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
3.96 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:
#4,396
Reviews:
1,448
Ratings:
3,814
Liked:
3,090
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
10.61%
Alströms:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
500
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,814 |  Reviews: 1,448
Photo of jkermitj
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehooksman
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a nice full-bodied creamy stout that is smooth as a winter's night is long. It pours a nice deep dark brown with a tan head that unfortunately doesn't last too long. The nose is all malt. It is a very sweet stout but not overly sweet to the point you can't swallow it. There is a little bit of a burnt aftertaste that provides a nice balance. Thanks, Bell's, I'll have another.

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Photo of chip26
4.04/5  rDev +2%

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 11/18/15. Pours hazy brownish-red with a below average sized khaki head. Smells of complex roasted malt, medium roast coffee, and some cocoa; below average intensity. The taste follows closely with lots of flavorful malt with some coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, and cream. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Below average carbonation and thinner body. Overall, it has a pretty complex taste, but in needs a better mouthfeel.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black in color and I don't see any light getting through this brew. I see a wisp of light brown foam on the top of this beer. I smell rich dark malt,roasted barley, and black licorice. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and is a nice contrast to the bitterness from the roasted barley that fades into a light sweetness at the back of the palate.

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Photo of acostuhhh
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cubfanbudman81
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidHume
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of amattocks2
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 9/18/14.

pours black with a nice khaki head.

S: burnt / roasted malts. chocolate / coffee.

T: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, some malty sweetness lingers on the palate.

F: a wonderfully thick creamy (as the name would imply) mouth feel.

O: delicious beer.

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Photo of BillCheck
4.04/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jgap
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to psychohops for this one! Pours thick and black with a good amount of mocha brown head. Wafts of chocolate and coffee come from the pour. Sticking my nose in the glass for a quick huff reveals a lot of coffee with some hints of bitter dark chocolate. Taste is also coffee with a smooth, milky chocolate sweetness turning to a light hop bitterness. Great aftertaste and silky smooth mouthfeel. Thicker than most but nothing crazy. Very good beer.

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jawlessbody
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Looks exactly how a good stout should: pitch black with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head. The only problem is that the head dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Dark, roasted notes on the forefront, with sweeter more acidic notes to finish it off. Quite pleasant.

Taste: There's a definite acidic sweetness to this beer, with a darker roasted coffee flavor in the background. I'm also getting hints of tangy-ness. Not quite what I was expecting, but overall very good.

Mouthfeel: This was probably the most disappointing part of the beer. While it isn't exactly watery, it's not as thick as you would think from a name like "double cream". Pretty average mouthfeel; medium body with a cleanliness on the wash.

Overall: Definitely a good brew, and more complex than some other stouts that I have had. However, I was quite disappointed that I wasn't blown away by this beer, considering Bell's is one of my favorite breweries and makes my favorite IPA and my favorite wheat beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, opaque, with a thin tan head, very short, wispy, and offering a little lacing.

S - Surprisingly boozy. Malt is present, and offers caramel, chocolate and cocoa powder, and a hint of coffee.

T - The nose without the booze, with sweet malty caramel and chocolate. Coffee is hinted at in the close, but it is a quiet note and there's no acidity and only minor bitterness.

M - Silky, moderate body. A bit lighter than I'd like, but still very pleasant.

O - Hits many of the notes I love in stouts. Lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee from the malts. Very tasty, drinkable stuff.

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Photo of rmank
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mdhobbs
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice head on the pour with a deep dark appearance. It has a great smell with hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouth feel is fantastic. Overall, this is a very nice stout that I'll try again without hesitation. It also paths the way to try other beers produce by Bell Brewery.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NCStateAE
4.04/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this many times over the last five or six years,had on tap today the Mellow Mushroom.Poured into a standard pint glass jet black with a creamy one finger mocha colored head,it just looked rich from the tap.Bitter chocolate and cookie dough aromas really stood out with a bit of char thrown in there as well.Flavors are highly roasted and coffee-like upfront with some char again as well,some cookie and molasses sweetness comes in late in a nice finish.A well rounded solid stout,it wont blow you away but its got a nice balanced flavor profile.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty black, but then I guess its a double stout, even if of the cream variety. Aroma is faint cocoa, very delicate, not overpowering.

The taste, rich, yet soft, very easy drinking, not big on the roast or chocolate, it keeps a velvet like average chewiness with that dallop of cocoa powder. Not heavy on the sweetness. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste at all, ends dry for a milk stout or whatnot. A little twang with it. This beer offers a ton of different flavor profiles all under one cap, but none of them are really in your face. One of those stouts that you can use to convert someone to stouts, but isn't overly simplified, complex and enjoyable enough for everyone.

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Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark brown almost black in color. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention. Streaks of lace left on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts in the front with some light bitter chocolate undertones. Coffee and caramel malt also show up around mid-aroma. Hints of roast once again with a light raisin notes and a hint of cream.

T- Roasted malts with chocolate once again comes in the front of the beer like the aroma. There is some light darker fruits this time that show up a little earlier than the aroma would have it seem. There seems to be a burnt flavor as well coming from what I would say is some grain. Light bitterness in the backend with the alcohol comes from a late hopping which helps to semi-balance this beer out.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Tons of roast malts left on the palate with hints of chocolate, darker fruit, and bitterness. Aftertaste is a lot of alcohol (medicinal at times), chocolate, roasted malts, and hints of raisins. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors are well blended for the style with the bitterness in the ending making up for some of the malty flavors. No off flavors were present when I was drinking this beer.

D- A nice drinking beer for a colder night. A little bit higher ABV will keep you warm but also overall limits the beer in terms of pint after pint drinking. A nice stout like usual from Bell's. Always look forward to this one coming out.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Bell's shaker pint

A: The big surprise, no head even with an aggressive pour, pretty dark, little light coming through around the edges,little to no carbonation, I'd bump this up more if I could pour a nice mocha creamy head, looks decent.

A: Coffee, roasted maltiness, definitely picking up the malts, smells great.

T: Coffee, roasted malts, picking up some oat flavors, don't know if they use oats, really coffee forward, dry finish, tastes great.

M: I am not getting a big creamy mouthfeel, more like a coffee bitter dry mouthfeel, it is low on carbonation, pretty good.

O: I like this beer, it's got coffee roasted malts, not sweet, but it smells and taste like it has oats, my only complaint is that there is little to no carbonation. I can see this as a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of GrizXTKEX519
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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