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.

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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 dudecandle
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Near black body with creamy tan head.

S: Raisins, smoke and coffee primarily.

T: The milk shows up strong, adding a sweeter dimension to the already oatmeal raisin chocolate cookie-like flavors. Some slight herbal hop along the way. Smoke also lingers on the finish.

M: Creamy with a long finish.

D: Great balance of sweet and smokey with a smooth body. It's an easy drinker, full of flavor without being too big at all. The sweet comes from both the fruit and the milk, balancing the acidity on that end as well. Really pleasant.

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Photo of Greggy
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep chocolate color with a nice 1.5 finger head that recedes slowly into some nice tight lacing. The beautiful thing I saw with the head was almost a swirling of colors that reminded me of hot chocolate with melting marshmellows in it. Quite unique!

Smell: Deep chocolate, cocoa, cream and a hit of latte hit this one on the nose. It smells quite rich!

Taste: Just like the nose with an excellent silky smooth chocolate and cream taste. Very rich on the palette with a nice long creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth with a lower carbonation that works great with the dark richness of this great brew.

Drinkability: I can't see myself having more than a couple of these a night as they are quite rich; however, this is a great brew that I intend to have more of in the future.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Sep 4, 2008
Pours Oily black No head to speek of,minimul lacing. Nose is very rich with straight forward coffee & chocolate with a bit of roast. Flavor is lightly sweet and malty with the light hops coming through in the end next to a bit of smoke. Not super complex at all, but very straight forward. Drinkable

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Photo of theformula
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #19 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 11/19. Had this for awhile, and the only Bell's besides Hopslam that I haven't had.

A: Pours a nearly black, oily body into a snifter. A 2 finger mocha head retains decently well. Spotty lacing is left over. Should be rich.

S: Superbly rich, dark malts have an intense aroma. Dark chocolate mingles with blackstrap molassess and some coffee notes, as well as a touch of licorice. A nice roast quality plays off of the slightly sour lactic character. Nice.

M: Med.-full body, low carbonation. Almost chewy in its extremely coating, creamy M.F. Quite thick.

T: Bell's does it again, proving they brew some of the best stouts around IMO. Massive roasted patent malts give off waves of dark chocolate and molasses w/ a prominent coffee bean kick as well. The richness factor is up there and can be intense. The leafy, citrusy hops play a small role but add complexity and also a tart, acrid character.

D: A delicious, rich stout, not too heavy and packed w/ roasted goodness. The M.F. could use a bit more carbonation and is best suited to a desert or as a desert.

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Photo of adams82
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black with a faint ruby hue with a fluffy tan head.

Smells sweet with deeply roasted malts/espresso/dark roast coffee. The flavor is predominantly roasty; an onslaught of dark roasted malts, a hint of bittersweet dark chocolate and rounded by a slight sugary sweetness (lactose) and finishes with a nice, balancing citric hop bitterness.

Full bodied and easy to drink. A great beer!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +8.8%
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 +8.8%
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 +8.8%
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 +8.8%
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 +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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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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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