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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1,441
Ratings:
3,783
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
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Photo of Slynger
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark, brownly black with a lid of fuzzy-creamy tan foam.

The smell is of sweet dark chocolate and cream with darkly roasty toasty malts and some black coffee beans.

Full-medium body with softly fuzzy and moderately creamy carbonation. Flavors bring the same cream diluted dark chocolatey sweetness, along with a darkly roasty, toasty malt base, and some ground black coffee beans.

Eh, not as impressed by this one as most Bell's offerings, but it's still a decent beer.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of Bell’s weakest stouts, in my opinion, but it still is a solid go-to for the value in price in the stout category.

Compared to the Java Stout or even Kalamazoo by Bell’s, this one is a little more on the extra-bite side. The initial taste is spoiled a bit by the lingering after taste. With all of that being said, this is still a quality beer that has a lot going for it.

Pours a nice dark head and has decent aromas of chocolate and caramel.

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Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

beautiful , no see through ebony color. Aroma is of sweet milk, interesting. Taste is smooth malty, milky goodness, well balanced and awesome in taste. This is one of the most creamy stouts I have had and the taste is awesome and the aftertatste is mellow with a hint of coffee and burnet sugar. Nice job, very drinkable in multiples, love it

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Photo of ajm5108
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent stout, very smooth mouthfeel, muted flavor up front (might be the cream) but finishes with some roasted malt and medium espresso. A little bit of a boozey finish.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle from optimator13; thank you! Bottled in January 2011, and poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black body with less than a centimeter of beige head. There’s some nice strands of bubbles that sift through the surface of the liquid, but there is little-to-no retention of the head itself. Tiny, scattered patches of bubbles remain as lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee grounds, caramel, and toasted/burned sugar. Some dark fruits come together in the rear. The taste is of dark fruit, molasses, a touch of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a hoard of cane sugar. The sugar carries over into the mouth, where is leaves a very sticky, resinous finish to the seemingly thinner beer. Overall, a decent stout, but it seems to have an overpowering sugar sensation that is not quite balanced with the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a pillowy toasted khaki colored head. A bit light in the color for a stout. Lovely lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of caramel and buttery toffee. Some mild roasted notes as well as some brown bread. A bit too buttery for my liking.

The taste has a lactose type flavor to it. Big caramel notes as well as that buttery note. Not has pronounced as in the aroma. Light roast and anise. Toasted to burnt bread. Some char and wet wood.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Light for a stout. Sweet and bitter notes on the palate. A tad sticky in the finish.

Its an ok stout, not something I would seek out again. Not a fan on the buttery notes and not enough stout characteristics.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (bottled on 9/8/14 B [13474])

A: Pitch black, with the lightest tan collar. No lacing either.
S: Definitely smells like espresso with hints of cocoa. A lot of acidic black coffee and roast.
T: Lots of roast and a bit of coffee. A bit thin but I think that works here to come across as espresso. I kind of wish this had been a milk/sweet stout. The title is misleading, it needs to be creamy and a bit sweeter.
M: It's carbonation is akin to when a waves washes up on the beach and there is the leading line that rushes up with a froth of foam and then recedes.
O: Good, but got nothing on Expedition or Black Note. I don't have much hope for Java Stout, considering how all of their regular stouts have tasted.

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Photo of wingman14
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan head. Smell is sweet with some burnt characters, hints of chocolate and coffee. A moderately strong alcohol smell. Taste is similar, yet very weak for a stout. The taste was somewhat underwhelming. The aftertaste is subtle with the burnt flavor showing up most. The mouthfeel was not very smooth and had a good deal of carbonation. I really wanted to enjoy this beer, but didn't find much to rave about. A decent stout, worth checking out especially if you are a fan of bell's.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raul was lucky enough to acquire this random offering, so he'll do it like he does.

Like The Cheesecake Factory, you don't have to get dressed up to drink this thang. Throw on your $12 Tommy Polo from Tily's and call it a day. Simply aite, just aite. Raul is drinking it, and that's about it. No explosions, no oral fireworks...just aite down the line.

