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

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
BA SCORE
81%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 3,814 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,645
Reviews:
1,448
Ratings:
3,814
Liked:
3,090
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
10.53%
Alströms:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
499
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,814 |  Reviews: 1,448
Photo of abrand
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from bacth #9357 poured into the SN tumbler.

Pours a deep brown almost black color with a fairly thin tan head that sits that settles atop. You can smell the creamy milk characteristics of this beer. Very refreshing smell with some hints of roasted coffee beans. Taste is similar to the nose with some added taste of coffee and the milk/cream really dominate the quaff. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy while refreshing. Very solid milk stout. Alcohol is masked really well by the complexity and sweetness of the taste. Very sessionable in my opinion.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of martyl1000
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this not long ago, also in bottle form, and rated it much higher then (4.75). Not sure if it's what I've eaten recently, or the other beer I've already had toinght, and maybe my taste buds are just tired and receptors all used up. But this seemed disappointingly bland. Almost no aroma. Beautiful rocky tan head. And smooth in the mouth. But where'd it go?

After it warmed up, the aroma came out nicely. Too bad it was all gone by that point.

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Photo of ahking
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this nice stout into a pint. Looks good going in and tastes good going down. Obviously dark, not quite pure black, thick but not "motor oil" thick in the glass. Slight tan head that quickly retreats to the edge of the glass. Bit o' yeast in the bottom of the bottle that I gladly swirled around and emptied into the glass (gotta have my vitamin B for the day). Aroma better than good. Nice roasted malt aroma, a step back from being "burnt." Sweet smelling, milk chocolate, cakey. Flavor is pleasantly mild and slightly tangy. Rich, caramel, milk chocolate, roasty, slight hop tang in the finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full bodied.

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Leinenkugel's pint glass. Pours black with a two finger tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves good lacing. Dark and milk chocolate dominates the nose, and vanilla and roasty notes are detectable. Taste is roasty and sweet with mild bitterness rounding the whole thing up. Dark chocolate and vanilla aftertaste lingers a short while afterward. The name itself describes the mouthfeel very well, but it is possible to have a second one.

Overall: This is my dad's favorite beer, but I can not say that myself. With that said, this beer is excellent. An excellent choice for all stout lovers.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pour leaves a wafer thin, beige head that quickly recedes to a ring around the edge of the beer. Color is a very, very, very dark brown. Almost like brownie mix.

Smell- A great sugared cream aroma mixed with melted milk chocolate mixed with some slight, dry acidity to the finish.

Taste- Starts out warm milk sweet and hot chocolate. This leads too a more easily defined roasted malt character. The sweetness slowly trades with a dry bitterness. Like a drop of hops was added to my goodnight milk.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth to start but finishes a little and acidic.

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Photo of tim007007
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JArt
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of henrichsj
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black, carbonated tan head, looks like Coca-Cola, head never really dissipated

S - Chocolate and Coffee! (My four-year-old daughter thought it smelled like cookies!)

T - Delicious! Chocolate stout, malty, very creamy, just the right amount of carbonation and bitterness

M - Thick and creamy yet crisp and clean (if that makes any sense); doesn't leave that thick aftertaste other stouts seem to

O - One of my favorite Bell's beers! Very sessionable, in my opinion. I could see some nervous stout wannabe's give this a go and enjoy it. Worth the high price point if you ask me...

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Photo of tallen1984
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nomad
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a thick head built by a classic stout reverse cascade – a tasty looking tan head. Its pasty stain sticks wherever it can get a foothold, leaving a repeating pattern of line then lattice. Lace was painfully slow, thick and soft. I got impressively similar results with every pour from every bottle.

Smells of all types of things: nuts, butter, chocolate, roasted scents, coffee, with a thin layer of smoke wafting about. Tastes of a thin but tasty profile: light coffee flavors, nutty, some roasted malt but equal amounts black malts, a handful to deal with in this bottle.

A bit much to handle, great to ponder one, hard to stomach more, the ten different malts used create a multitude smells and flavors. An interesting and a well-made stout.

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Photo of hman43
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a brown moderate head.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate, expresso, and a bit of roast.

Taste; There are flavors of chocolate, roast, oats and a bit of vanilla.

Feel: It is somewhat creamy with a moderately bitter finish. It has a full body.

Overall this is a chocolate and creamy driven stout.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass, from a 12oz. brown bottle long neck with crimped-on cap.

Opaque,black slight ruby red hue when held to light, 2" thick tan head, pillowy with good retention,lacing around the glass.

A solid moderate nose,very roasty,carmelly/toffee hints of vanallia,smokey and woody,a very enticing aroma.

Tastes very roasty,like coffee.toffee/carmell a great malty profile. woody,with hints of vanallia. A smooth,clean semi-sweet and bitter finish with a very pleasing quality.

A very creamy mouthfeel,feels light on the palate, a wee bit chewy,smooth throughout,very enjoyable and tasty and drinkable.
A very good stout,would love to drink this one again.
One of the best stouts i've had in a while.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz undated bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Opague black/brown with dark mahogany highlights. Smallish tan head that too quickly turns to a small ring. Limited lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt with undercurrents of vanilla, coffee, chocolate.

T- mainly dark roasted malt, with hints of coffee, chocolate and vanilla, in diminishing order. This stout has a definite sweetness to begin, but ends with a long but mellow bitter and slightly dry finish. Rich and interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and creamy. Decent carbonation. Medium body. Seemed smoother as it warmed.

