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

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

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very good

3,029 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,029
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 235 | 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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Photo of MPiper
4/5  rDev +0.8%

MPiper, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of jucifer1818
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: solid black, with a thick two finger head

Smell: Smells of sweet milk suggar and lightly roasted malts. A light, but satisfying smell.

Taste: A lot of grassy hops up front, with a nice light roast after taste and the very late aftertaste is pure espresso

Mouthfeel: Thick on the mouth, with a nice grainy texture

Overall: a pretty decent, though thoroughly not creamy stout. I would recommend it for something different and a decent smooth stout

I still believe that X2 stout is a superior cream stout, but this is fine

jucifer1818, Dec 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

vlodko62, Dec 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

AaronBurr, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JohnK17, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Hanzo, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ckk527, Dec 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

smonice, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

GringoKid, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

lillitnn92, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

SourAddict, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

rodlavers, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Brown120, Dec 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

tastybeerinmybelly, Dec 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Ri0, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

BigTrubble, Dec 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Sirvis, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

legend8706, Dec 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Lynn, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Beer_Runner
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 09/26/12. Aged about six weeks before opening.

A: A fairly aggressive pour into a standard pint glass did not produce a head. The brew is deep, deep, deep black.

S: The aroma is strong and pleasant, and consists of grain and toasted grain along with sweet malt and coffee.

T: The taste is very roasty and grainy with just a touch of char along with sweet malt and coffee. It has a very good balance of bitterness offset by the malt sweetness and complimented by grain.

M: The body is on the heavier side of medium and very smooth and even a bit creamy with a clean finish.

O: This is a solid stout. It is a very good example of the style. It does not have any surprises or variations or twists on the style. It is simply a very good stout that stays true to the style and is very well crafted.

Beer_Runner, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BB1313
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch# 11540; bottled on 10/18/12. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a mocha head that eventually fades and leaves decent lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty subtle. Lots of sweet cream and cocoa powder. There's some chocolate malts in the mix as well. The flavors are pretty straight forward and not as interesting as I recall. There's a nice roastiness to this one with a touch of expresso and hints of vanilla. This is a pretty rich beer, but it's just not as intense as I once remembered. There's also some dark fruits in the mix. Finishes somewhat bitter. The mouthfeel is phenomenal. It's extremely creamy, fluffy, smooth, light, and has moderate carbonation. This is a very smooth, easy drinking beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Of all Bell's stouts, this was always my least favorite, but I remember liking it alot more. Besides the mouthfeel, it's not too memorable. Maybe it's not Bell's best work, but it's still a well crafted beer.

BB1313, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, black ink in color with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is basically non-existent. Nose picks up nothing but huge amounts of roasted malts - bittersweet chocolate and some sweet coffee. Toasted barley in the background brings everything together. Taste contains traces of black licorice with lots of super bitter chocolate, deep notes of strong, black coffee, molasses, slight nutty tones, heavy wood chips on the back of the tongue. Ending contains quite a bit of hop flavor - leafy and herbal in character, notes of tobacco and leather. Bitterness fads into the aftertaste and balances nicely with the sweetness of the malt. This beer tastes like it could be a porter but it's got the body of a stout. Mouth is left with some cocoa notes and faint herbal bitterness. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium body, maybe a little thinner than expected, with medium-high carbonation.

Had this beer a long time ago and was blown away. This time around, it didn't impress quite as much. But it's still an excellent beer - definitely one to try if you're a fan of Bell's.

tectactoe, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JackStraw, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

dccombs, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of CooperEllis
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into modified tulip.

Mocha pour, rich color. Tan, thin bubbles with a sweet lactic aroma.

Aroma is a particular highlight for this brew and certainly lives up to the name. The flavor and mouthfeel both reflect the 'creamy' aspect of the title but the underlying maltynes isn't lost, but muted enough to damage/limit any complexity in the flavor; not to my taste. Comparing this to other Bell's offerings, it is in line with the crispness that I've come to expect but the nature of this one mutes even that finish.

There is a pleasant 'bite' but the palate is coated and the aftertaste is all cream. If you're expecting a stout I believe you have the right to feel aggrieved. If you're expecting the carpet to match the drapes - you're in the right spot.


CooperEllis, Dec 01, 2012
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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