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 | website

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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1,421
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3,705
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
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Photo of tmm313
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful in the glass. Black with slight red hue. Poured a nice, creamy tan 1 finger head that dissipated down to a sticky ring around the glass. Good lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, roasted malts, faint biscuit breadiness with just a touch of booze.

Tatse: Roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate up front. A more milk chocolately flavor becomes present mid-palette along with some dark plum. Finish is a nice lightly creamed coffee and just a touch of piney hop bitterness. Lingers slightly.

Mouthfeel: Not overly creamy. Reminds a bit more of a Porter than a stout. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

Overall: This was pretty good. Nicely balanced and flavorful. I may buy from time to time.

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Photo of austin_page
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a short stem wine glass (this is all i had at the time)

Appearance- Very dark just the way I like it, looks like motor oil, a very very deep black hue and a tan-ish low retention head.

Smell- The smell is amazing, definitely shines the light on roasted malty characteristics, the smell is misleading to how it tastes though, this is definitely a unique stout.

Taste- Very smooth as it first glides onto your tongue, then an immediate, almost carbonated taste, I would compare this to the Steel Head stout or Fish Tale organic stouts, I noticed that it was named by the ingredients and not the taste, however, it saying "double cream", I expected it to be creamy like a milk stout, more creamy flavor would balance out the hoppy taste in this beer, its good but I feel like I'm drinking a Sierra Nevada stout.

Mouthfeel- Slightly carbonated and hoppy, coffee/ malty like after taste, best served really cold! Perfect beer for these cold nights.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle which was bottled 10/15/2013, poured into a Bell's snifter today, 10/5/2013.

Review #278.

Pours a beautiful pitch black body, very opaque with a substantial tan head that retains extremely well, leaving thick lacing on the sides of the snifter. Looks quite well carbonated.

Smells delicious. Heavy roast malts reminding me of espresso, bitter dark chocolate and a bit of char, perhaps smokiness. Very hefty nose, very appealing.

Very roasty flavour profile. Coffee, dark chocolates, charred malts. Heavy on the char actually, may be a bit much that takes away from the drinkability of this beer. A fair bit of black coffee bitterness on the back end.. this goes away somewhat as it warms, becoming a bit more well-rounded.

Full bodied, creamy. Sticky. Outstanding mouthfeel aside from a bit too much bitterness and char on the back end.

Bittersweet, full-bodied stout. Interesting, not my favorite but definitely has a great mouthfeel. If it wasn't as bitter or charred up, this beer would do better in my estimation. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of BigBry
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at the Bull Dog in St. Paul, MN.
Arrived black with a tall tan head. Foam lasted nicely, eventually shrinking to a floating cap but never disappearing, nice thick rings of lace.
Smell is of dark roasted malt, some bitter chocolate, and dark fruit.
Taste is of roasted malt, a bit of prune-like sweetness, coffee and cocoa flavors at the end.
Low level of carbonation, thick and creamy.
Overall, this is a very good stout (as are most from Bell's).
Glad I got to try this one on draft.


Bottled version seemed a bit thinner all around in aroma and taste. More carbonation therefore less creamy mouth feel. Still a pretty fine brew though.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty dark, pinky head with legs.

S- Kinda bland, not much going on here. Burnt toffee, caramels.

T- I was hoping for more of a creamy taste. Thin, and not much cream.

M- Thin. If you are a fan of Black Note, it appears that Expedition is carrying the load on that one.

O- I was really hoping for more with this beer considering that I like batch 1 750ml Black Note more than Batch 2 and the 12ozers.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown with mocha colored head

Smell - charred, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee

Taste - dark chocolate, roasted malts, roasted coffee

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitterness and char on the finish,slight sourness on the back end

Overall - decent stout, I'd like to see a bit more balanced flavor on this

Price Point - $2.25/12 oz single

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint. 8/28/2013 brewed on

Appeanace- You can proably guess.

Aroma- roasted malts, a sweetness, chocolate, caramel, interesting but doesnt fly out of the glass as much as I'd like. really have to take a few wiffs to see whats there.

Flavor- Much stronger than the aroma. Deep maltyness, caramel, chocolate, roast, its sweet but not to much and I can have a few of these no problem. Theres to be a subtle fruityness to this as well. Its a bit thin for being a 'Double Cream" but the cream is there.

Mouthfeel- Medium, smooth and creamy but expected a bit more in that department.

Overall- A good take on the style. A nice change up to most of the stouts I'm use to drinking. worth a try but its not mindblowing.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it was due to this following the blacknote, but I found this to be thin and lacking. a mediocre stout that didn't seem to have much going on, other than the typical dark chocolate, coffee, and fig flavors found in stouts. OK, but nothing I'd revisit again. The mouthfeel was even mediocre.

Perhaps in the future if it is on tap I'll try a sample to see if it still is the same, but this experience left me wanting more.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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 CFHMagnet
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring this beer aggressively gets a finger of mocha colored head. The body is a deep cola brown, and the head lazily dissolves into a frothy ring. Lace makes a mild attempt.

