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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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89
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1,417 Reviews
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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:
1,417
Ratings:
3,684
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Wants:
219
Gots:
467
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 1,417 | Ratings: 3,684
Photo of nodder
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

A- Black with a big light tan head. Spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts. Slight coffee notes.

T- Very subtle. Roasted malts, chocolate, smoky/coffee flavors. No alcohol taste to speak of. Slightly bitter finish.

M- The real winner here. Creamy and so smooth. Medium to full body. This is easy to drink.

O- Underated beer imo. I love it and would have again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle
One I look forward to each and every year. This stout pours a thick blackish brown with an
enormous tan head that dissipates but never dies leaving some fantastic lacing. Nose of dark
chocolate, caramel. toffee, raisin, and light sherry like notes. Flavors are as always off the
charts. Tons of sweet malts to the fore and moderate bitterness from the dark chocolate malts
to the rear. Dark raisins and sherry like qualities come through late with warming. Fantastic!
A bitterness from some hops in the background and moderate carbonation combined with a
slick mouth feel keeps this one nice and lively yet creamy smooth. Always a pleasure, and
great from a bottle, even better on tap.

Cheers!

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Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

beautiful , no see through ebony color. Aroma is of sweet milk, interesting. Taste is smooth malty, milky goodness, well balanced and awesome in taste. This is one of the most creamy stouts I have had and the taste is awesome and the aftertatste is mellow with a hint of coffee and burnet sugar. Nice job, very drinkable in multiples, love it

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Photo of EvoRich
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Look: Poured into a pint, it pours very dark with a BIG fluffy tan head.

Smell: Cream, and milky like sweetness, despite it's not a milk/cream stout. A bit of chocolate like aroma

Taste: Mocha, chocolate coffee with a touch of vanilla cream. Neither of these flavors are over powering. It doesn't taste like a coffee stout, or a cream stout, or chocolate stout. But all of these flavors are there and blended evenly

Feel: Very creamy texture, low-moderate carbonation.

Overall: First had this beer last winter. Great to see it back on shelves again! It's just another one of those great go-to stouts for the colder months!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Malty nose - mainly roast - seasoned with coffee and chocolate.
Pours deep dark brown under a finely bubbled foam collar, thin but lacy. The roast flavors are soft rather than bitter or harsh.
Palate: bittersweet chocolate and coffee, a touch of caramel sweetness.
Chewy with an extraordinarily creamy body - very fine carbonation.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +0.5%

From notes on 11/7/13

Pours black with a creamy brown head. Not too keen on the smell, kind of boring, but the flavor really makes up for it. Nice creamy feel at first. Toasty chocolate flavor. Not really any coffeeness to it, which is nice. I like this one.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith's nonic pint glass

A: Nearly black in color; the slightest of mahogany highlights shine through near top of the glass; 1 finger mocha-colored head recedes quickly; lacing glides down sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts mingling with dark bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee; a woodsy note lingers through the middle; as it warms more of the dark chocolate comes out along with hints of dark fruits (raisin-like) .

T: Starts with a roasted malt twang that quickly gives way to bittersweet dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, and a fainter, dried, dark fruit note (like raisins or prunes); mid sip the roasted flavors regain control - burnt toast, medium-roast breakfast coffee with a moderating splash of cream that keeps this stout from becoming overly bitter; finish sees lingering roast undertones competing while a smooth nutty, bready flavor (akin to stale, brown bread loaf) stays on the palate.

M: Full bodied; oily/slick but not overly thick; fine carbonation.

O: A solid stout from Bell's. Even though my opinion is that this is not their best stout, nor is it my favorite from their lineup, it is still a very pleasant offering that features a nice depth of roasted flavors. Supremely easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 11/20/12

Pours black with 2 inch khaki brown head.
smells strongly of roasted malts and sweet mocha.
taste is great, very smooth, rich and sweet but not overly sweet at all, reminds me somewhat of st. peters cream stout, leaves silky after taste on the palate. simple yet delish!!

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Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a black color with a scrumptious looking fluffy tan head that just stays.

The aroma has a good amount of medium roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, oats, like Breakfast Stout, and actual creaminess of dairy.

On the flavor, the beer attacks of rich roasted malt along with a hint of dark dried fruit and in an extremely manner for this ABV and style. Almost like burnt wood and licorice. There's some bittersweet chocolate on the middle, then onto coffee grounds and a good roasted bitterness, along with a bit of creaminess.

