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

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,723 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2723
Reviews: 1327
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%


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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putnam

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

black coffee colored with a dirt-brown crumpet on top. Funky, oily espresso and moldy timbers aromas prelude to a palate of dry, coffee-like pleasure. Licorice, piney hops, black olives and plummy sweetness characterize this medium-bodied, chunky liquid. It's a useful Bell's product, better than the Porter or Kzoo stout if only for its more assertive taste and slightly creamier texture.


Consumed with a Greeek chicken salad from Little Daddy's -- a perfect pairing.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 23:47:46 | More by putnam
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color with a small head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is great. There is a ton of creamyness in there, almost a marshmellow in hot chocolate smell. I like it. The flavor is really good on this one too. The chocolate is huge, but it is mellowed with a creamy marshmellow flavor that adds a ton to the experience. There is a nice bite on the back of my tonge as well. Woo hoo. Me likey. The feel is nice and thick. Drinkability is good on this as well. Overall this is a damn nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 01:59:38 | More by kmpitz2
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soulfly967

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 15:07:27 | More by soulfly967
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walleye

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black, small tan head with a little lacing.aroma, sweet, malts, chocolate, coffee. flavor malt chocolate,hints of toffee taste.Has a nice bitter sweet finish with a nice alcohol taste. just the way I like it. another good beer from bells.a very drink able beer

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 02:13:53 | More by walleye
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kmcnair

California

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle, thanks to feloniousmonk!

Pours as black as coffee and makes a nice tan head. Aromatics are dense of rich roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Flavor is quite large, with more roasted malt character, coffee and chocolate in the blender making me a mocha surprise. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky on the palate. This is a nice drinkable stout... its really similar to a homebrew porter that I made, so I am stoked!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 06:07:06 | More by kmcnair
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an opaque black with a tall brown head that almost overflowed. The head sticks around for the majority of the brew leaving rings of clumpy lace around the glass. Damn it seems bells really knows how to make their stouts look really damn tasty. Scents of dark chocolate, cream and roasted malt combine to form a very pleasant aroma. Roasted malt starts off the taste before giving way to bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The after taste is a creamy roasted lingering one. Body is about medium with a creamy feel to it. Very drinkable and tasty stuff here, this went great with some dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 19:03:03 | More by meathookjones
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black as night with an almost black head that lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate which dominated the aroma followed by caramel.

The flavor contained an grainy sourness and then chocolate and coffee.

The finish was dry with sourness lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full to full.

12 ounce bottle. The sourness had a lactic flavor and may have indicated a sanitation issue. Still a drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 23:02:22 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with 1/2" head that quickly reduced to surface foam. The aroma is pleasant as coffee and chocolate are easily detectable. The flavor is very impressive as numerous flavors makes the taste buds happy. Roasted malt is a tad more burnt in flavor (in a good way) and the chocolate, coffee, licorice, and raisin tones round this out nicely. Just a touch of bitterness, and the alcohol is barely noticable.

Medium/heavy in body. Creamy smooth start with a long dry and tingling roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate finish. Very nicely drinkable and extremely enjoyable. Too bad the pour didn't look better.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 23:44:31 | More by Gavage
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trumick

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with very little head.
Scent is of sweet dark malts, coffee and slight alcohol.
Taste is like the smell, sweet roasted malts with a nice dry bitter coffee finish nice, however the sweetness does tend to stick around after the bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a nice velvety, lightly carbonated feel.
This is a bit too sweet for me to drink very many, maybe one or two.

I like this beer over all, but it is a bit sweet and the sweetness sticks with you for a while. That is the only thing that really turned me off about this beer. I like their Kzoo Stout better.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 01:44:15 | More by trumick
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drewbage

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle carried back home by a good friend.

Beer pours into a straight side pint glass as a big black with short, almost nonexistant tan head.

Aroma is deeply fruity and buttery with coffee and tobacco.

Flavor is sharp and roasty with an acidic bite and a toasted bread finish.

Overall I'd have expected more sweetness in the brew, but the body is sufficiently weighty to wrestle the roast that is such a large character in the palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 06:25:24 | More by drewbage
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jimdkc

