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 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 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 MrJuengling
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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 scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of cmwilliq
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marburg
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Remember the Wendy's commercials? "WHERE'S THE BEEF!?!?"

Well, "where's the cream!?!?"

This isn't a bad beer by any means; it's pretty tasty. But when I think cream or milk stouts, I think of Mackeson's or other similarly sweet and milky beverages. This really fit more into a baby Imperial mold as far as I'm concerned. Anyhow, onward and upward...

Pours very dark with a little tan head. Considering the lack of head, the aroma is very impressive. Chocolate, coffee, and cough syrup. Very interesting. It was better when served very cold. When I resampled at a warmer temp, the flavor got a little too jarring. Tastes as it smells except with a big roasted bitterness finish. I'd drink this again for sure. Very flavorful -- almost too much so because you almost begin to lose any subtleties that might be in there.

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Photo of wafers
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BigJim5021
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I was about to leave the liquor store with one of my usual (Two Hearted) when I managed to find a sixer of this stuff hiding behind it. It had been a few years since I last had this tasty brew, so I picked it up.

It pours jet black with a damn-near brown head. There is a copious amount of lacing.

The smell is of coffee and sweet, roasted malt.

The flavor is really phenomenal. Tops among sweet stouts. The coffee profile is high, with a nice sweet (but yet still dry) finish. The malt is a very dark roast without tasting burnt.

The mouthfeel is among the best I've ever encountered. It's silky smooth with a rich creaminess. It's not quite Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout smooth, but it's damn close.

Overall, the ol' Double Cream Stout -- when in season -- is going to be a regular part of my rotation.

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Photo of Tafyob41
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick black with brownish red around the edge. Good lacing. Great foam.

Smell: Thick smoky tobacco with chocolate and coffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good balance of hops in the finish with syrupy chocolate. Good mouthfeel as well. Carbonation and creamy balanced well.

Drinkability: A great, effective sipper.

Overall: Definitely some alcohol present in this, despite the moderate level.

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Photo of Big_V
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 EJJ1848
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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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Photo of grumpygerman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 Allurex
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Poured into a 24 oz snifter.

Color is very dark brown, not quick black with a chocolate mousse colored head. Strong lacing apparent with each sip but doesn't stick to the sides of the glass as you drink it.

Coffee in the smell right off the bat along with roasted malts.

Definitely chocolate here, with a little cafe mocha undertones. Great flavor here. It's more complex than I'm describing but I'm having trouble. It's similar to FBS in this sense.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, like milk, but definitely not as thick. Awesome.

Notes: after tasting, enjoyed this with strawberries and dark chocolate truffles for dessert. Perfect pairing in my opinion.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Bell's stout for the sampling. This one pours black with lighter brown highlights at the edges and a medium tan head that dissipates to a ring that leaves lace. The aroma is a bit underwhelming -- some roasted malts poke their way through the sweet/sour malts, but it doesn't add up to terribly much. I will say that it smells inviting, though, just the way a sweet stout should. The taste is considerably more complex. A sweet caramel flavor starts things off, followed by a slightly sour taste common in stouts with lactose added. The finish is sweet and sticky. Throughout, this stout glides over the tongue with grace in spite of its only-medium body. This beer is finely tuned and tasty -- an excellent version of a milk stout.

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle, mine's listed at 6.1% abv. Apparently there are 10 different malts in here, bring it on...

Appearance: Hands down THE darkest beer I've ever poured. No light, and I mean NO light gets through this. This beer's capped with a dark-tan head with good retention that leaves thick sheets of lacing.

Smell: Sweet, roasty grains, light coffee and cream notes, with bitter chocolate in the background and a substantial English Toffee kick. Delicious.

Taste: Rich and full. Mild roasted coffee with hints of hazelnut cream, a touch of bitter chocolate, a mild but firm kick of hops, and a mild earthiness. It ends smooth and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Rich...and...creamy, very nice.

Drinkability: Quite high for the style

Conclusion: The best Sweet/Cream Stout I've tried yet, and I'm not typically huge on the style. Bell's has a real winner here, this would be an absolutely fantastic dessert beer, this would kill with a nice Yorkshire caramel shortbread.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,791 ratings.
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