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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
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
Reviews:
1,435
Ratings:
3,752
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black color, with skim-thick tan head, and some apparent carbonation seen from the bottom of the glass.

Really nice smell of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and sweet toffee.

Taste is awesome... sweet chocolate, roasty, and butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is as advertised - creamy and rich in the mouth, but finishes dry enough to leave you wanting more.

So drinkable, was hard to sip this one slowly. Just be sure to let it warm a bit - much richer smell and flavor in the 50's than straight from the fridge.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is very dark brown, with a nice tan head. The smell is a slight sweetness. The taste is bittersweet, the creamy sweetness mixing quite well with the roasted malt bitterness, and the aftertaste is quite sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy. Drinkability-wise, definitely could have a few.

Another solid Bell's offering. A nice mix of sweetness and bitterness that keeps both in the forefront. A good stout, and absolutely one I'd have again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is ink black. A thin brown head recedes to an edging rather quickly. Nice belgian lacing. Huge mix of toffee, vanilla bean, coffee, mocha and dark fruits on the nose. The taste is a combination of bittersweet chocolate (slight), lactic sourness, alcohol and dark plum and cherry like fruits. Nice combination. Body is about medium-full. Just another in the long line of outstanding stouts from K-zoo. I can't believe I didn't review this one already.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of feloniousmonk.
Pours a rich, dark chocolate color, with a creamy off-white head. The head is dense and quite nice looking.
Smell is caramel, chocolate, and a muted cream coffee aroma. The smell is VERY mild, I had a hard time discerning the different elements.
Taste is creamy, sweet, and chocolate. Caramel, a little bit of hop bitterness, and whipped cream. This is a desert beer, I feel like I'm drinking cake.
This is a great stout. Certainly something that couldn't be had every day, but I would say that once in a while this is a fine treat.

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Photo of arboristfish
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma smells of roasted malts, sweet malt, almost like cream or milk, and a little bit of a coffee smell to it as well. The taste is smooth, creamy with a roasted malt character. The mouthfeel is medium thick, and is drinkable.

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Photo of scott
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

V.07

Nice large, medium-tight head floats effortlessly atop one dark mother of liquid and has a fair amount of sticky & spotty lacing. Robust nose that parallels the palate of wood char and molasses. This is not your Grandmother's sweet stout, because the liberal amount of milk and baker's chocolate is highly concentrated. Nothing sweet or overly creamy to be found here. This has successfully roped in the bitter, although it is no where close to being tamed.
This is not the most complex of stouts, but the more I try, the more I appreciate the subtle beauty found here. Easy to drink, and somehow, very refreshing (still a bit too thin in body, but @ 6.1% I won't complain so I can session this when released).

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Photo of Mavajo
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrific soul-penetrating black pour with a moderate tan head. Decent retention, good lacing. Head eventually settles into a thin foam across the top.

Nose is pleasant, but a good too subtle. Coffee, roasted nuts, sweet. Taste is sweet, with notes of coffee, roasted nuts, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is good - smooth with medium to heavy carbonation. Creamy. Medium to full body.

Drinkability is very good, particularly for a stout. I burned through my glass quite quickly. Fairly filling.

Definitely intend to purchase again. One of my favorite stouts to date.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this beer. What can I say, I love cream stouts. Everything i would expect from a creme stout. Wont bother describing it. Jus go drink one

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Blacker than the depths of the La Brea Tar Pits, with about four fingers of ruby-tan foam that eventually settles into blotchy lacing.

S – Chocolatey and roasty, with a musty malt aroma; a nice brew for the olfactory. It does not smell as overtly oxidized as some of the Bell’s Stouts tend to.

T – It is delicious. The taste is full, bitter, and roasted, with sourly astringent malt and a moderately bitter hop that asserts itself upon the finish. This is not a sweet brew, despite the style moniker; Sweet Stout is in this case a misnomer. It is not particularly creamy or buttery in flavor, either. Nor does it taste strongly of coffee, cocoa, caramel, spices or any other adulterants. It is a very enjoyable stout with not many frills, just straightforward roast, toast and hop with a touch of lactic sourness.

M – Medium-thick, oily, and very chuggable.

D – This is a very good offering from Bell’s. It’s a shame I so seldom see it, I would drink it more often.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On a cask pull, served in a tulip glass.

A- It poured a deep brown-black with reddish tones and a decent tan-brown head.

S- It smelled mostly of roasty chocolate malts with some coffee tones.

T- It had a full coffee flavor with hints of fermented raisin.

M- It was very creamy and smooth. Great feel.

D- It was a really easy drinker.

Overall- I had it en lieu of dessert. Great beer that was even more enjoyable when served from the cask. I'd love to come across it again in cask form.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce, long neck brown bottle. The obverse main label is completely different to that depicted in the BA Database. The bottle I have has a much more conservative black edged light gray background label with a brown silhouette of a tree in full winter defoliated mode. The reverse label describes the offering as “...a blend of 10 different malts, Double Cream is an incredibly rich stout composed of dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, roasty finish”. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Midnight black body with a light tan cocoa head that is exceptionally smooth and creamy in appearance with good stamina. The head settles to a ¼” thin but wealthy collar that leaves a nice ring lacing demarking the volumetric capacity of the last mouthful to within a tolerance fit for match-makers. Looks good!

