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

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BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
3,871 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:
#4,696
Reviews:
1,460
Ratings:
3,871
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
522
Trade:
6
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/10/11; poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep brown, nearly black body with touches of red hue. About a one-finger dark tan head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves just a bit of lacing along the glass.

Milk chocolate and toasty malt dominate the aroma. Just a hint of nuts.

Nice blend of flavors from the chocolate, to coffee, to roasted malt, to a touch of earthy hops. No one flavor seems to take center stage, but rather, the flavor mix is superb.

Very smooth mouthfeel and no real notice of the alcohol. Overall, this is an excellent stout.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Great looking beer. Dark mahogany body with chocolate highlights. Chunky, creamy, mocha colored head. Nice lace and great retention.

S - Stellar nose. Sweet cream, chocolate milk, brownies, and a kiss of macadamia nut.

T - Cream and milk chocolate with a big shortbread malt center. Just a touch of herbal hops lend some balance and complexity to the rich malt and chocolate. The finish is dry, but loaded with chocolate and caramel.

M - Creamy and full bodied, but quick on your palate.

O - A great cream stout. One of my favorites.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by coffee, some chocolate. Taste is the same, heavy with the coffee, some underlying notes of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque black with a creamy tan head that sloooowly dissipates. Heavy lacing too. Definitely a good looking beer. 5.0

S - Strong scent of espresso, cocoa, vanilla, and malt. Very slight hint of charcoal and smoke, which adds a nice edge. 4.5

T - Very creamy and smooth flavor. Malty sweetness is nicely counterbalanced by the smokey aftertaste. In fact, the aftertaste is exactly like a REALLY dark roasted coffee. How did they combine creaminess and smokiness so well??? Craziness. Just craziness. There's a slight sharpness in the middle of the taste that I hadn't noticed the last few times I've had it. 4.5

M - Creamy and smooth. Not too thick and syrupy, but not watery and bland. 5.0

O - Man, this is an amazing stout. This might even be better than the BBC's Bourbon Barrel Stout. The flavor isn't quite as evolved and complex as I remember it, which might just be from this particular bottle (maybe light struck?) or batch. Either way, it's still a great beer. 4.5

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,871 ratings
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