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 lisomiso
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's beautiful, honestly, and it smells amazing just pouring from the bottle. A rich, espresso-like roastiness on the nose, though smokier on the palate. The mouthfeel is excellent, plush and silky. I think that's is the best part of this beer, though Walows thinks the taste is better. Dark, dark chocolate and not acidic in the least - and, you know, I agree with him. Well, ok, we'll split the difference. (And still, I can't get over this lovely mouthfeel; it feels GREAT on the palate.) This beer is seriously delicious and I want to keep drinking it but alas, my glass is empty.

Thanks, Urbancaver, for another great one, and thanks Walows for sharing it with me.

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Photo of eyeenjoybeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Molasses brown to black. Head is lovely light brown.

S: Dark roasty malts and coffee notes.

T: The taste is bittersweet chocolate and coffee that weaves in and out of the pure roasted malt flavors. This taste profile carries through the entire drink to swallow. Slight notes of tobacco are coming through mid-taste with a little warming. I do love this beer.

M: The mouthfeel stands up to the double cream name. This one coats well and then rolls off without being too heavy.

Overall, I haven't visited this brew in a number of years and I forgot what I was missing. Bell's nails a easy drinking and complex stout.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a frothy tan head. Left nice lacing on the glass.

Nose was chocolate, roasted coffee, and I believe I may have picked up a hint of molasses.

Taste is coffee up front with a little bit of chocolate. Smoky, roasted malts are in there with a finish that is not very bitter. It actually had a sweeter finish as it warmed up.

Has a creamy, full mouthfeel. Just was I was hoping to find in a cream stout. Just excellent.

Overall, this is a excellent representation of the style and one of the better stouts I have had. I would suggest this to any stout drinker out there who has yet to have the pleasure of enjoying this one.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am making a concerted effort to clear some of the beer out of my basement and this surfaced. Nice to see you again!

From the bottle: "Brewed with a blend of 10 different malts, Double Cream is an incredibly rich stout composed of dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, roasty finish."

The pour created an impressive finger of deep-tan head with excellent retention. Color was obsidian black, allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a sweetish smell, like dried dark fruits, underlain by a light smokiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with tastes of dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, smoke and charcoal in the mouth. Wow! Finish was incredibly silky smooth, very chocolaty, especially on the extreme finish. I have been on a stout kick the last day or so and this struck me as more of a dessert beer/stout, given its lingering sweetness. This was the third (!) different way that I have had this beer and each time, it was enjoyable. That has to count for something.

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Photo of zac16125
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours an opaque black with some brown on the outer edges, with less than a fingers width head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no appreciable lacing.

S: Lots of sweetness on the nose. Chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, hints of vanilla and a slight presence of alcohol.

T: Burnt and roasted malts. A very pleasant smokey flavor. Lots of sweet malts. A significant coffee flavor, along with some dark chocolate/bakers chocolate characters. An occasionally mild hop bitterness is noted on the back end, but it is not very prevalent. Very good flavors overall.

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated, but still smooth with a great creaminess that fits the name. Medium bodied and easy to drink. I could easily have another.

O: A very good stout. Not particularly deep or complex, but great flavors, a real pleasant creaminess, and overall a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bell's Brewery batch number you searched '10151' is a Bell's Special Double Cream Stout and was packaged on January 25th, 2011.

A- Two fingered dark mocha head atop a black stout. Good head retention and lacing. Looks awesome.

S- Deep chocolate notes as well as some coffee. Mmmm.

T- Follows the nose, rich and delicious. More chocolate/cocoa and faint (would guess) English hops.

M- Creamy (no shit?) mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D/O- Packs the flavors in at 6.1%abv. A nice after dinner treat. Thanks MammothBrew!

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black with some ruby highlights. Three fingers of off white head that dies down to a layer of foam on top. Good lacing left behind.

Smells of chocolate, cream and caramel. Not much else.

Taste follows smell. Chocolate, caramel, roasty char. The finish is bitter smokey and roasty. It gets a little overwhelmingly bitter.

The mouthfeel is full, rich not well carbonated, and creamy.

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Photo of DWilliams76
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my weekend notes: Roasty, so roasty, with a chocolate-cream heart and a dry soul, this bottle makes for quite the tasty pint. The nose makes for no big hoopla, as does the pour; not the best opening, no, but the flavor makes up for lost ground. Full of bitter cocoa and roasted malt, but with a modestly hoppy finish that accentuates the blackened fade. The feel is bubbly yet with a decadent smoothness that makes this brew disappear much too quickly. Nice stout.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a huge 3 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate caramel, and aromas of dark fruit. Taste is of dark roasted malt and dark fruit with subdued coffee and cocoa flavors on the finish. Very mild bitterness on the palate quickly fades. This beer has a low almost flat level of carbonation making it thick and chewy in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good stout that apparently uses 10 different malts. I am glad I got to try this one but I wouldn't get it again most likely.

