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

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89
very good

3,460 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,460
Reviews: 1,405
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 203
Gots: 380 | FT: 3
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 9/18/14.

pours black with a nice khaki head.

S: burnt / roasted malts. chocolate / coffee.

T: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, some malty sweetness lingers on the palate.

F: a wonderfully thick creamy (as the name would imply) mouth feel.

O: delicious beer.

Photo of Longhorn2750
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was by far the highlight of my latest visit to Bells. I sampled it on the paddle initially and went back for a full pint on the nitro pour. It has a great chocolate brown non transparent look with a fabulously thick rich creamy head. With a mild roast,bold taste of coffee and malt that made for a smooth creamy finish. A rich malty feel with a nice bite of grain.

Photo of Buggies
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of stouts. But this one was very enjoyable.

Photo of Jeffo
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mom and dad picked this one up in Michigan for me a while back. Cheers guys!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 7 November 2013

APPEARANCE: A clear, dark brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with excellent retention. Clear black body with lots of active carbonation. Head fades to a full cap leaving sheets of lacing down the top of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end with lots of lacing left on the glass as it empties. Nice looking head, though it’s a little too brown for the style.

SMELL: Cream, light cocoa powder and some roasted and burnt malts on the nose. Medium strength.

TASTE: Sweet cream and caramel up front. Sweet and roasted finish is bold and lingering, with flavors up light cocoa powder, caramel and vanilla sweetness, and some slightly burnt malts as well. A little lack luster, really. Not all that much character.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little prickly perhaps, goes down fine and finishes a bit mouth coating.

OVERALL: Okay, but not all that special. A bit burnt and a decent amount of sweet flavors, but this is a little one dimensional and not all that interesting. Besides black note, I hate to say that I haven’t found much to enjoy in Bells’ stout beer. This certainly is nothing worth writing home about.

Photo of SFNC
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark with minimal head, light lacing. The smell is roasted grains, chocolate and caramel. Taste follows suit, nice, but unexceptional. Not too thick, but a very creamy mouthfell, light carbonation. Bells can sometimes deliver a masterpieces, this is not one of those times. I'd drink it again, but would not seek it out.

Photo of Gear54
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a pint glass.
Edit** I was fortunate enough to have this on cask at the local watering hole. It is very good this way as well

Oil black with 1/2 finger of thin kaki foam. Little lace left on the glass

Smell is roasted malt with coffee and dark chocolate in the background.

Taste follows smell well. Creemy coffee and coco with roasted malts

A bit light for a stout in my opinion. Still easy drinking but light in flavor and punch.

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

Pours dark. Smell isn't overwhelming. Nice balanced malty flavor. Easy to drink. Gets better as it warms. Well balanced creamy and carbonated. Nice easy stout that is exactly what they are shooting for.

Photo of ryanmextorf
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz glass poured into a snifter. Poured a fairly deep brown/black with some red hue around the edges of the glass. Created a decent one finger of a khaki colored head. Overall a pretty good looking beer in the glass. Fairly underwhelming nose on this one. Some chocolate, mild coffee, and as the title says, maybe a little bit of cream or maltiness. Taste kind of follows suit here with chocolate and perhaps some very subtle dark fruits coming through. Fairly thin mouth for a stout. Decent overall but nothing I'll be seeking out again.

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

Creamy milky chocolate lactose sugar

Photo of mrmaps
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark. Head rises creamy and is durable.

Sm: Malt, coffee, licorice, hops

Taste: Malt, coffee, mild hops with a mild carbonation. Well blended flavor profile without anything being overly aggressive. The flavor is long lived and the beer opens up well after about 10 minutes.

Feel: Smooth, creamy finely carbonated.

Overall: The beer has a low alcohol content which is further shoved to the back ground by making this beer smooth and readily drinkable. The hops an coffee flavors are well balanced and long lasting. A good beer.

Value: I have to admit, I am partial to Bell's beer. It is priced slighter higher than most beers, but this is balanced by a better quality than other beers. I like it.

Photo of MaximalC
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with a thin cap of khaki foam. Pleasing aroma smells of molasses, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and peat.

The taste is headlined by bitter roasted malt with earthy hops and traces of the aforementioned peat and dark chocolate. A bit of warming really starts to bring out the dark chocolate in the finish. Medium-full body and creamy mouthfeel are spot-on for the style.

Overall, this is a bitter, roast-forward stout that comes off as quite sessionable on account of the smooth finish and excellent mouthfeel. I’m not a fan of everything Bell’s does, but they do seem to have a knack for stouts.

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

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/18/2014 printed on the back label. A new seasonal beer to me from Bell's, acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local beer store.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark chocolate brown; opaque black in the glass with about a half finger of mocha foam head that thins to a ring quickly. Leaves behind some nice sticky spotty lacing. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - A very pleasant dark roasty malt profile on the nose. Notes of cream, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, woodsy earthiness, and a very mild dark fruit presence.

T - Taste follows the nose - very smooth & creamy, borderline milky /chocolatey for being lactose-free. Notes of cocoa, vanilla, and coffee beans. Perhaps not entirely as roasty as I was expected, based on the 10 different malts used here.

M - The feel is bitter, roasty, creamy, & smooth. Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation. Very easy-drinking.

Overall, an excellent stout from Bell's. Very creamy and easy-drinking. Definitely a stout I will be revisiting.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout -----4/5.

Photo of WestmontStorm
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

Had a couple of these at a local restaurant on tap. Definitely a heavy stout for a winter day. Outstanding flavor. Actually prefer this over Guinness. Next to a great burger, forget about it...

Photo of cfranke
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Good mellow stout.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into shaker pint


A: very dark black slightly off white small head


S: very roasty nice deep smell of coffee and roasted malts 


T: very smooth a little roast a little coffee a little licorice quite a nice taste and a good dose of chocolate


M: Average to thin but for a lower ABV beer it's not too bad 


O: it's got a great flavor but it's thin which hangs me on most stouts but it still is one of Bells better offerings 

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,460 ratings.