Nose: Lost of roasted character with some burnt malt and dark chocolate. Rather strange nose, it has a “synthetic” aspect to it, not sure what it is, it’s not bad - far from it - it is just that it has a something that I can’t describe. Maybe on reflection it reminds me of the smell of burnt milk that has been left to boil over in saucepan. Some coffee in the back end as well. Lovely.

Taste: Who cares about the nose, the flavor Department is totally natural and incredibly smooth in character. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and dark fruits with a very frothy-cum-creamy cocoa milk and Ovaltine feel. This is a creamy smooth offering for sure. Has a caramel milky finish with the merest hint of sour alcohol. Bloody Good!!

Mouthfeel: Pretty solid here, especially thanks in no doubt to the creamy feel and big roast character, with also the thick coffee bean aspect.

Drinkability: This disappeared rather too easily actually, I just found myself looking into the empty 12 ouncer like an unbelieving alcoholic!! It’s truly all gone. Darn that was quick!

Overall: A very smooth and creamy dark roasted ‘Double’ Cream Stout that is a pleasure to drink. Highly enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable.

A Double Creamy Thanks to FM for supplying this one to Long Beach. Very Nice Indeed!

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter. Purchased from Fitzgeralds in Eagle River, MI. Batch 10151.

Appearance: Pours a consistent black color with creamy, fluffy white single finger head. Has some really nice slow to reside lacing.

Nose: Lactic creaminess, sweet espresso notes. Great chocolate aroma followed by moderate roast malt.

Taste: Ahh yes, very creamy, awesome vanilla and espresso palate, with a minimal amount of bitterness and chocolate. Has a real nice milk stout feel, but no lactose? Great brewing out of Bell's.

Mouth: Again, great creamy texture. It has a good amount of carbonation, not overbearing, but supportive to the espresso and chocolate.

Drink and overall: Honestly, Bell's has some fantastic stout. The list goes on and on, but this one is a personal favorite. Great balance, and awesome texture/flavor profile. Always a treat when I can enjoy one of these guys.

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Photo of BBP
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Somewhat an example of what any good stout should look like. Black like a RIS, with a full mocha colored head, and some nice lacing.

S- Chocolate and roasted malt emerge quickly. There's hints of coffee as well. A lot of this is blended well, and it can be a bit hard to pick out anything else with these powerhouse scents.

T- Has burnt malt and cocoa bitterness from the beginning. It makes a very good foundation for the coffee flavor. I like the non-dairy creaminess in this a lot. It really leaves more room for the cocoa and coffee to play around. I can really agree with the description Bell's has given this beer; the only thing I would change is adding that it has a richness to the malt which is fairly uncommon. It says that it's softer and smoother, but I find bold would be a better descriptor yet, although it is still quite smooth. Due to the richness, I'd love to give it a 5, but it seemed a bit too sweet for my ultra bitter preferences.

M- Very creamy. The carbonation as well as bitterness keep your tongue awake though. It could be a bit thicker, but it does well with what it's got. Semi dry, sticky finish.

D- Very drinkable especially for the amount of flavor. I'd probably have put this at a higher ABV due to the amount of flavor they fit it. For a 6.1% beer, it packs a little less than you'd expect from an RIS, but just a little less. The great thing about this beer is that you could drink it for a while.

There's not much alcohol flavor to it, and it makes a solid chocolate filled stout leaning fairly heavily towards the dark chocolate side. Very drinkable and quite tasty. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of mweso2000
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a tan head. Chocolate, cocoa scent with a hint of malt. This is one smooth creamy beer. I love the creaminess of this beer but it could be too milky for some. Sweet malt taste with chocolate. Love the feel in my mouth. It is has a the perfect mix of sweetness, creaminess with just a hint of hops to balance it out. Highly recommend this beer.

I am editing my rating on this beer. I still love the flavor of this beer, but I recently purchace a six pack of this beer and found that after a couple of beers that the sweetness of this beer was a little overwhelming. Changing my drinkability from 5 to 4

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Photo of Tballz420
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body lets in the faintest of brown hues when held to the light. Small brown head lasts for quite a while, leaving a good amount of lace. Big, sweet roasted malt scent. Taste is dominated by a nice amount of roasted malt, fair amount of hops involved. Medium bodied, fairly wet mouth. Quite a tasty treat.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one smooth and yummy stout! Nice black color with dark brown highlights, large tannish head that really faded fast leading to just some small bubbles along the edge. Nice aroma of roasted malt and sweet hops with a chocolate tone and vanilla notes. Super smooth taste of well balanced roasted barley, sweet chocolate and hops, with a hint of vanilla. Well done. It reminded me of a warm chocolate shake with out the thickness. Good medium stout body, sort of heavy but the smoothness really keeps it from getting any heavier. Nice sweet vanilla tang in the mouth at the finish with hints of roasty a chocolate sweetness. Very drinkalbe stout! Ranks up there with Mackeson xxx for one of my tops. Recommendation is high.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer looks a dark brown-amber color on the pour but in the glass it looks black. The beer is accompanied by a dense creme-brown head that leaves large gobs of lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with chocolate, slightly of coffee and very slightly of alcohol. Taste is similar to the nose but well balanced, very smooth and has a dry finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation. This beer is pretty drinkable, I don't think I could drink a lot of these in one sitting but it would be good as a night cap.

