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

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89
very good
3,791 Ratings
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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:
6
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Ratings: 3,791 |  Reviews: 1,441
Photo of phisig137
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bigdog3838
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 dwagner003
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours an opaque black into my glass, and boasts two fingers of nut brown head that drop to nothing within a few moments, leaving nothing behind.
Aroma is of burnt grain, along with some stale coffee. I may be crazy, but I swear I can smell some sweet cream. Overall, though, the nose is very faint and you have to strain to get much besides a husky roast character.
Not what I have come to expect in a sweet stout, but still fits the guidelines quite well. The roastiness is dominant, with all sorts of burnt toast and roasted barley notes coming out. Almost all of the bitterness seems to come from the grain, and there is very little hop bitterness/flavor/aroma in the beer. The roasted grain is balanced by quite evident lactose sugar... it tastes as if someone dumped whipping cream in this beer. The finish is more husky notes, more lactose, and that canned coffee that I smelled... the finish is certainly the weakest link.
Mouthfeel department is quite adequate, with medium carbonation and immense milky creaminess. the finish is smooth in the center from the cream, and dry around the edges from the grain.
This is pretty much a two-dimensional beer: grain and cream. I prefer Sam Adams' cream stout, but I certainly wouldn't turn one of these down. If cream stouts are your mug of beer, you should certainly give this one a taste.

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

12 oz bottle I picked up from Four Winds in Pensecola, FL. Served up in a nonic pint.

A: Pours a dark brown, might as well be black. Somewhat thick on the pour. Has a pretty nice finger of tan head that has decent retention that recedes to a top cap that produces a nice thick sheet of lacing. When held to the light, it has some really nice brown to ruby red hues. Not a bad looking brew.

S: Smell is of some serious cream and lactose. This smells of rich, cream much like ice milk. Sweet. Rich malts are in there as well. Sweetness. Dark coffee and rich chocolate is very faint. Overall the cream and malt are big time.

T: Taste is not much unlike a chocolate milkshake with a shot of mocha. Rich creamy lactose presence comes in first. Cool and thick. Then the malt comes in with rich chocolate and a bit of sweet coffee flavors. Although all these flavors are present they are very much overpowered by a heavy malt aftertaste. Kinda kills it a bit.

M: Full bodied brew that is thick, but still has a thin feel somehow. This is a pretty smooth brew. Goes down pretty easy. It is a bit sticky and the malt really covers the palate.

D: This beer is pretty damned drinkable for the style. It is incredibly easy to drink. I am down with this beer. It has areas to improve but it is still tasty and drinkable in mass. I like it.

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

Appearance- licorice colour with an ebony/reddish hue. Head dissipates quite quickly, however lacing is ok. Nose- more licorice, oatmeal and some roast. Taste- light roasts, milk chocolate and anise. Carbonation was pretty spritzy for the style, otherwise nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is good- I had no idea that this was 7.5%. Good stout on a winter's day.

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Photo of shredder83
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: this was bottles 6 months prior to my trying it.

Pours black with a light brown head that had very good retention, no lacing to speak of but this one pours and looks great.

Smells of roasty burnt malts, a slight sweet scent, hints of coffee, vanilla and cocoa

Sweet roasted malts, bitter with a hint of coffee, no vanilla as the nose suggested and a slight chocolate note. A mildly bitter finish.

Slighly creamy but notably light when compared with other milk/sweet stouts I've had.

Overall this was not a bad beer, not an exceptional example of this type of stout either. Creamy mouthfeel was not as creamy as "double cream" would suggest but creamy none the less. I wish I would've been able to try this one fresher as it was a month from Bell's suggested shelf life but I will give it another shot fresh next year.

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

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

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pitch black (as was the trend for my beers this past Saturday), dark khaki-colored head a finger thick, abundant lacing

S- Heavy grain smell, oatmeal and granola and other sweet malts.

T- Molasses is heavy at the finish, and there's lots of vanilla, caramel and dark roasted malt gives it a burnt flavor. There are some hints of dark chocolate.

M- Creamy, somewhat light-bodied, with lots of different sensations on the tongue. There's the dryness, sweetness, and a mealy sort of feel.

O- I didn't know what to make of this stout initially because there are so many flavors and sensations going on. But I'd say it's good. Maybe a bit scatterbrained as far as its approach and perhaps unfocused, but still good.

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Photo of mobius387
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a mug glass, bottled 9/06/11

appearance: pours a jet black, great looking stout with a 1" chocolate head.

aroma: light hints of vanilla and chocolate. i get a slight roasty smell too. still, a bit light for my taste, i like my stouts to have some more nose to it

palate: sits real light in the mouth. not a very strong or heavy bodied beer, but it works for its advantage.

taste: nothing overwhelming here, with nice light stouts flavors. typical chocolate and malty flavors

overall: a very good light stout. won't fill you up like expedition but has enough flavors to satisfy most stout lovers.

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Photo of mj81
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nowhere_native
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JGam115
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly less oily, laced brown head. Cold hot cocoa (it's a thing), dusted truffles. Bittersweet cocoa and very smooth.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black with no light passing through. Slight light brown head. Decent looking stout.

Smell: Smells creamy, if that makes sense. Plus big sweet roasted chocolates.

Taste: Good and sweet, just like the nose. Creamy chocolate taste with a roasted flavor and caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, which is a plus in my book. Smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: This brew, while delicious, is too heavy to have several of. Very good one beer drink but I couldn't do more than maybe a couple.

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Photo of AMCimpi
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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