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

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89
very good
3,794 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:
3,794
Reviews:
1,442
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
227
Gots:
495
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,794 |  Reviews: 1,442
Photo of AMCimpi
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

This is a deep burgundy color, lighter than many stouts. Pours with a decent tan head. The aroma is relatively mild, roasted malt and maybe a hint of chocolate.

The flavor has more roasted malt than i would expect, definetely has a creamy smoothness to it. A bit bitter to start, but this is a really drinkable stout.

(I first drank a bells stout on tap when i was in college in ann arbor in 1985 or 86, that was a ridiculously sweet stout. time flies.)

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Photo of elvissosa
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Jamey61
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance. Black with light cream head. Head disappeared quickly.

Smell. Smells like most stouts with nothing significant to seep rate it from the others.

Taste. This beer is good. Slightly bitter, strong stout taste without being offensive. Not really getting the cream taste or feel though. A bit more chalky than I expected. I drank one with a soupie. For those that don't know what a soupie is, it is a cured greasy meat I believe also know as sopresatta. Not sure if that is spelled right. They really complemented each other well so it would be worth trying with other cured meats or pepperoni.

Overall a little disappointed due to it being hyped to highly by someone I know with similar beer taste as me. Good but not great.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. Virtually black, it lacked a head but was impressive looking. Not a lot of aroma, just some maltiness. It's very smooth and not sweet at all, which surprised me. The alcohol is completely masked, wouldn't know it was there. Nice and toasty on the finish. Goes down beautifully. Very nice!

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Photo of OStrungT
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an inky black color, with a very tiny brown head. The head fades almost immediately, leaving a slight lacing.

This beer has a nice roasted malt aroma. I smell some caramel sweetness. It has a very subtle coffee aroma. The aroma is slightly booring.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Roasted malts and caramel sweetness are the main flavors. A very slight coffee flavor is present as well.

This beer is rather thin, with a sweet malty aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer would probably be a good session beer, because it is not very aggressive. The alcohol content might be a problem after a while, but for the most part, this would be a good session beer.

Overall: Thanks HimerMan for this beer. Although it is not the best beer I have had from Bell's, it was pretty good. I would and will drink it again.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle brought back home from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI. Purchased for $2.39 (single bottle) in March 2008. Brought home for the better half that really likes stouts. This review is a mix of 2 opinions.

Note the bottle says 6.1% ABV, not 7.5% as listed on BA.

Pours an inky brown, cloudy, and a nice tan head that sticks around a while before fading into memory.

Aroma of chocolate and cream, but with that dry stout toastiness.

At first sip, it's actually fairly dry and sharp (it's colder). As it warms up, it opens up a bit and gets significantly better- more rich cream, more chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a less harsh astringency in the ending. It's still there, and is still dry, but much subdued.

Very nice version of the style.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color, tough to get a nice head. What forms is off-white in color. Some lacing.

Aromas of bittersweet roasted chocolate and coffee, mostly.

Taste is much the same. Bitter coffee notes, lightly sweet chocolate, other dark and roasty malt flavors as well. Pretty robust for the ABV.

Medium mouthfeel, stout-like.

This is a good stout--Bell's tends to do them well. But it's nothing out of the ordinary, really.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring this beer aggressively gets a finger of mocha colored head. The body is a deep cola brown, and the head lazily dissolves into a frothy ring. Lace makes a mild attempt.

Dark malt with a hint of dark fruit greets up front. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate follow up.

There is a very complex malt bill on this beer. Toasty malt up front. A hint of toffee comes in, with a kiss of roasted nuts. Dark fruit pervades this front end, then turns it over to the coffee and chocolate, with a medium-dark roast coffee flavor finishing it off.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium bodied. It leaves a residue on most of the tongue.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aracauna
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, flash-in-the-pan phead the fades to a ring of foam around the edges but stirs up easily with a small swirl. Chocolate and char on the nose. The flavor has an odd dry powdery flavor (can't quite describe it actually), that seems to intertwine itself with the chocolate malt flavors to give the impression of a mouthfull of cocoa powder. A bit milky in the flavor. I really imagined a stout called Double Cream to be a bit thicker, but it's not exactly thin. Definitely improves as it warms.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Bell's pint glass.

A: Quite dark with a fairly dark head, and a little bit of lacing.

S: Dark malts and a little bit of milk and coffee.

T: Again, dark malt and some coffee with the typical milk flavor.

M: Nice and creamy, yet at the same time dry. I'm intrigued.

D: This is a slow sipper. However, it's not terribly thick and might be nicer once the heavier stout season has passed.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque and hazy very dark brown. Thin light brown head. Looks like it will lace nicely.

Aroma: Sweet roasted malt. Creamy chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Says on the bottle they use ten different types of malts and it actually shows well in the complexity on the palate. Starts creamy and sweet then you get toffee and a nutty character about halfway through. The finish slowly goes from roasted chocolate to a black coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite complex for 6.1% ABV but not overly so. No hop presence but I attribute the bit of bitterness right at the beginning to whatever hop addition(s) was made. The roasted malt and bitter aftertaste does a good job of balancing an otherwise sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but feels more viscous. Real nice creamy feel before the finish. Easy drinkability but complex enough to warrant a slower enjoyment. My only gripe is that it's a little over carbonated.

