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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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3,388 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,388
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 354 | 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 JackieTH
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.

Drinkability: No question this one is double cream-tastic and goes down easy. Three bottles were harmed in the writing of this review.

Photo of heyitsbyron
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.

Photo of saintwarrick
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.

Photo of DIM
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!

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

Poured into a DFH snifter, opaque black as with most stouts, very little head and lacing. It has a very pleasant aroma of toffee, caramel, roasted malts, and coffee. It is very light and creamy in the mouth, with the coffee and roasted malts flavors coming to the forefront. It goes down really smooth, with a slight aftertaste of the chocolate. This is the first time I've had this and it is definitely a brew that I will seek out when it comes around again. A great stout to start out the evening, very drinkable and not too overpowering.

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

This is a delicious stout, but a disappointing cream stout.

This beer failed to exhibit many of the cream-factors typical of cream stouts. For example, the head disappeared almost immediately. I like a thick head with my cream stout. I like the head to stick on my upper lip like a milk mustache. The body was thin, the sticky texture missing, and the sweet, milky finish barely detectable. In fact, I drank the first few bottles completely unaware I was having the cream stout in the fridge. (Sometimes I don't look carefully at the label, just to surprise myself.)

But all is not lost with this specialty Bells stout. Malts are super toasty and dark, practically begging to be followed with a fat chunk of chocolate or maybe a chocolate covered espresso bean. And hey, with such a beautiful malty finish, I think the puny sweetness is a blessing in disguise.

Photo of brownbeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slighty oily, black with a cappucino head.

Somewhat coffee stoutish on the nose. Coffee with chocolate added, burnt cookies, with a certain lactose maltiness.

Flavor is mocha, a background of coffee and milky malt with a hoppy kiss in the finish and a wonderful chocolate fade. The body is medium-full, which the creaminess supports well.

Really well made year after year. This was my original go to breakfast stout and for that I give it props.

Photo of Beaver13
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, batch 7776 12/20/06. Pours a dark brown with a thin brown head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains, sweet lactic chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. It improves as it warms but is still kind of subdued - more roast and coffee, less grains.

The flavor is sweet and sugary rich chocolate, a little tart and slightly sour fruitiness, some smoke and nuttiness and raisins with a roasted coffee finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very fine sweet stout. The roasted coffee balances well with the sweet notes.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Batch ID 7801--which the Bell's website will tell you was released on Jan 21, 2007. It pours an opaque motor oil color, with a head that resembles the top layer of a freshsly compressed espresso. Shows some decent lacing.

The aroma is quite toasty, roasted malt dominates. The flavor offers vanilla, chocolate, toasted--but overly charred--malt, butterscotch, and coffee with sugar and cream, and just a gentle prick of dry hops.

The mouth is exceedingly creamy, quite delicate and sweet, but not in a cloying, sugary sense. All the elments work really well together. It's very drinkable, and quite unlike any other stout I have had. Big ups to the Bell's boys.

Photo of cmwilliq
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

All this time I thought I didn't like Milk Stouts.
Now I realize I just didn't like bad Milk Stouts.
This is excellent.
Pours dark amber...almost black with a nice half finger of tan bubbles that melts away to a very faint ring.

Aroma is roasted, toasted dark malts yielding a nice dark chocolate and coffee - light, one sugar - aroma that is followed with sort of a medicinal alcohol.

There is a whole lot going on with the taste....an incredible dark, creamy, smooth chocolate coats the tongue. Some dark fruits like prunes, plums, and raisins. More light coffee...not weak coffee....full bodied coffee with cream and sugar...meets the tongue as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and aftertaste is creamy dark semi-sweet chocolate and alcohol.


Photo of king75
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black ,with a tan cream colored head that is rocky and long lasting. Great lacing and head retention.

S-Pick up chocolate, a lot of malt, and even some smoky characteristics.

T- Man is this one creamy, chocolaty beer ! Can taste coffee, has a lot of malt flavors, and a little bit of a smoky taste. very complex.

M- This is a full bodied beer, has a very creamy heavy feel to it. extremely smooth across the palate and a nice bitter bite at the end.

D- Drinkability is solid, very rich, but could easily throw a few of these back.

Notes: I really liked this beer, it is a great stout, very complex in flavor and its relatively low ABV makes it very drinkable. I definitely recommend this beer.

Photo of happygnome
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: pours a nice deep dark brown balck color with about a half inch of head that doesnt dissapear leaving a good amount of lace that sticks to the side of the glass as well on top of the brew
s: deep chocolate malts with cream aroma as well, dark fruits are also present
t: chocolate malts cream dark fruits very complex
m: medium to full bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, wow this is truly a good brew

Photo of hustlesworth
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- exceptional texture is evident as soon as the liquid leaves the bottle. deep and dark with a shred of mahogany around the bottom of the glass. i've seen nicer looking foam on a stout, but this one's not bad. it's a warm khaki color and leaves a bit of drippy lace.

S- roasty espresso and dark chocolate as well as the fruity side of dark chocolate, backed up by sour cherries, fig, and raisin. some tobacco and leather and something woodsy, earthy, and fresh. coffee aromas are most definitely predominant and there's a nice marshmallow and vanilla sweetness lingering in the background. this stout smells exceptional.

