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

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BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
3,850 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#4,612
Reviews:
1,458
Ratings:
3,850
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
234
Gots:
515
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,850 |  Reviews: 1,458
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Inky black pour with brown edges, and a nice tall 2 finger caramel head. Light lace left on the snifter.

Strongest note in the aroma is coffee, followed by half and half, and then some melted chocolate. Some roast barley also follows.

Both coffee and half & half are equally strongest here, followed by some lingering acidity, and semi-sweet bitter chocolate chips. The finish is heavy on burnt barley and light smoke.

Wet to start, then creamy, and dries out considerably. Roasted, dry finish.

Overall, Bell's Double Cream Stout was heavier on coffee than I thought, lending forth too much acidity and burnt notes. I wished for more chocolate, more cream, more sweetness. Alas it was not here. I probably won't purchase this six pack next year.

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

Photo of chris826
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimberSwanson
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ltdsaint
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of braican
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle. It cascades very nicely as it settles into the glass, leaving a tan head. Pitch black, almost no light gets through. Leaves a sweet sticky lacing down the side.

Damn, I can smell it from 10 feet away. Chocolate, roasted malt, little bit of wood.

Taste brings a lot more wood than the smell. Heavy on the chocolate and roasted character. Fairly sweet. A little bitterness that seems out of place at the end. The bottle is a little old (packaged about 10 months ago), so I'm wondering how much that's playing into the character.

The feel lives up to its name. Super creamy and smooth. Fairly light on the palate, but the chocolate lingers a bit. A bit sticky due to all the sweetness.

Well I guess I'll need to try this again, this time with a fresher bottle. Really enjoyed this one, but I can tell that some aspects have been altered due to time.

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Photo of Caseyk1088
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ohiovania
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakecattleco
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kyledover
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hman43
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a brown moderate head.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate, expresso, and a bit of roast.

Taste; There are flavors of chocolate, roast, oats and a bit of vanilla.

Feel: It is somewhat creamy with a moderately bitter finish. It has a full body.

Overall this is a chocolate and creamy driven stout.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad Bells finally made it to Louisiana. This beer lives up to its name. Very creamy with a nice amount of chocolate and roastiness. Goes down very easy and gets high marks for mouthfeel.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mschrei
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Studfarm69
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, cola brown, almost black, with light only getting through on the edges. Not as viscous to the eye as I expected, but very stouty nonetheless. A good three fingers of root beer float head that initially hung onto its fluffiness but collapsed into some sticky pacing as soon as I started sipping. Aroma is dominated by waves and waves of clean, earthy, roasted malt. Little espresso, little dark chocolate, little dark fruit, little sour mash, and just a touch of licorice. Nothing really stands out past the malted barley, but it all subtly blends together well. Taste follows suit with multiple notes (all of the above) but nothing dominating besides the big and broad malt bill. If I didn't know there was no lactose in the beer, I'd think there was sweet cream in play. But the sweetness is more than balanced out by both roasty and hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced and very easy drinking. Aftertaste is bitter and cold pressed coffee is the primary flavor that lingers on. Feel is medium bodied and very smooth, but not thick or chewy. Great stout for being outdoors on a cool night when you're in the mood for multiple.

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Photo of Tracker83
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dovers
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeeScott876
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gibgink
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,850 ratings
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