Dark malt with a hint of dark fruit greets up front. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate follow up.

There is a very complex malt bill on this beer. Toasty malt up front. A hint of toffee comes in, with a kiss of roasted nuts. Dark fruit pervades this front end, then turns it over to the coffee and chocolate, with a medium-dark roast coffee flavor finishing it off.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium bodied. It leaves a residue on most of the tongue.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light roast, cream, light vanilla, floral, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes with some light hops; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, light roast, cream, light vanilla, dark bread, and floral/roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, cream, dark bread, and light roast on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is a very nice sweet stout. All around good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark brown almost black with a short tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, earthy

T: heavy on coffee, espresso, cocoa, very malty, coffee bitterness on finish

M: full and very creamy, fluffy feeling

O: nice stout without trying to be too over the top, not overly alcoholic with great coffee and chocolate flavors

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/1/12
Poured into snifter.

A Pours thick and murky black. Thick slow fading tan head. Thick remaining lacing.

S Dark chocolate. Roasted coffee. Nothing super complex but very nice nevertheless.

T Bitter dark chocolate. Espresso. Vanilla. Malt. Again, nothing complex but the mixture works well.

M Full creamy. Finishes with some bitterness.

O Good cream stout. Full bodied. Simple yet timeless mix of flavors. It's easy to go overboard trying to be unique. This is just a damn good beer by Bells. That's all.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black with a mocha head that remains at a nice cap during the drink.

S - Malts, chocolate, roasted coffee, malted milk balls.

T - Chocolate, coffee, faint bitterness to balance the sweet, malts. Medium bodied and rich mouthfeel - nice smooth and creamy finish.

O - This is a very drinkable stout - definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smoother than their Kalamazoo Stout variant. Medium bodied with a good balance of roast and hops. The finish is quite clean with a pleasant roast/hop lingering aftertaste. If you like "tame" stouts, this one fits the bill. If you wish to experience the best, then Founder's Breakfast Stout is my choice.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness glass

A- Dark roast coffee with a deep garnet on the edges. An aggressive pour yielded a high medium brown head that slowly dissipated to a thin layer that stayed. More carbonation then I was expecting.

S- Medium dark roasts and a slight roast acidity coming through

T- Bigger than the nose with the roast notes and the acidity lingers on the tongue.

M- Not as "creamy" as I was expecting given the name. Medium viscosity.

O- Thought this was going to be a sweet milk stout by the name but even so a solid stout from a place known for great stouts. I think I will do a 50/50 mix with Expedition and get a taste of a non-BA Black Note.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
8-22-13 date
oversized wine glass

A- Deep dark brown near black, actually not very hazy when held under a light. Nice lacing which is a light tan in color.

S- Nice roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee, some faint sweetness. Smells good.

T- Light roasted flavor, light coffee and hints of coco, nothing stands out, has a certain sweetness to it. Very well balanced.

M- Creamy and smooth up front, finish is slightly watery feeling.

O- Smell is very relaxed and the taste follows suit, good balance with nothing being overly complex. Decent beer worth trying like most of the Bells line up.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this since I've had expedition stout and java stout. It's not surprisingly about half way in between on taste.

Appearance - 4 - beer is a dark brown/black with a thin white head that doesn't leave any lacing

Smell - 4 - creamy dark roasted/chocolaty malts, coffer/espresso,

Taste - 4.25 - creamy dark roasted/chocolate malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cream

Mouth feel - 4 - A tiny bit heavier than java stout. Medium - heavy, no alc taste, creamy dark malt aftertaste

Overall - 4 - good beer, one of the better Bell's beers

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Photo of SawDog505
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz tulip, way passed its prime. Pours a very dark brown, with a light tan head that leaves plenty of lace. Smell is chocolate, biscuit, vanilla, and smoke. Taste is all of that, but not as nice. Body is thin to medium, enough carbonation, a little dry, and strong drinkability. This is o k, but it is several months past its prime.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We crack a bottle of late 2011 (store aged) stock and pour a brew of cola coloring, letting up deep ruby hues around the edges. It holds a three finger head of hot cocoa colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Ridged mountains of lacing are left around the glasses as it slowly dissipates. No haze is noted, but generous chunks of sediment are seen floating about. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma offers notes of licorice, black strap molasses, fire burnt chocolate and coffee malts, raw barely, white flour, rice vinegar, fusel booziness, malted milk balls, soy sauce, gravel, milk chocolate syrup, red cherry fruitiness, freshly pressed espresso, hazelnut, and lactic acidity. Our first impression is that the flavoring is rich and nicely sweet, but very smooth on the sip. The taste opens with souring charred graininess of coffee and blackened English-style malts, rice starchiness, walnut warmth and sweetness, bark, dusty chocolate, tangy vinegar, general roast, hazelnut coffee sweetness, and a light birdseediness. The middle peaks with apple and pear fruitiness, even chocolate and raw barley grit, mineral water, seaweed saltiness, lemon zest, milk chocolate sugars, continued vinegar acidity, and tangy milked creaminess. Washing through the finish is a blend of heavy creamer lactics, tinny metallics, medicinal phenols, light soapy hoppiness, juniper berry fruitiness, parchment paper, soy sauce, cherry fruitiness, fig syrups, alcohol, sugar cookie sweetness, and more of those English burnt and brown malts. The aftertaste breathes of vinegar, drying chalk, malted milk ball candies, sunflower florals, mineral and tinny metallics, cocoa powder, raw molasses, toffee sugars, light plastics, charcoal, rich roast of grain, and milk chocolates. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip offers silky smooth cream, slurp, smack, froth, and finishing moustache-filling pop. The mouth is richly coated, with eventual chalky dryness, and the softest puck. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. The aroma begins things nicely, giving smoothness, heartiness, and functional sourness, much like an English porter. As we move to the taste, however, we get a beautiful blend of rich and roasty malts, sweetness, evenness, cleanliness, and inclusive darkness. The feel, too, is gloriously soft and smooth, glugging back with ease, and providing the drinker with pleasing closure at the end of each sip. This is an excellent beer, with robust and devilish flavoring, and something we will now look forward to each winter.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
Bottled 10/18/12. Store-aged for almost a year.

