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
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:
1,420
Ratings:
3,700
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
Wants:
221
Gots:
476
For Trade:
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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany to black with a 2 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & good head retention

Smell: Roasted malt & chocalate, some coffee notes

Taste: Smooth choclate up front, followed by roasted grain & slight fruittyness.

MF: Thick & rich, good carbonation

Drinks really easy for its abv. Pretty yummy take on the style

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big huge tan head floats on a creamy dark, almost black body. Great lacing after head dissipates. Smell is full of chocolate and roast with a light lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is bittersweet and dry as the Aticama during the rainy season. Coffee and mocha in the flavor along with a touch of cream and scones. Fruit flavors in the finish along with some sourness as it warms. Yummy. Pleasurable and quite drinkable. A bit light in the body.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely pitch black with zero light penetration. 1 1/4" dark tan, tight head.
Smell is of roasted malts, coffee, caramel, light smoke, peat with a hint of soy. Good balance and complexity.
Taste is roasted malt, coffee, smoke, peat. Expected more actual sweetness from a milk/sweet stout.
Smooth, not quite creamy (but close). Medium body leaning towards full. Decently chewy but not so thick as to be cloying. All in all, a darned good brew.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CRJMellor for this one...
Pours dark brown in color with two full fingers of cocoa-colored head...half of which recedes within minutes, but leaves behind some very attractive web lacing.
Definitely malty sweet at first with a generous helping of dark chocolate, faint espresso and caramel.
Taste is less than I was expecting, but at the same time enjoyable.
More of a milk chocolate flavor with very little coffee flavor...sweetness is perfect for the style.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but very creamy nonetheless and I'd prefer the carbonation a bit less.
Real nice offering from Bell's...easy drinking with this one.

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Photo of Mdog
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black, good tan head.

Smell: Smells a little sweet, not overpowering.

Taste: Combination of coffee, chocolate, with a little sweetness on the side. Flavor is a little more intense than some other milk stouts I've had.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, but a little more substance than other milk stouts.

Drinkability: Slightly higher ABV knocks this down a little.

Overall: Pretty good, other beers I've had of this style are more sessionable where this one is more of a "special occasion" beer.

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Photo of bort11
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. It wasn't much of a hard pour so it didn't have as big of a hed as I would like, about a half a finger. The head was the color of chocolate milk which receeded to a light lace. The beer is a rich rasted dark brown color, not letting any light through.

Not a very strong smell. Smell is mocha chocolate with bitter espresso around the edges. Bittersweet and pleasant.

I was expecting a bigger taste, and even as I let it warm up to room temp, it didn't expand as much as I would like it to. Still, it was a very nice roasted chocolate taste.

I thought the mouthfeel really stood out. Very full and creamy with a slight carbonation tickle. It coated the tongue pleasantly but finished pretty clean. It wasn't syrupy or sticky, just full.

This is an excellent dessert beer. Is it wrong for me to want to dunk Oreos in it? I look forward to having more of these in the future

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Photo of evanackerman
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

stout pours a deep black color with a cinnamon colored head.

aroma is roasted malt and vanilla

taste is on par with the aroma, roasted malt, vanilla, a bit sweet in the finish and a touch of hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is silky smooth, moderate viscosity.

overall, a very enjoyable sweet stout, can hardly tell the alcohol content is so high, i would recommend this one.

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Photo of heyitsbyron
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a single ($1.35) into an English pint glass.

Nice dark stout, some ruby hues, with a good solid 2cm of tight tan head. Only loses points because some nasty yeasty junk came out even though I tried my best not to pour the ass of the bottle.

Wow! Smells like hops, like an IPA. Starnge smell actually, like mily hops with a yeast funk at the end. Toasted malts are only secondary here.

Taste follows smell. Probably the hoppiest stout I've had. Then there's that pleasant white russian flavor. I'm liking this. Real strong flavors at first, then tapering off. Hop burps ensue.

Heavy carbonation, but still smooth. Nice full body without being syrupy.

