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

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89
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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:
3,684
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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Photo of Rootdog316
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque with a very dark tan head. Malty nose. Nice roasted bean flavor profile with an obvious sweet tone to it. Thick liquid feel. Nice level of carbonation. Overall, I'll say this is a pretty great brew. Hearty with a slight rich edge to it, it's a good enough stout I wouldn't mind trying on-tap.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this is one of the best beers I have had all year long, and not surprisingly, another great Stout from Bell's. Found it at a random restaurant in Gastonia, NC of all places, I think it was $4 a bottle. Very opaque with a nice tan head that took a while to settle. If you like espresson, it's the smell and taste all the way in my opinion. The body even had the grainy qualities of coffee beans. Excellent in so many ways.

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Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Real dark brown pour, cream colored head. Roasty coffee, malt and mocha. Not extreamly "creamy", but it has the best of milk stout flavor with the edge of a double. More roasty malt and coffee than a normal sweet, but has the chocolate, mocha and slight lactic tones. More hoping than usual creates this balance I would guess. Drinkable and dangerously sessionable with it's slightly lower abv that beers with similar characteristics, ie imperial or double stouts. This is somewhere between a sweet stout and a double, which is what makes it a standout and unique to me. Nothing out there is quite like this one.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown almost black with a finger of tan head fading into a ring with some decent lacing.

Aroma is slightly mild. Some espresso and vanilla.

Tastes almost like drinking a chocolate coffee milkshake. Big bitter chocolate flavors up front. Some roasted malts and earthy hops come in near the back and it finishes acidic and dry with a good roasted espresso flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Very very creamy. The best part of the mouthfeel.

My favorite of Bell's stouts. Easily approachable with lots of good flavors going on.

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Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was perusing Abe's Cold Beer the other night and I couldn't believe my luck in coming across Bell's Double Cream. After a fantastic experience with Kalamazoo, I've been on the hunt for the other Bell's stouts and this was my first chance.

A: Opaque black body with a thick tan head that stuck around for a bit and left nice lacing.

S: Roasted aroma with notes of milk, chocolate, and a touch of mocha.

T: Lovely roasted flavor starts out with a well endowed undertone of milky chocolate and a a bit of coffee. Very well balanced hoppy bitter finish rounds out a very clean, well done Stout.

M: Medium-body with medium carbonation and a wonderful aftertaste.

D: A fantastic milk stout that is very well balanced and just well done overall. Bell's really seems to have a good handle on Stouts and I'm very excited to get my hands on Java and Expedition. This was a really easy drinking brew, sips very nicely with the milky/ mocha flavor. This goes in the must-try catagory, go get some if you're looking for a solid stout.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely opaque black in color. A simple dark tan head holds for several minutes and then drops to a thin surface covering and very nice collar. The aroma reveals licorice, sweet milk chocolate, creamy coffee, mild buttery biscuit, and a touch of raisin. Roasty. An interesting fruity tasty up front becoming quickly mildly sweet and creamy like a rich sour cream. The bitterness deepens as the beer warms and breathes on the palate. There is a touch of alcohol but it burns off quickly leaving a dry finish that's loaded with lingering bitterness, dry coffee-like roastiness, and a light touch of mildy tart dark fruitiness. The body is medium. The texture is softly fluffy as the beer seems to expand on the palate. Oily on the finish. Drinkability is high, because this beer invites you back with the promise of another intriguing sip. One of the best I've had. A very nice stout.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night body with a bubbly, ruminating head colored like clay and earth. Beautiful coloring on a head of a solid two fingers that retains acceptably. Lacing doesn't stick, but coats the glass with a swirl.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee bean, and floury malt. Caramel and sticky sweetness in the nose as well. A flowery hop character that wafts in a gentle bitterness into the nostrils.

