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.

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Photo of GeoJ
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really can't add to the other A+ reviews other than to say this:

I have something of a "sweet-tooth", so this brew is right in my wheelhouse.

Don't misunderstand - The sweetness isn't cloying, or obtrusive. It's in perfect harmony with the hops and alcohol that sneak in and remind you that you are, indeed, drinking a beer.

I can see pouring this over some great vanilla ice-cream as a socko dessert to surprise your dinner guests.

Simply one of the most delicious beverages I've ever tasted.


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Photo of pvo
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An above-average stout. Great taste, a nice bit of bitterness to round out the malt. The only thing it's lacking is the mouthfeel- if it was a bit thicker, and stayed with you longer, they would have had a great one.

It's got more to it than their kalamazoo stout, but doesn't fill you up like the expedition. A somewhat special stout that won't knock you over.

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Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/6/11

A - Pours very deep brown, black, though not completely opaque. Only half a finger of tan head that dissipated pretty quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S - Smells a bit like coffee with cream. While it does smell quite creamy, there is a significant roasted element as well.

T - Similar to smell, quite creamy but nice a nice roasted taste to prevent the creaminess form becoming overwhelming.

M - Medium full mouthfeel is very creamy and finishes with a lingering sweetness.

O - A good stout, but not one that I would return to too often.

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Photo of stercomm
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Dark coffee in color, very nice tan head with slight glass lacing

S - Lots of coffee, some cocoa, a toasted malt scent

T - On the front a sweet maltiness, followed by some chocolate finishing with a coffee like aftertaste, nicely balanced brew.

M - Is very creamy, medium bodied, mild carbonation

B - This is a tasty brew, as previously stated nice balance, not too sweet or heavy, great beer to have with a nice stew on a cold winter's evening.

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

A - Typical stout; very dark but not completely opaque. Nice tan dense foamy head and good lacing.

S - Very rich roasted aroma with a milk sugar sweetness in the background, with maybe even a hint of chocolate in there.

T - Tends to lean towards the sweeter side of the style with hardly any dryness until the very end. Big roasted, sweet molasses, chocolate, and lactose flavors. Complex grain bill and leaves the palate semi-dry with flavors of wood and roasted grain.

M - Very smooth and velvet-like on the palate, medium-heavy body. Creamy texture make it easy to drink and light enough flavors and ABV to make it extremely pallatable.

O - Very nicely done for the nice without the huge alcohol, roasted, barrel flavors.

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

Pours a thick, black color with tan creamy head. Head quickly dwindles to a ring around the glass.

Aroma of dark chocolate, fruit, toasted bread and caramel cream.

Dark roasted barley flavor, with chocolate and licorice also present. A hint of creamy caramel, with very faint diacetyl. Finish is slightly bitter, with dry grain husk flavors in the breath.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, and moderately dextrinous, but the finish is mostly dry.

A very enjoyable stout from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of my all-time favorites. While I was in college I'd drink this during my all nighters of studying. Great memories.

This one pours a milk chocolate brown in color, very smooth and creamy, medium in bodied, with a beige lacing around the glass. It smells of creamy chocolates, light roast, light coffee, witha slight bitterness and a slightly sweet and creamy finish. It is very smooth and finishes light. The flavors consist of smooth and creamy milk chocolate with a light and slightly bitter roast. It's excellent. The aftertaste is both light and very appealing. It is exceptionally smooth and drinks perfectly for the style. It's too drinkable and perfect for cold weather. I love this one.

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Photo of mobius387
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a mug glass, bottled 9/06/11

appearance: pours a jet black, great looking stout with a 1" chocolate head.

aroma: light hints of vanilla and chocolate. i get a slight roasty smell too. still, a bit light for my taste, i like my stouts to have some more nose to it

palate: sits real light in the mouth. not a very strong or heavy bodied beer, but it works for its advantage.

taste: nothing overwhelming here, with nice light stouts flavors. typical chocolate and malty flavors

overall: a very good light stout. won't fill you up like expedition but has enough flavors to satisfy most stout lovers.

