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

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89
very good
3,794 Ratings
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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:
3,794
Reviews:
1,442
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
495
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clager
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SilentSabre
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 19C(66F); great stout temperature! Ink black body with peanutbutter coloured head. Smell was big on lactose, chocolate, and burnt coffee. Rich and robust both in smell and in taste. About halfway through the swallow, the lactic sourness is quite easy to detect; a dry roasted cereal with burnt coffee soon follows. Mouthfeel is very average for the style, and to tell the truth, I really wish this were a bit heavier. Overall, however, this is a wonderful stout.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Bold toasted bittersweet chocolate malt,smooth, smoked, dry. The same with the nose.
Black/Brown in color, opaque, smaller cream colored head with delicate lace. Medium, almost full body. Creamy, not really sweet.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of sirhc3034
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Strix
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm quite impressed with this.

Pours thick out of the bottle, with a dark head. Nearly opaque with reddish-brown edges.

Smells delicious, roasted and burnt notes, with coffee, vanilla, and ashy wood

Burnt notes on dark malts, with dark chocolate, coffee, woody notes, a hint of vanilla, and a slow fading slighly hoppy bitterness. Not overly bitter or roasty though, and comes off as quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel smooth as silk, with a nice substantial consitency.

This was a pleasure to drink. I'm truly sad I only had one.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body, dark tan creamy head that leaves blankets of lace. Nose has milk chocolate and a generous amount of whipped cream and buttermilk cream, faint espresso. Quite luxurious. The body also has chocolate and cream, firmly sweet, but with baker's chocolate, coffee flavor and acidity, and char on the finish, giving it a wholly separate bitterness. Feel is silky smooth, medium weight, fluffy, with mild carbonation.
A unique beer. Creamy is a great way to describe this- reminds me of when I made chocolate milk with half an half as a kid, with more bitterness (and alcohol). This is a no-shortcuts nitro milk stout. Glad to have had it.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

No bottling date. My first beer from this brewer. Poured dark as dark as a black cat in a dark room at midnight. Topped with a small tan head. Rich and complex aroma of reminds me of chocolate butter creams. The taste is delightful and very rich. Roasted nuts, bittersweet chocolates and coffee. This beer would match perfectly with a rich chocolate dessert, or raspberry cheesecake. No bitterness detected and the alcohol just manages to show itself towards the end of the glass, when the beer finally warms up a bit. ItÂ’s well hidden otherwise. A beautifully rich and potent beer.

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Photo of patm1986
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown with a big ol' frothy head on 'im like steamed milk. looks like a macchiato.

aromas of a light roast with lots of cream and sugar. there's a roasted nut aroma running around in there that finishes sweetly with vanilla.

this is really sweet and nutty. it tastes remarkably like a mellow coffee blend with lots of milk and sugar. it's funny that they disclaim diary as an ingredient, because it very much seems to be in there. there's also a mellow nutty flavor present, like a walnut or pecan. finally, there's a hop presence that is really excellent, because it balances the beer so well.

i did not expect this much creaminess. this is wonderful. really, really smooth. the hop backbone though is a great component, because it cuts all these malts down a bit smoothly.

really good beer. really good. actually tastes like coffee and cream. so smooth and highly drinkable. BELLS.
cheers

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Photo of brutalist
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buebie
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jtrockchalk for this bottle.

I was going to save this one, but I accidentally tipped it over and it began to seep at the cap.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter.
No freshness date, but 8150 is printed on the back lable.
1 finger tan brown head. No light penetration on this, black as night. Thin, but bubbly lace, with a nice amount of retention.

Aroma is really malty and grainy. The grains are so pungeant in arom, its as if I scooped some out of the bags, cupped them in my hands and inhaled.
Chocolate pudding, cream, mild mild coffee aroma, a faint hint of cinnemon, vanilla.

First sip, WOW this is creamy!
Smooth milk chocolate textures and flavor, more chocolate pudding flavor, bitter chocolate grain notes, mild hop bittering at the swallow.
The flavor lingers with chocolate and heavy whipping cream.
Mild oxidized flavor lingering, but it could be confused with the malts. I do pickup some wet cardboard, but it seems to be mostly the malt.
No alcahol detected. All chocolate and cream. My two favorite things in a beer.
Very slight carbonation at the swallow, but thats it.

I dont think I can review the taste on this fairly off just one bottle. This is going back onto the wants.

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Photo of samie85
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A heavy pour yields a pitch black beer with a two and a half finger dark khaki head.

S- I'm getting a lot of coffee/roasted malt with a bit of sweet chocolate malt and a fruity hop character.

T- A roasty bitterness is the predominant note I'm getting with some sweet chocolate to balance it. A hint of sweet alcohol as well.

M- While it's creamy it's also a little thin feeling. Medium carbonation.

D- Honestly, I really like this beer, but I find I have a hard time drinking it as a session beer. I find it to be a really filling beer. Two of these is pretty much the limit for me.

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

pours a dark sludgy brown with little head. nose; burnt toast, chocolate, & faint heavy cream. taste; dark roasted malt, light mocha, light almond, & light hops. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. very roasty for a sweet stout. decent.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10106

Apperance -- Pours a deep dark with one finger of stiff dark khaki head that soon thins out to a dirty fog and a brass ring.

Smell -- Not especially aromatic. Roast malt aromas of spent coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and some mild toffee sweetness.

Taste -- Up front is some mild malt sweetness akin to toffee mingled with high-cacao dark chocolate and heavy cream. Soon the rich roast character develops with hints of espresso, burnt bread crust, and husky grain. Earthy hop character lend depth to the dark roast, not-quite-burnt flavor. Lingering taste of cocoa powder and dark toast.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-body with abundant soft-bubbled carbonation: voluminous and gentle. Nice.

Drinkability -- Brace yourself: Bell's made another well-rounded, quality stout. Hard to believe, I know. All jokes aside, this is a damn fine American Stout: no twist, no gimmicks, just quality crafting.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Winter
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick and creamy tan head the rises to about 2 fingers. Aroma consists of coffee, cream, roasted barley, malt, cocoa and sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel full-bodied and thick, with pleasant carbonation along the sides of the tongue. Malty and roasted barley upfront. Layers of chocolate and coffee follow. A mild hop dryness emerges in the middle. Some of that 7.5% alcohol can be detected in the finish.

Awesome double cream stout. Smooth and full-bodied. Rich with malty goodness. Nicely done and one of Bell's best!

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Photo of korguy123
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. Bottled 01/04/2012

A- Totally opaque brown pour with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is decent after the head collapses to a thin cap.

S- Medium roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate. There is a touch of oak, vanilla licorice and peanuts (peanut smell sort of reminds of of Shorts Uber Goober)

T- Roasted coffee, slight leather and tobacco. Peanut flavor again with a brown sugar sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

M- Full bodied and creamy.

O- I was honestly expecting a milk stout until I read the description. This really is a stellar beer though, the peanut taste I was getting was much better than my experience with the Uber Goober lol.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach. Thanks Joe!

A- Pours a milky creamy coffee color. A light lacing of tan head wisps my glass and runs away. A very opaque coffee color after settling.

S- milk chocolate and slight hints of toffee to round it off. No coffee smell even though it looks it.

T- coffee coco flavoring and taste. the coffee really comes out in the aftertaste. Very sweet and creamy tasting.

M- creamy and smooth on the lips and in the mouth. Silk on the way down. Full of flavor and no warmth just cool and refreshing.

D- These seem easy to put down but be wary because it is a dark beer andit could kick you in the ass later. A nice sixer of these would be recommended in building something. Carpentry beer as i like to call it!

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Photo of scottiethebody
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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