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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:
#4,696
Reviews:
1,460
Ratings:
3,871
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
522
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,871 |  Reviews: 1,460
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%

Photo of expatsteve
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, with no visibility. Rich amber head about an inch thick - head didn't go anywhere either, staying at about 1/2 an inch once settled.

Aroma: Sweet, immediately malty finish; few coffee notes, though cream finish adds subtle notes of cane sugar and dark chocolate. Aroma marked by cool, deep notes, and is definitely a commending feature of the beer.

Taste: Full body with slightly sour finish upfront. Malt provides slight coffee tones; front palate suggestions of cream that are as much product of the smooth finish as they are of the flavor of the beer. Stout bitterness is present, but takes a back seat, with strongest concentration in the aftertaste. The sweet finish gives the bitterness a cocoa finish that provides a refreshing finish to a heavy beer.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, medium viscosity, with light-medium carbonation. Velvet in the mouth, but heavy in the finish. Last mouthfeel revealed an oily finish that wasn't detectable during the rest of the bottle.

Drinkability: Nice flavor, but might be too heavy to drink a lot of. The cream finish gives way to the more recognizable coffee notes of a stout. I can't help feeling that the heavy body might be more profitably matched with slightly heavier flavors (think Dogfish Head). A good beer, but one that could explode more in the mouth at the price.

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Photo of CPAles
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewjraab
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black with a mocha head that remains at a nice cap during the drink.

S - Malts, chocolate, roasted coffee, malted milk balls.

T - Chocolate, coffee, faint bitterness to balance the sweet, malts. Medium bodied and rich mouthfeel - nice smooth and creamy finish.

O - This is a very drinkable stout - definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Gemini6
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M1A2
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ski271
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper-brown, almost pitch black, with a medium-sized, tan, pillowy, slowly diminishing head. Some light lacing. The smell is of nice big, woodsy, roasted malts. Chocolate, toffee and… saltine cracker? Hey, whatever, it works for me. More dark roasted malts dominating the flavor. Coffee, bitter chocolate and brown sugar along with a slightly sour taste. It has a medium-full body, creamy texture and low carbonation. It was good and a little different. For Bell’s this is just an average beer, but Bell’s average beer beats many other brewers’ best beers. Pretty good.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - very dark brown/black, with about 2 fingers of dark tan colored of foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - malty, chocolaty notes, somewhat of a roasted hint too.

Taste and Mouthfeel - definitely malty. Roasted chocolaty tones...with emphasis on the roasted quality. Texture not as creamy as I was expecting, but still a good level of creaminess.

Drinkability - very good brew. The combination of all of the malts makes an interesting taste. Nice and complex.

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Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick pour but a good head for a Kalamazoo Stout. One quarter inch of compact suds. Completely black with zero light transmission. Deep vinagery and cherry-like aromas. Powerful flavor for a Milk Stout, coffee, slight chocolate, and slighty fruity one/two punch that brightens to the aftertaste. Bitterness is slighly mellowed by some vanilla. A little astringency keeps things interesting. We have a pretty big beer here for style. Was looking for a little more delicacy, but then, Kalamazoo is not known for that. "Chocolate milk" yeasties on the bottom of the glass. Nice, but pretty similar to other Bell's Stouts.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with some brown/red highlights. The head is a wet-sandy color and manages to stick around for a while. Nice roasted malt aroma with a delicate vanilla sweetness. Roasted coffee flavors that's countered by a nice, creamy vanilla flavor. The sweetness is more restrained than some other milk stouts I've had but still very nice. Perhaps more of a compromise for those who don't like super-dry or super-sweet. This one lands squarely in the middle. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but there's still a pleasant carbonated quality that lifts the sweetness of the palate. There may be better milk stouts out there, but this one is pretty drinkable and has great balance to it.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 01/04/12.

A: Pours a thick black with a 1 finger khaki head. A little light gets through the glass but only around the edges. Head dissipates after 2 or 3 minutes lacing the sides of the glass.

S: Malty aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark fruits in there as it warms up.

T: Starts off with a nice light coffee taste with a background of chocolate. A little bit of hops come through at the end.

M: Great creamy mouthfeel. Not much carbonation but that is OK with something so creamy.

Overall an easy drinking and tasty stout. Could use more of a punch but that may take away from its session-ability. Better on tap.

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Photo of wiseguywood
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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