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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 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 ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 batch# 7143, bottled on 11-15-05 poured into a pint glass.

Almost black with a light brown head that's about 1" in height with strong retention and thick sheets of lace.

The nose carries a lot of roasted malt and a sour, woody aroma with a little bit of cocoa and milk underneath.

The taste starts off a bit watery but the roasted malts come through quickly followed by a splash of chocolate milk and some dry hops. The finish is a little sweet with the chocolate/roasty flavors carrying through to the aftertaste. Full bodies with some residuals. I could have a couple more of these before moving on.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from an incredibly fresh six-pack.

Bell's Special Double Cream stout is an impenetrably jet-black beer whose head reaches 1" of height. This deep tanned froth subsides in half, leaving little sunspots of lace on the inside of the glass.

Intensely sweet on the nose, this beer instantly brings to mind all things chocolately and indulgent. Milk chocolate, cocao, hot chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Raisins - or Raisinettes actually - with yoo-hoo, and canned malt extract. Heavy cream. Iced mocha.

Following the aroma, the palate of this beer is quite - or as my review says insanely - sweet. A weird grape-juice flavor pops up in the midst of diabetes-inducing candi-corn/liquid fudge malts.

Not particularly viscous or entertaining in the mouth. I really crave roastiness in any black beer, and this is somewhat lacking in that department. I prefer hop/roast interplay, of which this beer has none.

Truly for the choco-freak or diabetes sufferer. Not a beer for the masses, but an interesting aside nonetheless. I could see non-beer people enjoying this one as a special treat.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout poured a deep black that would only allow light through a thin layer. The head poured out a definite brown and very thick but faded somewhat as the beer was drunk. There was adequate lacing on the glass. The smell was complex due to the multiple malts used in this beer; roasted notes and a subtle hint of chocolate dominated it. The taste was complex with the roasted malts dominating. The body of this beer was exceptional, thick, clean, and enjoyable. I would not say this beer is very drinkable as it is quite heavy and has a strong flavor. One or two of these is all I would want in a night.

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Photo of iron78
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

doesn't allow any light through. has a dark brown head that fades very fast.
the standard porter coffee and chocolate smell, but with a hind of tobacco maybe.
carries the coffee and chocolate into the flavor. the bitterness masked well by the cream, almostlike a latte.
very thick and creamy leaving the mouth feel coated.
very enjoyable.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.87/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Midnight blackness with a finger width copper white head. The head quickly resolves itself into a copper white film. The foam clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: For me the smell was the best part of this beer. Very sweet malty smell. There is a spicy sweet combintation in play in this beer with a slight astringency about it.

Taste: This beer has a very thickly sweet buttery coffee and malty taste. It is frankly to sweet for my own taste. I not sure but this could possibly stand a bigger hop profile. In short I dont like it.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Well frankly again, this one is just to dam sickeningly sweet. It has a hell of a full bodied buttery taste but way to sweet. Pass this one up and buy something else.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bell's special double cream stout reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams cream stout. It is good, but not really anything outstanding. It just doesnt have that extra little 'something' that I was hoping for, to push it into the realm of greatness.

A very attractive dark midnight, with small head. I found the smell the best part of this beer. Chocolatey malty sweetness.

The taste was a bit of a letdown. Like I said, its good, but not the stunner I was hoping for. I didnt find it twice as creamy as your average stout. I didnt really find it all that creamy, period. But, it is a stout, and has all the chocolate and malty characteristics you love from a good stout.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, especially for calling your beer something like "double cream."

I dont think i'd have this one again, unless it was offered to me for free. There's too many other stouts on my horizon to try.

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Photo of ClearDog
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep midnight black into my imperial pint glass. Nice foamy one finger khaki head. Very impressive to behold!

Smell -- Faint hoppy nose, bitter chocolate and a little bit of coffee. I really enjoy the complexity of this brew.

Taste -- Exceptional! Slightly bitter upfront, with a nice chocolate/coffee finish. I'd say the chocolate is more apparent than the coffee. The alcohol is masked quite nicely, but you can still enjoy the warming feeling as this stout goes down.

Mouthfeel -- Thick and creamy. . . almost chewy. Very nice.

Drinkability -- If I can find anymore of this I'll be buying it. Very drinkable, but one should probably limit it because this is my first one and I can already feel a hint of a buzz. This brewery really has its stuff together. Absolutely brilliant!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Super dark with a thin light tan head at first pour. The head was reduced to a small wisp within a few minutes. I am guessing that there was some action going on to maintain the head that stands.

Aroma: Really clean and Chocolaty aroma that has a slick grainy sweetness that makes me think that there may be some oatmeal in there somewhere or something.

Taste: Clean, dry, creamy flavor with lots of roastiness to coexist with the cream. I get an oatmeal flavor also. The beer is really drinkable, leaving you with a slightly roasty coating on the back of the throat after drinking. I don't notice the alcohol.

