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
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#4,895
Reviews:
1,463
Ratings:
3,891
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
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Photo of littlelorib
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had cream stout before, so what's the deal with double cream stout? Is it a double stout with cream? At 6.1% ABV, I assume it has double the cream. It's that time again to open a 12 ounce bottle and pour into a glass. On to the beer:

A smooth pour yield an obsidian colored beer topped with a half-inch of tanned head. The head stays up well and leaves a few streaks of lacing around the glass. It smells like a pleasant sweet stout. Lactose being an obvious note, pleasant roasted malt in the back, so an appealing nose.

Being labeled as "double" anything connotes a heavy beer. Not so in Double Cream Stout. Not only flavorful, but very damn smooth going down. It's cream sweet, backed by a good stout with roasted and licorice notes. As for texture, I imagine that it's not far from silk, because it's incredibly smooth.

Dessert has been served in the form of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. This is one that I'd love to try again.

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Photo of KI9A
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Obviously a dark cola color. Tan head, oustanding lace windows on the glass.

S: Malty & sweet.

T: Definate chocolate mile/toffee/chocolate malt tste. Sweet, but, not overbearing.

M: Smooth, lush. The sweetness eases the bitterness of the roasted malts.

D: Very drinkable. Like above, the sweetness eases the coffee like bitterness.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carbonized wood with English Breakfast tea on the trims. The complexion appears chalky, in a tumbled marble kind of way, and the beer is uncompromisingly opaque. Good lighting reveals shades of browns near the surface but its body is impenetrable. There isn't much head but its surface is far from plain. Little marks of lacing dot the glass like rifle spray.

I'm not impressed by a brewery just putting on the label that they use 10 different malts in the recipe - I want to taste it for myself! In this case, I can smell it first. The aroma is so full of malted graininess it makes me believe I'm hovering over a propane burner and a keg full of boiling sweet homebrew wort. I don't have much experience with raw ingredients but in this I feel as though I can manage to distinctly pick out individual pale, crystal, roast and chocolate malts.

Whoa! I can taste them, too. With 10 malts in there it's easy to guess a few correctly; my palate indicates roast barley, chocolate, Munich, caramunich, a chewy English Marris Otter and likely, everything in between. Each sip is like the musical scale of malts that takes you from low octave to high, changing tones and pitch all along the way. In quick splitting seconds the taste changes from light, pale malts to dark, roasty to sweet and caramelized.

I like that the beer is left so plainly undecorated. Beers are rarely this straightforward and simple; pale ales and pilsners perhaps, but stouts rarely. I don't taste much coffee, nor chocolate, nor dark berries, nor licorice. (Actually, the most distinct impressions I get are of peat, soot, ashes and smokey wood.) I taste grains - and plenty of them. This isn't taking anything away from the flavour, on the contrary, I find this a refreshingly earnest offering.

Like good music, beer requires balance and harmony between its instruments. The use of such a profound malt bill has provided an orchestra of grainy, malty flavours that rotate positions like a game of musical chairs. It's too bad that with this being my last bottle I'm going to be the one left without a seat when the music stops. Thanks BuckeyeNation!

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Photo of afdempse
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, black color with tan creamy head. Head quickly dwindles to a ring around the glass.

Aroma of dark chocolate, fruit, toasted bread and caramel cream.

Dark roasted barley flavor, with chocolate and licorice also present. A hint of creamy caramel, with very faint diacetyl. Finish is slightly bitter, with dry grain husk flavors in the breath.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, and moderately dextrinous, but the finish is mostly dry.

A very enjoyable stout from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of chumba526
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears black with a small layer of brown foam.

It smells of toasted coco beans. I get a mild bread like smell and a bit of a sweet smell as well. I also get a mild coffee smell to this stout as well.

There is a smooth roasted malt flavor to this beer. I get a mild dark chocolate flavor, a bit of a mild dry herbal flavor and a mild coffee flavor. There is a mild sweetness to the beer though it is balanced with a mild bitter finish.

There is a smooth moderate carbonation to the stout. It has a smooth mouthful.

Overall a very enjoyable well balanced yet well flavored stout.

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Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Liquor Stop
Bottled 12/20/2006

Double Cream Stout poured glossy black with very minor black coffee colored edges when held to the light. A two finger drown head was produced on the pour. After some waiting and this typing it fell to a half-finger creaminess. Looks good.

Smell is strong of bitter coffee grounds. Swirls of cream are mixed in with the black coffee. Heavily roasted malts combine with the coffee notes to for a robust smelling stout.

The flavor is actually quite a bit different than I imagined from the smell. Big roasty flavors that show up in the front and again in the finish. A milky creamines comes through in the middle along with mild coffee ground bitterness that gets stronger until it meets with the roasted malts.

I really enjoy the mouthfeel on this beer. It's medium bodied but creamy like a heavier bodied beer. Somehow on the finish there's even a little frothiness. Very nice.