The mouthfeel as expected is medium minus to light.

The beer is rich and robust and does not hold back despite it's ABV. A pleasant surprise from Bell's.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black with dark brown head.

Aroma: Coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a slightly sweet smell like condensed milk. (Double Cream Stout is dairy free)

Taste & Mouthfeel: Straightforward stout here; roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate with a smooth mouthfeel, a bit of tingly carbonation, and a rich, dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. Texture is nice and smooth, but the carbonation seemed a bit high for the beer, as it distracted from the smooth texture and didn’t fit the dark flavors.

Final Word: A solid, drinkable, no frills stout. All of the flavors are very pleasant and balanced, but nothing here really surprises or innovates. This is the kind of stout you can rely on when you need something comfortable and drinkable, but will disappoint if you are looking for something to take you out of the ordinary. This is a double edged sword, as there is definitely something to be said for really nailing a rich stout, but it lacks that special something that could make it a favorite or make it stand out in your memory. Grab it when you want something very drinkable and smooth, or when you want to make a meal pairing, as its straightforward profile makes it perfect for that purpose!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from batch 10080, which I believe makes it from the winter of '10/'11. Since this beer was pretty clearly not intended to be consumed at such an age, I've given it scores that won't affect its current average at all. Consider the following notes illustrative more than evaluative.

A: Black body with a half inch off-white head, even with a vigorous pour. Minimal lace. Still carbonated, but definitely not as lively as one would hope.

S: A bit of dark fruit oxidation actually goes quite nicely with the creamy milk chocolate and roasted malt notes. Still quite enjoyable.

T: Solid here as well, with chocolate dominating throughout. Smooth, creamy, and a bit sweet.

M: A little thin, with only light carbonation. Not great.

O: This was surprisingly good with some age on it, but is definitely better fresh.

Cheers!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an absolutely delicious stout, but i don't get the cream part, there s no sweet finish or body like the milk sugar usually imparts on these beers, but other than that curious absence for its name, its a wonderful beer. rich and dark, huge grain bill i have to imagine, with special dark, carafa, and burnt barley, among chocolate and caramel too. it all combines into a very coffee like aroma, with some good roast to it, no acidity, and an intense dark chocolate element, bakers chocolate, unsweetened even. super dark to look at too, no light coming in, and not much head on it, but some khaki froth when i aggravate it. the flavor is not overly complex, just the dark grains meshing together all the way through. the thing that makes this beer special i think, is its texture, its rich and creamy without being filling, sweet, or too strong to drink a bunch of. not as bitter in the finish as its color should mandate that it is, velvety, and i could make a morning of these for sure, great pre-noon beer if you ask me. thanks to clay station for sharing a bottle this morning.

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Photo of CheapHysterics
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks dark and beautiful, smells delicious, mouthfeel is so creamy, and it tastes as delicious as it smells. I know its seasonal but I stash a few to enjoy all summer long. The roasted malt characteristics stand out, with some fleeting hints of smoke and dark fruit. Just enough sweetness to balance out the earthiness and hop bitterness. Such a great beer I can't get enough of it.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a solid black with a cream colored head. Looks like a stout is supposed to look.
S: Smells of roasty malt, coffee
T: Plenty of Roasty malt, dark chocolate, coffee.
M: Carbonation is spot on. A little bit of thickness/chewiness, but not too much. Leaves a lingering roasty coffee flavor
O: This is what a stout is supposed to be. Good roast, chocolate, coffee flavor.
This is a great beer to help your taste buds reset after a couple of hop bombs. Also a perfect choice if you want to move a Guiness drinker to better beers. Overall an excellent example of the style and a very good stout.

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Photo of watermelon
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip snifter. Date on the bottle says packaged on 10/03/13

A: Black body with a mocha head, medium lacing and tons of retention.

S: Strong oatmeal scents. Chocolate smells.

T: Chocolate and coffee.

M: Slightly bitter creamy mouthfeel.

O: Decent stout would drink again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pitch black (as was the trend for my beers this past Saturday), dark khaki-colored head a finger thick, abundant lacing

S- Heavy grain smell, oatmeal and granola and other sweet malts.