Opinion: I really like this beer. I am not normally very big on really roasty beers, but this one is slick enough that it doesn't leave the palate all acidic and feeling like you just sucked on a piece of burnt wood. It is definitely one that I would try again.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours black with a small tan head, little or no lacing. Smell is woody malts, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Taste continues with the woody caramel malts, vanilla and chocolate tones. Mouthfeel is incredibly rich and creamy, they weren't exaggerating about the double cream. So rich that I could maybe drink another, but one is probably enough. A unique and tasty sweet stout here, try it if you can find it.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: black and bold, chocolate brown thick and creamy head (like most of the bell's stouts), head fades but laces the glass

smell: fairly mild, sweet milk chocolate, light coffee and cream, faint cherry, slight roastiness to the aroma as well

taste: milk chocolate, light coffee roast, quite sweet.

mouthfeel: rich and creamy, thick and chewy

drinkability: not as heavy as other bell's stouts, refreshing like chocolate milk

Not the first bell's stout i would seek out but a great milk/sweet stout

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed with a fresher sample since the first time I had it, it was sitting in the Iowa Beer Cache for an undisclosed period of time. This particular batch was bottled November 21 and drank during the first week of December. Now that's fresh! Subsequently, it was much more enjoyable.

The appearance is decent. It pours to an opaque black, completely impervious to light. The head is very thin and chocolatey, dissipating soon after it builds. Lacing is decent.

The smell has a lot of vanilla bean and cream soda aroma to it, backed by chocolatey malt, caramel, and molasses. Nice bold roast. Similar to the Kalamazoo Stout, but a little more rich and full.

Nice bold coffee flavor with a hint of sweet creaminess to balance out. Nice chocolatey roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is great. Very thick and creamy with a gentle and soft carbonation. One of the best American stouts I've yet tried. The ABV and intense roastiness prevent it from being more drinkable, but it is a very good beer. Another quality product from Bell's.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have recently acquired a real fondness for sweet stouts. This one is a treat. A basic oil black color and texture. Bittersweet chocolate dominates the nose and flavor. Slight sourness and bitterness helps the sweet malts (lactose). Black malts, roasted malts, and barley malts combine to reveal molassas, caramel, and a slight grain bittering. Creamy and silky, it's like chocolate milk for the beerlover's sour.

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Photo of jvajda
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a competitor with Old Rasputin for world's best double cream stout. This beer is fantastic. It's very rich and bittersweet, but not over-the-top. I think most of us could handle a couple of these at once and be fine. There's a lot to experience in this glass, make sure it has your full attention.

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, light ruby highlights, with a mocha coloured, thin head. Fair retention and lacing. Lactose sweetness in the aroma, chocolatey and malty, light alcohol and moderate roasted character. Full body with low carbonation. Silky smooth texture, a bit milky. Balance is on the malty side, lactose, low roasted flavour but the roast barley contributes to dryness at the finish. Low bitterness and just a bit of milk chocolate. Very light alcohol warmth. Pretty good stout overall, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of budgood1
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out like motor oil...thick dark tan head with staying power. thick rings of lace. aroma of those boxed chocolates so popular at valentines day and around x-mas. tastes of intermingled dark and milk chocolate. tart notes of candied cherries. rum cake. molasses. currants, raisins and dates. a whole lot of yeasty goodness. liquid lusciousness in a bottle. voluptuous body, velvety mouthfeel. double creamy indeed. finishes sweet and then roasty dry. highly drinkable for a stout of this magnitude. yummy stuff.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black in colour with a small off white head. The aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate (think chocolate chips), with more subtle notes of espresso, roasted malt, and a fruit element that I can’t quite identify (perhaps plum?). Upon drinking, the chocolate becomes a little less sweet, and takes on more of a powedered cocoa flavor. There’s also a bit of a yeasty note with a bit of leafy hop bitterness at the end. The sweetness is a little less than I expected, but well within stylistic guidelines. I had hoped for a bit more body too, but again, it’s not as if it’s thin. I tend to want sweet stouts to completely bowl me over with sweetness and thick mouthfeel. I found this one to be a bit on the tame side, but still a quality beer.

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Photo of shippos
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured with barely a skim of a head on a thick dark black body. smelled when it's cold - muted notes of cold coffee/esspresso and dark fudge, heavy roasted flavors with a thick slightly sweet body with a dry roasty finish
smelled wthen it's warm - rich aroma of mocha and a mix of sweet sugar and tosted grain, mouthfeeel is a bit on the thin side at first and follows with a dry finish.

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Photo of PatYoda
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with minimal head. Smell is very inviting. Smells like a sweet chocolate milkshake with some coffee thrown in for kicks. Alcohol is there behind everything if you look. Roastiness is very subdued. The taste is very similar. Creamy (per the name) slickness dominates in the mouthfeel. Could use a tiny bit more carbonation in my opinion. Taste is extremely milky and chocolaty all the way until you swallow, then the roastiness comes through in the finish. It is accompanied by a very lactic character as well, which eventually wins over the roasted malt with its sourness. This is a little unpleasant. With a little more roasted character, this could have been a real winner. It's no Kalamazoo Stout though.

