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

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89
very good

3,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,236
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 293 | 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:
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 BeerFink
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with 2 fingers of foamy brown head. Just the slightest red tint near the bottom of the glass, although light does not pass through the main body of the beer. Sticky lacing and good head retention. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with cream in it, a malty mix with some good roastiness. Very full and well rounded taste. Bell's claims to use 10 different malts, and although I can't pick them all out, the blending is apparent. Sweet chocolate mixed with slightly bitter coffee blends well with a slight cream taste, with a roasted flavor throughout. A little sweet fruit is apparent near the beginning, and the faintest of citrous hops makes a showing near the finish. Finish is sweet and creamy with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is big and smooth. Bell's is very good at stouts, and this is no exception. This was the beer that got me into craft beer, and its a pleasure to have it again after quite awhile.

Photo of doughanson78
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to GCurlow for this one.

A: Completely black. One finger mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Some medium sized bubbles in the head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Big roasted coffee/espresso aroma. A subtle smokiness. Very light chocolate and vanilla.

T: A creamy chocolate/vanilla sweetness upfront that never really fades. Nice roasted/smokey flavor throughout the rest of the mouth. Light coffee bitterness in the finish along with hints of vanilla.

M: Full bodied. Thick for being a Stout and not an Imperial. Very creamy. Subtle smokiness lingers in the after taste.

O: Great stout. Very reminiscent of Deschutes' Obsidian Stout. These beers could be brothers. Obsidian gets a slight edge in my book because of the bigger smokiness. Any East Coast lovers of this beer NEED to try Obsidian.

Photo of fountainofyouth
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a six-pack poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty big, cascading head that settles after a few minutes. Utterly impenetrable brown-black with a tan head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: On the lighter side of intensity, but pretty nice. Sweet malt, mostly caramel with a little chocolate. A little bit of alcohol, which doesn't really seem necessary.

Taste: It's a stout alright, but it's got a different flavor profile than the (also wonderful) Kalamazoo Stout. The front is a little milky, while the finish is a little darker. Some roasted black malt, but in lighter quantities than the Kalamazoo. It is complemented with softer cocoa and toffee elements. Little hints of herbal hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Sure is creamy! Aptly named. Carbonation is appropriate for the style, a little tingly.

Overall: Bell's stouts are great choices. Different from Kalamazoo, but just as good.

Photo of timtim
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark dark. coffe with cream colored humongous head that has great retention and superb lace. roasty malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and maybe some fruit in the nose. milk chocolate really comes to mind in the taste. it really has that milky sweetness. almost reminds me of super strong coffee with a lot of sugar and cream. not coffeeish like their java stout, but that roasty maly flavor with the sweetness and creaminess brings cafe to mind. very creamy and silky mouthfeel. what a real pleasure.

Photo of Dhren1979
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 12oz Bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A: Pitch black with no light being able to escape its darkness. A good amount of head and lacing.

S: Chocolately with hints of a sweet, creamy smooth aroma.

T: Light coffee, chocolate with no burnt malty flavor that I kind of expected. Just a hint of hops at the very end...a nice little touch.

M: Like smooth, creamy, silky stout! Am I drinking a beer?!

D: I must say for not being much of a fan of Bell's brews I really do love this one! Can I have another?!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an American pint glass

A-Jet black dense color with a few bubbles slowly rising to the surface. The head is a milk chocolate brown but it disappears rather quickly

S- notes of coffee beans and a creamy chocolate hint aswell. Just a little earthiness gives the coffee some depth

T- roasted malt start with lots of sweetness on top of some hoppiness. Finishes with a graham cracker mellowness and just the hint of hops.

M- medium body with residual sweetness but a tart mouthfeel at the end.

D- This is a very pleasant yet complex stout. It has a lot of flavor packed in that bottle but no characteristic is over powering. I would like to see a bit more chewiness in the mouthfeel but definitely a leader in this category.

Photo of PretzelCity
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to EricWo for sending this one. Poured an inky black with a big billowing creamy tan head that left lacing all the way down my glass. This is one good looking beer. The smell is good, roasted malt and hints of chocolate but nothing too overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is sweet, with a taste of roasted malt and a little chocolate that coats your tongue. Very easy to drink with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Really a well rounded beer. Excellent balance. An excellent example of one of my favorite styles.

Photo of mdvatab
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.
Bottle code says "100800", but the Bell's Batch Finder appears to be defunct, so unable to decipher the code.

