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.

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Photo of whynot44
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, very dark coffee colored brew with a nice creamy milk chocolate head that retreats to lace fairly quickly.

The aroma is mostly dark roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and apple.

The taste is dark roasted malt, caramel, toffee, apples, chocolate and cream. It starts mildly sweet, then the roasted bitterness kicks in with a bit of citrus hops, the finish is back to sweet caramel and coffee but the sweetness is never excessive and the alcohol warmth mellows it even more.

Rich and creamy smooth to drink, the body is a little thin, but, again, it doesn't detract that much from a really enjoyable, easy drinking experience. I could drink some more of these, especially in cool weather. Very nice.

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

5-18-10 - Poured from a 1-liter growler into a Guinness Extra Stout pint glass - purchased at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA.

Appearance: Pours black with a huge, creamy, tan head that eventually fades to a slender ring. Leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, dark toast, and espresso with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Roasted malt carries notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, and vanilla to the tongue. A fairly spicy finish with some hops providing a distinct bitterness. This beer is very creamy because of the nitrogen tap.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Presents a good balance as it flows over the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and has great balance for a sweet milk stout.

Comments: I am a big fan of Bell's Brewery, and I also really enjoy the milk stout style. Accordingly, it is no surprise that this beer impresses me. As my review indicates, balance is key with this one.

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

A- 4.5 Dark dark brown, nearly black in color with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger head on the pour that slowly mellows throughout the drink. The dark khaki head leaves a sticky and frothy (but smooth) lacing on the edges of my Perfect Pint glass. Micro bubbles dance beneath the head at the surface of the brew as it sloshes around. Nice looking stout.

S- 4 This smells good. It smells of coffee and cocoa primarily, with the malts giving off a sweetness overall. I get a hint of oak at the end of the whiff. It is quite inviting, though not all that pungent.

T- 4.5 BSDCS tastes even better than I expected from its aroma. It is even more balanced by its deep malt variety on the palate, and comes together in a smooth tasty blend. I still get cocoa and a bit of coffee but it has a very good roasted complexion added by the malts as well. Just a touch of hops on the back end keep this in check, which is very nice.

M- 4 It is medium in body but a little slippery overall. Maybe it is lacking just a hair in carbonation, though it isn't much of an issue at all. I suppose the name alone had me expecting more of a creaminess than I got, but it is definitely smooth.

D- 4.5 This is a very tasty stout that isn't all that heavy and has a very good flavor profile. I'm a big fan of coffee and the sweetness that is combined with it in here from the malts works very well and isn't overbearing. For the style I could drink as much of this one as any. This is a solid offering from Bell's.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cool label...I've been waiting to try this one. Batch 6707. Pours quite thick, deep dark black with a sturdy, creamy 1" head sitting nicely atop the brew. Lovely light dares try to escape. Beautiful. Sweet chocolate maltiness, lactic milk notes, vanilla extract, a bit roasty with a hint of raisins. Big on the sweet malt...but overall the nose is a little weak.

Milk chocolate malt balls float over my tongue..a hint of coffee peeks through as well. Sweet, but not cloying, roasty and toasty. 10 different malts and it, creamy and just damn good. A slight hoppiness on the back of the palate with just a hint of bitterness and lactic notes. Awesome sweet stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full and creamy. Washes over my tongue like silk and gently slides down the throat. I find it intensly enjoyable. I regret that I only have one bottle of this fine brew. I will be hunting down a sixer as soon as possible. I recommend this one to any fans of the style as it kicks a large amount of ass. Bell's has impressed me yet again.

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Photo of joekfsu
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a thick nearly black color with 2 cm brown head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is dominated by chocolate, some hints of sweet malt. Flavors of chocolate, cream, and smoky malt. Medium body, significant lacing, no real alcohol detected, and lasting aftertaste. Very tasty and drinkable, almost a pop feel.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours syrupy dark brown, nearly black with no discernible translucency. Head was minimal to none but there was a thin layer of bubbles that diminished to a light brown ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Abundant dark roasted malt on the nose. Plenty of chocolate with some coffee as well.

T: Abundant malts engulf the taste buds with great complexity and swirling smoothness. The dark toast on the malt is not too bitter, allowing for the sweetness to come through. There is just enough bittering to bring everything to a close for a relative quick finish and a light linger of coffee.

M&D: Mouthfeel is heavy and full with an abundance of fine carbonation allowing for this brew to go down easy. A very good sample for the class and another great brew from Bell's.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a frothy espresso colored head.
Smells quite nicely of coffee and chocolate. Smells almost a little sweet.

