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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:
1,417
Ratings:
3,685
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
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Photo of schellsbeer
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet nectar of the gods...

As with most Stouts from Bell's, this one is exceptional. Very thick and creamy. Very filling but clean tasting. An excellent after dinner beer, late afternoon beer, early afternoon beer, lunch beer, midmorning beer, breakfast beer, or for that matter, an 11:15 pm nightcap beer like I am having now beer.

This one is only offered during the winter months which I don't understand why. Great to put out for Santa Claus to help with the eating of the cookies but Santa gets thirsty during the rest of the year too.

A - Thick. Black. Oil.

S - Not as great as the Java stout but good. Remember, this is a sweet or mild stout. Not suppose to smell like coffee.

T - Yep....right on target.. Again, thick as cream but the color of tar. One of the best Cream if not the best Cream stouts there is...at least the ones that I have tasted.

M - Thick, warm and full. I feel like I want to chew it it is sooo good.

D - Once again, Bell's hides the alcohol very well. Not ever noticeable. Great beer.

Thanks Bell's.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fairly average looking stout. Smell steps up some. Has really nice coffee and slight chocolate notes. The flavor is really balanced and wonderful. Nicely crafted and balanced coffee and chocolate. Light in ABV yet chewy and robust in flavor. Not sure for a standard American stout why this one isn't rated higher. Its one of the best non-imperial / non barrel aged stouts out there IMO. Highly recommend.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: [4.75] Poured a massive 2 finger head. The head is dense and tan. It forms a head like you expect on a good stout. The beer looks black but with lighting you can see it is really a deep ruby red with some minor light penetration. The head recedes slowly - but leaves lots of nice lacing. The bottle lists the born on date (10/30/14) and ABV (6.1%).

S: [4.25] I am getting smoke and malt. Like charred hardwood. The smell is like campfire and it is pretty inviting.

T: [4.50] The beer has a sweet start and continues with the smoke in the midpalate. The smoke and roasted malts last into the aftertaste. I am getting hints of chocolate and vanilla in the sweetness.

M: [4.25] "Double cream" sort of sets a mouthfeel expectation. This is not too creamy but it is very nice. It has solid body for 6.1% and the roasty finish is a nice addition.

O: [4.50] This is such a solid all around beer. The smell was inviting and the taste was spot on for the style. Really good flavor throughout. This is the best stout I have had in quite a while. The roasted malts balanced with the sweetness of the malts is fantastic.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Body is a dark brown hue with a massive light brown head, creamy & frothy in texture. After several sips, the head leaves behind a thick sticky lace.

S: A rich aroma of roasted coffee and sweet caramel & chocolate malts.

T: A very well balance beer. A smooth flavor of bitter sweet chocolate (& chocolate malts), vanilla, creamy lactose, and finishes with a roasted coffee aftertaste.

M: A smooth and creamy texture with a slightly dry aftertaste. For a stout, it's a little bit more on the lighter side with decent carbonation.

D: I wish I could have one of these every day. Very delicious. We have a hver hot fall season, and this is the perfect stout to make the transistion to the heavier beers.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-16-07
Batch 7776
Bottled on 12-20-06

Pours a very dark brown with a very nice tan-colored head.

Smell is fantastic! Chocolate dominates with hints of smokiness.

Tastes of lots of different complex malts, with notes of coffee, chocolate and a surprising hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is unbelievable! Ultra thick and creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the lower abv lets you notice the flavors that much more.

Overall, I was surprised. I've always been a fan of the Kalamazoo Stout, but this blows it out of the water. A great beer to just have around.

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Photo of bluHatter
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick, creamy, milky. Deep cobalt black with a modest brown bit of head.

S: Smells like freshly crushed coffee beans. None of that muddled coffee-like smell... this smells just exactly like fresh beans. Very nice and crisp. Wow.

T: Like a nice espresso - without the caffeine. Surprisingly the flavors are not overwhelming like one might expect from the thick creamy pour. I'm impressed. This is very well balanced.

