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

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3,027 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,027
Reviews: 1,345
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

lupercmda, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

rolandboy, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

GTB, Oct 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

KMcG, Oct 20, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours the color of coffee, with a thick creamy head that narrows as you drink, but still retains a half-inch head for the majority of the experience.

S - Mostly chocolate, a little roasted malt, and a slight hint of alcohol.

T - Follows the nose, mostly. I taste a lot of chocolate, light roasted malts, and cream. Though the cream is present, I expected a little more for a drink titled, "Double Cream" I'm sure it's better on a nitro-tap.

M - Smooth and creamy, but there is some carbonation in there.

O - For an out of the bottle cream stout, I thought this was pretty good. On nitro-tap, I think this beer would be a knock out. I would have also liked a little more decisiveness in the flavor...either more chocolate, or more cream. Since it's a cream stout, more cream would be great.

RWLawman, Oct 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Lob, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of jtd1969
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark dark brown with a quickly head that is tan in color but dissipates quickly.

S - sweet burnt sugary smell, maybe a tad dark fruit

T - chocolate creamy, light roastiness, some booze, light on coffee end

M - nice hop character, creamy and light, light carbonation

D - good beer I think it could be a little more rich. However, I recommend it.

jtd1969, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jimmyoc25, Oct 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

docrates, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

TheBronze, Oct 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Kerrie, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Hoptologist, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty dark this one, with just a tinge of garnet highlights along the edges when held up to a light; pours with a very minimal paper thin tan head that dissipates immediately

S - rum raisin booziness pretty apparent despite 6.1% ABV; dark crystal malts up front but some roastiness lurks in the background; some milk chocolate as the beer warms and some smooth caramelized/burnt sugar

T - chocolate maltiness from the variety of specialty malts lingers without any sharp/bitter roastiness, although some roastiness comes through to help temper the residual malt character; what you smell follows through to the taste: caramel, slight ethanol, smooth chocolate, some dried raisin/plum dark fruit flavor

M - nice low carbonation enhances the complex malt body, befitting of the descriptor "cream stout;" has a full-bodied mouthfeel without excessive sweetness

D - good as a standalone beer, as every sip is eagerly anticipated, but one 12 oz serving seems to adequately satisfy my desire for a full bodied double cream stout at the end of an evening

tylerzander, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

strohme2, Oct 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Jimmy_Stout, Oct 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

PoolFishGolf, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

tripledbrew, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Gtg642, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

bryoung, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Juli4n, Sep 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

skaboom420, Sep 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

CMERCE, Sep 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Nelliott1, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter, batch 9376. I've been sitting on this for a while (for the style anyways)

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of dense tan foam. Head recedes slowly to a film, good retention.

S: Milk chocolate, caramel, and malted milk balls. Oxidation is apparent, but not unpleasant.

T: Similar to aroma, milk chocolate, caramel, and malted milk balls dominate. I get some roasted malts and dark chocolate in the background. Slightly oxidized, but not terribly so.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

O: A nice mix of chocolate, roast, and caramel. Easy to drink, yet quite flavorful.

coreyfmcdonald, Sep 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

ACarrell, Sep 18, 2012
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,027 ratings.