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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

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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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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Photo of ncketchum
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip

A - pours a silky dark brown, 2 fingers of head, dissipates slowly with just a rim of retention

S - coffee, chocolate, and malt. very solid nose

T - what i expected by the nose - coffee, chocolate, malt, with a slight bitterness of hops at the end

M - very smooth, not much alcohol to speak of

O - this was a very solid cream stout, easy drinker, I'm definitely picking this one up again

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, my bottle says 6.1% ABV, not 7.5%.

Pours out quite dark, with a thin tan head hanging out up top. I'm a bit stuffed up, so smelling this thing isn't really working out too well right now. What I do smell smells stouty.

Taste is smooth and roasty, just as it should be. Nothing exceptional here, but well done. Taste starts with chocolate and roast malts and finishes with a little bit of a lactic bite. Lingering flavor is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would think a "special double cream stout" should be. I've had a number of oatmeal stouts that have had a far creamier and smoother mouthfeel.

Drinkability is quite nice. This would be a good choice for grabbing a 6-pack and warming up in the winter with.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter glass.

Pitch black in the glass and extremely dark brown color while pouting. More than a finger thick head of tan color that soon withers off into a ring. Decent lacing.

Aroma is very subdued. Toasted and burnt malts. Toffee and slight caramel with some hint of bitter hops. No alcohol presence.

Taste: Again is very much the nose and well balanced with nothing standing out. Dark chocolate, burnt malts and caramel. No hint of coffee. No creamy feel. Sweetness is countered well by the hops.

Mouth feel : Medium bodied with somewhat lighter tones. Smooth, easy to drink. Moderate to high carbonation but without any astringency of any sort. Dry finish with no lingering effect.

Like a few others have noted - there is nothing extraordinary about it. Plain stout.

Style rate: 3.75
Personal Rate: 3.5

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

On tap at Al's of Hampden on 11/6/09.

A - Smooth black onyx color with deep ruby highlights and one-finger creamy tan cap that receded to a thin veil and deposited strands of sticky lace around the glass.

S - I'm a little stuffy today, but I am able to pull out sweet lactic/milky notes, chocolate and some roasted malt, as well as a hint of coffee.

T - Bitter chocolate abounds with a sweet backing of milky notes. Finishes with a bit of earthy hop bitterness and a robust roasted malt character.

M - Medium bodied and surprisingly a tad coarse and prickly, yet still displays a fairly thick and oily mouthfeel overall. Finishes somewhat sticky with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Double Cream is a good stout overall, and I found it to be a bit more bitter than I was anticipating. Tasty, but not overly complex, as I tend to like my stouts.

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

A: Brown-black. Impenetrable. Dark beige head.

S: Sweet - brown sugar, malts, vanilla. Some chocolate and coffee.

T: Cream chocolate, roasted malts. A little bitter hops.

M: Super smooth and creamy, yet tingly. Bitter finish.

D: Sweet and creamy. I liked it; I'd say it's worth trying.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: black body of ale allows just a hint of dark amber around the edge; slim head a finger high of pale foam left but motes of lace behind

S: dark malt aromas suggest charred wood, cocoa powder, and coffee that's grown cold on the counter

T: bittersweet roasted malts contribute coffee and char; sweet edge suggests cocoa, dry and semi-sweet

M: smooth and soft, with some tingle of carbonation; medium body; some chalkiness; bittersweet coating lingers...

O: a well-done roasty stout, easy drinking and hearty - fairly typical flavors and feel for the style - not sure I got as much "special double cream" as I would've expected.

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Photo of danlib21
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrenihan
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimberSwanson
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpolewan
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,869 ratings
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