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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

2,920 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,920
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 168
Gots: 208 | FT: 3
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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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -37%

04-28-2014 02:30:19 | More by Kevincredible
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Dubber55

New York

2.5/5  rDev -37%

Nice dark black pour, tan/mocha 1 cm head, good retention. Smells like sour milk, coffee, and chocolate. Initially tastes like sour milk. Then I am getting some hop bitterness followed by roasted malts. Tastes mostly like coffee. Has a slick mouthfeel. I might be wrong but I thought this was supposed to sweet?

05-03-2010 05:15:52 | More by Dubber55
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StoutSlut

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -37%

12-01-2013 22:35:01 | More by StoutSlut
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trytoketchup

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -37%

12-07-2013 06:17:58 | More by trytoketchup
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p-wagz

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -37%

11-26-2013 21:32:35 | More by p-wagz
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Screper

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -37%

02-17-2012 21:04:03 | More by Screper
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tatums1984

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -37%

01-13-2012 08:24:26 | More by tatums1984
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FHSPSU67

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37%

06-17-2013 12:37:48 | More by FHSPSU67
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Justin23060

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -36.3%

Wow that's dark... Black as a matter of fact. Head is brown stiff and sticky. First smell is yeasty roasty and slight metallic. There's something unpleasant in the smell that I can't place (barnyard, wet leather?) Taste has that same unpleasantness. It got a little better as it burned off during warming. Dispite this distration I do get some nice chocolate with a pretty nice dry finish that not to puckering. Mouthfeel is leaning toward creamy with a body surprisingly lighter than expected but not watery by any means. Still that being said I'll finish this one but probably won't seek it out again. Sorry Bell's.

03-13-2011 00:26:05 | More by Justin23060
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Jekster

Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -33.8%

Appearance: This beer pours from the bottle oil slick deep black color. There is a thick dark down head that sits on top of the beer with a persistent staying power.

Smell: This beer has a definite oatmeal aroma which nearly overpowers all other present aromas. There is a slight sweet roast in the background along with some nutty and bready characters.

Taste: The oat also comes through distinctly upon taking a swig. There is almost roasted pecan flavor and a definite white burnt sugar sweetness to the beer. This beer's flavors are extremely unbalanced with the distinct, dominate, not pleasant oat character followed by awkward sweetness and a dry alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: The beer does have a pleasant body that is thick and chewy without making it a sipper beer. There is a definitely slick feeling to the beer which I would guess is from copious amounts of oat in the grist.

Drinkability: The unbalanced flavors and armoa do not lend to making this beer drinkable. I wouldn't want to drink more than one in an evening.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Bell's makes some fantastic beers, but this is not one of them. It's disappointing because their Kalamazoo Stout is such a fantastic beer. Unless you are a big fan of massive oat character stay away from this beer. Instead, save yourself some cash and go pick up a sixer of Bell's Porter or traditional Kalamazoo Stout.

02-10-2009 01:40:52 | More by Jekster
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GRG1313

California

2.68/5  rDev -32.5%

Reviewed again a year later 02/04/11 - almost to the day.

Pours Pours black with a dark tan/brown head.

Nose is pure simple black chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Flavors are weak and watered down bitter black chocolate and thin bodied black coffee.

Finish is actually a very nice chocolate coffee character with some appeal -finish isn't sufficiently appealing to try this on another time.

I like Bells but this one taste like a carbonated light cup of coffee; about it.

Original Review: Pours dark brown black with a nice firm tan head;

Nose is sweet black chocolate with undertones of sweet coffee; simple but very pleasant;

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lighter "fizzy" carbonation and while not thin, initially appears thin.

Flavors are all simple coffee and simple dark chocolate with a bit of a synthetic chocolate character/flavor.

Some hoppy bitterness in flavors and finish. All around pretty average.

02-07-2010 07:57:41 | More by GRG1313
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NODAK

Tennessee

2.68/5  rDev -32.5%

Aroma has strong roasted dark chocolate malts on it...but there's also a hint of sweetness in there, separating it somewhat from a regular stout.

Mouthfeel seems pretty thin for a stout. Taste has a body of predominately roasted malts and bitter chocolate..the sweetness I was expecting doesn't seem to translate. There's a hint of coffee on the backend...as well as a pretty good bitterness for style. I wasn't expecting the hops to be as assertive as they were.

I'd love to say I'm more impressed, but I suppose I'm not. Just seems like another run of the mill stout to me. Not really sweet at all per style, and kind of thin.

11-17-2010 01:24:58 | More by NODAK
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scottfrie

California

2.7/5  rDev -32%

I can't remember who sent these to me, or even if they came from the same person (I think both were extras), but I came across two bottles of these tucked away in my stash. The first one I opened tonight smelled strongly of burnt caramel and butterscotch (uh-oh). Upon tasting it I almost spit it out it was so gross. The sour-cherry taste coupled with the butterscotch smell screamed some kind of infection. The batch number printed on this bottle was 9566. Luckily my second bottle was from a different batch. Review is as follows:

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch number 9357.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a thin light brown head that quickly fizzed away into pretty much nothing. The infected bottle had a much more impressive head.
S: Very roasted smelling with slight notes of chocolate and caramel.
T: Extremely malty, in more of a brown ale type of way rather than a stout, with some roasted notes in the aftertaste and a hint of coffee in the finish. Pretty sweet overall.
M: Mouthfeel is decently creamy as promised, but the carbonation is pretty tingly and tad sharp at the end. Body is on the lighter side of full, but it's not bad.
D: There is almost too much malt to this brew. If that's your thing, then you may love it. To me, this didn't really taste like a stout, it tasted like a more 'brown' style of beer.

