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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,419
Ratings:
3,689
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
Wants:
218
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470
For Trade:
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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +9.3%
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 +9.3%
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 +9.3%
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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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a biege head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and leaves isolated spots of lacing. Body is black.

Smell - nuts, chocolate, roasted malt, malt bread with slightly burnt crust, and vanilla. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the nose, and much more. Chocolate, nuts, vanilla, roasted malt, as well as caramel, dark fruit like raisins, plums, and sour cherries. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, creamy, and silky smooth.

Drinkability - this is very, very good ale. Thouroughly delicious and hearty, and quite sessionable.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impenetrable black body with a finger of mocha froth atop it. A nice dollop of foam persists well into its consumption. Nice, but subtle, biscuit malt aromas, with plenty of chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of cherry.

The taste is rich, full, and rather complex, with the aforementioned flavors assuming a prominent position in Double Cream. There is also an unmistakable wooden flavor that is welcome. The creamy, soft texture is simply outstanding, doing so much to enhance the taste. Bell's has this stout, as with its others, down to a tee.

Great pick-up from the sterling Neil St. Piccadilly in Champaign; Double Cream is a terrific, tasty, amenable stout that is easy on the palate without being uncomplicated.

Terrific.

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Photo of teovaldi
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with about a fingers worth of light brown head.

Smells of dark roasted malts with hints of coffee. As it warms the sweetness of the beer comes out in the nose.

Like the smell, roasted malts, coffee and sweetness. Actually quite good, a bit sweeter than I expected but still very tasty. I was also surprised at the slightly bitter almost hoppy lingering aftertaste

Very smooth and well, creamy...no where near as vicious as some stouts I've had.

Overall this is a very drinkable stout, I had 4 of them before I knew it and had to slow down a bit. Could easily have finished off the sixer.

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Photo of thethrone
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black, with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around. There is noticeable carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Malty smell, with notes of vanilla and chocolate.

T - Sweet, creamy taste, well balanced hop profile. Roasted coffee flavor lingers throughout the glass.

M - Goes down very smooth. Light carbonation which fits perfectly.

D - Very drinkable. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and will certainly reach for it again when I get the opportunity.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very dark reddish brown but in the glass, no light will shine through. Nice 2 finger head that lingers then dies back to a foamy 1/2 finger.

I smell chocolate malt and leather along with a lactose/ milky sweetness.

The taste is relatively mild for a stout; especially a double cream stout. It's nice to have a stout that isn't trying to choke you with body and this has a nice flavor of roasted malt and a very minor milk sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light and wet with a little prickliness as the acid bites toward the end but there's a little foaminess to balance that out.

Drinkable for sure. This is one that you could drink all night.

I would not refuse one of these if offered but I doubt I will seek it out.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into shaker pint


A: very dark black slightly off white small head


S: very roasty nice deep smell of coffee and roasted malts 


T: very smooth a little roast a little coffee a little licorice quite a nice taste and a good dose of chocolate


M: Average to thin but for a lower ABV beer it's not too bad 


O: it's got a great flavor but it's thin which hangs me on most stouts but it still is one of Bells better offerings 

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Photo of jackndan
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout: a vigorous pour leaves a good-sized head, with very nice staying power. The head is tan, and very creamy. The beer is absolutely black, and not a trace can penetrate the brew. The aroma is very mild, in fact, a deep sniff reveals little but a trace of chocolate milk. What’s immediately notable is the fact that this is a smooth a beer as I’ve had in my life, I’m guessing the cream refers to the mouth feel of the beer, it’s more like a milkshake than a beer.

The taste is very nice, needless to say very malty, but very well balanced, and it bears repeating, exceptionally smooth. The flavors here run the gamut of malts: chocolate, espresso, rye bread, and a bit of toast, with a pleasant taste of buttered rum. The hop flavor is subdued, but rises to the task to help clear the palate toward the end. This is really terrific.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Velvety black gloominess in the pour, with a tan/light brown two finger head that leaves brilliant lacing down the sides of the glass. Impressive appearance. The smell is almost entirely malts with a faint whiff of chocolate. The flavor is sweet and roasted malts, with assorted dark chocolates. Oily and silky-smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Unquestionably drinkable with the great flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of xav33
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout
12 oz bottle
Packaged 10/06, milked 12/06
Moderate pour in an English pint

Poured black with mahogany highlights with a light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of burnt grain, sour milk, dark coffee, and dark chocolate, light fruity dark plums or blackberries,.

Taste was upfront strong bitter burnt taste and moderate sweet coffee and cream followed by a strong bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee , soy, and anise. Palate was full bodied, softly carbonated, creamy, coating and silky smooth, with moderate astringency and light alcoholic feel.

Overall, this is a great balance of sweet and bitter in a stout. The flavors are exploding all over my tastebuds like a fireworks display. It's the softest beer on the palate I've yet to have, like licking a Playmate's buttocks. Creaminess is kinda odd though and reminds me of sour milk. It all works wonderfully though.

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany to black with a 2 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & good head retention

Smell: Roasted malt & chocalate, some coffee notes

Taste: Smooth choclate up front, followed by roasted grain & slight fruittyness.

MF: Thick & rich, good carbonation

Drinks really easy for its abv. Pretty yummy take on the style

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Photo of sammib528
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured smoothly into the glass finishing in a foamy head which melted into a fine lace

S – Smell is malty but subtle with a touch of sweet; the roasted scent came through, no alcohol detected.

T- Very rich and flavorful, roasted malts come through with smooth chocolate finish. Just a little burn from the alcohol

M- Mouth starts smooth, gets a little bubbly and the carbonation helps it hang around for a bit.

