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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,788 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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
Ratings:
3,788
Reviews:
1,441
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
226
Gots:
496
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,788 |  Reviews: 1,441
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 jewellrunner
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of addiwilliams
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 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 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 strohme2
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of sjones5045
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dtm426
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcloeren
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

shoutout to xxcarpxx for this extra

Poured a very thin black with brown edges with a finger and a half of khaki colored head.

The nose on this beer is chocolate, roasted malt and maybe a very slight touch of coffee. Definitely nothing special going on here...

Taste follows the nose. Chocolate up front, roasted malt, a hint of coffee and maybe a little bit of dark chocolate to finish it off. Just like the nose... pretty straight forward with not alot going on.

The mouthfeel had to be one of the most disappointing things about this beer. For a beer named Double Cream Stout I was expecting this luscious, full bodied, creamy stout. Instead I have this medium to light in body with a semi high amount of carbonation. Very thin, it does have a little bit of a creaminess to it but I would say that this is more like a smoothness than creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this was just a very average beer. Decent nose on it, a good stout taste but nothing special. Dont get me started on the mouthfeel.... I would have loved to have the nose and flavor of this beer on a Double Cream Stout body and not such a thin body. Very easy drinking and if I were wanting to have multiple stouts, this would be one to go for. I know I'm hitting this one a little hard, but I'm still very appreciative of this extra. But outside of Hopslam, Bell's continues to underwhelm me.

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

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Troville1990
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of bobhits
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body turns black as night in this snifter. The head formed is thick and creamy with layer after layer of thick creamy foam forming over top of it. As the head falls it leaves intricate lacing on the glass.

Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors are all here, but a mellow hop finish gives this beer a rather blunt end to the aromas. Not nearly as strong or powerful on the nose as I'd have expected.

The flavors follow the nose rather well. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate with strong vanilla notes all finishing with a subtle hop finish. The mellow finish takes on elements of lactose, but I would suspect that the hops are more responsible than some lactose being added here.

This one lives up to the name, a lot of cream and very smooth stuff.

Part of me wants to say this is pretty average for a stout. Nothing is intense or stands out, but instead this blend of flavors seems to work surprisingly well.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BrewSTL
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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 scratch69
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black, with a half fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Taste- Mellow flavors of malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and creamy. Slightly dry finish with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good. Enjoyable and definitely worth having again.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,788 ratings.
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