Appearance
Almost black with 1 finger of brown head.

Nose
Peanut butter, lactose and milk chocolate.

Taste
Very nutty with notes of peanut butter and hazelnut. Milk chocolate, lactose and dark roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, silky and exceptionally smooth.

Overall
A really smooth and easy drinking Cream Stout.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Aggressive pour brought about almost a 3 finger head of lighter tan smooth/creamy looking head. Color is deep and dark black as a stout normally is. Head sticks around for a long while and leaves very little lace. Good with the large head, little lace though brings it down a bit. If it weren't for the lasting head, it'd just be average in appearance.

Aroma - Nose is very light and almost airy. Aromas are there but not very prominent. I guess that's more of what this brew is going for; light and smooth/creamy smell. Espresso and smooth roast qualities with some smooth cocoa (not really sweet or bitter, just smooth) and almost a just light wonderful roasted richness.

Taste - Really a smooth and light espresso/coffee flavor is dominant for me, with lighter roasted malts and soft cocoa powder taste (almost like a somewhat watered down hot chocolate). Like the smell, really just above average. I think I look for brighter tastes that stand out more. This does have a nice complex array of malt flavors. Probably just above average for an American Stout, for me.

Mouthfeel - Summed up in 3 words: Smooth and creamy! Silky smoothness with a light carbonation and light-medium body. Finish is dryer and lasts a bit longer than average. Good mouthfeel/drinkability.

Overall - This is closest to a 3.5 overall for me. It's good, complex, nuanced, smooth and creamy...and doubly special I guess. If you want a smooth easy drinking stout that's much better than a Guinness, look no further. If you feel like something a bit more prominent and memorable, try one of the other stout offerings from Bell's.

Editing my review after having this again. Changing the smell from a 3.5 to a 3.75, the taste from 3.5 to a 4.0, the mouthfeel form a 4.0 to a 4.25, and overall from a 3.5 to a 4.0. I definitely like this beer more than when I initially reviewed it! It's an amazingly drinkable American Stout and tastes and smells better than I remember or my review previously said!

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark chocolate brown going to black. 1 finger khaki colored head. Doesn't last but leaves plenty of fine lacing behind..

Cream, roasted malt and vanilla on the nose. Milk chocolate.

Cream and milk chocolate flavor. Sweet cream, vanilla, and caramel. Molasses and light roasted malt.

Smooth creamy mouth feel with medium carbonation. Lingering light sweetness.

A respectable stout which seems to need a boost all around.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black In color with a 2 finger deep tan head. Head retains nicely and leave a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell has a great malt body to it. hints of toffee and a slight nuttiness are present with an overall deep rich Carmel smoothness. Reminds me of Carmel corn, very plesent. The finish in the nose has a very slight roast character to it.

Taste is great. Starts with a rich malt sweetness that has hints of Carmel and chocolate. The roasted malts finish this beer and add a great dimension and transition from the rich malt to roasted malt with a slight bitterness tying it all together.

The mouthfeel of this beer is awesome. Thick but nothin too crazy, has an overall creamy rich feel to it. Carbonation is there but not overdone. This is a great s beer. You will have a hard time finding an American stout better then this unless you go to the brewery and grab the nitro version.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Bell's Special Double Cream Stout into a pint glass.

A - The stout pours black as midnight with a finger of light mocha head.

S - Getting some roasted malts, some chocolate. A bit of coffee in there as well. A little faint on the aroma.

T - Some smooth coffee and a tad of bitter hops comes through. A taste of baker's chocolate comes through mid palate. Faint vanilla flavor in there as well.

M - This is a creamy stout, medium carbonation with medium mouthfeel. This is where this beer shines. It truly is a cream stout, nice stuff.

O - A very good stout here, I think Bell's does a nice job here. Enjoy! Cheers!

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