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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:
3,749
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
Wants:
221
Gots:
492
For Trade:
6
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Photo of ccg
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little bit watery looking, but it looks pitch black in the glass. Initially it looks over-carbed, with almost three fingers of foam rising up. It leaves behind some nice lacing and a respectable layer of tiny bubbles.
The smell is.. almost metallic. I actually poured the rest of the bottle into a second glass in case the first class wasn't clean (even though it had just been washed). In the second glass, it still smelled metallic, but also a bit more nutty. I haven't tasted it yet, but I'm already wondering if I got a bad bottle.
Fortunately, the taste is not metallic at all, though it definitely has a nuttiness to it, almost like peanut butter. Sweet creaminess for sure, and a bit of roasted malt. No bitterness, but also none of the coffee or chocolate notes you often get in a stout.
For the mouthfeel, you could call it creamy, but I'd say it's light and airy. A little thin, maybe, but soft and rounded.
Overall, it would be a nice stout, but that smell is off-putting. I might pick up another bottle if I can find one from a different batch and see if that makes a difference.

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Photo of tfp4268
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a creamy, two finger head that leaves a fine lace after a few minutes.

Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is also sweet and malty, not really robust, decent hops balance, alcohol comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is great...thick and creamy.

Pretty drinkable, especially for a 7.5% ABV. I'd definitely do it again.

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Photo of Schooly
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black and opaque. Thin ring of foam around the glass. Leaves some lacing behind as I swirl.

S: Burnt malts and caramel. A slight hint of milkiness. Not too strong or overpovering, but inviting.

T: A bit of metallic at first sip (maybe that's due to having a clear palate) leaving me with the taste of roasted coffee beans and malt. Finishes somewhat dry. As my mouth warms up to it, I can taste a bit of fruitness and alcohol in the background letting me know to watch out or this stuff could sneak up on me.

M: Not too thick, not too thin. More creaminess than the others I've tried (maybe it's the milk :-). Lets you know there's something behind this one.

D: I could put away a few of these without realizing it. But by then it'll be too late...

I Haven't had too many of this style. Seems to taste like most other stouts but a little creamier. I would revisit this one.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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

A - Pours the color of coffee, with a thick creamy head that narrows as you drink, but still retains a half-inch head for the majority of the experience.

S - Mostly chocolate, a little roasted malt, and a slight hint of alcohol.

T - Follows the nose, mostly. I taste a lot of chocolate, light roasted malts, and cream. Though the cream is present, I expected a little more for a drink titled, "Double Cream" I'm sure it's better on a nitro-tap.

M - Smooth and creamy, but there is some carbonation in there.

O - For an out of the bottle cream stout, I thought this was pretty good. On nitro-tap, I think this beer would be a knock out. I would have also liked a little more decisiveness in the flavor...either more chocolate, or more cream. Since it's a cream stout, more cream would be great.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another oily, rich, dark brown brew from Bells. Alomst black in color. Head was very fine, tan and short. Thinned rapidly to a miniscule layer of bubbles, with most congregating around the edge of the glass. Nose was very roasty and coffeeish, with little suggestions of any hops. Smooth on the tongue, and had a medium body, but was still hoping/expecting more here. Quite roasty and very dry. Has some creamy, choco notes with a subtle but pleasant sweetness. Floral hops, though in the background, round things out. Fairly good, overall.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

785

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Photo of macktbone
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Dirk at the great Filet and Vine in Montgomery Alabama...a must stop if your in the area!

Love me some Bells so I figured I'd try this Stout.

A- Deep black color with a very thin head that only lingers along the edges in a light brown ring.

S- Vanilla, moss, and a bit of wet dog.

T- Mint, bitter chocolate, leather.

M- great mouthfeel, which for those who know me is one of my favorite aspects of a beer.

D- Good daily if it weren't for the distance and the price...12.50 a sixer is way high for this beer.

