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

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89
very good

3,338 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,338
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 192
Gots: 336 | 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 SheepNutz
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark brown, almost black, with 2 fingers of reddish-tan head. There is a fair amount of sticky lace left down the sides of the glass. The smell has a bit of roasted malt and chocolate, fairly sweet smelling. The taste hits hard with roasted coffee and caramel, then the sweeter malts come out toward the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, almost chewy in the mouth. The drinkability is just fair for the 7.5% alcohol. A nice sweet treat!

Photo of steve8robin
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one from an extra...

A: Very good look. Very dark with about a half inch off white colored head

S: Smells sweet. You can smell the cream. Pretty good.

T: Not too bad. A little sweet. The taste of the cream overrides this brew.

M: Good carbonation. Leaves a nice sticky flavor.

D: Pretty easy to drink. No problem going down.

All in all, this is a good brew if you're looking for something sweeter out of a stout.

Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and received a black cola-esque, viscous brew that left a mountainous head (size and appearance) that receeded slowly and left some lace patches. Some roasted and sweet malts in the nose, like chocoalte and coffee, but not much going on. Extremely creamy and smooth are the first two adjectives to come to mind. There is a residual sweetness from chocolate and coffee malts are noticeable, but it finishes with a nominal dry backbite. Also may have detected some caramel and toffee (maybe even honey - a thickness and stickiness not found in too many stouts). ABV is barely noticeable even as the beer warms the tongue.
This is not the most complex beer, probably not even my fave stout, but something about this beer (reminded me of yoo-hoo or something w/ alcohol)...if it was on tap or something at a local watering hole I'd be sessioning this hours. Just my opinion and personal taste.

Photo of d1ckvanswype
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours jet black with a hefty three finger head with a mildly aggressive (read: drunken) pour. When held to the light just the tiniest hint of ruby-orange highlight shows. Pretty good lacing as well.

S: Sweet roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate, dried dark fruits. A mild roasted nut note comes out as it warms.

T: Sweet, yet mildly astringent, this shows the full gamut of complex malt characters, from roasted nuts to coffee and chocolate. Finishes with a rather black malt like finish.

M: Thick and rich, almost chewy, though as it warms the alcohol burn mixes with carbonation and black malt astringency.

O: This beer was only hamstrung by how tart and astringent it became as it got warmer.

Photo of weatherdog
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass
Batch 9357

It poured a very deep thick brown with a wonderful mocha colored head rising up after the pour.

The nose was was of heavy roasted barley with a nice sweet chocolate overtones

the taste had a predominant roast flavor with a nice creamy finish. The chocolate notes present in the nose were more muted in the taste.

It was creamy and silky as it should be with a very low astringency. Very drinkable and overall a good example of the style that isn't over the top creamy and cloying.

Photo of morimech
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured almost black with a 1/4 inch of brown head that did not have much retention. Low amounts of lacing for a stout. A bit disapointing.

This beer has a mocha and malt aroma. The taste is similar. The flavor profile isn't complex but has a nice slightly sweet chocolate and rich malt taste. Medium body with a creamy feel that finishes slightly dry. Carbonation is well matched to the beer. A very good sweet stout but not one I could drink a lot of, more of a special occasion or dessert beer.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black and opaque. No light shining through, even on the edges. I don't know if I had a weird bottle or what, but there was absolutely no head, just a small, thin, tan film that disappeared quickly into a small off-white collar.

S - Typical butter and caramel, with some coffee hiding, but also an extra dimension of brown sugar and cinnamon. Faint anise perhaps?

T - Not quite as complex as the nose. Initially something akin to a minimally sweetened chocolate milk comes to mind. This flavor slowly dries out until the finish, where a quick and unobtrusive coffee bitterness persists for a bit. Excellent, but simple.

M - Despite the lack of head, there's moderate carbonation with a very full body. Suited to the flavor.

D - A very filling brew, and something that probably wouldn't keep me interested past the first bottle. Price is steep as well. Easy to get through this glass, but I'll be glad to move on to something else.

Photo of tylerzander
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty dark this one, with just a tinge of garnet highlights along the edges when held up to a light; pours with a very minimal paper thin tan head that dissipates immediately

S - rum raisin booziness pretty apparent despite 6.1% ABV; dark crystal malts up front but some roastiness lurks in the background; some milk chocolate as the beer warms and some smooth caramelized/burnt sugar

T - chocolate maltiness from the variety of specialty malts lingers without any sharp/bitter roastiness, although some roastiness comes through to help temper the residual malt character; what you smell follows through to the taste: caramel, slight ethanol, smooth chocolate, some dried raisin/plum dark fruit flavor

M - nice low carbonation enhances the complex malt body, befitting of the descriptor "cream stout;" has a full-bodied mouthfeel without excessive sweetness

D - good as a standalone beer, as every sip is eagerly anticipated, but one 12 oz serving seems to adequately satisfy my desire for a full bodied double cream stout at the end of an evening

Photo of sleazo
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a very dark brown/black. Not much of a head. Leaves a smokey wisp on the top.

S_Sweet and roasted with a bit of chocolate. almost like a chocolate milk shake.

T_Sweet and rich with more coffee taste than the nose. The finish is pure smoke though which I wasn't expecting from the smell. A good blend of malts here.

M_A rich and creamy stout, mild yet slightly tingly carbonation.

D_An enjoyable experience but nothing mind blowing. Not as good as their Expedition stout.

Photo of noduckla
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolaty color with littlel head and minimal lacing. It has a great smell of roasted malts and chocolate. Chocolatey smell that surpasses the taste and drinkability. There is a decent amount of CO2 for a stout, but it does not really stand out as a stout that separates itself from the rest.

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Pittrooney for throwing this my way!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled 11/14/11 (number 10797)

pours out pretty much opaque black, just a little ruby brown color when held to the light. about one fingers worth of creamy, tan colored head. average head retention with just a little lacing.

a nice range of roasted aromas, coffee, deeply roasted grains, and bitter cocoa. coffee stands out the most to me. just a hint of earthy hops in there as well.

again, nice roasted flavors here. mostly some nice coffee and cocoa with some bitter-sweet roasted/ burnt grains. earthy hops balance the beer with maybe even a little pine trying to break through. solid bitter cocoa finish.

very nice creamy mouthfeel, carbonation feels a touch on the sparkly side. medium bodied. very smooth and drinkable.

one of the better american stouts ive come across. very nice roasted flavors and just super drinkable. ill revisist this in the future for sure. nothing extreme or out of the ordinary but they nailed the classic stout flavors just right IMO.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,338 ratings.