T- taste almost follows suit. bell's claim to focus on the roasted-but-not-burnt coffee/chocolate flavors is completely true but it starts off with an herbal woodsy hoppy piney bite that keeps it from being perfect to me. on the swallow however, it's roasted and espresso and cappuccino and dark chocolate and milk chocolate and marshmallow and all sorts of good. finishes woodsy and grainy with a touch of burnt cookie and hops as it dries out a bit.

MF- tight prickly carbonation rolls over into an extremely luscious and creamy brew. the bubbles never falter or flatten out, nicely keeping pace with the big body from start to finish.

D- aside from the extreme richness, this one goes down without effort. the drawback however is that i feel like i just ate a huge wedge of chocolate cake, not that that's a bad thing. aroma and feel win. belly feels good. despite the company's explanation, lactose or no lactose, with a name like double cream stout i would have expected something a bit sweeter.

Photo of CaptYellow
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a small dark brown head. Poured into a Perfect Pint so the head lasted.

S: Dark Chocolate.

T: Espresso, dark chocolate, dates.

M: Creamy.

D: Yum! The flavor is strong, so it's a sipper for me.

O: Buy again? Definitely. Recommend? Highly. Search out? Yes. Worth the price? For the alcohol and strength of flavor, yes (something like a dollar fifty a bottle).

Photo of Lusso
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of deejaydan
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow.. pours a deep black color with a tan head that lingers and leaves great lacing. Aroma is slightly musty? Taste is of cream and coffee... wonderfully playing off each other and together. Thick and lush as well. I like this and wish I had more. Note-- This has been cellared for a good 6 months.. YMMV.

Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store for the Bell's GA release.

Pours pitch black with a large tan head that lingers for quite a while and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is very toasty though with plenty of sweet chocolate malts and lactose. There are hints of vanilla and coffee as well.

The taste is dominated by the sweet dark chocolate malts and milky lactose. There is a faint roasted character to the malts, but the sweetness is most evident. Wonderfully full flavored.

The mouthfeel is super creamy with the roasted aspect taking a backseat to the malty sweetness on the palate.

This is a great beer and one of the best milk stouts I've ever had. I'm lucky I was able to sample this on tap.

Photo of soulfly967
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this case for over a month, and it finally came! It pured black with a nice tan head that left a slight lacing in the glass. There was no chance of light getting through this one! The smell was of roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste was smooth creamy to begin, with flavors of coffee and chocolate finishing it out. The mouthfeel was excellent, very creamy. This was a very, VERY drinkable beer. Another great beer from Kalamazoo!

Photo of pvo
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An above-average stout. Great taste, a nice bit of bitterness to round out the malt. The only thing it's lacking is the mouthfeel- if it was a bit thicker, and stayed with you longer, they would have had a great one.

It's got more to it than their kalamazoo stout, but doesn't fill you up like the expedition. A somewhat special stout that won't knock you over.

Photo of tjcortez
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack after enjoying Sam Adam's Cream Stout. This definitely impressed.

A | Poured a much darker, dark brown with a nice sepia colored head.

S | Like coffee and cocoa with a leathery scent mixed in, very pleasant though.

T | Really good. Not overwhelming with any of its flavors and not too complex.

M | Low carbonation and very smooth.

D | Goes down real easy and leaves me wanting another.

My favorite stout so far. I would definitely recommend this to cream lovers everywhere!

Photo of Cafu912
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ryanonline
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a standar tan stout head and moderate lacing.

Coffee and cocoa. Maybe a wee bit of espresso. Not as aggressive as a RIS. I think I smell toasted marshmallow.

Smooth roasty coffee and some strong chocolate notes.finishes out a bit bitter but has a sweet malty backbone throughout.

The mouth feel is amazing on this beer. So creamy and smooth a nice not to thick residual sweetness on the palette and finish clean and dry. Only some very sought prickly carbonation on the front end.

Might be a tad filling as this seems to have a lot of lactose. But otherwise very drinkable.

Awesome brew from bells, what more would you expect. I just bottled a milk stout that I think will taste very close to this but less abv and probably more carbonation.

Photo of CMW
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours black as night. When I held this up to the light for closer inspection, little changed. This is as dark as tar and there is no light getting through. The bartender was nice enough to leave a solid two finger tan head that receded quickly. There is a medium amount of tan lacing that graces the side of the glass.

Roasted malts dominate the nose. A smell of freshly brewed coffee is also present. This is rounded out with a nice sweetness that begs of cream, cinnamon, and chocolate.

The sweet tastes are present upfront. Chocolate, molasses, and whipped cream are what I detect. This is followed by the taste of coffee and roasted nuts and malt. It finishes dry with a slight bitterness that helps round out the flavor.

This beer has a creaminess that is heavenly. It has a good balance on sweetness mixed with roasted flavors. It is extremely drinkable, partly because the 7.5% abv. is hardly noticeable. This beer would be great alone or with the dessert of your choice.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I was about to leave the liquor store with one of my usual (Two Hearted) when I managed to find a sixer of this stuff hiding behind it. It had been a few years since I last had this tasty brew, so I picked it up.

It pours jet black with a damn-near brown head. There is a copious amount of lacing.

The smell is of coffee and sweet, roasted malt.

The flavor is really phenomenal. Tops among sweet stouts. The coffee profile is high, with a nice sweet (but yet still dry) finish. The malt is a very dark roast without tasting burnt.

The mouthfeel is among the best I've ever encountered. It's silky smooth with a rich creaminess. It's not quite Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout smooth, but it's damn close.

Overall, the ol' Double Cream Stout -- when in season -- is going to be a regular part of my rotation.

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