Tastes just incredibly smooth. Like cocoa beer. Lots of big dark cafe flavors mingle nicely with the cream to make a super smooth and sweet stout. Mouthfeel is rather big and the carbonation is held at bay. Ends just a scant bit hoppy. If this were local I'd drink it everyday. Beautiful.

Thanks to JahNoth for the trade.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely opaque black in color... I couldn't find any highlights even when held directly to the light. A really creamy dark tan head holds quite well but eventually drops to a thin surface covering and very nice collar. The aroma is surprisingly complex with notes of sweet milk chocolate, creamy coffee, light cocoa, mild buttery biscuits, dark baker's chocolate and the very "burnt" roastiness of rich and oily coffee beans. Quite inviting, and engaging as well! The body is medium/full with a fine carbonation that foams up in the mouth giving it an even fuller mouthfeel. The flavor is equally impressive and just as complex as the aroma with notes of dark fruit (and apples) and sweet chocolate up-front, even sweeter creamy cocoa and caramel as it warms, a rising solid bitterness and deep roastiness as it enters the swallow with a touch of alcohol, followed by a dry finish that's loaded with lingering bitterness, dry coffee-like roastiness, and a light touch of mildy tart dark fruitiness. Quite rich and exciting! Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of beveritt
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint glass. Label is predominantly white and shows a leafless branch. Batch # 9376. Brewed on Sept 30, 2009.

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly to just a thin coating foam. Decent lacing as I drink it down. The beer itself is essentially black with just hints of brown around the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Roasted barley with undertones of toasted marshmallow.

Taste: Decent roasted bitterness upfront, balanced with a semi sweet, and very smooth lactose creaminess.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: I have been seeking out rare one ofs much less lately and just grabbing a six pack here and there. it is nice to relax and have some solid, well produced craft beer without breaking the bank or feeling the need to review. Definitely a hit.

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Photo of wspscott
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

This pours completely black, not a hint of color when held up to a light. It has a thin tan head that disappears quickly, but leaves a small bit of lace. The smell is on the bitter/toasted/roasted side, but there is enough sweetness to balance out the bitter in the mouth. There are hints of chocolate in the nose, but that doesn't come through in the taste. This feels thick/creamy on the tongue, I am surprised there is not more of a head given the mouthfeel. There is no hint of the actual alcohol level, this could be a 4% beer. I could drink this by the barrel, but I think the alcohol would catch up pretty quick. I think this is close to my ideal stout, not too dry or bitter, but with enough bite to balance out the sweeter malts. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mscudder
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet back with a thick tan head. Lacing is average.

S - Strong chocolate and coffee on the nose. Some extra notes of vanilla.

T - Coffee upfront followed by all the things found in the nose. Compact and full bodied, and enjoyable experience.

M - Rich, thick and creamy. This is a prime example of how the cream stout should be made. More carbonation than I am used to for a stout, but I like it.

O - This is a fantastic hit from Bells that I have had on a number of occasion but just now am getting around to reviewing, For those who love creamy, full bodied brews, look no further. Robust and contains the balance of some of the best.

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Photo of lisomiso
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's beautiful, honestly, and it smells amazing just pouring from the bottle. A rich, espresso-like roastiness on the nose, though smokier on the palate. The mouthfeel is excellent, plush and silky. I think that's is the best part of this beer, though Walows thinks the taste is better. Dark, dark chocolate and not acidic in the least - and, you know, I agree with him. Well, ok, we'll split the difference. (And still, I can't get over this lovely mouthfeel; it feels GREAT on the palate.) This beer is seriously delicious and I want to keep drinking it but alas, my glass is empty.

Thanks, Urbancaver, for another great one, and thanks Walows for sharing it with me.

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Photo of Blanco
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 24 oz snifter.

Color is very dark brown, not quick black with a chocolate mousse colored head. Strong lacing apparent with each sip but doesn't stick to the sides of the glass as you drink it.

Coffee in the smell right off the bat along with roasted malts.

Definitely chocolate here, with a little cafe mocha undertones. Great flavor here. It's more complex than I'm describing but I'm having trouble. It's similar to FBS in this sense.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, like milk, but definitely not as thick. Awesome.

Notes: after tasting, enjoyed this with strawberries and dark chocolate truffles for dessert. Perfect pairing in my opinion.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with an interesting two finger head that almost looks pale red. The lacing is decent.

S: AWESOME nose! Cocoa powder is pretty dominant along with cherries and burnt malts. Also, lots of chocolate (bitter and bittersweet).

