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

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3,853 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,623
Reviews:
1,459
Ratings:
3,853
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
514
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,853 |  Reviews: 1,459
Photo of SMH_NWI
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent offering, not sure about the "double cream" part, but still good...

I liked it's dark coloration and tan head, though the smell was mostly run-of-the-mill. Mouthfeel was slightly creamy, very carbonated and a tinged astringent. I tasted chocolate notes, roasted malts, and a base of coffee grounds (I like coffee.) Anyway, it's not as creamy as advertised but it's still solid enough.

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Photo of MiWolfman
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on September 14, 2010 per dating code on label.

Appearance: Pours motor oil black with a 1-2 finger creamy tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Aroma is a little milder than I would have liked.

Taste: Coffee up front followed by creamy sweetness and bittersweet chocolate in the middle and ending with roasted malt and a mild hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty creamy.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a couple on a cold winter's evening.

Overall: Good beer overall. Not my favorite stout but it's worth a try.

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Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of caramel, roasted malts, coffee, nuts and a little earthy. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and a little nutty. Some lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 4/16/06

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8215 and purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville.

Poured jet black, with 1 finger of tan head into a goblet. Lots of tiny to mid-sized bubbles in the uber frothy head.
Aroma of bittersweet chocolate & coffee.
Sweet mouthfeel transitioning into a creamy then roasty finish.
No one flavor stands out with this stout...pretty smooth nothing fancy.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark black beer with a foamy brown head. As the head faded it left a dark tan lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. It smelled of lots of roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. There was a well balanced roasted malt flavor with slight bitterness. The mouthfeel was light and creamy smooth. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of PerHops
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Fantastic dark brown, not quite black color and a nice lingering tan head. Slight carbonation noticeable.

S- Subtle coffee and chocolate.

T- Roasted coffee followed by a long, oaky finish.

M- Carbonation lightens the beer up and really helps it drink easy.

O- Not quite the beer I remember it being, but nonetheless I am glad I have a couple to cellar.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Bottle code 10151, which means it was bottled 1.25.11

Appearance - Near black, with a nice, lively tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and malts.

Taste - Similar to smell, more smokey flavors and some coffee flavors.

Drink - Good carbonation.

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Photo of MrStark
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance is opaque black with a one-finger, light mocha head.

Smell is of roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Nothing is too prominent.

Taste is smokey roasted malts with some nice coffee sweetness. I can almost detect a little chocolate near the end and it has a small amount hop bitters towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. A little creamy and pretty much no aftertaste. Maybe a little bit of coffee left on the tongue.

Drinkability is good. This is a fairly good example of the style and it goes down pretty easy. Its not my favorite, but I could see having it again sometime.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly straight black. Head is small and the color of cream with a splash of coffee. Drops to a small collar with spots of lacing. No cap. Minimal carbonation. Pours nice and smooth.

Smell: Nice big roastee compliment. Some vanilla, toasted malts, caramel, toffee, old coffee, and loads of chocolate. Some vague notions of something like fresh baked bread with some spices (cinnamon maybe?). Minor touches of char and burnt malt in the back.

Taste: A bit sweeter than the nose would let on with a solid presence of spent coffee and milk chocolate. Layers of cocoa, something akin to vanilla, a mild oxidized presence. Pushes toward sherry and oak without crossing over. Cocoa - vaguely burnt - some char lingers. Deeply roasted. Some caramel as well. Touches of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: So very smooth and creamy. Finishes clean with a little warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Derble Terble.

Rich, smooth, and creamy. Drinkable. Damn you Bell's for knowing how to make me want to drink things I can't get!

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2-finger tan head
S: Burnt malt, coffee, cocoa powder- good but not like some stouts I want to keep smelling all day
T: Roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, a hint of burnt sugar
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: Not my favorite stout, not my favorite Bells beer, but overall a solid beer & enjoyable to drink

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a thin cocoa head. Average lacing on the side of my CBS snifter. The nose is malt, chocolate, coffee. Fairly simple, and a little weak nose. The taste is a bit better. Chocolate, malt, vanilla, and a slight hint of coffee here. Very smooth and creamy in feel, with a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a good brew that I'd have again. Cheers.

