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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

3,414 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,414
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 363 | 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:
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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Ratings: 3,414 | Reviews: 1,394
Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark dark. coffe with cream colored humongous head that has great retention and superb lace. roasty malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and maybe some fruit in the nose. milk chocolate really comes to mind in the taste. it really has that milky sweetness. almost reminds me of super strong coffee with a lot of sugar and cream. not coffeeish like their java stout, but that roasty maly flavor with the sweetness and creaminess brings cafe to mind. very creamy and silky mouthfeel. what a real pleasure.

Photo of Zraly
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a thin cocoa head. Average lacing on the side of my CBS snifter. The nose is malt, chocolate, coffee. Fairly simple, and a little weak nose. The taste is a bit better. Chocolate, malt, vanilla, and a slight hint of coffee here. Very smooth and creamy in feel, with a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a good brew that I'd have again. Cheers.

Photo of dtomes
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black color with a large and frothy tan head that leaves nice lacing down the glass, a beautiful stout. The aroma is very creamy, like whole milk and sugar, with chocolate and coffee undertones and a cloying sweetness. The taste is very interesting and sort of goes all over the place. You get hints of cocoa, coffee, whole milk, molasses and a mild roasted bitterness. Probably one of the best milk stout's i've had, the alcohol is hidden well and the mouthfeel is extremely creamy and incredibly smooth. This isnt really a beer you could call a session beer, but it's not hard to drink by any means. This is my first beer from Kalamazoo but it's quite impressive, and thanks to NeroFiddled for the beer.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours almost black, only hints of brown around the edges. A short-lived one finger foamy head that laces decently.

S- Lots of deep roast scents. Hints of sweetness are also present. Somewhat faint and less pronounced than other stouts.

T- Can't say anything really sticks out here. Typical American stout. Big roasted malts right up front. Only a little sweetness for the double cream claim. Ends cleanly with a small bite form the heavier malts.

M- High carbonation, but thick and creamy otherwise. Weight is fairly light, but not out of the stout range. Could sit down and have a few of these.

Overall, I love sweet stouts, but this one left me pining for more in the sweet and vanilla flavor regions. If you look really hard, there might be a little vanilla sweetness, but otherwise, this is just a solid American stout.

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

A- About a 1" mocha head on a black body.
S- Roasted, cream, oatmeal, light coffee, and almost a light vanilla.
T- Creamy with some roasted burnt malts, coffee, light chocolate, not actual oatmeal but something makes a almost oatmeal flavor, grass hops, and something else I can't put finger on. Light to medium bitterness left on tongue from grass hops and light cream flavor with some roasted malts stay for the aftertaste.
M- Low smooth carbonation, medium body.
D- It's a very tasty brew. I could down a lot of these very easily. Maybe one day when I head up to Bell's I will have a night with these.

Photo of Alpar
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan head that dissipated super fast. No head left and no lacing.

Smells semi sweet and toasted malty. Similar to other milk stouts i have had.

Tastes pretty good. I like the milk stout at my local brewery better but this one is not bad. Tastes more of burnt toast than a lot of chocolate or coffee like others taste. Slightly sweet on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little flat to me. And there is a weird toasty aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and if I saw it on tap somewhere I would get it but I am not going to waste any more trading efforts to seek it out.

Photo of phishphorce
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raul was lucky enough to acquire this random offering, so he'll do it like he does.

Like The Cheesecake Factory, you don't have to get dressed up to drink this thang. Throw on your $12 Tommy Polo from Tily's and call it a day. Simply aite, just aite. Raul is drinking it, and that's about it. No explosions, no oral fireworks...just aite down the line.


Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of loganburgh
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TypsiYpsi
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Enola
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7186 (December 22, 2005)

This beer is pitch black. There was a nice tan head the dissapeared quickly. a little lacing sticks to the glass. The smell is coffee and roasted grain. Taste is coffee, some chocolate and a bitterroot taste. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with the abv being hidden well. The drinkabnility is good. This beer has held up just fine for nearly two years. A good brew that I would have again.

Photo of hinemk76
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of shadow1961
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first time I ever had this brew, I don't remember
being that impressed with it. Since then, I've quit
smoking and there's been a definite shift in my
palate. Or my perception of my palate. Whatever.

Anyway, somebody recommended I take another
look at this brew and I'm glad I did!

My bottle of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout, according to
the code on the label, was put up on December 16, 2004. It's
only two years and two months old, and it's about to die...

Poured out it has a nice thick chocolate colored head over a
black brew. Carbonation is pretty active, and the nose is dark
malt and dark fruit. The flavor is very smooth- chocolate with a
bit of hazelnut and coffee with the tiniest bit of bitterness in the
finish. Mouthfeel is also smooth, round and surprisingly clean for
such a thick brew. Also surprising for a stout, there is no real
aftertaste except a very slight echo of the nut flavor I noticed
sipping it. This brew is incredibly smooth and flavorful, which
you need to keep in mind since the alcohol by volume is about
6%- you do not need to be slamming it! Bells has a good, strong
stable of stouts, and their Double Cream reminds me why. Like a
lot of other boozy beers, this one can only improve over a couple
more years of cellaring. Too bad I don't have the space.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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