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

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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
Reviews:
1,441
Ratings:
3,783
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
497
For Trade:
6
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Photo of VMWhelan
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours black with a finger and a half of tan head.

Nose is sweet and creamy, its not unlike a milk stout. Hints of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste follows the smell. Lots of chocolate and coffee, almost burnt flavor with a definite creaminess. Sweet up front and smoky at the end.

Mouthfeel is very creamy with medium/low carbonation. Leaves the palate dry.

Overall this is pretty drinkable. A lot of flavor and a very good mouthfeel. Not my favorite stout by any means, but I'll have another.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Velvety black gloominess in the pour, with a tan/light brown two finger head that leaves brilliant lacing down the sides of the glass. Impressive appearance. The smell is almost entirely malts with a faint whiff of chocolate. The flavor is sweet and roasted malts, with assorted dark chocolates. Oily and silky-smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Unquestionably drinkable with the great flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

yaaay cask! Campaign it up for real ales!

nice n dark n dark n black thickness. No head, prolly cuz cask style.

A: Jet black at first, but when back lit there is a burgandy hint to it. Minimal head that leaves next to no lace. If I remember correctly anyway. Seemed a bit too wet and not so sticky. I dug it, but need to try this winter to try to re dig it.

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Photo of jkendrick
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours black with a light brown head that fades quickly. The lacing is pretty good.

Aroma: A powdery cocoa smell with roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Definitely sweet smelling.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side with mild carbonation. A disappointment for a cream stout.

Taste: Roasted malt overtakes the sweet cocoa of the nose. There is a some chocolate there, but not nearly as strong as was suggested by the aroma. The chocolate also is more bitter than sweet. The coffee flavors are also more dominant here. There is some slight hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Overall Impressions: Meh, it's okay, but I expect something thicker and creamier from a cream stout. The aroma was very nice, but the flavors don't follow suit and the result is a somewhat bland stout more akin to an Irish stout than a sweet milk stout.

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Photo of sweett3k
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy Yums! The Bro's say Bell's beer taste too oxidized...too bad they do not live 20 miles from the brewery cuz mine is as fresh as the morning dew. This stout has a Dark rich brownish-black with a gorgeous creamy head pour. Complex notes of malts. I like my stouts to be more robust and less chocolaty. This one delivers nice and sweets with a smooth finish. My new favorite stout. Thanks again Michigan for making me smile with great beer.

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Photo of ROBORB
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a normal pint glass. This beer pours dark black with a then espresso colored head. It smells of chocolate, some sort of dark fruit, and dark malts. The taste is very nice. There is a a nice chocolate bitter coffee taste up front that changes to a sweet creamy finish. The carbonation is fine and this beer is top notch. It is a little thin so those that prefer their stouts thick should tread lightly. This is a great beer.

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Photo of hangh
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dark black with a hint of ruby. Ruby/tan head that is about 1" or so and dissapates quickly leaving small islands with a bit of lacing. Smell is rich in malty overtones. Very sweet smelling. Strong vanilla, chocolate, and toffee flavors among the "10 malts" that are used. Smell is excellent for a beer and one of the best points. Taste is definitely creamy and milky along with the aforementioned malts. It's a delectable stout. The finish is some toasted bitter coffee and kind of brings a nice clean finish to the sweet malty beginning. Gets better with every taste. Well brewed and crafted. Medium bodied with light carbonation. I will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of robboyd
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a gold rimmed tulip, the appearance is black with a slight almond colored head. It looks good and somewhat intimidating, like it's going to punch you in the face.

The smell was so-so. I get coffee, some bitter cocoa, just a little roasted note, and booze. There's a higher pitched scent in there as well that I can't put my finger on but is a nice hint.

The taste is great. I love this beer. It's malty and toasty. I'm really feeling some coffee with this beer, far more pronounced than the nose. Slight hints of chocolate and a really wonderful bitterness throughout.

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Photo of mpcrump
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a very thick opaque black. I was suprised by a fair amount of carbonation. Thick brownish head that hung around for a while.

S: Roasted malts. Coffee. Chocolate. Vanilla.

T: Starts with roasted malts. Then it moves into chocolate with some caramel and cocoa. I sense the coffee at the finish.

M: Very creamy with a sticky sweet finish.

D: Decent ABV coupled with a very interesting taste range and creaminess. I'm not a huge fan of stouts like this but this is a great beer for certain occasions.

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Photo of markmiller
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing my first ever Bell's brew.

This beer pours nicely with just the right amount of viscosity and awesome dark coffee color. Nice head formed, lacing is present as it subsides

The aroma is nice roasty malt bathed in dark chocolate. Very nice.

