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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had this multiple times at two different locations- on tap. It was labelled at both places as Bells Cream Stout. I looked at Bells website and did not find a Cream Stout, except Bells Double Cream Stout, so I am assuming they are the same.
I found the flavor was not that exceptional, good but not great, at one place. I believe it was due to it being served ice cold, and this needs to be drunk at a more moderate temperature.
I have had it multiple times since, and found it exceptionally flavorful, with all sorts of malt flavors, a touch of hoppiness, and definite coffee and chocolate flavors. The flavors are well balanced, so that if you are thinking "coffee" that seems predominant. If you are thinking "malts galore" you will really notice all the malt flavors.
I wonder if some of the other reviewers had a serving that was too cold, because this is one of the most flavorful dark beers I have had. Or it was a different beer. It did seem to have more of a kick than the Double Cream stout's advertised 6.1% alcohols.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8-29-13. Poured into a stout glass.

Near black brew with clear, dark golden brown along the edge. Developed a 2 finger, dense, foamy, medium tan head that slowly dissipates leaving a fair amount of clingy lace on the glass.

Smells of dark fruits, malts and yeast with a little coffee. Malts come on a little strong.

Taste is not as complex as I expected, but good. Coffee, some roast flavors, some malts. Nice smooth bitterness with no bite from the grains. Just a hint of sweet. Pleasant aftertaste. Perhaps a bit tame, but a good flavor.

The bottle says; "dark, sweet and smooth tones intermingled with a soft, roasty finish." I think that describes the taste quite well.

The cream shows up in the mouth. Velvety smooth and full bodied. It has that oatmeal stout feel to it. Very easy to drink.

It's not overly aggressive. Not very bold. But it tastes good and is very drinkable.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,891 ratings