Peace!

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Photo of dcloeren
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

shoutout to xxcarpxx for this extra

Poured a very thin black with brown edges with a finger and a half of khaki colored head.

The nose on this beer is chocolate, roasted malt and maybe a very slight touch of coffee. Definitely nothing special going on here...

Taste follows the nose. Chocolate up front, roasted malt, a hint of coffee and maybe a little bit of dark chocolate to finish it off. Just like the nose... pretty straight forward with not alot going on.

The mouthfeel had to be one of the most disappointing things about this beer. For a beer named Double Cream Stout I was expecting this luscious, full bodied, creamy stout. Instead I have this medium to light in body with a semi high amount of carbonation. Very thin, it does have a little bit of a creaminess to it but I would say that this is more like a smoothness than creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this was just a very average beer. Decent nose on it, a good stout taste but nothing special. Dont get me started on the mouthfeel.... I would have loved to have the nose and flavor of this beer on a Double Cream Stout body and not such a thin body. Very easy drinking and if I were wanting to have multiple stouts, this would be one to go for. I know I'm hitting this one a little hard, but I'm still very appreciative of this extra. But outside of Hopslam, Bell's continues to underwhelm me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a huge 3 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate caramel, and aromas of dark fruit. Taste is of dark roasted malt and dark fruit with subdued coffee and cocoa flavors on the finish. Very mild bitterness on the palate quickly fades. This beer has a low almost flat level of carbonation making it thick and chewy in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good stout that apparently uses 10 different malts. I am glad I got to try this one but I wouldn't get it again most likely.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Two-finger head, tan-chocolate foamy head. Brew is thin black color.

Tons of camp-fire smoke. Silky roasty nuts too. But, much too smoked.

Milky, smokey, nutty, and chocolatey. Dry, thin, slight dryness, and near brutal bitterness for a cream stout. Nice smooth carbonation.

Recommended brew, but there's nothing double or exciting about it, other then bitter-thiness. It was missing sweetness and depth and was over smoked thin nuttyness.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black and I am having difficulty getting any light to pierce the beer. Dark brown head resting on top that never quite gave way. Nose was very subtle with some slight mocha notes.

Flavor is full of mocha and cocoa. Slight hints of coffee and licorice as well. Full mouthfeel that just thickens as it warms too. slihgtly dry but not quite. Aftertaste is full of candies--chcolate, licorice and caramel. Kind of a creamy flavor too.

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Photo of centurian62
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was very excited to try the Double Cream Stout from Bell's. That excitement, unfortunately, faded on my first sip. It pours nicely and looks great, but the first smell was a bit burnt to me and it didn't lend itself well to the taste. I found this one to be a bit more burnt and bitter than I would expect from a cream stout. I was truly disappointed in it. I had extra bottles left over from the sixer I bought so I offered some friends a try and got the same response from them. Unfortunately, this is not one of the beers that will be gracing my home any time soon.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, with a coffee colored head that disipates rather quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell: Nice roasty, sugary, malty nose.

Taste: Nothing stands out particularly strong on this stout after the nice aroma. Not particularly sweet, fairly bland overall.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly light body for a double cream stout, a touch of carbonation. Not the silky-smoothness I'm looking for in a cream stout. Pretty dry finish.

Drinkability: Says 6.1 ABV on the bottle, not the 7.5 it says here. Its not a particularly heavy beer, and with the ABV at a reasonable level, you could certainly have many of these, but the beer just doesnt do that much for me. It will probably be my last.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Two finger, cappuccino colored head, foamy but not dense, dissipates to a thin ring with a little lacing on the glass. Dark, coffee colored liquid, not quite opaque.

Light aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste follows the smell with little additional flavor.

Very smooth and silky on the tongue, moderate carbonation.

