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

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2,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,930
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 208 | 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:
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 Anthony1
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a midnight black color with a monstrous light chocolate head that creamy in its consistency and the left over lace a fine satiny sheet to meld with the glass. Rich chocolate malt sweet nose, coffee, roasted grain and just a treasure to sniff, front is ambrosial, full and rich as is the full bodied top. Finish is bittersweet, mildly acidic, bone dry and a real pleasing beer.

Anthony1, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jewellrunner, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChicagoNick
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

ChicagoNick, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of shockrocker65
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

shockrocker65, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of BEERschlitz
4/5  rDev +0.8%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of djbreezy
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - dark brown/black with graceful tan head, amazing retention, strong lacing

smell - roasty, malty and chocolatey

taste - carefully roasted chocolate malts, grain, marshmallow, some coffee-like notes

mouthfeel - exceptionally creamy (as advertised!), light-medium body, slightly viscous

drinkability - full flavored and quite tasty, gorgeous in the glass

djbreezy, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of malcontent
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

malcontent, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of KFrank729
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

KFrank729, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of tmm313
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful in the glass. Black with slight red hue. Poured a nice, creamy tan 1 finger head that dissipated down to a sticky ring around the glass. Good lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, roasted malts, faint biscuit breadiness with just a touch of booze.

Tatse: Roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate up front. A more milk chocolately flavor becomes present mid-palette along with some dark plum. Finish is a nice lightly creamed coffee and just a touch of piney hop bitterness. Lingers slightly.

Mouthfeel: Not overly creamy. Reminds a bit more of a Porter than a stout. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

Overall: This was pretty good. Nicely balanced and flavorful. I may buy from time to time.

tmm313, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of NickyDee21
4/5  rDev +0.8%

NickyDee21, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of saintwarrick
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep opaque brown with a creamy brown head. Aroma is cocoa and sweet with some molasses and cereal in there. Taste is sweet but nicely bitter at the end so its not over the top. Some burnt dark chocolate and sweet coffee there as well. Very tasty. Not quite as thick as I was hoping, but still very good, and the alcohol (7.5?) Is nowhere to be found, so it's quite drinkable. A restrained sweet stout, but still well worth the money.

saintwarrick, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled at a Bell's tasting at the Brickskellar.

Appearance: Dark black with a dark brown head. Head recedes to a layer and leaves little bits of lace.

Smell: Chocolate and mocha aromas dominate. I get the impression this will be sweet, not bitter.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, and smoked malt flavors. Nummy, nummy, nummy.

Mouthfeel: Nice, thick, and creamy.

Drinkability: Yes! Yes! Oh, God, Yes! Oh so good.. I want more...

ManekiNeko, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of azorie
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

date code 8842. Not cheap for a 6 pack of 6% beer, but never had it so WTH. I just hope since it was already cold its not old beer.

A: Its Black of course with light creamy brown head. Lace is short lasting after hitting about 1.5 inches tall in a MUG.

S: roasted malt, some vanilla and coffee. oxidized burnt wood

T: Burnt dark roasted malt, coffee comes more of an aftertaste and the vanilla is still present as well. The beer is NOT as sweet as I think it should be to hit the style. it's very dry at the same time with a slightly hoppy finish. You get the milk in there but its very faint. it say on Bell web site its great with Chocolate, NOT, I mean where the FUCK is the chocolate in this beer?

M: medium body, but not as sweet as it should be Not as smooth as it should be.

D: too heavy for the style, not sweet enough.

I don't know if this is bad six pack or too old or what, but its a BIG disappointment to me. if I not bought it all the way in ORLANDO, I would take the rest back. i see its rank 3rd in milk stouts, i have to try again from somewhere else, but NOT in the same league at Young Double chocolate stout.

azorie, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of djgustafson
4/5  rDev +0.8%

djgustafson, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Skye1024, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev +0.8%

heysuz, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Nordbier, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of ackeeper
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

ackeeper, May 22, 2013
Photo of jmccullough108
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jmccullough108, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Atlas1
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Atlas1, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of yeaprolly
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

yeaprolly, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of RandyKemka
4/5  rDev +0.8%

RandyKemka, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of shredder83
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: this was bottles 6 months prior to my trying it.

Pours black with a light brown head that had very good retention, no lacing to speak of but this one pours and looks great.

Smells of roasty burnt malts, a slight sweet scent, hints of coffee, vanilla and cocoa

Sweet roasted malts, bitter with a hint of coffee, no vanilla as the nose suggested and a slight chocolate note. A mildly bitter finish.

Slighly creamy but notably light when compared with other milk/sweet stouts I've had.

Overall this was not a bad beer, not an exceptional example of this type of stout either. Creamy mouthfeel was not as creamy as "double cream" would suggest but creamy none the less. I wish I would've been able to try this one fresher as it was a month from Bell's suggested shelf life but I will give it another shot fresh next year.

shredder83, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of jburd19
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jburd19, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

maDUECEgunner, Apr 06, 2014
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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