T- Molasses is heavy at the finish, and there's lots of vanilla, caramel and dark roasted malt gives it a burnt flavor. There are some hints of dark chocolate.

M- Creamy, somewhat light-bodied, with lots of different sensations on the tongue. There's the dryness, sweetness, and a mealy sort of feel.

O- I didn't know what to make of this stout initially because there are so many flavors and sensations going on. But I'd say it's good. Maybe a bit scatterbrained as far as its approach and perhaps unfocused, but still good.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had cream stout before, so what's the deal with double cream stout? Is it a double stout with cream? At 6.1% ABV, I assume it has double the cream. It's that time again to open a 12 ounce bottle and pour into a glass. On to the beer:

A smooth pour yield an obsidian colored beer topped with a half-inch of tanned head. The head stays up well and leaves a few streaks of lacing around the glass. It smells like a pleasant sweet stout. Lactose being an obvious note, pleasant roasted malt in the back, so an appealing nose.

Being labeled as "double" anything connotes a heavy beer. Not so in Double Cream Stout. Not only flavorful, but very damn smooth going down. It's cream sweet, backed by a good stout with roasted and licorice notes. As for texture, I imagine that it's not far from silk, because it's incredibly smooth.

Dessert has been served in the form of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. This is one that I'd love to try again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a two-finger tan foamy head. Heavy lacing.

S - Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, and dark coffee.

T - Follows the smell. Roasted malts with sweet milk chocolate. Bitter coffee in the middle. Finish is smokey.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth drinking with a watery mouthfeel.

O - Very easy drinking roasted stout. A little more body would help out. Still very good.

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Photo of Oktobergirl
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night at the bar, I have not had anything from Bell's that I have disliked so far. This one I truly appreciated, since it is a cream stout that does not contain dairy. Nice smooth mouth feel, delicious chocolate flavor. This stout is pleasing, without being thick and is very easy to drink. I recommend it highly.

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Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with red highlights and a dark caramel thin head.
Predominant aroma of coffee with milk, some caramel and dark fruits.
Malt roasted flavor with notes of milk, coffee, cocoa, earthy and citrus hops and licorice. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Quite creamy body with low carbonation.
A mellow Stout with a velvet sensation. Good, not exceptional.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of shocked I haven't reviewed this yet, but oh well. Recent tasting on tap at Capone's.

Typical dark brown-black pour you'd expect from a stout, a small creamy tan head sank to a ringlet, holding there and dotting the glass with lace. Dark roasty malts in the nose, milk chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. Smooth sugary sweetness in the taste, cocoa, light roasty bitterness for balance, and a slight mineral element in there as well. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, but perhaps not quite as luscious as the name would imply. I'd bet this would be great on nitro, but I say that about many stouts. Nice beer overall, but I'd reach for an Expedition much quicker than this.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black, somewhat oily pour into a snifter from the 12oz bottle. One-finger light mocha head forms and has nice retention. Cap falls down to a frothy ring and has some creaminess to it. Lacing starts thick at the top with some pillows and finishes spotty.

S- Malt forward with an emphasis on roast and toasty characteristics. Notes of coffee, light caramel, slight dark fruits, cereal grains and burnt malts come to mind. Some nice milk chocolate rounds it all out.

T- Follows the nose quite well with the same sort of malt profile and yeast balance. Deeply roasted malts are responsible for most of the flavors with notes of dark roast grains, burnt malts, espresso, cocoa powder and toast. Other hints are of caramel, slight sweets and the yeast provides some dark fruits.

MF- Moderately thick bodied with a a slightly creamy and silky texture. Carbonation at a low to medium level and smooth.

Deeply roasty but lacks maybe a bit of texture in the mouthfeel for me. Solid stout nonetheless and something I would certainly have again.

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Photo of timfelix
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of DougT
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of henrichsj
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black, carbonated tan head, looks like Coca-Cola, head never really dissipated

S - Chocolate and Coffee! (My four-year-old daughter thought it smelled like cookies!)

T - Delicious! Chocolate stout, malty, very creamy, just the right amount of carbonation and bitterness

M - Thick and creamy yet crisp and clean (if that makes any sense); doesn't leave that thick aftertaste other stouts seem to

O - One of my favorite Bell's beers! Very sessionable, in my opinion. I could see some nervous stout wannabe's give this a go and enjoy it. Worth the high price point if you ask me...

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.
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