Bell's Special Double Cream Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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.

Added by Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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Ratings: 3,894 |  Reviews: 1,464
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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Photo of PilzPlz
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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Photo of Vdubb86
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a nice deep dark brown topped with over a finger of tan foam. The smell I found to be slightly coffee and mostly malted sugar with a decent amount of vanilla. The taste is pretty decent mix of vanilla and coffee but it wasn't too bold on either. The mouthfeel was pretty good everything seemed to be in order. There was nothing outstanding or spectacular about this beer, but it was pretty solid and enjoyable.

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

Had this on 2012-03-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost opaque dark brown with a 1.5-finger brown head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Nutty, chocolate, coffee, figs. Pleasant but not overly strong.

T - Lightly burnt grain, milk and dark chocolate, touch of coffee and molasses, prune, some hop bitterness, astringent. Not very sweet. Aftertaste is lightly sour, roasty and astrngent.

M - Thick body and light-medium carbonation. Creamy but dries out pretty well.

O - A worthwhile brew. Not as mind-boggling as a Founders Breakfast Stout but quite good.

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

Photo of beantown_hopster
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Appearance: It pours a dark black with no visible light coming through the glass and is topped with ¾” of dark tan colored head.
Smell: The smell isn’t over powering by any means but it is kind of a nice change to all the stouts that punch you in the nose with overpowering roasted smells.
Taste: The taste goes the same way as the smell not overpowering but tasty. The main flavor is roasted malt but it is smooth and no bitterness.
Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth and creamy stout no bitterness and is rather sweet. One of the easiest drinking stouts that I have came across.

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

Very dark brown color, minimal whitish head, and not much lacing. Aroma of some cream, chocolate, and roast does come through the smell but seems rather subdued. Taste consists of cocoa, smoke, roast, and coffee. Easy drinking and an overall good cream stout.

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

A - black with slight brown around the edge of the glass. An explosive creamy brown head that really sticks around.

S - Coffee, chocolate, toffee, slight roasted burnt smell,

T - Creamy chocolate which gives way to coffee and a bit slight herbal tones. These then bow to a strong roasted profile that is quite mellow.

M - Good carbonation, but very smooth.

O - A solid stout. Provides the profile with a "double-creaminess" that makes it go down quite easy without losing the character.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,894 ratings