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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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3,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,236
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 293 | 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 IPAcraig
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a sturdy deep black body with a 3 finger mocha head. Ok retention.

The strongest aroma from this beer is cream, followed by a very faint roastiness. A pleasant, well balanced smell, but kinda faint.

A rich brew that taste of cream followed by a slightly bitter dark chocolate. The roastiness is appropriately low in this brew, but still adds a nice layer to the beer. This beer is like a less complex version of their Kalamazoo stout.

Soft and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Nice.

A very drinkable beer, but if I am having a Bell's stout, I would take the Kalamazoo Stout over this one every time.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a light brown head that disappears fast.

S - Creamy malt, with some chocolate smells.

T - Smooth creamy flavor of malt. Sweet with some hints of chocolate.

M - Not bad. It's a medium body. Little bit of cirtus.

D - Good, not my favorite but I could defenitely drink a couple while relaxing.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 2 finger head with good head and retention. Nice dark brown color.

Smell is of several malts. Caramel, pale, chocolate, roasted, toasted malts. The roasted mixed with the biscuity just makes me shreik with anticipation.

Taste: Wonderful malt complexity. Pale malts are in the back followed by caramel matls. Toasted, biscuity malts come in with nice chocolate malts. Some roasted malt comes in to balance as well. The hop bitterness is a little citrusy. I think a piney hop such as a chinook should be added to balance the citrusy hop profile out. This beer is so close to being a five, but the hopping isn't right for me.

The mouthfeel is creamy, but it is slightly ruined by a citrusy from the hops, again a pineyer (sp?) hop would help balance this out.

This beer is so close to being a five it pains me. The malt bill is incredible. However, the citrusy hoppy profile should be a little bit more piney to compliment the flavors of the malt bill better.

Photo of tjcortez
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack after enjoying Sam Adam's Cream Stout. This definitely impressed.

A | Poured a much darker, dark brown with a nice sepia colored head.

S | Like coffee and cocoa with a leathery scent mixed in, very pleasant though.

T | Really good. Not overwhelming with any of its flavors and not too complex.

M | Low carbonation and very smooth.

D | Goes down real easy and leaves me wanting another.

My favorite stout so far. I would definitely recommend this to cream lovers everywhere!

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown with some ruby highlights around the bottem edge. The head is a generous finger width of of light brown foam that eventually settles down into a beautiful creamy covering and leaves an awesome looking latice work of lace down the sides of the glass. Aroma is deep with notes of sweet chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste is thick once again with that sweet chocolate character as well as warming mellow roastiness. Hop bitterness is strong in the finish but that gives way to a final kiss of lingering sweetness on the palette. The mouthfeel is an awesome creamy medium with a fantastic silky carbonation.

Bell's has yet to disappoint me with a stout and the trend continues here. Just a fantastic smooth drinking sweet stout with an excellent subtle character that's a pleasure to enjoy.

Photo of jeonseh
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle that I got out of a midwest craft brew mix pack.

Very dark opaque black color with a chocolate creme colored, rather frothy head. One can smell a scent of bitter chocolate.

Taste a lot of sweet, chocolate in this one and really a smooth brew that just goes right down, leaves a slight burnt malt taste, almost as if it fades into a darker chocolate at the end. Like a change from a Hershey's bar to a Lindt Dark Truffle. I don't taste much other than the chocolate at it really seems to dominate for me.

Very drinkable and light feeling stout that you could just suck down for dessert after a heavy meal. I think this aspect of it makes it very drinkable as I could definitely see myself having a couple of these.

Overall, pretty solid but nothing outstanding. I would put this in terms of taste as a middle beer one that tries to be a chocolate stout but does not fully make it there and one that is a bit sweeter than some of the other milk stouts that I've had.

Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a large tan head that features excellent retention and a good amount of lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malts, and hints of chocolate and coffee. Wow, the smell is mouthwatering! The taste is much like the aroma, it starts out smooth and roasty with hints of charcoal and finishes with a good amount of bitterness. Overall, this is another fantastic stout in Bell's outstanding lineup. Recommended.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a black obsidian hue with a brown off color head into the pint glass. Great lacing as the beer progressed all the way to the end of the beer. It has a sweet roasted barley scent with aromas of vanilla, rich chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The taste follows the nose into roasted barley with chocolate and cocoa notes. I didn't get any coffee flavor on tongue, but a bit of vanilla did come to life as the beer warmed more. The mouthfeel on this is smooth and creamy and coats nicely with the alcohol very well hidden. Drinkability is also high due to the low carbination and silky smooth mouthfeel and not overly high alcohol ABV. I could easily make this a session stout.

Photo of genog
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a rich and dark black color with a creamy light brown head that leaves a nice amount of lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is of chocolate and a milky creamy aroma. Not very strong but very enjoyable with a slight sweetness. Taste has very little kick just a sweet taste. Was anticipating a hop or strong kick, but did not happen. Mouthfeeling is creamy all the way through.

