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

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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Photo of ChicagoNick
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black In color with a 2 finger deep tan head. Head retains nicely and leave a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell has a great malt body to it. hints of toffee and a slight nuttiness are present with an overall deep rich Carmel smoothness. Reminds me of Carmel corn, very plesent. The finish in the nose has a very slight roast character to it.

Taste is great. Starts with a rich malt sweetness that has hints of Carmel and chocolate. The roasted malts finish this beer and add a great dimension and transition from the rich malt to roasted malt with a slight bitterness tying it all together.

The mouthfeel of this beer is awesome. Thick but nothin too crazy, has an overall creamy rich feel to it. Carbonation is there but not overdone. This is a great s beer. You will have a hard time finding an American stout better then this unless you go to the brewery and grab the nitro version.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

On a cask pull, served in a tulip glass.

A- It poured a deep brown-black with reddish tones and a decent tan-brown head.

S- It smelled mostly of roasty chocolate malts with some coffee tones.

T- It had a full coffee flavor with hints of fermented raisin.

M- It was very creamy and smooth. Great feel.

D- It was a really easy drinker.

Overall- I had it en lieu of dessert. Great beer that was even more enjoyable when served from the cask. I'd love to come across it again in cask form.

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Photo of strohme2
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Beestin
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of gshak
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of aaronh
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Virtually black beer pours with a perfect 2-finger dark tan head that fills my pint glass. After 5 minutes, the head has actually crowned above the top of the glass and begins to take on a rocky appearance. A small amount of sediment can be seen floating in the beer. Dark particles can be seen in the foam at this point. The aroma of sweet roasted malt is noticeable from two feet away. Up close, the sweetness is much stronger, with nice raisin and chocolate notes. With a small amount of trepidation, I contemplate taking a sip. This beer has been so wonderful to experience thus far that I'm afraid to tarnish the experience (considering K'zoo's recent quality issues). The taste is much more mellow than I expected! Sweet fruity notes up front are accented by a light cherry flavor, but quickly lead to a stronger chocolate and roasted malt taste. There is ample bitterness in the finish to offset the sweetness, and then coffee and dark, bitter chocolate sweep in for the lingering aftertaste. No graininess, no earthy overtones, no tartness (all the things I've come to fear in a Bell's beer). The mouthfeel is creamy, but not overly thick. The active carbonation maintains a thick head for the entire glass, but it doesn't force itself upon the tongue. The drinkability is phenomenal, as this goes down almost as easily as a Guinness draught with about twice the alcohol and a very enjoyable sensory experience. Looks good, smells good, tastes good, feels good, drinks good. This is one of the better beers from K'zoo.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is very dark brown, with a nice tan head. The smell is a slight sweetness. The taste is bittersweet, the creamy sweetness mixing quite well with the roasted malt bitterness, and the aftertaste is quite sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy. Drinkability-wise, definitely could have a few.

Another solid Bell's offering. A nice mix of sweetness and bitterness that keeps both in the forefront. A good stout, and absolutely one I'd have again.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from zrrbrrt.

A: Pours a jet black color with a one finger caramel colored head that has good retention.
S: Aromas of chocolate and caramel malts with a dry finish.
T: Tastes of dry sweet chocolate hit the palate first followed by a nice blast of carbonation that tingles the tongue. Nice faint sweet aftertaste on the back of the tongue--almost of licorice.
M & D: Nice smooth taste. Slick going down. Not as heavy or coating as I thought it was going to be. Sweet aftertaste is very appealing. Drinkable dessert beer, but I wouldn't have more than 2. Definately a tasty offering from Bell's. Would have again if I can get it.

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Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BrewSTL
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GPHarris
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into a goblet that leaves a nice ring and light sheeting throughout. the body was a dark black.
s - strong roasted coffee and oats.
t - coffee, oats, chocolate, with a lot of dryness.
m - slick and coating.
d - good beer but one will be enough. almost too dry and grainy.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tballz420
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body lets in the faintest of brown hues when held to the light. Small brown head lasts for quite a while, leaving a good amount of lace. Big, sweet roasted malt scent. Taste is dominated by a nice amount of roasted malt, fair amount of hops involved. Medium bodied, fairly wet mouth. Quite a tasty treat.

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Photo of cavedave
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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 BigRedDog
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of huntermop
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of botham
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours opaque black with two fingers of light brown head that has great retention (about eight minutes). light lacings.

aroma is roasted, with notes of chocolate malts and light coffee and caramel malts, with a distant nutty character. overall the brew is sweet, with a rich profile.

taste is roasted, with a creamy base. malt notes include chocolate, and mild coffee. nicely proportioned.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth and somewhat chalky texture. finishes smooth with a mild roasted character and residual chocolate malt.

drinkability is good. this is a full bodied and rich stout that is not dry or bitter, while remaining creamy and lightly sweet. cheers!

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Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,794 ratings.
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