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 JohnnyM2002
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at near-room temperature.

A - Pours a rich, black color with a small tan head...long-lasting lacing that remained on the glass for awhile.

S - Very vibrant burnt-cocoa aroma.

T - Powerful flavors of dark chocolate and coffee beans, but I feel like I'm stating the obvious at this point! Creamy texture that finishes with almost a vanilla flavor...a good description would be it's like a chocolate-vanilla twist from a yogurt machine.

M - Best mouthfeel of any milk stout I've had. Creamy, but with a little bite on the finish. Works its way down very easily and with no bitterness. Excellent blend!

D - As my journey into beerdom continues, I'm falling more in love with Bell's and their collection of stouts. Wonderful winter nightcap!

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Photo of WestmontStorm
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Had a couple of these at a local restaurant on tap. Definitely a heavy stout for a winter day. Outstanding flavor. Actually prefer this over Guinness. Next to a great burger, forget about it...

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Photo of JDK
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark chocolate brown with 1/2" head that quickly disappeared.
Light to no lacing.
The smell and the taste was very good, roasted malts and chocolate with a hint of milk. Smooth but with light carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.
Probably the best stout I've had.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my sam smith quasi tulip,nice deep brown,pretty much void of light.nice roasted coffee and chocolate nose.

nice flavor profile,roasted barley (i think), coffee,dark chocolate,bit of coffee like acridity,rounded out with some sweetness. really drinkable.

smooth mouthfeel, great drinkability.really into this beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8215.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a tall, though brief beige head.

Smell: Roasty aroma with notes of smokey bittersweet chocolate, licorice, charred firewood, and espresso. Distant fruitiness. Very faint lactic touch in there, too.

Taste: Roasted malts bring in flavors of Columbian coffee and dark chocolate with a soft sweetness. A complimentary sip of prune juice. Mild lactic sourness. Dash of bitters, one and a half dashes of ash, two dashes of cinnamon. Light roastiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bell's has really got a handle on the stouts, I'll give'm that. For me, it comes in third after the Expedition and Kalamazoo stouts.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cellar temp, 54, as always.

appearance is that of a dark dark brew with a toffee coloured head, small but doing it's job lacing.

smell is good, mostly dark roasted things, with some chocolate powder dust sailing around.

taste is smooth, perfect caramel chocolate coffee balance. ooooh, sweet, but, not nasty sweet. just enough to say that hey, i'm likable over here.

mouthfeel: creamy. carbonation: just right for something not thick, but, assertive.

overall, really great. i had this beer a year or two ago, and it was not so good. in fact, i thought it was bad. then i heard someone rave about it, and gave it another try. really good stuff, glad i am re-introduced. thank you, bell's. i love you.

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Photo of Boilermaker96
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, creamy and smooth. Tastes great. 6.10% makes it a drinkable beer anytime.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Brewery, Inc. - Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. 6.1% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a stout glass. Packaged on 11/04/15

Look: Pours and settles a viscous jet black, with a modest half finger head of mocha colored foam, that does not dissipate.

Smell: Roast coffee notes, accompanied by dark malts, vanilla, caramel, and some sweet cream.

Feel: Medium bodied, and creamy, along with some moderate carbonation.

Taste: Bitter roast coffee, and dark malts up front. Some sweet vanilla and cream appearing on the middle to the back end, leaving a sweet aftertaste to balance out the bitterness of the coffee.

Overall: A rich and creamy stout, with qualities of a Milk Stout, combining bitter coffee with sweet vanilla and cream. Very nice.

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Photo of KeithE
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dense, dark, coffee-esque; pours three fingers that recedes to a thin, opaque, caramel head, finally dissolving towards the end of the bottle. No conspicuous carbonation.

S: Somewhat delicate and underwhelming, light coffee character, toasty and roasty.

T: Delicate coffee flavor at first, sweet milky middle, salty finish with a slightly bitter, almost hoppy aftertaste.

M: Chewy, viscous, but not as syrupy as other heavy stouts I've had. Pleasant, coating, milky finish. Very lightly carbonated.

D: Certainly drinkable--two or three in a row is not out of my range. Light enough to drink three, with enough taste and texture to keep your 'buds entertained.

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Photo of Bill235
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near-black color with thick tan/brown head. Head is dense like a nitrogen gassed beer. Head fades to a nice cap and holds with pretty good retention from here on.

Very roasty aroma with vanilla and a hint of something metallic. Not especially impressive.

Flavor, however, is an exceptional blend of roasty malt smoothly mixing with chocolate and a rich maltiness. Clean finish with a bit of coffee. Fantastic!

Fairly light carbonation and a smooth, medium-thick mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, just with the aroma had done more for me. I will certainly be seeking this out again.

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Photo of Nurt20
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10144, poured into a pint glass

A: Black with hints of deep mahogany at the edges, with a half inch tan head that provides little to no lacing.

