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

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark beer with no light passing through. Dark caramel head on top. Smells very sugary sweet. Can taste the dark roasted malts with cream mixed in.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

With a near black ruby color, this beer brings flavors of slightly bitter and mild coffee, but a mild sweet cream aftertaste and a slightly roasty coffee aroma, with a dark milk chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, combined with a low-profile, but high carbonation bite. While nicely malt forward, it’s very mild and one-dimensional with an oddly balanced character. I’m probably not too familiar with the cream stouts, but I do recommend the Cream Stout from S. Peter’s Brewery in the UK.

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Photo of BigGold
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had on draft into pint tumbler. This "Special Double Cream Stout" is smooth and sweet, but not too sweet, with several interesting malt flavors happening.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured thick and sludgey like motor oil. Creates a brownish 1/4 head that soon falls and leaves a milky ring. Some carbonation

The aromas include bitter/sweet chocolate, dark fruits,roasted malts and some coffee.

Taste includes roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Great mouthfeel with the oats

Overall this is a pretty good sweet stout. Don't see myself getting another but still really good

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark sludgy brown with little head. nose; burnt toast, chocolate, & faint heavy cream. taste; dark roasted malt, light mocha, light almond, & light hops. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. very roasty for a sweet stout. decent.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Bottled on 08/23/2016

Appearance: Pours a rich black with 1/4 of mocha head

Smell: Roasted java notes

Taste: Roasted malt flavors up front with some java and chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body and satisfying

Overall: A very satisfying stout that hits all the right notes.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/15/16. Michigan craft pint.

A: pours an opaque black with just a touch of brown at the edge when held to the light. One finger of thick, foamy tan head. Not much retention, a thick ring, and modest lacing, at best. Hey, it's 3 months old.

S: mild roastiness, sweet, molasses-like smell. You kind of have to hunt for it a little, though. Some stouts jump out at you from the pour. This one is nice, but a little subdued.

T: definitely a sweet stout in style, but honestly less sweet than the last several I've had. Very mild sweetness on the palate with that molasses like character making itself known. More roast on the finish than the nose or the palate, but still not huge. Less roasty than Founders porter, even. A little hop woodiness on the end.

M: heavier side of midweight. Low carbonation. Slick, but not unpleasantly so.

O: this is really satisfying and, classically Bell's, super drinkable. Still, it's not a profound beer, just a good all around stout. Slightly sweet. I'd love to compare this side by side with the Kalamazoo stout.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Bold toasted bittersweet chocolate malt,smooth, smoked, dry. The same with the nose.
Black/Brown in color, opaque, smaller cream colored head with delicate lace. Medium, almost full body. Creamy, not really sweet.

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Photo of FBarber
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark blackish brown. Fizzy tan head dissipates leaving a ring of fizzy foam along the outside of the beer. Opqaue even when held to the light.

Smell has notes of chocolate, cream, coffee, and roasted malts. Its overall subdued, but has a nice array.

Taste follows the nose with a nice array of milk chocolate, cream, coffee, and roasted malts. No lactose like flavors yet it tastes like a milk stout - I love it! Nice hint of bitterness on the back end really balances out the sweetness present. Id take this over a more traditional milk stout any day.

Feel is nice and smooth. Good body on it. Medium carbonation.

Really nice American stout. Smooth, easy drinking - great flavor profile.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours near black, two finger off white head, good retention and coating lace. Mild cocoa chocolate aroma. Creamy chocolate cocoa taste, lacto-like sweetness, toasty finish with touch of burnt sugar. Thin to medium soft feel. Overall a good sweet light chocolate dessert beer.

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Photo of TH28
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 8/23/16 bottle date. Appearance: Black, opaque, with a low brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Sweet chocolate, some bread crust, a light roasted coffee edge with a touch of cream. Overall aroma is low in intensity. Taste: Starts with bittersweet dark chocolate, followed by some bread crust, then turning to light coffee roast and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a velvety creaminess. Low carbonation. Finish: Leaves a dry, bitter, light roast. Overall: A very well balanced sweet stout that is a nice blend of chocolate, toast, and coffee with a creaminess that softens the roast and bitterness

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this beer is really unique in terms of being pretty reserved, delicate, and easy drinking - but also providing layers of rich malty flavor. has some creamy milkyness to it, as well as sweet chocolate, hints of espresso, roasty malts, tobacco, leather, hints of dark fruit. mouthfeel is light/medium but maintains that nice creamy aspect that i enjoy in stouts. overall very impressive in its drinkability and flavor, nice job!!

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Photo of josanguapo
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Magic duels. Pleasant smooth brew, without nothing standing out but nothing bad either. On the mild side without being flat.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, if not exceptional stout. Quite good for when you want a stout that has milder flavors that don't assault your palate with strong coffee, tobacco, leather, cocoa.

This one pours nice and black with little head. Aroma is muted - a bit of chocolate. Flavor is mild - a bit sweet, with noticeable but not overwhelming chocolate notes. It's quite pleasant.

Texture is creamy, with a low amount of carbonation - but without tasting flat the way some stouts do.

