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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Photo of mpcrump
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a very thick opaque black. I was suprised by a fair amount of carbonation. Thick brownish head that hung around for a while.

S: Roasted malts. Coffee. Chocolate. Vanilla.

T: Starts with roasted malts. Then it moves into chocolate with some caramel and cocoa. I sense the coffee at the finish.

M: Very creamy with a sticky sweet finish.

D: Decent ABV coupled with a very interesting taste range and creaminess. I'm not a huge fan of stouts like this but this is a great beer for certain occasions.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, November 2010. Pours a deep brown, almost black, with minimal head that remains as a bit of foam on the surface. Smell is of roasted malt with a bit of hop bitterness following it. Mouthfeel is very good - smooth, rich, about medium for a stout, with that odd creamy coating feeling that milk stouts often have. Taste is good and well-balanced, with a strong sweet roasted malt flavor up front that's complemented by just the right amount of hops. A very solid stout, though the flavor could be more complex.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nearly black with a small lingering off-white head.

S - like coffee with creamer

T - a little more bitter than the smell but delicious. Malty, rich.

M - definitely a cream stout. I can feel the creaminess on the tongue. Thick.

D - yeah. I'll have another.

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Photo of jar2574
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Charlie Hooper's in KC. Nice looking pour, 1/2 inch dark head over midnight black beer. Smell is really faint but mostly of roasted malts. This is a mild, creamy, tasty stout. Malts predominate, not sensing any hops. Not much bitterness or too much roasted flavor. A very good choice as a session beer for a stout.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick opaque pitch black . Thick is an unstatement which I believe hinder this beer a bit. Very cream soda-esque. While the flavors of roast malts, coco, and coffee and hoppy alcohol bite at the finish was nice, the heavy cream is fatiguing and muddled the nuances of this brew a bit. Nevertheless, this a sip & enjoy kinda brew.

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Photo of Brunite
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Completely opaque black in color. No peripheral highlights noticeable. A dark tan head recedes to leave a minimal cap and ring.

S - Hmmmm...lots going on. Some vanilla....some smokiness...roasted malt....a sourish lactose-like chocolate.

T - The flavor is as complex as the smell. First taste is of smoky roasted malts. As the beer flavors emerge. More of a sweet milk chocolate flavor kicks in. Further warming brings a more caramel/cocoa profile. Roasted coffee bitterness kicks in on the swallow and there is a lingering sweetness on the finish along with an oily coffee flavor.

M - Complex to mirror the taste. This is a very viscous, creamy beer. There is a constant smoothness. Some stickiness is also apparent. Oily on the finish as well.

D - A mid-level ABV and the vast array of flavors and feel make this fun to drink. Definitely worth seeking out. The profile gives the most after it warms a bit so sip this one.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Reviewed December 2010.

A: Very black with brownish edges. Scarcely any head, but nice lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate(?) malt. Vanilla ice cream. Faint, but so pleasant.

T: Very nice. Rich, with sweet vanilla cream the unmistakable master of the maintaste. A bit of tingly hops sneak in for a bitterish end taste.

M: I feel a bit repetitive at this point, but it's creamy, round, and scrumptious. Good!

D: It seems Bell's can do no wrong -- I have yet to have any of their beer that is even mediocre. Great beer; recommended.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip pint glass; nice thick creamy head that dissipates to ring and clings the glass; color is deep dark brown to black

Smell is nice smooth roasted malt, with good amounts of chocolate and toffee flavors.

TAste is a very smooth roasted malt with mild hop bitterness; notes of coffee, chocalate and vanilla, with a touch of lactose.

Great balance, flavors mix well throughout and cling to the tongue well, with just enough carbonation.

Drinkability is just right for this beer, great flavor and mouthfeel.

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

A - Poured straight into a Bell's tulip glass. A light brown, three-finger head that sticks around just long enough before collapsing to a nice, frothy film that eventually disappears after a few minutes. Minimal lacing. Opaque black with brown tint.

S - Sweet molasses up front with hints of cream, mocha, some coffee. Hard to pick up too much; it just smells delicious.

T - Mmm, certainly tastes like what a double cream stout should taste like. Creamy, lots of mocha with a roasty, bitter ending. Leaves a dry but nice aftertaste.