M: Thick and rich and smooth... like cream, or Bailey's ... in fact, this would go really good with a shot of Bailey's. A Bell's Car Bomb, anyone?

O: Impressive stout, to say the least. They just one-upped a whole lot of stouts in the world.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an over-sized, tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Nearly black in color with deep mahogany and garnet highlights that shine at the edges of the glass beneath a two-finger head of tan foam which bubbles down to a slick resin that leaves a ring of creamy lacing around the glass.

S: Robust, sweet and roasty, with hints of licorice, coffee and dark cocoa nibs in the nose. A subtle, dark raspberry aroma combines with the roasted malts to add some fruitiness in the smell.

T: Smooth, rich, creamy and burnt malt flavors hinge on the bittersweet roastiness of this robust cream stout. Initial flavors of rich chocolate and whole cream give way to subtle, burnt wood, smoke and tobacco leaves. There is a fine, fruity and bitter herbal hop resin that sneaks onto the palate with a roasted black malt flavor. The finish is bittersweet, yet balanced, leaving some residual smokiness and creamy, chocolate flavors on the palate.

M: Full-bodied, incredibly smooth and satisfying stout which incorporates equal parts rich, creamy malts and bracing, resinous, yet subdued hops.

O: A toast to the roast of this incredibly rich, yet well-balanced and supremely flavorful American Stout! At 6.1% ABV, it would make for a nice after-dinner drink before or with rich vanilla custard or chocolate torte topped with raspberries. It's malts varieties play so well off one another, only adding roasted bitterness to the artfully used hops.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark, almost black, with a nice tan/brown head to it.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut.

Tastes like chocolate, roasted malt, hint of coffee, vanilla, hazelnut in the aftertaste. Pretty much how it smells.

This beer is super smooth and creamy.

BIG surprise. I hadn't ever had this before and it was a really good find. Definitely on my awesome list.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a jet black color when held up to the light has a deep brown on the corners and the edges. There is a one finger mocha head that has good retention. There is some slight lacing on this one. There is also a good amount of white sediment hanging around the bottom.

S - The smell is surprisingly complex, even if it isn't very strong. There are notes of milk chocolate, cream, butterscotch, and vanilla. If the smell was more pungent, this would be incredible.

T - A great mix of toasted malts, cream and milt chocolate. Great complexity and this stout isn't trying to do too much. The after taste consists of coffee and some slight bitter dark chocolate.

M - Great mouthfeel. Silky smooth with perfect amount of carbonation for this style. The only reason it's not perfect is the mouthfeel isn't perfect it can be a wee bit heavier.

D - I could drink these all night. Tastes great and goes down smooth.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is absolutely phenomenal! Pours an oft-tan head with lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee malts. Tastes the same. Extremely drinkable, almost scary. If priced a little better, I would keep this in the fridge year round. Very smooth and silky on the palate. A nice clean and crisp follow through. Love this one.

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Photo of Sudmissle
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bell's probably has one of the greatest catalogs of good stouts of any microbrew in America, and this is my favorite Bell's Stout. It has a very strong toasty, chocolate-laced coffee flavor to it. I find it to be sweeter than Kalamazoo Stout and it has a lingering mouthfeel. I suspect Bell's sells more Kzoo Stout, but this one is far more enjoyable due to the rich flavor and the molasses-like mounthfeel.

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Photo of DioS
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black with barely noticeable brown tint. Dense medium sized head. Smells soothingly roasty with light espresso and chocolate. A big and creamy mouthfeel. The beer tastes buttery, smooth, with just the right amount of lactic sweetness balanced by roasted dryness and bitter chocolate, very low hop. The beer is tremendously satisfying, well balanced, and gives me a nourished feeling every time. One of my favorite winter beers.