Drinkability is good for a bigger stout. I can drink a couple of these in the winter time but I have to be in the right mood. I have to be in the right mood for a lot of stouts though. When I enjoy them I really enjoy them. This one is very nice.

A good solid stout overall. I thought there would be more milk chocolatiness but I was clearly wrong about that. Very nice beer to have handy on a cold night like tonight.

Slainte!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. This stout appears a barely translucent dark brown color with two fingers of dense creamy, lingering foam. Aroma and flavors are of richly roasted barley, milk chocolate, mocha, caramel malt, and a touch of vanilla. Smooth and creamy and adequately carbonated. Great stuff.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, and fresh roasted coffee. Lots of malt here. Nice blend of sweetness up front with some roasted bitterness. A slightly dry and tart finish. Pretty smooth feel with a perfect level of carbonation. A very nice stout, though I enjoy the Kalamazoo Stout more which is available year round.

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Photo of cooch69
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty black with only a tiny head which is tan/off white.

Nose of sweet roasted malts, and 60% cacoa.

Taste is a little bitter and also a tad bit medicinal up front. Smooth roasted malts come through as well as a velvety and rich dark chocolate.

This brew is medium/full bodied. Mouthfeel is silky cremy and a bit sticky. It rich and rewarding. Definetly worth a try.

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Photo of mjl21
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Part of batch 8732 and was packaged on 9/8/08. Comes in at 6.1%.

A-Pours black, but some reddish coloring can be seen as the glass is tilted. Has a minimal sandy head that quickly goes to a tiny ring and one lone foam bubble that rests in the middle of the glass.

S-After cracking the bottle open, get notes of sweet malt and a smell reminiscent of a mocha. There are some vanilla notes to be found. It smells like an Imperial Stout when it is first in the glass. As it warms all kinds of different aromas come and go...I picked up on a woody aroma as well as something akin to playdough.

T-When it first hits my mouth, the sweet malt is the first taste that makes it presence. Coffee flavor quickly follows, resulting in a taste that is very much like a good coffee ice cream. The roasted malt comes in once the liquid has gone down my throat.

M-Medium bodied with a nice creamy/smooth consistency. This one has a nice prickly level of carbonation that I would not have guessed based on how it looks after it was poured.

D-Not a very heavy beer, I could easily see milking (no pun intended) a few of these over the course of a night. Tasted really good when I paired it with a vanilla cookie with Tahitian vanilla frosting.

Another great beer from Bell's. I would love to have more access to this beer due to the relatively low abv and the fact that it is not overly heavy.

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Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Squirrel Hill Cafe

Appearance: Looks black from a distance but a brown hue is visible when put up to the light; A finger or two of tan head

Smell: Plenty of roasted malt along with slight coffee and dark fruits characteristics

Taste: Roasted malts hit my palate upfront, followed by slight coffee notes, malasses, and dark fruits especially as it warms

Mouthfeel: Light medium mouthfeel, but a little light for the style. However, it definitely lived up to its name with how smooth and creamy it is. This is my favorite aspect of this beer.

Overall: With all the stouts out there these days, id consider this one decently good. The flavors and aromas arent very robust or complex and nothing to write home about, but its tasty nontheless. The mouthfeel is where this beer shines, as the name implies.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger creamy head

Smell: coffee, mocha, malts

Taste: mokah, little iron or oxidation,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, creamy, smooth

Overall: A very enjoyable cream stout just wish it didn't have that iron / oxidation aftertaste.

Cheers,

The CPJ

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Given to me by a friend from DC

A - pours a very dark, opaque almost black brown which turns slightly mahogany around the edges when held up to light. Bit of a tan head which dissipated

S - tons of rich, roasty malt mix with a detectable amount of sweet malt. Lots of lovely roasty dark chocolate and coffee aromas. There is some milk chocolate coming through as it warms. My nose says I need to dive into this!

T - wow, serious sweet stout! The roasty dark chocolate and coffee are there, but man there is some serious sweetness going on. Almost a touch of caramel followed up by some milk chocolate. Highly enjoyable

M - seriously smooth and creamy. Feels really nice swirling around the palate

D - good work Bell's dudes! This is an enjoyable sweet stout (another review said there's no lactose, so I guess technically it's not a milk stout) which I like quite a bit. Definitely up there with Duck Rabbit Milk Stout (though perhaps a tad less mind blowing), which is a personal fave. Highly recommended if you can get it. Will certainly save one for the coming cold weather

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Photo of inebrius
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big nose of chocolate ice cream drizzled with caramel and espresso beans, a dash of roasted pecans and shaved chocolate. Starts off like one of those iced coffee drinks you get at the mall, but made with a double shot of French roast rather than some puny house blend. Roastiness gathers some steam on a frizzy carbonation, peaks, then slowly tapers off as a smooth malt back and a few traces of hop make an appearance. A nice beer that should probably accompany food, perhaps a bit too stout on its own.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,891 ratings