Aroma: Vanilla, chocolate milkshake, cocoa, roasted malt, and a light mineral note.

Appearance: 1 finger of light tan head slowly dissipates to a thin layer. Body is dark espresso brown/black. A sheet of fine tan bubble washes over the inside of the glass as I swirl the beer around the glass.

Flavor: Sweet coffee up front, excellent balance between the dark malty sweetness and the underlying bitterness. Malted milk balls through the middle. Mild, non-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. A tad bit thinner than, though, than I ideally prefer for this style. Carbonation is medium-low, but a surprising bite appears from time to time.

Overall: Smooth, malty, sessionable goodness. Definitely recommend this one. No real flaws. It lives up to be the type of solid milk stout that one would expect from Bell's.

Photo of jackndan
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout: a vigorous pour leaves a good-sized head, with very nice staying power. The head is tan, and very creamy. The beer is absolutely black, and not a trace can penetrate the brew. The aroma is very mild, in fact, a deep sniff reveals little but a trace of chocolate milk. What’s immediately notable is the fact that this is a smooth a beer as I’ve had in my life, I’m guessing the cream refers to the mouth feel of the beer, it’s more like a milkshake than a beer.

The taste is very nice, needless to say very malty, but very well balanced, and it bears repeating, exceptionally smooth. The flavors here run the gamut of malts: chocolate, espresso, rye bread, and a bit of toast, with a pleasant taste of buttered rum. The hop flavor is subdued, but rises to the task to help clear the palate toward the end. This is really terrific.

Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very thick dark black with a creamy brown head that grips the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.
Scent is of Mocha, Espresso, an Caramel Malt goodness.
Taste is a nice bitter chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice earthy hoppiness that brings this around into balance so very well.
Mouthfeel is so full and creamy, just exceptional.
Drinkability is great on this fantastic beer from bells. A nice heavy stout that still leaves you wanting another.

Photo of BeerSox
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Pitch black with a bit of orange glow at the bottom of the mug. The head is light brown, half a finger high, and settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a short wall of lacing. As the beer descends down the glass, layers of stringy lacing stick to the sides.

Roasty malts mixed with a little bit of coffee and sweet chocolate. A smooth creaminess coats it all.

The bitter roasted malts mix with a matchin sweetness that's divided by a rich smoothness. A little bit of citrusy hops come in toward the end. Full bodied with a syrupy feel from the dextrins.

This is a very enjoyable beer. I completely recommend this one to anybody who enjoys a good solid stout. This one should sit at the top of the Sweet Stout category. Recommended.

Photo of Emnmarko
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark as all hell. Small creamy head. Lacing remains after head quickly dissipates.

S- chocolate covered hop.

T- Dark roasted malts and chocolate first. Moderate bitter middle mixes nicely with the sweet and produces a rich complex and creamy flavor. Even more in the end with some creamy coffee and light smoke. Always creamy.

M- Double cream is no joke. Starts and ends smooth without being heavy. It's a double double.

O- This is one rich and creamy stout. It has great balance with the sweetness of the chocolate roasted malt and bitter hop back. Fits like peanut butter and jelly. Good job Bells.

Photo of marc77
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uniform, one fingered persistent dark tan head covers a virtually black brew. Trace hazy deep ruby when held to light. Sweet milk chocolate hits the nose at first, then is ensued by notes of buttery malt and deep caramel. Understated roasted barley adds a hint of coffee sharpness, but the aroma is sweet, mellow and inviting all around. A combination of roasted grain and hop bitterness in flavor immediately yields to a rounded, mild lactose sweetness and chocolate malt, which in turn is ceded by dark caramelized malt sweetness. Hints of tart fruity esters from Bell's yeast strain are subdued by the rich overall malt profile, but emerge as a pleasant mid palate undertone. Moderately bodied, w/ a firm, dextrinous mouthfeel conducive for excellent drinkability. Finishes w/ fading sweetness which allows the dark fruity tartness to linger pleasantly on the palate. Double Cream Stout is a delicious, unique and deceivingly smooth stout. Subtle, yet rich.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed with a fresher sample since the first time I had it, it was sitting in the Iowa Beer Cache for an undisclosed period of time. This particular batch was bottled November 21 and drank during the first week of December. Now that's fresh! Subsequently, it was much more enjoyable.

The appearance is decent. It pours to an opaque black, completely impervious to light. The head is very thin and chocolatey, dissipating soon after it builds. Lacing is decent.

