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
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:
3,791
Reviews:
1,441
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
496
For Trade:
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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle of this excellent beer the other night.

The stout pours the expected blackish brown color, but with exceptional head retention and lacing. The head on this beer has something of a cocoa color, which I quite appreciate. The beer is likewise very attractive on the nose, with some noticeable chocolate, vanilla and coffee, but with a fine roasty, almost burnt toast aroma as well. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with moderate sweetness, but with enought hoppy bitterness to keep that sweetness from becoming overwhelming. The mouthfeel is very light and creamy, and might be this beers best feature. The beer is very drinkable, with the 7.5% alcohol well disguised.

This beer is nothing like the expedition stout, and is a nice departure from some of the RIS's I've been drinking of late. A very nice effort from Bell's, to no great surprise.

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Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a black color with a scrumptious looking fluffy tan head that just stays.

The aroma has a good amount of medium roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, oats, like Breakfast Stout, and actual creaminess of dairy.

On the flavor, the beer attacks of rich roasted malt along with a hint of dark dried fruit and in an extremely manner for this ABV and style. Almost like burnt wood and licorice. There's some bittersweet chocolate on the middle, then onto coffee grounds and a good roasted bitterness, along with a bit of creaminess.

The mouthfeel as expected is medium minus to light.

The beer is rich and robust and does not hold back despite it's ABV. A pleasant surprise from Bell's.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a nice head that is gone way too quickly. Moderate amount of roasted aroma with a touch of hops. Great roasted flavor. Has a fantastic grainy sort of flavor-against the roasted malt it is really good. Mild, lingering coffee taste to it. Good body, maybe a touch thin. Very enjoyable. Bell's stouts usually are!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Rattle N Hum West in New York, NY.

Dark brown color and opaque with one finger's worth of tan head. Deep malt aroma filled with chocolate and roasted malt. Chocolate dominates the flavor but there is the slightest touch of fruit sweetness to it on the back end. Wonderful creamy, full bodied texture that finishes incredibly smooth. An excellent stout that packs a lot of flavor without ever feeling too heavy.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 batch# 7143, bottled on 11-15-05 poured into a pint glass.

Almost black with a light brown head that's about 1" in height with strong retention and thick sheets of lace.

The nose carries a lot of roasted malt and a sour, woody aroma with a little bit of cocoa and milk underneath.

The taste starts off a bit watery but the roasted malts come through quickly followed by a splash of chocolate milk and some dry hops. The finish is a little sweet with the chocolate/roasty flavors carrying through to the aftertaste. Full bodies with some residuals. I could have a couple more of these before moving on.

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Photo of Optifron
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours viscous black/dark brown, with a creamy, light brown head.

Aroma: Smooth, gentle roasted coffee, dark chocolate

Taste: Starts with the taste of sweet cream, balanced with some roasted bitter, finishing with a bit stronger bitter roast. Dark chocolate bitter lingers

Mouthfeel: Wet, sweet, very light carbonation. Very nice and smooth. Creamy.

Overall: Really great winter beer. Fantastic mouthfeel, nice, full-bodied and rich sweetness, all packed into fairly low ABV.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Travlr
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black, admits no light. medium tan head, disappears quickly, leaves nice lacing. Aroma of cafe au lait with burnt edges. Taste begins with chocolate, then progresses to roasted coffee beans, then finally to burnt espresso. Very nice indeed. Laid down 6 bottles tonight, hopefully I can wait a year.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sholland119
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's Everyday.

Pours a very deep, opaque brown with a thin tan head with a lot of retention. Great looking beer for the style.

Aroma is of roasted coffee and malts with some milk chocolate.

Taste begins with milk chocolate giving way to roasted malts and a moderate coffee bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, again really above my expectations for the style.

Drinkability is very good. Plenty of rich stout flavors and creaminess along with a moderate ABV.

HV

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Photo of beerinator
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black dark with fairly retentive head that dissapeared quickly. This one is deep black, allowing virtually no light through at all.

Aroma: Roasty burned bitter aromas. Their is a hint of sourness that accompanies the roasted caramel smells. Very pleasant to sniff.

Taste: Full mouthfeel. The roasted somewhat bitter flavors are pleasing on the palate, and they linger for a bit after the beer passes down the tongue. Their are notes of cake-y sweetness that balance some of the coffeeish flavor.

Notes: If you like stouts then you'll like this one. Very solid, very drinkable big stout. Splitting a six pack of this on a cold winters day is good for the spirit. Trust me.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

175th Review
Served in a half pint
On-draft at the mothership itself in Kalamazoo!

From notes.

A: Deep brown/black. Quarter (mocha) fingernail head.

S: Very roasty! Toasted dark malt, coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, and fresh cream. Smells "smooth" if that makes any sense.

T: Follows the aromas quite close, but there is a burnt character here - not bad, but interesting as it mixes well with chocolate sweetness. Roasty is nice and the taste is very, very smooth. Reminds me of chocolate milk.

M: Medium bodied with smooth, soft carbonation. Delightful!

O: This beer is very rich, smooth, and easy to drink. About what I would expect for a cream stout...well done!