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

A: Pitch black in color with a large tan colored head made up of lots of different sized bubbles.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, grain.

T: Initial taste is of very, very sweet roasted malts. The beer then gets a tad bitter and then sweet in the finish. The finish is smoky and almost chicory-like.

M: Light in body and carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: A good stout. A bit strong in flavor and sweetness.

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Photo of Ego
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

packaged on January 25th, 2011.
thankfully I have an account in the Poconos that carries bell stuff.. and I do load up, better drink this before it goes bad!

even on a soft pour the head comes running and gunning like an avalanche, or more like a volcano I suppose... anyway I got lucky and it stopped short of overflow, it did rise to a full 3 fingers before calming down, lacing is wonderful, a nice sheet of even microbubbles, this isn't exactly black but light is sure as hell not getting through, about half a head of foam decides to stick around while I write my trite little tome about this brew....

oh man... the nose is goddamn deliciousness wrapped in bacon shoved inside jessica alba (with her permission, I mean cmon...). pillowy coffee, the scent of cream as it hits said coffee, the aroma of sugar being stirred into said coffee, the kleenex I need now to clean up aisle ego... a burnty turnty roast with a waft of maple finish... ever have real vermont maple syrup in your morning coffee ? this is it... and damn this is good... as a coffee head this really reminds me of my fave cup, gorilla coffee in brooklyn with a shot of maple syrup... this is divine to me that this beer achieves such subtle but yet full aroma.

taste etc...
all the flavors suggested in the aroma are there but not as perfect. This drinks really smooth but has more of a slightly bitter dark chocolate finish than what I was expecting from the nose. The body is perfect, creamy to the bone and almost slammable. the nice burnt flavor does come through in the aftertaste as you sip downward into the spiral.

really tasty, great beer, bell's scores again... damn I should have tried this months ago ! This should be a hit for coffee lovers.

BOA - race of a thousand camels

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Photo of eclipse54
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle from optimator13; thank you! Bottled in January 2011, and poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black body with less than a centimeter of beige head. There’s some nice strands of bubbles that sift through the surface of the liquid, but there is little-to-no retention of the head itself. Tiny, scattered patches of bubbles remain as lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee grounds, caramel, and toasted/burned sugar. Some dark fruits come together in the rear. The taste is of dark fruit, molasses, a touch of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a hoard of cane sugar. The sugar carries over into the mouth, where is leaves a very sticky, resinous finish to the seemingly thinner beer. Overall, a decent stout, but it seems to have an overpowering sugar sensation that is not quite balanced with the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Deschutes stem from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours nearly black with a light tan head that quickly settles to a thin lace on the surface. Lacing runs slowly down the side of the glass, but leaves little in its tracks.

S: Mainly roasty notes on the nose, with some coffee and chocolate notes.

T: Much more going on than the aroma. Toast and espresso, along with a sweet note of cream and some toffee. Dark fruit lingers in the background, and the finish is rather dry and bitter.

Notes: This is one of my favorite stouts Bell's has to offer. Full-bodied, and rich in flavor, yet very well-balanced. It has superb drinkability, and pulls off a style of beer that normally calls for other ingredients to give it the flavor and mouthfeel it has.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with highlights of auburn/red. There wasn't a ton of head in the pour, but what was there was creamy for a bottle pour.

S - Smells of dark malts. There is definitely the complexity that Bell's describes in this beer for the malts. There's more than just hte

T - Until I read Bell's description of this beer, I would have thought that it was a true lacto stout. The beer has the milky character of a cream stout, without the sickening sweetness that typically follows.

M - Creaminess is the main factor in the mouthfeel. The beer fills the mouth without being over-carbonated. I appreciate the mouthfeel of this beer, as it feels like a good milk stout, without actually being a milk stout.

Overall, this is a cool beer. Much like a chocolate stout that uses no chocolate, I like that this beer can achieve the aspects of a milk stout without anything added in. A great sitting beer and one that gets better as it warms.