The smell has a lot of vanilla bean and cream soda aroma to it, backed by chocolatey malt, caramel, and molasses. Nice bold roast. Similar to the Kalamazoo Stout, but a little more rich and full.

Nice bold coffee flavor with a hint of sweet creaminess to balance out. Nice chocolatey roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is great. Very thick and creamy with a gentle and soft carbonation. One of the best American stouts I've yet tried. The ABV and intense roastiness prevent it from being more drinkable, but it is a very good beer. Another quality product from Bell's.

Photo of rabidawg
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with lots of yeasty chunks. Gotta give these Bell’s beers a careful pour if you want them clean. Good thing I don’t mind the yeasties. Aggressive pour yielded a fairly small, white head that skimmed to nothing. Clinging lace.

Smell: Roasty and astringent, with the dark malts in the forefront. Very rich and luxurious, like a warm piece of chocolate cake, with definite java influence.

Taste: Very, very nice. Initially slightly sweet, with a soft, mouth-filling body. Glides down the throat with no hint of off flavor. Prickly carbonation hits the tongue, then the creaminess washes away any harshness that may have been present. Finishes only moderately dry, with a slight leafy hop afterthought. Only a slight chalkiness as it warms.

Probably my favorite Bell’s thus far. Thanks feloniousmonk!

Photo of adammills
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feel like I am drinking a Mackesons Milk Stout, and that is a good thing. I am going to have to drink these beer back to back to get my bearings because they seem almost the same...which is a good thing! Very smooth, nice and roasty. Chocolate, coffee, and nice cream flavor. VERY easy drinking, a regular in my stout line up.

Photo of Winter
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick and creamy tan head the rises to about 2 fingers. Aroma consists of coffee, cream, roasted barley, malt, cocoa and sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel full-bodied and thick, with pleasant carbonation along the sides of the tongue. Malty and roasted barley upfront. Layers of chocolate and coffee follow. A mild hop dryness emerges in the middle. Some of that 7.5% alcohol can be detected in the finish.

Awesome double cream stout. Smooth and full-bodied. Rich with malty goodness. Nicely done and one of Bell's best!

Photo of HappyBivouac
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a very large mug from the bottle. I would just like to say I really enjoy the presentation of this beer. Nice label design on it.

a- Pours dark opaqe brown that shows virtually nothing even when held up to a light. Two fingers of creamy rich tan head.

s- Upfront roasted malts and coffee chocolate. Heavy suggestions of chocolate milk, toffee, rich caramel. A definite sweetness in the smell. Very robust and pleasing.

t- I actually have to admit I feel kind of stumped in trying to analyze this one. Certainly not in a bad way, though, and there's nothing hindering my taste at the moment. Hmm.. The immediate sensation is a really delightful chocolate toffe and dark heavy bread with hints at coffee with cream, prunes and raisins and caramel. A mild roast coffee bitterness with subtle hops in the finish. Perhaps a bit too weak all around, but the flavors present are excellent and rich.

m- Wow, this is what I noticed immediately, rather than the taste. It goes down so delightfully smooth and creamy, it's easy to just sit back and feel this go down and not think about anything. Carbonation is so subtle but this just feels incredibly wonderful. Works perfectly with the sweet richness in the taste.

d- This is definitely a heavy beer in the stomach, and a very strong dessert beer. Consume after some lighter offerings and don't be disappointed at all.

I wasn't entirely sure how this was going to turn out. I've tried so many milk stouts and was curious about Bell's "double" take on the style, being that they like to try doing thier own thing. I was definitely not disappointed by this, and if you come across it ever, I highly reccomend a try.

Photo of Onenote81
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep coal black with about an inch's worth of tan head on top. Retention was lacking, but the lacing rings were superb. Smells of milk chocolate! Great cocoa tones mixed with roasted coffee beans. Very pleasant.

Super creamy mouthfeel. Silky smooth. Great dark chocolate flavor that finishes like a bitter coffee. Great roasted characteristics in this one. This was a very easy stout to drink; and most often with stouts for me it's one-and-done, but not this one. I could drink a few of these for sure. Recommend.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.. dark brown/black with a good half inch or so of purple/tan head. Smell is sweet roasted malt and chocolate, maybe a slight unpleasant metallic twinge.

Taste is refreshingly sweet and light. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily thick and creamy, and definitely fits the name. There isn't much hop character here and it isn't really that strong in terms of alcohol presence. It is fairly refreshing and a good dessert-type beer.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 3/8/10 (yay I'm finally catching up on my backlog of reviews!)

