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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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1,382 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,382
Hads: 3,491
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 214
Gots: 391 | FT: 3
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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Reviews: 1,382 | Hads: 3,491
Photo of mrmaps
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

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...

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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 

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Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours dark black with almost no head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, espresso and chocolate. Tastes very smooth, with flavors of roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, and vanilla. Light carbonation. Sweet and delicious.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (bottled on 9/8/14 B [13474])

A: Pitch black, with the lightest tan collar. No lacing either.
S: Definitely smells like espresso with hints of cocoa. A lot of acidic black coffee and roast.
T: Lots of roast and a bit of coffee. A bit thin but I think that works here to come across as espresso. I kind of wish this had been a milk/sweet stout. The title is misleading, it needs to be creamy and a bit sweeter.
M: It's carbonation is akin to when a waves washes up on the beach and there is the leading line that rushes up with a froth of foam and then recedes.
O: Good, but got nothing on Expedition or Black Note. I don't have much hope for Java Stout, considering how all of their regular stouts have tasted.

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Photo of mchegash
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
A very dark brown-red, cannot see through. A finger or so of dark-tan colored head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Chocolate and coffee are the predominant aromas, cannot detect much else.

Taste - 3.5/5
Some sweet earthy malt taste, the chocolate and coffee is still present, but very subtle (whereas they were very pronounced in the smell). The beer is slighty smoky, slightly roasty, slighty hoppy, slightly earthy, and a tiny bit chocolate/coffee. I would have liked for this stout to be more chocolatey, and less smoky/hoppy/earthy.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Very smooth and creamy, which is to be expected for this "double cream" stout. There is a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay beer. From it's label and name, I was expecting more of a chocolately kind of taste, or something in that realm. But this stout had a surprising strong earthy taste. It wasn't bad, just wasn't quite what I was looking for in this beer. Overall, an okay choice.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: black body of ale allows just a hint of dark amber around the edge; slim head a finger high of pale foam left but motes of lace behind

S: dark malt aromas suggest charred wood, cocoa powder, and coffee that's grown cold on the counter

T: bittersweet roasted malts contribute coffee and char; sweet edge suggests cocoa, dry and semi-sweet

M: smooth and soft, with some tingle of carbonation; medium body; some chalkiness; bittersweet coating lingers...

O: a well-done roasty stout, easy drinking and hearty - fairly typical flavors and feel for the style - not sure I got as much "special double cream" as I would've expected.

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Photo of smacgaha
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from plastic growler to tulip glass

Appearance - Very deep brown with minimal transparency. Poured with a medium tan head that dissipated to the sides after a while.

Scent - Deep caramel with some coffee. Something's missing.

Taste - Lots of caramel, coffee, and chocolate, with a lot of other malt traces. Surprisingly subtle in terms of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Tons of body, and adequate carbonation to match.

Overall - The body is fantastic, and the low ABV suits it well. The malt could be amplified a bit, especially in terms of aroma.

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Photo of Zraly
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a tan head. Head doesn't retain for very long. Roasted malt nose.

Chocolate and espresso upfront. Dark fruits mid to late palate. A bit of sour twang. I pick up on more twang than creaminess. Not a bad thing, but this is also not what I was expecting. The mouthfeel is good overall. Carbonation is sufficient for style. Medium-bodied.

A decent American stout. Given the ABV isn't as high as what most people reach for in the autumn/winter, you could likely have more than one without running into too much trouble.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head is a finger high, with a khaki shade. With a fluffy texture and decent retention, it has plenty of aesthetic appeal. A consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: This one has a really nice roasted characteristic. Much like the description states, the roastiness is relatively soft and chocolate-laden. There are also notes of coffee and licorice. It isn't as complex as I expected (given it has 10 different malts), but it's a rock-solid roast vessel. (3.5)

Taste: Wow, that's roasty. I think I'm picking up wisps of licorice and dark fruit here and there. All told, though, it's a pretty simple brew: it's just roast (nice roast, mind you) and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Still, I love roast, so this beer is solid in my book. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Despite how roasty it is, it still manages to be soft and creamy on the palate. Consider the labeling lived up to. Of course, because it's so roasty, it starts off finishing pretty dry. Sweetness does build on the tongue, however. Carbonation seems strong at first, but it fades very quickly. Overall drinkability is decent. (3.5)

Overall: It is what it is - a roast bomb. It's not complex, it just brings a nice roasted presence to the taste buds. Still, the relative softness makes it more palatable to roast haters. Cripes, I've said the word 'roast' way too many times in this review...but hey, it fits this beer perfectly. (3.5)

3.51/5: Roast roast roast roast roast roast roast roast

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Photo of humuloner22
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how I have missed this one by Bell's over the years but, alas I have. But I have now resolved that problem! I enjoy cream stouts, this one is a bit of a hybrid.

Color: Black, but there is some light that escapes from this one. It isn't Ten Fidy or Stone IRS. But then again those beers are not in the same category really.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted dark malts, chocolate, not a huge amount going on, but part of the attraction.

Taste: Grainy, but a pleasant way. Its sweet, dark chocolate, smooth malts and some sweetness, very pleasant and drinkable.

Overall: Not the best stout in the world, but very well made and enjoyable. For something comparable, I would still choose Left Hand Nitro Milk stout over this, but then this isn't really a milk stout, its a cream stout. I don't believe they use the lactose, which is probably a good thing. Its good, worth seeking out and the price is about where it should be.

