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
Ratings:
3,791
Reviews:
1,441
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
496
For Trade:
6
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Photo of JArt
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of henrichsj
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nomad
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08-07-08- Purchased at Chuck's Wine and Spirits in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a code printed on the back label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown approaching balck in color. Nice 3/4 inch head fills right to the top of the glass. Creamy in texture and feel. Light lace traces left behind.

Smell- Smells fairly well roasted if not coming to the burnt sector. Coffee, vanilla and very light chocolate notes.

Taste- Very highly roasted malts with just a touch of a smoky flavor coming into play. Vanilla bean-coffee mixtue is prominent. Very mild chocolate, mostly just very creamy heavily roasted coffee bean flavor. Hops are there, but play a very minor role.

Mouthfeel- Creamy..as it should be. Very smooth and silky. Very light hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Great beer here. Haven't been disappointed by Bell's yet. Seek out!

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours dark as night with a solid one finger, creamy, tan head that leaves thick lacing down the entire glass.

S - Strong sweet aroma right off the bat. Hints of dark roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, and cream. The sweetness overpowers nearly all of the smaller aroma's in this one.

T - Quite sweet up front quickly giving way to a creamy mix of coffee, chocolate, and other rich earthy flavors. Finish is a strong roasted flavor that is a bit overpowering. A fairly well put together cream stout.

M - Heavy flavor and feel with moderate carbonation. Very smooth with rich, roasted, flavors clinging to the pallet long after consumption.

D - I am sure I could drink a few of these, just maybe not all in one sitting. A very nice cask offering from Bell's.

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Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very black body with a thin light brown cap...the cap stayed pretty thin and there was some lacing left

S - A standard nose compiled of chocolate, coffee, malts, and a nice sweet addition from the cream

T - The flavors work together nicely...the chocolate and other malts stand out at the front...they are deeply roasted but never come across as being burnt...again as the nose suggests there's that added sweetness from the cream which I found to be nice...it wasn't a harsh lactic flavor...the coffee presence is tasted at the end and helps with that deep roasted bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...creamy from the nitro...not a huge lingering lactic flavor...solid roastiness

D - For being a sweet stout I really enjoyed this one...it was a lot better than their Expedition Stout...the cream never became overly sweet and the malts really lasted throughout...another solid beer from Bell's

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Photo of bigman147
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #7219. There is no date anywhere on the bottle but it appears to be new since several other recent posts list this batch number.

Appearance: The beer pours almost black with a slight dark garnet/ruby brown in the areas of the glass were light can get through. Poured a dark tan head (maybe 3/4") that lasted about a minute. The persistent 1/8" head remains with minimal lacing. Swirling darkens the trace head around the edges to nearly brown.

Aroma: Aroma is largely of coffee, dark malts, and slight buttery toffee/caramel. Depth isn't really in this as I find the coffee, black malt notes over power. Couldn't find any perceivable hop notes as others have noted.

Taste: The taste is a very rich creamy coffee. Excellent mouthfeel and creaminess. A very pleasant coffee bitter is balanced by malt and the cream finish. A trace sour finish that I expect in a stout. Nothing out of the ordinary as far a flavor. Bitterness seems to be mostly from the use of dark malts with minimal hops. Excellent balance as the beer finishes with a cream bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy without any unpleasant harshness.

Drinkability: This beer would be best enjoyed on a nice cool autumn day as opposed to the mid-70's we are enjoying in MI today. All and all, worth trying and I would definitely make a point of buying this when I get the chance.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this stout on tap in the Toledo area. The nice dark body was capped by a reasonable tan head and this laced nicely in the early stages, weakening as the head faded.

The nose was better than I expected it would be and gave off some nice hints of roasted malts and coffee aromas. The flavor likewise was quite substantive and provided nice roasted coffee notes with plenty of malt base. These flavors strengthened as the glass warmed a bit.

The mouthfeel was very good, being both full and creamy with a bit of a dry finish. There was even some hints of strong hopping, ala Storm King, as the brew finished. Very nice, indeed.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch #9961, bottled on September 14, 2010.

A: Dark brown, almost black body. One-finger white head leaves some lacing.

S: Some chocolate, licorice, and a bit of roastiness.

T: Starts off with espresso-like notes. Bitter and sweetened chocolate make their presence felt. Also hints of vanilla. Finishes slightly sour.

M: Medium-bodied, rich and creamy.

D: Another solid stout from Bell's, especially for those with a sweet tooth. Would go best with dessert.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brownish, but turns black in the glass. It sits there, with little head between you and the beer. It's just begging you to drink it.

It's a little harsh in the mouth, but refreshing. Excellent taste, and not overwhelming. Mainly burnt coffee flavors, which coincidently is how it smells, too

A slight metallic bitterness hurts the drinkability, but not much.

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Photo of smellsofstout
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pour from bottle to snifter. light brown head that laces ok. aroma is of chocolatey roasty malts very delicious notes. very mellow espresso like aftertaste with a creamy finishs. good stout from a good brewer who never dissapoints. could definitely pound a few.

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Photo of korguy123
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. Bottled 01/04/2012

A- Totally opaque brown pour with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is decent after the head collapses to a thin cap.

S- Medium roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate. There is a touch of oak, vanilla licorice and peanuts (peanut smell sort of reminds of of Shorts Uber Goober)

T- Roasted coffee, slight leather and tobacco. Peanut flavor again with a brown sugar sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

M- Full bodied and creamy.

O- I was honestly expecting a milk stout until I read the description. This really is a stellar beer though, the peanut taste I was getting was much better than my experience with the Uber Goober lol.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,791 ratings.
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