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

A: Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights. The head is tan and minimal, less than a finger with a strong pour, and it quickly dissipates.

S: There is a strong malt aroma coming from the glass while pouring. The smell is sweet with hints of vanilla, maybe a bit of cocoa, very little roasted malts and a caramel malt scent. Very malty, as expected when brewed with 10 different malts.

T: The taste is very malty, obviously. There is a light roasted flavor up front with vanilla notes and some coffee bean/espresso characteristics as well. The finish has more of the coffee notes and is a bit dry, very refreshing.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. The feel is "creamy," as you would expected and very coffee like.

D: This is a really good beer, very malty, but it really works with this beer. It has very good flavor and is highly drinkable, if only I could get Bell's in MA.

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

This beer is black with a thick and creamy look to it, and the brown head that develops adopts the same look, settling at about a finger and a half tall. Patchy lacing is left in good quantity.
The aroma offers up a big roasty malts backbone with a touch of vanilla-like sweetness and barley, with touches of char and coffee. All these malts also give vague aromas of fruits and something like anise or licorice.
This is a delicious brew; everything found in the nose can also be found in the flavor, and a balance touches in allowing for charred woods without going burnt. What's really delicious is the sweetness, one that makes this beer a sipper but delightfully so, not overpowering the palate and somehow allowing all the other flavors to mingle along with it. There's a real creamy lactic taste to it as well. Alcohol lingers lightly in a way it didn't in the aroma.
THe mouthfeel is thick and rich in a full body with an almost spritzy bit of crispness to it.
This is a very nice one from Bell's; aside from being a very good beer, pick this one up to satisfy a craving for malts or if you want something sweet.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with hints of red in the light. Very little head or lacing. The smell is sweet, malty and roasty with hints of dark cocoa, rich chocolate, and roasted coffee with a touch of vanilla. The taste is very smooth with rich chocolate notes, a hint of burnt caramel, roasted coffee tones, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, chalky, smooth, silky chocolate velvet. Very tasty and smooth. Awesome beer.

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Photo of vande
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10144

A ~ dark as a moonless evening, one that shines no stars....the slightest hint of any kind of head, and I mean slightest as there's a very thin, barely noticeable dirty ring of what appears to have been a little foam...clinging around the glass

S ~ sweetness on the nose...coco nibs, hint of coffee, rich, dark malted goodness

T ~ muted chocolate, cool coffee flavors, bitter dark chocolate.. opens up as it warms up.. very tasty!

M ~ somewhat thinner than what I remember... a light cream effect..

O~ A very good beer, one I make sure I snag a 6er of at least, each season it rolls out...

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Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

A creamy black pour. Thick and persistent light brown head. Plenty of lacing down the glass. Beautiful beer.

An incredible aroma! Lots of chocolate, a touch of coffee, some sweet vanilla, and tons of roasted malt character in the nose. Smells rich and creamy.

Flavors follow the nose very closely, though there's more vanilla character in the flavor and a touch less chocolate. Plenty of roasted malts carry the load but the chocolate and vanilla are incredibly nice complements. Absolutely delicious!

Medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation.

A real treat. This is a creamy, relatively sweet, chocolatey stout, with enough bitterness to balance, with a vibrant vanilla hint throughout that really makes this a spectacular brew with plenty of depth.

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Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Hawthorne's on a quick day trip to Philly (from NYC area) last May.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Batch 10151 (Packaged Jan. 25, 2011).

A: Light butterscotch color head (major cascading) with a dark body bordered by red tinges. The foam fills half the glass and holds strong at 3 fingers. Would have scored a 5 if there was more lacing.

Smell: Sweet a bit with malt and licorice maybe? Some maple as it warms. An aroma that makes its presence known.

Taste: Slightly roasted with some mild coffee. A light bitterness in the back. A hint of smoke. Nice back and forth between sweet and roasty. Flavor not quite full but does linger.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy but lacks a certain fullness. I still like the feel though.

Overall: A nice ale that could be more full-bodied but still manages to please. Recommended.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Black with reddish brown edges when held up to the light. Tall rocky brown head that lasts forever, sticking heavily to the glass.

N- Not much of an aroma to be honest. A little roasted malt and grass, that's about it. Maybe a hint of chocolate.

T- Big, complex malt flavors up front. Lots of sweet creamy grain with a nice roasty husk. Not astringent at all. A touch of bitter chocolate and grassy hops compliment the sweetness. Nice dry roasty/grassy finish.

M- Surprisingly light-bodied. Very smooth and creamy, but more like milk than cream. Moderate carbonation.

