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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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3,039 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,039
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 173
Gots: 238 | 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 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
Photo of lilnicky068
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
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4/5  rDev +0.8%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 14, 2014
Photo of Tafyob41
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Tafyob41, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Supergenious, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Lurkerson, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Barnsley
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Barnsley, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of jordanimal
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

jordanimal, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of KingBiscuit
4/5  rDev +0.8%

KingBiscuit, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of davesway10
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

davesway10, May 11, 2014
Photo of toppoop
4/5  rDev +0.8%

toppoop, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of UncleAddie
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

UncleAddie, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of halo3one
3/5  rDev -24.4%

halo3one, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of ngandhi
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I made the mistake of serving this cold. Not much in the way of a head, but I suspect it would have been better at cellar temp. When cold, the dull nose compliments a dominant chocolate maltiness along the path of Expedition, but miles and miles behind it. The lactose is also very evident and gives this beer a mocha quality. After letting it warm for a while, the other ten malts begin to come out and reveal a mild, very pleasant caramel that marries wonderfully with the cream (think Rollo candy). There's much more to this than a mocha. While I'm reminded, at first, of Goose Island Oatmeal Stout and its intense (and unpleasant) mocha characteristics, when served properly Bell's Special Double Cream has a great deal of character. There's a rind-like drying finish that I suspect are from the light bittering addition. Perhaps some hops are added in the top third of the boil because there is an interesting but very light hoppy note in the background. Lots of cream on the finish, too.

Well integrated, this isn't bad at all. There seems to be a good deal of Crystal (caramel) malt in this brew and yet it doesn't go the way of brown ales (raisiny and, in my opinion, quite poor). It even picks up a good amount of esters either from the yeast or the hops. Not much of a sit-back beer, but perhaps a nice one with a meal (went very well with my fettucine and eggplant parmesan) or over a smoke.

ngandhi, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of oakbluff
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- licorice colour with an ebony/reddish hue. Head dissipates quite quickly, however lacing is ok. Nose- more licorice, oatmeal and some roast. Taste- light roasts, milk chocolate and anise. Carbonation was pretty spritzy for the style, otherwise nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is good- I had no idea that this was 7.5%. Good stout on a winter's day.

oakbluff, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of JoeLacy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

JoeLacy, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of King_KongDCO93
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

AGust82, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of inebrius
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big nose of chocolate ice cream drizzled with caramel and espresso beans, a dash of roasted pecans and shaved chocolate. Starts off like one of those iced coffee drinks you get at the mall, but made with a double shot of French roast rather than some puny house blend. Roastiness gathers some steam on a frizzy carbonation, peaks, then slowly tapers off as a smooth malt back and a few traces of hop make an appearance. A nice beer that should probably accompany food, perhaps a bit too stout on its own.

inebrius, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

brewerburgundy, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this before now, in the bottle, but never got around to reviewing it. Taphouse in Ghent had it on Tap so I snagged it.

A- Opaque black with some rosewood brown swimming around the edges. Mocha colored head with good retention.

S- Toasty roasty dark malt with semi-sweet chocolate and a slight tinge of licorice. Some good things going on in the nose just wish the aroma had more of a punch.

T- Again the roasted malts are predominate in the flavor as clued in by the aroma. Coffee, milk chocolate and cocoa round it out nicely.

M- thick and creamy. Not incredibly heavy but there is a definite chewiness. Glazes the mouth and throat nicely.

D- A light body with good taste make this a pretty good choice if I wanted something creamy and roasty. I could definitely knock a couple of these back but would probably pick another stout if it was available. However this would be wonderful with/as dessert so my percentage of ordering it would increase exponentially after a meal.

Viciousknishs, Nov 07, 2010
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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