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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,410 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 195
Gots: 361 | 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:
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: 3,410 | Reviews: 1,393
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4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black chocolate brown-black. There is no light coming through this baby. Nice creamy beige-brown head that sits at about 1/4 inch when reduced. Thick lacing. Nice coffee and toffee flavoring. Toasted and roasted. You taste more chocolate as it warms up. The flavor that lingers on is one of mostly coffee. Thick, rich, full bodied, nice and lightly creamy. A very good tasty brew.

Photo of philbe311
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap recently... I'm revisiting this brew from a bottle...

A - Jet black pour with minimal head leaving a thin tan lacing... Very still... Coats glass well... Simple, yet enticing...

S - Mildy sweet... Chocolate... Maple syrup... Muted flat cola scent... Not overly complex, just a very pleasant smelling milk stout that has me excited and ready to take a sip...

T - Sweet, but far from overdone. Roasted malt dominates, but rich complexity follows amongst the tastes of mild sweet chocolate, marshmallow, mild coffee bean, and warm milk...

M - Insanely smooth and rich... Chewy... Lush creaminess in texture... Taste holds constant during each sip...

D - Solid brew, but I was slightly disappointed by this one in the bottle, as I found it phenomenal from the tap... Still an enjoyable milk stout that is overly sweet and can be enjoyed sip after sip...

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4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep black with barely a quarter inch of craggy brown head. Within a few seconds, the beer is as lifeless as black coffee. Smell takes me a bit off guard, as a funky plum-coffee-chocolate malt-earth aroma wafts to the nose. To be honest, this smells to me a bit like a well-aged barleywine. Very complex and interesting.

Double Cream Stout tastes heavily of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and a nutty/dusty grain note. A complementary cherry note is well-integrated into the brew, reminding me of Bell's Cherry Stout. This is a pleasantly sweet beer, and it finishes rather dry and without much bitterness. Body is substantial, but it's not overdone for a milk stout.

I must have had my first bottle of Double Cream Stout a little too cold, but served at cellar temps, this beer is extremely well-done. A wonderful aroma and flavorful taste make this one of the best stouts I've had in a while.

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4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque black with a small, tan head that disappears quickly and leaves the thinnest of coverings over the top.

Aroma full of chocolate, smooth roasted coffee and some milkyness.

Body is a bit thinner than I expected, though not thin. Very smooth with just a light carbonation. Big roasted malt flavors show up as well as nice chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. A sweet milk flavor shows up in the end and then leaves with a blend of roasted chocolate and sweet milk left behind.

A fine stout, I wouldn't mind a bit bigger body, but still plenty good. Another thanks is owed to Feloniousmonk for this.

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black color with a large and frothy tan head that leaves nice lacing down the glass, a beautiful stout. The aroma is very creamy, like whole milk and sugar, with chocolate and coffee undertones and a cloying sweetness. The taste is very interesting and sort of goes all over the place. You get hints of cocoa, coffee, whole milk, molasses and a mild roasted bitterness. Probably one of the best milk stout's i've had, the alcohol is hidden well and the mouthfeel is extremely creamy and incredibly smooth. This isnt really a beer you could call a session beer, but it's not hard to drink by any means. This is my first beer from Kalamazoo but it's quite impressive, and thanks to NeroFiddled for the beer.

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.79 for a 12oz. bottle

The appearence is just like it's counterpart, Bell's porter, where that it has a dark brown base a medium head that is light choclate colored, good retention and the lacing is there but not as ideal like it's Porter. The aroma is very impressive of coffee, milky, sweet, choclatey goodness...

The taste is great too, coffee with a side of cream and some sweetness, it's like they read my mind in how I personally like my coffee... It's good stuff, The mouthfeel is pretty damn smooth for a 7.5% stout, low carbonation is a plus as well. The drinkability is high on this, I could drink this down without knowing it had so much alc. in it. Very impressive!

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown-black. Subtle deep garnet red highlights when held to a bright light. Nice tight cap of mocha brown head.

Smell: Creamy milk chocolates right out front with subtle roasted malt and coffee house medium roast. Smells delicious.

Taste: There is a distinct creamy taste right from the get go. It just about overwhelms the delicious underpinning of chocolates, medium roasted coffee, molasses and roasted malt. The mild creamy sweetness carries through from start to finish, and though not at all cloying, it's omnipresent. There is a bittersweet finish, or a subtly citrus sourness/possibly better described as an aftertaste that is a tiny bit distracting.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick, and although I found the overall mouthfeel to be medium-heavy, it should have liked it even heavier.

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a single ($1.35) into an English pint glass.

Nice dark stout, some ruby hues, with a good solid 2cm of tight tan head. Only loses points because some nasty yeasty junk came out even though I tried my best not to pour the ass of the bottle.

Wow! Smells like hops, like an IPA. Starnge smell actually, like mily hops with a yeast funk at the end. Toasted malts are only secondary here.

Taste follows smell. Probably the hoppiest stout I've had. Then there's that pleasant white russian flavor. I'm liking this. Real strong flavors at first, then tapering off. Hop burps ensue.

Heavy carbonation, but still smooth. Nice full body without being syrupy.

One of the better stouts I've had, but not as good as the Kalamazoo. I like the hops, but on the other hand it lacks the true-to-form stout qualities. I'd have no problems drinking this again, but it's not my favorite.

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep opaque brown with a creamy brown head. Aroma is cocoa and sweet with some molasses and cereal in there. Taste is sweet but nicely bitter at the end so its not over the top. Some burnt dark chocolate and sweet coffee there as well. Very tasty. Not quite as thick as I was hoping, but still very good, and the alcohol (7.5?) Is nowhere to be found, so it's quite drinkable. A restrained sweet stout, but still well worth the money.

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was pitch black. It poured with a short lived, whisp of light tan fizz.

s: Roasty malt aromas that have a hint of cocoa and some lactic sweetness. A milk stout on steroids.

t: Clean malty flavors of nutty cocoa with a sweet milky finish.

m: Gentle carbonation and a nice lingering sweet cocoa flavor.

d: Hmmmm... a semi-imperial milk stout? Works for me!

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