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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,153 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,153
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 177
Gots: 264 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

jduprey007, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an inky dark brown with zero head. At the very end of the pour a few bubbles form a tiny ring of tan foam around the glass, but otherwise no head is to be found from my particular bottle (11 months from the date on the label). Held up to the light, this brew is completely opaque, with some light only showing on the dark brown edges.

The nose is dark chocolate with both sweet vanilla and slightly bitter notes, and when swirled there's a slight earthy sourness that compliments the sweet malt. A tiny amount of alcohol can be detected as it warms.

The flavors are pretty straightforward - cocoa, espresso, grassiness from the hops, mild alcohol. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. This beer is called a cream stout due to its mouthfeel, and I concur. It has a heavy, smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation.

Overall a fine beer, very smooth and tasty.

Tupperwolf, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

dorf, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Vbloise, Dec 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

tedho21, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

JonIrabagon, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Cramerican, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Lukass, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Moss
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a nice brownish tan head. Two fingers worth of head which left nice lacing on the glass. As I drank lacing continued to be left on the glass. Perfect look for a stout.

S - The smell is of dark chocolate and hops. I can really smell the grassy hops which reminds me of the smell when boiling the hops in. Other then that I don't smell much else.

T - A little sweet upfront but really covered up with the bitterness of the beer. As it warms up I taste the cream a little more along with coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Overall a good combination.

M - Good medium to heavy mouth feel with just enough carbonation.

O - Good beer but not one of my favorites. Just a little too hoppy in the smell and taste for me.

Moss, Dec 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Trevormcraig, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

LouDogg114, Dec 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

MADPolo, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

SpongeRuiner, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

TX-Badger, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Gross, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DukeX13, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

random846, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

n2185, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of mooseo
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pitch black with a thick creamy tan head.

S - Milk chocolate, caramel, wood, roasted malt.

T - Sweet roasted malt, light chocolate, and black coffee. Earthy hops lend balance. Hints of vanilla and burnt malt in the finish.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Light body, dry finish.

O - A pleasant easy drinking stout. Not complex by any means, but the overall flavor is nice. I only wish the mouthfeel wasn't so thin.

mooseo, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

MPiper, Dec 14, 2012
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,153 ratings.