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.

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Photo of mallardip
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great look with a healthy head. Nose has some hop characters, floral notes, with solid dark chocolate undertones. Taste is solid cocoa (not sweet at all), vanilla and rustic wood notes. Some oatmeal. Roasted not burnt. Overall pleasant. Nose is not for me when it comes to stouts, but flavor and mouthfeel are great.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body, dark tan creamy head that leaves blankets of lace. Nose has milk chocolate and a generous amount of whipped cream and buttermilk cream, faint espresso. Quite luxurious. The body also has chocolate and cream, firmly sweet, but with baker's chocolate, coffee flavor and acidity, and char on the finish, giving it a wholly separate bitterness. Feel is silky smooth, medium weight, fluffy, with mild carbonation.
A unique beer. Creamy is a great way to describe this- reminds me of when I made chocolate milk with half an half as a kid, with more bitterness (and alcohol). This is a no-shortcuts nitro milk stout. Glad to have had it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout has a thick, beige head, a dark, red-brown appearance, and almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread, a touch of coffee and chocolate, and a shade of cream. Taste is of those elements, with noticeable, but low-level, bitterness, really, some acrid notes, and char. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Bell's Special Double Cream Stout finishes on the slightly dry side.


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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, opaque, with a thin tan head, very short, wispy, and offering a little lacing.

S - Surprisingly boozy. Malt is present, and offers caramel, chocolate and cocoa powder, and a hint of coffee.

T - The nose without the booze, with sweet malty caramel and chocolate. Coffee is hinted at in the close, but it is a quiet note and there's no acidity and only minor bitterness.

M - Silky, moderate body. A bit lighter than I'd like, but still very pleasant.

O - Hits many of the notes I love in stouts. Lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee from the malts. Very tasty, drinkable stuff.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes out black/dark brown, tan head 3/5". Aroma had faint cocoa notes, not as much roast was noticeable.

Taste allowed it to be rich, yet easy drinking. Kept roast and dark malt notes subdued. Chewy, chalky chocolate vibe. A bit of bitterness, from the coffee/espresso malt notes. Nothing really cream about this. I mean, its easy to drink I guess.

I enjoyed it, would try again.

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Photo of glass_house
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid, easy-drinking stout. Body is just dense enough to give it a slightly creamy feel. The balance of lightly roasted dark malts, semisweet chocolate and faint black coffee make it a smooth, satisfying stout with just enough depth to keep it interesting.

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Photo of matcris
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Poured into a Nonic pint glass. Very dark brown. Lots of small bubbles rising when held up to the light and more brown than ruby. One finger of tan head that lasts a while and leaves a nice thick layer on top. Nice bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: A little floral, coffee, chocolate, Dark roasted quality but not burnt.
TASTE: Sweet and malt up front, turns into a roasted coffee-chocolate bitterness. Very balanced between sweet and bitter.
FEEL: Medium thin body, like a porter. A little sticky and then finishes dry. Mild carbonation. Not especially creamy on the feel.
OVERALL: Very tasty. In between Bell's porter and Kalamazoo stout. Nice flavors, a little thin maybe. Roasty, nice coffe and chocolate. Would buy again.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottle date of August 15th 2016.

L: Black. Finger width beige head, recedes very slowly. Small amount of lacing. Sick bottle cap IMO.

S: Coffee, chocolate, cinnamon.

T: Very complex. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, wood. Hints of dried fruit, roasted grains.

F: Very smooth and creamy, yet crisp. Full body here.

O: A good beer from Bell's to add to their resume however it isn't the best Sweet Stout that I have had.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

OVERALL: Very nice. A nice amount of sweetness that is more palatable than a milk stout, not too bitter.

LOOK: Pitch black, barely some dark brown noticeable at the edge. Pours thick, dense head.
SMELL: sweet, espresso and darkness, hint of vanilla.
TASTE: sweet espresso and chocolate, very roasty, slightly burnt, hint of iron, wood ash and musty finish. not very bitter.
FEEL: Crazy creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 11/18/15. Pours hazy brownish-red with a below average sized khaki head. Smells of complex roasted malt, medium roast coffee, and some cocoa; below average intensity. The taste follows closely with lots of flavorful malt with some coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, and cream. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Below average carbonation and thinner body. Overall, it has a pretty complex taste, but in needs a better mouthfeel.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Gigi's in State College, PA. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours dark... nearly black with thick tannish head that lasted awhile. Impressive lacing.

