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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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to either mater or atone315 one of whom sent this delightful brew, but I have mixed up who.

Darkest brown with a brownish tan, thick knit head an inch above it. Stupid slathers of lace and and a worthy opacity make this a beauty of a stout.

Light caramel and crystal malt goodness front an aroma that has chocolate, coffee, some darker malt things going on, not acrid or charry by any means, really pleasant, a bit of herbal hop under it all. Nicely sweet and it may be its name but I swear I get a hint of cream in there.

More coffee in the taste, for sure, it starts with a strong blast of java, transitions into dark chocolate, deep roasty goodness, and some sweet comes in, but not so much as the nose predicts that's certain. As it warms I start getting some yeasty tart to it, almost a very light berry sort of tart, that really tastes great, and other roasty notes that never get acrid. The end of the sip stays sweet but the darker flavors carry through as well, balancing it.

As advertised, spritzy and creamy, but not over the top with carb. even though it has plenty, it really works with this beer. Perhaps a touch light for some purists, but this style is so broad I can only think this is perfect here as it makes all other aspects shine.

This is a fine beer I wish I could get locally. Highly recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark to black pour, tan head that reduces to ring. Lots of clingy lace.

S - Coffee, coffee ground and cocoa.

T - Chocolate milk. Yes. Add coffee and mix well. A little thinner on flavor than I had hoped.

M - Medium body, good carb and nice finish. Again, would have liked a little more meat. Very creamy, however!

D - A fine sample.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick notes from Oades in Lansing MI

A & S: caramels and milk chocolate. Good lacing. Pitch black. Light tan head that pour Like a sweet cereal flavor

T & M: bitter smooth. Likes of sweet milk chocolate. Thick bodied, low carbonation. Kinda sour in the really late after taste

O: Didn’t really impress me, especially for being bells.

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look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous midnight pitch-black, with nice half-finger tan head. Bubbly, with decent retention and solid lacing, sticking to the glass attractively.

Nice aromatic touches of sweet roasted barley and cocoa, and other dark aromas/flavors. Kind of faint, have to sniff hard to notice.

Sweet toffee, light milk chocolate, vanilla and slightly roasted barley dominate the tongue. Fairly medium body, low carbonation. Very smooth, like a light chocolate shake, as nay stout should be.

Very good, tasty stout worthy of even the most elite ones. Maybe not the best, but very solid indeed.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, batch 10830 and bottled 1/29/11. This one was allowed to warm for a couple minutes before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Bell's Double Cream Stout pours jet black, with a voluminous four fingers of caramel colored foam left sitting atop the beer. The head retention is fantastic, and lacing is left behind in a thick, weblike pattern. An absolutely gorgeous beer. The nose is fairly coffee heavy, but rather than the usual heavily roasted, black aroma, this smells like coffee with a bit of milk and sugar added. The flavor brings more of the same, though I'd say it has a little bit more roasty intensity than was found in the nose. The body is wonderfully creamy and smooth for a stout that's not imperialized in any way. It's paired with a nice, subtle carbonation that gives the beer a little life without taking away from the fact that this is a 100% malt driven beer. Bell's Double Cream Stout is one of the best regular stouts I've had, and a beer I'd buy regularly if Bell's was sold in NJ.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of Bell’s weakest stouts, in my opinion, but it still is a solid go-to for the value in price in the stout category.

Compared to the Java Stout or even Kalamazoo by Bell’s, this one is a little more on the extra-bite side. The initial taste is spoiled a bit by the lingering after taste. With all of that being said, this is still a quality beer that has a lot going for it.

Pours a nice dark head and has decent aromas of chocolate and caramel.

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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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