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Photo of Longhorn2750
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was by far the highlight of my latest visit to Bells. I sampled it on the paddle initially and went back for a full pint on the nitro pour. It has a great chocolate brown non transparent look with a fabulously thick rich creamy head. With a mild roast,bold taste of coffee and malt that made for a smooth creamy finish. A rich malty feel with a nice bite of grain.

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Photo of edb7
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- It looks like a typical stout; quite brown-black with decent head that is toward the tan side.

S- A lot of chocolate, some hints of a roasted character. It made me look forward to the taste!

T- Very silky-smooth coffee toffee delight. Nothing is overdone, which leaves you with an easy-to-drink, delicious beverage. This beer is dangerous at 6% with such easy drinkability. I liked the slight bitter sensation mid-taste (hops?) that is not typical of stouts I have had. The taste is well-balanced with a smooth finish. There is no aftertaste, which gives a refreshing sensation.

M- It is a bit heavy, but silky.

In summary, this is one of the best stouts I have had. The smooth feel and subtle complexities will keep you drinking!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dertbert...thanks for this beer.
Solid black is the color with a 1/4" brown head that recedes to a film on top. Lacing is thick in areas and sparse in others.
Smell's like a dark coco coffee. The milk is noticable in the aroma too.
The flavor starts of as a sweet milk chocolate but tranfers to a heavy coffee roasted flavor in the middle to the finish.
The mouthfeel is very unique. I would say it is a medium bodied beer, but the heavy roasted finish gives it a very full feel.
Another excellent beer from Bell's that I could drink all night.

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Photo of codyw
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, minimal head that quickly dissipated.

S: Coffee. This thing really smelled like coffee. It also had hints of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. If there was one thing that jumped out though, it would be the coffee.

T: Very smooth. Had some hop bitterness for balance, but much less pronounced than a dry stout. Lots of coffee flavor. Great sweet stout taste.

M: Silky smooth. Great feel.

D: Although I have never been a fan of something as thick as a stout to be a session beer, I think I could find myself easily downing a handful of these. A great beer.

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Photo of brobeerbot
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Nonic Pint.

A- Poured with just a small amount of tan head. Dark as night. Light can not penetrate it.

S- Strong coffee and cream going on here.

T- The first thing you get here is coffee and cream, just like your morning cup of joe. Hints of caramel and smoke can be tasted right after your sip.

M- Slight carbonation and not very thick as many stouts but far from watery.

D- A very easy drinking stout could drink multiple bottle in a night.

Overall this i a very nice stout that tastes as the label states.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a frothy tan head. Left nice lacing on the glass.

Nose was chocolate, roasted coffee, and I believe I may have picked up a hint of molasses.

Taste is coffee up front with a little bit of chocolate. Smoky, roasted malts are in there with a finish that is not very bitter. It actually had a sweeter finish as it warmed up.

Has a creamy, full mouthfeel. Just was I was hoping to find in a cream stout. Just excellent.

Overall, this is a excellent representation of the style and one of the better stouts I have had. I would suggest this to any stout drinker out there who has yet to have the pleasure of enjoying this one.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown, almost black color with moderate tannish head. Smell is supremely enjoyable, being a nice mixture of choclate, coffee, roasted malt, dark rich fruits, and burnt smokey wood. Taste is also very enjoyable with nice chocolate and coffee flavors, combined with more dark fruitiness, and ending with a mild bitterness that beckons for another taste. So very easy to drink that I was suprised to see the alcohol conent. excellent beer. First class.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass....bottle received from ottovon..thanks again

a-black cola color...quickly fading khaki colored head....leaves a little lacing...no bubbles in the darkness..

s-sweet rich roasted malt and chocolate or cocoa...faint aroma of coffee....smells a tad bitter as well..very aromatic..

t-a lot like the nose...the sweetness rushes up front and is then pushed back down by the roast,chocolate,cocoa and coffee...the rich sweet malt lingers up the middle before a bitter sweet chocolate finishes this one off

m-thick and chewy and also creamy....lingers around the mouth forever and the bitterness stays on the tongue a while...just enough carbonation to make this one stand out

d-could have several of these in a night although i wouldnt want too many due to the sweetness...

overall another impressive brew from bells..and another solid bottle from ottovon...