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Photo of Stermax
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours near black, two finger off white head, good retention and coating lace. Mild cocoa chocolate aroma. Creamy chocolate cocoa taste, lacto-like sweetness, toasty finish with touch of burnt sugar. Thin to medium soft feel. Overall a good sweet light chocolate dessert beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown, with a sliver of ruby around the edges when held up to the light, and a half finger head with good carbonation (what I can see of it at this point).

S: Very subtle on the nose (as I usually find milk stouts), but I'm still getting a hint of lactose sugar with chocolate.

T: Full, rich taste with chocolate milk-like qualities. The sweetness is almost perfectly balanced, with a roasty finish, which luckily evades going into the coffee realm.

M: Creamy and then some! The carbonation is great and the ABV is undetectable, even under the strictest radar.

D: If milk stouts are your thing, this is one of the better ones. I still hold FFF "Moloko" up on a pedestal in this regard because of its complex "cinnamon-like" quality, but this is still a very worthy entry into this fantastic style.

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Photo of dnichols
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bottle with my BA buddy imacoug. We poured our portions of the capped 12 ounce bottle into chalices.

A: IT poured a rich inky black body with a creamy chocolate head that receded fast to nothingness. There were clumps of lacing that did not linger long.

S: There was a dominant aroma of chocolate and roasted malts with hints of coffee.

T: The sweet and tangy roasted malts give the creamy chocolate flavors a thick rich body. Following a big burst of milk chocolate and coco there is a tang of hoppiness.

M: It was a medium to full-bodied beer dominated by sweet and tart chocolate flavors. It finished warm and clean with little aftertaste.

D: It was a well balanced sweet stout that was not overly sweet and balanced well the hops and hid well the alcohol. This might merit cellering for six months or more to see if it integrates its flavors even more. Nice beer but too rich for more than a single at a time.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured mostly black with a massive two fingers of mocha head. Some lacing.

S: Very sweet nose. Reminds me of a more subtle version of Portsmouth milk stout. Hints of chocolate.

T: Has all the basics of a sweet stout but the sweetness is not overpowering as some other examples of the style. Little hint of chocolate in there as well.

M: Very nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: Still not a huge fan of this style but his beer diverges enough from this style to make it interesting for me. Really like what I have had from Bells. Got this in NJ and wish Bells would be in NY.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours dark with a medium brown head, no real lacing, not very carbonated. Smell is weak but sweet.

Taste is dominantly sweet and noticeably creamy -- very pleasant. Maybe a hint of cherry and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thin and clean and light. Drinkable, tasty beer.

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Photo of JohnSnowNW
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep black with limited head and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts.

T - Semi-sweet, with roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Very mild bitterness.

M - Smooth initially, but really falls apart. Double cream had me expecting a velvety texture, but instead you are left with a very thin body...almost watery.

O - It's tasty, though not as complicated as the bottle description would suggest. It's a very drinkable beer, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of popery
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 4/20/11. Black pour with dense, creamy brown foam atop. Aroma is roast, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and a touch of tangy coffee. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel. Good malt sweetness with more cocoa, coffee and roast notes on the palate. An excellent sweet stout that packs a ton of flavor and a lush feel into a mere 6.1% abv.

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Photo of jwal
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MonkeyStain
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FernMaster
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap, poured into a snifter.

When the server brought this to me there was easily two fingers worth of head on this beer. The head was a dark caramel color that stayed around for two minutes or so before subsiding. Then after the head subsided it left a prolific amount of lacing on the glass. For the pure aesthetics of appearance, this easily earned a five, just wow. It looks just like a stout should and the head was prevalent and pleasing to look at. The smell was faint, it was there but subtle. I was able to make out hints of vanilla and coffee notes. The taste was really something else. My first impression was that it was a bit watery, but as I continued to drink and as it continued to warm, Bell's Special Double Cream Stout became something truly wonderful. The cream was definitely present, but not overpowering, there was some roasted malts and I think I picked up hazelnut, not sure if that's in there but it had that impression on my tongue. The coffee notes and vanilla balanced so well together that it created a truly unique taste and mouthfeel, that I've at least never had before - it was like drinking a licorice yogurt. For real. The mouthfeel was thick enough and the balance of the ingredients created a yogurt like texture. This became more prevalent as it continued to warm, but I was enamored. I ordered another beer before I finished this one and I didn't want to stop drinking the Special Double Cream Stout! Pick this up, buy it on tap, whatever, just try this beer.

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Photo of dbossman
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a brown, small head that dissipates to a thin film

S: Sweet roasted malts; chocolate and vanilla with hints of bourbon sitting through the heavily malted quality; I can't put my finger on everything going on here though--it is a complex smelling beer and I can't wait to taste it

T: Not as complex as the aroma would indicate but the layers of malts are quite satisfying; subtle coffee and chocolate as well as vanilla permeate and this beer isn't as sweet as the aromas would let you believe

F: A bit thin and the beer quickly moves through the mouth with not as much sticking to the tongue ad I would like

D: A great start but the richness of the malts makes it difficult to drink this for too long. All in all, though, this is a nice offering from Bell's

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,791 ratings.
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