Photo of NCoastWineBeer
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely one of my favorite stouts. Pours a pitch black with a beautiful dark brown muffin cap. This malt lovers paradise overindulges your taste buds with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and a nice roasted malt flavor. Definately a drink to have with a nice cigar, or steak dinner. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, not too thick, but thick enough to get the flavor. This stout is worth every penny and I encourage every stout lover to pick up a six pack this winter, especially since its seasonal!!! enjoy

Photo of malty
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 8150

Pours pretty much opaque brownish-black with chestnut edges. Fluffy 1 1/2" khaki head. Gobs of hearty lace smattered all the way down.

Scents of milk chocolate covered malted milk balls bathed in coffee & crème. Dark roasty malts are lush and sweet smelling.

Sweet chocolaty roasted malts are showcased beautifully with their oh so sweet and mellow goodness. A tad hint of bitter coffee and real cream nicely offsets the turbid depth of hearty, sweet and (again) chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is astounding. As fluffy and silky of an ale as I've ever drank. Full bodied and decadent. Beautiful roasty and coffeeish lingering long finish.

Drinkability is great. Isn't as sweet as I anticipated, but is sweet compared to standard stouts none-the-less.

Overall a masterfully crafted sweet stout for certain. Not as robust as the flagship Kalamazoo Stout, but it definitely has more of a subtle presence that can't be denied. This baby is all about silky malty goodness with heaps of roasty chocolate over-under-and in-between tones. I don't drink this stout very often, but when I do its pure bliss.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. My bottle lists it as 6.1% and not 7.5% alcohol

A: Black with a big dark tan head that recedes slowly. There's a mild carbonation that makes the head look like bubbly mold (in a good way)

S: A creamy chocolate predominates the nose with the smell of white grapes which i find very interesting. There's a ton of milky smells, like a good shake, almost. Delicious!

T: Creamy chocolate with hints of caramel and toffee. Very tasty but a little thin for my liking. The finish is slightly burnt malts.

M: Silky smooth. Very good

D: I could keep drinking these for a long long time.

**Edit 18 April 2011**
Batch 8273, bottled Dec 19th, 2007.

The nose has developed a little oxidation and stale cardboard-like character. However, there's an enjoyable blend of chocolate, oatmeal and a little coffee present, along with a touch of fruit. The palate opens remarkably well for a beer that wasn't meant to be aged. Still some bright coffee and chocolate with a fruitiness that's more young wine than port or prunes. Oxidation is much better expressed on the palate than on the nose. Medium in body with soft, creamy carbonation, this feels pretty good. Solid stuff, this is probably better fresh, as it feels like it's a little thinner than I remember.


Photo of malcontent
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-swallowing pitch black with a solid finger of reverse-cascading head. Swirling shows this to be a slightly viscous brew. Head dies too quickly for a perfect score but nonetheless, this looks wicked good.

That unmistakable lactic quality leads into a tandem of chocolate and raisins. An odd scent that I can only describe as bran flakes takes up the back end of the aroma. Softly smoky after a while.

Oh, Hell. That is one damn fine cream stout. Essentially perfect for the style. Dark roasted bitterness gives way almost immediately to a marvelously creamy taste (to say nothing of the texture; more on that later). Soft hints of honey and milk chocolate surface briefly only to be engulfed in the half and half theme again. Creamy is the no-brainer but dead-accurate description for the taste.

Mouthfeel is heavenly; silky but never muddy and the finish is actually lactic (you have phlegm form in the back of your throat!). I don't know if this is something I could drink a ton of (could you drink a bunch of milk?) but it's nothing short of a triumph for Bell's. Absolutely the most I've enjoyed a beer in ages.

Huge thanks to kryptic for the trade!

Photo of letsgopens
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Milk Stout pours black with some light ruby highlights. The frothy tan head recedes in good time and leaves some nice but sparse lace around the glass.

Roasty and sweet in initial aroma. Very good coffee and some milk chocolate. Sweet, decadent caramel and toffee are prominent as well. Very appetizing and dessert-like.

Sweet and buttery. Light but very sweet coffee/mocha and milk chocolate. Not terribly complex; rather straight forward. Subtle finish, not too overwhelming. Camel and cream. Again, very decadent in flavor as well.

Creamy and smooth, lower carbonation makes for a heavier finish. Lingers on the palate well. Simple and sweet but with nice roasty robustness as well. Well crafted and a very good representation of the style.

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

A = Dark black without much of a head.

S = Chocolate and coffee

T = Semi-sweet chocolate coming through with hints of coffee.

M = Creamy and smooth as velvet

D = Incredibly balanced. Even after warming, the beer was great including a very nice finish.

This particular offering has turned me into a "stout" drinker.

Photo of enfield249
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark black, light tan ring of foam. Looks thick, but doesn't cling to glass.

