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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,327 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,327
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 192
Gots: 331 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque and hazy very dark brown. Thin light brown head. Looks like it will lace nicely.

Aroma: Sweet roasted malt. Creamy chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Says on the bottle they use ten different types of malts and it actually shows well in the complexity on the palate. Starts creamy and sweet then you get toffee and a nutty character about halfway through. The finish slowly goes from roasted chocolate to a black coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite complex for 6.1% ABV but not overly so. No hop presence but I attribute the bit of bitterness right at the beginning to whatever hop addition(s) was made. The roasted malt and bitter aftertaste does a good job of balancing an otherwise sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but feels more viscous. Real nice creamy feel before the finish. Easy drinkability but complex enough to warrant a slower enjoyment. My only gripe is that it's a little over carbonated.

Final Thoughts: I've been anticipating this beer's seasonal release but without incredibly high expectations. In the end it has left me satisfied with making the purchase of a sixer. Would I drink it again? Yep. Given the season and limited availability I'll be sure to ration them throughout the long winter and probably buy it again next year.

Photo of dsnyder61
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of harryhops
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Malty nose - mainly roast - seasoned with coffee and chocolate.
Pours deep dark brown under a finely bubbled foam collar, thin but lacy. The roast flavors are soft rather than bitter or harsh.
Palate: bittersweet chocolate and coffee, a touch of caramel sweetness.
Chewy with an extraordinarily creamy body - very fine carbonation.

Photo of WckdVbz
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of seangibbs60
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Sampled from an incredibly fresh six-pack.

Bell's Special Double Cream stout is an impenetrably jet-black beer whose head reaches 1" of height. This deep tanned froth subsides in half, leaving little sunspots of lace on the inside of the glass.

Intensely sweet on the nose, this beer instantly brings to mind all things chocolately and indulgent. Milk chocolate, cocao, hot chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Raisins - or Raisinettes actually - with yoo-hoo, and canned malt extract. Heavy cream. Iced mocha.

Following the aroma, the palate of this beer is quite - or as my review says insanely - sweet. A weird grape-juice flavor pops up in the midst of diabetes-inducing candi-corn/liquid fudge malts.

Not particularly viscous or entertaining in the mouth. I really crave roastiness in any black beer, and this is somewhat lacking in that department. I prefer hop/roast interplay, of which this beer has none.

Truly for the choco-freak or diabetes sufferer. Not a beer for the masses, but an interesting aside nonetheless. I could see non-beer people enjoying this one as a special treat.

Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of nodder
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.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark brown with three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Really nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt. Good but mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Nutty with milk flavors. Slightly bitter roasted malt flavors are stronger in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a good stout, but the nose is mild, and nothing about the taste sticks out to me. Above average, but not exceptional.

Photo of nhindian
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a pitch black with two-fingers of dark khaki head. Retention is decent, lasting for a few minutes. Lacing is fantastic as it leaves almost an entire curtain around the glass.

S - Smell is of slightly roasted malts, but not to the extent of other stouts out there. This seems a bit more balanced, carefully blending milk chocolate, espresso, and an edge of sweetness. Something smells a bit... off in the back-end of the nose but I can't place it...

T - Taste is a bit sweeter than many other stouts I've had and it lasts throughout the drink. Like in the nose, this beer doesn't lean too far toward too heavy in espresso or bittersweet chocolate, which is a nice compromise, but I feel it also leaves it in limbo. There's no defining taste here, but rather a mellow blend of malts. Some hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth. Finish is long and, for a change, surprisingly sweet.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are nice and balanced, but as mentioned before, don't pop out at me. It's a solid drink, but nothing I would actively seek out again.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with brown edges and a small brown cap of foam. Both aroma and flavor lack the roastiness of some other cream stouts I've had that don't claim to be "double".
Mouthfeel is also quite thin for what the label claims; lacks both creaminess and stoutness. Has more of a porter-like twang.
Still quite enjoyable. Nothing bad about this beer, just a bit thin and light for a double cream stout.

Photo of Vylo
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of bboven
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black opaque body with little head or lacing. What head is there is light tan.

Smells very sweet and nutty, almost like a pecan pie or something along those lines. There's a slight sour tinge throughout as well, but not enough to hurt it significantly.

Definitely a sweet flavor, but there's a big roastiness that didn't come through in the sweet smell. The bittering at the end of the sip is pretty amazing as well.

Full but not too thick, creamy and smooth carbonation, clings just enough to your palate to make an emphasis.

I've had this before, but not since moving to NC. Bell's is starting to make its way out here more and more and I'm very happy for it. I recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the style or wants a sweet and hearty dessert beer from time to time.

Photo of edhizdeid
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of loganburgh
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of santoslhalper
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan collar of a head. The head leaves decent sheets of lacing.

Smell: Smell's mainly of chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee. A simple smell, not bad, but not special.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This brew is all about chocolate malts. A little bit of espresso, a little bit of coffee, but mostly chocolate. The chocolate tastes a little artificial, but still a pleasing taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is very good beer, different from any other Bell's offering I've had. I'd definitely have another. It was my mistake, but I sampled it after having Rogue Chocolate Stout (this review is from notes taken last night). The Rogue was better than this in every way. But this is still a tasty beer, and one worth trying.

Bashiba, Bashiba, Bashiba... you always hook me up.

Photo of Magpie14
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a rich deep reddish black color with fluffy cream/coffee colored head. Big, chunky, bubbley lacing all around....nice! Poured very smoothly

S: coffee, vanilla beans, and sweetness to boot. Pretty roasted overall with a pinch of bitter powered cocoa. The nose is mild and very well equipped for a nasal exploration

T: molasses, chocolate, and slight vanilla toffee flavors permeate within every sip. I find this beer has a creamy sort of Cool Whip appeal on the tongue. The coffee notes are more aggressive on the palate and is followed by a bitter somewhat dry taste. Gets on real tasty and much like the nose, it is heavily roasted and malty. This is one of my all time favorite Bells brews

M: goes down way to easy and has a great feel. This is near chewy and has plenty of volume. I would venture to say a heavy full body

D: absolutely solid. I do not need to say anymore.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. 1 finger head. Nice retention. Some fairly heavy lacing left. Color is black.

S. Smell is pretty sweet. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Nice sweet stout smell. Not really a whole lot of hops at all.

T. Taste is good. Chocolate, coffee. Sweet finish. Maybe a litte bit of dark fruit. Nice balance.

M. Medium bodied. Nice mouthfeel. Medium/low carbonation. Sweet finish.

D. Very easy drinking. Milk stout is my preferred type of stout next to Imperial. This is really well balanced and easy to put down. I like the chocolate flavors in this.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,327 ratings.