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

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3.96/5
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3,871 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,697
Reviews:
1,460
Ratings:
3,871
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
522
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,871 |  Reviews: 1,460
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring this beer aggressively gets a finger of mocha colored head. The body is a deep cola brown, and the head lazily dissolves into a frothy ring. Lace makes a mild attempt.

Dark malt with a hint of dark fruit greets up front. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate follow up.

There is a very complex malt bill on this beer. Toasty malt up front. A hint of toffee comes in, with a kiss of roasted nuts. Dark fruit pervades this front end, then turns it over to the coffee and chocolate, with a medium-dark roast coffee flavor finishing it off.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium bodied. It leaves a residue on most of the tongue.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aracauna
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, flash-in-the-pan phead the fades to a ring of foam around the edges but stirs up easily with a small swirl. Chocolate and char on the nose. The flavor has an odd dry powdery flavor (can't quite describe it actually), that seems to intertwine itself with the chocolate malt flavors to give the impression of a mouthfull of cocoa powder. A bit milky in the flavor. I really imagined a stout called Double Cream to be a bit thicker, but it's not exactly thin. Definitely improves as it warms.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Bell's pint glass.

A: Quite dark with a fairly dark head, and a little bit of lacing.

S: Dark malts and a little bit of milk and coffee.

T: Again, dark malt and some coffee with the typical milk flavor.

M: Nice and creamy, yet at the same time dry. I'm intrigued.

D: This is a slow sipper. However, it's not terribly thick and might be nicer once the heavier stout season has passed.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque and hazy very dark brown. Thin light brown head. Looks like it will lace nicely.

Aroma: Sweet roasted malt. Creamy chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Says on the bottle they use ten different types of malts and it actually shows well in the complexity on the palate. Starts creamy and sweet then you get toffee and a nutty character about halfway through. The finish slowly goes from roasted chocolate to a black coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite complex for 6.1% ABV but not overly so. No hop presence but I attribute the bit of bitterness right at the beginning to whatever hop addition(s) was made. The roasted malt and bitter aftertaste does a good job of balancing an otherwise sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but feels more viscous. Real nice creamy feel before the finish. Easy drinkability but complex enough to warrant a slower enjoyment. My only gripe is that it's a little over carbonated.

Final Thoughts: I've been anticipating this beer's seasonal release but without incredibly high expectations. In the end it has left me satisfied with making the purchase of a sixer. Would I drink it again? Yep. Given the season and limited availability I'll be sure to ration them throughout the long winter and probably buy it again next year.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/5/09

A - Pours a very dark brown, settling near-black. ΒΌ inch head of tan foam dissipates quickly. Swirling revives & it holds better, though retention is generally thin. Spotty lacing.

S - Smooth, complex malt aroma. Coffee, cream & vanilla. Hints of cocoa & caramel. Very mellow. No particular hop presence that I can pick out.

T - Roasted coffee offers a slight bitterness which is accentuated by a subtle hoppiness, which is balanced by cream & vanilla sweetness. Other sugary malts seem to meld together in a supportive role with undertones of caramel & maybe a spot of toffee.

M - Full bodied with carbonation that has a good counterbalance between smooth & prickly (the former being the most notable). Residual notes of roasted malts linger. Slightly bitter finish.

D - Very easy to drink; it's quite tasty. Definitely worth a shot. I'd love to run across this on draft.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Keffa
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Columbus Microbrew Fest pint glass. Sat for about 45 minutes before consumption, so warmed up some.

A: Nice dark brown/almost black body, 2 finger tan head that recedes to a ring after a few minutes, leaves a little lacing, but not a ton, and what is left is oily. Nice looking beer though.

S: Roast coffee, plum, chocolate, and a sweetness, similar to heavy whipping cream. A little bit of a floral hop as well.

T: Coffee, roast malt, and a slight bitterness. Sweetness is back seat to the roast though.

M: Lower carbonation, but very smooth and creamy. Decent finish.

D: Not too bad. I've had worse, and I've had better. This one is easy to drink, but the roast becomes overbearing in the finish, and makes it a little less drinkable.

Not bad. This one is a decent stout. I think the cream could come through a little more, but for what it is, this one isn't shabby at all. If they could fix the roast on the finish, I think this one would be a go to for me.

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Photo of euskera
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out coffee black with a bit more carbonation than expected. Smell is complex; coffee and dark chocolate and malt sweetness.

Taste is robust, roasted espresso and extra dark bitter chocolate. Just a small bit of sweetness in there as well. The carbonation is a bit distracting after a while.

Wonderful creamy mouthfeel.

All in all an excellent cream stout. I'll have no problem finishing the 6 pack I bought..

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark red-brown-black with a dark tan head that is relatively small and needed to be forced, subsides reltively quickly.

S- Dark and sweet malts. Somewhat of a chocolate malt scent with some roasted malts as well.

T- Big coffee, roasted flavor. A creamy chocolatey flavor is also quite noticeable. Quite rich flavor with smokey finish.