M - Just thick enough, not as much as the name suggests. More carbonated than your usual stout but that could just be the style. Rests fairly nicely on the tongue with a slight tingle.

D - Definitely could drink a few bottles of this in one session. Drinks very nicely for a stout with that much flavor. I can only imagine what this would be like on tap, especially a nitro tap.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger creamy head

Smell: coffee, mocha, malts

Taste: mokah, little iron or oxidation,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, creamy, smooth

Overall: A very enjoyable cream stout just wish it didn't have that iron / oxidation aftertaste.



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Photo of thedoubler55
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black in color, a nice off white head that leaves a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet malts, as well as chocolate, and slight hints of coffee.

T: Chocolate, coffee and some vanilla, almost exactly like the nose.

M:Creamy, great stout, very minimal carbonation

D: Another great brew from Bells, never disappointed with this brewery. Will definitely have another.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Smooth fluffy tan head. Dark stout appearance.

S- Sweet and boozey.

T- Very sweet, bitter, and creamy all at the same time.

M- Creamy and smooth

D- Easy drink, however it just doesn't taste good enough to earn a high drinkability rating.

Overall it has a very nice mouthfeel, however at this price point I expect it to be a lot more balanced.

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Photo of femmebiere
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It had a very creamy smell with a most unique taste. The only taste that I could relate it to is going to come across as very negative. Not the initial taste or even on the swallow, but on the lips afterward, you are left with a sour cream taste. It is very peculiar to have a beer tart and creamy, and this beer definitely did it.
It is not my favorite beer, and I can recommend many more before this one. However, in no way is it a bad beer with its dark color and hearty stout taste.

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Photo of Brewbro000
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to OregonKnowsBest for this tasty extra-

A very dark pour that yields a on finger khaki brown head that recedes very quickly into a thin ring around the edges with minimal lacing. Smell of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is of sweet toasted malts/chocolate and caramel that finishes dry despite how sweet it begins. Each sip is better than the rest as it warms and the carbonation mellows the creamy smoothness this bottle claims begins to come through. I would easily drink a few of these as the booze is low.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: rich jet black and yields a generous fluffy mocha colored head. appears as a nice stout should, inviting and warm.
S: chocolate and roasted malt. little bit of coffee but really just plays background to the roast. mild overall but pleasing for sure.
T: the overload of roasted malts gives it plenty of solid flavor, and quite tasty. my initial response is that it is a milk stout because i
get some of those familiar lactose qualities, but alas ive been proven wrong.
M: pretty damn creamy and smooth. it actually gets a little light on the back end where the roastiness dissipates just a little bit, but overall quite nice. i had this with some lamb and spicy rice and it really made the meal a totally enjoyable experience.
D: close to room temp this really just goes down so easy and i could see a future with a few more. its a nice break from the huge viscous stouts ive been settling in with so far this winter.

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Photo of Vierenner
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Feb 2011: Ordinary. I'm sure the brewery put forth a great deal of effort to make it ... quality ingredients, careful process control, etc ... and compared to a lackluster stout it would stand out. But when the competition, and perhaps even Bell's, is brewing much more flavorful and interesting beer this particular label doesn't get a prize.
Nov 2011: Forgot I previously reviewed this one. Looking back on my old review I still feel the same. Style is along the lines of beer I favor, but overall it's quite an ordinary brew. There are roasted flavors throughout, and a slight hop bitterness, but fairly blah.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark red-brown-black with a dark tan head that is relatively small and needed to be forced, subsides reltively quickly.

S- Dark and sweet malts. Somewhat of a chocolate malt scent with some roasted malts as well.

T- Big coffee, roasted flavor. A creamy chocolatey flavor is also quite noticeable. Quite rich flavor with smokey finish.

M- Creamy is a pefect description for the feel. High carbonation and a medium thick body. The finish is sticky with a hint of alcohol heat.

D- Pretty good beer, takes some time to drink and I dont think I would want more than one, but pretty drinkable for a stout. ABV is lower than I would like for a beer this big though, could use more warmth and a bigger "punch" to it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I have no idea what took me so long to enter a review for this guy. This era ends now. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a finger of light sandy ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light vanilla, light maple syrup, and very light molasses. A mild sweetness hangs above it all, a whisper confirming the style. The taste ups the roast ante a bit and adds a touch of coffee, but, beyond that, everything else from the smell remains constant. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, other than a carbonation a smidgen too active for my tastes here, this is a great milk stout. Get some.