One of the better stouts I've had, but not as good as the Kalamazoo. I like the hops, but on the other hand it lacks the true-to-form stout qualities. I'd have no problems drinking this again, but it's not my favorite.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Bell's stout for the sampling. This one pours black with lighter brown highlights at the edges and a medium tan head that dissipates to a ring that leaves lace. The aroma is a bit underwhelming -- some roasted malts poke their way through the sweet/sour malts, but it doesn't add up to terribly much. I will say that it smells inviting, though, just the way a sweet stout should. The taste is considerably more complex. A sweet caramel flavor starts things off, followed by a slightly sour taste common in stouts with lactose added. The finish is sweet and sticky. Throughout, this stout glides over the tongue with grace in spite of its only-medium body. This beer is finely tuned and tasty -- an excellent version of a milk stout.

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Photo of dfried
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an inky, silky black color with slight brown around the edges. A small, carmel colored head forms, but quickly dissapates to a ring that leaves some lacing. The smell is not very apparent or strong, but it is pleasant none the less, sweet coffee, carmel, and chocolate tones. There are 10 different malts used in this beer so the taste is very complex. A lot of different sweet flavors, coffee, carmel, chocolate, etc., but not really any roasted flavor, all in all a very sweet stout. I also really liked the floral hop flavor in the after taste as well. This is a quite heavy beer though which definitly affects the drinkability. It almost reminded me of a bock with how sweet and deep the flavor was.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock glass - as I am doing with all of my Bell's stouts (from a recent shipment). 12 oz bottle.

Minimal head, barely sticks to the glass. Not really much of a big smell - however, a sweet stout with low alcohol is clear from the smell and first sip.

Taste is good; but really not as stout-like as other - a little disapointing for what I was expecting.

Carbonation seems a bit high - alcohol is low, no question about it.

Very easy to drink, very smooth (the carbonation is short-lasting in the mouth) and flavor does linger a silky chocolate/cream.

Definitely worth a try, Top-notch brewery and easily drinkable.

Cheers.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Double Cream Stout pours out dark brown with a medium sized head. The aroma is grain with some creamy sweetness. There's some roastiness, but it's not as roasty as I expected. Sweet malty flavor. Sour oakiness. Maybe a bit of chocolate. Bitterness comes in just at the end, but this is mainly a sweet beer. The sour flavor is a little too strong. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good. There are some good flavors in this beer, but some off flavors too.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark. not really any head...lots of sticky looking lacing. almost opaque. chocolatey odor, some roasted malt odor too. quite tasty, burnt coffee at first, very toasty tasting. then i get some hops and sweetness, like sweet syrup. that's really what i take away most from this beer, a hoppy syrupy taste that i wasn't expecting at all. when i burp (as i often do), all i taste is tons of hops. mouthfeel was surpizingly thin and made me feel like i was drinking a porter instead of a milk stout (although i guess that's how Mackeson is too). doesn't really strike me as creamy in any way, just a nice coffee hop mix. a nice beer, but probably too expensive for me to drink regularly.

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Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thin head that appears light tan in color. Deep aroma highlighting decadent malts (chocolate, coffee, roast) along with a touch of cream for coffee and gingerbread. Rich and chewy malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee and brownies. Another very special Bell’s stout.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from zrrbrrt.

A: Pours a jet black color with a one finger caramel colored head that has good retention.
S: Aromas of chocolate and caramel malts with a dry finish.
T: Tastes of dry sweet chocolate hit the palate first followed by a nice blast of carbonation that tingles the tongue. Nice faint sweet aftertaste on the back of the tongue--almost of licorice.
M & D: Nice smooth taste. Slick going down. Not as heavy or coating as I thought it was going to be. Sweet aftertaste is very appealing. Drinkable dessert beer, but I wouldn't have more than 2. Definately a tasty offering from Bell's. Would have again if I can get it.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with tan head. Loads of retention and lacing. This is followed by raw coffee and caramel aromas. Mix of flavors that are expected, some chocolate, bitter coffee, and some light floral hops. The problem was that it came off muddled and not the cream/milk stout flavor or smoothness that I expected. Not bad, just not great.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice creamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of subtle chocolate and coffee. Taste is less pronounced then expected with some sweet chocolate malt and a very subtle coffee touch. No bitterness to speak of but a nice creamy well carbonated body. The finish is a bit too watery for my taste. Good but may be a bit overrated in my mind.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours very balck, impenetrable to light even when held up to it, wells up a dark brown short-lived head

S - more hops in the bouquet than i thought, there is the definite espresso majority, with some dark chocolate highlights as well

T - the flavor is the revers from the aroma, the chocolate flavor is predominant with the coffee/espresso flavor the background, very crisp and refreshing

M - smooth and sweet, slightly acidic, well balanced bitter/sweet and medium bodied amkes it...