M- Creamy is a pefect description for the feel. High carbonation and a medium thick body. The finish is sticky with a hint of alcohol heat.

D- Pretty good beer, takes some time to drink and I dont think I would want more than one, but pretty drinkable for a stout. ABV is lower than I would like for a beer this big though, could use more warmth and a bigger "punch" to it.

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Photo of cnally
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out a dark brown with a soapy tan head. Sticky head, opaque coloring.

Very smoky and sweet aroma, a little burnt malt.

Huge burnt malt in the flavor, smoky and woodsy. Pretty sweet, very even.

Syrupy, sticky feel. Low, virtually no carbonation.

Very mild flavor, but very sticky and for no reason. The flavor is muted, but still very decent.

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Photo of putnam
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

black coffee colored with a dirt-brown crumpet on top. Funky, oily espresso and moldy timbers aromas prelude to a palate of dry, coffee-like pleasure. Licorice, piney hops, black olives and plummy sweetness characterize this medium-bodied, chunky liquid. It's a useful Bell's product, better than the Porter or Kzoo stout if only for its more assertive taste and slightly creamier texture.


Consumed with a Greeek chicken salad from Little Daddy's -- a perfect pairing.

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Photo of WJVII
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has an enormous milk chocolate brown head that finally settles to a frothy cap. This is a thick dark brown brew with a strong nose of coffee, slight burnt malts, a little nuttiness, and some dark fruits. The taste is a little sweeter than I might like. There are raisin and plum notes along with toffee and burnt malts. There is a lacking hop balance to this but the brews complexity and slick mouthfeel are solid. A nice brew but have had some better samples from Bells.

Thanks to Cdkrenz for this sample in a "secret santa" exchange.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark like black coffee, with a nice little creamy brown head. It quickly settled with just a touch of lace.

S: Nice rich malt with a light sweetness and burnt coffee. I expected a stronger aroma, but still very pleasing.

T: More toasty malt and coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate offering just a bit of bitterness.

M: Tiny bubbles that lead to a smooth and soft creamy finish.

D: An easy drinking stout that's smooth with a nice balance of malty flavor.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Retail1LO
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

Pours the blackest of black with a thin head that quickly recedes. Very coffee/chocolate forward nose. Taste heavily leans towards chocolate and burnt malt. A hint of vanilla and cherry in the background. The mouthfeel is the only real ding. I don't get the smooth and creamy here. It's much more on the astringent side of things, although I've had worse in that regard. Overall, it's a pretty decent stout. Not one I'd run around looking for, but I wouldn't shy away from it were it offered to me.

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Photo of winomark
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black wiht a generous light brown head. Very inviting.

Rich roasted coffee dominates, yet a distinctive sweet creamy tone present.

Good coffee and chocolate balanced with a nice rich sweetness. Well done for a sweet stout.

Rich, coating, and a good long lingering finish. Not too heavy, but very flavorful.

Man, I can drink this all day long! Flavorful and rich, but not too heavy. A tremendous stout from a great brewery. Seek this one out.

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Photo of phsua
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbothen
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a regular old pint glass.

Pours black with a 1 finger root beer float colored head. Leaves a nice sticky spider web like lacing on glass.

Smells of malted milk, milk chocolate, & roasted coffee.

Big roasted malt flavor with some coffee, chocolate, bitter toasted flavors. Nice. 7.5% is well hidden in all the creamy goodness.

Thick, lush, & creamy, slightly carbonated. Biting finish.

Nice after dinner beer to be paired with a chocolate oriented desert of some sort. Or anytime really if you're like me.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matthewwarner
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierBand
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sixer of this on my last trip to Michigan. Unfortunately, I shared it with some relatives that aren't too appreciative of good beer. At least I enjoyed it though....

Poured deep dark black/brown with a thin dark tan head of about 1/2". The head dwindled down fairly quickly leaving traces of dark tan lacing.

The nose was definately of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste was good!... The coffee and malt came through. The chocolate came through as an aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was average for a cream stout.... perhaps a bit low on carbonation.... but typical.

Drinkability.... is good for those who like a nice rich stout.... my relatives didn't like it for the most part.... but then again.... they prefer bud lite!

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Photo of ottovon
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black, with a 2 finger tan head.

S: dominating smell for me is coffee. there is some sweetness in the nose as well as toffee and caramel. hints of fruit, but could just be the sweetness i smell.

T: tastes of roast malt up front, with some coffee. hints of toffee and caramel in the finish. there is some sweetness.

M: very smooth with a medium body. some carbonation.

D: a good beer. could drink quite a few.

drank with whiterascal

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Photo of capra12
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with speedwayjim and steph seved out of a chalice.

Appearance: 11/2 fingers of light brown head. Jet blakc with no lacing.

Smell: slightly metallic but there is a dark malt and lactose that breaks through the metallic.

Taste:opens with a dark roasted malt and dark chocolate as the lactose comes through in the middle to the finish leaving a malty and lactose aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied at most and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again and would definitely recommend this to someone who seeks a dark malt character supported by a subtle coffee as a lactose come in at the end.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,871 ratings
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