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

This pours very very very dark. Opaque black, not even translucent. It leaves a small brown head which over time turns into a carmel color ring.

Smell is very unsweetened chocolate and coffee, and as it warms becomes predominantly coffee. Touch of hop.

Taste is very rich and creamey chocolatey and coffee and maltey and some nice dry hop balance. Alcohol notes are present, and as it warms the alcohol becomes VERY apparent.

It has a very nice, rich body.

Mouthfeel is super creamy when it is cold, and turns a bit wet as it warms to room temprature.

The finish is a bit hard on the alcohol side, but the dry hop cleans the pallet in a very pleasent way. This does not leave an aftertaste as you would expect with something this thick.

This is the first time I tried this, and I'll be getting more. it is a favorite. One thing - I usually like my beers warmer, but not this one. I enjoy this one more at about 40 degrees than I do at room temprature. It is creamier, richer and livlier when it is cold, and as it warms it seems to flatten a bit, and become edgey.

If you see this, buy it and give it a try!

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Photo of mynie
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful pour! Deep, dark black, completely opaque, with a nice brown head.

Smells like coffee with a hint of milk and powdered coco. Incredibly robust.

Surprisingly tart-tasting up front, a little weak. That moves into a coffee and insanely-complex roasted malt in the middle and a very dry, milky end. Good, but kind of a letdown after taking in the look and smell of this brew.

The body is strange. Fizzy upfront like seltzer, it seems almost to change with the flavor. It gets thick in the middle and ends as creamy as milk. Wonderful.

And for as complex and strong as it is, this is one stout that goes down smooth as silk.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black color with a large and frothy tan head that leaves nice lacing down the glass, a beautiful stout. The aroma is very creamy, like whole milk and sugar, with chocolate and coffee undertones and a cloying sweetness. The taste is very interesting and sort of goes all over the place. You get hints of cocoa, coffee, whole milk, molasses and a mild roasted bitterness. Probably one of the best milk stout's i've had, the alcohol is hidden well and the mouthfeel is extremely creamy and incredibly smooth. This isnt really a beer you could call a session beer, but it's not hard to drink by any means. This is my first beer from Kalamazoo but it's quite impressive, and thanks to NeroFiddled for the beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

someone gave me a bottle of this, thanks, but i sampled it at market ave. wine bar in cleveland, oh. cellar temp, 12oz.

black body with a nice tan head.. pours rather thick and murky into a wine glass. scent is heavy on wood and vanilla, nothing too offensive or overpowering. taste mildly reflects the wooden oak aroma and brings out a true roasted nutty flavor along with some fudge notes. tart finish sneaks up on you, more than likely a bit of freshness in a beer that might need a couple months to sit. a decent beer but surprisingly light on the 'sweet and creamy' for style.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cool label...I've been waiting to try this one. Batch 6707. Pours quite thick, deep dark black with a sturdy, creamy 1" head sitting nicely atop the brew. Lovely lacing...no light dares try to escape. Beautiful. Sweet chocolate maltiness, lactic milk notes, vanilla extract, a bit roasty with a hint of raisins. Big on the sweet malt...but overall the nose is a little weak.

Milk chocolate malt balls float over my tongue..a hint of coffee peeks through as well. Sweet, but not cloying, roasty and toasty. 10 different malts and it shows....rich, creamy and just damn good. A slight hoppiness on the back of the palate with just a hint of bitterness and lactic notes. Awesome sweet stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full and creamy. Washes over my tongue like silk and gently slides down the throat. I find it intensly enjoyable. I regret that I only have one bottle of this fine brew. I will be hunting down a sixer as soon as possible. I recommend this one to any fans of the style as it kicks a large amount of ass. Bell's has impressed me yet again.

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Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like dirty, motor oil, and produces an opaque, inky black body. One finger, light brown, head has garnet hues around the fringe and collar. Considerable patch and sheet lace adorn the glass.

Aroma begins with hazelnuts, immediately followed by nice dark malt notes of coffee, carob, and chicory.

Mouthfeel is robust, smooth, and creamy.

Creamy malted chocolate runs out the gate first, with roasted Kona coffee right behind. An understated, toasted almond character is unmistakable, and adds considerable depth. Good hops bitterness keeps it all in check. Finish is bittersweet chocolate/carob, wth a mild coffee aftertaste.

Excellent for the style, and my favorite stout from Bell's.
Re-reviewed on 4-28-05, and well worth doing so. Better score for appearance this time around, as the head revealed some some rusty orange hues in addition to the garnet tints noted in my earlier experience. Aroma score gets bumped up a notch for complexities I missed in my first review. Some smokiness and vanilla notes add to the multiple malt notes to be found in this interesting stout. Mouthfeel, as well, is worthy of an update. Velvety smooth on the palate, and quite exquisite. Ten different malts are used in this one, according to the label, and the adventurous complexity is well worth revisiting. Very tasty, and a very nice stout to sip and savor. One of Bell's better offerings, for sure, and that's quite a compliment.

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