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 ilikebeer03
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 9/18/14.

pours black with a nice khaki head.

S: burnt / roasted malts. chocolate / coffee.

T: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, some malty sweetness lingers on the palate.

F: a wonderfully thick creamy (as the name would imply) mouth feel.

O: delicious beer.

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Photo of BillCheck
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jgap
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to psychohops for this one! Pours thick and black with a good amount of mocha brown head. Wafts of chocolate and coffee come from the pour. Sticking my nose in the glass for a quick huff reveals a lot of coffee with some hints of bitter dark chocolate. Taste is also coffee with a smooth, milky chocolate sweetness turning to a light hop bitterness. Great aftertaste and silky smooth mouthfeel. Thicker than most but nothing crazy. Very good beer.

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jawlessbody
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Looks exactly how a good stout should: pitch black with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head. The only problem is that the head dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Dark, roasted notes on the forefront, with sweeter more acidic notes to finish it off. Quite pleasant.

Taste: There's a definite acidic sweetness to this beer, with a darker roasted coffee flavor in the background. I'm also getting hints of tangy-ness. Not quite what I was expecting, but overall very good.

Mouthfeel: This was probably the most disappointing part of the beer. While it isn't exactly watery, it's not as thick as you would think from a name like "double cream". Pretty average mouthfeel; medium body with a cleanliness on the wash.

Overall: Definitely a good brew, and more complex than some other stouts that I have had. However, I was quite disappointed that I wasn't blown away by this beer, considering Bell's is one of my favorite breweries and makes my favorite IPA and my favorite wheat beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, opaque, with a thin tan head, very short, wispy, and offering a little lacing.

S - Surprisingly boozy. Malt is present, and offers caramel, chocolate and cocoa powder, and a hint of coffee.

T - The nose without the booze, with sweet malty caramel and chocolate. Coffee is hinted at in the close, but it is a quiet note and there's no acidity and only minor bitterness.

M - Silky, moderate body. A bit lighter than I'd like, but still very pleasant.

O - Hits many of the notes I love in stouts. Lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee from the malts. Very tasty, drinkable stuff.

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Photo of rmank
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mdhobbs
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice head on the pour with a deep dark appearance. It has a great smell with hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouth feel is fantastic. Overall, this is a very nice stout that I'll try again without hesitation. It also paths the way to try other beers produce by Bell Brewery.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NCStateAE
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this many times over the last five or six years,had on tap today the Mellow Mushroom.Poured into a standard pint glass jet black with a creamy one finger mocha colored head,it just looked rich from the tap.Bitter chocolate and cookie dough aromas really stood out with a bit of char thrown in there as well.Flavors are highly roasted and coffee-like upfront with some char again as well,some cookie and molasses sweetness comes in late in a nice finish.A well rounded solid stout,it wont blow you away but its got a nice balanced flavor profile.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty black, but then I guess its a double stout, even if of the cream variety. Aroma is faint cocoa, very delicate, not overpowering.

The taste, rich, yet soft, very easy drinking, not big on the roast or chocolate, it keeps a velvet like average chewiness with that dallop of cocoa powder. Not heavy on the sweetness. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste at all, ends dry for a milk stout or whatnot. A little twang with it. This beer offers a ton of different flavor profiles all under one cap, but none of them are really in your face. One of those stouts that you can use to convert someone to stouts, but isn't overly simplified, complex and enjoyable enough for everyone.

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Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark brown almost black in color. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention. Streaks of lace left on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts in the front with some light bitter chocolate undertones. Coffee and caramel malt also show up around mid-aroma. Hints of roast once again with a light raisin notes and a hint of cream.

T- Roasted malts with chocolate once again comes in the front of the beer like the aroma. There is some light darker fruits this time that show up a little earlier than the aroma would have it seem. There seems to be a burnt flavor as well coming from what I would say is some grain. Light bitterness in the backend with the alcohol comes from a late hopping which helps to semi-balance this beer out.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Tons of roast malts left on the palate with hints of chocolate, darker fruit, and bitterness. Aftertaste is a lot of alcohol (medicinal at times), chocolate, roasted malts, and hints of raisins. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors are well blended for the style with the bitterness in the ending making up for some of the malty flavors. No off flavors were present when I was drinking this beer.