Upon first sip, I was shocked at how carbonated this was. The taste was great, though and it stuck around on the tongue for a decent time. Too many stouts tend to fizzle out on the aftertaste, but the nice creamy taste and texture was superb.

The carbonation was too much for my liking. As the beer warmed and I swirled it, the bubbles were tamed and this turned into a creamy delicious stout.

I really hope people understand and are not mislead into thinking this is a milk stout or anything similar. It is a plain stout that has a rich and roasty creamy body that is full flavored, not sweet, but not too dry.

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

This one poured dark as night with a dense creamy head of foam which built to about an inch and subsided to nothing but a creamy ring and light coating. Lacing was light and sticky.

Smell was smokey with roasted malts and a bit of smoke.

Taste was more smokey than anything but also had a lot of coffee and some chocolate with almost no alcohol.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Moderately thick but very easy on the mouth. I can't get over how much I enjoy this one, every time I try it.

Drinkability is good and overall, I'd say it's about as drinkable as any milk/sweet stout I've had.

D

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Photo of KingG
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade about 6 months ago.
12oz glass bottle
Sampled at cellar temperature
Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is above-average. Black as night. Mocha head develops but quickly fades away leaving only the abyss of dark liquid.

Smell is above-average. Roasted malts and a mild sweet aroma.

Taste is good. Not a huge flavor by any means but the roasted malts are well done in this brew. After-taste is creamy and mouth-watering.

Mouthfeel is above-average. Quite thin in the mouth, was hoping for more. Silky/creamy texture. Carbonation is low.

Drinkability is good. Very easy to drink. Goes down almost too easy. I wouldn't want more than 2 of these in one sitting. The reason? Light, easy-drinking stouts just aren't my thing for a "session beer".

Overall: Nothing spectacular but a good offering from Bell's.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with dark brown head. Good carbonation. Smells of a typical stout with roastyness and sweet malt. The tasts are of sweet roasted flavor but has a strange tinney hint. Very smooth and not dry like a regular stout. I liked this cream stout and plan on trying some other brands to see what the cream stout is all about.

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Photo of NCBeerFan
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH snifter, opaque black as with most stouts, very little head and lacing. It has a very pleasant aroma of toffee, caramel, roasted malts, and coffee. It is very light and creamy in the mouth, with the coffee and roasted malts flavors coming to the forefront. It goes down really smooth, with a slight aftertaste of the chocolate. This is the first time I've had this and it is definitely a brew that I will seek out when it comes around again. A great stout to start out the evening, very drinkable and not too overpowering.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque black with a creamy tan head that sloooowly dissipates. Heavy lacing too. Definitely a good looking beer. 5.0

S - Strong scent of espresso, cocoa, vanilla, and malt. Very slight hint of charcoal and smoke, which adds a nice edge. 4.5

T - Very creamy and smooth flavor. Malty sweetness is nicely counterbalanced by the smokey aftertaste. In fact, the aftertaste is exactly like a REALLY dark roasted coffee. How did they combine creaminess and smokiness so well??? Craziness. Just craziness. There's a slight sharpness in the middle of the taste that I hadn't noticed the last few times I've had it. 4.5

M - Creamy and smooth. Not too thick and syrupy, but not watery and bland. 5.0

O - Man, this is an amazing stout. This might even be better than the BBC's Bourbon Barrel Stout. The flavor isn't quite as evolved and complex as I remember it, which might just be from this particular bottle (maybe light struck?) or batch. Either way, it's still a great beer. 4.5

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Photo of curly31989
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This is a jet black beer with a little brown head.

S - There is a lot of chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit coming off this beer. Everything tends to be on the sweeter side. More milk chocolate than dark chocolate.

T - Initially I get hit with roasted malts followed up by sweet chocolate and vanilla. There is a tad hint of coffee but not much.

M - Medium/Heavy body. This feels like milk in your mouth and beckons me to eat it with ice cream. A bowl of vanilla and a pint of this make a great pair. I really enjoy one of these, but I can't see myself drinking more than 1 in a night. Its just a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of Allpe45
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pitch black with 2 fingers of thick tan creamy head. It dissipates quite slowly, leaving thick layers of lacing.

Rich roasted malts, coffee, some earthiness and a metallic smell (oxidation?)

Roasted malts and some burnt flavor. Not very robust.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, fairly creamy. Quite smooth.

I wouldn't make this a go-to stout

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Photo of EGledhill
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: 1 finger head that dissipates almost immediately. dark brown/black

Smell: for lack of better words, it kinda smells like a hot, sweet, malty fart. not very enjoyable at all.

