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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,928 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,928
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
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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Photo of Avagadro
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%

A: Extremely dark with a chocolate colored head. This beer definitely looks drinkable

S: Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee are very present and very pleasing.

T: All of the previous flavors present, but they unfold one by one on your palette. It is sweeter than most stouts, but what do you expect from milk stout. To me it is the paragon of this style.

M: So thick you almost need to chew it. Mouthfeel is definitely one of the highlights of this brew.

D: One of the many great brews from Bell's. Absolutely worth trying. Whenever I'm in Michigan I make sure to pick up atleast one bottle of this.

Avagadro, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of ronniebruner
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%

WOW! That was my initial reaction when I popped this bad boy open. The beer was a beautiful golden shade of caramel. The aroma of the cream and barley is absolutely top notch! The beer poured perfectly, just the right amount of head and lace and the taste was out of this world. This by far is probably the smoothest beer I've ever had. Samuel Adams needs to watch out, because Bell is quickly becoming one of the best American breweries. This beer is just flat out amazing! I don't say this often, but this beer is an absolute must!

ronniebruner, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Dantes
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%

Package: 12oz. brown bottle. Simple, elegant cream-colored label depicting a naked branch. No date or ABV info.

Cost: From Sidabeef7who priced it @ $11.99 a 6-pack

Presentation: Imperial pint at 50º

Appearance: Poured nicely, generating a reasonably dense, dark-brown head studded with some larger bubbles, which did not last very long. Dark body, but not the darkest I’ve seen. Not as attractive as Brooklyn's BCS, but a nice bottle-poured stout.

Smell: Rich, subtle aroma. Definitely some sweet toasted malt; with hints of caramel and coffee. Swirling produced some fruity, port-like aromas.

Taste: Surprising. This wasn't overtly sweet as I expected (in my experience; sweet, cream, or milk stouts are typically sweet on the tongue). Instead, this delivered the tastes of Viennese coffee mit schlag; rich, dark, velvety, chocolatey flavors with hints of cinnamon and clove and some spirit-like warmth. Well-balanced, with no dominating hops or alcohol. I don't think this has lactose in it; maybe some oatmeal for a hint of sweetness. None of the sourness some have noted in Bell’s beers, but with enough tang to be engaging. Nice long finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and a bit viscous. A satisfying medium to full-bodied stout. The fine, steady, medium carbonation persisted throughout the beer.

Drinkability: A great session stout that falls somewhere between dry/export stouts and imperials. Not as strongly alcoholic or hoppy as Brooklyn BCS, Expedition, or Storm King; nor as bland as a Guinness or Beamish. More like Sam Smith's Imperial.

Don’t be fooled by its name or current category. This is by no means a sweet stout in the sense of a Sam Adams Cream Stout or Mackeson’s XXX. Rather, this is a refined, smooth, and yes, creamy stout that gives up nothing in flavor or impact. I haven't tried the Kalamazoo Stout; but I think this lies somewhere between that and its big brother, Expedition Stout (which I've tried). If you’re looking for a stout that is not looking to break the hops-bank or spirit-safe, this may be the one for you.

Backwash: A velvet hammer. If I could get it every day (especially on draught), it would be my session stout.

NB: Tasted the Kalamazoo, which was thinner, more heavily carbonated, less complex, and less satisfying (but hoppier). I can't see choosing it instead, unless the 1% ABV difference matters. Checked with Bell's, who confirmed that there is NO lactose OR oats; but some flaked barley for a creamy, grainy element.

Dantes, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of jvajda
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%

Finally a competitor with Old Rasputin for world's best double cream stout. This beer is fantastic. It's very rich and bittersweet, but not over-the-top. I think most of us could handle a couple of these at once and be fine. There's a lot to experience in this glass, make sure it has your full attention.

jvajda, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of Phatz
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

Oh sweet creamy chocolate divine. yummy yummy in my tummy. This beer would make me sing if I were a guy who sang.

Appearance: Pours black with a creamy tan head and loads of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is rich with sweet cream and chocolate and a hint of butterscotch and caramel, dark fruit, and milk. Malty and simply appealing.

Taste: It is a super smooth sweet easy milk stout that is creamy for sure but sweet only to that point and it avoids becoming sugar sweet and holds at creamy sweet. mmm. There is a hint of cherry with the roasted grain undertone and them it simple slides down the throat. I, literally, am at a loss for words. The flavor is simple but yet just right.

Mouthfeel: Rich thick and full but not overweight. It is very thing I could ask for in a milk stout, it is creamy and velvety smooth with a distinct dryness on the edges.

Drinkability: There is something do easy and pleasant about drinking this beer, I can't help but to relax and feel better. It is more than the alcohol it it maybe it has to due with the chocolate in the flavor or the smooth silky creamy nature of the beer but I am certainly in the market for a case of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout pours an opaque black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Roasted malt dominates the aroma. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt, it tastes like chocolate and a bit like coffee, caramel comes to mind too. Kick ass beer.

Drew966, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Jishguy
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

One of my favorite cream stouts that keeps me coming back over and over again.

A- Pours a solid black body with a dark cream colored head that stays around for ages.

S- The aroma is wonderful and complex. Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut, toasted aromas, and a bit of smokiness.

T- Wonderful chocolate and coffee notes up front, quickly followed by the toasted and roasted flavors described in the aroma.