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Photo of robboyd
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a gold rimmed tulip, the appearance is black with a slight almond colored head. It looks good and somewhat intimidating, like it's going to punch you in the face.

The smell was so-so. I get coffee, some bitter cocoa, just a little roasted note, and booze. There's a higher pitched scent in there as well that I can't put my finger on but is a nice hint.

The taste is great. I love this beer. It's malty and toasty. I'm really feeling some coffee with this beer, far more pronounced than the nose. Slight hints of chocolate and a really wonderful bitterness throughout.

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Photo of Franz4
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 9/22/11

A- pours a nice dark brown, nearly black. Light brown head that settles quickly.

S- Lots of roast comes through, some slight straw scent in the background

T- roasted malts come through, with a slight cream flavor

M- feel seems to match the beer perfectly, it's not too thick, not to thin, carbonation is right.

O- Another solid offering from Bell's. A nice stout that hasn't been imperialized, just a nice brew. Very drinkable, a good stout to intro someone to the style.

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Photo of MNJR
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark, very dark. Poured from a bottle there's almost no head, and later a thin rapidly sinking lacing. Smells of vanilla, nutmeg, raisin, molasses, fruit, red licorice, black licorice. Taste is bold with spicy raisin and coffee up front. Quickly gives a blast of cocoa and roasted malt. The licorice notes aren't far behind. Extremely creamy mouthfeel, very light prickly carbonation. A bit too syrupy and sugary for me, but I suppose that's the idea of a double cream stout. Still, I wish there was something to counterbalance the sweetness and gummy residue. Taste is complex and very interesting. For fans of the style this is not to be missed.

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

A - Pours a dark mahogany topped with about a finger of dense foam. This is a good looking stout.

S - A fair amount of coffee roastiness and some bittersweet cocoa. Not bad, but could be better.

T - Similar coffee and bittersweet cocoa as was on the nose, but now it's backed up by a good amount of slightly fruity dark malt. The flavors don't work together as well as they could, but I'm being picky. This is a good stout, but not great.

M - The mouthfeel is quite good, though. Super creamy and smooth, with the tiniest prickle of carbonation. The name is quite apt.

Overall, I've never been truly disappointed by Bell's, and this is no exception. It's a very good beer, though not a great beer.

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Photo of langm12
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Thick black pour creates a nice finger of coffee colored head. Great lacing.

S - Coffee and Chocolate

T - Sweet cream and chocolate followed by roasted grains and coffee. A touch of hop bitterness and alcohol on the back end adds a subtle spiciness.

M - Heavy and creamy. This one stays on the tongue.

O - Not a bad cream stout, but not in elite territory.

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Photo of bluHatter
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick, creamy, milky. Deep cobalt black with a modest brown bit of head.

S: Smells like freshly crushed coffee beans. None of that muddled coffee-like smell... this smells just exactly like fresh beans. Very nice and crisp. Wow.

T: Like a nice espresso - without the caffeine. Surprisingly the flavors are not overwhelming like one might expect from the thick creamy pour. I'm impressed. This is very well balanced.

M: Thick and rich and smooth... like cream, or Bailey's ... in fact, this would go really good with a shot of Bailey's. A Bell's Car Bomb, anyone?

O: Impressive stout, to say the least. They just one-upped a whole lot of stouts in the world.

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Photo of tykees88
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A pretty brown black color. A khaki mocha head about one finger, but it goes away quickly. Lacing though is in the glass.

S- Smells like espresso, chocolate, barley, and hops.

T- Very complex taste. There is a depth of malt flavor here that you wouldn't come to expect from a stout. The barley flavor is there, dark chocolate flavors. Crystal malt sweetness. Super deep flavor profile. There is of course a slight coffee flavor, it's not as strong as one would think based off of smell alone.

M- Creamy and oily thick.

O-It's good. I'd drink this many times again.

