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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,187 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,187
Reviews: 1,357
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 279 | FT: 2
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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Photo of kzoobrew
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

kzoobrew, May 24, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Midnight black with caramel brown notes edging through on the edges when held to the light nice full tan head leaves thick collar of lacing continues the same pattern throughout the session. Aroma: An airy sweet cream scent with hints of wood chips slipping through, dark chocolate and coffee notes round out the scent. Taste: Deliciously creamy just awesome mouth full of whipped cream blended with chocolate what a dessert beer, very rich with some bitterness coming through from the dark roasted malts bringing chocolate and coffee to the table maginficant. Mouthfeel: Full bodied cream stout just a big brew when it comes down to it, nice even sturdy carbonation. Drinkability: These would ware on you but it would also blend so well with vanilla ice cream as a topping, awesome well done tip my hat to the brewer's at Bell's great stuff.

WVbeergeek, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of cjacobsen
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark, almost black, with a nice tan/brown head to it.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut.

Tastes like chocolate, roasted malt, hint of coffee, vanilla, hazelnut in the aftertaste. Pretty much how it smells.

This beer is super smooth and creamy.

BIG surprise. I hadn't ever had this before and it was a really good find. Definitely on my awesome list.

cjacobsen, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of edb7
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- It looks like a typical stout; quite brown-black with decent head that is toward the tan side.

S- A lot of chocolate, some hints of a roasted character. It made me look forward to the taste!

T- Very silky-smooth coffee toffee delight. Nothing is overdone, which leaves you with an easy-to-drink, delicious beverage. This beer is dangerous at 6% with such easy drinkability. I liked the slight bitter sensation mid-taste (hops?) that is not typical of stouts I have had. The taste is well-balanced with a smooth finish. There is no aftertaste, which gives a refreshing sensation.

M- It is a bit heavy, but silky.

In summary, this is one of the best stouts I have had. The smooth feel and subtle complexities will keep you drinking!

edb7, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of codyw
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, minimal head that quickly dissipated.

S: Coffee. This thing really smelled like coffee. It also had hints of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. If there was one thing that jumped out though, it would be the coffee.

T: Very smooth. Had some hop bitterness for balance, but much less pronounced than a dry stout. Lots of coffee flavor. Great sweet stout taste.

M: Silky smooth. Great feel.

D: Although I have never been a fan of something as thick as a stout to be a session beer, I think I could find myself easily downing a handful of these. A great beer.

codyw, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a frothy tan head. Left nice lacing on the glass.

Nose was chocolate, roasted coffee, and I believe I may have picked up a hint of molasses.

Taste is coffee up front with a little bit of chocolate. Smoky, roasted malts are in there with a finish that is not very bitter. It actually had a sweeter finish as it warmed up.

Has a creamy, full mouthfeel. Just was I was hoping to find in a cream stout. Just excellent.

Overall, this is a excellent representation of the style and one of the better stouts I have had. I would suggest this to any stout drinker out there who has yet to have the pleasure of enjoying this one.

BeerFiend2002, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of LairdChisholm
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a jet black color when held up to the light has a deep brown on the corners and the edges. There is a one finger mocha head that has good retention. There is some slight lacing on this one. There is also a good amount of white sediment hanging around the bottom.

S - The smell is surprisingly complex, even if it isn't very strong. There are notes of milk chocolate, cream, butterscotch, and vanilla. If the smell was more pungent, this would be incredible.

T - A great mix of toasted malts, cream and milt chocolate. Great complexity and this stout isn't trying to do too much. The after taste consists of coffee and some slight bitter dark chocolate.

M - Great mouthfeel. Silky smooth with perfect amount of carbonation for this style. The only reason it's not perfect is the mouthfeel isn't perfect it can be a wee bit heavier.

D - I could drink these all night. Tastes great and goes down smooth.

LairdChisholm, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown, almost black color with moderate tannish head. Smell is supremely enjoyable, being a nice mixture of choclate, coffee, roasted malt, dark rich fruits, and burnt smokey wood. Taste is also very enjoyable with nice chocolate and coffee flavors, combined with more dark fruitiness, and ending with a mild bitterness that beckons for another taste. So very easy to drink that I was suprised to see the alcohol conent. excellent beer. First class.

tgbljb, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is absolutely phenomenal! Pours an oft-tan head with lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee malts. Tastes the same. Extremely drinkable, almost scary. If priced a little better, I would keep this in the fridge year round. Very smooth and silky on the palate. A nice clean and crisp follow through. Love this one.

bigdeuce, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of DioS
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black with barely noticeable brown tint. Dense medium sized head. Smells soothingly roasty with light espresso and chocolate. A big and creamy mouthfeel. The beer tastes buttery, smooth, with just the right amount of lactic sweetness balanced by roasted dryness and bitter chocolate, very low hop. The beer is tremendously satisfying, well balanced, and gives me a nourished feeling every time. One of my favorite winter beers.

