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:
#4,446
Reviews:
1,454
Ratings:
3,833
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
509
Trade:
6
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,833 |  Reviews: 1,454
Photo of elgiacomo
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch 9513 bottled Dec 18, 2009. Pours very dark brown, black, medium body, large foamy light brown head that retains well and leaves rings of lacing.

Aroma is pretty potent, chocolate, coffee, smoke, roasted malts, and a lactic quality. Almost like cream cheese frosted chocolate cake. Hmmmm...and maybe some chocolate chip cookies, too. Interesting and unique.

Flavor is more coffee up front, some chocolate, roasted malts, and lactose. A bit watery. Bittersweet finish. OK.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, yet still a tad thin, medium carbonation.

The aroma > flavor in this one for me. If it tasted like it smelled, it would be an easy 4+. As it is, I prefer Bells Kalamazoo stout, which is also cheaper than this Double Cream stout.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, batch 10830 and bottled 1/29/11. This one was allowed to warm for a couple minutes before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Bell's Double Cream Stout pours jet black, with a voluminous four fingers of caramel colored foam left sitting atop the beer. The head retention is fantastic, and lacing is left behind in a thick, weblike pattern. An absolutely gorgeous beer. The nose is fairly coffee heavy, but rather than the usual heavily roasted, black aroma, this smells like coffee with a bit of milk and sugar added. The flavor brings more of the same, though I'd say it has a little bit more roasty intensity than was found in the nose. The body is wonderfully creamy and smooth for a stout that's not imperialized in any way. It's paired with a nice, subtle carbonation that gives the beer a little life without taking away from the fact that this is a 100% malt driven beer. Bell's Double Cream Stout is one of the best regular stouts I've had, and a beer I'd buy regularly if Bell's was sold in NJ.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an opaque black with a tall brown head that almost overflowed. The head sticks around for the majority of the brew leaving rings of clumpy lace around the glass. Damn it seems bells really knows how to make their stouts look really damn tasty. Scents of dark chocolate, cream and roasted malt combine to form a very pleasant aroma. Roasted malt starts off the taste before giving way to bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The after taste is a creamy roasted lingering one. Body is about medium with a creamy feel to it. Very drinkable and tasty stuff here, this went great with some dark chocolate.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black color, with skim-thick tan head, and some apparent carbonation seen from the bottom of the glass.

Really nice smell of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and sweet toffee.

Taste is awesome... sweet chocolate, roasty, and butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is as advertised - creamy and rich in the mouth, but finishes dry enough to leave you wanting more.

So drinkable, was hard to sip this one slowly. Just be sure to let it warm a bit - much richer smell and flavor in the 50's than straight from the fridge.

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Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of joepais
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl

Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a nice tan head that turns to a nice ring of lace around the glass
It has a wonderful dark black brown body

Aromas of chocolate, molasses, coffee and tons of malt

Flavors of sweet malts, cream and chocolate with a light coffee bitter finish

Great creamy full mouthfeel

A very drinkable stout I like it better than the Expedition stout and I am going to savor every last drop of this one

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Photo of pstam87
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Knoxrb12
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of little_star
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Parmesan
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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 sgoro
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jtransel
4/5  rDev +1%

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

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of gshak
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seangibbs60
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BJasny
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Brown120
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of davegray
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of cavedave
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to either mater or atone315 one of whom sent this delightful brew, but I have mixed up who.

Darkest brown with a brownish tan, thick knit head an inch above it. Stupid slathers of lace and and a worthy opacity make this a beauty of a stout.

Light caramel and crystal malt goodness front an aroma that has chocolate, coffee, some darker malt things going on, not acrid or charry by any means, really pleasant, a bit of herbal hop under it all. Nicely sweet and it may be its name but I swear I get a hint of cream in there.

More coffee in the taste, for sure, it starts with a strong blast of java, transitions into dark chocolate, deep roasty goodness, and some sweet comes in, but not so much as the nose predicts that's certain. As it warms I start getting some yeasty tart to it, almost a very light berry sort of tart, that really tastes great, and other roasty notes that never get acrid. The end of the sip stays sweet but the darker flavors carry through as well, balancing it.

As advertised, spritzy and creamy, but not over the top with carb. even though it has plenty, it really works with this beer. Perhaps a touch light for some purists, but this style is so broad I can only think this is perfect here as it makes all other aspects shine.

This is a fine beer I wish I could get locally. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dbossman
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a brown, small head that dissipates to a thin film

S: Sweet roasted malts; chocolate and vanilla with hints of bourbon sitting through the heavily malted quality; I can't put my finger on everything going on here though--it is a complex smelling beer and I can't wait to taste it

T: Not as complex as the aroma would indicate but the layers of malts are quite satisfying; subtle coffee and chocolate as well as vanilla permeate and this beer isn't as sweet as the aromas would let you believe

F: A bit thin and the beer quickly moves through the mouth with not as much sticking to the tongue ad I would like

D: A great start but the richness of the malts makes it difficult to drink this for too long. All in all, though, this is a nice offering from Bell's

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,833 ratings
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