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

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89
very good
3,795 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:
3,795
Reviews:
1,442
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
495
For Trade:
6
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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a creamy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roast, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, hints of sweet caramel and little to no hop aroma. Taste is sweet creamy and smooth. Whipped milk chocolate mousse with hints of mocha, caramel and roast. Sweet roasty creamy and flavorful. Medium body with a velvety smooth creamy silky mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. That is a nice flavorful stout. Its hard to believe there is no lactose in there.

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

A - Black body with some brown edges and a sticky brown, chunky lace.

S - Smells of dark bread yeast and roasted grains. Notes of java and dark sweetnessand tang.

T - Very sweet up front, with a nice bold punch of molasses chew candy. Molasses and coffee syrups, with some bitter sweet chocolate added.

M - Semi dry, low carbonation. A good stout body and finish.

O - A pretty darn sweet milk stout. Alot of dark sweetness in this one.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a very dark brown color with a thick 2 finger head of tanned foam. Nose is hoppy upfront with the burnt grains filling out the middle an the finish is sweet and chocolate-like. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Taste is bitter with a mix of both hops an burnt grain. Bitter chocolate fills the mouth with a very pleasant taste that lingers. Medium feel. Very well balanced with the hops and bitterness keeping the chocolate in check.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Midnight black with caramel brown notes edging through on the edges when held to the light nice full tan head leaves thick collar of lacing continues the same pattern throughout the session. Aroma: An airy sweet cream scent with hints of wood chips slipping through, dark chocolate and coffee notes round out the scent. Taste: Deliciously creamy just awesome mouth full of whipped cream blended with chocolate what a dessert beer, very rich with some bitterness coming through from the dark roasted malts bringing chocolate and coffee to the table maginficant. Mouthfeel: Full bodied cream stout just a big brew when it comes down to it, nice even sturdy carbonation. Drinkability: These would ware on you but it would also blend so well with vanilla ice cream as a topping, awesome well done tip my hat to the brewer's at Bell's great stuff.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a short-lived brown head

S - the nose is very faint with some subtle roasted malts coming through

T - coffee, burnt sugar, toffee, roasted malts, faint bitterness

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nicely balanced, complex milk stout. The roasted malts are intense and the coffee flavors add a nice balanced bitterness. There's a nice creaminess and some toffee notes throughout. This is a very enjoyable beer. I'm not sure I would be able to have more than one of these at once, but I will definitely be having it again.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Packaged September 6th 2011.

A very small one finger head, of dark coffee and cocoa color is presented, sitting on a somewhat very dark red, almost deep red brown body color. Head seems to fall and disappear fairly quickly, collar recedes as well too. Some just barely visible tiny rising carbonation is noticeable.

Nose is a simple berry fruit, some cherry but also a nice simple roast character, browning cooked and roasted malt. Nice mix of fruit barleywine character and stout.

For the style even slightly wet, but also fairly good flavors on the palate. Taste rolls to a mild flattened coffee and even a big soft roast character on the palate. Finish is a little watery, and almost like flattened club soda.

Overall though I really like the nose on this beer and it's the most impresssive thing about it, so I don't seem to mind ramming my shnoze in the glass and having another sip.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no dating. Black as night, dark tan head, tiny bubble head melts down to a film, lots o' lace. Nose is of sweet fruit, vanilla and burnt malt in background. Lucious mouthfeel, this a sweet nectar of the stout gods. Notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, biscuits and roasted malts. As the bottle advertizes this one boasts a soft roasty finish. More fine stuff from Bells, I wish my wife brought a case of this stuff home instead of a sixer!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque with a very dark tan head. Malty nose. Nice roasted bean flavor profile with an obvious sweet tone to it. Thick liquid feel. Nice level of carbonation. Overall, I'll say this is a pretty good brew. Hearty with a slight rich edge to it, it's a good enough stout I wouldn't mind trying on-tap.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin head that eventually disppears, leaving a ring that leaves lacing on the glass.

The smell is of bittersweet, roasted coffee with a lactose fragrance.

The taste is of roasted, bittersweet coffee with milk becoming ever--more present. Some hints of cocoa powder. Sweet, becoming more balanced with bitterness as it progresses. Alcohol very well-covered. The only "gripe" I have with the taste is the odd aftertaste - can't quite put my finger on it (metallic?)

It's lighter in body than I would expect for the style, especially a "double". But, it is very smooth and has some creaminess to it.

Easy to drink - alcohol well-covered. Can't say it's among the best I've had in this style, but a decent brew never-the-less.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, mahogany highlighted, blackish-brown coloring with a creamy, fluffy, smooth, tall, light tan head that slowly settles into a filmy surface coat, leaving an impressive lacing along the glass. Aromas of cream first and foremost, with a subtle bittersweet mocha character in the backbone. Hints of vanilla and smoke, as well. Flavors are cream forward, with a rich and sweet blend, cut through with the bitterness of dark roast coffee, hints of baker's chocolate, and highlights of smoke. Very short lived sweetness, but it flashes back just as strong with every sip, only to be the Trojan horse for the bittersweet and smoky blend on the palate. Solid and balanced. Dry, light bodied, despite the robust flavors, but the beer is able to maintain a smooth feeling throughout. The bitter lingers through to the aftertaste, with a coffee theme, but there are also lingering hints of the creamy sweetness that started it all. Slick transition into a dry finish, with a bittersweet linger. Very easy to drink, both in body and ABV, and very flavorful. Solid beer.

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Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bell's Brewery batch number you searched '10151' is a Bell's Special Double Cream Stout and was packaged on January 25th, 2011.

A- Two fingered dark mocha head atop a black stout. Good head retention and lacing. Looks awesome.

S- Deep chocolate notes as well as some coffee. Mmmm.

T- Follows the nose, rich and delicious. More chocolate/cocoa and faint (would guess) English hops.

M- Creamy (no shit?) mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D/O- Packs the flavors in at 6.1%abv. A nice after dinner treat. Thanks MammothBrew!

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,795 ratings.
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