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

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
BA SCORE
3.96/5
3,833 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:
#4,442
Reviews:
1,454
Ratings:
3,833
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
509
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,833 |  Reviews: 1,454
Photo of Big_V
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stigs
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours about a finger worth of loose, bubbly and soapy dark khaki foam...falling and crackling slowly as it warms. the beer is quite dark, just a tinge of dark brown hue when held up to a bright light. spotty lacing throughout the drink.

S - adequate amounts of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, some fresh coffee...sweetness comes in as some vanilla, butterscotch. faint earthy hops round out at the end.

T - starts off a bit sweeter than the nose would indicate. bittering slightly watered down coffee kicks in after an initial kick of vanilla, lactose, brown sugar, cream. disappointingly kind of fades to nothing after the bitterness, just a slight bit of earthy hops.

M - drinks very thin, and carbonation is quite overdone and very distracting. adds an astringent prickly feel and not very pleasing (yet void?) aftertaste.

D - maybe i just dont enjoy this style very much, but this one just doesnt hold up very well for me. the flavors are there but fall off very quickly, succumbing to an unappealing mouthfeel. i was contemplating pouring this for a bit before i decided to suck it up...not an awful beer, just not for me.

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Photo of kushlash23
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice chocolate malt aroma with a light coffee undertone. Dark walnut colored head pours nice and thick. Head fades slowly to a thick film resting on the deep black beer. Soft, smooth mouthfeel in a solid bodied beer. Chocolate, roasted malt, and cream combine for a nice flavor. It finished mildly bitter, just enough to make you want another sip. Cellar temperature serving highly recommended.

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Photo of bort11
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. It wasn't much of a hard pour so it didn't have as big of a hed as I would like, about a half a finger. The head was the color of chocolate milk which receeded to a light lace. The beer is a rich rasted dark brown color, not letting any light through.

Not a very strong smell. Smell is mocha chocolate with bitter espresso around the edges. Bittersweet and pleasant.

I was expecting a bigger taste, and even as I let it warm up to room temp, it didn't expand as much as I would like it to. Still, it was a very nice roasted chocolate taste.

I thought the mouthfeel really stood out. Very full and creamy with a slight carbonation tickle. It coated the tongue pleasantly but finished pretty clean. It wasn't syrupy or sticky, just full.

This is an excellent dessert beer. Is it wrong for me to want to dunk Oreos in it? I look forward to having more of these in the future

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Photo of KeefD
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! This one pours an awfully thick dark brown-black color with a small ring around the surface and slight lacing.

This bad boy smells of coffee, huge roasted malts, slight bitterness and not much else.

Taste is very much the same. The label says it has 10 malts, and the taste backs up the claim. It's huge, malty, bready, with flavors of espresso, creamy chocolate, and roasted malts.

Very heavy bodied with light carbonation and a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This was an excellent milk stout. Slightly sweet and creamy. This makes an excellent beer on a cold day like we're having in Minnesota right now. It's nearly May and snowing!

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Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Double Cream Stout is served up a deep and viscous black brown with a head that is somewhere between tan and beige. Both the retention and lacing are pretty average looking in this pint.

The aroma is nice and roasty with a definite coffee character to it. Some nice chocolate and a slight chalky character are also present. A touch of vanilla rounds out the flavors near the end of each sip.

The flavor mimics the aroma well with the roasted and chocolate flavors taking center stage. They are backed up by a creamy sweetness that is spiked with vanilla. As the beer warms some nice cocoa flavors begin to come out as well.

The mouthfeel of this beer is surely its best attribute. It is smooth and creamy with a body that is on the heavier side of medium. It seemingly slides down as I imbibe this brew and disappears with a surprisingly dry and roasty finish.

While I remembered this beer being better than I thought it was today, it remains a very solid beer for its style. It is quite impressive what Bell’s is able to do with malt in a beer that has no special ingredients.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Benesi88
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kraticus41
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BMoney575
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-16-07
Batch 7776
Bottled on 12-20-06

Pours a very dark brown with a very nice tan-colored head.

Smell is fantastic! Chocolate dominates with hints of smokiness.

Tastes of lots of different complex malts, with notes of coffee, chocolate and a surprising hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is unbelievable! Ultra thick and creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the lower abv lets you notice the flavors that much more.

Overall, I was surprised. I've always been a fan of the Kalamazoo Stout, but this blows it out of the water. A great beer to just have around.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed with a fresher sample since the first time I had it, it was sitting in the Iowa Beer Cache for an undisclosed period of time. This particular batch was bottled November 21 and drank during the first week of December. Now that's fresh! Subsequently, it was much more enjoyable.

The appearance is decent. It pours to an opaque black, completely impervious to light. The head is very thin and chocolatey, dissipating soon after it builds. Lacing is decent.

The smell has a lot of vanilla bean and cream soda aroma to it, backed by chocolatey malt, caramel, and molasses. Nice bold roast. Similar to the Kalamazoo Stout, but a little more rich and full.

Nice bold coffee flavor with a hint of sweet creaminess to balance out. Nice chocolatey roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is great. Very thick and creamy with a gentle and soft carbonation. One of the best American stouts I've yet tried. The ABV and intense roastiness prevent it from being more drinkable, but it is a very good beer. Another quality product from Bell's.

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Photo of dannyfayy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of strohme2
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of addiwilliams
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Fordknox
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with all Bell's beer, a handy bottling code is printed on the back of the label.

a: Dark brown to black with a thick and creamy head. Good retention and lacing.

s: Sweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt.

t: Taste the ten malts! Sweet, rich chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, slight hop bitterness in the finish, though the bitterness seems to come more from the malt than the hops.

m: Creamy, smooth, not heavy or thick, but certainly not thin. Just right for the style.

d: High drinkability, good flavor without being overly sweet or filling. One of the better milk stouts out there.

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Photo of BierFan
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A batch number of 8733 on the back label lets me know that this beer was brewed on September 9th, 2008. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hard pour produced a 1 finger tan/brown head. Very black body. No light shining through at all.

Smell: Fresh and roasty coffee. Slight aroma of cream or milk.

Taste: Pretty thick and substantial mouthfeel. Roasted coffee upfront. Creamy taste and feel on the swallow. Mild bitterness.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of eulerthegrape
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of martyl1000
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this not long ago, also in bottle form, and rated it much higher then (4.75). Not sure if it's what I've eaten recently, or the other beer I've already had toinght, and maybe my taste buds are just tired and receptors all used up. But this seemed disappointingly bland. Almost no aroma. Beautiful rocky tan head. And smooth in the mouth. But where'd it go?

After it warmed up, the aroma came out nicely. Too bad it was all gone by that point.

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Photo of Giantspace
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of JackieTH
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown-black. Subtle deep garnet red highlights when held to a bright light. Nice tight cap of mocha brown head.

Smell: Creamy milk chocolates right out front with subtle roasted malt and coffee house medium roast. Smells delicious.

Taste: There is a distinct creamy taste right from the get go. It just about overwhelms the delicious underpinning of chocolates, medium roasted coffee, molasses and roasted malt. The mild creamy sweetness carries through from start to finish, and though not at all cloying, it's omnipresent. There is a bittersweet finish, or a subtly citrus sourness/possibly better described as an aftertaste that is a tiny bit distracting.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick, and although I found the overall mouthfeel to be medium-heavy, it should have liked it even heavier.

Drinkability: No question this one is double cream-tastic and goes down easy. Three bottles were harmed in the writing of this review.

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Photo of GuttaMane138
4/5  rDev +1%

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Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,833 ratings
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