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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,794 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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
bellsbeer.com

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
Ratings:
3,794
Reviews:
1,442
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
495
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,794 |  Reviews: 1,442
Photo of Big_V
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Shade1951
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, if not exceptional stout. Quite good for when you want a stout that has milder flavors that don't assault your palate with strong coffee, tobacco, leather, cocoa.

This one pours nice and black with little head. Aroma is muted - a bit of chocolate. Flavor is mild - a bit sweet, with noticeable but not overwhelming chocolate notes. It's quite pleasant.

Texture is creamy, with a low amount of carbonation - but without tasting flat the way some stouts do.

I wouldn't go out of my way to find this again - however, if I see it on the shelf I might very well pick one up.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a 20 oz. mug at Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA. The appearance is a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The taste is malt heavy with chocolate and raisins.. Another excellent beer from Bell's

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout, 6.1% ABV, 25 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and black, with a two finger tan head which lift little lacing. Nose is malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste follows, a bit sweet, malty, not much coffee or hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel, smooth, overall a pretty decent stout.

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Photo of freshtojeff
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Oopssorryy
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, looks black in the glass. I had to do quite a hard pour to get any head, but once it started forming, I got about an inch of creamy tan foam up top. This didn't stick around too long, receding to a ring around the edges of the glass. I get dark chocolate right away, with hints of darker fruits hiding in the back ground. Hints of the coffee can be found as well if you really put your nose in there.

Starts off with dark chocolate, complete with the fruity notes you usually get from the darkest of chocolates. This adds sweetness, which goes quite nicely when the coffee kicks in, leaving you with a coffee taste that's had a few sugars dumped in. The coffee does add a touch of bitterness that helps balance out what I would call a sweet beer. This bitterness stick around, even after the finish, along with some plum and raisin ish notes. All these flavors are pretty soft, and I wish they where a bit more aggressive. As is this is an easy drinking beer, with great flavors, but no flavor really stands out at all.

The beer has too much carbonation to really be smooth or creamy, a downfall for me. It's heavy, but the bite of bubbles in the middle really detracts from the overall experience for me. Still a good beer, but if given the choice, there are many others I would grab before this one.

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Photo of BLarson31
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of beergoot
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black body; thin head that quickly fades to wisp. Notes of coffee and roasted grains in the aroma. Milk chocolate taste with tones of nuts and tannins; bitter at the finish. Heavy body; smooth on the palate.

Had on tap at The Bag of Nails pub in Mansfield, Ohio. All around decent cream stout. Too bad the head isn't there, but it does deliver a fine rich, tasty stout.

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Photo of Mwvia67
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MykeJ
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffwise
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nihilistic
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Inky black pour with brown edges, and a nice tall 2 finger caramel head. Light lace left on the snifter.

Strongest note in the aroma is coffee, followed by half and half, and then some melted chocolate. Some roast barley also follows.

Both coffee and half & half are equally strongest here, followed by some lingering acidity, and semi-sweet bitter chocolate chips. The finish is heavy on burnt barley and light smoke.

Wet to start, then creamy, and dries out considerably. Roasted, dry finish.

Overall, Bell's Double Cream Stout was heavier on coffee than I thought, lending forth too much acidity and burnt notes. I wished for more chocolate, more cream, more sweetness. Alas it was not here. I probably won't purchase this six pack next year.

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chris826
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimberSwanson
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ltdsaint
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | 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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