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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
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,433
Ratings:
3,750
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
Wants:
221
Gots:
492
For Trade:
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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 rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kite and Key...

Pours a deep dark brown with thin yet fluffy khaki head. Smell is brown sugar forward with a nice roasted matl backbone. Taste is very sweet up front... the malts give a chocolate, carmel and molasses taste to the middle and hints of dark fruit, smoke and earth on the back end. Presence of bittering hops noted. Full bodied yet creamy. The heavy body and the super-sweet taste keep this otherwise yummy brew from being top notch.

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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 johnd513
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick black oily color with a small off white head that quickly disappears. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee, somewhat similar to Bell's Java. Tastes sweet with roasted malt and bitter coffee flavors. The mouthfeel has medium body and is creamy. Overall a solid offering from Bells. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of VMWhelan
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours black with a finger and a half of tan head.

Nose is sweet and creamy, its not unlike a milk stout. Hints of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste follows the smell. Lots of chocolate and coffee, almost burnt flavor with a definite creaminess. Sweet up front and smoky at the end.

Mouthfeel is very creamy with medium/low carbonation. Leaves the palate dry.

Overall this is pretty drinkable. A lot of flavor and a very good mouthfeel. Not my favorite stout by any means, but I'll have another.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark, dark brown, almost black, with three fingers of tan-brown head that subsides slowly. Tons of lacing. Great looking beer.

Smell: Bitter, burnt coffee, almost to the point of being astringent. Some sweetness in the background.

Taste: Coffee, some chocolate, and a chemical sweetness with the same astringency that there was in the smell. The overall taste is fairly mild and uncomplicated - an initial bite from the coffee flavors, but then there's a slightly unpleasant artificial sweetness. The finish is very smooth, and the coffee flavor does linger for quite some time. The artificial sweetness went away after a few sips, and was replaced by a sweetness more characteristic of a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, and low carbonation. Makes it very drinkable, but it could stand to be a little more carbonated.

Drinkability: It was very easy to drink. The flavor is mild, and the low carbonation makes it easier to drink quickly. I wasn't getting the complexity a lot of people got out of this one. I think this is one of those beers where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - not my favorite beer, but solid in its own right.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/14/12
*From notes

A: Pretty rich and dark for a low ABV stout like this. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger head that doesn't stick around all too long, though the thick and creamy collar certainly will suffice.

S: Earthy green. Maybe a touch of coffee? Kind of muddled, as it's not all that expressive.

T: Quite mellow. It's certainly creamy. Less char here, more of a smooth vanilla quality to it.

M: It's not mind blowingly thick, but it'll do.

O: Not the world changer some find it to be, Bell's Double Cream Stout is still a pretty darn good beer. If you're looking for a lot of flavor in your stout with a lower ABV, look no further.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Inky black pour with brown edges, and a nice tall 2 finger caramel head. Light lace left on the snifter.

Strongest note in the aroma is coffee, followed by half and half, and then some melted chocolate. Some roast barley also follows.

Both coffee and half & half are equally strongest here, followed by some lingering acidity, and semi-sweet bitter chocolate chips. The finish is heavy on burnt barley and light smoke.

Wet to start, then creamy, and dries out considerably. Roasted, dry finish.

Overall, Bell's Double Cream Stout was heavier on coffee than I thought, lending forth too much acidity and burnt notes. I wished for more chocolate, more cream, more sweetness. Alas it was not here. I probably won't purchase this six pack next year.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my duvel tulip from a bottle.

A: pitch black with a huge three fingers of mocha hued head, great retention, thick webs of lace

S: super sweet vanilla with hints of coffee, chocolate and dark fruits, a touch of wet cardboard as it warms

T: bitter roast malt are what greet me out of the gate no where near what I was expecting after the nose, coffee and chocolate are modest with a light vanilla finish

M: medium body creamy body with light carbonation

D: Overall way more bitter than I had hoped. I had high hopes for this one, I need to stop having pre concieved notions about the beers I drink.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of libbekat
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am hosting a beer dinner this week, our theme this month is sweet, cream and Imperial stouts. I have imperial and sweet stouts covered, in desperate need of a cream stout. With spring upon us, even locating a seasonal is becoming more difficult.
I attended a beer and wine tent sale this weekend, low and behold I found the Bell's Double Cream stout. The store I purchased from allows you to buy from a six pack and taste in store before purchasing the full six pack. I didn't have a glass to pour in so I am really guessing on the appearance.
It tastes like a Cream soda! Very creamy but not chokingly creamy.There are strong hints of toffee. I coudn't pick out what exactly this one flavor was but it reminded me of apricots or some other dried fruit, maybe fig.
I didn't find it to be too sweet, something I was concerned with. In fact, I know it is supposed to go well with chocolate but I have a different idea. I am serving it with a flat bread pizza, with gorgonzola, pear and figs.