Taste: Chocolate, warming liquer flavors, and coffee. Wine-like properties emerge, or at least a distinct taste of grape or raisin. Floral hops with a slight bitterness. Pronounced alcohol presence. Sweet fruit flavors tempered well by just the right amount of hops.

Mouthfeel: Seductively creamy. Wonderfully caressing on the tongue. Full bodied, with faint carbonation. Almost a melting sensation as one partakes.

Drinkability: Exceedingly so. A lot going on, but everything is very compatible. ABV not too overwhelming, but pleasingly warming. Pleasurable experience.

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

This pours very very very dark. Opaque black, not even translucent. It leaves a small brown head which over time turns into a carmel color ring.

Smell is very unsweetened chocolate and coffee, and as it warms becomes predominantly coffee. Touch of hop.

Taste is very rich and creamey chocolatey and coffee and maltey and some nice dry hop balance. Alcohol notes are present, and as it warms the alcohol becomes VERY apparent.

It has a very nice, rich body.

Mouthfeel is super creamy when it is cold, and turns a bit wet as it warms to room temprature.

The finish is a bit hard on the alcohol side, but the dry hop cleans the pallet in a very pleasent way. This does not leave an aftertaste as you would expect with something this thick.

This is the first time I tried this, and I'll be getting more. it is a favorite. One thing - I usually like my beers warmer, but not this one. I enjoy this one more at about 40 degrees than I do at room temprature. It is creamier, richer and livlier when it is cold, and as it warms it seems to flatten a bit, and become edgey.

If you see this, buy it and give it a try!

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

Drinking as I typing.

A: Very dark on pour with a nice two finger head. Head retention is very nice. Really nice lace patterns going on as well.

S: Roasty caramel maltiness. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee. And believe it or not kind bud resin.

T: Hops up front that goes straight to coffee and bitter chocolate with some scorched caramel somewhere in the middle. Very complex and highly recommended. Ends nice and dry.

M: Medium to full bodied, bravo to my fwends to the north.

D: Bitter and strong as it is: it is also refreshing. Chug-a-lug Chug-a-lug makes you want to yell "yummy ass!!!"

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

12oz brown bottle with the batch number printed on the back of the bottle. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque black with a full, rich, creamy, cocoa colored head. So far, so good, this brew looks thick and delicious. The head settles nicely, leaving patches of lacing. The nose is of sweet, roasted malts with apparent coffee tones. Also pick up some dark fruit (currants) and a faint semi-sweet baker's chocolate. The flavor is much like the smell as it starts off with a very smooth sweetness, followed by the chocolate and dark fruitiness, and finishes with a lingering roasted malt/coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with an almost velvety texture. The carbonation is just to the edge without going over, and the finish is semi-chalky. Luscious.

I really like this beer. It is brilliantly crafted and top notch for the style. At 6.1%, I think that I could easily drink a gallon without growing tired of it. Utterly easy to consume with almost nothing negative about it. In fact, if I were forced to find a negative, it would be that I do not currently have another to enjoy. This is worth seeking out.

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

new bootling line 2003 Edition: this has less lactic notes, and a great after-taste. The mouthfeel is also thick and exquisite. New ratings reflect these changes, and the 2003 version!

This stout from Bell's is quite nice, but not as good as I expected it to be. I had a bottle kicking around and after we talked about this one a lot at the BBQ last Saturday I finally broke out my last 2002 bottle of this stuff. This pours a nice dark black colour with a dark brown head. The aromas are like that of a kalamazoo stout that has been mixed with a milk stout. I can smell some lactic notes besides the usual roasty, toasty, malty, coffee flavors of the K-Zoo. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but good overall, and the drinkability is good except for the very astringent, lactic after-taste that this brew leaves in its wake. Think of it as a half and half of K-Zoo stout and Hitachino Sweet-Milk Stout.

Good, but not great!