I thought the "double cream" stout would be related to the flavor not the mouthfeel, unfortunately not the case. The flavor is interesting but not what I had hoped for, however, the mouthfeel is worth giving it shot.

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

Pours out a dark reddish-brown, sits very dark brown, almost completely opaque in the glass. Big, dark tan head on top that leaves some nice lace around the glass.

Smells strongly of roasted malts, and sweet cream and chocolate. Not too much on the nose, but nothing to complain about.

Tastes mainly of roasted malts, and lots of them. Some chocolatey hues and mild earthy/wooden flavors emerge, followed closely by a strong and deeply penetrating bitterness.

A strong, bold stout, with a smooth and creamy body. Great carbonation, and a big, full bodied presence. This is no weakling's beer. Good drinking, but I fear the bitterness may catch up with me; good for a stout session.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bell's special double cream stout reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams cream stout. It is good, but not really anything outstanding. It just doesnt have that extra little 'something' that I was hoping for, to push it into the realm of greatness.

A very attractive dark midnight, with small head. I found the smell the best part of this beer. Chocolatey malty sweetness.

The taste was a bit of a letdown. Like I said, its good, but not the stunner I was hoping for. I didnt find it twice as creamy as your average stout. I didnt really find it all that creamy, period. But, it is a stout, and has all the chocolate and malty characteristics you love from a good stout.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, especially for calling your beer something like "double cream."

I dont think i'd have this one again, unless it was offered to me for free. There's too many other stouts on my horizon to try.

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Photo of jreitman
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a jet black with a nice amount of head. Aroma was of coffee with a subtle chocolate undertones. Something was seriously off with this beers flavor with some metallicy, sour taste in there. Coffee and chocolate struggled to overcome the off flavor. I would love to try another bottle, but unfortunately it is not really an option.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A : Black. Black black. No hints of red. A good two finger brown head that settles to a gentle coating on top.

S : Creamy, coffee and chocolates, maybe even a bit of caramel.

T : Creamy and milky is powerful on the tastebuds, with the bits of coffee poking through. On the end, it twangs over with the lactose'y milk, and leaves the mouth dry. This isn't too sweet of a cream stout, a little weak for me, but possibly good for the usual doubter of this style.

M : Heavy. It is a stout afterall. But it settles well in the mouth, and doesn't sour.

D : It's a one glass drink for me. Makes for a good dessert brew, but doesn't draw me in.

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Photo of Spider889
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Review from notes, on tap @ Mad Mex.

Very dark beer, but thin and watery in consistency. Excellent tall creamy head on it, but it left no lace.

Smells roasty but pretty subdued, would have enjoyed an aroma I didn't need to work so hard for. Some coffee notes and burnt toast and heavy roast on the barley.

The flavor is very malty with lots of bitter coffee flavor. Slightly sweet milk chocolate is hidden benath the heavy malting.

Probably too carbonated, almost prickly on the palate. Tons of tiny bubbles began churning in my gut. This is a thin bodied beer, and other from the carbonation it goes down easily enough.

Drinks easily, and while not cravable, certainly a solid beer.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Oil black body with one finger oak head
Smells of coffee, cocoa, woodsmoke. A little metal and raisin
Tastes of chocolate, bitter malt, wood
Creamy medium-heavy feel with minimal carbonation
Not a very complex stout, but no big complaints

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

This one was interesting for me. A complex enough beer, but one dominated by one flavor. For me, the nose was entirely dominated with an aroma of bread. Bread cooling after being removed from the oven. Lots of yeast and flour. Not what I was expecting. Taste is sweet, very sweet actually, with flavors of caramel and maple syrup. Good stuff. However, again, the huge yeasty flavor of bread dominated the taste. While not bad, the bread/yeast smell is nice, it really does dominate the entire beer. Just seemed a bit strange to me.

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

Cryptic freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. A - Dark with a tan head which quickly recedes, leaving spotty lacing. S - Rich chocolate and coffee notes with a characteristic roasted malt aroma. T - Milk chocolate and roasted malts with a slight acidity. Not overly complex. M - Smooth and creamy, like an oatmeal stout. Not a bad stout, but not the best I've had.

