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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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2,871 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,871
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-11-2014 02:23:17 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
Photo of Alpar


4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-16-2014 03:08:23 | More by Alpar
Photo of JoeLacy


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-23-2013 17:36:11 | More by JoeLacy
Photo of KI9A


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Obviously a dark cola color. Tan head, oustanding lace windows on the glass.

S: Malty & sweet.

T: Definate chocolate mile/toffee/chocolate malt tste. Sweet, but, not overbearing.

M: Smooth, lush. The sweetness eases the bitterness of the roasted malts.

D: Very drinkable. Like above, the sweetness eases the coffee like bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 03:51:21 | More by KI9A
Photo of andrewjraab


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black with a mocha head that remains at a nice cap during the drink.

S - Malts, chocolate, roasted coffee, malted milk balls.

T - Chocolate, coffee, faint bitterness to balance the sweet, malts. Medium bodied and rich mouthfeel - nice smooth and creamy finish.

O - This is a very drinkable stout - definitely worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:12:42 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of chocosushi


4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-16-2012 12:10:30 | More by chocosushi
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-12-2012 03:06:41 | More by dlello2
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-08-2013 15:55:19 | More by Duvel
Photo of vtfan77


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part two of my Bell's stout excursion.

A- Deep brown, almost black, as a stout should be. The head, however, is negligible. Only about a half inch forms and that's gone in a second.

S- Has a stronger and more distinct aroma than the Kalamazoo stout (to which I'm comparing it because the beers are the same style). Dark chocolate and espresso-like aromas are more prominent, as well as a fruity undertone reminiscent of plums.

T- Despite the strong smell, the roasted malt aromas are actually toned down a little in the taste. Joining them is a milk-like sweetness and sourness. I'm not sure if lactose is actually used in the brewing of this beer, but it tastes like it is. The finish is soft with a slight bitterness and a milk and coffee aftertaste.

M- Like the Kalamazoo stout, the mouthfeel of this beer is great. It's smooth and creamy with good carbonation, something the Kalamazoo lacked, although I'd say they're both quite similar.

D- While it doesn't seem overly drinkable at first due to its richness, I found that it went down a lot faster than I expected. My bottle says the ABV is 6.1%, significantly lower than the 7.5% listed above. Still, you probably wouldn't want to drink enough of this stuff that the alcohol becomes a problem. I could possibly see having one more bottle, but no more.

This is definitely one of the better milk/ sweet stouts that I have had. The flavors were softer yet more distinct than the Kalamazoo. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and if you're a stout fan I suspect you will too. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 04:31:14 | More by vtfan77
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-23-2013 21:27:12 | More by sonofliberty2
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at near-room temperature.

A - Pours a rich, black color with a small tan head...long-lasting lacing that remained on the glass for awhile.

S - Very vibrant burnt-cocoa aroma.

T - Powerful flavors of dark chocolate and coffee beans, but I feel like I'm stating the obvious at this point! Creamy texture that finishes with almost a vanilla flavor...a good description would be it's like a chocolate-vanilla twist from a yogurt machine.

M - Best mouthfeel of any milk stout I've had. Creamy, but with a little bite on the finish. Works its way down very easily and with no bitterness. Excellent blend!

D - As my journey into beerdom continues, I'm falling more in love with Bell's and their collection of stouts. Wonderful winter nightcap!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 03:20:52 | More by JohnnyM2002
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a tulip with a thin, tan colored head. Nice pitch black body.

Smell was roasty, with some coffee and chocolate notes. Mild hints of raisin and a burnt caramel. Nice and malty.

Taste had a light earthy bitterness upfront followed by lots of chocolate and roast. Good amounts of coffee and burnt caramel. Some mellow sweetness with a bit of raisin and dark fruits. Mellow bitterness in the finish that was bit earthy as well. Overall it reflected the aroma closely.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb and a crisp finish.

Overall, a nice stout. Was hoping for more of a creamy or sweet characteristic, but the stout itself was tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 00:51:32 | More by riored4v
Photo of bralston345


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

07-19-2013 02:46:25 | More by bralston345
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, and fresh roasted coffee. Lots of malt here. Nice blend of sweetness up front with some roasted bitterness. A slightly dry and tart finish. Pretty smooth feel with a perfect level of carbonation. A very nice stout, though I enjoy the Kalamazoo Stout more which is available year round.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 04:40:44 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of SupaCelt


3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is black out of the gates with a chocolate milk like foamy head. Head sticks around for a hot minute or two. Some lacing produced. I like the darkness. I have hope.

The smell is of malt and souring milk with some coffee and baker's chocolate notes. Nothing that makes my mouth water. Not foul by any means, just not all that exciting. Quite a neutral aroma.