F

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

A - This beer poured a deep black color that created a brown fluffy head, which retained well and laced around the glass nicely

S - The aroma of roasted malts, coffee beans, and chocolate are prevalent, but it is the smell of sweet milk chocolate as opposed to the bitter dark chocolates from regular Stouts

T - Again, the tastes of this beer fall right in line with scents, I expected what I was getting, and enjoyed it incredibly. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, and coffee, just delicious

M - The mouth of this beer was a great Stout style, smooth and creamy, medium to heavy body, accompanied with slight carbonation

D - I really love the Milk Stout, if Bell's puts this much craft in the rest of their beers, I look forward to trying more of them in the future

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Photo of kwalters
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a very good stout, the best I've had so far. I tried Bell's porter and Java stout and was not overly impressed so I only had moderate expectations for this brew. They were far exceeded.

It looks deep, dark black; as you'd think a rich stout would. The head was small but lingering. The taste was indeed exceptional (5). This has all the fullness and flavor of the Java stout but is toned down just a bit and isn't overpowered by roasty-coffee flavors. This is what I had hoped the Java stout would have been. Glad I found it. To quote the governator: "I'll be back".

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

A-Nice black syrupy looking beer with a nice head and lacing.

S-Smells sweet and malty with hints of chocolate.

T-Sweet but not to sweet and very malty.

M-Thick and creamy, I love it.

D-one of my favorites, incredibly rich and, a treat for the palate.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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pours a voluminous tan head atop its magnificent black with caramel highlights. a sight to see!
some chocolate and coffee with a slight bit of roast. Despite the appearance of the coffee tones, there is no sharp acridity. No burnt aroma.
The flavor is very similar, like very soft tissue paper on my bum, it washes down my palate with a silky chocolate and coffee flavor. It finishes very dry, but extremely pleasant. Nothing too big and bold here, just a magnificently crafted stout that is as easy drinking as they come.

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

Virtually black beer pours with a perfect 2-finger dark tan head that fills my pint glass. After 5 minutes, the head has actually crowned above the top of the glass and begins to take on a rocky appearance. A small amount of sediment can be seen floating in the beer. Dark particles can be seen in the foam at this point. The aroma of sweet roasted malt is noticeable from two feet away. Up close, the sweetness is much stronger, with nice raisin and chocolate notes. With a small amount of trepidation, I contemplate taking a sip. This beer has been so wonderful to experience thus far that I'm afraid to tarnish the experience (considering K'zoo's recent quality issues). The taste is much more mellow than I expected! Sweet fruity notes up front are accented by a light cherry flavor, but quickly lead to a stronger chocolate and roasted malt taste. There is ample bitterness in the finish to offset the sweetness, and then coffee and dark, bitter chocolate sweep in for the lingering aftertaste. No graininess, no earthy overtones, no tartness (all the things I've come to fear in a Bell's beer). The mouthfeel is creamy, but not overly thick. The active carbonation maintains a thick head for the entire glass, but it doesn't force itself upon the tongue. The drinkability is phenomenal, as this goes down almost as easily as a Guinness draught with about twice the alcohol and a very enjoyable sensory experience. Looks good, smells good, tastes good, feels good, drinks good. This is one of the better beers from K'zoo.

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Photo of jsanford
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/15/10. Poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A - Deep, dark brown (almost black) with a thick mocha colored head that eventually dissipates to a thin ring. Nice lacing.

S - Coffee, milk chocolate and sweet cream. I really love the smell of this beer, just so warming, like chocolate chip cookies and milk.

T - Roast coffee, vanilla and cream. Tastes like an alcoholic dark roasted latte from a coffee shop. Delicious!

M - Very creamy, with a medium body and sharp, prickly carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable, I could easily have 2-3 of these in a sitting. I really love this beer, definitely my favorite milk stout. Oh, and the label is cool, too!

