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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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3,067 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,067
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 246 | 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 keithmurray
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown with mocha colored head

Smell - charred, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee

Taste - dark chocolate, roasted malts, roasted coffee

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitterness and char on the finish,slight sourness on the back end

Overall - decent stout, I'd like to see a bit more balanced flavor on this

Price Point - $2.25/12 oz single

keithmurray, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of jeremiahoden
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jeremiahoden, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of blakesell
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7684. Bottled October 16, 2006 as according to the bell's batch website. Poured into a Belgian pint glass (sort of curved pilsner).

Appearance- Beer pours black with hints of red around the edges. Head is fairly minimal and forms a ring and a thin film over the top of the glass. Lacing sticks for a few minutes but doesn't linger.

Smell- Dark burnt roasted malts, hints of alcohol, sweet creaminess. I would insist I detected lactose sugar had I not heard from the bell's lady herself that they don't add that to this beer. Not sure what they're adding to make it smell like this, it really is wonderful. No hops are detectable.

Taste- Roasted malt thickness and creaminess, a bit grainy but in a balanced way. A nice creamy chocolate upfront that lingers to almost a chocolate milk quality. A bit of warmth on the finish and a little spiciness that seems like it must be the hop. I am very pleased by this stout in every incarnation I've had it in (which now is every way I could have had it in).

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium full bodied, fairly low carbonated. Nicely sweetened and wonderfully balanced. Very well done beer.

Drinkability- Even with the higher ABV of 7.5% I could session these and drink them all day. In fact, I may end up buying a six pack and use it for my summertime lawnmower beer. Come now, honestly, tell me that you drink light lagers when YOU mow the lawn?

blakesell, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Eastside151
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Eastside151, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Quaffer
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not available here in Wichita. Thanks Rob!

Appearance: This beer poured a deep black with no light making it through the glass. It had a bit of a viscous look to it. The dark brown head rose up to only a finger and dissipated at a normal rate. A thin ring remained around the edge of the glass for the entire drink, but it produced no lace.

Smell: Lightly yeasty, but the main aromas were cream and rich milk chocolate. There was nothing bitter on the nose at all. As the beer sat for awhile, a deep roasted component arose that became strong enough to seem smokey. The smokiness was almost like burnt nuts and different from what I have ever detected in other beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied in the mouth with a slippery, slick feeling to it on the tip of the tongue. More carbonation than I would expect from this style developed as the beer moved back into the mouth. It didn't become rough, though; it was velvety and a little spongy.

Taste: Huge smokey, deep roasted malt flavors were very dominant and increased in strength through the finish and even into the aftertaste. It had a nice charred quality to it. Underneath this was creamy milk chocolate and a strong dose of black coffee. A little hops peaked through on the finish, but it didn't provide much more that balance. Everything mingled together very nicely.

An excellent beer. Very dark, deep roasted flavors for a cream stout, but the correct characteristics were still there. There was a little bit of a numbing effect from the 7.5% abv, but otherwise the alcohol was perfectly hidden. I hope that I can get my hands on more of this stuff.

Quaffer, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of BeerZack
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

BeerZack, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of DMarlinJ
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DMarlinJ, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

TheSleepyMonkey, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of AKuehn47
4/5  rDev +0.8%

AKuehn47, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Franchise
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.

Franchise, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of toppoop
4/5  rDev +0.8%

toppoop, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of scratch69
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black, with a half fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Taste- Mellow flavors of malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and creamy. Slightly dry finish with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good. Enjoyable and definitely worth having again.

scratch69, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev +0.8%

KornWallace, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4/5  rDev +0.8%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 14, 2014
Photo of malty
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.

malty, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
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.

Erdinger2003, Jul 11, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

lilnicky068, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of WJVII
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.

WJVII, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Black pour with a healthy one finger of dark tan head that receded quickly and settled down to a nice cover.

S – Milk chocolate and vanilla with a nice roasted malt. Toffee.

T - Roasted malts first followed by a light chocolate taste, more dark chocolate then the aroma suggests. Not sweet. Coffee next with almost no bittering effect. Vanilla and toffee. Not much alcohol feel to it, fairly light.

M – Very creamy on the palate. Smooth. Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O – Very solid stout here. Tasty and good mouthfeel.

GallowsThief, Dec 31, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -14.4%

PaulsBrew, Yesterday at 04:38 PM
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Barnsley, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Supergenious, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of JoeLacy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

JoeLacy, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

TypsiYpsi, Jan 08, 2014
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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