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

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Reviews: 1,382
Hads: 3,483
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 211
Gots: 388 | FT: 3
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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 woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am making a concerted effort to clear some of the beer out of my basement and this surfaced. Nice to see you again!

From the bottle: "Brewed with a blend of 10 different malts, Double Cream is an incredibly rich stout composed of dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, roasty finish."

The pour created an impressive finger of deep-tan head with excellent retention. Color was obsidian black, allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a sweetish smell, like dried dark fruits, underlain by a light smokiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with tastes of dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, smoke and charcoal in the mouth. Wow! Finish was incredibly silky smooth, very chocolaty, especially on the extreme finish. I have been on a stout kick the last day or so and this struck me as more of a dessert beer/stout, given its lingering sweetness. This was the third (!) different way that I have had this beer and each time, it was enjoyable. That has to count for something.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a one finger tan head. The head settled to form a ring around the glass but had pretty good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some sweet chocolate along with a little coffee and roasted flavor.

Taste is sweet at first with some chocolate and coffee notes and it finishes with moderate bitterness to help balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is a nice drinking stout that I can have a few of in a sitting.

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Photo of Gavage
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with 1/2" head that quickly reduced to surface foam. The aroma is pleasant as coffee and chocolate are easily detectable. The flavor is very impressive as numerous flavors makes the taste buds happy. Roasted malt is a tad more burnt in flavor (in a good way) and the chocolate, coffee, licorice, and raisin tones round this out nicely. Just a touch of bitterness, and the alcohol is barely noticable.

Medium/heavy in body. Creamy smooth start with a long dry and tingling roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate finish. Very nicely drinkable and extremely enjoyable. Too bad the pour didn't look better.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Packaged September 6th 2011.

A very small one finger head, of dark coffee and cocoa color is presented, sitting on a somewhat very dark red, almost deep red brown body color. Head seems to fall and disappear fairly quickly, collar recedes as well too. Some just barely visible tiny rising carbonation is noticeable.

Nose is a simple berry fruit, some cherry but also a nice simple roast character, browning cooked and roasted malt. Nice mix of fruit barleywine character and stout.

For the style even slightly wet, but also fairly good flavors on the palate. Taste rolls to a mild flattened coffee and even a big soft roast character on the palate. Finish is a little watery, and almost like flattened club soda.

Overall though I really like the nose on this beer and it's the most impresssive thing about it, so I don't seem to mind ramming my shnoze in the glass and having another sip.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep brown, almost a black, color. It forms a thick brown head when swirled in my glass. The aroma is of a buttery roast malt. The butter seems to dominate the aroma. The butter component is in the taste as well. This beer is creamy in consistency. It has definite roast character as well, though befitting a cream stout, it is a soft roast flavor. The stout is fairly thick bodied, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The butter flavor seems to dissipate with time, though I could just be getting used to it. I am not sure if the butter character is supposed to be here (my guess is that it is not), but it is no so strong that it horribly detracts from this beer. It even helps to boost the perceived fullness of this beer. Though in the end this beer would be much better without the butter component.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no dating. Black as night, dark tan head, tiny bubble head melts down to a film, lots o' lace. Nose is of sweet fruit, vanilla and burnt malt in background. Lucious mouthfeel, this a sweet nectar of the stout gods. Notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, biscuits and roasted malts. As the bottle advertizes this one boasts a soft roasty finish. More fine stuff from Bells, I wish my wife brought a case of this stuff home instead of a sixer!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Doble cream is a very very dark brown that might as well be called black, it practically is. A nice semi full off white vanilla head stayed a float but did not manage to leave any lace. Smell up front is dark malt and chocolate, warming up some of vanilla creeps in with toasted nuts, further warming reveals coffee beans. The taste is pretty much in the same order. A bit of caramel malt sweetness but the cream seems to be lacking. A lot of coffee with warming that i was not expecting. I dont see why they call this a double. The feel is a bumpy ride and a bit rugged. Not as easy going down as other's in the style, perhaps this would be best off a nitro, hopefully one day i'll find it. Bell's needs to take double out of the name or add double the amount of cream next batch.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had cream stout before, so what's the deal with double cream stout? Is it a double stout with cream? At 6.1% ABV, I assume it has double the cream. It's that time again to open a 12 ounce bottle and pour into a glass. On to the beer:

A smooth pour yield an obsidian colored beer topped with a half-inch of tanned head. The head stays up well and leaves a few streaks of lacing around the glass. It smells like a pleasant sweet stout. Lactose being an obvious note, pleasant roasted malt in the back, so an appealing nose.

Being labeled as "double" anything connotes a heavy beer. Not so in Double Cream Stout. Not only flavorful, but very damn smooth going down. It's cream sweet, backed by a good stout with roasted and licorice notes. As for texture, I imagine that it's not far from silk, because it's incredibly smooth.

