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

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown almost black with a finger of tan head fading into a ring with some decent lacing.

Aroma is slightly mild. Some espresso and vanilla.

Tastes almost like drinking a chocolate coffee milkshake. Big bitter chocolate flavors up front. Some roasted malts and earthy hops come in near the back and it finishes acidic and dry with a good roasted espresso flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Very very creamy. The best part of the mouthfeel.

My favorite of Bell's stouts. Easily approachable with lots of good flavors going on.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this not long ago, also in bottle form, and rated it much higher then (4.75). Not sure if it's what I've eaten recently, or the other beer I've already had toinght, and maybe my taste buds are just tired and receptors all used up. But this seemed disappointingly bland. Almost no aroma. Beautiful rocky tan head. And smooth in the mouth. But where'd it go?

After it warmed up, the aroma came out nicely. Too bad it was all gone by that point.

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

A: Pours black with some nice shades of brown around the edges. There is about a half finger of tan head that fades quickly. A bit of lacing is left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is chocolate, light coffee, light cream, some caramel, and a good dose of roast. It's a nice mix of sweet and roasty.

T: It starts out sweet and chocolaty, like chocolate milk. Toasted cashews and chestnuts come on in the middle. The finish is coffee with cream and sugar. This is solid.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's mega creamy. It coats the palate and takes awhile to move off. All the flavors work well together in this one.

O: Really nice. I had heard good things about this brew, and have been wanting to try it for awhile. It does not disappoint. Glad I picked this up.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s an extra from a recent trade with GusDom: Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout. Sometimes brewers go a little nuts when it comes to complexity, and this particular beer is brewed with ten different malts, so I’m hoping its flavor is not too varying for its own good.

Brewed about eight months before the date of this tasting (“Packaged 10/10/11” on the label).

A: This stout pours a dark mahogany in color, almost black, with a thin, fizzy head of beige micro-bubbles. There’s just a hint of wet, dark brown retention and just a touch of too-oily lacing. Looks much thicker than a beer with less than 7% alcohol.

S: Subdued scents: vanilla Coke, walnut, caramel malts, and maple icing. Sweet and inviting, there is a gooey almond butter richness to the nose – as creamy as creamy stouts get – and with a touch of strawberry and tropical fruitiness. Pops in the end with a kick of fresh citric acid.

T: Flavorful and dark, swimming in tobacco smoke, roasted wheat, baked pear, and cedar sawdust. Its malt base is burnt sugar, black, buttery, and creamy; it’s as if a porter took on the fuller tastes of a vanilla milkshake. Soft ginger and whole hop taste of rose water and lemon pulp, as well, with a finish of sugary cream and brighter-than-most roast.

M: Wonderfully smooth, though it’s more porter than stout. There’s a ton of carbonation for such a heavy body, constantly picking up the roasted tones and reemphasizing that this is a low-ABV beer.

O: Quite possibly the greatest flavor-to-alcohol ratio I’ve experienced in a beer so far. It would be a shame to miss this whenever I saw it on the shelves – especially for aging.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 01/04/12.

A: Pours a thick black with a 1 finger khaki head. A little light gets through the glass but only around the edges. Head dissipates after 2 or 3 minutes lacing the sides of the glass.

S: Malty aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark fruits in there as it warms up.

T: Starts off with a nice light coffee taste with a background of chocolate. A little bit of hops come through at the end.

M: Great creamy mouthfeel. Not much carbonation but that is OK with something so creamy.

Overall an easy drinking and tasty stout. Could use more of a punch but that may take away from its session-ability. Better on tap.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured smoothly into the glass finishing in a foamy head which melted into a fine lace

S – Smell is malty but subtle with a touch of sweet; the roasted scent came through, no alcohol detected.

T- Very rich and flavorful, roasted malts come through with smooth chocolate finish. Just a little burn from the alcohol

M- Mouth starts smooth, gets a little bubbly and the carbonation helps it hang around for a bit.

O – This is wonderful and very drinkable beer. The flavor and aroma was not overpowering and the mouth was light and creamy. Wish I had more right now

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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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