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Photo of Flipadelphia84
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost pure black but not quite. Dark cream colored head, looks to be medium to high carbonation.

S-Coffee, Dark roasted malts, a little chocolate. Somewhat smokey.

T- Heavy on the roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, very smokey, a little sweet. A sort of sour smokey finish. Very good.

M- I expected a thicker body but it was slightly above average. Medium carbonation.

D- Good drinkability for a heavier stout.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, close to black. Head is nearing two fingers and is a tan color, looks frothy and creamy. Leaving some lacing immediately.

S: Smells of chocolate malt right off the bat, sweet malts and coffee. Good roasted malt aroma, touch of grains.

T: Dry and roasty, big chocolate and coffee notes. Faint cherry flavor with some fruity yeast. Actually has a "cream" type of flavor like heavy cream.

M: Nice body on this one, finishes a bit chalky though. Leaves the lips sticky. Carbonation is pretty mild, texture is right on point.

D: Easy drinker for sure, definitely a well crafted beer. Only managed to drink a quarter of it through this review, but it definitely goes down easily.

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Photo of lsrose
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drank a lot of this beer. It is one of my favorite stouts. It pours a nice thick head that sticks around quite well. The coffee smells really jump out when pouring it. It also has taste of toffee and chocolate and other malts as the 10 malt blend comes through. Some bite and hops come through late.

I really like this one and it is a great malty stout.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has a batch number proudly stamped on it, no freshness date. Pours a thick oily black color, dark brown one finger head, decent lacing. Dark roasted malt hits the nose first, a bit of chocolate and coffee as well. It has a bitter taste, with roasted malt and a bit of espresso, very creamy as the description says. Good, but a bit thin feeling in the taste. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily creamy and complements the taste. Drinkability is above average, the sweetness brings it down a tad.

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

A- Somewhat an example of what any good stout should look like. Black like a RIS, with a full mocha colored head, and some nice lacing.

S- Chocolate and roasted malt emerge quickly. There's hints of coffee as well. A lot of this is blended well, and it can be a bit hard to pick out anything else with these powerhouse scents.

T- Has burnt malt and cocoa bitterness from the beginning. It makes a very good foundation for the coffee flavor. I like the non-dairy creaminess in this a lot. It really leaves more room for the cocoa and coffee to play around. I can really agree with the description Bell's has given this beer; the only thing I would change is adding that it has a richness to the malt which is fairly uncommon. It says that it's softer and smoother, but I find bold would be a better descriptor yet, although it is still quite smooth. Due to the richness, I'd love to give it a 5, but it seemed a bit too sweet for my ultra bitter preferences.

M- Very creamy. The carbonation as well as bitterness keep your tongue awake though. It could be a bit thicker, but it does well with what it's got. Semi dry, sticky finish.

D- Very drinkable especially for the amount of flavor. I'd probably have put this at a higher ABV due to the amount of flavor they fit it. For a 6.1% beer, it packs a little less than you'd expect from an RIS, but just a little less. The great thing about this beer is that you could drink it for a while.

There's not much alcohol flavor to it, and it makes a solid chocolate filled stout leaning fairly heavily towards the dark chocolate side. Very drinkable and quite tasty. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

as soon as I poured this bell's special cream stout, I knew it meant business. tit pours black as pitch with a golden caramel head. The smell is slighter that I would expect. The taste is a robust blackness. It is blackened and chocolaty. It's a good cold evening beer. You don't pound this beer, it pounds you.... With flavor lulz.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

242nd review on BA
bottle to pint
bottle code 9986- bottle date 9/28/10

App- A nice syrupy dark brown with just an edge of bubbles. A little bit of lacing slides down the glass

Smell- Smells very malty, a slight like chocolate tinge and a hint of vanilla

Taste- Very light and roasty with a creamy feel. Somewhat of a dessert stout to me. Has some good flavors with the roast and cream blending and meshing well.

Mouth- Medium/Full bodied with a low carb feel to it. Very creamy aftertaste.

Drink- Very smooth and very drinkable.

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