Final Thoughts: I've been anticipating this beer's seasonal release but without incredibly high expectations. In the end it has left me satisfied with making the purchase of a sixer. Would I drink it again? Yep. Given the season and limited availability I'll be sure to ration them throughout the long winter and probably buy it again next year.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/5/09

A - Pours a very dark brown, settling near-black. ΒΌ inch head of tan foam dissipates quickly. Swirling revives & it holds better, though retention is generally thin. Spotty lacing.

S - Smooth, complex malt aroma. Coffee, cream & vanilla. Hints of cocoa & caramel. Very mellow. No particular hop presence that I can pick out.

T - Roasted coffee offers a slight bitterness which is accentuated by a subtle hoppiness, which is balanced by cream & vanilla sweetness. Other sugary malts seem to meld together in a supportive role with undertones of caramel & maybe a spot of toffee.

M - Full bodied with carbonation that has a good counterbalance between smooth & prickly (the former being the most notable). Residual notes of roasted malts linger. Slightly bitter finish.

D - Very easy to drink; it's quite tasty. Definitely worth a shot. I'd love to run across this on draft.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have recently acquired a real fondness for sweet stouts. This one is a treat. A basic oil black color and texture. Bittersweet chocolate dominates the nose and flavor. Slight sourness and bitterness helps the sweet malts (lactose). Black malts, roasted malts, and barley malts combine to reveal molassas, caramel, and a slight grain bittering. Creamy and silky, it's like chocolate milk for the beerlover's sour.

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Photo of Keffa
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Columbus Microbrew Fest pint glass. Sat for about 45 minutes before consumption, so warmed up some.

A: Nice dark brown/almost black body, 2 finger tan head that recedes to a ring after a few minutes, leaves a little lacing, but not a ton, and what is left is oily. Nice looking beer though.

S: Roast coffee, plum, chocolate, and a sweetness, similar to heavy whipping cream. A little bit of a floral hop as well.

T: Coffee, roast malt, and a slight bitterness. Sweetness is back seat to the roast though.

M: Lower carbonation, but very smooth and creamy. Decent finish.

D: Not too bad. I've had worse, and I've had better. This one is easy to drink, but the roast becomes overbearing in the finish, and makes it a little less drinkable.

Not bad. This one is a decent stout. I think the cream could come through a little more, but for what it is, this one isn't shabby at all. If they could fix the roast on the finish, I think this one would be a go to for me.

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Photo of euskera
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out coffee black with a bit more carbonation than expected. Smell is complex; coffee and dark chocolate and malt sweetness.

Taste is robust, roasted espresso and extra dark bitter chocolate. Just a small bit of sweetness in there as well. The carbonation is a bit distracting after a while.

Wonderful creamy mouthfeel.

All in all an excellent cream stout. I'll have no problem finishing the 6 pack I bought..

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark red-brown-black with a dark tan head that is relatively small and needed to be forced, subsides reltively quickly.

S- Dark and sweet malts. Somewhat of a chocolate malt scent with some roasted malts as well.

T- Big coffee, roasted flavor. A creamy chocolatey flavor is also quite noticeable. Quite rich flavor with smokey finish.

M- Creamy is a pefect description for the feel. High carbonation and a medium thick body. The finish is sticky with a hint of alcohol heat.

D- Pretty good beer, takes some time to drink and I dont think I would want more than one, but pretty drinkable for a stout. ABV is lower than I would like for a beer this big though, could use more warmth and a bigger "punch" to it.

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Photo of cnally
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out a dark brown with a soapy tan head. Sticky head, opaque coloring.

Very smoky and sweet aroma, a little burnt malt.

Huge burnt malt in the flavor, smoky and woodsy. Pretty sweet, very even.

Syrupy, sticky feel. Low, virtually no carbonation.

Very mild flavor, but very sticky and for no reason. The flavor is muted, but still very decent.

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Photo of putnam
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

black coffee colored with a dirt-brown crumpet on top. Funky, oily espresso and moldy timbers aromas prelude to a palate of dry, coffee-like pleasure. Licorice, piney hops, black olives and plummy sweetness characterize this medium-bodied, chunky liquid. It's a useful Bell's product, better than the Porter or Kzoo stout if only for its more assertive taste and slightly creamier texture.


Consumed with a Greeek chicken salad from Little Daddy's -- a perfect pairing.

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Photo of WJVII
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has an enormous milk chocolate brown head that finally settles to a frothy cap. This is a thick dark brown brew with a strong nose of coffee, slight burnt malts, a little nuttiness, and some dark fruits. The taste is a little sweeter than I might like. There are raisin and plum notes along with toffee and burnt malts. There is a lacking hop balance to this but the brews complexity and slick mouthfeel are solid. A nice brew but have had some better samples from Bells.

Thanks to Cdkrenz for this sample in a "secret santa" exchange.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark like black coffee, with a nice little creamy brown head. It quickly settled with just a touch of lace.

S: Nice rich malt with a light sweetness and burnt coffee. I expected a stronger aroma, but still very pleasing.

T: More toasty malt and coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate offering just a bit of bitterness.

M: Tiny bubbles that lead to a smooth and soft creamy finish.

D: An easy drinking stout that's smooth with a nice balance of malty flavor.

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3.85/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Retail1LO
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

Pours the blackest of black with a thin head that quickly recedes. Very coffee/chocolate forward nose. Taste heavily leans towards chocolate and burnt malt. A hint of vanilla and cherry in the background. The mouthfeel is the only real ding. I don't get the smooth and creamy here. It's much more on the astringent side of things, although I've had worse in that regard. Overall, it's a pretty decent stout. Not one I'd run around looking for, but I wouldn't shy away from it were it offered to me.

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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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