Overall, good but underwhelming. Nothing stands out, either good or bad. It's not going to replace my Satin Solitude any time soon.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Date: Bottled 09/26/2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

I never thought I'd say "too much roasted malt" in a stout, but Bell's seems to have created a beer that pushes those elements to the limit I can tolerate. Perhaps it's the blend of malts used, too much black patent or black barley perhaps, but the acridness and ash that seem most prominent in the beer are not as appealing without some equally present sweetness, non-acrid roasted malt, and chocolate flavors to balance them out. One I would probably not seek out again.

Pours a 2cm head of dark tan foam, made up of small bubbles with above average retention, gradually fading to a thin ring around the glass' perimeter. Lacing is quite good, heavy foam sticks to all insides around the glass. The body of the beer is an opaque black color, with light bringing out only the slightest change in amber orange hues. Carbonation is not very active, a few struggling bubbles move upwards along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of sharp, acrid roasted malts or black barley, with a bitter ester profile lingering in the background. I'm not detecting any coffee, and the only chocolate is burnt and somewhat ashen. There is not much apparent sweetness from malt contributions here. At times I'm reminded of the smell from a grocery store's imitation of an Oreo cookie - you know, the burnt chocolate with artificial sweetener-like aspect.

The overall flavor profile of the beer is heavy on the very roasted malts, such as black barley or highly roasted barley with its husks. While I enjoy roast and acrid quite a bit, there was something about the malt combination here that was not full enough for me, too heavy on char and ash and rather empty on the filling sweetness
Front of palate picks up raspberry-like fruit esters along with semi-sweet roasted-meets-base malt characters. Mid-palate has fairly intense charred malt flavor along with what comes across to me as extremely dense, sharp raspberries in equally sharp cacao nibs, and some black ash. That is to say, there is not much sweetness in the mid-palate. Back has dark cacao nibs, raspberry-like esters, and heavily charred (black) malts with moderate acridity; again, not much sweetness. Aftertaste is lingering char (black patent malt?), ash, roasted malt, mild roasted coffee bean, and cacao nibs.

Beer is medium-light in body, with medium-low carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, not particularly good for this style. Certainly smooth and creamy, but apparently at the expense of richness and fullness. Closes dry, with little residual stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of langm12
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Thick black pour creates a nice finger of coffee colored head. Great lacing.

S - Coffee and Chocolate

T - Sweet cream and chocolate followed by roasted grains and coffee. A touch of hop bitterness and alcohol on the back end adds a subtle spiciness.

M - Heavy and creamy. This one stays on the tongue.

O - Not a bad cream stout, but not in elite territory.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock glass - as I am doing with all of my Bell's stouts (from a recent shipment). 12 oz bottle.

Minimal head, barely sticks to the glass. Not really much of a big smell - however, a sweet stout with low alcohol is clear from the smell and first sip.

Taste is good; but really not as stout-like as other - a little disapointing for what I was expecting.

Carbonation seems a bit high - alcohol is low, no question about it.

Very easy to drink, very smooth (the carbonation is short-lasting in the mouth) and flavor does linger a silky chocolate/cream.

Definitely worth a try, Top-notch brewery and easily drinkable.

Cheers.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stone IPA glass. Nice dark appearance with thin beige foam.

Smell is nothing special in my opinion, mostly roasted malt aroma with a little sour smell mixed in. Unfortunately the flavor is about the same. Wasn't as thick or creamy as I hoped based on the name. Just a run-of-the-mill stout to me.

I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of Stigs
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours about a finger worth of loose, bubbly and soapy dark khaki foam...falling and crackling slowly as it warms. the beer is quite dark, just a tinge of dark brown hue when held up to a bright light. spotty lacing throughout the drink.

S - adequate amounts of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, some fresh coffee...sweetness comes in as some vanilla, butterscotch. faint earthy hops round out at the end.

T - starts off a bit sweeter than the nose would indicate. bittering slightly watered down coffee kicks in after an initial kick of vanilla, lactose, brown sugar, cream. disappointingly kind of fades to nothing after the bitterness, just a slight bit of earthy hops.