03-07-2011 01:41:37 | More by scottfrie
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treeslothguy

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

06-21-2014 22:49:47 | More by treeslothguy
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Kerne

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

01-12-2014 03:11:54 | More by Kerne
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jeff1973

California

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

01-11-2013 03:28:41 | More by jeff1973
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WckdVbz

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

08-12-2014 01:05:37 | More by WckdVbz
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nlmartin

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Midnight blackness with a finger width copper white head. The head quickly resolves itself into a copper white film. The foam clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: For me the smell was the best part of this beer. Very sweet malty smell. There is a spicy sweet combintation in play in this beer with a slight astringency about it.

Taste: This beer has a very thickly sweet buttery coffee and malty taste. It is frankly to sweet for my own taste. I not sure but this could possibly stand a bigger hop profile. In short I dont like it.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Well frankly again, this one is just to dam sickeningly sweet. It has a hell of a full bodied buttery taste but way to sweet. Pass this one up and buy something else.

10-28-2005 08:34:47 | More by nlmartin
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JamesWn

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

02-28-2013 20:35:04 | More by JamesWn
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Overlord

California

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Wow. What a disappointment.

Looks nice enough. Burnt black with a light brown head of about an inch. Actually, looks great.

Smells faintly of roasted malt, largely of burnt coffee and ... not much, really. I'm serious, there is shockingly almost no aroma to this. Disappointment begins.

Taste is also strangely weak. Big charred roasted malts and ... not much. For a "milk/sweet" stout it's surprisingly low on any sweetness at all. Maybe a hint of sugar, but no real chocolate. Just burnt malt and coffee. And a bit of charcoal-iness to it.

Dull. Boring. Nice mouthfeel, but really a let down.

09-23-2007 06:13:39 | More by Overlord
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

04-13-2012 02:53:23 | More by vbiliyar
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pauljunk

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

07-02-2012 18:19:04 | More by pauljunk
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azorie

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -30%

date code 8842. Not cheap for a 6 pack of 6% beer, but never had it so WTH. I just hope since it was already cold its not old beer.

A: Its Black of course with light creamy brown head. Lace is short lasting after hitting about 1.5 inches tall in a MUG.

S: roasted malt, some vanilla and coffee. oxidized burnt wood

T: Burnt dark roasted malt, coffee comes more of an aftertaste and the vanilla is still present as well. The beer is NOT as sweet as I think it should be to hit the style. it's very dry at the same time with a slightly hoppy finish. You get the milk in there but its very faint. it say on Bell web site its great with Chocolate, NOT, I mean where the FUCK is the chocolate in this beer?

M: medium body, but not as sweet as it should be Not as smooth as it should be.

D: too heavy for the style, not sweet enough.

I don't know if this is bad six pack or too old or what, but its a BIG disappointment to me. if I not bought it all the way in ORLANDO, I would take the rest back. i see its rank 3rd in milk stouts, i have to try again from somewhere else, but NOT in the same league at Young Double chocolate stout.

08-09-2009 19:10:01 | More by azorie
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Boppar

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -30%

I really had high hopes for this one.

A: poured a gorgeous black with a sizeable head.

S: Mmm... interesting. Sweet, malty coffee goodness, with something I can't pin down.

T: the first sip or three were quite enjoyable. Malty sweetness, good coffee taste, and a milky, almost Bailey's-esque taste in the background. But then the aftertaste kicked in. This beer would've owned pretty hard if the aftertaste had not smacked of pennies.

M: gorgoeus mouthfeel: thick, fluffy, chewy. In short, everything one could want from a stout.

D: the pennies just killed it for me. I may try another bottle a ways down the road to see if this was a fluke/fault.

Sorry Bell's, not your best.

03-29-2007 19:41:36 | More by Boppar
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nickfl

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -26.2%

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown foam resting on a black body with just a hint of amber light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace in its wake.

S - A moderate roasted malt note with a little bit of chocolate sweetness. A little bit of caramel and toffee but not much else.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with a strong, cola-like note. Some sour chocolate notes and black coffee character in the middle. Finishes with a bit more roast and lots of sweet, lactic caramel malt. Lingering cola and caramel character with coffee in background.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, syrupy finish.

D - This is a very odd beer. The aroma is quite subdued, but the flavor is robust (just not in a good way). This may be because the primary flavor component is sticky, cloying sweetness. This excessive sweetness is accompanied by an odd, cola like note of artificial caramel flavoring and some strange sourness. The only thing I can find to like about it is the pleasant, dark roasted coffee note that is always lingering in the background. I really didn't care for this beer, it is strange, one dimensional, and overly sweet and I definitely won't be drinking it again.

03-17-2010 05:35:41 | More by nickfl
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,920 ratings.