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Photo of Star80
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a black concoction with a two-inch, beige head. Seen from the top for a moment, the glass almost looked like a chocolate milkshake. Nice brown lace. Smells quite sweet, like coffee with lots of creamer. Chocolate malts make their presence known on the second whiff. Tastes very sweet, roasty, but not too sweet; as I've disliked this with the other milk stouts. It could be all the roasted malts, or even a background hoppiness that helps keep the sweetness under control. Mouthfeel is my only gripe; it's a little thinner than I want for a beer of this stature. However, since the beer isn't cloyingly sweet and I find I enjoy its balance of bittersweetness, it regains in this area.

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Photo of robboyd
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a gold rimmed tulip, the appearance is black with a slight almond colored head. It looks good and somewhat intimidating, like it's going to punch you in the face.

The smell was so-so. I get coffee, some bitter cocoa, just a little roasted note, and booze. There's a higher pitched scent in there as well that I can't put my finger on but is a nice hint.

The taste is great. I love this beer. It's malty and toasty. I'm really feeling some coffee with this beer, far more pronounced than the nose. Slight hints of chocolate and a really wonderful bitterness throughout.

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Photo of whynot44
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, very dark coffee colored brew with a nice creamy milk chocolate head that retreats to lace fairly quickly.

The aroma is mostly dark roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and apple.

The taste is dark roasted malt, caramel, toffee, apples, chocolate and cream. It starts mildly sweet, then the roasted bitterness kicks in with a bit of citrus hops, the finish is back to sweet caramel and coffee but the sweetness is never excessive and the alcohol warmth mellows it even more.

Rich and creamy smooth to drink, the body is a little thin, but, again, it doesn't detract that much from a really enjoyable, easy drinking experience. I could drink some more of these, especially in cool weather. Very nice.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5-18-10 - Poured from a 1-liter growler into a Guinness Extra Stout pint glass - purchased at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA.

Appearance: Pours black with a huge, creamy, tan head that eventually fades to a slender ring. Leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, dark toast, and espresso with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Roasted malt carries notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, and vanilla to the tongue. A fairly spicy finish with some hops providing a distinct bitterness. This beer is very creamy because of the nitrogen tap.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Presents a good balance as it flows over the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and has great balance for a sweet milk stout.

Comments: I am a big fan of Bell's Brewery, and I also really enjoy the milk stout style. Accordingly, it is no surprise that this beer impresses me. As my review indicates, balance is key with this one.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 4.5 Dark dark brown, nearly black in color with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger head on the pour that slowly mellows throughout the drink. The dark khaki head leaves a sticky and frothy (but smooth) lacing on the edges of my Perfect Pint glass. Micro bubbles dance beneath the head at the surface of the brew as it sloshes around. Nice looking stout.

S- 4 This smells good. It smells of coffee and cocoa primarily, with the malts giving off a sweetness overall. I get a hint of oak at the end of the whiff. It is quite inviting, though not all that pungent.

T- 4.5 BSDCS tastes even better than I expected from its aroma. It is even more balanced by its deep malt variety on the palate, and comes together in a smooth tasty blend. I still get cocoa and a bit of coffee but it has a very good roasted complexion added by the malts as well. Just a touch of hops on the back end keep this in check, which is very nice.

M- 4 It is medium in body but a little slippery overall. Maybe it is lacking just a hair in carbonation, though it isn't much of an issue at all. I suppose the name alone had me expecting more of a creaminess than I got, but it is definitely smooth.

D- 4.5 This is a very tasty stout that isn't all that heavy and has a very good flavor profile. I'm a big fan of coffee and the sweetness that is combined with it in here from the malts works very well and isn't overbearing. For the style I could drink as much of this one as any. This is a solid offering from Bell's.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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 joekfsu
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a thick nearly black color with 2 cm brown head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is dominated by chocolate, some hints of sweet malt. Flavors of chocolate, cream, and smoky malt. Medium body, significant lacing, no real alcohol detected, and lasting aftertaste. Very tasty and drinkable, almost a pop feel.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours syrupy dark brown, nearly black with no discernible translucency. Head was minimal to none but there was a thin layer of bubbles that diminished to a light brown ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Abundant dark roasted malt on the nose. Plenty of chocolate with some coffee as well.

T: Abundant malts engulf the taste buds with great complexity and swirling smoothness. The dark toast on the malt is not too bitter, allowing for the sweetness to come through. There is just enough bittering to bring everything to a close for a relative quick finish and a light linger of coffee.

M&D: Mouthfeel is heavy and full with an abundance of fine carbonation allowing for this brew to go down easy. A very good sample for the class and another great brew from Bell's.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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