I wouldn't go out of my way to find this again - however, if I see it on the shelf I might very well pick one up.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a 20 oz. mug at Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA. The appearance is a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The taste is malt heavy with chocolate and raisins.. Another excellent beer from Bell's

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Photo of bbtkd
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout, 6.1% ABV, 25 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and black, with a two finger tan head which lift little lacing. Nose is malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste follows, a bit sweet, malty, not much coffee or hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel, smooth, overall a pretty decent stout.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, looks black in the glass. I had to do quite a hard pour to get any head, but once it started forming, I got about an inch of creamy tan foam up top. This didn't stick around too long, receding to a ring around the edges of the glass. I get dark chocolate right away, with hints of darker fruits hiding in the back ground. Hints of the coffee can be found as well if you really put your nose in there.

Starts off with dark chocolate, complete with the fruity notes you usually get from the darkest of chocolates. This adds sweetness, which goes quite nicely when the coffee kicks in, leaving you with a coffee taste that's had a few sugars dumped in. The coffee does add a touch of bitterness that helps balance out what I would call a sweet beer. This bitterness stick around, even after the finish, along with some plum and raisin ish notes. All these flavors are pretty soft, and I wish they where a bit more aggressive. As is this is an easy drinking beer, with great flavors, but no flavor really stands out at all.

The beer has too much carbonation to really be smooth or creamy, a downfall for me. It's heavy, but the bite of bubbles in the middle really detracts from the overall experience for me. Still a good beer, but if given the choice, there are many others I would grab before this one.

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Photo of beergoot
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black body; thin head that quickly fades to wisp. Notes of coffee and roasted grains in the aroma. Milk chocolate taste with tones of nuts and tannins; bitter at the finish. Heavy body; smooth on the palate.

Had on tap at The Bag of Nails pub in Mansfield, Ohio. All around decent cream stout. Too bad the head isn't there, but it does deliver a fine rich, tasty stout.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Inky black pour with brown edges, and a nice tall 2 finger caramel head. Light lace left on the snifter.

Strongest note in the aroma is coffee, followed by half and half, and then some melted chocolate. Some roast barley also follows.

Both coffee and half & half are equally strongest here, followed by some lingering acidity, and semi-sweet bitter chocolate chips. The finish is heavy on burnt barley and light smoke.

Wet to start, then creamy, and dries out considerably. Roasted, dry finish.

Overall, Bell's Double Cream Stout was heavier on coffee than I thought, lending forth too much acidity and burnt notes. I wished for more chocolate, more cream, more sweetness. Alas it was not here. I probably won't purchase this six pack next year.

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Photo of braican
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle. It cascades very nicely as it settles into the glass, leaving a tan head. Pitch black, almost no light gets through. Leaves a sweet sticky lacing down the side.

Damn, I can smell it from 10 feet away. Chocolate, roasted malt, little bit of wood.

Taste brings a lot more wood than the smell. Heavy on the chocolate and roasted character. Fairly sweet. A little bitterness that seems out of place at the end. The bottle is a little old (packaged about 10 months ago), so I'm wondering how much that's playing into the character.

The feel lives up to its name. Super creamy and smooth. Fairly light on the palate, but the chocolate lingers a bit. A bit sticky due to all the sweetness.

Well I guess I'll need to try this again, this time with a fresher bottle. Really enjoyed this one, but I can tell that some aspects have been altered due to time.

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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 tbryan5
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad Bells finally made it to Louisiana. This beer lives up to its name. Very creamy with a nice amount of chocolate and roastiness. Goes down very easy and gets high marks for mouthfeel.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, cola brown, almost black, with light only getting through on the edges. Not as viscous to the eye as I expected, but very stouty nonetheless. A good three fingers of root beer float head that initially hung onto its fluffiness but collapsed into some sticky pacing as soon as I started sipping. Aroma is dominated by waves and waves of clean, earthy, roasted malt. Little espresso, little dark chocolate, little dark fruit, little sour mash, and just a touch of licorice. Nothing really stands out past the malted barley, but it all subtly blends together well. Taste follows suit with multiple notes (all of the above) but nothing dominating besides the big and broad malt bill. If I didn't know there was no lactose in the beer, I'd think there was sweet cream in play. But the sweetness is more than balanced out by both roasty and hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced and very easy drinking. Aftertaste is bitter and cold pressed coffee is the primary flavor that lingers on. Feel is medium bodied and very smooth, but not thick or chewy. Great stout for being outdoors on a cool night when you're in the mood for multiple.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown black color with a medium creamy tan head that dissipates quickly and several fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: Chocolate and Roasted malt, not very much char. Some notes of marshmallow and a little fruit. Very little noticeable hop.

S: Chocolate and Roasted malt, with a strong mineral note.

F: Super creamy and smooth, very easy drinking.

O: One of the smoothest easiest drinking stouts, I've had in a while.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Rattle N Hum West in New York, NY.

Dark brown color and opaque with one finger's worth of tan head. Deep malt aroma filled with chocolate and roasted malt. Chocolate dominates the flavor but there is the slightest touch of fruit sweetness to it on the back end. Wonderful creamy, full bodied texture that finishes incredibly smooth. An excellent stout that packs a lot of flavor without ever feeling too heavy.

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