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
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
Reviews:
1,441
Ratings:
3,778
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
496
For Trade:
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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capone's.

Pours a dark, opaque, brown color with a big frothy beige head. Nice lacing coated the glass. That head didn't fade quickly either...it stuck around almost to the end.

The smell was of chocolate, sweet cream, light coffee, roasted malts, and just a hint of nuts.

The flavor really surprised me. I have some bottles of this in the cellar, but have yet to try it for fear of lacto. Totally unfounded fear, I now find out. The smooth chocolate, sweet cream, touch of bitterness, and hints of coffee just blend together so well. I know what I will be having a bottle of after dinner tonight.

Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied with active carbonation. Don't be like me and fear the lacto. "Double Cream" means extra creamy here. Very good beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, brewed with 10 different malts; batch 7733 - packaged on 11/21/07. It pours with a black body, light carbonation, and a finger of lightly-yellowed, tan head that retains a 3/4" collar and a thin blanket of foam throughout, depositing bits of lace here and there. The bouquet is quite aromatic, yet subtle, revealing notes of chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, and hints of green hops. At times it gives the impression of Chambord-flavored milk chocolate and blackberry coffee - gotta love the smell of Bell's stouts. On the palate, there's espresso, dark chocolate, roasted/burnt malts, black/blueberries, and a latent creaminess. The body starts light, but quickly becomes heavier, with medium carbonation and a lactic smoothness that evens things out. Overall, another quality stout from Bell's, but I have a sneaking suspicion that if they made a straight-up cream stout, the result would be even better than this brew.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a bubbly, caramel-colored, three-finger head. It left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of toffe, caramel and malts.

T - It tasted very sweet. A nice milky chocolate flavor. A good dose of caramel flavors.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another great Bell's product. One of the better milk/sweet stouts that I've had.

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Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7733!

Pours an opaque brown/black, no edges, thick tan head forms, nice lace spots, good retention, pretty ring around the glass. Smell is super malty, very complex, caramel, bread, roast chocolate and coffee, cream, very fragrant, smells kind of like fresh dairy, little bit oaky and vinous, like a chardonnay oak sweetness. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, roasty, caramel sweetness, lactic, creamy, chocolate goodness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, nice flavour, lactic sweetness cloys a bit though. Thanks for picking up Lexx!

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

Big thanks to nchrist13 for this treat.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, batch 7808.

Pours a complete opaque black with a nice two finger tan head that dies down to a nice lacing that sticks around quite well. Stickiness is spotty, but alright. Smell is heaven, wonderful milk chocolate, creamy caramel, mild espresso, toffee goodness...malt bomb to say the least. Good solid malt taste, just what I expected. Sweet caramel taste up front, smooth creamy chocolate milk taste to follow, then some roasted nut flavoring finishes it up, very complex. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, medium to full bodied with low carbonation, fits this style very well. To me, this falls just short to Kalamazoo Stout, but both are amazing representations of the Milk Stout style. Get your hands on this one for sure.

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Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color, no light gets through. Small to medium tan head that fades to a covering of the glass. No lacing. Nice roasted malt smell, fairly pronounced. Taste is roasted malt and coffee bitterness. Taste and mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer. While I was expecting a more creamy, dairy taste based on the name and type, this seemed more like a fairly simple but good tasting stout. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, not quite Samuel Smith's Oatmeal stout but close enough.

The abv is high, but this is a very drinkable beer. You tend to sip stouts anyway and this one would be great for 3 and out the door. I would drink this one again. Would love to try it from a nitro tap!!!

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Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from BitterBrian thanks bro!

A: Pours jet black with a creamy one finger head. Not much carbonation and no lacing to be seen.

S: Not very strong, rather mild to be honest. Picked up some milky chocolate and malt. Not much else.

T: This is a rather mild beer. Has usual chocolate and coffee notes, but nothing really stands out here.

M: Expected it to be a little more full bodied and creamy. It came off as medium, with little carbonation. I would call it dry in fact.

D: It does go down rather smootly for a brew in excess of 7% ABV. I could drink several rather easily.

Overall: I feel as though i didn't give this beer much respect so far. It really isn't a bad beer. I was expecting a little more in taste, but I am known to like over the top beers. I would drink another if given the chance, but will not actively seek it out. This may be a good gateway beer for those looking to cross the line into craft beer darkness.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, batch 7776 12/20/06. Pours a dark brown with a thin brown head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains, sweet lactic chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. It improves as it warms but is still kind of subdued - more roast and coffee, less grains.

The flavor is sweet and sugary rich chocolate, a little tart and slightly sour fruitiness, some smoke and nuttiness and raisins with a roasted coffee finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very fine sweet stout. The roasted coffee balances well with the sweet notes.

