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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,414 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,414
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 363 | 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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Ratings: 3,414 | Reviews: 1,394
Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brownish red it in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated, leaving a delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of dark malts in the nose; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with faint hints of roasted malts and chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable but still packs in a lot of nice aromas and flavors without being full-bodied.

Photo of Hophead717
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Very dark, hints of brown along the edges. Virtually no head with noticeable but not huge levels of lacing.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, some roasted malts, and light espresso notes.

T: Remarkable smooth, with light notes of toasted malt, sweet chocolate, and coffee. Everything's balanced incredibly well, but the smoothness and balance comes at the expense of some flavor. It's smooth and balanced, but not super flavorful. What is there, though, is fantastic. Overall, I like it, but I wouldn't turn to it if I wanted a "big stout."

M: Delightfully smooth, a tiny bit thin, but well carbonated. Overall, very good.

O: Good, not great, but a well-balanced, lighter stout.

Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pitchblack beer with almost no head, only a small layer of off-white cream on the side of the glass.

Smell is roasted with coffee and chocolate notes. Very mild. There is a smooth 'oiliness' to the beer which comes from unmalted grain.

Taste is light roasted with chocolate and mild coffee hints. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and very smooth and the roast is never sharp. The alcohol is nicely hidden. I am not sure where this double cream comes from, but it was creamy. A nice beer! Thanks to dogfooddog for this beer.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous midnight pitch-black, with nice half-finger tan head. Bubbly, with decent retention and solid lacing, sticking to the glass attractively.

Nice aromatic touches of sweet roasted barley and cocoa, and other dark aromas/flavors. Kind of faint, have to sniff hard to notice.

Sweet toffee, light milk chocolate, vanilla and slightly roasted barley dominate the tongue. Fairly medium body, low carbonation. Very smooth, like a light chocolate shake, as nay stout should be.

Very good, tasty stout worthy of even the most elite ones. Maybe not the best, but very solid indeed.

Photo of neenerzig
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black color that lets in no light at all. Mine also had almost zero head to speak of. The tan colored head, if one can call it a head, was maybe 1/8th on an inch thick at most before becoming a thin ring lining the inside ofthe glass 2 or 3 minutes after being poured. Very little lacing. This beer is full of roasty aromas of coffee, dark fruit, malt, a hint of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate dominate the smell. Perhaps a hint of roasted nut as well. The taste is somewhat sweet upfront and lingers with all the characteristics in the smell also present in the taste. There is also a hint of milk or lactose in the taste, but not the smell. No bitterness in the taste of aftertaste at first, but it starts to creep in after a few sips as the beer starts to warm. Aftertaste is somewhat mild. A bit of a dry aftertaste/mouthfeel as well. A nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Mine did not have a very frothy or creamy mouthfeel at all, as the name of this beer would imply. Moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Unusually easy to drink for a stout IMO. All around this beer felt like a porter more than a stout. A good solid beer, but not all that great. Worth a try for sure.

Eric

Photo of t420o
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schmoopsbeer for giving me this one as an extra in a trade.

A- Pours a half finger head that dissapates quick and leaves very little lacing. Beer is very dark brown in color, approacing black.

S- Chocoalte, coffee, nice malt scent, toffee, and ripe dates

T- Chocolate milk, nice malt complexity, slightly bitter coffee, cinnamon

M- Slick and creamy. Low carbonation

O- A good beer that I would get again if it was available locally for a decent price. Not one I'd seek out though. The drinkablility was good.

Photo of tykees88
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A pretty brown black color. A khaki mocha head about one finger, but it goes away quickly. Lacing though is in the glass.

S- Smells like espresso, chocolate, barley, and hops.

T- Very complex taste. There is a depth of malt flavor here that you wouldn't come to expect from a stout. The barley flavor is there, dark chocolate flavors. Crystal malt sweetness. Super deep flavor profile. There is of course a slight coffee flavor, it's not as strong as one would think based off of smell alone.

M- Creamy and oily thick.

O-It's good. I'd drink this many times again.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with decent tan head.

Has a light, sweet aroma. A nice, mellow roasty malt aroma too.

This milk stout has a creamy, sweet and roasty taste. Has a smooth feel and taste. The sweet malts add much flavor.

The mouthful is is creamy and milky. It is a very smooth stout.

The sweetness makes it very drinkable. Double Cream is not too strong and quite easy to drink. Its been a while since I have had a Double Cream Stout.

