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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,179 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,179
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 273 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

TheSleepyMonkey, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

maDUECEgunner, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

ej285701, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of cvfish
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a deep black color that created a brown fluffy head, which retained well and laced around the glass nicely

S - The aroma of roasted malts, coffee beans, and chocolate are prevalent, but it is the smell of sweet milk chocolate as opposed to the bitter dark chocolates from regular Stouts

T - Again, the tastes of this beer fall right in line with scents, I expected what I was getting, and enjoyed it incredibly. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, and coffee, just delicious

M - The mouth of this beer was a great Stout style, smooth and creamy, medium to heavy body, accompanied with slight carbonation

D - I really love the Milk Stout, if Bell's puts this much craft in the rest of their beers, I look forward to trying more of them in the future

cvfish, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +1%

erlenmeyer, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of chumba526
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears black with a small layer of brown foam.

It smells of toasted coco beans. I get a mild bread like smell and a bit of a sweet smell as well. I also get a mild coffee smell to this stout as well.

There is a smooth roasted malt flavor to this beer. I get a mild dark chocolate flavor, a bit of a mild dry herbal flavor and a mild coffee flavor. There is a mild sweetness to the beer though it is balanced with a mild bitter finish.

There is a smooth moderate carbonation to the stout. It has a smooth mouthful.

Overall a very enjoyable well balanced yet well flavored stout.

chumba526, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of BierReise
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tinge of dark caramel at the edges. Head is small and dense. Aroma is of strong black coffee and charred malts. On the dry side and medium bodied but smooth. Flavor is strong bitter coffee. Not as sweet as I'd like. Overall pretty good though

BierReise, Nov 21, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

OleDixie, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

WoodburyMN, Oct 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jeffwright, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a biege head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and leaves isolated spots of lacing. Body is black.

Smell - nuts, chocolate, roasted malt, malt bread with slightly burnt crust, and vanilla. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the nose, and much more. Chocolate, nuts, vanilla, roasted malt, as well as caramel, dark fruit like raisins, plums, and sour cherries. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, creamy, and silky smooth.

Drinkability - this is very, very good ale. Thouroughly delicious and hearty, and quite sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Dec 14, 2007
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2.38/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to beerlovngrl for this extra, I had been wanting to try it for a while.

The appearance is a black fading to mocha brown around the edges. The pour yields an off-white-to-light-brown head that leaves minimal lacing as it fades.

The smell is all coffee and roasty malts, but it's not a very strong smell at all.

The taste is malty sweetness with a burnt coffee tone, some roasted malt shows through but has an acidic, metallic taste that is fairly unpleasant. There is a soda-pop sweetness to this beer that is out of place as well.

The mouthfeel is nice, the beer is more carbonated than expected and the beer is also pretty light and easy to drink for a stout of this magnitude. But the flavor is a bit off, not something that I will have more than one of, this is the first Bell's brew that I haven't liked.

rpstevens, Jun 19, 2009
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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

A- Black with a big light tan head. Spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts. Slight coffee notes.

T- Very subtle. Roasted malts, chocolate, smoky/coffee flavors. No alcohol taste to speak of. Slightly bitter finish.

M- The real winner here. Creamy and so smooth. Medium to full body. This is easy to drink.

O- Underated beer imo. I love it and would have again.

nodder, Oct 10, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

9986
pours a voluminous tan head atop its magnificent black with caramel highlights. a sight to see!
some chocolate and coffee with a slight bit of roast. Despite the appearance of the coffee tones, there is no sharp acridity. No burnt aroma.
The flavor is very similar, like very soft tissue paper on my bum, it washes down my palate with a silky chocolate and coffee flavor. It finishes very dry, but extremely pleasant. Nothing too big and bold here, just a magnificently crafted stout that is as easy drinking as they come.

dragonWhale, Dec 24, 2010
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4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown/black, with reddish tinges around the edges. Two fingers of frothy tan head.

S: Lots of toasty malts and chocolate flavors; a bit of cream, very bittersweet.

T: Roasted, toasty malts once again; light coffee flavors to compliment the chocolate from the aroma. Strong flavor for the ABV, lots of creamy sweetness, with a lingering bittersweet finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: The sweetness and not quite extraordinary taste keep this from going down too quickly, but I did enjoy this glass.

AwYeh, Mar 07, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

tyleeis, Nov 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

dannyfayy, Apr 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Jd2391, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

tvghost, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass
A - Pours a super dark reddish brown with a tan head that fall to a ring. Some nice lacing.
S - Roasted malts, maybe some coffee.
T - Bitter chocolate, Roasted malt and a bitter coffee aftertaste.
MF - Super smooth - like velvet going down. This is the type of mouthfeel that I long for and rarely find.
D - It is a touch too bitter for my taste but the mouthfeel is so wonderful that I find myself wanting another sip and another!

ThirstyBird, Nov 24, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch #9961, bottled on September 14, 2010.

A: Dark brown, almost black body. One-finger white head leaves some lacing.

S: Some chocolate, licorice, and a bit of roastiness.

T: Starts off with espresso-like notes. Bitter and sweetened chocolate make their presence felt. Also hints of vanilla. Finishes slightly sour.

M: Medium-bodied, rich and creamy.

D: Another solid stout from Bell's, especially for those with a sweet tooth. Would go best with dessert.

BarrelO, Oct 26, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Batch #8902. Thanks, brokenleadedcask!

Black pour. Smallish light brown head gives way to a thin cap. Random assortment of light lacing.

Aroma is roasty. A quick swirl brings out some really nice milk chocolate and vanilla smells to go along with the roast and ground coffee.

Nice roasty flavor. Much more coffee than the aroma led me to believe there would be. The sweetness and roast balance well. The chocolate and vanilla give this a really light, very drinkable flavor. Slight bitterness in the drying finish.

This beer reminds me of Kalamazoo Stout in a few ways, especially how it balances sweet and bitter. However, the comparisons end when it comes to texture. While Kalamazoo Stout was rich and velvety, Special Double Cream Stout is lighter, and less creamy. Of course, we are dealing with different styles here, and Bell's nailed both. Very good mouthfeel for a sweet stout.

Special Double Cream Stout is an unbelievably easy drinker. The light body, and the delicious flavor, make this one go down very easily. Once again, Bell's brews a winner.

Gyle41386, Jul 31, 2009
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Hopdaemon39, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Matthew607, Mar 24, 2014
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,179 ratings.