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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,789 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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
Ratings:
3,789
Reviews:
1,441
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
226
Gots:
496
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,789 |  Reviews: 1,441
Photo of ski271
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark with minimal head, light lacing. The smell is roasted grains, chocolate and caramel. Taste follows suit, nice, but unexceptional. Not too thick, but a very creamy mouthfell, light carbonation. Bells can sometimes deliver a masterpieces, this is not one of those times. I'd drink it again, but would not seek it out.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into the Duvel glass.

Huge, thick and powerful two and a half inch toffee colored head

Lactose, sugary, woody, almost mallow-like. If a beer could smell fluffy, this would be that beer. Maybe just the slightest bit overpowering in the nose.

Roasty, creamy, sweet. Amazing how it all balances out this way. That is, how roasty and creamy intertwine so seamlessly. Just a bit watery, lacking what I want in carbonation. Not as creamy as I figured a double cream would be. Still there is maintained a solid roastiness, very malty for such a creamy beer

Really very good, not as much as I would have liked in the creaminess department though.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shawnxa3
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustinSparks
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a thick tan head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, and a little molasses.

Tastes of roasted malts up front with a small bitterness on the back end. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar are evident with a small roasted bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Faroveryonder
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of santoslhalper
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan collar of a head. The head leaves decent sheets of lacing.

Smell: Smell's mainly of chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee. A simple smell, not bad, but not special.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This brew is all about chocolate malts. A little bit of espresso, a little bit of coffee, but mostly chocolate. The chocolate tastes a little artificial, but still a pleasing taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is very good beer, different from any other Bell's offering I've had. I'd definitely have another. It was my mistake, but I sampled it after having Rogue Chocolate Stout (this review is from notes taken last night). The Rogue was better than this in every way. But this is still a tasty beer, and one worth trying.

Bashiba, Bashiba, Bashiba... you always hook me up.

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Photo of SMH_NWI
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MiWolfman
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adam42381
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on September 14, 2010 per dating code on label.

Appearance: Pours motor oil black with a 1-2 finger creamy tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Aroma is a little milder than I would have liked.

Taste: Coffee up front followed by creamy sweetness and bittersweet chocolate in the middle and ending with roasted malt and a mild hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty creamy.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a couple on a cold winter's evening.

Overall: Good beer overall. Not my favorite stout but it's worth a try.

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Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of caramel, roasted malts, coffee, nuts and a little earthy. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and a little nutty. Some lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 4/16/06

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8215 and purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville.

Poured jet black, with 1 finger of tan head into a goblet. Lots of tiny to mid-sized bubbles in the uber frothy head.
Aroma of bittersweet chocolate & coffee.
Sweet mouthfeel transitioning into a creamy then roasty finish.
No one flavor stands out with this stout...pretty smooth nothing fancy.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark black beer with a foamy brown head. As the head faded it left a dark tan lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. It smelled of lots of roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. There was a well balanced roasted malt flavor with slight bitterness. The mouthfeel was light and creamy smooth. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of PerHops
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Fantastic dark brown, not quite black color and a nice lingering tan head. Slight carbonation noticeable.

S- Subtle coffee and chocolate.

T- Roasted coffee followed by a long, oaky finish.

M- Carbonation lightens the beer up and really helps it drink easy.

O- Not quite the beer I remember it being, but nonetheless I am glad I have a couple to cellar.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Bottle code 10151, which means it was bottled 1.25.11

Appearance - Near black, with a nice, lively tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and malts.

Taste - Similar to smell, more smokey flavors and some coffee flavors.

Drink - Good carbonation.

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Photo of MrStark
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is opaque black with a one-finger, light mocha head.

Smell is of roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Nothing is too prominent.

Taste is smokey roasted malts with some nice coffee sweetness. I can almost detect a little chocolate near the end and it has a small amount hop bitters towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. A little creamy and pretty much no aftertaste. Maybe a little bit of coffee left on the tongue.

Drinkability is good. This is a fairly good example of the style and it goes down pretty easy. Its not my favorite, but I could see having it again sometime.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,789 ratings.
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