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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Ratings: 3,868 |  Reviews: 1,460
Photo of BigAl18
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a very short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, dark roasted malt and coffee.

T: The taste is creamy with flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and dark malts. It’s not really as sweet as most stouts can be, which is a good thing. There isn’t much of a hops presence but the kind of beer where you would really want one. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling for the style, nice kick, good representation of style. This is a good stout that you can drink a few of whereas most stouts you would usually be done with after 1 or 2.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Batch 7733, poured into an oversized wine glass.
I was going to go with a pint glass, but with this beer's ABV at the higher end of the range for the style, at the bottom of the range for a double stout, I figured why not.

Pours a dark brown-black with a nice finger and a half of cocoa colored head. Some decent retention and slight lacing.

Smell is roasty and woody, as well as a little sweet and a little chocolatey, not a huge aroma.

Tastes of roasty malt along with a sweet creaminess, I don't get a lot of coffee flavor like others report, its almost more like a dark, bittersweet, chocolate milk. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy, though to be honest, it seems a little light bodied.

Drinkability is good, the flavor on this isn't overwhelming to the senses, its an easy beer to drink. I'm not sure but I think the sweetness would start to get to me after a couple of these.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Morey
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This winter seasonal from Larry Bell and folk pours pitch black in color and is topped with a two finger brown head. Moderate head retention, but it slides back down the glass rather quickly.

Smells of roasted barley with a hint of semi sweet and dark chocolates.

A smooth stout to be sure. Slightly sweet, but not too sweet. The roasted flavors balance this beer out nicely.

A little thinner than I expected, but I'd still have to go with a medium mouthfeel due to the creaminess that this beer possess.

I could drink a couple of these before switching things up.

Morey's Bottom Line: A solid stout from a solid brewery. There's no WOW factor with this beer though. It's good, but not outstanding. It's pretty easy drinking as far as stouts go.

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Photo of kohoutek
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass @ 58 degrees F.

Poured a nice rich, opaque black with tan lacing that quickly dissipated.

First sniff tells me this beer has a malt aroma that I don't find particularly appealing. There is something about the grains used - I am guessing special roast and some flaked barley? I can only descibe this as being like vegetal matter that has slightly turned - compost? It never does blow off with time.
I have had this beer many times and from differnt batches and I get this stinky smell everytime.

However, I do love the characteristic Bells vinous notes that always accompany their stouts - fruity, dark stone fruits: cherries, plums, prunes, currants. This is pleasantly balanced with a nice smooth roast profile. Not too sharp. A well balanced stout.

This beer tastes very similar to the aroma profile above. I can taste the vegetal thing interwoven with all of that nice fruit and chocolatey roast. The bitterness is subdued and well integrated. If that vegetal thing was gone this beer would display superb balance and finese for such a robust concoction.

The mouthfeel is rather thin for a beer of this size. I will keep drinking K-Zoo stout, Expedition, 7000 and quit complaining!

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Photo of exonthebottle
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very good lighter stout, nice smooth taste that is malty but has a sweet and lingering malty drier coffee malt that comes through in an okay way. Is this a great stout depends what you think is a good stout or ale. Bell's is a shitty brewery run by bad man I hate to indorse Larry Bell but he did a good job and this is his best stout which isn't saying much.

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Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Opaque dark brown color shows some light transmission as the volume in the glass decreases, with one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intensely earthy roast is dry and unwashed, yet not off-putting. Coffee is suggested in the dark and unctuous profile, though not strongly, while chocolate and fruit are absent.

T: Begins off-dry, with soft roasted malt that features a dynamic display of dark fruit and chocolate. Unctuous qualities are complementary, while acidity is restrained. Flavors become more nutty during the middle where dryness escalates. The finish has mild charcoal and husky dark malt qualities, achieving complete dryness, with a short duration and little flavor left to linger very long on the palate.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth and wet on the palate to the point of being watery, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a respectable export stout whose lactose qualities are, perhaps, the least impressive features. Sweetness is understated and mouthfeel is unremarkable, compared to other examples of the style--although it does possess some noted unctuous angles in the smell and flavor. Strained "milk" descriptors aside, it is dark and flavorful and does not stray into "strong" territory, which makes it balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greggerino
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black color with a rich mocha colored head.

S: Smell of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: Roasted malts, hints of chocolate, coffee. Sweet and creamy.

F: Medium mouth feel, very smooth and creamy.

D: Very good cream/milk stout. A little strong on the finish.