D - highly drinkalbe, easy to pound, but hard to chug, a great stout, even the girlfirend liked it, which has been a theme for Bell's so far, but then again i picked ones she would like.

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Photo of mcallister
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this cask conditioned and must say I like it better bottled or just regular draft.

A beautiful pour. Good half inch of a slightly tan head. Jet brown color? Well very dark brown to say the least. Thick sweet aromas of choclate and vanilla, also some espresso.

Because of the cask it seems there is a sour component in the beer I'm not to fond of. Main tastes are burnt dark fruits, vanilla, espresso, cocoa and that sour taste.

Besides the sourness the brew is almost too smooth. Very easy to drink despite the sour tannins. Makes this beer less than perfect.

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Photo of JiminKY
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a cask at Buffalo Wild Wings in Indianapolis, during NCAA Final Four weekend. This was only the third beer I'd tasted from a hand pump, and it was my favorite.

A - The lovely black of a good stout. Decent head upon pour, but it quickly dissapated.

S - Lightly roasty and sweet.

T - Sweethess in the forefront, subtle roastiness, vanilla and caramel blended in well. None of the bold coffee or chocolate notes found in some other stouts. Just a nice taste sensation that lingered for a while and was gone.

M - Smooth and creamy as a milkshake.

D - Hard to believe it is 7.5% alcohol. I never would have believed it, had I not read it here. It seems I could have drunk this all day long.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black sludge. Dark and (very) viscous. Thin, extremely bubbly cappucino-brown head. The head disappears quickly, with no lacing.

Smell: Heavy molasses, with notes of vanilla bean and mocha. Alcohol floats around inconspicuously.

Taste: Smooth coffee and vanilla. Heavy and sweet. Molasses/brown sugar sweetness floods the taste buds in the middle. The finish is equally heavy, tasting of tangy rum-raisin flavor and a gentle splash of hops. Some oxidation spoils the fun a little towards the end.

Mouthfeel: This one's thick as a milkshake. The carbonation leaves light smacks of bubbles on the tongue as the beer passes by, keeping it from feeling like motor oil. Big, and very smooth.

Verdict: I can't understate the bulk of this brew. The mouthfeel is as good as it gets. It knocks some points off of drinkability, but I love a good, chewy stout. This one's solid, with reasonable complexity and a pleasingly sweet personality. It's not perfect, but stout lovers should seek it out.

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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 ski271
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper-brown, almost pitch black, with a medium-sized, tan, pillowy, slowly diminishing head. Some light lacing. The smell is of nice big, woodsy, roasted malts. Chocolate, toffee and… saltine cracker? Hey, whatever, it works for me. More dark roasted malts dominating the flavor. Coffee, bitter chocolate and brown sugar along with a slightly sour taste. It has a medium-full body, creamy texture and low carbonation. It was good and a little different. For Bell’s this is just an average beer, but Bell’s average beer beats many other brewers’ best beers. Pretty good.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pour leaves a wafer thin, beige head that quickly recedes to a ring around the edge of the beer. Color is a very, very, very dark brown. Almost like brownie mix.

Smell- A great sugared cream aroma mixed with melted milk chocolate mixed with some slight, dry acidity to the finish.

Taste- Starts out warm milk sweet and hot chocolate. This leads too a more easily defined roasted malt character. The sweetness slowly trades with a dry bitterness. Like a drop of hops was added to my goodnight milk.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth to start but finishes a little and acidic.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how old my bottle is. It doesn't look like the one pictured, and has the code 7143 on the back.
Poured up as the thickest, blackest beer I've seen in a while. Almost no head, about 2 cm of tan cream, that dropped to just a ring in no time.
Smell is not that strong, I expected more. Although, what is there smells pretty good. Almost like chocolate cotton candy. All malt.
Taste is up there in the grand scheme of milk stouts. An outstanding array of malt flavors from dry to bready to sugar sweet to chocolate. They're all in there. When cool, you only really get the sweet and earthy malt. When room temp, it starts out in a spicy sweet manner, but drops to roasted and bready. Nice!
Full bodied, smooth, with almost no carbonation. Aftertaste is sharp and roasted, but the beer leaves a lingering effect all over the mouth.
If I could find this beer in N.C., I would gladly have more of it.

cheers...

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