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Photo of philberinghele
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

creamy pleasures await
the salivating husband
springtime chills will come

This beer started off promising but left a weird taste in my mouth. It is thick, creamy with a solid head but has a pretty unnecessary aftertaste. It starts out creamy only to end bitter. Overall, it still isn't that bad of a beer in small quantities but the aftertaste becomes more noticeable the more you get through your bottle.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with brown edges and a small brown cap of foam. Both aroma and flavor lack the roastiness of some other cream stouts I've had that don't claim to be "double".
Mouthfeel is also quite thin for what the label claims; lacks both creaminess and stoutness. Has more of a porter-like twang.
Still quite enjoyable. Nothing bad about this beer, just a bit thin and light for a double cream stout.

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Photo of meatyard
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's very dark with nothing showing through the edges, guess it's black. Poured it with about a 1", creamy, tan head that fell at a moderate pace without lacing.
The smell is some alcohol at first with cream and milk chocolate followed at the end by dark malt.
The taste is very sweet and creamy/milk followed by dark roasted malt, a light tanginess/sourness and lingering sweetness finishes.
Mouthfeel starts medium thick but then starts to feel thin with low carbonation.
Drinkability: If you like the style it fits though maybe at a more intense level and you could have a couple of these easily enough at 6.1% ABV. It seems like something that I would like given it's a stout and sweet but 1 is definitely enough for me. What I liked least was the peculiar tangy sourness in the middle.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout has a thick, beige head, a dark, red-brown appearance, and almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread, a touch of coffee and chocolate, and a shade of cream. Taste is of those elements, with noticeable, but low-level, bitterness, really, some acrid notes, and char. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Bell's Special Double Cream Stout finishes on the slightly dry side.

RJT

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Photo of zimm421
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Bottle is dated 10/10/11. Appears a nice dark brown, almost black, with a decent tan head. Head leaves no lacing.

Nose is pretty sweet, but not overpowering. Roasted malts and sweet chocolate is pretty much all I'm getting. Taste is also very sweet, but desirable. This finishes slightly bitter, but there's not much there. Again, lots of sweet roasted malts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, average carbonation. Easy to drink. Overall, not bad, but not that impressive. I've had much better stouts, but this is something that can be enjoyed even by those who are just being introduced to the game.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by coffee, some chocolate. Taste is the same, heavy with the coffee, some underlying notes of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of femmebiere
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It had a very creamy smell with a most unique taste. The only taste that I could relate it to is going to come across as very negative. Not the initial taste or even on the swallow, but on the lips afterward, you are left with a sour cream taste. It is very peculiar to have a beer tart and creamy, and this beer definitely did it.
It is not my favorite beer, and I can recommend many more before this one. However, in no way is it a bad beer with its dark color and hearty stout taste.

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Photo of techfed87
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a big, mocha head to it. Smell is very much spicier than what I would have imagined.

Taste is of dark roasted malts. Mouthful is average, with the feel and consistency that you would expect from a beer with an ABV that this one holds.

Taste is initially sourly bitter, but mellows off as the aftertaste hits you, pointing towards the effect the cream is having on the overall flavor. It's a pleasant add on to what could have been a much rougher stout.

For not being an Imperial Stout, this one holds its own surprisingly well. A nice winter warmer indeed.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Would like to thank BigErn again for this brew. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a very deep, dull black with a two-finger creamy tan head. Little head retention , but, left a generous amount of tan lace on my glass. Faint burnt rubber, creamy milk chocolate, and coffee bean nose. Nothing too overwhelming here. Tasted of freshly roasted ingredients , short blasts of espresso, with maybe a touch of alcohol. Very little carbonation. Has a somewhat thick almost milky feeling in the mouth. Didn't think it was anything spectacular , but it was pretty good.

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