S: Vanilla and roasted malts... coffee and nutmeg.

T/F: This beer is made with 10 different malts... and it shows. Sweet roasted malts up front... coffee and just a hint of chocolate. Very smooth and creamy in mouthfeel. A little spice... cinnamon and nutmeg. Clean at the finish.

O: A very nice malty stout... could easily be confused with a milk stout, and that would have been my guess had it not come with the 'no dairy' disclaimer. Very drinkable, creamy, and for me falls into the 'dessert' category. A nice change of pace for sure.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.1% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/red with a two finger tan head that dissipates fast; lots of lacing. Opaque.

Smell- Cocoa, toffee, a bit of caramel.

Taste- Grainy sweet malt with a healthy hit of chocolate. Smoky flavor follows. Minimal hints of expresso on the back end, retaining the chocolate and smoked tones. Slightly bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- Well balanced between flavors. Well rounded beer that was easy to drink. Very chocolate like and the smokiness paired well with it.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a pillowy toasted khaki colored head. A bit light in the color for a stout. Lovely lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of caramel and buttery toffee. Some mild roasted notes as well as some brown bread. A bit too buttery for my liking.

The taste has a lactose type flavor to it. Big caramel notes as well as that buttery note. Not has pronounced as in the aroma. Light roast and anise. Toasted to burnt bread. Some char and wet wood.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Light for a stout. Sweet and bitter notes on the palate. A tad sticky in the finish.

Its an ok stout, not something I would seek out again. Not a fan on the buttery notes and not enough stout characteristics.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Oil black body with one finger oak head
Smells of coffee, cocoa, woodsmoke. A little metal and raisin
Tastes of chocolate, bitter malt, wood
Creamy medium-heavy feel with minimal carbonation
Not a very complex stout, but no big complaints

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.69
Purchased: Jan. 13, 2016
Consumed: Jan. 16, 2016
Misc.: Packaged on Nov. 10, 2015

Really looking forward to this one. I like Bells and I like stouts. I think their six-packs are a bit overpriced out here, but I like the idea of just getting a chance to try it. Prediction is between a 3.90 and 4.00 range.

Poured a black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, tan head. Below average, spotty, wet lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of chocolate, cocoa, chocolate malt, roasty malts, some coffee malts, Whoppers candy and chocolate milk. Very nice. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste followed the nose nicely, although not quite as good. Got fresh chocolate brownies, sugary chocolate malt, smoky fire, char wood, bitter roasted coffee malts, dark chocolate, chocolate milk shake, milky cream and Cinnabon. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy-to-chewy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really liked this beer, especially for the style. Definitely some artificial stuff in there, but it works. Special Double Cream Stout is perfect for the name. (Overall - 4.00)

4.09 | 91 | A-

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Photo of Marraybay
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Look: Black pour: +1 fingers of beige foam on top.

Smell: Cola-ish; Coffee

Taste: Searching for those layers of malty sweetness that are advertised, but just not
finding them: Instead, getting a roasty-smokey tartness that transitions into
a coffee bitterness that builds and lingers on the palate: (Yuck).

Feel: Fairly carbonated; reasonable full-creamy

Overall: Another that reads far better than it drinks. Nothing special here;
Just a dry-bitter coffee stout. Can't seem to line-up on anything from Bell.
Would not revisit or recommend.