S: Has that characteristic milk/cream stout smell of lactose, roasted malt, vanilla, and hints of cocoa. Inviting, but not outstanding or remarkable.

T: Predominant tastes of roasted malt and cocoa, with a cream sweetness to it, and subtle tones of dark fruit as it warms.

M: Feels appropriately viscous for the style, but perhaps *just* a bit overcarbonated.

O: This is an extremely tasty beer that I feel falls just short of my favorites of the style (Left Hand Milk Stout and Terrapin Moo-Hoo) which is less a knock on this excellent offering by Bells than it is a testament to the quality of those other two brews. Given that Terrapin doesn't distribute this far north, I would easily buy this if Left Hand pulled out of Wisconsin.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick black with brownish red around the edge. Good lacing. Great foam.

Smell: Thick smoky tobacco with chocolate and coffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good balance of hops in the finish with syrupy chocolate. Good mouthfeel as well. Carbonation and creamy balanced well.

Drinkability: A great, effective sipper.

Overall: Definitely some alcohol present in this, despite the moderate level.

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Photo of Morrow27
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trappistfan1
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing
S - Hints of coffee, chocolate, malt. Mild but pleasant.
T - A rather complex menage of flavors, most of which are related to the malty character of this brew. I like it more as I approach the bottom of my pint glass and get my nose down in there a bit. Mildly bitter finish as some hops seem to surface.
M - Nicely creamy feel. About what I would expect from a milk stout.
D - For my tastes, pretty easy drinking. Could do a couple.

A pretty good brew for this style, a good brew in general. Bell's rarely disappoints with their interpretation of various beer styles. I have to salute them for this.

Having said that, this beer has the unfortunate distinction of being of the same style as one of my go-to beers, Mackeson's Triple XXX. While I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it, I would personally just as soon grab a Mack. I try not to let my personal taste interfere with objectivity, but since I'm comparing apples to apples... well there you go.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a thin film of brown head. It is dark brown/black in color. I smell dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Very nice! It tastes very nice as well. I get the coffee right off the bat, but the chocolate and dark fruits come out subtly. I really like this stuff. This might be my favorite Bell's that I have sampled. I still have a lot to try though.

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Photo of NodakEric
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chiefy770
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. ounce bottle. Packed on October 16th, 2013. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: A rich dark brown body, nearly black, sits below a fluffy sand colored head. The body has an amber glow on the sides when it is exposed to light. The head collapses and leaves a great layer of froth throughout. Sticky lacing lingers around for much of the brew. Nearly a picture perfect example of the way this style should be presented.

Smell: Notes of chocolate and toasted malts really stand out. Very faint floral notes break through.

Taste: Toasted malts. Creamy and smooth chocolate. The hops kick in and give this a semi-dry finish. Very smooth medium, coming up a bit shy of a full body. The carbonation is just a pinch too much for my liking.

Overall: I am not disappointed by this brew. Great take on the style. I would like a little more from this one though. If this had the fullness of their Kalamazoo Stout then we would be in serious business here.

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of my all-time favorites. While I was in college I'd drink this during my all nighters of studying. Great memories.

This one pours a milk chocolate brown in color, very smooth and creamy, medium in bodied, with a beige lacing around the glass. It smells of creamy chocolates, light roast, light coffee, witha slight bitterness and a slightly sweet and creamy finish. It is very smooth and finishes light. The flavors consist of smooth and creamy milk chocolate with a light and slightly bitter roast. It's excellent. The aftertaste is both light and very appealing. It is exceptionally smooth and drinks perfectly for the style. It's too drinkable and perfect for cold weather. I love this one.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A smooth creamy stout which benefits from the mouthfeel but doesn't necessarily have as much in terms of the taste profile as other, higher ABV offerings from Bells. Easy drinking, drip coffee and milky notes. Decent enough.

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Photo of zac16125
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours an opaque black with some brown on the outer edges, with less than a fingers width head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no appreciable lacing.

S: Lots of sweetness on the nose. Chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, hints of vanilla and a slight presence of alcohol.

T: Burnt and roasted malts. A very pleasant smokey flavor. Lots of sweet malts. A significant coffee flavor, along with some dark chocolate/bakers chocolate characters. An occasionally mild hop bitterness is noted on the back end, but it is not very prevalent. Very good flavors overall.

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated, but still smooth with a great creaminess that fits the name. Medium bodied and easy to drink. I could easily have another.

O: A very good stout. Not particularly deep or complex, but great flavors, a real pleasant creaminess, and overall a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of charlzm
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 04/06/08.

Pours a deep, dark brown with almost no carbonation. Two finger foamy mocha colored head forms.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with dairy overtones - think chocolate milk.

Thick and slick, smooth and creamy, there's a wealth of roasted dark malts on first sip. Subtle dairy and rich mocha notes in the background. A touch of sourness fades away quickly, leaving a more-roast-than-hop bitterness lingering on the tongue.

I bet this stuff is killer on draft.

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Photo of Remy_K
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,794 ratings.
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