S - Sweet smelling, chocolate up front, and then some coffee.

T - Strong coffee flavor, some sweetness, bitter roastiness.

M - Full, astringent. Drys out the middle of my tongue.

D - Pretty good, a nice cream stout, but tastes at lot more like a coffee stout.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a very short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, dark roasted malt and coffee.

T: The taste is creamy with flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and dark malts. It’s not really as sweet as most stouts can be, which is a good thing. There isn’t much of a hops presence but the kind of beer where you would really want one. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling for the style, nice kick, good representation of style. This is a good stout that you can drink a few of whereas most stouts you would usually be done with after 1 or 2.

Photo of nsmartell
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark black but not much head.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Nice taste, and just slightly bitter. Very light taste of chocolate at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. The kind of beer you want to chew.

Drinkability: This is a really good beer. I will be on the look out for this when I see again as it will make an excellent session beer.

Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this is one of the best beers I have had all year long, and not surprisingly, another great Stout from Bell's. Found it at a random restaurant in Gastonia, NC of all places, I think it was $4 a bottle. Very opaque with a nice tan head that took a while to settle. If you like espresson, it's the smell and taste all the way in my opinion. The body even had the grainy qualities of coffee beans. Excellent in so many ways.

Photo of hwwty4
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...Great beer. I feel like I should put that upfront. Pours a dark brown, lets just a few rays of light through to alter its color. Has a slight head that leaves a mild lacing around the beer. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and sweet cream. Taste is basically the same, but the sweet cream comes out in the finish of the beer to leave a sweet tang in the back of your throat. This is the first beer I’ve rated a beer with a perfect 5 in Mouthfeel. Its amazing. After the first it just wants to make me drink another.

Photo of Tballz420
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body lets in the faintest of brown hues when held to the light. Small brown head lasts for quite a while, leaving a good amount of lace. Big, sweet roasted malt scent. Taste is dominated by a nice amount of roasted malt, fair amount of hops involved. Medium bodied, fairly wet mouth. Quite a tasty treat.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Relatively thick black under a nice tan head. Really nice retention but no lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate, some roasted malt and coffee like character.

T: Nice roasted bitterness in sync with an excellent sweetness. Some slight hints of chocolate in the finish goes well with the bitterness. Slight hint of the alcohol but nothing that throws off the balance.

M/D: Creamy and thick, really nice mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. I went right through this one without hardly noticing. Out of the 3 Bell's Stouts (Cherry, Java, Double Cream) I think this is the best in terms of drinability, ranking just behind the Java overall.

Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near-black color with some dark amber highlights at the bottom. Large, healthy looking tan head falls to a nice, creamy covering leaving the occasional string of lace on the glass. The aroma is a very chocolaty blend of roasted malts and a burnt-like sweetness. Dark, roasty flavor full of bittersweet chocolate and a creamy sweetness that perfectly compliments the creamy mouthfeel. Medium-plus body with very fine carbonation. Seems like a very "complete" sweet stout to me.

Photo of Atlas1
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stout from Bell's Brewery. I've enjoyed all the others I've had from the brewery before and I don't anticipate not liking this one. Just an interesting sidenote, though: the label lists the ABV at 6.1%, while BA has it listed at 7.5%. Seems like a rather large disparity. Perhaps the beer used to be brewed bigger?

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Double Cream Stout is pitch black in color. Almost marble-esque in quality, it is entirely opaque, allowing no light to shine through whatsoever. No colored hues appear when held up to the light. The head is an orange/light brown color and is big and thick. It maintains a lenghty retention and leaves amble lace. One of the coolest and healthiest looking stouts I've ever seen. The nose is dense and filled with notes of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, nuts, caramel, and vanilla. The taste embodies the aroma as well, delivering a sweet, velvety chocolate flavor up front, followed by rich fruits, and a savory coffee bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but smooth, dry, and comletely palatable.

This is another great stout from Bell's. Honestly, I don't know of another brewery that consistently delivers so many stout variations of such high quality. For that matter, I may not know of any other breweries doing this many different stouts period. If the label is right, and this is really 6.1%, then this becomes a quality session stout, perfect for the fall and winter months. I think this would be excellent served with a rich dessert, but it would also go great with oysters on the half-shell too. Would probably be great to cook with as well.

Photo of bboven
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black opaque body with little head or lacing. What head is there is light tan.

Smells very sweet and nutty, almost like a pecan pie or something along those lines. There's a slight sour tinge throughout as well, but not enough to hurt it significantly.

Definitely a sweet flavor, but there's a big roastiness that didn't come through in the sweet smell. The bittering at the end of the sip is pretty amazing as well.

Full but not too thick, creamy and smooth carbonation, clings just enough to your palate to make an emphasis.

I've had this before, but not since moving to NC. Bell's is starting to make its way out here more and more and I'm very happy for it. I recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the style or wants a sweet and hearty dessert beer from time to time.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,236 ratings.