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark, opaque brown with a thick foamy brown head that, unfortunately didn't last too long. Smell was roasted malt with hints of honey and fruit. Taste initially was strong burnt malt.. maybe a bit too burnt... but, more complex flavors then emerged. Slightly sweet, notes of raisins and plums, followed by more earthy and woody flavors. Alcohol flavor emerges as the beer warms. Finish was dry and maybe a little astringent. Full-bodied mouthfeel with a light carbonation. A pretty tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 00:57:32 | More by jimdkc
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaquely dark chocolate brown with a short light brown head. Butterscotchy and roasty malt aromas, peaty, earthy and lactic smelling. Some toffee, molasses, coffee and chocolate maltiness is rounded well with a creamy mouthfeel, its texture is luxurious. Further roasted grain flavors linger throughout the drinking experience. The lactic acid is pretty well hidden under the complexity of the malt. 10 different kinds of malts... Wow.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 23:26:57 | More by crookedhalo
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a thick 1/2" light brown head above a dark, dark brown/black brew. Long-lasting head that laced excellently. Aroma is sweetly of dark malts, perhaps to a fault, with no balancing bitterness seemling present at all. Taste follows the nose, with sweetness dominant, to a fault, and ends up with a tinge of bitterness, but almost too little, too late. Mouthfeel is nowhere near as smooth as one would expect from a cream stout, kind of disappointing, and drinkability is a bit better, but one could certainly find a more desirable lot from Bell's stable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 01:20:08 | More by ppoitras
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Todd

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a cryptic "6236" on the back, along with a statement that this brew is a blend of 10 different malts. Sweet.

Pitch black opaque beer with a finger thick, creamy coffee colored, tight bubbled lace. Sticky lace. Nice retention.

Roasted aroma of chocolate, sweet coffee and a slight cinnamon bun finish. Oxidation.

Whoa! This brew has got one hella-creamy mouthfeel. It's very smooth with a fluffy thickness on the palate. Malts are very complex with a roasted / molasses twang, oxidized / sherry, wood, chocolate brownies, burnt edges, baked raisins, hints of prune, coffee syrup, suggestions of toffee and a dry-ish chocolate grain finish. Notes of a mixed-bag of baking spices. Alcohol becomes more noticeable (warming) as the beer warms, gets a bit prickly, which also pulls out more of the oxidized / sherry characters. Hop bites through, along side the roasty twang, with a light citric character. Lingers dry with notes of wet cardboard.

A wicked tasty brew, but like most Bell's beers that I've tried it's far too oxidized and kills what would otherwise be an devastatingly delicious twist on the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 19:43:18 | More by Todd
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce, long neck brown bottle. The obverse main label is completely different to that depicted in the BA Database. The bottle I have has a much more conservative black edged light gray background label with a brown silhouette of a tree in full winter defoliated mode. The reverse label describes the offering as “...a blend of 10 different malts, Double Cream is an incredibly rich stout composed of dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, roasty finish”. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Midnight black body with a light tan cocoa head that is exceptionally smooth and creamy in appearance with good stamina. The head settles to a ¼” thin but wealthy collar that leaves a nice ring lacing demarking the volumetric capacity of the last mouthful to within a tolerance fit for match-makers. Looks good!

Nose: Lost of roasted character with some burnt malt and dark chocolate. Rather strange nose, it has a “synthetic” aspect to it, not sure what it is, it’s not bad - far from it - it is just that it has a something that I can’t describe. Maybe on reflection it reminds me of the smell of burnt milk that has been left to boil over in saucepan. Some coffee in the back end as well. Lovely.

Taste: Who cares about the nose, the flavor Department is totally natural and incredibly smooth in character. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and dark fruits with a very frothy-cum-creamy cocoa milk and Ovaltine feel. This is a creamy smooth offering for sure. Has a caramel milky finish with the merest hint of sour alcohol. Bloody Good!!

Mouthfeel: Pretty solid here, especially thanks in no doubt to the creamy feel and big roast character, with also the thick coffee bean aspect.

Drinkability: This disappeared rather too easily actually, I just found myself looking into the empty 12 ouncer like an unbelieving alcoholic!! It’s truly all gone. Darn that was quick!

Overall: A very smooth and creamy dark roasted ‘Double’ Cream Stout that is a pleasure to drink. Highly enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable.

A Double Creamy Thanks to FM for supplying this one to Long Beach. Very Nice Indeed!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 06:02:32 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.79 for a 12oz. bottle

The appearence is just like it's counterpart, Bell's porter, where that it has a dark brown base a medium head that is light choclate colored, good retention and the lacing is there but not as ideal like it's Porter. The aroma is very impressive of coffee, milky, sweet, choclatey goodness...

The taste is great too, coffee with a side of cream and some sweetness, it's like they read my mind in how I personally like my coffee... It's good stuff, The mouthfeel is pretty damn smooth for a 7.5% stout, low carbonation is a plus as well. The drinkability is high on this, I could drink this down without knowing it had so much alc. in it. Very impressive!

Final Thought: Wow, Kalamazoo Brewing Co. may be the best one out there! Great tasty stout!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 01:27:49 | More by mobyfann
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black chocolate brown-black. There is no light coming through this baby. Nice creamy beige-brown head that sits at about 1/4 inch when reduced. Thick lacing. Nice coffee and toffee flavoring. Toasted and roasted. You taste more chocolate as it warms up. The flavor that lingers on is one of mostly coffee. Thick, rich, full bodied, nice and lightly creamy. A very good tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 02:18:53 | More by shapudding
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cryptic 6236 label designation noting 10 malts, offers up a BELL’S Special Double Cream Stoudt.

