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

Another TotalWine purchase from my AZ trip

Enjoyed last night
12oz format with a Nonic taster glass
BD 10/10/11

A: The color is a deep dark brown that sits a near black in the glass. Produces an awesomely thick brown sugar head with lots of tiny cascading bubbles and superb retention. Chunky ribbons of lace.

S: Smells of dark roasted malts and fruity plum-like esters. Chocolate covered raisins. Fruitiness segues to more of a dry roast coffee earthiness.

T: Taste is a rich and complex roasted malt profile. Lot's of dark pit fruits by way of dried plums. Cocoa - Milk and bitter chocolates with a moderate level of bitterness that hits mid palate. Earthy with a touch of smokiness in the end. No real alcohol detectable. Flavors dont linger for too long but a really enjoyable stout.

M: Mouthfeel is definitely smooth and well rather creamy. Actually has a lighter body but the richness of the malts give a fuller perception to the palate. Lower viscosity compared to say an Impy stout. A bit wet in the finish.

D: This is a really nice drinkable stout that provides lots of rich flavor without the thick heavy and heavy body of an Impy. Has me wishing I picked up a full 6er. With the wetter finish the flavors do seem to drop out a bit quicker than desired but overall nicely done.

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Photo of KCM
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of markmiller
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing my first ever Bell's brew.

This beer pours nicely with just the right amount of viscosity and awesome dark coffee color. Nice head formed, lacing is present as it subsides

The aroma is nice roasty malt bathed in dark chocolate. Very nice.

Upon first sip, I was shocked at how carbonated this was. The taste was great, though and it stuck around on the tongue for a decent time. Too many stouts tend to fizzle out on the aftertaste, but the nice creamy taste and texture was superb.

The carbonation was too much for my liking. As the beer warmed and I swirled it, the bubbles were tamed and this turned into a creamy delicious stout.

I really hope people understand and are not mislead into thinking this is a milk stout or anything similar. It is a plain stout that has a rich and roasty creamy body that is full flavored, not sweet, but not too dry.

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

A - Jet back with a thick tan head. Lacing is average.

S - Strong chocolate and coffee on the nose. Some extra notes of vanilla.

T - Coffee upfront followed by all the things found in the nose. Compact and full bodied, and enjoyable experience.

M - Rich, thick and creamy. This is a prime example of how the cream stout should be made. More carbonation than I am used to for a stout, but I like it.

O - This is a fantastic hit from Bells that I have had on a number of occasion but just now am getting around to reviewing, For those who love creamy, full bodied brews, look no further. Robust and contains the balance of some of the best.

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Photo of k06wb01
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black two finger light tan head that leavs some lacing.

S-Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and some vanilla.

T-Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, tad of vanilla decent bitterness.

O-I think this is better than Kalamazoo, should have them side by side in the future. A tad more vanilla and this beer would be a lot better.

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Photo of Maltus
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of korguy123
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. Bottled 01/04/2012

A- Totally opaque brown pour with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is decent after the head collapses to a thin cap.

S- Medium roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate. There is a touch of oak, vanilla licorice and peanuts (peanut smell sort of reminds of of Shorts Uber Goober)

T- Roasted coffee, slight leather and tobacco. Peanut flavor again with a brown sugar sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

M- Full bodied and creamy.

O- I was honestly expecting a milk stout until I read the description. This really is a stellar beer though, the peanut taste I was getting was much better than my experience with the Uber Goober lol.

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Photo of grandimperialc
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head and heavy, nice lacing to the end. It's aroma is complex leading off with wood with nuts, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is a superb blend of wood, coffee, and dark chocolate followed by milk chocolate and anise in the finish. The mouthfeel is full, creamy, and smooth. Bells Special Double Cream Stout is an outstanding brew, well balanced and very complex. Very highly recommended!!

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Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty damn dark, big surprise. Light brown head, not too thick. About a finger. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Heavy on the coffee and roasted character. Definitely getting a tiny bit of chocolate, but this is a coffee and roasted malt forward beer in the nose.

T - Backs up my suspicions. The dominant flavors are coffee and roasted malt, and then chocolate.

M - It's pretty smooth. Not the smoothest stout I've had, but it's not bad. Pretty drinkable. No hint of the abv.

O - This is a solid entry at a lower level abv stout. I typically drink imperial stouts, but I figured I'd give this a shot based on what they have on tap where I am. I don't regret my decision, unlike my first beer, Oberon.

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Photo of Swim424
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into bells pint glass

A-pours a dark black. Cant see any light through even when held up to the light. Small 1 finger head that falls into a nice mocha brown layer on the top.

S-I'm getting sort of a sweet oatmeal scent with a hint of roasted coffee. Smells pretty good. Maybe a hint of vanilla somewhere as well.

T-Interesting. I;m getting quite a mixture of flavors here, taste buds seem a bit confused, in a good way. Some sweetness, oatmeal, a bit of coffee, and something else I can't quite put my finger on.

MF-Very smooth. Medium to heavy body for the style. Definitely getting some carbonation, maybe a tad to much but nothing to complain about.

O-this is a pretty good beer. I have recently decided to raise my standards for a 4, and this I think still gets one across the board. Very nice blend of all the malts.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with tiny light brown head. Aroma is very roasty with lots vanilla, lactose, and chocolate. Taste is a nice balance of roasted coffee, toffee and chocolate, solid sweetness from the lactose. Full bodied but not syrupy. Good carbonation to keep the sweetness in check. This one is really good. No wonder they mix this in for some Black Note.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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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4/5  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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