O – This is wonderful and very drinkable beer. The flavor and aroma was not overpowering and the mouth was light and creamy. Wish I had more right now

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Photo of vande
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10144

A ~ dark as a moonless evening, one that shines no stars....the slightest hint of any kind of head, and I mean slightest as there's a very thin, barely noticeable dirty ring of what appears to have been a little foam...clinging around the glass

S ~ sweetness on the nose...coco nibs, hint of coffee, rich, dark malted goodness

T ~ muted chocolate, cool coffee flavors, bitter dark chocolate.. opens up as it warms up.. very tasty!

M ~ somewhat thinner than what I remember... a light cream effect..

O~ A very good beer, one I make sure I snag a 6er of at least, each season it rolls out...

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours very balck, impenetrable to light even when held up to it, wells up a dark brown short-lived head

S - more hops in the bouquet than i thought, there is the definite espresso majority, with some dark chocolate highlights as well

T - the flavor is the revers from the aroma, the chocolate flavor is predominant with the coffee/espresso flavor the background, very crisp and refreshing

M - smooth and sweet, slightly acidic, well balanced bitter/sweet and medium bodied amkes it...

D - highly drinkalbe, easy to pound, but hard to chug, a great stout, even the girlfirend liked it, which has been a theme for Bell's so far, but then again i picked ones she would like.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from trade with jnn4v.

12oz bottle. batch 8842. tasted in early june 2009.

black, nearly opaque, some reddish brown translucency on the edges. 1.5-finger beige head, fades to wisps and ring. splotchy lacing here and there.

aroma: carob, cocoa and hint of vanilla, w tart plum, and then figs and cherry, as the caramel, brown sugar, molasses and malt then comes out, plus roast notes and hint of coffee. faint earthy hop grassiness in back.

taste: similar interplay of flavors, though the roast and mash comes out slightly more. moderate bitterness, but smoothed out by pleasant maltiness. vanilla, cocoa, carob and touch of fruity esters. off-dry finish w lingering trace acidity.

syrupy feel, creamy and smooth, w gentle acidity and astringency in finish. mild to moderate carbonation helps with both bringing out flavor and giving a fluffy creaminess.

the combination of dessert-like qualities actually cuts down all-night drinkability however.

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Photo of jlb307
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from gorby10826 (thanks Mike).
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Coffee black with a dark tan head. Darn near looked flat, it was so thick. Head was only 1/2" at most, and didn't retain long. What was left was nice little puddles of foam on the surface which laced nicely.

S: Black coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet toasted malt, with just a hint of hops.

T: Coffee and cream, with a semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste. Hints of toast.

M: Liquid velvet is the best way I can describe this brew. Full bodied with a clean finish.

D: Very good beer and surprisingly easy to drink, given how "heavy" it is.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a rich deep reddish black color with fluffy cream/coffee colored head. Big, chunky, bubbley lacing all around....nice! Poured very smoothly

S: coffee, vanilla beans, and sweetness to boot. Pretty roasted overall with a pinch of bitter powered cocoa. The nose is mild and very well equipped for a nasal exploration

T: molasses, chocolate, and slight vanilla toffee flavors permeate within every sip. I find this beer has a creamy sort of Cool Whip appeal on the tongue. The coffee notes are more aggressive on the palate and is followed by a bitter somewhat dry taste. Gets on real tasty and much like the nose, it is heavily roasted and malty. This is one of my all time favorite Bells brews

M: goes down way to easy and has a great feel. This is near chewy and has plenty of volume. I would venture to say a heavy full body

D: absolutely solid. I do not need to say anymore.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dyan for another Bell's product. Bell's sure does know how to do their stouts, although my bottle says 6.1% ABV.

Pours very dark brown/black color with a good size tan head that leaves a decent lacing.

Smell is of roasted malt with tones of coffee.

Taste is mostly malt, very creamy as the name suggests, slight coffee bitterness, some caramel and chocolate undertones as well, slight dark fruit presence. Very complex stout, I believe it when they say there's 10 different malts in it.

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Photo of MrBen
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer!

Pours nearly black and opaque, puts up a creamed-coffee head, and offers scents of sweetness, chocolate, and the fine dark malts that gave us this beer. Taste is really big. Roasty n' toasty, sweet, savory, and chocolately flavors really treat my tastebuds well.

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, and YUM!!!

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Photo of sweett3k
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy Yums! The Bro's say Bell's beer taste too oxidized...too bad they do not live 20 miles from the brewery cuz mine is as fresh as the morning dew. This stout has a Dark rich brownish-black with a gorgeous creamy head pour. Complex notes of malts. I like my stouts to be more robust and less chocolaty. This one delivers nice and sweets with a smooth finish. My new favorite stout. Thanks again Michigan for making me smile with great beer.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a coffee like brownish black with about two fingers of tan head. Slow to retreat into the beer leaving behind a thin film and really nice lacing on all sides of the glass.

S: Has a good smell to it. Chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee. As always, it's hard for me to recognize much through the nose, but it's inviting all the same.

T: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted malts. Doughy like flavors make this very savory to me and keep me wanting more. I'm not really finding the hops at the end, but there is fruity quality to the aftertaste..almost like plums or raisins. Great taste here.

M: Creamy indeed. Has a nice, full velvety feel to it. Leaves behind a coat of great flavors.

O: As mentioned in the taste portion, this begs to be drank. On my next trip to Bowling Green, I may pick up an entire 6 pack of this if available.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark black in the glass with a thick foamy tan head that left nice spotty lacing. The smell is mainly roasty malt sweetness with notes of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. The taste is amazing cocoa and chocolate with a super creamy mouthfeel. I swear I am reminded of pancakes when I drink this for some reason. Another great beer from Bell's.

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