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Photo of ccg
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little bit watery looking, but it looks pitch black in the glass. Initially it looks over-carbed, with almost three fingers of foam rising up. It leaves behind some nice lacing and a respectable layer of tiny bubbles.
The smell is.. almost metallic. I actually poured the rest of the bottle into a second glass in case the first class wasn't clean (even though it had just been washed). In the second glass, it still smelled metallic, but also a bit more nutty. I haven't tasted it yet, but I'm already wondering if I got a bad bottle.
Fortunately, the taste is not metallic at all, though it definitely has a nuttiness to it, almost like peanut butter. Sweet creaminess for sure, and a bit of roasted malt. No bitterness, but also none of the coffee or chocolate notes you often get in a stout.
For the mouthfeel, you could call it creamy, but I'd say it's light and airy. A little thin, maybe, but soft and rounded.
Overall, it would be a nice stout, but that smell is off-putting. I might pick up another bottle if I can find one from a different batch and see if that makes a difference.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fairly average looking stout. Smell steps up some. Has really nice coffee and slight chocolate notes. The flavor is really balanced and wonderful. Nicely crafted and balanced coffee and chocolate. Light in ABV yet chewy and robust in flavor. Not sure for a standard American stout why this one isn't rated higher. Its one of the best non-imperial / non barrel aged stouts out there IMO. Highly recommend.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and creamy light brown head that dissipates quickly. The head isn't something usually talked about but it's very nice for this beer. The beer itself is a black, dark, and opaque color because it is a dark stout and dark things are normally hard, if not impossible, to see through.

The beer has a very nice smell and certainly is different from other stouts including the Kalamazoo stout. The smell has a nice dairy cream smell to it in addition to the smoother chocolate notes. There isn't much roasted malt (which is pretty light and hard to detect when it's cold) in this beer smell but that isn't a problem since the cream adds something else to it. The roast starts to come out a little bit when it warms but it isn't as strong as the other notes. In fact, it's a fairly balanced beer. There is also a very light and almost undetectable hop smell. Overall, the chocolate and cream smell mix very well.

The taste is just as good as the smell. The taste has a fairly strong sweet chocolate and cream flavor with a slight hop note underneath all of it and some roast. The roast and hop notes aren't very strong with the roast notes being slightly stronger because it balances the sweetness and cream taste a little bit. It's a nice and sweet stout.

The feel is just fantastic. It's still a heavy bodied beer but the feel is incredibly creamy, which makes it a little bit more lighter than you would expect. The carbonation is also very light to nonexistent so that it doesn't interrupt the creamy feel.

Overall, a very good stout for those cold winter months. It's definitely unique and different from traditional stouts but the cream notes make it worth getting. Go for it.

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Photo of carlborch
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark, oily, rich, brown to mahogany brown, and forms a 1.75 inch tan, creamy head, which persists. The nose suggests chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, and cream. The body is medium full and enveloping; carbonation appears to be modest. Malty, chocolaty, coffee, and vanilla land gently and persists. Rich and unctuous. Nice Belgian lace! Very appealing. Definitely moreish. Makes me think of dessert, ice-cream sundaes and chocolate brownies. This is a perfect dessert or after-dinner drink, although it i a nice fire-side sipper as well. The ABV is not evident on the palate. Definitely worthy a repurchase!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown nearly black with a slight hint of ruby towards the end. Tan creamy head and sticky lace.
Aroma has roasted malt, coffee and hops.
Sweet, creamy, roasted malts, tangy on the side, moderate low bittering hops and hops flavor in finish.
Incredibly smooth and creamy, medium bodied, lighter for a stout, very drinkable.

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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 HopHunter19
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 4.5 - nice dark brown beer with a tan head that sticks and leaves great lacing
S 3.75 - oats, chocolate, roasted malts
T 4 - oats, chocolate, roasted malts, burnt flavors, little bit of smoke, minimal coffee
M 4 - okay medium to heavy mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is roasted malt, oats
O 4 - good stout, would not buy again individually as a six pack it's just not substantial enough for me

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Photo of do_ob
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint glass. Medium brown pour, slightly watery in appearance. Dark brown in the glass with very little clarity when held to light. Lots of carbonation bubbles, but only produced about 1/2 a finger of head - tan in color, and fairly dense. Strong notes of vanilla on the nose coupled with roasted coffee, malt, milk chocolate, and lactose. Despite the thin appearance, this beer is actually quite dense for the style. It's almost got an oatmeal stout quality in terms of smoothness and weight. Not an overpowering taste, but I get notes of roasted coffee, caramel malt, vanilla extract, sweet cream, and a lot of sweet chocolate on the back end and aftertaste. Seems a little over-carbonated to me, but it's not bad. Very sweet, milky aftertaste, which is the best part in my opinion.

Overall, not bad at all for the style. If you like beers with a lot of vanilla and lactose, this one should sit right with you. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,783 ratings.
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