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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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2,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,915
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 168
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
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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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

This brew had a very strong coffee and chocolate aroma. It poured with no head and a very dark black opaque body. It actually had a very mild coffee taste with an otherwise OK flavor. There was no after bite which allowed it to go down very smoothly.

07-03-2003 09:08:48 | More by TheDM
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3.85/5  rDev -3%

This one pours out a dark brown with a soapy tan head. Sticky head, opaque coloring.

Very smoky and sweet aroma, a little burnt malt.

Huge burnt malt in the flavor, smoky and woodsy. Pretty sweet, very even.

Syrupy, sticky feel. Low, virtually no carbonation.

Very mild flavor, but very sticky and for no reason. The flavor is muted, but still very decent.

01-18-2010 02:56:19 | More by cnally
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-23-2014 19:03:16 | More by toppoop
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a pitch black color with a thick creamy unforgiving tan head with tons of residual lacing. Smells of coffee, and some chocolate and maybe roasted malts. Tastes of tons of coffee with tasty sweetness and roasted malts. Hops round out the flavor and cut some of the sweetness. You can taste some chocolate in there as well. Nice thick and full bodied mouthfeel. Drinkability is really good.

11-06-2010 01:03:59 | More by TheKingofWichita
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-01-2013 22:40:26 | More by jpaulsen
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New York

3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-21-2013 03:19:57 | More by VaporDome
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Pours a deep brown with 2 finger mocha colored head. Good amount of frothy lacing

S- Sweet cocoa, roasted malt, hint of vanilla and dark fruit

T- Taste is robust, cocoa, burnt coffee, vanilla, and raisins. Very good.

M- Creamy, full, well carbonated

Overall- Superb American Stout. Very delicious

12-01-2012 03:03:20 | More by BeerBuckeye
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-01-2011 04:16:40 | More by KornWallace
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Alberta (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%

A- This is an opaque black color and looks very solid. The head looks very creamy, is a cappuccino color and has moderate retention in my opinion....settles down to a thin layer a little quicker than I'd like. The lacing, while decent, is less fulfilling than I was expecting, but nothing to really complain about. Overall, a fine....perhaps slightly underwhelming looking stout, but that is not what makes the beer....onward....

S- There is a medley of fine aromas happening here...I find a milky quality about the aroma first off....to me it has a soft chocolate milk smell initially, followed by mild aromas of roasted coffee, cream, and dare I even say a hint of canned black olive?!....yes I did! The finish has some smooth bitterness happening....very mild and very inviting!

T- Oh this is a delightfully creamy tasting beer! This is chalk full of mild, yet robust flavors of bitter chocolate, mild roast coffee, sweet caramelized molasses/golden brown sugar, and toasty malted barley. The finish has a bitterness, but not of the hop variety, but rather just the right amount of burnt grain kernels...reminds me slightly of an oat stout in this regard. My only qualm is right after the swallow, there is the slightest bit of an alcohol spice, which takes away from the smoothness, but again, nothing to really get excited over.

M- I am willing to bet that this is one of the creamiest stouts in the world! Full mouthfeel, and I really enjoy the rich softness of the beer....almost like some heavy cream was added to this but I fully realize that this is dairy free....it's just that smooth! The carbonation is soft and stays in the background where it belongs....just wonderful!

O- This is a deadly stout that is very highly drinkable!! Oh boy, if this was available in my area, I would have a new go to for the style! Rich flavors & aromas, superbly smooth and full, without being overbearing on the palate or stomach, I give this one very high marks and highly recommend this one to anyone who appreciates a super high quality stout!

03-03-2013 02:31:29 | More by ChrisCage
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3.85/5  rDev -3%

And again, thanks to pwoody11 (man, he hooked it up!). Batch 9446.

A - Clear, very dark brown, almost opaque. Small, long-lasting tan head. Little lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, caramel. Clean.

F/M - Chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark dried fruits (prunes). Medium-low bitterness helps this beer stay smooth and the creamy mouthfeel really makes it full bodied yet clean in the finish. Medium-lite carbonation.

D - This is one easy-drinking "double cream" stout. Full bodied, creamy and rich, yet finishes clean and without a heavy lingering aftertaste.

09-02-2010 00:26:32 | More by domtronzero
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-10-2013 00:05:24 | More by Alex5
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Definitely the most bitter tasting sweet stout I can remember. Almost like Shakespeare or other examples of micro-stouts. I thouroughly enjoyed this one, although it was different than what I expected. No Mackeson's or Young's luxury here. Hops are quite evident, but the finish is not overly dry. Nice appearance, smooth mouthfeel. This is an excellent stout.

10-29-2003 04:56:24 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

The appearance is dark black with cocoa edges. The head pours a solid fluffy one finger head that evolves into a haze over the glass. The tan head does not leave any lacing and the legs are watery.

The smell is of chocolate, roasted grains, vanilla.