Another good beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an exceptionally dark shade of black with a nice tan head.

The smell on this one is great. Hints of chocolate, doffee, and a nice hit of vanilla abound. I could sniff this one all day.

The taste follows with the nice hit of vanilla and some light coffee. There is a slight metallic bitterness on the finish that keeps this one from getting a higher score. Freat on the front end, though.

The mouthfeel on this one is pretty good. It has a nice body with a decent about of carbonation for the style.

Again, if it wasn't for the metallis bite this one would be a bit better. Still, it's very drinkable and I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thank you to umustdrink for this bottle. Produced sometime between Nov. '06 and March '07. Pours a very dark black but you can tell that the liquid is a very clear and dark ruby brown. The dark tan head starts out pretty creamy and sticky but subsides rather fast. Good lacing left on glass.
The smell is only mildly roasty and a sweet milk chocolate-like character..
The taste starts with a bit of roastiness and finishes with a creamy lactose type sweetness. The aftertaste is a subtle sweet mocha flavor.

The mouthfeel is actually not too heavy... I would say medium, but it is very soft and slick in the mouth. Not as much flavor in any direction as I was expecting but very solid nonetheless.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice beige quarter inch head. Smell is roasted black malts and just a hint of coffee. Huge coffee flavor in the taste. Wasn't expecting that at all. Really dominant. A little cloying in the mouthfeel to be truthful. Very creamy and velvety smooth to drink. Very good, but still can't get over the amount of coffee in the flavor that I'm getting.

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Photo of Roke87
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, slightly chilled, and poured into a snifter.
Batch #9985 Brewed on September.14/2010

Appearance- Pours a very dark colour with a nice one finger of dark tan head that quickly resides to a very thin lace leaving small spotting till finish. Almost completely opaque until held up to a light which reveals edges of brown goodness.

Smell- Not a whole lot as far as the smells are concerned, maybe a little more muted than I am used to for a stout, but you do still get that typical roasted malt in there. I also get hints of sweet vanilla, and a hint of chocolate eventually comes through.

Taste- This is where this beer comes through for me, very creamy tasting with an intense roasted malt flavour right off the bat. Some mild chocolate flavours come through paired with a sweet caramel vanilla taste, with a very slight hint of coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied stout that is very creamy and smooth, good carbonation for a stout as well.

Overall- A very good stout and a shining star in Bell’s offerings, Creamy and easy drinking, this is one that you could drink all night. Personally I liked it and would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of kbeals
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with about a figner of brown head. Head sticks around resulting in good head retention and decent lacing.

S- Lots of roasted aroma coming out of the glass. Coffe, roasted adn sweet malts. As it warms it lends itself to a sweeter smell. Very pleasing overall, a bit one-dimensional but I don't expect much else from a Sweet Stout.

T- Very similar to the smell, although it tends to be sweeter throughout the duration of the session. Definitely a pronounced roasted flavor of coffee and malts. A bit of spice to it also, sort of unusual.

M- Velvety smooth and very creamy. One of the best mouthfeels out of all the sweet stouts I've had. Good amounts of carbonation.

D- Definitely drinkable. The creaminess of it makes it worth drinking. For sure a recommendation to any fan of stouts.

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Photo of wac9
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

its dark it smoothed it creamey its wonderful enjoy

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler generously provided by BigLobo8971 in the growler plus round 3 BIF. Thanks bro, this will taste great with tonight's Giant's victory!!! Poured from a 64oz growler into a Blue Point snifter globe.

A - Poured a silky black with a thin tan head that hung out for a while and left nice streaky lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malt creaminess. some bittering coffee. quite nice.

T - Roasted malts, nuts, sour coffee. Just as I remembered it

M - Vibrant in my mouth, milky and creamy.

D - Pretty good. Better than I had remembered it from the glass. Very excited to half 64oz of it, but my wife tried it and dug it so looks like I'll have help finishing this with the game.

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Photo of littlelorib
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black opaque brew with almost no foam, just a fine lacing. Surprising to me is that this lacing lasted till the end. Smell is malty with a hint of molasses. Taste is more complex than that hinted at by the smell, with roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate, with just a hint of warming alcohol. It is thankfully missing the syrupy sweetness that i was expecting. The mouth feel is fairly smooth.

I am finding that this stout is growing on me, becoming more complex and interesting as it warms. Definitely something to look for next winter, when my tastes turn back to porters and stouts.

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Photo of suspect
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Received as an extra from rfraga77. Thanks!

A: Dark dark brown. Agressive pour leads to a two-finger fluffy tan-ish head that disappears relatively quickly. Lacing is thick and sticks to the glass like glue.

S: Wow, big time aroma here of toasted chocolate malts, bitter dark cocoa, espresso. Lots and lots going on here...it's really an assault on the nose - in a good way.

T: Way more subtle than the nose would suggest. Way smooth blend of coffee, espresso, chocolate, toasted malts, bready malt and a touch of hop bitterness at the end that for some reason I think I can differentiate from the coffee bitterness - but I'm pretty sure I'm right.

M: Nicely carbonated, probably on the lighter side of carbonation. Medium body, smooth feel.

O: A nice, easy drinking stout with a ton of complex aromas and flavor. To strike the balance of smooth and complex is seemingly not an easy task. This is a really nice brew and I commend Bell's on a job well done.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 81% out of 100 with 3,814 ratings
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