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

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
BA SCORE
81%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 3,817 ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,405
Reviews:
1,449
Ratings:
3,817
Liked:
3,092
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
10.61%
Alströms:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
501
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,817 |  Reviews: 1,449
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of hmbrewer336
2.19/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Deep brown if it were any darker it would be black. I actually had to lean it over to see the brown. Nice tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Not at all what I expected. Very grassy. Also picked up corn. Subtle roast and a hint of black licorice. Very low hop aroma. I was looking for coffee and chocolate with a double cream.

T: Again not what I'm looking for. Roasty and a hint of coffee. No chocolate. Quite grassy again. Very noble hop flavor.

M: This is bad. Absolutely piss poor mouth feel. I had to re-read the label. I don't get much creamy feel. Not very oily. Not very big or impressive in the mouth.

O: Overall very disappointed with this beer. The label is deceiving. I wanted sweeter and this was light with subtle roast and lacking the creamy body to support it. I also felt it was over carbonated for the style.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of ronniebruner
4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! That was my initial reaction when I popped this bad boy open. The beer was a beautiful golden shade of caramel. The aroma of the cream and barley is absolutely top notch! The beer poured perfectly, just the right amount of head and lace and the taste was out of this world. This by far is probably the smoothest beer I've ever had. Samuel Adams needs to watch out, because Bell is quickly becoming one of the best American breweries. This beer is just flat out amazing! I don't say this often, but this beer is an absolute must!

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Photo of bnes09
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, just a shade away from pitch black. Creamy, light tan head with good retention.

A lot of corn in the aroma, mild roasted character.

Good roasted flavor, bittersweet chocolate, almonds and wheat toast. Underlying molasses sweetness smooths it out. Herbal, phenolic hop presence provides a suitable level of bitterness.

Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Good carbonation.

Nice brew.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. Back label says PKGD 10/10/11.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with some light shining through the edges but only yields an 1/8 inch of light brown head that quickly passes away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Decent lacing that adheres to the glass fairly well.

S- Dark chocolate nose with some caramel in the back. Mild roast notes.

T- Quite neutral for a beer that has such a long name. Faint notes of dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee...and not much else. Not necessarily bitter, not necessarily sweet. Just a tame amount of roast. On the positive side of the coin, the alcohol isn't detected much.

M- Certainly creamy and plenty smooth. Medium-low carbonation and a robust body.

O- I remember this being better last year, but who's to say? After all, taste is subjective. Only paid $3.99 for a six-pack at Total Wine & More since it's technically out of season, so I'm not complaining!

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: blackish brown. Tan half finger head that quickly evaporates into big bubbles. Thick lacing.

S: An expresso/dark chocolate mix. Woody.

T: Smooth, creamy, well rounded. Not overpowering. A good coffee/chocolate blend. Sweet. Roasted malts. Toffee. Full bodied without the fullness. Light coffee aftertaste.

M: medium to heavy. Creamy, thick, lots of carbonation.

O: Those 10 malts took me on a joyride. Smooth as silk. Very drinkable. Dare I say, sessionable?

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 81% out of 100 with 3,817 ratings
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