Steeped pour in me pint with a crater-of-the-moon dark tan almost brown head. BELL’S Double Cream Stoudt is the color of used motor oil and midnight dark with zero light getting thru. Lace cleanly skids down the glass doing nothing in between.

I am not sure what the difference is between Double Cream and ordinary Stout but this has all of the quality characteristics of a good Stout.

Not a whole heck of a lot of nose here. Rather a basic dark roasted malts meeting afterscents of sweet hops and honey.

Dark chocolate hits me first followed by roasty malts with a disciplined reserved bitterness in the flavor to boot. A well balanced dark coffee roaster with a back bite of creaminess and a smooth silky feel.

Last swigs: Big hitter in the Stout mouth, well maintained obligatory trite roast adjectives with a sweet floral honey nose. Black as a rural midnight cornfield. Whew! Once again, its drinkability suffers at the altar of a powerful punch. In a perfect world, this is a 5/5 drinker but no way can these go down all day long after battening down the hatches or putting up shelves.

Beer is good. Happy dark beering.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 05:40:31 | More by blitheringidiot
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice chocolate malt aroma with a light coffee undertone. Dark walnut colored head pours nice and thick. Head fades slowly to a thick film resting on the deep black beer. Soft, smooth mouthfeel in a solid bodied beer. Chocolate, roasted malt, and cream combine for a nice flavor. It finished mildly bitter, just enough to make you want another sip. Cellar temperature serving highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 22:53:11 | More by HappyHourHero
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rabidawg

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 18:26:21 | More by rabidawg
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet malt rich Significant roast, Coffee with lots of cream. My first not last milk stout. Easy on carbonation a plus. Mid-sip fruitiness from yeast. Black pour. Altogether balance. . Labelled a winter beer but would be satisfying anytime.
Had again 2.5 years later and in perspective it is very good, but not as overwhelmed as initially.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 04:17:38 | More by Sammy
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colored beer, with a big gingerbread colored head, with moderate retention. Smells of coffee, chocolate, cream, and very sweet. taste is deeply saturated with roasted malt, lots of them. Bittersweet chocolate, and agood-sized hops finish. This is a big beer. No sessioning here, this is dessert all the way.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 19:02:37 | More by TastyTaste
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark reddish-brown, sits very dark brown, almost completely opaque in the glass. Big, dark tan head on top that leaves some nice lace around the glass.

Smells strongly of roasted malts, and sweet cream and chocolate. Not too much on the nose, but nothing to complain about.

Tastes mainly of roasted malts, and lots of them. Some chocolatey hues and mild earthy/wooden flavors emerge, followed closely by a strong and deeply penetrating bitterness.

A strong, bold stout, with a smooth and creamy body. Great carbonation, and a big, full bodied presence. This is no weakling's beer. Good drinking, but I fear the bitterness may catch up with me; good for a stout session.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 00:41:23 | More by Skidz
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mocha aroma, distinct but not heavy, small head, strong but mellow cream coffee taste, almost like a cappacino, like a fine malted Starbucks concoction, and just as expensive as one. Wonderful brew. One of my favorite new beers and the third Bell's brew I've had in the last month, that I'm very impressed with..

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 20:41:32 | More by grynder33
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had to bump this guy's appearance because the bottle is so good looking. It reminds me of some really great pen and ink drawings of loney oak trees where I grew up. The beer pours a dark brown (not black) and has a inch head with some really nice retention. It stuck around.

The smell is oh so sweet. Double cream? You bet. Sweet milky sugars and cake batter crawl out. Light choco but not exactly.

Taste is good. There's an ease with drinking this, and it goes away pretty fast. Very sweet aftertaste. Creamy for sure. Tiny roast notes in the aftertaste. If there are hops, they didn't send me the memo. Here's a metaphor: I like my coffee black. This reminds me of when someone goes out to get coffees for everyone and fucks up and brings mine back with 2 creamers and sugar in it. It's rich and sweet, but that's really not the way I take it. The depth of the alcohol is so hidden though, it needs props for the mystery they've created in that department.

Mouthfeel: Ok. Not real thick, nor should it be. Nice weight and minimal cloying after the sip.

Drinkability: Again, just ok. Beers like this let the taste dictate their drinkability. There's nothing wrong with it, maybe a little heavy in the gut afterwards, but it goes down easy and is satisfying. I just think I'd keep myself to one a night, or a year. Try it, at least it's different.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 07:46:11 | More by 99bottles
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,723 ratings.