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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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Photo of morayeel
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Lacy, head is solid, looks like a nice tan color and I love the way the head settles, if poured a little violently. Awsome

s: chocolate and alcohol with a bit of smoke taste to it at the end. Very smooth

t: oh greatness. Leaves a thick chocolaty and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker but very smooth at the end.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it I had this on tap and when you tap a pint you get a half of a glass of head.

d: The first time I had this is on tap at my house. This was my first stout on tap and I think I picked a good one to start off with. This is a stout that hits the spot after a long day. I love the smooth full silky moth feel of this stout. But it’s a stout that can make you full after a few.

conclusion: This was my first stout on tap at home and I am really happy with my choice. I wish this was made year long but its only seasonal. I liked this stout and plan on having my distributor get me a keg next fall.


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Photo of dolphlungdren
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: lace lace lace, head is solid, looks like clouds and bubbles if poured a little violently. wonderful

s: chocolate and alcohol... i want to snort it.

t: oh greatness. leaves a thick choclatey and bitter as it goes down, initially starts off a little weaker.

m: the biggest problem with this beer is the amount of carbonation present in it.

d: the first time i bought this beer i meant to ration it due to its somewhat pricey label (like 11.99 per six)... however I accidentally drank five of them in a sitting because they were hitting the spot. if you are in the mood for a stout that is not terribly bitter, this is your money pit.

conclusion: i generally prefer imperial stouts and things of the more bitter variety, but this is a great beer. I think i like it more than the average person on here, but I can't get enough of it and absolutely crave it when it is out of season. this beer will make your night better. it might not solve your problems, but it will certainly help you forget about them for a while.

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Photo of wingman14
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan head. Smell is sweet with some burnt characters, hints of chocolate and coffee. A moderately strong alcohol smell. Taste is similar, yet very weak for a stout. The taste was somewhat underwhelming. The aftertaste is subtle with the burnt flavor showing up most. The mouthfeel was not very smooth and had a good deal of carbonation. I really wanted to enjoy this beer, but didn't find much to rave about. A decent stout, worth checking out especially if you are a fan of bell's.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Would like to thank BigErn again for this brew. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a very deep, dull black with a two-finger creamy tan head. Little head retention , but, left a generous amount of tan lace on my glass. Faint burnt rubber, creamy milk chocolate, and coffee bean nose. Nothing too overwhelming here. Tasted of freshly roasted ingredients , short blasts of espresso, with maybe a touch of alcohol. Very little carbonation. Has a somewhat thick almost milky feeling in the mouth. Didn't think it was anything spectacular , but it was pretty good.

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Photo of trinitone
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nearly black copper color. Half a finger's worth of head that dissapated fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit all with a subtle smokiness. Maybe it's because fall is here, but I also detect that freshly fallen leaf smell in a 100% good way.

The tongue follows the nose, with the addition of a sweet lactose taste to the flavors of the smokey, bitter coffee and the sour maltiness.

Mouthfeel was quite good with a medium/heavy body and not overcarbonated.

Drinkability gets high marks as I have just finished the beer and am wishing I had another at my disposal. This is quite a complex beer, perhaps having to do with the ten malts used, that takes a bit of dissecting. Pick one up and drink it slowly.

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Photo of MDekker
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle shows the code "7250", which corresponds to February 14, 2006, according to the Bell's website. It pours out black as midnight, and you can see the viscosity, with about half a finger of light brown head. It smells immediately of dark chocolate, with roasted coffee notes too. Upon tasting, you can tell that it's a double cream stout - with all the bitter chocolate/coffee flavors comes a milky, sugary aspect, so it tastes a bit like coffee loaded up with cream. The taste doesn't punch you out, though, and there's the taste nicely fades away before becoming overbearing. And it is smoo-ooth, with just enough carbonation. Pretty easy to put down, too, making this a good brew.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dertbert...thanks for this beer.
Solid black is the color with a 1/4" brown head that recedes to a film on top. Lacing is thick in areas and sparse in others.
Smell's like a dark coco coffee. The milk is noticable in the aroma too.
The flavor starts of as a sweet milk chocolate but tranfers to a heavy coffee roasted flavor in the middle to the finish.
The mouthfeel is very unique. I would say it is a medium bodied beer, but the heavy roasted finish gives it a very full feel.
Another excellent beer from Bell's that I could drink all night.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown, almost black color with moderate tannish head. Smell is supremely enjoyable, being a nice mixture of choclate, coffee, roasted malt, dark rich fruits, and burnt smokey wood. Taste is also very enjoyable with nice chocolate and coffee flavors, combined with more dark fruitiness, and ending with a mild bitterness that beckons for another taste. So very easy to drink that I was suprised to see the alcohol conent. excellent beer. First class.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good stout slows down time. A great stout slows down time immeasurably so that you sit and stare mindfully off into the void for a long minute after the first gulp and take in what it has to offer. Kinda like watching a Regina Spektor video through your taste buds. After that it's sipping time and for me eating time so that I don't become tipsy or nod off for ten minutes and drown in the tub. Yeah, so there is lots of toastiness in this one along with the other general stout traits but for a citrusy bite in the dregs. A nice start to a weekend of sampling Bell's stouts.