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Photo of mjc410
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Cobblestone's in York, PA

Direct from notes, but I expected this to fall into a cream stout category, not milk.

The pour into the pint raised a tan head that fizzed away quickly. It left some sparse, slick lacing, and had an opaque black body. Not too special here.

The nose was characterized by molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and seemed kind of milk-stouty, and mellow.

The taste was indeed very much like a milk stout, but also a bit toasty and acidic. Started sweet, ended dry.

The mouth was thick, but with good carbonation.

A relaxing and easy beer.

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an incredibly smooth and creamy scent that boasts of chocolate malts and lactose. It's highly sweet; almost candy like. The taste is good. It has a nice malty bite with a sweet tone to it. It's loaded with chocolate and roasted barley. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight warming feel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine cream stout. It's dry and earthy, but with a nice sweet touch.

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Photo of kpantz
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: A highly drinkable stout. Not a superstar, but a solid, reliable performance. Would recommend.

Appearance: Deep, opaque black with a creamy tan head that carries with it a slight orange hue. Head persists at about a finger thick and lacing is moderate.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt, coffee, caramel.

Taste: Roasted, but not harsh like most double or imperial stouts. Pronounced sweetness throughout. Chocolate and coffee. Slight hop twang in the back.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I expected, but definitely slick. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Really quite drinkable. No one flavor is too overpowering; they all mix nicely.

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

This is a pitch black brew, that pours thick out of the bottle and creates a creamy tan head with good retention and a nice lacing.
The aroma is interesting, with powerful roasted malts, coffee, but also more subdued hints of milk, chocolate and cookies.
Medium to full bodied, it is sweetish, with chocolate/milk/roasted malts upfront, but a moderate bitterness comes along, mostly unsweetened coffee and bittersweet choclate that balances it quite well.
Another nicely crafted stout, this one, although not as impressive as the expedition, it is definitely more "drinkable".
Well worth it.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sixer of this on my last trip to Michigan. Unfortunately, I shared it with some relatives that aren't too appreciative of good beer. At least I enjoyed it though....

Poured deep dark black/brown with a thin dark tan head of about 1/2". The head dwindled down fairly quickly leaving traces of dark tan lacing.

The nose was definately of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste was good!... The coffee and malt came through. The chocolate came through as an aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was average for a cream stout.... perhaps a bit low on carbonation.... but typical.

Drinkability.... is good for those who like a nice rich stout.... my relatives didn't like it for the most part.... but then again.... they prefer bud lite!

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

12oz bottle in pint glass

This pours completely black, not a hint of color when held up to a light. It has a thin tan head that disappears quickly, but leaves a small bit of lace. The smell is on the bitter/toasted/roasted side, but there is enough sweetness to balance out the bitter in the mouth. There are hints of chocolate in the nose, but that doesn't come through in the taste. This feels thick/creamy on the tongue, I am surprised there is not more of a head given the mouthfeel. There is no hint of the actual alcohol level, this could be a 4% beer. I could drink this by the barrel, but I think the alcohol would catch up pretty quick. I think this is close to my ideal stout, not too dry or bitter, but with enough bite to balance out the sweeter malts. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a cask and poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color with brown hues. Java colored head pours a half finger thick. Spotty retention. Thin spider web like lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Roasted malts. Bread. Earth.

T: Sweet roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate are followed by a soft hop presence that plays with the tongue. Sweetness of molasses and the taste of wet earth come through. More dark roasted grains that give off an astrigent bite. Faint smokiness is followed by a very dry finish.

M: Thick and creamy. Full body. Minimal carbonation. Dry.

D: Different than most milk stouts that I have sampled. Very astrigent and drying in a good way. Recommended.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

All this time I thought I didn't like Milk Stouts.
Now I realize I just didn't like bad Milk Stouts.
This is excellent.
Pours dark amber...almost black with a nice half finger of tan bubbles that melts away to a very faint ring.

Aroma is roasted, toasted dark malts yielding a nice dark chocolate and coffee - light, one sugar - aroma that is followed with sort of a medicinal alcohol.

There is a whole lot going on with the taste....an incredible dark, creamy, smooth chocolate coats the tongue. Some dark fruits like prunes, plums, and raisins. More light coffee...not weak coffee....full bodied coffee with cream and sugar...meets the tongue as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and aftertaste is creamy dark semi-sweet chocolate and alcohol.

Yummy!

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This poured an opaque black with a small coffee colored head that quickly disappeared to near nothing.

Smells is mostly roasted malt with some coffee notes. Not as much on the nose as I would like.

Taste is bitter. Not as sweet as I would have thought for the style. Coffee and burnt malt mostly. Still quite tasty.

Overall good. I could see having a couple of these on a cold winter night.

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Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid twelve dollars for a sixer of this at the local grocery store. What's noteable about this is that all of the other Bell's sixers (including the Kalamazoo Stout) were only eight dollars.

