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

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
BA SCORE
81%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 3,814 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:
#4,394
Reviews:
1,448
Ratings:
3,814
Liked:
3,090
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
10.61%
Alströms:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
500
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,814 |  Reviews: 1,448
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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Photo of beerorRIP
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: forms a tan 1.5 finger head, which diminishes to a small ring of foam. Jet black body, no light getting through this one. small bubbles can be seen at the edge of the glass if you look hard.

smells a roasty malts to me. a touch of chocolate? yeah, maybe a bit of a sweet smell in there too.

mmmm.... a good milk stout is nice indeed. a nice job, as it's not overly sweet either. a good play of roast and bitterness to balance the sweet, so it's not a bottle of soda. some chocolate and maltiness in there add to the creamy taste of this guy.

a nice creamy mouthfeel, but not super thick. the carbonation level is nice for this style too, not overly carb'ed to the point it's tingling or stinging.

easy to drink and pleasant. if it wasn't hard for me to come by (ie, a trip out to PA to find it) i can see this being good for me and some friends before, during, and after dinner.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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 SWMeyer4141
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pitch black, very black. Brown 1 1/2 inch head. Nice lacing, not too much head retention. Very nice looking for a 6% ABV Stout.

Smell-Lots of sweet roasted malts. Slight sweetness and some coffee. Did I mention roasty and sweet?

Taste-Rich sweetness. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate and some light coffee notes. A unique sour cherry flavor as it warms. Nicely balanced, sweet upfront, but balances out.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, sweet. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall-Nice stout. Nice late night stout right before bed. Refreshing and sweet. Would go great with some chocolate cake. Another winner from Bells

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decanted into my Caracole tulip @ 45 degrees

A - A pitch black liquid nestled beneath a beige cap of whipped head w/ a fine bead. The head decompresses gradually and leaves spots of lace.

S - Rich and roasty w/ a cofee-like aroma and nutty roasted barley odor.

M - Smooth creamy malt w/ roasted textures and a full effervesence and subtle sweetness w/ a slightly dry finish.

T - Sweet, creamy malt w/ light vanilla and caramel notes are blended well w/ a fine milky chocolate and buttery nut flavor. The crisp coffee-like roast blends w/ the caramel notes w/ subtle sweetness and gentle hop spice. Slightly biscuity as the dark malty flavors subside.

D - Very rich w/ a nice blend of roasty and smooth. Very quaffable, one of the most drinkable of Bell's beers and a sweet, yet not cloying stout which is very well made.

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Photo of Jables
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a dense tan head.

Aroma is rich coffee beans, dark chocolate, and roasted malts.

Flavor is heavy on the coffee, with a decent bit of bitter dark chocolate. The roasted malts mellow towards the middle of the glass and the chocolate comes out to play a little more. It finishes slightly sweet but plenty creamy.

The mouthfeel is smooth, slick and creamy. The body is rich and the carbonation is calm and unimportant.

Drinkability is okay, it's a great brew but it's heavy, thick and I have a hard time drinking multiple roasted brews like this one.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau Stout glass. Bottled on August 8th 2017.

L: Pours a deep dark black. Two finger tan head has excellent retention.

S: Lots of roasted aroma, chocolate and coffee.

T: Again a lot of roasty flavors, lots of coffee, some bittersweet chocolate. Not a lot to the flavors.

F: Light, below average carbonation, super creamy mouthfeel.

O: To me this is a mediocre beer. Bell's can do much better than this.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bluemoonswoon for this extra!

A - Standard stout. Opaque with 1/4" of off white head. No lacing.

S - Some roastedness, malts, and toffee.

T - Slightly smokey. More malted milk taste, some cocoa.

M/D - Good. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. A session-able stout.

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Photo of EGledhill
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: 1 finger head that dissipates almost immediately. dark brown/black

Smell: for lack of better words, it kinda smells like a hot, sweet, malty fart. not very enjoyable at all.

Taste: the taste redeems the smell. burnt coffee taste with hints of bitter chocolate. a little powerful on the coffee but extremely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: pretty good. not overpowering at all compared to the expedition stout due to its lower alcohol content (only! 6.1%)

Drinkability: also pretty good. would be tough to have more than 3 of these at one sitting, but would be an excellent dessert beer

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 81% out of 100 with 3,814 ratings
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