Photo of KeefD
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! This one pours an awfully thick dark brown-black color with a small ring around the surface and slight lacing.

This bad boy smells of coffee, huge roasted malts, slight bitterness and not much else.

Taste is very much the same. The label says it has 10 malts, and the taste backs up the claim. It's huge, malty, bready, with flavors of espresso, creamy chocolate, and roasted malts.

Very heavy bodied with light carbonation and a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This was an excellent milk stout. Slightly sweet and creamy. This makes an excellent beer on a cold day like we're having in Minnesota right now. It's nearly May and snowing!

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Snifter Style Glass. Dark Brown close to black in color. The edges have brown and deep red highlights. A hard pour gives a coffee milk colored cap that initially comes up pretty big; it goes away after a few minutes.

The Smell is probably the best part in my opinion. Dark roasted malts dominate the nose. It produces aromas of coffee and vanilla.

Taste is good but not nearly as good as it smells. Coffee and vanilla tones are present along with some extra bitterness. It's tones of unsweetened chocolate and some earthy hops.

Full bodied and moderately smooth. Good carbonation level with a surprisingly clean bitter finish. Not quite what I expected, not really a milky or creamy feel, but still good and smooth, very drinkable. All in all a pretty good stout, not quite what I expected, but very good.

Photo of adman08
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very deep brown with a small amount of creamy light tan head.
S-Very complex aroma, notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and a slight caramel sweetness.
T-Slight sour flavor along with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee at the start. Slight caramel flavor, nice creamy flavor.
M-Very balanced, full bodied and creamy. Light carbonation.
Overall, a very nice stout. I love the creamy flavor, it offsets some of the bitter coffee flavors you get with most stouts yet you don't lose the traditional stout flavor. Not as creamy as I was expecting but a very good stout.

Photo of bearrunner44
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black sludge. Dark and (very) viscous. Thin, extremely bubbly cappucino-brown head. The head disappears quickly, with no lacing.

Smell: Heavy molasses, with notes of vanilla bean and mocha. Alcohol floats around inconspicuously.

Taste: Smooth coffee and vanilla. Heavy and sweet. Molasses/brown sugar sweetness floods the taste buds in the middle. The finish is equally heavy, tasting of tangy rum-raisin flavor and a gentle splash of hops. Some oxidation spoils the fun a little towards the end.

Mouthfeel: This one's thick as a milkshake. The carbonation leaves light smacks of bubbles on the tongue as the beer passes by, keeping it from feeling like motor oil. Big, and very smooth.

Verdict: I can't understate the bulk of this brew. The mouthfeel is as good as it gets. It knocks some points off of drinkability, but I love a good, chewy stout. This one's solid, with reasonable complexity and a pleasingly sweet personality. It's not perfect, but stout lovers should seek it out.

Photo of FogDishHead
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blackcompg
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a 5oz glass as part of a 6 beer flight at Bell's Brewery...

Appearance - Translucent dark brown cola color, lite brown cap which left nice lacing.

Smell - Wow, heavy cream, baileys, with notes of vanilla and carmel.

Taste - Very balanced, not overly sweet, cream and lite carmel flavors riding along a nice backbone of litely roasted grains and freshly baked wheatbread.

Mouthfeel - Medium to almost creamy mouthfeel that gives way near the end of the sip to medium carb that adds some nice crispness to the sides of the tongue - great drinkability.

Overall - well balanced and complex, very smooth flavors and mouthfeel, great drinkability.

Photo of midnite2sixman
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I held this glass right up to a 65 watt floodlight and it only just brightened maybe the first quarter inch of this beer. Dark was this stout it its glass.

Smells like fresh cream, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and more chocolate.

Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee, bailey's?, and more creamy goodness.

Mouthfeel isn't quite as creamy as it is more like a watered down stout.

I like a lot of bell's stouts and this one is up there, not top 3 but top 5.

Photo of danielocean03
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, batch 7186. Appearance is midnight black with a thin dark brown head that faded away quickly to light tan lacing. Aroma is sweet, chocolaty and malty, smells slightly milky as well. Taste is big, roasty malts well blended between a creamy sweetness and bitter chocolate flavors. Slight hopping present, mostly pine along with some citrus. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, hides it's 7.5% abv quite nicely, hardly noticeable at all. Carbonation level is moderate, assists in thinning the beer out some, finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste, refreshing. Easily drinkable, good complex malting, coats-the-throat smooth. Would purchase again.

Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at The Stable for Firkin Friday's.
Poured into nonic.