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Photo of mchegash
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
A very dark brown-red, cannot see through. A finger or so of dark-tan colored head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Chocolate and coffee are the predominant aromas, cannot detect much else.

Taste - 3.5/5
Some sweet earthy malt taste, the chocolate and coffee is still present, but very subtle (whereas they were very pronounced in the smell). The beer is slighty smoky, slightly roasty, slighty hoppy, slightly earthy, and a tiny bit chocolate/coffee. I would have liked for this stout to be more chocolatey, and less smoky/hoppy/earthy.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Very smooth and creamy, which is to be expected for this "double cream" stout. There is a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay beer. From it's label and name, I was expecting more of a chocolately kind of taste, or something in that realm. But this stout had a surprising strong earthy taste. It wasn't bad, just wasn't quite what I was looking for in this beer. Overall, an okay choice.

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Photo of jera1350
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Bryant Lake Bowl.

Soid black color with a thick cap of creamy dark tan foam. Nice retention.

Lighter smell of sweet and roasty malt. Maybe a touch of latte, but not much.

Lightly roasted dark malt. Some chocolate notes, cream-like sweetness. A nice taste, but not real complex at all. I guess I would like a little more flavor to come out.

Creamy smooth as expected from the cask. Medium bodied, but feels a little light.

A nice stout, but a bit underwhelming. I know everything doesn't have to be big, but with special in the name, I was hoping there would be something of the sort. Still, a nice and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, and slight roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, roasted malt, and cream on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall the flavor on this one was kind of watered-down in my opinion. The aroma on this one isn't overly great either, but decent. Just seemed to be lacking in intensity in both aspects. With that said however, it is worth trying at least once. I could imagine this being mixed with Expedition and being QUITE good. Mouthfeel on this one was kind of thin as well for my taste. While this helps the drinkability of the brew, it also hurts it overall.

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Photo of jbone78
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thought was expensive. We will see how good it is...

A- Poured nearly Black, little visibility. Nearly no head. light lace.
S- Normal nothing to get excited about.
T- very nice malt character. The label says there is ten different malts and they are blended well. Not a bad flavor! Being a cream stout, you can also taste the lactose in there.
M- Sweet, not overbearing, flavor and not too sugary.
D- I would not pay the price for this one again.

-Bye

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Photo of pheurton
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

seriously black in color with slight ruby highlights when held to the light. creamy full tan head of foam that subsides for the most part, but still manages to stick around. aromas of roasted oats and a dariy-like sweet cream aroma. interesting. rich and full bodied, lightly carbonated. nice roasted barley in the beginning followed by a big dollop of sweetness. the sweetness is pronounced, but not cloying in any way. finishes with more of a long burnt flavor and just a touch of leafy flavor. i don't have much experience with sweet stouts, but this one seems pretty solid. one was enough for me, however, the sweetness did sort of get to me in the end. worth a shot for sure though.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Magic duels. Pleasant smooth brew, without nothing standing out but nothing bad either. On the mild side without being flat.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle.

Pours opaque black, with a thin light brown head.

Nose is coffeeish, but smooth. Notes of baking chocolate, some roasty espresso. Light.

Flavor is licorice and coffee with a bit of cream, sweet but roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, but light, with light but crisp carbonation.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, with a fairly weak off-white head. Nose is roasted malt, light coffee, some very mild dried fruit. Very nice nose, which doesn't quite come through in the flavor. More straight forward roasted malt, with milder fruit and chocolate in there. Body is a little weak, possibly because it's a cask brew. Overall, this one didn't really do it for me like it did in the bottle. A little simple.

Church Key/$6/16 oz

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Photo of PDXHops
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker pint. Oily black body with hints of brown highlights and a modest tan head that disappears in short order, leaving scattered sticky lacing.

