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

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

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.

Added by Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Nice thick head that eventually fades into lacing. Dark brew with thick molasses-like consistency.

Smell: Cream, sweet dark malts, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste: Thick cream like flavor upfront along with dark malts, coffee, chocolate, and some buttery/toffee flavors. Ends with a subtle zing from the hops. At first, this beer was almost too cream-like for my palate, but after a couple of sips I adjusted.

Drinkability: Great seasonal beer for drinking once a year. Outside of that, this beer isn't something I'd search out.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle from Batch 10,144.
A: Opaque black with a nice fluffy two-finger dark cream head that sticks.
S: Creamy oatmeal, milk chocolate, nice roast and hops that come off almost earthy and woodsy together with almonds. Good.
T: Again, cream and milk chocolate... in fact it almost tastes like good milk with a chocolate burnt roast character. Nuttiness is there too with some biscuit. Hops are a nice spicy addition on the finish. Great.
M: Super creamy but relatively cleansing on the finish.
D: Really good.

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Photo of JuliusPepperwood
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cervezango
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rievelx6
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured in to a 12oz mug. Poured a black with a little of a dark brown tint.

S- Coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts.

T- Taste match the smell of the beer with coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, with some bitterness at the end.

M- Good medium carbonation pretty good body with a good after taste.

O- Overall this is a pretty decent stout not overly creamy which is what I was expecting.

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Photo of atsprings
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer Charlotte served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a nice frothy khaki head that lasts and leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is some mild roasted malts and not much else. The taste is a wonderfully smooth kick of roasted malts with nice subtle cocoa that leaves a wonderful finish. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth with nice carbonation. This is a great stout, one I've been overlooking for a few years.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Bold toasted bittersweet chocolate malt,smooth, smoked, dry. The same with the nose.
Black/Brown in color, opaque, smaller cream colored head with delicate lace. Medium, almost full body. Creamy, not really sweet.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.69
Purchased: Jan. 13, 2016
Consumed: Jan. 16, 2016
Misc.: Packaged on Nov. 10, 2015

Really looking forward to this one. I like Bells and I like stouts. I think their six-packs are a bit overpriced out here, but I like the idea of just getting a chance to try it. Prediction is between a 3.90 and 4.00 range.

Poured a black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, tan head. Below average, spotty, wet lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of chocolate, cocoa, chocolate malt, roasty malts, some coffee malts, Whoppers candy and chocolate milk. Very nice. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste followed the nose nicely, although not quite as good. Got fresh chocolate brownies, sugary chocolate malt, smoky fire, char wood, bitter roasted coffee malts, dark chocolate, chocolate milk shake, milky cream and Cinnabon. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy-to-chewy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really liked this beer, especially for the style. Definitely some artificial stuff in there, but it works. Special Double Cream Stout is perfect for the name. (Overall - 4.00)

4.09 | 91 | A-

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Photo of Mgm54
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 12oz bottle, review from memory and notes

A - Deep black with no light coming through, with a nice tan head

S - Malty sweetness, with some dark fruit and chocolate

T - Sweet cream up front, some burnt notes and dark fruits, and then ends with more sweetness. This tastes like what it is called.

M - smooth cream, the mouth feel of this is very surprising that this was accomplished without Nitro

O - Great beer, and tastes like the name. Very creamy, and just enough sweetness

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Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anyone figure out that label? Dark chestnut color with a light brown fine-bubbled head. Oily lacing hangs around the inside of the glass. An inch high head slowly recedes, but leaves darker brown caps of foam rising out of a few spots. When held to the light, reddish-brown particles are seen suspended. Aroma of cocoa and faint hops, perhaps a hint of raisin. Rich flavor of sweet cocoa, bitter chocolate, tart cherry, piney hops, raisin and espresso. Some molasses, but not an overly roasted malt character. Chalky residual feel around the mouth, with some definite tingling from the combination of hops and bitter chocolate and coffee. Has almost an imperial feel to it.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown to black with a great looking tan head. No lacing.
S: very malty with some nice roasted notes. Cocoa and coffee.
T: spot on here as it follows the nose, though not as muted. Sweet and chocolatlely at the front, roasty and slight bitter at the back.
M: creamy, as noted. Full bodied but not filling. Finishes with a bittersweet hang.
O: really enjoy this beer. Creamy, balanced nicely, not overly burdensome and quite tasty. Well done.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Kalamazoo Brewing Co. find during a great beer shopping experience in Indianapolis. Presented in a 12oz. brown bottle, this beer had me baffled as to what to expect. The beer poured a nearly solid black color, the exception being the ruby-tinged edges. A modest mocha colored head shriveled down to a tiny skim but left behind some pretty good patterns of lace.
The smell was a pretty straightforward blend of roasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and a faint nutty aroma. The taste was a complex mix of roasted dark malt, some coffee notes, molasses, baker’s chocolate, and some dark fruits. The finish was moderately bitter which offset the richly sweet flavors tasted earlier. The feel was medium-bodied, rich and smooth, with a slightly dry finish.
Overall, this was a really well-designed beer whose taste outshines its aroma. Initially, I didn’t care too much for the smell but I grew to appreciate it more with each sip and smell. Special Double Cream Stout has a carefully hidden alcohol content that can waylay the unprepared. A delicious, well-crafted stout. Glad I packed one home with me.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this bottle at a local store and jumped at the chance to try it. So far I haven't found a Bell's beer that I haven't enjoyed.

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer is a nice ruby-brown and leaves a 1 inch mocha colored head which dissipates to a thin layer very quickly. There is a very nice ring left around the edges, still having that mocha color. I'm surprised by the lack of malt smell. Instead I'm greeted with a recognizable lactose smell, probably common in milk stouts! Go figure! There are plenty of chocolate and coffee notes as well. The taste to this is actually just the reverse of the smell. Immediately I am punched in the face by a barrage of coffee, dark chocolate, and burnt malt flavors. It tastes pretty similar to what I drank for breakfast, only much much colder. I've had a few milk stouts before and I'm expecting a lactose taste, but it never seems to shine through as prominently as I expect. Once I let it warm up I can pick up on more of a milky taste, but it's very subtle. With each sip this beer gets silkier and silkier. This is absolutely delicious! I've drank about half of the bottle and I can start to fell some of the effects of the 7.5%. I'm definitely picking this up as soon as I can!

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Axic10
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Batch #9446.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a half an inch tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: Sweet, toasted malts hit the nose right away. Very pleasant nose on this one.

Taste: Slightly smokey flavor initially followed up by sweet roasted malt flavor.

Drinkability: A very smooth beer, one that I could have many times in a session. No hint of alochol at all.

I would definitely go for this beer again. Another great stout by the fine folks at Bell's.

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Photo of YetiMaas
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of scottr4073
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmh21
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of nflmvp
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured dark as night with a dense creamy head of foam which built to about an inch and subsided to nothing but a creamy ring and light coating. Lacing was light and sticky.

Smell was smokey with roasted malts and a bit of smoke.

Taste was more smokey than anything but also had a lot of coffee and some chocolate with almost no alcohol.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Moderately thick but very easy on the mouth. I can't get over how much I enjoy this one, every time I try it.

Drinkability is good and overall, I'd say it's about as drinkable as any milk/sweet stout I've had.


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Photo of Ohiovania
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,795 ratings.
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