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Photo of gdfan47
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- is a nice dark brown with a little white head
S- milk , cream, malt, sugar, a little sweet
T- cream, malt, corn, not overly sweet, finishes with a touch of hops
M- this one was pretty cold, but it was cold out so it worked. Good carbonation, alot less sweet then the smell dictates
D- wow i thought this was like 5 or so, very well hidden abv

a very solid beer, im not usually a stout guy. This one really works, and the bar i was at was selling it for $3!!!!

cant wait to try it on draft

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Photo of MJR
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Dark brown body bordering on black. Clarity is irrelevant. Big and dense tan head with great staying power. Lots of soapy lacing. Aroma has roasted malt, bitter chocolate, subtle fruitiness, and hints of sesame seed oil and metallics. Flavor is rich and full, with some roasted malts, dark and bitter chocolate, sesame seed oil, and toasted malts. Barely a hint of lactose, but more of a well controlled sweetness. Passing suggestion of smoke shows up here and there. The metallic hint in the aroma shows up on the dry and bitter finish. Full bodied, with a creamy and oily mouthfeel. Absolutely stellar stout from the stout king.

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Photo of Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a midnight black color with a monstrous light chocolate head that creamy in its consistency and the left over lace a fine satiny sheet to meld with the glass. Rich chocolate malt sweet nose, coffee, roasted grain and just a treasure to sniff, front is ambrosial, full and rich as is the full bodied top. Finish is bittersweet, mildly acidic, bone dry and a real pleasing beer.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New slim 1/4 barrel keg tapped last weekend. Draft poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark shade of brown with a big beautiful frothy tan head (2 fingers worth) on top of it.

S: Roasted malts with a touch of vanilla, all done at a moderate volume. I pick up on some cocoa as well. To style.

T: Wow. Thick, rich, velvety, creamy. These are some of the words that first pop into my mind. Vanilla and cream first appear, followed closely by notes of luscious cocoa. A dry, semi-sweet finish, full of "roasted malt flavors", really rounds the experience out for me and make this an excellent, highly drinkable, thoroughly enjoyable Stout.

M: Elite. It's thick, full, luscious, and creamy. Simultaneous "full" and yet "light". Frothy and creamy, with a great moderately dry finish.

D/O: Highly drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyable. Strongly recommend. This keg purchase was not a mistake.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to GrizzlyAdams for this brew.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Pours a pitch black with about 1/2 of tan head.

S- Not a strong nose with notes of coffee and currants. Of course I am used to drinking these out of a sniffer so it may have a strong nose in that.

T- Sublime! Coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits. Very roasty but not overpowering with flavor like the Exp. Stout. I like this beer a lot.

M- Another 5 from me. This is a very smooth beer and very creamy. Lowish cabonation but that is how you want it. I have got to try more Bell's brews.

D- Bring it on bartender! I could drink this until I was full. Because I think I would get full before drunk on this beer. Very good over all. Top 10 stouts for me!

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Photo of Martin2D
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours pitch black with a tan head that fades quickly

S - Super roasty, malty goodness

T - Extremely roasted flavor. Creamy, with an almost dry finish that extremely rich and potent.

M - Low carbonation and medium-full in body

D - One of the best milk stouts I've had. Extremely good...I could drink a ton of these if I had them.

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Photo of lsrose
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drank a lot of this beer. It is one of my favorite stouts. It pours a nice thick head that sticks around quite well. The coffee smells really jump out when pouring it. It also has taste of toffee and chocolate and other malts as the 10 malt blend comes through. Some bite and hops come through late.

I really like this one and it is a great malty stout.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black color. An aggressive pour yields a creamy but surprisingly small light brown head.

Super malty nose as one would expect from a beer brewed with 10 kinds of malt. Somehow manages to be sweet AND roasty smelling. Smells like a milk chocolate shake and vanilla coffee beans.

Wow! That is smoooth. Alot of different flavors here. Most intriguing to me is the ability of this beer to be both chocolaty sweet, have plenty of roasty bitterness and still have a clean dry finish.

Fantastic stout, very easy to consume mass quantities. One of the best tasting stouts I have had.

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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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