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Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with only a tiny white layer of foam.
Smells like mild coffee with mocha overtones. Not too roasty either, which is good.
Initially you get some chocolate and bready character with a sweet/sour hit coming from the lactose. Finish is of a mocha dessert that fades slowly.
Good stuff with a nice texture, too.
Another winner from Bell's. Why is this available in Florida but not Colorado?

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Photo of nihiloexnihil
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into oversized, stemless wineglass.

A. Jet black. Mocha colored head lasts for 30 seconds then dissipates.

S. There's a hint of chocolate, followed swiftly by a sweet rancio, I can't think of another way to describe it. Maybe roasted coffee, with a little too much milk in it.

T. Milky sweetness. The attack is mellow, the body is strong and the finish is fairly short but warm. There isn't much roasted bitterness. It's mostly composed of a soft, hazelnut taste. Fairly unique for a stout.

M. Fizzes as it goes down, fills the mouth. Creamy, smooth.

D. Not nearly as imposing as I thought it would be, which actually lends itself to drinkability. It really is creamy.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last at brewery:

Appearance: darkest of the beers we tried, and that's saying a lot (darker than bourbon barrel stout, etc.) medium head; minimal lacing;

Smell: cocoa and malty nose

Taste: slightly bitter; faint hints of hops; easy-drinking stout with a creamy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: easy mouthfeel, very subtle

Solid overall.

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Photo of bnes09
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, just a shade away from pitch black. Creamy, light tan head with good retention.

A lot of corn in the aroma, mild roasted character.

Good roasted flavor, bittersweet chocolate, almonds and wheat toast. Underlying molasses sweetness smooths it out. Herbal, phenolic hop presence provides a suitable level of bitterness.

Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Good carbonation.

Nice brew.

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Photo of Goliath
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours virtually black and opaque with one finger of brown head sittingo n top. Decent retention and no lacing.

Aroma has a sweet maltiness. Dark chocolate notes and roasty.

Taste is decent, with some smooth chocolate and roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a gentl carbonation. This beer is creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is fairly high. Moderate alcohol levels and decent flavors make for easy consumption. A nice beer.

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Photo of manahansf
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brown with slight red highlights and a clingy, creamy, tan head. The scent of sweet chocolate is subtle on the nose and is echoed in the flavor. Behind the taste of the chocolate there is a background coffee flavor. The body is mild with low levels of carbonation. A semi-tart flavor throughout remains to the finish which fades slow through a subtle yet robust coffee malt flavor. As the flavor fades slowly, it leaves only a hint of alcohol.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass
Batch 7684 - packaged 10/16/06

A - Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head that fades somewhat quickly. Lacing is nice when tipped but falls rapidly.

S - Smell is faint and reeks slightly of alcohol, perhaps the aging has mellowed the supposed strong malt presence. Still, the malt does show some in a nicely roasted, chocolately sweet flavor with a touch of molasses and oak.

T - Flavor is strong on sweet roasted malt with predominant notes of chocolate. As with smell, molasses and oak are present. Finish contains lingering sweetness with a touch of drying bitterness (there are hops in this beer!). The "10 different malts" combine to form a cohesive flavor. Just a bit of alcohol is present in the taste as this beer warms.

M - Rich and smooth with some sticky sweetness and a full body. Lightly drying in the aftertaste.

D- A nice drinking stout that expresses a bit of alcohol upon warming. I probably wouldn't age this too long, as I think this might have lost a bit of personality in the past year.

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3.88/5  rDev -2%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with brown highlights and a thin mocha head.

S - Roasted malt, sweet cream, milk chocolate and faint coffee.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Not as sweet as other milk stouts.

M - On the lighter side, smooth and creamy.

D - Not as lactic or milky as other milk stouts.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Opaque brownish black with a creamy, foamy, mocha colored 1" head. The head settles gradually to 1/4" but persists until the end. Leaves thick lacing.
Smells creamy and roasty, a touch of molasses, some mild coffee.
Tastes of dark chocolate, dry molasses, creaminess, nice rich roasted malt, a little toasted oak. Nice mild bitterness with a touch of coffee beans in the finish. Just a little ashiness in the aftertaste, like a cigar. The tastes mellow and blend more as it warms up.
The texture is smooth and creamy but kind of thin, more like a porter than a stout.
One is enough but I drank it pretty quick. The bitter and ash notes take down the drinkability for me a bit.
Rich and complex, a dry but creamy stout. Very nice.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,853 ratings
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