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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,872 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,872
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 165
Gots: 198 | FT: 5
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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AKuehn47

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-24-2013 15:29:42 | More by AKuehn47
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Franchise

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my man Hhawk06 for this sample. This beer pours a jet black color that looks very devious in nature yet delicious. It leaves a sudsy tan head that is clinging to my snifter. The smell is hoppy sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, creamed sugar, vanilla and herbal spices throughout. The taste is smooth, it has a bittery hop feel up front followed by a medicinal chocolate herbal taste on the palate finished with some nice malty chocolate creaminess. This is a smooth beer that coats the tongue and tickles it with dark chocolate malts dipped in a creamy milkiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 19:06:27 | More by Franchise
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-24-2014 11:58:07 | More by griffeyb
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jburd19

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-30-2013 03:19:31 | More by jburd19
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malty

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 03:06:12 | More by malty
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The head falls fast, but leaves a good sticky lacing. The color is crisp black and inviting.

Sweet black fruit, molasses, chocolate and coffee flavors with a slight creamy feel in the smell.

Not thick, but watery with coffee and cream flavors with very little body and only a slight aftertaste.

Watery and unlike most stouts with a very little body.

Overall it was less than expected from Bell's, it would take a special case the next time I try this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 04:57:52 | More by Erdinger2003
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allenson21

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-15-2014 15:31:40 | More by allenson21
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djgustafson

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-02-2014 00:15:05 | More by djgustafson
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has an enormous milk chocolate brown head that finally settles to a frothy cap. This is a thick dark brown brew with a strong nose of coffee, slight burnt malts, a little nuttiness, and some dark fruits. The taste is a little sweeter than I might like. There are raisin and plum notes along with toffee and burnt malts. There is a lacking hop balance to this but the brews complexity and slick mouthfeel are solid. A nice brew but have had some better samples from Bells.

Thanks to Cdkrenz for this sample in a "secret santa" exchange.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 23:48:41 | More by WJVII
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Jd2391

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

04-18-2013 18:27:20 | More by Jd2391
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-30-2013 04:03:56 | More by Hopdaemon39
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

11-09-2012 20:49:35 | More by tyleeis
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-10-2013 06:11:48 | More by Lurkerson
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Wayne17

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-29-2014 00:08:04 | More by Wayne17
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-14-2014 01:48:32 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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UncleAddie

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

08-29-2013 23:34:14 | More by UncleAddie
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-27-2012 02:41:40 | More by GreyGhost4
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I made the mistake of serving this cold. Not much in the way of a head, but I suspect it would have been better at cellar temp. When cold, the dull nose compliments a dominant chocolate maltiness along the path of Expedition, but miles and miles behind it. The lactose is also very evident and gives this beer a mocha quality. After letting it warm for a while, the other ten malts begin to come out and reveal a mild, very pleasant caramel that marries wonderfully with the cream (think Rollo candy). There's much more to this than a mocha. While I'm reminded, at first, of Goose Island Oatmeal Stout and its intense (and unpleasant) mocha characteristics, when served properly Bell's Special Double Cream has a great deal of character. There's a rind-like drying finish that I suspect are from the light bittering addition. Perhaps some hops are added in the top third of the boil because there is an interesting but very light hoppy note in the background. Lots of cream on the finish, too.

Well integrated, this isn't bad at all. There seems to be a good deal of Crystal (caramel) malt in this brew and yet it doesn't go the way of brown ales (raisiny and, in my opinion, quite poor). It even picks up a good amount of esters either from the yeast or the hops. Not much of a sit-back beer, but perhaps a nice one with a meal (went very well with my fettucine and eggplant parmesan) or over a smoke.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 22:20:44 | More by ngandhi
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- licorice colour with an ebony/reddish hue. Head dissipates quite quickly, however lacing is ok. Nose- more licorice, oatmeal and some roast. Taste- light roasts, milk chocolate and anise. Carbonation was pretty spritzy for the style, otherwise nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is good- I had no idea that this was 7.5%. Good stout on a winter's day.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 04:42:59 | More by oakbluff
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yeaprolly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-12-2014 23:48:46 | More by yeaprolly
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-03-2013 03:29:37 | More by maxcoinage
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Dolfan907

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-27-2013 18:25:01 | More by Dolfan907
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inebrius

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big nose of chocolate ice cream drizzled with caramel and espresso beans, a dash of roasted pecans and shaved chocolate. Starts off like one of those iced coffee drinks you get at the mall, but made with a double shot of French roast rather than some puny house blend. Roastiness gathers some steam on a frizzy carbonation, peaks, then slowly tapers off as a smooth malt back and a few traces of hop make an appearance. A nice beer that should probably accompany food, perhaps a bit too stout on its own.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 16:24:46 | More by inebrius
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magnusdave

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-16-2014 20:25:35 | More by magnusdave
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this before now, in the bottle, but never got around to reviewing it. Taphouse in Ghent had it on Tap so I snagged it.

A- Opaque black with some rosewood brown swimming around the edges. Mocha colored head with good retention.

S- Toasty roasty dark malt with semi-sweet chocolate and a slight tinge of licorice. Some good things going on in the nose just wish the aroma had more of a punch.

T- Again the roasted malts are predominate in the flavor as clued in by the aroma. Coffee, milk chocolate and cocoa round it out nicely.

M- thick and creamy. Not incredibly heavy but there is a definite chewiness. Glazes the mouth and throat nicely.

D- A light body with good taste make this a pretty good choice if I wanted something creamy and roasty. I could definitely knock a couple of these back but would probably pick another stout if it was available. However this would be wonderful with/as dessert so my percentage of ordering it would increase exponentially after a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 20:06:19 | More by Viciousknishs
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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