D- A nice drinking beer for a colder night. A little bit higher ABV will keep you warm but also overall limits the beer in terms of pint after pint drinking. A nice stout like usual from Bell's. Always look forward to this one coming out.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Bell's shaker pint

A: The big surprise, no head even with an aggressive pour, pretty dark, little light coming through around the edges,little to no carbonation, I'd bump this up more if I could pour a nice mocha creamy head, looks decent.

A: Coffee, roasted maltiness, definitely picking up the malts, smells great.

T: Coffee, roasted malts, picking up some oat flavors, don't know if they use oats, really coffee forward, dry finish, tastes great.

M: I am not getting a big creamy mouthfeel, more like a coffee bitter dry mouthfeel, it is low on carbonation, pretty good.

O: I like this beer, it's got coffee roasted malts, not sweet, but it smells and taste like it has oats, my only complaint is that there is little to no carbonation. I can see this as a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of GrizXTKEX519
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and creamy light brown head that dissipates quickly. The head isn't something usually talked about but it's very nice for this beer. The beer itself is a black, dark, and opaque color because it is a dark stout and dark things are normally hard, if not impossible, to see through.

The beer has a very nice smell and certainly is different from other stouts including the Kalamazoo stout. The smell has a nice dairy cream smell to it in addition to the smoother chocolate notes. There isn't much roasted malt (which is pretty light and hard to detect when it's cold) in this beer smell but that isn't a problem since the cream adds something else to it. The roast starts to come out a little bit when it warms but it isn't as strong as the other notes. In fact, it's a fairly balanced beer. There is also a very light and almost undetectable hop smell. Overall, the chocolate and cream smell mix very well.

The taste is just as good as the smell. The taste has a fairly strong sweet chocolate and cream flavor with a slight hop note underneath all of it and some roast. The roast and hop notes aren't very strong with the roast notes being slightly stronger because it balances the sweetness and cream taste a little bit. It's a nice and sweet stout.

The feel is just fantastic. It's still a heavy bodied beer but the feel is incredibly creamy, which makes it a little bit more lighter than you would expect. The carbonation is also very light to nonexistent so that it doesn't interrupt the creamy feel.

Overall, a very good stout for those cold winter months. It's definitely unique and different from traditional stouts but the cream notes make it worth getting. Go for it.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, almost black. Hints of ruby with almost two inches of a thick creamy tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts and grains. Coffee.

T&M: Very rich and creamy. Roasted coffee. Mellow with a mild hint of earthy hops. Some vanilla and a bit of a chocolate chalkiness on the fade.

Goes down quite easy. A very good quality beer. Nothing thrilling, but a good stout.

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Photo of Calraven
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Double Cream Stout, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a substantial light brown head. Nice webbed lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is soft, just a hint of chocolate and sweet loaf.

Taste is chocolatey and malty. Hops are there adding to the bitterness. Suggestions of lactose sugar. A full roasted flavor, reminiscent of coffee.

Full bodied mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation throughout. Semi dry bitter chocolate finish.

A nice beer from Bells here. Good balance and though its a bit strong its still quite good.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick brown-black, murky. Nice brown head, like a root beer float.

S: Rich, some vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Can smell the roasted malt. Maybe a bit to subtle in aroma.

T: The roasted malt jumps out to me. There is somewhat of a tangy zing to it; the chocolotae/coffee flavors are a bit subdued.

MF: Carbonation is noticable; otherwise it's that pleasant milky stoutness that envelopes your mouth

D: I think the ABV being lower than some of the big stouts helps it's sustained drinkability. Separate from that, it's not quite what I've come to expect from a cream stout - lacks an overall, uh, creaminess.

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Photo of xungmound98
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAcraig
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a sturdy deep black body with a 3 finger mocha head. Ok retention.

The strongest aroma from this beer is cream, followed by a very faint roastiness. A pleasant, well balanced smell, but kinda faint.

A rich brew that taste of cream followed by a slightly bitter dark chocolate. The roastiness is appropriately low in this brew, but still adds a nice layer to the beer. This beer is like a less complex version of their Kalamazoo stout.

Soft and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Nice.

A very drinkable beer, but if I am having a Bell's stout, I would take the Kalamazoo Stout over this one every time.

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Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again go to The ManiacalOne for this beer!
Pours almost black with a dark tan head that dissipates very quickly. Roasted aromas dominate with some chocolatey overtones. Taste is roasted, slightly sweet with some chocolate flavors. Thick, creamy and rich mouthfeel - the best part of this beer. Easy drinking beer. I hope I can get my hands on some more of this beer.

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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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