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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,794 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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:
3,794
Reviews:
1,442
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
227
Gots:
495
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,794 |  Reviews: 1,442
Photo of TheHopsman
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of braican
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle. It cascades very nicely as it settles into the glass, leaving a tan head. Pitch black, almost no light gets through. Leaves a sweet sticky lacing down the side.

Damn, I can smell it from 10 feet away. Chocolate, roasted malt, little bit of wood.

Taste brings a lot more wood than the smell. Heavy on the chocolate and roasted character. Fairly sweet. A little bitterness that seems out of place at the end. The bottle is a little old (packaged about 10 months ago), so I'm wondering how much that's playing into the character.

The feel lives up to its name. Super creamy and smooth. Fairly light on the palate, but the chocolate lingers a bit. A bit sticky due to all the sweetness.

Well I guess I'll need to try this again, this time with a fresher bottle. Really enjoyed this one, but I can tell that some aspects have been altered due to time.

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Photo of Caseyk1088
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ohiovania
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakecattleco
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kyledover
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hman43
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a brown moderate head.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate, expresso, and a bit of roast.

Taste; There are flavors of chocolate, roast, oats and a bit of vanilla.

Feel: It is somewhat creamy with a moderately bitter finish. It has a full body.

Overall this is a chocolate and creamy driven stout.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad Bells finally made it to Louisiana. This beer lives up to its name. Very creamy with a nice amount of chocolate and roastiness. Goes down very easy and gets high marks for mouthfeel.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mschrei
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Studfarm69
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, cola brown, almost black, with light only getting through on the edges. Not as viscous to the eye as I expected, but very stouty nonetheless. A good three fingers of root beer float head that initially hung onto its fluffiness but collapsed into some sticky pacing as soon as I started sipping. Aroma is dominated by waves and waves of clean, earthy, roasted malt. Little espresso, little dark chocolate, little dark fruit, little sour mash, and just a touch of licorice. Nothing really stands out past the malted barley, but it all subtly blends together well. Taste follows suit with multiple notes (all of the above) but nothing dominating besides the big and broad malt bill. If I didn't know there was no lactose in the beer, I'd think there was sweet cream in play. But the sweetness is more than balanced out by both roasty and hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced and very easy drinking. Aftertaste is bitter and cold pressed coffee is the primary flavor that lingers on. Feel is medium bodied and very smooth, but not thick or chewy. Great stout for being outdoors on a cool night when you're in the mood for multiple.

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Photo of Tracker83
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dovers
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeeScott876
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gibgink
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Aeroscorp
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Parmesan
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown black color with a medium creamy tan head that dissipates quickly and several fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: Chocolate and Roasted malt, not very much char. Some notes of marshmallow and a little fruit. Very little noticeable hop.

S: Chocolate and Roasted malt, with a strong mineral note.

F: Super creamy and smooth, very easy drinking.

O: One of the smoothest easiest drinking stouts, I've had in a while.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Rattle N Hum West in New York, NY.

Dark brown color and opaque with one finger's worth of tan head. Deep malt aroma filled with chocolate and roasted malt. Chocolate dominates the flavor but there is the slightest touch of fruit sweetness to it on the back end. Wonderful creamy, full bodied texture that finishes incredibly smooth. An excellent stout that packs a lot of flavor without ever feeling too heavy.

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Photo of mallardip
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great look with a healthy head. Nose has some hop characters, floral notes, with solid dark chocolate undertones. Taste is solid cocoa (not sweet at all), vanilla and rustic wood notes. Some oatmeal. Roasted not burnt. Overall pleasant. Nose is not for me when it comes to stouts, but flavor and mouthfeel are great.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,794 ratings.
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