The taste is impressive and drinkable. Chocolate, vanilla, a cream lactose mouthfeel. This one reminds me of a chocolate stout that I brewed with lactose, really creamy. Great smooth mouthfeel that finishes great. Incredible drinkable, this would be a session stout at my house. Lots of vanilla in the warming up of the brew.

03-05-2010 00:47:40 | More by Jmoore50
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

08-03-2014 20:43:21 | More by AGust82
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3.93/5  rDev -1%

Black and opaque... with a decent tan head. Aroma of roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, and some dried fruit. Flavor is somewhat astringent, with coffee and chocolate flavors... some sweetness, and dried fruit flavors. Medium to full body, with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth as it warms. Another well done stout from Kalamazoo.

11-28-2002 15:49:30 | More by zerk
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Sampled from a bottle carried back home by a good friend.

Beer pours into a straight side pint glass as a big black with short, almost nonexistant tan head.

Aroma is deeply fruity and buttery with coffee and tobacco.

Flavor is sharp and roasty with an acidic bite and a toasted bread finish.

Overall I'd have expected more sweetness in the brew, but the body is sufficiently weighty to wrestle the roast that is such a large character in the palate.

09-03-2004 06:25:24 | More by drewbage
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-14-2011 14:10:11 | More by mcphish22
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

12-03-2011 01:54:21 | More by brealbg
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-09-2014 19:18:52 | More by joegard
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-14-2013 00:39:09 | More by HardyA
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3.45/5  rDev -13.1%

Had this on-tap at Fries Cafe in Clifton during BeerFest 08.

Appearance: Pours dark to medium chocolate brown with a very short tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving light rings of sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Smells first and foremost of burned coffee beans - not toasty, but burned. It's followed by a strong sweet smell somewhat like whipped cream or cake icing with some vanilla.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very strong and direct burned coffee taste, like drinking black coffee that was scorched in the carafe after sitting on the hotplate too long. It is tempered only slightly by the sweet cream taste I was expecting from the scent - I wish it was a little stronger in the mix to balance out the burned note. The carbonation is good, adding lightness and maybe contributing to the distinct bright, almost tart flavor that this beer leaves as I swallow. I almost have to say something lemony, which seems not to make any sense in this style. I try another drink - same thing. It's very strange, adn my mouth puckers a little each time I swallow as it only hits me as it's going down.

Drinkability: moderate to low - too many competing strong tastes make it hard to get through very quickly.

10-05-2008 03:09:41 | More by kels
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South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone IRS snifter

A - black as night with a small tan head

S - dark malts with are in the background on this one, lots of sweet vanilla flavors, this is gonna be good

T - sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish, the roasty malts come through, the vanilla comes through faintly but not nearly as strong as it smells

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, I expected a little bit heavier of a body

D - This is a pretty solid beer, I couldn't see myself drinking it real fast or drinking too many of these at once but it is working pretty good as my desert beer of the night. Would definitely pick this one up again

03-17-2010 02:22:06 | More by jpmclaug
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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

A: Body is a dark brown hue with a massive light brown head, creamy & frothy in texture. After several sips, the head leaves behind a thick sticky lace.

S: A rich aroma of roasted coffee and sweet caramel & chocolate malts.

T: A very well balance beer. A smooth flavor of bitter sweet chocolate (& chocolate malts), vanilla, creamy lactose, and finishes with a roasted coffee aftertaste.

M: A smooth and creamy texture with a slightly dry aftertaste. For a stout, it's a little bit more on the lighter side with decent carbonation.

D: I wish I could have one of these every day. Very delicious. We have a hver hot fall season, and this is the perfect stout to make the transistion to the heavier beers.

10-12-2010 12:14:42 | More by BrewCrew2010
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

12-06-2013 00:53:40 | More by Lambocalrisien
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Batch 8314

Oily in appearance, faint ring of foam on the rim of the pint glass. Knock it around and get chocolate brown suds for a few seconds. Rich black color with a shade of brown highlights.

Very nice, rich, sweet chocolate aroma, like malt-sweetened hot chocolate. Also some mineral water aroma, and even further back is some grain or possibly sawdust.

Bells really makes killer stouts. Rich sweetness and full bitterness reach near perfect harmony. Loads of chocolate malt, bittering hops, chocolate mousse, carmel malt sweetness, and even a bit of aroma hops. I keep saying hops and sweet, but neither are ever overbearing, just out front. I wouldn't have guessed lactose, but I can definitely find it since I knew it was there. I don't really detect roasted barley but I don't miss it.

Whatever yeast this is, the telltale nuttiness is there and reminds me of lots of east coast breweries (Victory, Troegs, Sly Fox, Lancaster, they all use something very similar for the ales). The same deal with the water and the way the bitterness was extracted...very east-coast.

Killer mouthfeel. Greasy, oily, silky, low carbonation, sticky sweet, and even refreshing. I would guess oatmeal too.

Drinkable and delicious from a killer brewery. Maybe my favorite black beer from Bells.

12-04-2008 08:08:12 | More by rayjay
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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