Taste: the taste redeems the smell. burnt coffee taste with hints of bitter chocolate. a little powerful on the coffee but extremely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: pretty good. not overpowering at all compared to the expedition stout due to its lower alcohol content (only! 6.1%)

Drinkability: also pretty good. would be tough to have more than 3 of these at one sitting, but would be an excellent dessert beer

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Photo of FernMaster
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap, poured into a snifter.

When the server brought this to me there was easily two fingers worth of head on this beer. The head was a dark caramel color that stayed around for two minutes or so before subsiding. Then after the head subsided it left a prolific amount of lacing on the glass. For the pure aesthetics of appearance, this easily earned a five, just wow. It looks just like a stout should and the head was prevalent and pleasing to look at. The smell was faint, it was there but subtle. I was able to make out hints of vanilla and coffee notes. The taste was really something else. My first impression was that it was a bit watery, but as I continued to drink and as it continued to warm, Bell's Special Double Cream Stout became something truly wonderful. The cream was definitely present, but not overpowering, there was some roasted malts and I think I picked up hazelnut, not sure if that's in there but it had that impression on my tongue. The coffee notes and vanilla balanced so well together that it created a truly unique taste and mouthfeel, that I've at least never had before - it was like drinking a licorice yogurt. For real. The mouthfeel was thick enough and the balance of the ingredients created a yogurt like texture. This became more prevalent as it continued to warm, but I was enamored. I ordered another beer before I finished this one and I didn't want to stop drinking the Special Double Cream Stout! Pick this up, buy it on tap, whatever, just try this beer.

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Photo of Swill5786
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost opaque black with one finger tan head. Nose of a good stout: malty, chocolatey, coffee. Taste is medium carbonation and sweet malt start, coffeelike bitterness at the back, bittersweet chocolate and smoke in the aftertaste. Leans toward the taste of an imperial stout. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Decent drinkability.

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

Appearance: Pours viscous black/dark brown, with a creamy, light brown head.

Aroma: Smooth, gentle roasted coffee, dark chocolate

Taste: Starts with the taste of sweet cream, balanced with some roasted bitter, finishing with a bit stronger bitter roast. Dark chocolate bitter lingers

Mouthfeel: Wet, sweet, very light carbonation. Very nice and smooth. Creamy.

Overall: Really great winter beer. Fantastic mouthfeel, nice, full-bodied and rich sweetness, all packed into fairly low ABV.

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Photo of infestaxion
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it at the world record Bell's tapping. Took notes in the kick ass notebook they gave us.

A - Deep dark brown with a slight mocha head that fades pretty fast.

S - Sweet creamy dark malt. Hints of toffee and caramel.

T - Almost the same as the smell but with some roasty goodness. Then the malty finish.

M - Medium body. Good feel.

D - Very drinkable. One tasty beer.

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Photo of lisomiso
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's beautiful, honestly, and it smells amazing just pouring from the bottle. A rich, espresso-like roastiness on the nose, though smokier on the palate. The mouthfeel is excellent, plush and silky. I think that's is the best part of this beer, though Walows thinks the taste is better. Dark, dark chocolate and not acidic in the least - and, you know, I agree with him. Well, ok, we'll split the difference. (And still, I can't get over this lovely mouthfeel; it feels GREAT on the palate.) This beer is seriously delicious and I want to keep drinking it but alas, my glass is empty.

Thanks, Urbancaver, for another great one, and thanks Walows for sharing it with me.

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Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- Dark brown with a caremel like head to it that seemed to stay forever.

s- Smelled like straight coffee and chocolate. Almost like a mocha.

t- This beer had a little less taste than I would have liked. You can obviously taste the beer in the aftertaste, but while you are drinking it, it almost seems as if the beer tastes like water.

m- This beer has a pretty good mouthfeel to it. Not to highly carbonated and definately not to creamy.

o- Overall I think that this beer could definately use something else in the flavor. It is not that this beer is bad, but more like it is "lacking something".

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Photo of JAA
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says 6.1% ABV. I don't know why they wouldn't just call this ''Bell's special cream stout''.

Pours very very black. Big two and a half finger head. The light brown head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin layer on top of a black ocean of goodness.

OK, here's the one thing that turns me off about this beer: it smells terrible. The odor is of wet flour or some god awful white bread dough.

Moving on...

Tastes great. Big roasted coffee flavor with subtle chocolate malts in the background. Smooth taste. Nice to drink when it's still fairly cold.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice. The 6.1% alcohol is perfect for this brew, allowing you to fully enjoy the complex roasted and coffee malt flavors.

Now, if it only smelled better...

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,783 ratings.
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