I was interested to try this on tap after having a teeth-rottingly sweet bottle. Interest turns to confusion right away, as this smells like an entirely different beer. Rather strong roasted fresh coffee aroma with chocolate milk lingering underneath (compared to Snickers sweetness from the bottled version).

Upon first sip, confusion continues to reign. This is a much drier and roastier beer than the overwhelmingly sweet brew I had from the bottle. In fact, a hefty bitterness plus a burnt/dark roasted/tangy malt combo beat down the sweetness. Tastes pretty good, but somewhat lacking in the sweetness of a top-notch milk stout (unlike the bottled version, which was way too sweet even by the style's standards). Lingering burnt finish with the somewhat tart sweetness of chocolate chips. Lacking the residual sweetness typical of the stle.

Overall impression: Color me confused. The bottled version was crazy sweet, but the tap version is (for the style) not sweet enough. Either this beer is an entirely different animal on tap, or it was mistakenly served under this label, and was in fact a different beer altogether (maybe Kalamazoo?). It's somewhat of a puzzle rating this serving; it's certainly enjoyable, yet fails to fully satisfy the requirements of the style.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a generous mocha head over a black body. Head recedes leaving chunky lace gripping the glass. Aromas of faint roasted malt and is that a bit of lactose?… it is “double cream stout” but hard to say if that is what I’m smelling. The flavor is rather subdued. There is mild coffee character, a bit of roasted malt, a light sweetness and perhaps a very faint trace of vinous fruit as well. The hop bitterness is similarly mild. Very full-bodied, smooth in the mouth and lightly carbonated. The finish is fairly clean with very little residual flavor or dryness.

Not my favorite beer from Bell’s. This is a fairly bland stout that isn’t necessarily bad, it just isn’t very exciting. I expected much more sweetness, but I guess if I wanted that I should have grabed a K-zoo stout (oh, right that was all gone).

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, with a khaki head, about 3/4 inch. Rocky and glimmery with some nice lacing remaining.

Smells like what chocolate covered raisons taste like. Good. And doesn't seem entirely unhealthy. Also good.

Malted milk ball, with an underlying roasted flavor. Lactose sweet, but a nice bittering. Whether from the hops or the roasted barley, I haven't the foggiest, but it's well rounded. No hop flavor, per se, but balanced and tasty. The raisons from the nose are more plum-like in the flavor. On further examination, some bright citrusy hop flavor comes through, albeit modestly. Scant lacing remains in the glass.

Mouthfeel is solid. Full, robust, silky smooth.

Overall, a good beer. Maybe not the big brother to the K'zoo stout, but more like it's cool cousin. The one who would buy you your first beer, and it would be this one. Maybe. Still, good solid choice for a tasty beverage.

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Photo of JAA
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says 6.1% ABV. I don't know why they wouldn't just call this ''Bell's special cream stout''.

Pours very very black. Big two and a half finger head. The light brown head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin layer on top of a black ocean of goodness.

OK, here's the one thing that turns me off about this beer: it smells terrible. The odor is of wet flour or some god awful white bread dough.

Moving on...

Tastes great. Big roasted coffee flavor with subtle chocolate malts in the background. Smooth taste. Nice to drink when it's still fairly cold.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice. The 6.1% alcohol is perfect for this brew, allowing you to fully enjoy the complex roasted and coffee malt flavors.

Now, if it only smelled better...

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Photo of trumick
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with very little head.
Scent is of sweet dark malts, coffee and slight alcohol.
Taste is like the smell, sweet roasted malts with a nice dry bitter coffee finish nice, however the sweetness does tend to stick around after the bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a nice velvety, lightly carbonated feel.
This is a bit too sweet for me to drink very many, maybe one or two.

I like this beer over all, but it is a bit sweet and the sweetness sticks with you for a while. That is the only thing that really turned me off about this beer. I like their Kzoo Stout better.

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Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pretty black with a tan two finger head.

S - Loads of roasted malts. May'be some faint coffee notes. Not much else going on here.

T - Nothing really discernible about this beer. It's definitely creamy as the roasted malts meld into the somewhat sweetness.

M - Not as thick as I expected but it's got heavy enough body.

O - It's pretty much an enjoyable easy drinker.

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