The beer was cold when I started, but I let it warm up before I finished it. When warmer, there are more complex flavors and other nuances. I would suggest drinking slightly colder than room temperature for maximum enjoyment.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a bubbly, caramel-colored, three-finger head. It left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of toffe, caramel and malts.

T - It tasted very sweet. A nice milky chocolate flavor. A good dose of caramel flavors.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another great Bell's product. One of the better milk/sweet stouts that I've had.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big and full tan colored head with some cascading effect. Very deep brown to black color. The head maintains quite well. Rich deep roast aroma. Really straight-forward. Taste is again a deep rich roasted malt without becoming too sweet. Dryness to the drink, with a hard water quality. Nice smoothness, but only a medium body. I was surprized that it didn't feeel heavier.
There is something missing. It's rich and tastey, but possibly lacking complexity. Yet, it is still somehow intriguing and worth trying.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a midnight black color with a monstrous light chocolate head that creamy in its consistency and the left over lace a fine satiny sheet to meld with the glass. Rich chocolate malt sweet nose, coffee, roasted grain and just a treasure to sniff, front is ambrosial, full and rich as is the full bodied top. Finish is bittersweet, mildly acidic, bone dry and a real pleasing beer.

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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a creamy medium tan head. The head burns off in short order leaving some nice small lacing. The aroma is pretty roasty, despite the taste notes, with hints of coffee and cocoa. The taste doesn't have much burnt malt until the finish, with some upfront notes of cocoa. The body is a little thinner and there is a heft bite to it on the finish. Good but not my favorite.

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Photo of phisig137
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Ugly label design, but that doesn't really matter... Pours a deep black color, with a one finger khaki head. Nice retention gives way to gobs of lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is of toasted and roasted grains, biscuits and yeast. No real hop presence, but a slight caramel not is there.

Flavor has a slight hint of toffee, with a nice roasty finish. Chocolate flavors are abundant. Not a dry finish, but not particularly sweet either. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. But drinkability is great. Hides the 7.5% very well.

This is another solid beer from Bell's. At only 7.5%, it just on the edge of being a "double", and I think it lacks some of the sweetness and body that should be there in a cream stout. According to the name, it's not a great example. But as far as stouts go, I think it's quite tasty. Recommended... I'd buy it again.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And again, thanks to pwoody11 (man, he hooked it up!). Batch 9446.

A - Clear, very dark brown, almost opaque. Small, long-lasting tan head. Little lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, caramel. Clean.

F/M - Chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark dried fruits (prunes). Medium-low bitterness helps this beer stay smooth and the creamy mouthfeel really makes it full bodied yet clean in the finish. Medium-lite carbonation.

D - This is one easy-drinking "double cream" stout. Full bodied, creamy and rich, yet finishes clean and without a heavy lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of kegger22
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with red highlight when held to a light. Just a thin covering for a head and that faded to almost nothing. The aroma was coffee and sweet. The taste was coffee sweetened with chocolate, but there was just a hint of sour too. The feel was medium/heavy bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability was good. A half step down from 3F Moloko, an enjoyable beer and another solid effort from Bell's.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Isaac Newtown`s.

The appearance is dark brown with a short cream colored head. Double Cream Stout has a a smell of toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a burned aspect too. It tastes of roasted malts, more coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is kinda creamy as the name would lead one to guess. An enjoyable and quaffable stout.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown with mocha colored head

Smell - charred, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee

Taste - dark chocolate, roasted malts, roasted coffee

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitterness and char on the finish,slight sourness on the back end

Overall - decent stout, I'd like to see a bit more balanced flavor on this

Price Point - $2.25/12 oz single

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Photo of westweasel
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schneid for this delicious brew!!!

The appearance is dark brown and opaque with a thin tan head. The aroma is fairly subtle, with roastiness and some coffee.

The taste is roastiness and coffee up front with a bit of dark chocolate. The finish seems fairly dry, accentuated by both some bitterness and the roastiness.

The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, somewhere between medium and thin, with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable and roasty stout. I was expecting more sweetness or mouthfeel from the name, but it was still great.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out brownish black, with a creamy tan head that held pretty well.

Smell is very malty, with a lot of chocolate and caramel rising out the glass, and a pronounced roastiness as well.

Flavor is sweet chocolate malts with hints of caramel and espresso and a very slight fruitiness. Finish is dry with a little coffee bitterness.

Not as good as Expedition or Kalamazoo, but still another solid stout from Bell's. You can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of Larsonfromdublin
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigdog3838
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,868 ratings
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