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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,332 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,332
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 192
Gots: 332 | 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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Photo of mickmanhattan
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, pitch black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of roasted malt, which imparts some slight smokiness and coffee aromas.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma. Lots of roasted malt flavors accented with some subtle smokiness and coffee flavors. I get some caramel-like sweetness and some subtle hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and smooth, as there’s practically no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 6.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good stout, but not a really good one. There’s some good roasty flavors balanced with some sweetness, but there’s something missing that is keeping this beer from being great. Unfortunately I don’t know what that is, I just know that this beer is missing it.

Photo of user785335
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BigRedDog
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vogie
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Sam Smith stout glass. Bottled 1/31/14.

Pour is dark with hints of brown when held to the light. 1 finger of java colored head gives way to some spotty lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate brownies, black coffee, roasted malts, maybe a hint of vanilla? Taste is creamy upfront followed by roasted dark chocolates, coffee beans, and a slight bitterness and earthy hop finish. As it warms it seems to get sweeter with hints of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body, and slightly carbonated.

This beer was pretty "meh" for me. With thousands of stouts to choose from these days it might be easy to pass this one over.

Photo of Leiermann
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snansel
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JGam115
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly less oily, laced brown head. Cold hot cocoa (it's a thing), dusted truffles. Bittersweet cocoa and very smooth.

Photo of OBX_Woody
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BaxterArgo
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is Fantastic! I love bells

Photo of wagoneer79
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Dark jet black with thick chocolate milk head. Poured heavily created a lovely 3/4 inch head that receded quickly but left fair legs and lacing.
Smell - Deep dark chocolate notes...coffee, bourbon, stiff malt character, light raisin.
Taste - Fleeting chocolate with fleeting bourbon character; light bitterness; background biscuit
Feel - Light for the style; almost crisp by comparison to others; not the deep malty flavor that the look implies; leaves a bit to be desired.
Overall - Delicious and easy drinking. Only detraction is the light mouthfeel that is incongruous with the color, head, and nose.

Photo of reebtaerG
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of myteam24
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rschimmell
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJSJr
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of km02600
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This jet black beauty went right from from the bottle to the trusty tulip with enough of an aggressive pour to produce a full inch of mocha head right to the brim. Waiting for the head to settle allowed the stout to warm a bit. Do not drink this ice cold; the warmer it gets, the more pronounced the burnt chocolate /espresso becomes, and all all without being to bitter on the way down. A double cream mouthfeel indeed. The easiest drinking stout I can remember, with a tiny bit of bitterness on the finish. Usually I like a stout as a sipper, or something to have with a big, full meal. This one is refreshing, I want more than one, and can see myself going through a couple on a hot summer day. Highly recommended.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Medium sweet, with a little bitterness. Very good.

Photo of MattR2014
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking. 6.1%. Buy again. Only tasted out of bottle Bc shared with friend

Photo of Brams17
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 1/3/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Pours close (if not) a pitch black in color with a thin beige head. Sheets of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of cocoa, dark roasted malts and espresso. Bit more going on with the taste with some caramel and sweet cream in the mix also. Very smooth and goes down easy with no bitter or harsh after taste at all. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. One of the finest for this style of brew.

Photo of Boilermaker96
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, creamy and smooth. Tastes great. 6.10% makes it a drinkable beer anytime.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,332 ratings.