D- Overall, a good light-bodied stout. Something I'd like to try on nitro.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a black thick liquid, it's got a creamy brown head. The lacing is pretty decent on this brew. The smell is rich and roasted, has a slight sweetness to it as well. The taste is on the stronger side. It's got a good roasted malt base that carries the beer from start to finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than some of Bell's beers. Overall it's not a bad brew, it's worth revisiting for sure.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pitch black, very black. Brown 1 1/2 inch head. Nice lacing, not too much head retention. Very nice looking for a 6% ABV Stout.

Smell-Lots of sweet roasted malts. Slight sweetness and some coffee. Did I mention roasty and sweet?

Taste-Rich sweetness. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate and some light coffee notes. A unique sour cherry flavor as it warms. Nicely balanced, sweet upfront, but balances out.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, sweet. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall-Nice stout. Nice late night stout right before bed. Refreshing and sweet. Would go great with some chocolate cake. Another winner from Bells

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown body that looks a little bit cola, with a tan head that is pretty fizzy looking, but still manages to have some good retention. Solid pieces of lacing remain.

The aroma is pretty good. All kinds of malt aromas, dark fruits, anise, black malt, and a little bit of chocolate. Some alcohol, with a good bit of hops in there also.

I like the smell a little bit better than the tastes, but this smells fairly good too. The flavor has a slightly creamy taste to it that the aroma doesn't have, and it mixes with chocolate malt to make a milk chocolate flavor. I still notice anise and dark fruit, but only very small hints. A large roasted malt flavor does come through. The finish is a marriage of alcohol warmth (without flavor), and a solid hop-kick that brings a moderate amount of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is pretty good; big and smooth.

Stouts from Bell's and I haven't always gotten along so well, but Double Cream is solid.

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

Thanks to eyeenjoybeer for the 12 pack of this beer.

poured into pint glass

Color: Looks like coffee... dark coffee. Nickel thick tan head that recedes quickly to a dime thin head. Little lacing left behind.

Nose: A bouquet of roasted malts that deliver a sweetness to the nasal passages. Quite evident also is a subtle creaminess and sweet milk chocolate. Some caramel but its a bit faint.

Palate: Soft and drinkable. The carbonation is just right. I would like to see a bit more character here and some more complexity, but still solid. The creaminess of this beer subdues a bit on the tongue and the coffee flavors come to the forefront.

Finish. Just north of ok. If it finished the way it smelled it would be a home run, but instead its a hard hit double that just missed being a triple.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jparkanzky for sending this to me in a trade. Been looking to try it for a while.

A: Poured into a DFH signature glass, the beer is dark brown with a two finger tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin layer on top. Leaves behind some very nice lacing all over the glass.

S: Simple, but good. Light roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a little bit of coffee and a hint of hops.

T: Lightly roasted malt and a good bit of milk chocolate, not much coffee at all. Not overly sweet, but certainly creamy.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation, on the creamier side, very smooth.

O: A good beer, would be a touch better if the flavors were a bit bolder, but still very good and lives up to its name of being creamy. A stout that I could drink a few of for sure.

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Photo of russwbeck
2.36/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

*Upon contacting Bells, I learned this bottle came from December 2009, making it far past the recommended date. I knew something was off!*

A: Black pour without any head at all.

S: Alcohol, dark fruits. Smells really sweet. Something honestly seems a bit off here. It smells a lot like the infected Black Albert I had a few weeks ago.

T: Taste is also not quite what I remember last time I had it. Alcohol and dark fruits up front. Followed by some chocolate and roastiness. The taste really drops off afterward, and isn't very good.

MF: Heavy body without a lot of carbonation.

O: I think I got a bad bottle. Had this on tap before and liked it. This seems just...bad.

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Photo of t420o
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schmoopsbeer for giving me this one as an extra in a trade.

A- Pours a half finger head that dissapates quick and leaves very little lacing. Beer is very dark brown in color, approacing black.

S- Chocoalte, coffee, nice malt scent, toffee, and ripe dates

T- Chocolate milk, nice malt complexity, slightly bitter coffee, cinnamon

M- Slick and creamy. Low carbonation

O- A good beer that I would get again if it was available locally for a decent price. Not one I'd seek out though. The drinkablility was good.

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Photo of Jishguy
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite cream stouts that keeps me coming back over and over again.

A- Pours a solid black body with a dark cream colored head that stays around for ages.

S- The aroma is wonderful and complex. Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut, toasted aromas, and a bit of smokiness.

T- Wonderful chocolate and coffee notes up front, quickly followed by the toasted and roasted flavors described in the aroma.

M- Near perfect. Creamy like no other. Goes down with such ease.

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Photo of djsmith1174
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very, very dark brown with very minimal medium brown head.

S: Smells of chocolate and nice roasted coffee. Only a slight hint of sweetness.

T: Solid taste of roasted coffee and chocolate. Just a hint of sweetness on the finish.

M: Really nice viscosity and slickness.

D: Another solid offering from Bell's. Nothing about it is really special, but I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again.

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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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