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Photo of diybrun
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I spoiled myself with some great beer on a recent trip to the Mitten state. Picked up this fantastic brew.

Poured into a pint glass, black with a 1 finger mocha head that dissolved fairly quickly, leaving a thin lacing. Smelled of chocolate and roasted barley. The taste followed the nose, and it was a real pleasure to drink. Chocolate and roasted barley with a hint of mocha and a hops aftertaste that was far from overpowering but balanced the beer just fine. Moderate carbonation. This is about as drinkable of a beer as I've had, I would be more than happy having a few more.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how I have missed this one by Bell's over the years but, alas I have. But I have now resolved that problem! I enjoy cream stouts, this one is a bit of a hybrid.

Color: Black, but there is some light that escapes from this one. It isn't Ten Fidy or Stone IRS. But then again those beers are not in the same category really.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted dark malts, chocolate, not a huge amount going on, but part of the attraction.

Taste: Grainy, but a pleasant way. Its sweet, dark chocolate, smooth malts and some sweetness, very pleasant and drinkable.

Overall: Not the best stout in the world, but very well made and enjoyable. For something comparable, I would still choose Left Hand Nitro Milk stout over this, but then this isn't really a milk stout, its a cream stout. I don't believe they use the lactose, which is probably a good thing. Its good, worth seeking out and the price is about where it should be.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got to thank Matt at Capone's for recommending this one... it did not disappoint.

Pours a nice, dark brown/black, no real head to speak of, a small collar of tan around the top.

Aroma is very sweet, rich chocolate, a little milk. A little bit of a grainy note, but overwhelmingly sweet malt.

Taste is roasted malt, mild chocolate, coffee. A good blend of the three in to something altogether different, surprisingly not as sweet as I was expecting. They've done a good job of keeping it from going to far to the sweet side. An aftertaste like you get a few minutes after you finish a milk chocolate bar - it's still there, reminding you, but not holding your tastebuds hostage.

Great mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth. Thick.

Overall, a good drinkable cream stout. And not just a stout for stout lovers, but one that would go over well with many beer drinkers, regardless of their favorites. This could definitely work its way into a reserved spot in my fridge. Quality.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black with a hint of brownish ruby red on the edges. Moderate amount of rising bubbles and a solid four finger tan head with very good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Smells pretty roasty and sweet. Big presence of dark roasted malts with some caramel and toffee. Lots of chocolate and milk. Also some vanilla, nuts, and some hints of coffee in the background.

Taste: Like the smell leads, sweet dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with a big flavor of chocolate and milk. Also a pretty noticeable presence of vanilla, oats, and nuts. Light hints of coffee towards the finish. This stout is sweet with a low bitterness but not overbearing with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy as the name suggests. Finishes fairly sweet with a very light hint of bitterness.

Overall: A very good easy drinking dessert stout from Bell's.

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ink black bodied with just a few wrinkles of dark brown. Greasy tan head never gains much size, but has remarkable stick.
Nose full of smoky char, dark roasted coffee, asphalt, and, to a lesser extent, dark fruit.
Taste is a study in opposites. First off is the brashly bitter roasted componant. Smoky, burnt and dry up front. Thick, hugely roasted expresso notes. It tastes like the sludge coffee I make when I need to wake up for something important in the morning (I like it that way, so it's a compliment). This brashness is layered upon a buttercreme sweetness. Truly the beauty at the heart of this beer. Hints of plums and raisins lurk way in the distance. Hops are a nonfactor, as it rides out with lingering mocha hues and a dollop of milky sweetness.
I've had a few "off" bottles of this, but the one I am reviewing now is absolute bliss.
Medium full in the mouth. Light and steady carbonation.
One of KZoo's best, when it is right.

What's up with the label on the bottle? Embarrassingly bad.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.
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