M - drinks very thin, and carbonation is quite overdone and very distracting. adds an astringent prickly feel and not very pleasing (yet void?) aftertaste.

D - maybe i just dont enjoy this style very much, but this one just doesnt hold up very well for me. the flavors are there but fall off very quickly, succumbing to an unappealing mouthfeel. i was contemplating pouring this for a bit before i decided to suck it up...not an awful beer, just not for me.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A: Very dark brown. Little carbonation and almost no head.
S: Roast malt and subtle coffee and caramel notes. Fairly weak aroma.
T: Coffee, roast malts, and a hint of sweetness. There's also a bite that lingers thoughout. Not as robust a flavor as I was expecting, nor as smooth and sweet as is typical for a milk/cream stout.
M: Fairly smooth and light. Wish it was a little heavier.
D: Could have more than one, but I'd rather move onto a different milk/cream stout as there are several better representatives.
A decent brew, but not great.

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Photo of kels
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Fries Cafe in Clifton during BeerFest 08.

Appearance: Pours dark to medium chocolate brown with a very short tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving light rings of sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Smells first and foremost of burned coffee beans - not toasty, but burned. It's followed by a strong sweet smell somewhat like whipped cream or cake icing with some vanilla.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very strong and direct burned coffee taste, like drinking black coffee that was scorched in the carafe after sitting on the hotplate too long. It is tempered only slightly by the sweet cream taste I was expecting from the scent - I wish it was a little stronger in the mix to balance out the burned note. The carbonation is good, adding lightness and maybe contributing to the distinct bright, almost tart flavor that this beer leaves as I swallow. I almost have to say something lemony, which seems not to make any sense in this style. I try another drink - same thing. It's very strange, adn my mouth puckers a little each time I swallow as it only hits me as it's going down.

Drinkability: moderate to low - too many competing strong tastes make it hard to get through very quickly.

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Photo of nhindian
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a pitch black with two-fingers of dark khaki head. Retention is decent, lasting for a few minutes. Lacing is fantastic as it leaves almost an entire curtain around the glass.

S - Smell is of slightly roasted malts, but not to the extent of other stouts out there. This seems a bit more balanced, carefully blending milk chocolate, espresso, and an edge of sweetness. Something smells a bit... off in the back-end of the nose but I can't place it...

T - Taste is a bit sweeter than many other stouts I've had and it lasts throughout the drink. Like in the nose, this beer doesn't lean too far toward too heavy in espresso or bittersweet chocolate, which is a nice compromise, but I feel it also leaves it in limbo. There's no defining taste here, but rather a mellow blend of malts. Some hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth. Finish is long and, for a change, surprisingly sweet.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are nice and balanced, but as mentioned before, don't pop out at me. It's a solid drink, but nothing I would actively seek out again.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this one as a bonus!

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Batch code equates to being packaged Dec 18, 2009. Bell's is my new favorite brewery for having a proprietary code but having the Batch Finder right on the top of every page of their website. Kudos!

Appearance: Pours a slick black with cappuccino-like head that fades in under a minute with no lacing.

Nose: Lots of roasty coffee notes and some creaminess too. Smells like a rich, full Irish nitro stout.

Palate: Big and full up front but snapping drastically sharp with some acidity. Coffee-like flavors and bitterness, some smoky cream. But man, there's some acid there. Weird. Like coffee left on the burner too long. No sweetness or body that other reviewers talked about.

Notes: After tasting and re-tasting this beer, I'm not so sure about it. The acidity level is way too high for what I would expect from a Double Cream Stout. Wonder if it isn't holding up well, or if this was an off bottle. Bummer. Should try again.

Edit: Tried a bottle of Batch 10151 (aka 01/25/11) on 8/27/11 and there's no acidity at all. Just smooth and creamy. Score for taste and mouthfeel reflect this bottle.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,783 ratings.
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