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Photo of Bmuncy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black with slightly reddish/brownish hue. Ruby red on the very edges of the glass. Poured into a half finger mocha head, resembling that of a chocolate milkshake. Definitely looks as creamy as the name suggests. Unfortunately, the small head dissipates rather quickly. Good lacing on the glass but it doesn't stick around for too long, either.

Smell: Nothing too surprising in here. Coffee, lots of malt and a touch of sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps milk chocolate, as opposed to the often found dark chocolates. As it warms, a little more of the sweetness comes out.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, sweetness. The sweetness comes out a bit more as the beer warms, just as in the nose. Very pleasant, though nothing new ventured in the taste department. Overall, quite solid.

Mouthfeel: It's a medium-full body that's velvety smooth and creamy. Not much in the way of carbonation, but cream stouts SHOULD be smooth and creamy. High marks, in this regard.

Overall: Very tasty and appealing brew. Mouthfeel and taste slightly outshine the other qualities. It's somewhat standard but also of tremendous quality. I'm definitely a fan of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout.

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Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter, dated 9/6/11.

A - Inviting. Opaque but not oily black. Thin head of mocha bubbles which ends up rimming it. No noticeable residue on the glass.

S - Very good. Light roasted coffee. Fair amount of bitter to bittersweet chocolate. A bit of dark cherries? No booze to speak of. It's fairly understated, though - doesn't leap out and punch you in the nose.

T - Tastiness. Very smooth - smooth as cream but without any lactose. Leads with a light chocolate and hint of coffee, primarily roasty toasty malts. Not getting the fruit/cherry as much as in the smell. Starts fairly sweet and evolves into a lingering roasted coffee that lasts for a while. Blurs the line between a sipper and a quaffer.

M - Quality. Appropriate carb level - in the background. Don't notice the carb unless trying to. A bit on the thicker side but nothing like a Ten Fidy etc. Good for this beer.

Overall, a very good beer. One of my favorites in the fall/winter. Low enough in abv to drink several, but tasty. This isn't a study in subtle layers of flavor, but a study of how to make a very tasty non-imperial stout. Another great Bells fall/winter all of them.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.
Bottle code says "100800", but the Bell's Batch Finder appears to be defunct, so unable to decipher the code.

Aroma: Vanilla, chocolate milkshake, cocoa, roasted malt, and a light mineral note.

Appearance: 1 finger of light tan head slowly dissipates to a thin layer. Body is dark espresso brown/black. A sheet of fine tan bubble washes over the inside of the glass as I swirl the beer around the glass.

Flavor: Sweet coffee up front, excellent balance between the dark malty sweetness and the underlying bitterness. Malted milk balls through the middle. Mild, non-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. A tad bit thinner than, though, than I ideally prefer for this style. Carbonation is medium-low, but a surprising bite appears from time to time.

Overall: Smooth, malty, sessionable goodness. Definitely recommend this one. No real flaws. It lives up to be the type of solid milk stout that one would expect from Bell's.

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass at a local pub. As usual the stout was served well below optimal temperature so I drank slowly to see how the taste developed as the beer warmed.

A: typical dark, pitch black stout color with a minimal head that dissipated quickly.

S: smelled some cocoa, malts, raisins and a hit of hops

T: more hop bitterness that I would have thought this beer would have, some cocoa flavor, java notes and has the beer warmed more of the java flavor came forward. Not creamy as the name would suggest.

M: nicely carbonated, light feel on the tongue, I expected a thicker creamier beer but it was light similar to an Irish dry stout.

Overall: nice beer, I enjoyed it but it was not as creamy as I thought it would be, more of a dry stout in my opinion, but good.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stange. No date.

Appearance - Big brtown head with medium-high retention. Black body.

Smell - Coffee. Chocolate. Soy sauce.

Taste - Strong coffee and chocolate. Unfortunately some more soy sauce. Creamer.

Mouthfeel - Creamy head. Medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable. Some of the soy sauce charater dissipates over time and with each sip, which is great because it's a big flaw otherwise.4

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