This is milk stout. Some milky taste that stirs up a feeling of coffee and cream. Low hops profile. The body is somewhat thick but in more of a dairy sense than an oily sense. Quite sweet and dairy like. I can't really perceive any carbonation on my tongue. This is not a repulsive brew by any stretch of the imagination, but I would most likely not try this again. This style seems to lack the things I love about stouts. The milk factor seems to really dull things out. Namely the bitterness and roasted feeling of stout brews. Bell's has much finer drinks available in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 05:09:44 | More by SupaCelt
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep onyx with a light beige head that falls into a fine lace.
the aroma is dark, hopsack, alcohol, roasty, and malt.
the flavor malty, roasty, carmel, coffee, cream, spice.
the mouthfeel is a little thick and a creamy.
very enjoyable on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 03:50:23 | More by plaztikjezuz
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-21-2013 02:37:55 | More by jpd026
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a deep dark black body topped by a rich tan one finger head. Chunks of sediment settled to the bottom of my glass after pouring it. Head retention was decent and it left some nice lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Dark malt and bitter bakers chocolate dominate the nose.

T & M - Dark roasted malt and chocolate with just a touch of dark fruit to make things interesting. Just a very small amount of hop bitterness at the back end. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

D - An easy drinking sweet stout, Bell's has done well with this one. If you like the style (as I do) it's well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:55:16 | More by drizzam


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

10-11-2013 22:19:49 | More by MITCHELLMPLS
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-14-2013 00:39:09 | More by HardyA
Photo of PaulyB83


3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness glass

A- Dark roast coffee with a deep garnet on the edges. An aggressive pour yielded a high medium brown head that slowly dissipated to a thin layer that stayed. More carbonation then I was expecting.

S- Medium dark roasts and a slight roast acidity coming through

T- Bigger than the nose with the roast notes and the acidity lingers on the tongue.

M- Not as "creamy" as I was expecting given the name. Medium viscosity.

O- Thought this was going to be a sweet milk stout by the name but even so a solid stout from a place known for great stouts. I think I will do a 50/50 mix with Expedition and get a taste of a non-BA Black Note.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 05:49:06 | More by PaulyB83
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Cream pours out characteristically black with a medium amount of head. Smell is strong and roasty with a touch of chocolate to go along with.

Taste is wonderfully creamy, like Kazoo Stout (coffee and roast backbone) but with a lot more creaminess added to it, and of course, a proper hit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is decent, not full bodied to the extreme, but adequate while the drinkability is good, largely because the extra creamy flavour makes it finish easier.

Overall, this is an interesting second take on Kazoo Stout. It basically takes a very solid year around, and then polishes it up a little, trading the heavier roasted edge of the standard for a creamier, smoother flavour. I like them both.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 20:55:13 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of dfried


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an inky, silky black color with slight brown around the edges. A small, carmel colored head forms, but quickly dissapates to a ring that leaves some lacing. The smell is not very apparent or strong, but it is pleasant none the less, sweet coffee, carmel, and chocolate tones. There are 10 different malts used in this beer so the taste is very complex. A lot of different sweet flavors, coffee, carmel, chocolate, etc., but not really any roasted flavor, all in all a very sweet stout. I also really liked the floral hop flavor in the after taste as well. This is a quite heavy beer though which definitly affects the drinkability. It almost reminded me of a bock with how sweet and deep the flavor was.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 13:54:54 | More by dfried
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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to DarkMonk

A- Pours solid black with a thin 1 finger khaki head that doesn't stick around.

S- To say the least this beer smells absolutely amazing. Tons of molasses, toffee and smoke. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate come out in back end. Can really smell the complexity of all the different malts used.

T- Unlike the aroma the roasted burnt coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate come through up front with a nice sweetness in the background from the molasses, toffee, and smoke. So complex but yet so simple!

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

Overall for a regular stout this beer packs the punch of an imperial. Tons of complex flavors from all the different malts and so amazingly drinkable. Bell's hit a home run with this one.


Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:00:57 | More by Arenbeer
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treasure in a BIF box from adamharbaugh.

Stout colored fluid. Stout colored head. Brief stout colored head.

Smells like roasted toasted nuts, not burnt. Ground coffee, also not burnt. Taste follows suit.

Gotta love that unique cream feeling that comes with a milk stout. Carbonation is just a bit on the rude side, not as bad as an 18 year old with a drivers license, but noticeable. Mellows out to perfection after a few.

I need another one of these because instead of her customary 2-3 oz taster, my wife stole half of this.

Overall: yummy

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 18:44:34 | More by PatronWizard
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