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

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89
very good
3,794 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Opaque dark brown color shows some light transmission as the volume in the glass decreases, with one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intensely earthy roast is dry and unwashed, yet not off-putting. Coffee is suggested in the dark and unctuous profile, though not strongly, while chocolate and fruit are absent.

T: Begins off-dry, with soft roasted malt that features a dynamic display of dark fruit and chocolate. Unctuous qualities are complementary, while acidity is restrained. Flavors become more nutty during the middle where dryness escalates. The finish has mild charcoal and husky dark malt qualities, achieving complete dryness, with a short duration and little flavor left to linger very long on the palate.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth and wet on the palate to the point of being watery, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a respectable export stout whose lactose qualities are, perhaps, the least impressive features. Sweetness is understated and mouthfeel is unremarkable, compared to other examples of the style--although it does possess some noted unctuous angles in the smell and flavor. Strained "milk" descriptors aside, it is dark and flavorful and does not stray into "strong" territory, which makes it balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip nearly black with deep brown and hint of ruby at the edges. A thin beige head didn't linger long and left a persistent ring with no lacing.

This double cream put off aromas of chocolate milkshake, coffee, roasted malts.

The flavors were more complex than the nose implied with flavors of mocha java milkshake, coffee, roasted and slightly smoked malts. Unsweetened cocoa provided some bite toward the finish along with a flash of mineral.

The mouthfeel lived up to the expectation of a double cream with lush, silky, viscous, qualities nicely cut by the bittersweet chocolate. I like the 6.1% ABV which gives it that little extra oomph that some milk stouts cry for.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Isaac Newtown`s.

The appearance is dark brown with a short cream colored head. Double Cream Stout has a a smell of toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a burned aspect too. It tastes of roasted malts, more coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is kinda creamy as the name would lead one to guess. An enjoyable and quaffable stout.

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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Double Cream Stout is served up a deep and viscous black brown with a head that is somewhere between tan and beige. Both the retention and lacing are pretty average looking in this pint.

The aroma is nice and roasty with a definite coffee character to it. Some nice chocolate and a slight chalky character are also present. A touch of vanilla rounds out the flavors near the end of each sip.

The flavor mimics the aroma well with the roasted and chocolate flavors taking center stage. They are backed up by a creamy sweetness that is spiked with vanilla. As the beer warms some nice cocoa flavors begin to come out as well.

The mouthfeel of this beer is surely its best attribute. It is smooth and creamy with a body that is on the heavier side of medium. It seemingly slides down as I imbibe this brew and disappears with a surprisingly dry and roasty finish.

While I remembered this beer being better than I thought it was today, it remains a very solid beer for its style. It is quite impressive what Bell’s is able to do with malt in a beer that has no special ingredients.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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

Strong aroma is quite smoky with notes of burnt coffee and caramel and a hint of licorice. It pours a luscious opaque sable with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled, if not too persistent, head. Mouth-filling flavor has burnt coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and licorice notes with a hint of caramel. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a fair amount of fizz and leaves a smoky, tingly finish. I had this before on tap, and as good as it is in a bottle, as with most beers it is better from a keg or barrel.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours nearly pitch black with two finger mocha head. Lacing clings to glass.

S - Cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, light smoke.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, creamy cocoa.

M - Quite thin, almost watery.

O - Very smooth, creamy stout. Bitterness is definitely kept in check. Very enjoyable. Another great brew from Bell's.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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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

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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