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Photo of Mikus
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This poured a deep, murky black with a minimal head, and small bubbles throughout. Nice lookin'. Aromas of roasty malt, burnt popcorn (in a good way), and coffee hints. Tasted malty, a bit sweet (do I detect lactose sugars?), some roasty flavors, altogether rather light. Mouthfeel was a bit light and watery, clean aftertaste. Well-made, but I am a fan of bigger, badder stouts... good for the style.

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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a creamy medium tan head. The head burns off in short order leaving some nice small lacing. The aroma is pretty roasty, despite the taste notes, with hints of coffee and cocoa. The taste doesn't have much burnt malt until the finish, with some upfront notes of cocoa. The body is a little thinner and there is a heft bite to it on the finish. Good but not my favorite.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

pours opaque, black color. minimal carbonation, little foamy head rises and falls fairly quickly. no lacing. this smells of heavy cream, roasted malt. this is a very creamy, sweet milk stout. balanced by abundant roasted malt, this medium-full bodied stout is very sessionable. great example of the style. odd, apparently theres no lactose in this-it tastes just like any milk stout should, i thought it was one of the best examples of the style i've tried-now i don't know what to think.

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Photo of nodder
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

A- Black with a big light tan head. Spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts. Slight coffee notes.

T- Very subtle. Roasted malts, chocolate, smoky/coffee flavors. No alcohol taste to speak of. Slightly bitter finish.

M- The real winner here. Creamy and so smooth. Medium to full body. This is easy to drink.

O- Underated beer imo. I love it and would have again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle
One I look forward to each and every year. This stout pours a thick blackish brown with an
enormous tan head that dissipates but never dies leaving some fantastic lacing. Nose of dark
chocolate, caramel. toffee, raisin, and light sherry like notes. Flavors are as always off the
charts. Tons of sweet malts to the fore and moderate bitterness from the dark chocolate malts
to the rear. Dark raisins and sherry like qualities come through late with warming. Fantastic!
A bitterness from some hops in the background and moderate carbonation combined with a
slick mouth feel keeps this one nice and lively yet creamy smooth. Always a pleasure, and
great from a bottle, even better on tap.


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Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

beautiful , no see through ebony color. Aroma is of sweet milk, interesting. Taste is smooth malty, milky goodness, well balanced and awesome in taste. This is one of the most creamy stouts I have had and the taste is awesome and the aftertatste is mellow with a hint of coffee and burnet sugar. Nice job, very drinkable in multiples, love it

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Photo of EvoRich
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Look: Poured into a pint, it pours very dark with a BIG fluffy tan head.

Smell: Cream, and milky like sweetness, despite it's not a milk/cream stout. A bit of chocolate like aroma

Taste: Mocha, chocolate coffee with a touch of vanilla cream. Neither of these flavors are over powering. It doesn't taste like a coffee stout, or a cream stout, or chocolate stout. But all of these flavors are there and blended evenly

Feel: Very creamy texture, low-moderate carbonation.

Overall: First had this beer last winter. Great to see it back on shelves again! It's just another one of those great go-to stouts for the colder months!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Malty nose - mainly roast - seasoned with coffee and chocolate.
Pours deep dark brown under a finely bubbled foam collar, thin but lacy. The roast flavors are soft rather than bitter or harsh.
Palate: bittersweet chocolate and coffee, a touch of caramel sweetness.
Chewy with an extraordinarily creamy body - very fine carbonation.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +0.5%

From notes on 11/7/13

Pours black with a creamy brown head. Not too keen on the smell, kind of boring, but the flavor really makes up for it. Nice creamy feel at first. Toasty chocolate flavor. Not really any coffeeness to it, which is nice. I like this one.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith's nonic pint glass

A: Nearly black in color; the slightest of mahogany highlights shine through near top of the glass; 1 finger mocha-colored head recedes quickly; lacing glides down sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts mingling with dark bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee; a woodsy note lingers through the middle; as it warms more of the dark chocolate comes out along with hints of dark fruits (raisin-like) .

T: Starts with a roasted malt twang that quickly gives way to bittersweet dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, and a fainter, dried, dark fruit note (like raisins or prunes); mid sip the roasted flavors regain control - burnt toast, medium-roast breakfast coffee with a moderating splash of cream that keeps this stout from becoming overly bitter; finish sees lingering roast undertones competing while a smooth nutty, bready flavor (akin to stale, brown bread loaf) stays on the palate.

M: Full bodied; oily/slick but not overly thick; fine carbonation.

O: A solid stout from Bell's. Even though my opinion is that this is not their best stout, nor is it my favorite from their lineup, it is still a very pleasant offering that features a nice depth of roasted flavors. Supremely easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 11/20/12

Pours black with 2 inch khaki brown head.
smells strongly of roasted malts and sweet mocha.
taste is great, very smooth, rich and sweet but not overly sweet at all, reminds me somewhat of st. peters cream stout, leaves silky after taste on the palate. simple yet delish!!

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Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a black color with a scrumptious looking fluffy tan head that just stays.

The aroma has a good amount of medium roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, oats, like Breakfast Stout, and actual creaminess of dairy.

On the flavor, the beer attacks of rich roasted malt along with a hint of dark dried fruit and in an extremely manner for this ABV and style. Almost like burnt wood and licorice. There's some bittersweet chocolate on the middle, then onto coffee grounds and a good roasted bitterness, along with a bit of creaminess.

The mouthfeel as expected is medium minus to light.

The beer is rich and robust and does not hold back despite it's ABV. A pleasant surprise from Bell's.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,382 ratings.