DioS, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of malcontent
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-swallowing pitch black with a solid finger of reverse-cascading head. Swirling shows this to be a slightly viscous brew. Head dies too quickly for a perfect score but nonetheless, this looks wicked good.

That unmistakable lactic quality leads into a tandem of chocolate and raisins. An odd scent that I can only describe as bran flakes takes up the back end of the aroma. Softly smoky after a while.

Oh, Hell. That is one damn fine cream stout. Essentially perfect for the style. Dark roasted bitterness gives way almost immediately to a marvelously creamy taste (to say nothing of the texture; more on that later). Soft hints of honey and milk chocolate surface briefly only to be engulfed in the half and half theme again. Creamy is the no-brainer but dead-accurate description for the taste.

Mouthfeel is heavenly; silky but never muddy and the finish is actually lactic (you have phlegm form in the back of your throat!). I don't know if this is something I could drink a ton of (could you drink a bunch of milk?) but it's nothing short of a triumph for Bell's. Absolutely the most I've enjoyed a beer in ages.

Huge thanks to kryptic for the trade!

malcontent, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of stoutfiend27
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass....bottle received from ottovon..thanks again

a-black cola color...quickly fading khaki colored head....leaves a little lacing...no bubbles in the darkness..

s-sweet rich roasted malt and chocolate or cocoa...faint aroma of coffee....smells a tad bitter as well..very aromatic..

t-a lot like the nose...the sweetness rushes up front and is then pushed back down by the roast,chocolate,cocoa and coffee...the rich sweet malt lingers up the middle before a bitter sweet chocolate finishes this one off

m-thick and chewy and also creamy....lingers around the mouth forever and the bitterness stays on the tongue a while...just enough carbonation to make this one stand out

d-could have several of these in a night although i wouldnt want too many due to the sweetness...

overall another impressive brew from bells..and another solid bottle from ottovon...

stoutfiend27, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Gator_Nation
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%

Gator_Nation, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of jmartinger
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%

jmartinger, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of bdkucharski
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

bdkucharski, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of JHarris1717
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

JHarris1717, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Dark black with a hint of brownish ruby red on the edges. Moderate amount of rising bubbles and a solid four finger tan head with very good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Smells pretty roasty and sweet. Big presence of dark roasted malts with some caramel and toffee. Lots of chocolate and milk. Also some vanilla, nuts, and some hints of coffee in the background.

Taste: Like the smell leads, sweet dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with a big flavor of chocolate and milk. Also a pretty noticeable presence of vanilla, oats, and nuts. Light hints of coffee towards the finish. This stout is sweet with a low bitterness but not overbearing with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy as the name suggests. Finishes fairly sweet with a very light hint of bitterness.

Overall: A very good easy drinking dessert stout from Bell's.

MattyG85, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jminch, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of wo87810
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

wo87810, May 23, 2012
Photo of navband
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

navband, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ink black bodied with just a few wrinkles of dark brown. Greasy tan head never gains much size, but has remarkable stick.
Nose full of smoky char, dark roasted coffee, asphalt, and, to a lesser extent, dark fruit.
Taste is a study in opposites. First off is the brashly bitter roasted componant. Smoky, burnt and dry up front. Thick, hugely roasted expresso notes. It tastes like the sludge coffee I make when I need to wake up for something important in the morning (I like it that way, so it's a compliment). This brashness is layered upon a buttercreme sweetness. Truly the beauty at the heart of this beer. Hints of plums and raisins lurk way in the distance. Hops are a nonfactor, as it rides out with lingering mocha hues and a dollop of milky sweetness.
I've had a few "off" bottles of this, but the one I am reviewing now is absolute bliss.
Medium full in the mouth. Light and steady carbonation.
One of KZoo's best, when it is right.

What's up with the label on the bottle? Embarrassingly bad.

cokes, Oct 21, 2002
Photo of danp14
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

danp14, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Rootdog316
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque with a very dark tan head. Malty nose. Nice roasted bean flavor profile with an obvious sweet tone to it. Thick liquid feel. Nice level of carbonation. Overall, I'll say this is a pretty great brew. Hearty with a slight rich edge to it, it's a good enough stout I wouldn't mind trying on-tap.

Rootdog316, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Mpenders
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Mpenders, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Desaparecido
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Desaparecido, Nov 28, 2011
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,187 ratings.