Bell's Special Double Cream Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into Weizen Glass

A- Black, no light gets through this baby. 1 finger brown head. Handsome and intimidating.
S- Cocoa and Coffee beans and vanilla, delicious
T- Cocoa upfront followed by tons of roasted coffee beans, a great mishmash of malts, oats, nuts and toffe, little to no hops and little bitterness.
M- Not a beer I can drink multiple of in a session. Goes down smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Can leave the mouth moderately sticky.
O- A great smooth crazy tasting stout, Bells does great things as always.

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to naproxen for this one.

Pours a deep black with a nice light tan head that retains ok. Nose is somewhat weak roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. Taste follows with some good roasted malt, some lactose, chocolate, a tiny bit of dark fruits, and some cream. Almost a bit of cherry sweetness. Was imagining more cream on this one. Mouthfeel is pretty good, about what it should be for an amped up milk stout. Drinkability is very good here, as there is little heat, and it goes down quite smooth. Overall a solid brew, a good stout, as most are from Bell's. This isnt one im going to write home about or put up some annoying "OMG blah blah blah beer is soo goood!!!!" Bar Talk post on, but all the same, it is a good beer, and i could see myself purchasing this one from time to time if i was a michigan man. good brew.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle brought back home from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI. Purchased for $2.39 (single bottle) in March 2008. Brought home for the better half that really likes stouts. This review is a mix of 2 opinions.

Note the bottle says 6.1% ABV, not 7.5% as listed on BA.

Pours an inky brown, cloudy, and a nice tan head that sticks around a while before fading into memory.

Aroma of chocolate and cream, but with that dry stout toastiness.

At first sip, it's actually fairly dry and sharp (it's colder). As it warms up, it opens up a bit and gets significantly better- more rich cream, more chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a less harsh astringency in the ending. It's still there, and is still dry, but much subdued.

Very nice version of the style.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this one as a bonus!

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Batch code equates to being packaged Dec 18, 2009. Bell's is my new favorite brewery for having a proprietary code but having the Batch Finder right on the top of every page of their website. Kudos!

Appearance: Pours a slick black with cappuccino-like head that fades in under a minute with no lacing.

Nose: Lots of roasty coffee notes and some creaminess too. Smells like a rich, full Irish nitro stout.

Palate: Big and full up front but snapping drastically sharp with some acidity. Coffee-like flavors and bitterness, some smoky cream. But man, there's some acid there. Weird. Like coffee left on the burner too long. No sweetness or body that other reviewers talked about.

Notes: After tasting and re-tasting this beer, I'm not so sure about it. The acidity level is way too high for what I would expect from a Double Cream Stout. Wonder if it isn't holding up well, or if this was an off bottle. Bummer. Should try again.

Edit: Tried a bottle of Batch 10151 (aka 01/25/11) on 8/27/11 and there's no acidity at all. Just smooth and creamy. Score for taste and mouthfeel reflect this bottle.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,895 ratings