A - Very dark brown with light tan 1.5" head in my Ommegang goblet. Nice lacing. 4.0

S - Overall, somewhat subdued. Sweet chocolate notes, light coffee, and a touch of citrusy hops. Caramel too. 4.0

T - A nice delicate blend of chocolate, mocha, and a touch of sweet cream with a long lasting bittersweet finish. Very slight citrus and earthiness of hops as well. 4.5

M - Rich and medium bodied, well carbonated and velvety smooth. 4.0

D - Exceptional. A very well made beer. 5.0

Photo of jacob4999
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black. A slightly aggressive pour at the end produces a dark cream two finger head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Dark chocolates and dark roasted coffee with cream. Very inviting and delicious smelling beer.

Taste: The roasted malt hits you up front with the dark coffee/chocolate and follows with bittersweet cream in the end. Every sip keeps you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Bordering on medium to thick. The medium carbonation and creaminess is a killer combo.

Overall: Easily my favorite session stout. The low abv allows you to easily pound a few of these no problem. This beer is fantastic and I could easily drink it all night. If all American Stouts tasted this way the world would be a better place. Highly recommend!

Photo of blakesell
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7684. Bottled October 16, 2006 as according to the bell's batch website. Poured into a Belgian pint glass (sort of curved pilsner).

Appearance- Beer pours black with hints of red around the edges. Head is fairly minimal and forms a ring and a thin film over the top of the glass. Lacing sticks for a few minutes but doesn't linger.

Smell- Dark burnt roasted malts, hints of alcohol, sweet creaminess. I would insist I detected lactose sugar had I not heard from the bell's lady herself that they don't add that to this beer. Not sure what they're adding to make it smell like this, it really is wonderful. No hops are detectable.

Taste- Roasted malt thickness and creaminess, a bit grainy but in a balanced way. A nice creamy chocolate upfront that lingers to almost a chocolate milk quality. A bit of warmth on the finish and a little spiciness that seems like it must be the hop. I am very pleased by this stout in every incarnation I've had it in (which now is every way I could have had it in).

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium full bodied, fairly low carbonated. Nicely sweetened and wonderfully balanced. Very well done beer.

Drinkability- Even with the higher ABV of 7.5% I could session these and drink them all day. In fact, I may end up buying a six pack and use it for my summertime lawnmower beer. Come now, honestly, tell me that you drink light lagers when YOU mow the lawn?

Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/31/03-re-rate....I obviously had one of those "bad" Bell's beers the first time because I apparently have a good one in my glass right now that tastes nowhere near sour..this is a dandy..one of the best tasting cream stouts I've had..I'm upgrading myratings accordingly, but keep in my the inconsistencies with their beers...I have had numerous bad, sour Bell's beer in the past year or so...my bro came up with some two hearted...I had some on hand as well...his was off-tasting...mine was delicious...for the $$ you pay for this beer, I feel like I'm playing the lottery..will it be good?? If so their beers rock...or will it be sour and off-tasting...

Nose has that trademark Bells scent....sourish, but also some good chocolate mixed into it as well....the best thing about this beer is its body and mouthfeel...very creamy, smooth, and thick....feels like a good stout but the taste is only OK...some nice sweet cocoa...also some fruitiness like cherries probably from the yeast....that tartness is a little out of place in this beer but not unbearable...this is jet black in color and has a nice tan lace on top....has a real tartness on the long finish....a good beer, but the more of their stouts I drink, the more I find that sourness out of place...

Photo of tehchunk
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured straight into a Bell's tulip glass. A light brown, three-finger head that sticks around just long enough before collapsing to a nice, frothy film that eventually disappears after a few minutes. Minimal lacing. Opaque black with brown tint.

S - Sweet molasses up front with hints of cream, mocha, some coffee. Hard to pick up too much; it just smells delicious.

T - Mmm, certainly tastes like what a double cream stout should taste like. Creamy, lots of mocha with a roasty, bitter ending. Leaves a dry but nice aftertaste.

M - Just thick enough, not as much as the name suggests. More carbonated than your usual stout but that could just be the style. Rests fairly nicely on the tongue with a slight tingle.

D - Definitely could drink a few bottles of this in one session. Drinks very nicely for a stout with that much flavor. I can only imagine what this would be like on tap, especially a nitro tap.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,236 ratings.