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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,794 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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:
3,794
Reviews:
1,442
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
227
Gots:
495
For Trade:
6
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque and hazy very dark brown. Thin light brown head. Looks like it will lace nicely.

Aroma: Sweet roasted malt. Creamy chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Says on the bottle they use ten different types of malts and it actually shows well in the complexity on the palate. Starts creamy and sweet then you get toffee and a nutty character about halfway through. The finish slowly goes from roasted chocolate to a black coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite complex for 6.1% ABV but not overly so. No hop presence but I attribute the bit of bitterness right at the beginning to whatever hop addition(s) was made. The roasted malt and bitter aftertaste does a good job of balancing an otherwise sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but feels more viscous. Real nice creamy feel before the finish. Easy drinkability but complex enough to warrant a slower enjoyment. My only gripe is that it's a little over carbonated.

Final Thoughts: I've been anticipating this beer's seasonal release but without incredibly high expectations. In the end it has left me satisfied with making the purchase of a sixer. Would I drink it again? Yep. Given the season and limited availability I'll be sure to ration them throughout the long winter and probably buy it again next year.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours viscous black/dark brown, with a creamy, light brown head.

Aroma: Smooth, gentle roasted coffee, dark chocolate

Taste: Starts with the taste of sweet cream, balanced with some roasted bitter, finishing with a bit stronger bitter roast. Dark chocolate bitter lingers

Mouthfeel: Wet, sweet, very light carbonation. Very nice and smooth. Creamy.

Overall: Really great winter beer. Fantastic mouthfeel, nice, full-bodied and rich sweetness, all packed into fairly low ABV.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired for $2.59 at the Four Firkins. 12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Bell's pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Expectations are high given this brewery's reputation. Reviewed live. Bottled 10/01/12.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and decent retention for the fairly high ABV. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Dark malts, cream, a hint of roast, java/coffee, and even a hint of vanilla. A good balanced aroma for the style. Average to mild in strength.

T: Cream, dark malts, cinnabon, chocolate malt, and light subtle coffee/java. Quite tasty. Decently balanced and built. A solid stout, but not particularly complex or subtle.

Mf: Carbonation is a bit overdone. A bit too thick, but nice nevertheless. Creamy, smooth, wet and tasty. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: A drinkable, solid all around stout. I'd love to try it on nitro. A good stout from Bell's, but not exceptional.

B-

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12/02/13: Truncated additional notes (freeform).

Appearance is solid for a stout: sleek opaque black. Nice head.

The finish has a kiss of bitterness, which may be from the dark chocolate and isn't ideal. I like the cream. I could use far more roast than it offers.

It's got a nice sleek smooth mouthfeel but isn't as creamy as it should be. Aptly thick and medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.

Quite drinkable for a stout. I'd definitely have it again. A solid brew from Bell's. Well worth trying. As good as I remember.

B

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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter glass.

Pitch black in the glass and extremely dark brown color while pouting. More than a finger thick head of tan color that soon withers off into a ring. Decent lacing.

Aroma is very subdued. Toasted and burnt malts. Toffee and slight caramel with some hint of bitter hops. No alcohol presence.

Taste: Again is very much the nose and well balanced with nothing standing out. Dark chocolate, burnt malts and caramel. No hint of coffee. No creamy feel. Sweetness is countered well by the hops.

Mouth feel : Medium bodied with somewhat lighter tones. Smooth, easy to drink. Moderate to high carbonation but without any astringency of any sort. Dry finish with no lingering effect.

Like a few others have noted - there is nothing extraordinary about it. Plain stout.

Style rate: 3.75
Personal Rate: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, deep tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Aromas of sweet chocolate coated coffee beans. On the palate these flavors meld incredibly well and balance each other out fabulously. Hop/Yeast characters are overshadowed - non existent.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, there is a touch of roasted malt astringency keeping me from giving this a 4.5, but it's pretty awesome still.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark brown with three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Really nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt. Good but mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Nutty with milk flavors. Slightly bitter roasted malt flavors are stronger in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a good stout, but the nose is mild, and nothing about the taste sticks out to me. Above average, but not exceptional.

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3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a three finger mocha head. Left nice lacing. Spot on for a stout.

S - Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt. Pretty weak actually.

T - Chocolate, dark coffee, dark roasted malt, milk, molasses.

M - Light carbonation with a very light, extremely creamy body

O - Overall, this was a good stout, Though not as good as I expected. I would have again.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,794 ratings.
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