffee. Smells delicious.

Taste is magnificent. Very creamy and sweet. Vanilla, coffee chocolate and roasted malted mix wonderfully. After taste may hint slightly at dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is full but again very creamy and smooth. The carbonation is light but not flat.

Exceptionally drinkable. Exceptional brew. I do enjoy this one.

Photo of PretzelCity
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to EricWo for sending this one. Poured an inky black with a big billowing creamy tan head that left lacing all the way down my glass. This is one good looking beer. The smell is good, roasted malt and hints of chocolate but nothing too overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is sweet, with a taste of roasted malt and a little chocolate that coats your tongue. Very easy to drink with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Really a well rounded beer. Excellent balance. An excellent example of one of my favorite styles.

Photo of Buebie
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jtrockchalk for this bottle.

I was going to save this one, but I accidentally tipped it over and it began to seep at the cap.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter.
No freshness date, but 8150 is printed on the back lable.
1 finger tan brown head. No light penetration on this, black as night. Thin, but bubbly lace, with a nice amount of retention.

Aroma is really malty and grainy. The grains are so pungeant in arom, its as if I scooped some out of the bags, cupped them in my hands and inhaled.
Chocolate pudding, cream, mild mild coffee aroma, a faint hint of cinnemon, vanilla.

First sip, WOW this is creamy!
Smooth milk chocolate textures and flavor, more chocolate pudding flavor, bitter chocolate grain notes, mild hop bittering at the swallow.
The flavor lingers with chocolate and heavy whipping cream.
Mild oxidized flavor lingering, but it could be confused with the malts. I do pickup some wet cardboard, but it seems to be mostly the malt.
No alcahol detected. All chocolate and cream. My two favorite things in a beer.
Very slight carbonation at the swallow, but thats it.

I dont think I can review the taste on this fairly off just one bottle. This is going back onto the wants.

Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like dirty, motor oil, and produces an opaque, inky black body. One finger, light brown, head has garnet hues around the fringe and collar. Considerable patch and sheet lace adorn the glass.

Aroma begins with hazelnuts, immediately followed by nice dark malt notes of coffee, carob, and chicory.

Mouthfeel is robust, smooth, and creamy.

Creamy malted chocolate runs out the gate first, with roasted Kona coffee right behind. An understated, toasted almond character is unmistakable, and adds considerable depth. Good hops bitterness keeps it all in check. Finish is bittersweet chocolate/carob, wth a mild coffee aftertaste.

Excellent for the style, and my favorite stout from Bell's.
Re-reviewed on 4-28-05, and well worth doing so. Better score for appearance this time around, as the head revealed some some rusty orange hues in addition to the garnet tints noted in my earlier experience. Aroma score gets bumped up a notch for complexities I missed in my first review. Some smokiness and vanilla notes add to the multiple malt notes to be found in this interesting stout. Mouthfeel, as well, is worthy of an update. Velvety smooth on the palate, and quite exquisite. Ten different malts are used in this one, according to the label, and the adventurous complexity is well worth revisiting. Very tasty, and a very nice stout to sip and savor. One of Bell's better offerings, for sure, and that's quite a compliment.

Photo of bashiba
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very thick dark black with a creamy brown head that grips the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.
Scent is of Mocha, Espresso, an Caramel Malt goodness.
Taste is a nice bitter chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice earthy hoppiness that brings this around into balance so very well.
Mouthfeel is so full and creamy, just exceptional.
Drinkability is great on this fantastic beer from bells. A nice heavy stout that still leaves you wanting another.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,462 ratings.