Dessert has been served in the form of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. This is one that I'd love to try again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap in Denver (its a secret tap).
Poured black and slick looking.Medium brown head billowed up nicely and stayed around, some chunks.
Coffee and chocolate, hint of sour milk and dried hops in the nose.
Mix of coffee and chocolate, sweet in the middle and finished dry, nutty aftertaste. The sourness of the aroma is still there, but blends in well with the other flavors. A bit creamy, makes drinking it a bit easy.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, batch number 8150, poured into a pint glass

A: Thick, nearly opaque black with chocolate tones around the edges. Not much of a head, thin tan color that quickly dissipates to a ring of film with little lacing.
S: Overall a fairly mild smell. Burnt malt, toasted flavors, coffee, slightly oxidized, no hops.
T: Very creamy and fluffy body, slightly oxidized. Very malty, toasted and burnt flavors, that begins very sweet and finishes with a slightly more bitter hop taste. There is also a light alcohol burn in the finish. A very nice sweet stout, and full of flavor but a little to thick and hot to be very drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a name like "Special Double Cream Stout," a expected some serious cream. I don't know what they "doubled," but this just came off like a big stout with a little less of a dry, roasted feel. No, it's not bad, there's a dark malt profile that's similar to a mocha coffee, maybe with a touch of cream. Basically it's a good stout, but I don't know if it's special.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Double Cream Stout, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a substantial light brown head. Nice webbed lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is soft, just a hint of chocolate and sweet loaf.

Taste is chocolatey and malty. Hops are there adding to the bitterness. Suggestions of lactose sugar. A full roasted flavor, reminiscent of coffee.

Full bodied mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation throughout. Semi dry bitter chocolate finish.

A nice beer from Bells here. Good balance and though its a bit strong its still quite good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a creamy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roast, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, hints of sweet caramel and little to no hop aroma. Taste is sweet creamy and smooth. Whipped milk chocolate mousse with hints of mocha, caramel and roast. Sweet roasty creamy and flavorful. Medium body with a velvety smooth creamy silky mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. That is a nice flavorful stout. Its hard to believe there is no lactose in there.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours black with some brown highlights, and a super creamy, off-white head with excellent lacing. Smells nutty and lightly roasty with some creaminess. Tastes delicious. Creamy and slightly sweet with a fresh cream, citrus hop, and a light roasty flavor and some toasted hazlenut and almonds. Creamy and with some sweetness in the mouth. A very nice beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, mahogany highlighted, blackish-brown coloring with a creamy, fluffy, smooth, tall, light tan head that slowly settles into a filmy surface coat, leaving an impressive lacing along the glass. Aromas of cream first and foremost, with a subtle bittersweet mocha character in the backbone. Hints of vanilla and smoke, as well. Flavors are cream forward, with a rich and sweet blend, cut through with the bitterness of dark roast coffee, hints of baker's chocolate, and highlights of smoke. Very short lived sweetness, but it flashes back just as strong with every sip, only to be the Trojan horse for the bittersweet and smoky blend on the palate. Solid and balanced. Dry, light bodied, despite the robust flavors, but the beer is able to maintain a smooth feeling throughout. The bitter lingers through to the aftertaste, with a coffee theme, but there are also lingering hints of the creamy sweetness that started it all. Slick transition into a dry finish, with a bittersweet linger. Very easy to drink, both in body and ABV, and very flavorful. Solid beer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 11507, bottled September 26, 2012.

Black body with a creamy brown head, with almost a reddish tinge to it. Light retention and a bit of lace. Nose of sweet and dark chocolate, light roast and some vanilla. Some hazelnut as well. Taste has some roast, creamy/milk chocolate and dark malt character. Some metallic as well. Medium full body and carbonation was a bit high initially. I'm sure this would be delightful on nitro.

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Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at tria in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark black color with a thin brown head. Aroma of malty chocolate, roasted coffee and hops. Very smooth, easy drinking stout. Nice balance of creamy chocolate maltiness with a nice touch of bitter hoppiness.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense black with a 3 finger tan head that slowly fades out into a film and collar. Spots of lacing are left around the tulip glass.
Smell is of sweet, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, toasted chestnuts, vanilla, and cream.
Taste is of the same aromas. Toasted nuts, fruits, cocoa, coffee, vanilla ice cream.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with creamy, toasty coffee bitterness with some sweet chocolate notes coming through. Mildly carbonated and rich.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from Limesmut.

A clear deep brown colored beer nearing black in color. Short brown head forms and disappears.

Smell is sweet and quite strongly of chocolate. After the chocolate burned sugar and patent malt with a trace of carrot scent. Lastly there is a trace of smoke in this.