M- Near perfect. Creamy like no other. Goes down with such ease.

Jishguy, May 24, 2011
Photo of CheapHysterics
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%

Looks dark and beautiful, smells delicious, mouthfeel is so creamy, and it tastes as delicious as it smells. I know its seasonal but I stash a few to enjoy all summer long. The roasted malt characteristics stand out, with some fleeting hints of smoke and dark fruit. Just enough sweetness to balance out the earthiness and hop bitterness. Such a great beer I can't get enough of it.

CheapHysterics, May 28, 2014
Photo of Pencible
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%

This poured an opaque black with a little dark tan head. It smelled like coffee and heavy cream with a bit of dark chocolate. It tasted like creamy mocha with a hint of bitterness, a very rich flavor but not too strong. It was exceptionally thick with no carbonation and a mild aftertaste. Overall this was one of the best stouts I can remember. I liked it purely for its own merits, not because I expected it to be good based on hype. Truly an excellent beer.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%

This beer pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head and heavy, nice lacing to the end. It's aroma is complex leading off with wood with nuts, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is a superb blend of wood, coffee, and dark chocolate followed by milk chocolate and anise in the finish. The mouthfeel is full, creamy, and smooth. Bells Special Double Cream Stout is an outstanding brew, well balanced and very complex. Very highly recommended!!

B967ierhunter177, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%

Color: Pitch black with a thin brown head.

Aroma: Creamy and sweet. Hints of chocolate and mild roastiness in the nose.

Taste: Rich and creamy with strong coffee/chocolate flavors upfront. Roastiness is just right. Smooth and vibrant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. Chocolate lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Nails it on the mouthfeel alone. This is a style that is supposed to be sweet and creamy and I feel that Bells lives up to it.

Brad007, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%

Oh my gosh...I am completely in love with this beer.

A - Opaque brown/black with tan, sticky lacing that lingers throughout the glass.

S - Malted chocolate is right off the bat with light coffee

T - Creamy, creamy maled chocolate, roasted coffee, marshmallows.

M - Light medium body, light carbonation, velvety feel

D - This is a beer you could get lost in and end up drinking 6 before you know it. It is very smooth, tasty, there are plenty of creamy flavors that blend perfectly to make this a very drinkable beer.

This beer is absolutely delicious...one of the best beers I have ever had. YUMMY!

cindiwindi1025, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.93/5  rDev +24.2%

Another solid beer from Bell's . Very dark and creamy. I love a creamy stout with average head and dark color. Too bad i couldn't find this in six pack at the place i work at (Gay's Hops-N-Schnapps, Auburn Indiana). This is a stout i could drink day after day after day as creamy and addicting the flavor is. so smooth

yuenglingfan101, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
4.93/5  rDev +24.2%

OG=1.075, 7.5% ABV, brewed with 10 different malts.

Jet-black oily brew forms a thick dark tan head which looks like a bubbling pancake, leaving an impressive tenacious collarette of suds with each sip. Head sits atop medium sized bubbles, and is moderate in carbonation. Aroma is of espresso, dark roasted malts, dark bakers chocolate, caramel, fresh lightly-roasted grains, sourdough bread just out of the oven, and the immortal Bell's yeast "oomph". Quite a knockout aroma. Taste, mouthfeel and finish are somewhere between a Susie's Sweet Stout and the Expedition Stout. It has a thick, chewy mouthfeel with an oily sheen on the tongue. There is a big initial impression of fresh hops, dark-roasted malt sweetness and acidity, coffee and cocoa powder. The finish is amazing, and possibly the best of Bell's brews. It starts with a bright acidity with a perceptable and enjoyable sourness, gives way to a perfectly balanced spicy hop note, and ends in a long caramel sweet finish with a bright clean mouthfeel.

Rich, amazingly complex, incredibly satisfying, and highly drinkable despite the moderately-high ABV. As anyone who reads my reviews knows, I don't give 5.0's very often, but this is truly one of the very best stouts available. Pure Heaven in a bottle.

Re-review 12-07-04: Very different beer here at the new Comstock facilities...the aroma is intense with black walnut compared to prior versions. Medium-dense body but not as thick as remembered. Alcohol is perceptable in aroma. The slight sourness and unique Kzoo yeast funk are all but missing, and replaced with a chalky roasted malt sweetness. Alcohol is evident in the finish. This is still a good beer, but it's a far cry from what I used to drink years ago. It's sad seeing my favorite beers disappear, as the Bell's lineup doesn't even taste like the beers I've loved for so long.
L=4.5, A=4.5, T=4.5, MF=4.0, D=4.0

Mitchster, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of morayeel
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%

a: Lacy, head is solid, looks like a nice tan color and I love the way the head settles, if poured a little violently. Awsome

s: chocolate and alcohol with a bit of smoke taste to it at the end. Very smooth

t: oh greatness. Leaves a thick chocolaty and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker but very smooth at the end.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it I had this on tap and when you tap a pint you get a half of a glass of head.

d: The first time I had this is on tap at my house. This was my first stout on tap and I think I picked a good one to start off with. This is a stout that hits the spot after a long day. I love the smooth full silky moth feel of this stout. But it’s a stout that can make you full after a few.

conclusion: This was my first stout on tap at home and I am really happy with my choice. I wish this was made year long but its only seasonal. I liked this stout and plan on having my distributor get me a keg next fall.

WAY TO GO BELL’S BREWING

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