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

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89
very good
3,795 Ratings
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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:
3,795
Reviews:
1,442
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
495
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,795 |  Reviews: 1,442
Photo of MJSFS
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ackeeper
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of oso
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of tillmac62
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smoother than their Kalamazoo Stout variant. Medium bodied with a good balance of roast and hops. The finish is quite clean with a pleasant roast/hop lingering aftertaste. If you like "tame" stouts, this one fits the bill. If you wish to experience the best, then Founder's Breakfast Stout is my choice.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nchrist13 for this treat.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, batch 7808.

Pours a complete opaque black with a nice two finger tan head that dies down to a nice lacing that sticks around quite well. Stickiness is spotty, but alright. Smell is heaven, wonderful milk chocolate, creamy caramel, mild espresso, toffee goodness...malt bomb to say the least. Good solid malt taste, just what I expected. Sweet caramel taste up front, smooth creamy chocolate milk taste to follow, then some roasted nut flavoring finishes it up, very complex. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, medium to full bodied with low carbonation, fits this style very well. To me, this falls just short to Kalamazoo Stout, but both are amazing representations of the Milk Stout style. Get your hands on this one for sure.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours almost black, only hints of brown around the edges. A short-lived one finger foamy head that laces decently.

S- Lots of deep roast scents. Hints of sweetness are also present. Somewhat faint and less pronounced than other stouts.

T- Can't say anything really sticks out here. Typical American stout. Big roasted malts right up front. Only a little sweetness for the double cream claim. Ends cleanly with a small bite form the heavier malts.

M- High carbonation, but thick and creamy otherwise. Weight is fairly light, but not out of the stout range. Could sit down and have a few of these.

Overall, I love sweet stouts, but this one left me pining for more in the sweet and vanilla flavor regions. If you look really hard, there might be a little vanilla sweetness, but otherwise, this is just a solid American stout.

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Photo of Joecaddie
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of nwhittin
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JRed
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and bubbly in body with light tan head that sticks around. Hefty aroma of butterscotch, cream, light cocoa, and vague hop presence. Tastes of smooth milk chocolate, cream, light butter, cola, roast comes in towards the finish along with a hop bitterness and leaves a faint tobacco finish. Pretty heavy carbonation in the mouthfeel and medium bodied. The flavors are welcomed but the carbonation turns me off. Wish it wasn't as fizzy on the palate and thicker in body.

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Photo of EdFed
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of KG710
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of aforbes10
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark. not really any head...lots of sticky looking lacing. almost opaque. chocolatey odor, some roasted malt odor too. quite tasty, burnt coffee at first, very toasty tasting. then i get some hops and sweetness, like sweet syrup. that's really what i take away most from this beer, a hoppy syrupy taste that i wasn't expecting at all. when i burp (as i often do), all i taste is tons of hops. mouthfeel was surpizingly thin and made me feel like i was drinking a porter instead of a milk stout (although i guess that's how Mackeson is too). doesn't really strike me as creamy in any way, just a nice coffee hop mix. a nice beer, but probably too expensive for me to drink regularly.

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Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harryhops
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of bigleague
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwilbur
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A: Very dark brown. Little carbonation and almost no head.
S: Roast malt and subtle coffee and caramel notes. Fairly weak aroma.
T: Coffee, roast malts, and a hint of sweetness. There's also a bite that lingers thoughout. Not as robust a flavor as I was expecting, nor as smooth and sweet as is typical for a milk/cream stout.
M: Fairly smooth and light. Wish it was a little heavier.
D: Could have more than one, but I'd rather move onto a different milk/cream stout as there are several better representatives.
A decent brew, but not great.

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Photo of thoglund
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeastLU
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BigAl18
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carolinabeerguy
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of beeragent
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a dark brown, forming a massive creamy 1 inch mocha head. Light spots of lace stick to the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts, with a light chocolate aroma.

T - Creamy roasted malts coat the palate, followed by a sweet chocolate bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, being a bit on the thin side, but exceptionally smooth in the mouthfeel. Very clean finish, with the taste coating the palate long after the swallow.

D - Delicious flavor and slightly higher alcohol makes for a very enjoyable beer. I have to say this is among the better cream stouts I have tried. I really wish this was available in my state.

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Photo of ToddBeans
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of delgotit99
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Kalamazoo Brewing Co. find during a great beer shopping experience in Indianapolis. Presented in a 12oz. brown bottle, this beer had me baffled as to what to expect. The beer poured a nearly solid black color, the exception being the ruby-tinged edges. A modest mocha colored head shriveled down to a tiny skim but left behind some pretty good patterns of lace.
The smell was a pretty straightforward blend of roasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and a faint nutty aroma. The taste was a complex mix of roasted dark malt, some coffee notes, molasses, baker’s chocolate, and some dark fruits. The finish was moderately bitter which offset the richly sweet flavors tasted earlier. The feel was medium-bodied, rich and smooth, with a slightly dry finish.
Overall, this was a really well-designed beer whose taste outshines its aroma. Initially, I didn’t care too much for the smell but I grew to appreciate it more with each sip and smell. Special Double Cream Stout has a carefully hidden alcohol content that can waylay the unprepared. A delicious, well-crafted stout. Glad I packed one home with me.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,795 ratings.
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