The appearance of this brew, when poured into a glass is jet black (like most stouts) with an off-white, almost-bronzish head. Not as much head or "shade-morphing" as is typical with Young's, Guinness, or Samuel Smith Stouts. An attractive beer but not quite as pretty as many of the English Cream Stouts.

smelled most notably of roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and heavy cream. In other words, it was a party to my nostrils.

It tasted how one would expect a medium-priced cream stout to taste. Extremely sweet, malty, and delicious. To compliment my brew, I ate a couple of butter cookies with chocolate sprinkles. It was simply exquisite.

The thing that stuck out must about this brew was its mouthfeel. DOUBLE cream is right!!! A creamy, almost buttery texture to this beer left me in awe; especially as a complement to the cookies I was eating with it. There are few stouts known to man with as wonderful of a texture.

This is a beer that I would definetely NOT drink to get drunk. I coulnd't imagine downing more than three of them without getting full to the point of wanting to lie down. More so than anything, this one (like most cream stouts) is designed to be a treat for the palate.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Batch ID 7801--which the Bell's website will tell you was released on Jan 21, 2007. It pours an opaque motor oil color, with a head that resembles the top layer of a freshsly compressed espresso. Shows some decent lacing.

The aroma is quite toasty, roasted malt dominates. The flavor offers vanilla, chocolate, toasted--but overly charred--malt, butterscotch, and coffee with sugar and cream, and just a gentle prick of dry hops.

The mouth is exceedingly creamy, quite delicate and sweet, but not in a cloying, sugary sense. All the elments work really well together. It's very drinkable, and quite unlike any other stout I have had. Big ups to the Bell's boys.

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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 gordavidson
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black liquid. A sizable brown head floats atop and maintains itself for quite some time. Eventually it settles to a ring around the outside. Leaves some decent lacing.

S- Some chocolate and coffee, but it seems too restrained. Good, but not really a lot going on here.

T- About the same as the smell, but with a little more oomph. Still, it leaves me wanting more. Very well hidden alcohol.

M- Nice, creamy and thick. Not too dry or bitter, very pleasant on the palate.

D- With no noticeable alcohol and a good mouthfeel I was surprised how not drawn to this beer I was. There is something missing for me. It is a quality brew, but I wish I could put my finger on what else I wanted in this.

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Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great sippin’ brew, rich and creamy almost to a fault. Must be 300 calories in each bottle, not that I’m countin’ What a thick and chewy beverage.

Coal black pour, tan head died way too quick, but whatdahec. Nice rivers of sticky lace ran around the glass.

Sweet and subtle malty chocolate cream in the aroma and quaff. The finish dried out stout-wise, and notes of charcoal intermix with the dark chocolate cream-sickle brew.

Good winter brew, drink ‘em up before the summer heat comes on.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and oozing from the bottle, this stout develops an inch of foamy, mocha head that lasts a couple of minutes, but leaves a nice sticky layer along the edges of the glass all of the way down.

Smells are definitely chocolate and roasted malt, with a small amount of caramel coming through, but just barely. I find the scent slightly underdeveloped, or lacking in presence.

The main taste here is dark chocolate and milk chocolate, a wonderful balance of bitter and sweet. More sweetness comes from the smoky, roasted malt and more bitterness from hints of coffee beans. Sort of an oak taste overall, I wouldn't be surprised if this sat in barrels of oak before heading to the bottler.

Great feeling as you drink it, very creamy at first, but nothing syrupy that sticks with you after the swallow. Being medium bodied and not incredibly aggressive would make this a highly drinkable beer, sort of high in alcohol content, but you'd never notice, and that could be a problem if you're drinking a few...

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Photo of philberinghele
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

creamy pleasures await
the salivating husband
springtime chills will come

This beer started off promising but left a weird taste in my mouth. It is thick, creamy with a solid head but has a pretty unnecessary aftertaste. It starts out creamy only to end bitter. Overall, it still isn't that bad of a beer in small quantities but the aftertaste becomes more noticeable the more you get through your bottle.

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Photo of Boppar
2.81/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I really had high hopes for this one.

A: poured a gorgeous black with a sizeable head.

S: Mmm... interesting. Sweet, malty coffee goodness, with something I can't pin down.

T: the first sip or three were quite enjoyable. Malty sweetness, good coffee taste, and a milky, almost Bailey's-esque taste in the background. But then the aftertaste kicked in. This beer would've owned pretty hard if the aftertaste had not smacked of pennies.

M: gorgoeus mouthfeel: thick, fluffy, chewy. In short, everything one could want from a stout.

D: the pennies just killed it for me. I may try another bottle a ways down the road to see if this was a fluke/fault.

Sorry Bell's, not your best.

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