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:
#4,396
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 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

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

Photo of Shawnxa3
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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%

Photo of santoslhalper
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Chackman151
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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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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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