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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,866 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 2,866
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 164
Gots: 198 | FT: 5
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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:
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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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-05-2014 06:30:35 | More by zestar
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 02:02:45 | More by Wasatch
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-07-2012 00:51:13 | More by duceswild
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a thick 1/2" light brown head above a dark, dark brown/black brew. Long-lasting head that laced excellently. Aroma is sweetly of dark malts, perhaps to a fault, with no balancing bitterness seemling present at all. Taste follows the nose, with sweetness dominant, to a fault, and ends up with a tinge of bitterness, but almost too little, too late. Mouthfeel is nowhere near as smooth as one would expect from a cream stout, kind of disappointing, and drinkability is a bit better, but one could certainly find a more desirable lot from Bell's stable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 01:20:08 | More by ppoitras
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8842

Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass. Pours a 1.5 finger tan head. that dissipates to a thin layer. It left some nice lace rings down the side of the glass. Color is a deep deep brown, pretty much black.

The aroma is very robust. It reminded me a lot of Bell's porter: very smokey and malty with hints of carmel. Taste is very smokey and roasty. The beer is very malty. It seems as if the chocolate taste is burnt in this beer.

Mouthfeel is a little more bitter than I expected, after a few seconds it gets creamy and ends with a pretty clean aftertaste. Seems decently carbonated.

Overall, this is a decent beer, however I would rather get a different product for the price. I enjoyed expedition a lot more and hopslam is such a bomb. This is one of bell's more expensive products and I just don't like it enjoy to want to purchase it again. All-in-all, a great beer, just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 02:15:07 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 06:33:14 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-09-2013 14:31:05 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 18:27:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 19:38:58 | More by biegaman
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-16-2013 02:16:54 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 14:39:21 | More by John_M
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a humongous beige head. Great retention and generous lacing.

S: Roasted malt, milk, cream

T: Very creamy and rich with a very noticeable lactose flavor. The milk aspect is present throughout the taste, with mild sourness. A tasty beer, though perhaps the lactic aspect is a bit overdone.

M: Smooth and easy to drink. Bitter aftertaste, with lactose overtones.

D: A really solid example of the style. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 23:46:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light roast, cream, light vanilla, floral, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes with some light hops; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, light roast, cream, light vanilla, dark bread, and floral/roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, cream, dark bread, and light roast on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is a very nice sweet stout. All around good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:20:10 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-27-2011 03:36:18 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-08-2013 06:37:19 | More by drewone
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-25-2011 03:48:14 | More by rab53
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7733!

Pours an opaque brown/black, no edges, thick tan head forms, nice lace spots, good retention, pretty ring around the glass. Smell is super malty, very complex, caramel, bread, roast chocolate and coffee, cream, very fragrant, smells kind of like fresh dairy, little bit oaky and vinous, like a chardonnay oak sweetness. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, roasty, caramel sweetness, lactic, creamy, chocolate goodness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, nice flavour, lactic sweetness cloys a bit though. Thanks for picking up Lexx!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 21:22:08 | More by Viggo
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2007 22:04:50 | More by Mebuzzard
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jparkanzky for sending this to me in a trade. Been looking to try it for a while.

A: Poured into a DFH signature glass, the beer is dark brown with a two finger tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin layer on top. Leaves behind some very nice lacing all over the glass.

S: Simple, but good. Light roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a little bit of coffee and a hint of hops.

T: Lightly roasted malt and a good bit of milk chocolate, not much coffee at all. Not overly sweet, but certainly creamy.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation, on the creamier side, very smooth.

O: A good beer, would be a touch better if the flavors were a bit bolder, but still very good and lives up to its name of being creamy. A stout that I could drink a few of for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 01:19:04 | More by mdaschaf
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 22:40:52 | More by smakawhat
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is ink black. A thin brown head recedes to an edging rather quickly. Nice belgian lacing. Huge mix of toffee, vanilla bean, coffee, mocha and dark fruits on the nose. The taste is a combination of bittersweet chocolate (slight), lactic sourness, alcohol and dark plum and cherry like fruits. Nice combination. Body is about medium-full. Just another in the long line of outstanding stouts from K-zoo. I can't believe I didn't review this one already.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 21:42:24 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty black, but then I guess its a double stout, even if of the cream variety. Aroma is faint cocoa, very delicate, not overpowering.

The taste, rich, yet soft, very easy drinking, not big on the roast or chocolate, it keeps a velvet like average chewiness with that dallop of cocoa powder. Not heavy on the sweetness. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste at all, ends dry for a milk stout or whatnot. A little twang with it. This beer offers a ton of different flavor profiles all under one cap, but none of them are really in your face. One of those stouts that you can use to convert someone to stouts, but isn't overly simplified, complex and enjoyable enough for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 01:42:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, light ruby highlights, with a mocha coloured, thin head. Fair retention and lacing. Lactose sweetness in the aroma, chocolatey and malty, light alcohol and moderate roasted character. Full body with low carbonation. Silky smooth texture, a bit milky. Balance is on the malty side, lactose, low roasted flavour but the roast barley contributes to dryness at the finish. Low bitterness and just a bit of milk chocolate. Very light alcohol warmth. Pretty good stout overall, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 01:06:35 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a short-lived brown head

S - the nose is very faint with some subtle roasted malts coming through

T - coffee, burnt sugar, toffee, roasted malts, faint bitterness

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nicely balanced, complex milk stout. The roasted malts are intense and the coffee flavors add a nice balanced bitterness. There's a nice creaminess and some toffee notes throughout. This is a very enjoyable beer. I'm not sure I would be able to have more than one of these at once, but I will definitely be having it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:20:23 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-15-2013 08:28:11 | More by Kelp
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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