T: Again, burnt malts, a metallic taste, minerals (like you find in tap water), chocolate, cherries and other dark fruit, and cocoa

MF/D: I do not like two things about this beer; the carbonation (which is a little high for my liking in this style), and the dryness, which is BONE DRY. Other than that, pretty drinkable, certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle batch 10080.

A: Pours black with red/brown on the edges. No seen carbonation. Brown head is rather thick and sticks around well.

S: Very toasted aroma and some creamy notes. Very good malt backbone that really stands out.

T/M: Taste is very creamy and roasty. Malts are fantastic and really well done. Great balance and richness make this a great tasting beer. Love the mouth feel, great lactic feel that lets you know there is something to this beer.

D: Easy drinker and great character, a must try.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of the best stouts I've ever had, period.

Very drinkable and highly likable! Pours a rich thick black, with a nice 1 inch thick head. Smell is very woody and creamy with some heavy malts smells throughout.

The taste is gorgeous, smooth with slight vanilla like overtones, woody and malty with a cramy aftertaste. Cream and beer don't sound like a good match, but there isn't a dairy taste here really, just more of a hint at it. The aftertaste you can feel a little carbonation prick on the tip of your tongue but goes away quickly.

The mouthfeel was nice and lighter than you might expect.
Overall I am highly impressed.

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Photo of waltonc
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite styles and one of my favorite Bells products. Dark brown without too much head. Not overpowering in alcohol. Very smooth flavor with roasted malts, creaminess, and french pressed coffee. A delicious milk stout. A little more bitterness than some other milk stouts I've had. Drier, a little less sweet, and a little less carbonation. Body is a little fuller than the other milk stouts I've had too. I could drink these all night.

Bells, expand your distribution to California, I beg you.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice chocolate malt aroma with a light coffee undertone. Dark walnut colored head pours nice and thick. Head fades slowly to a thick film resting on the deep black beer. Soft, smooth mouthfeel in a solid bodied beer. Chocolate, roasted malt, and cream combine for a nice flavor. It finished mildly bitter, just enough to make you want another sip. Cellar temperature serving highly recommended.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with all Bell's beer, a handy bottling code is printed on the back of the label.

a: Dark brown to black with a thick and creamy head. Good retention and lacing.

s: Sweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt.

t: Taste the ten malts! Sweet, rich chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, slight hop bitterness in the finish, though the bitterness seems to come more from the malt than the hops.

m: Creamy, smooth, not heavy or thick, but certainly not thin. Just right for the style.

d: High drinkability, good flavor without being overly sweet or filling. One of the better milk stouts out there.

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Photo of pezoids
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date. My first beer from this brewer. Poured dark as dark as a black cat in a dark room at midnight. Topped with a small tan head. Rich and complex aroma of reminds me of chocolate butter creams. The taste is delightful and very rich. Roasted nuts, bittersweet chocolates and coffee. This beer would match perfectly with a rich chocolate dessert, or raspberry cheesecake. No bitterness detected and the alcohol just manages to show itself towards the end of the glass, when the beer finally warms up a bit. It’s well hidden otherwise. A beautifully rich and potent beer.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice opaque black color with a decent head.
Smell: A very roasty smell that almost boarders on a coffee aroma. The malt is very evident in this beer.
Taste: Roasted malt that almost feels smokey. Their is a very subtle coffee/chocolate taste that does linger. It has a very complex feel to it with all of the different malts.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Very silky, creamy texture to it. A nice thick and hearty beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from kzoobrew. Thanks Kevin!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a beige head that thinned out leaving a few trails of lacing.

S - roasted malts and dark chocolate, yum.

T - rich, roasty flavors of coffee and chocolate carry through with a slight espresso-like bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a very good beer that was very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of WAP
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque brown with a one-finger tan head that leaves billowy lacing as it fades. The aroma is very sweet, slightly milky, with some espresso and chocolate notes. I find the taste to be exceptional with front-end sweetness that thins out slowly to slight sourness and roasted coffe notes. The mouthfeel is very nice -- carbonation accents the brew nicely. A very nice effort from Bell's.

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Photo of proc
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Normally, I am not a sweet beer person. This however, is very good. It combines the roasted malt/coffee taste with a sweetness that seems to blend in so well. If there is a brewery that makes a better lineup of stouts than Bell's, I've yet to see it. Some may have better individual stouts, but the whole line they offer (11 stouts) are very, very good.

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Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thin head that appears light tan in color. Deep aroma highlighting decadent malts (chocolate, coffee, roast) along with a touch of cream for coffee and gingerbread. Rich and chewy malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee and brownies. Another very special Bell’s stout.

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