The taste starts out sweet and very strongly of chocolate, one of the biggest chocolate flavors I have tasted. Lots of bittersweet chocolate flavor with and real coffee taste. Fairly strong charred malt flavor and a decent amount of smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very tasty stout and not hyper alcoholic either. A tasty beer that I will gladly drink again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carbonized wood with English Breakfast tea on the trims. The complexion appears chalky, in a tumbled marble kind of way, and the beer is uncompromisingly opaque. Good lighting reveals shades of browns near the surface but its body is impenetrable. There isn't much head but its surface is far from plain. Little marks of lacing dot the glass like rifle spray.

I'm not impressed by a brewery just putting on the label that they use 10 different malts in the recipe - I want to taste it for myself! In this case, I can smell it first. The aroma is so full of malted graininess it makes me believe I'm hovering over a propane burner and a keg full of boiling sweet homebrew wort. I don't have much experience with raw ingredients but in this I feel as though I can manage to distinctly pick out individual pale, crystal, roast and chocolate malts.

Whoa! I can taste them, too. With 10 malts in there it's easy to guess a few correctly; my palate indicates roast barley, chocolate, Munich, caramunich, a chewy English Marris Otter and likely, everything in between. Each sip is like the musical scale of malts that takes you from low octave to high, changing tones and pitch all along the way. In quick splitting seconds the taste changes from light, pale malts to dark, roasty to sweet and caramelized.

I like that the beer is left so plainly undecorated. Beers are rarely this straightforward and simple; pale ales and pilsners perhaps, but stouts rarely. I don't taste much coffee, nor chocolate, nor dark berries, nor licorice. (Actually, the most distinct impressions I get are of peat, soot, ashes and smokey wood.) I taste grains - and plenty of them. This isn't taking anything away from the flavour, on the contrary, I find this a refreshingly earnest offering.

Like good music, beer requires balance and harmony between its instruments. The use of such a profound malt bill has provided an orchestra of grainy, malty flavours that rotate positions like a game of musical chairs. It's too bad that with this being my last bottle I'm going to be the one left without a seat when the music stops. Thanks BuckeyeNation!

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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle of this excellent beer the other night.

The stout pours the expected blackish brown color, but with exceptional head retention and lacing. The head on this beer has something of a cocoa color, which I quite appreciate. The beer is likewise very attractive on the nose, with some noticeable chocolate, vanilla and coffee, but with a fine roasty, almost burnt toast aroma as well. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with moderate sweetness, but with enought hoppy bitterness to keep that sweetness from becoming overwhelming. The mouthfeel is very light and creamy, and might be this beers best feature. The beer is very drinkable, with the 7.5% alcohol well disguised.

This beer is nothing like the expedition stout, and is a nice departure from some of the RIS's I've been drinking of late. A very nice effort from Bell's, to no great surprise.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnnyM2002

Pours a clean dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, a few islands, but not much lacing at all. The nose is slightly roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is very nice of roasted malts, and mostly coffee, the finish is slightly dry. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, my first Double Cream Stout, if you can get your hands on some, do it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.31/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with one finger of bubbly light brown head.

S - Roasted malts with a sweet molasses smell. I also detect somewhat sour licorice/anise smell, similar to that in Bell's Porter, which is not a welcome smell.

T - Roasted malts with a definite burst of brewers licorice up front, very similar to the Bell's porter. The licorice taste overpowers the beer and ruins it for me. Was really looking forward to this one.

M - Medium body, more carbonation that usual for a stout.

D - A below average beer. Disappointing.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an American pint glass

A-Jet black dense color with a few bubbles slowly rising to the surface. The head is a milk chocolate brown but it disappears rather quickly

S- notes of coffee beans and a creamy chocolate hint aswell. Just a little earthiness gives the coffee some depth

T- roasted malt start with lots of sweetness on top of some hoppiness. Finishes with a graham cracker mellowness and just the hint of hops.

M- medium body with residual sweetness but a tart mouthfeel at the end.

D- This is a very pleasant yet complex stout. It has a lot of flavor packed in that bottle but no characteristic is over powering. I would like to see a bit more chewiness in the mouthfeel but definitely a leader in this category.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass served at Capone's during the Founders/Bell's Nights

A: The ale is a dark chocolate color, almost pitch black, but in a darker bar setting who can tell for certain? An off-white head laces nicely throughout the glass, creating spiderwebs of delicious beer.

S: The nose has a lactic sourness, milky with an undertone of dry tartness. Some darker chocolate notes round out the aroma profile.

T: The taste follows the nose, starting off with a roasted stout body. That body is reasonably restrained, at least compared to Expedition Stout (which I had just before it). The roasted chocolate flavors are mixed with a lactose tartness, creating a milk chocolate-like flavor that comes across as just a little out of date. That lactose finish is strange, especially if you weren't expectin' it.

M: The bitterness is unusual, a strange flavor that rarely pops up even in milk stouts. Roasted malts and lactose are a nice combination.

D: Very drinkable, even with a higher abv. I went into the night liking Java Stout more but left favoring Double Cream.

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