A - Pours black, no head, just a few large bubbles on top. Very slick and smooth, no lacing or head retention to speak of.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted nuts, whipped cream.

T - Similar to nose. Like drinking chocolate milk with more roasted characteristics to it. Some coffee in there as well, which shows up as the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, no carbonation.

D - A very good milk/sweet stout. Had a couple of these during the night but was ready to move on to something else after a bit.

Photo of zerk
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black and opaque... with a decent tan head. Aroma of roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, and some dried fruit. Flavor is somewhat astringent, with coffee and chocolate flavors... some sweetness, and dried fruit flavors. Medium to full body, with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth as it warms. Another well done stout from Kalamazoo.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2009.

Pours almost opaque black with burgundy edging and a whisp of tan head. A placid surface for the duration as well as a few dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with malted milk balls, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and shades of root beer. Vanilla and Kahlua follow through.

On the thicker side of medium bodied with a creamy yet still crisp mouthfeel.

Cocoa, roasted brownie bits, hazelnut, and a hint of char start the palate. Shades of espresso, brown sugar, and smoke follow through.

Finishes with lingering caramelized sugar, powdered cocoa, and a hint of vanilla.

Tasty brew, but probably better fresh and a bit sweet for my liking. The carbonation is flatish, which hurts the appearance, nose, and palate. A bit watery and thin for the style.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a small brown creamy head that falls to a halo of creamy foam very quickly. Very little lacing. Smell and taste are chocolate malt with a nice roasted burnt malt background and a finishing bitterness. The bitterness gives it some real bite at the end but also serves to hide the high ABV. Another solid brew from Bell's as expected.

Photo of colts9016
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Kelly, thank you.

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A nice one finger solid tan head that is creamy. The body of the beer is burnt motor oil. The body of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A nice rich roasted malt with cream, melanoids, chocolate, espressos, and hops. The hops profile is fruity esters and citrus.

Taste: A wonderful rich malt with chocolate, espresso, melanoids, and fruity esters.

Overall: The mouth feel is silky creamy and velvety. The body of the beer is thick and rich and the finish is medium. This beer is a wonderful stout with a lot of cream flavor packing a punch. The beer isn't sweet at all but, nonetheless, the beer is wonderful.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: blackish brown. Tan half finger head that quickly evaporates into big bubbles. Thick lacing.

S: An expresso/dark chocolate mix. Woody.

T: Smooth, creamy, well rounded. Not overpowering. A good coffee/chocolate blend. Sweet. Roasted malts. Toffee. Full bodied without the fullness. Light coffee aftertaste.

M: medium to heavy. Creamy, thick, lots of carbonation.

O: Those 10 malts took me on a joyride. Smooth as silk. Very drinkable. Dare I say, sessionable?

Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a one finger tan head. The head settled to form a ring around the glass but had pretty good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some sweet chocolate along with a little coffee and roasted flavor.

Taste is sweet at first with some chocolate and coffee notes and it finishes with moderate bitterness to help balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is a nice drinking stout that I can have a few of in a sitting.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treasure in a BIF box from adamharbaugh.

Stout colored fluid. Stout colored head. Brief stout colored head.

Smells like roasted toasted nuts, not burnt. Ground coffee, also not burnt. Taste follows suit.

Gotta love that unique cream feeling that comes with a milk stout. Carbonation is just a bit on the rude side, not as bad as an 18 year old with a drivers license, but noticeable. Mellows out to perfection after a few.

I need another one of these because instead of her customary 2-3 oz taster, my wife stole half of this.

Overall: yummy

Photo of adamette
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle almost exactly like the one pictured (mine has a light brown color font while the image that I can see here has red) which I purchased for $2.20 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio as a single. Poured into my clean, clear Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Light brown 1 inch head over a completely dark body that lets no light through (not even direct light when held in front of one). Nice look, appropriate to the style of course.

S Dark malt but a nice sweetness to it as well. I think that I even smell a bit of "milk" creaminess as well, like a sweet milk behind dark malt.

T Dark malt predominates but there is a smoothness gained from the "double cream" aspect of the beer that keeps it from being punchy or edgy. The sweetness shows up in the taste as well and there is a pleasant distant (1 minute) aftertaste of coffee which I like a lot.

M Full with dark malt, the creamy feel and the reasonably high ABV (which I did not detect while enjoying sip after sip).

D This is a great nightcap but I cannot have more than maybe two. The style does not call for any more than that.

Notes: Another finely crafted beer from Larry Bell and Co.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,414 ratings.