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

Pours a very dark brown/black color that lets in no light at all. Mine also had almost zero head to speak of. The tan colored head, if one can call it a head, was maybe 1/8th on an inch thick at most before becoming a thin ring lining the inside ofthe glass 2 or 3 minutes after being poured. Very little lacing. This beer is full of roasty aromas of coffee, dark fruit, malt, a hint of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate dominate the smell. Perhaps a hint of roasted nut as well. The taste is somewhat sweet upfront and lingers with all the characteristics in the smell also present in the taste. There is also a hint of milk or lactose in the taste, but not the smell. No bitterness in the taste of aftertaste at first, but it starts to creep in after a few sips as the beer starts to warm. Aftertaste is somewhat mild. A bit of a dry aftertaste/mouthfeel as well. A nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Mine did not have a very frothy or creamy mouthfeel at all, as the name of this beer would imply. Moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Unusually easy to drink for a stout IMO. All around this beer felt like a porter more than a stout. A good solid beer, but not all that great. Worth a try for sure.


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Photo of nortmand
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby tinged black with a moderate brown head.

Roast and milk chocolate dominate the smell. There is some kind of wet dog aroma there as well.

Lactose, chocolate and a bit of roasty astringency in the flavor.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, a slightly better than average beer, pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky black color with a frothy tan head that persists throughout although the lacing is not great

Smell: After some unusual aromas, it settles down to provide a steady base of roasted malt, rich dark fruit, licorice and coffee tones

Taste: Initially generates a mouthful of rich coffee flavor; after the swallow, some modest bitterness kicks in with a slight sour tone on the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture with moderate carbonation but ultimately a little bit thin

Drinkability: A very good milk stout but not a great one; a couple of demerits on the aroma and sour finish

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Photo of tfp4268
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a creamy, two finger head that leaves a fine lace after a few minutes.

Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is also sweet and malty, not really robust, decent hops balance, alcohol comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is great...thick and creamy.

Pretty drinkable, especially for a 7.5% ABV. I'd definitely do it again.

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Photo of Derek
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch ID 7219, packaged on January 13, 2006.

A: Black with a tan head. Not much retention, leaves a little leg with some assistance.

S: A good amount of nose & very pleasant. Piney American hops, brown sugar and plenty of dark maltyness (bread, nut).

T: Slight sweetness, mild roastyness, mild acidity. Bready, chocolate, molases, caramel & pine. Quite nice, though I actually thought the Kalamazoo was a little more flavourful.

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Carbonation on the light side of moderate.

D: Very good.

I LOVE Bell's stouts!

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Photo of hanco005
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of batch 7250 poured into a pint glass

A—thick black solid liquid with a thin fizzy cocoa colored head, fades away slowly and spotty lacing is produced

S—coffee, sweet malty tones, some butter, alcohol is faint

T—lots of malts, milder chocolate and coffee, nice flavors, some milky taste is very faint, too

M—creamy and smooth, but a little thinner than I expected, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—I like it. A solid stout and more would be welcomed

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Photo of loren01
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark black color, small head that dissipated very quickly, no lacing.
S: Smell is chocolatey, also slightly smokey
T: Same as smell, smokey with chocolatey flavors. Very flavorfull.
M: Creamy mouthfeel, thick and kind of syrupy. Goes down very easily
D: Awesome tasting, very smooth drinking beer.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful stout full of flavor and textures that make each sip an experience...

The pour is a bit on the average side - it's a slightly thick deep brown brew with a small cocoa colored head that falls down almost immediately. No lacing throughout the drink, not even a collar of foam after a few minutes.

The nose is incredible. There's a base of deep roasted sugars somewhere between caramel and molasses, plenty of vanilla, cocoa and coffee topped with just a touch of alcohol sweetness.

The taste is very good as well with quite a bit of caramel and maple syrup flavors (though oddly this isn't overly sweet), dark chocolate and hints of espresso and a very rich creamy finish that's reminiscent of a coffee ice cream.

Mouthfeel is quite good but a bit shy on carbonation. It's a medium to heavy bodied brew with a very nice creamy mouthfeel - more like a thin milkshake than a brew. While creamy and rich the residual sugars are restrained so there isn't a thick glaze left on the tongue.

While it's not tops in many ways this is a very drinkable brew and an experience that's well worth repeating (as often as practical) Coming from the same brewery that makes Expedition Stout it's pretty clear that Bell's understands how to make very high quality stouts.

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Photo of nflmvp
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured dark as night with a dense creamy head of foam which built to about an inch and subsided to nothing but a creamy ring and light coating. Lacing was light and sticky.

Smell was smokey with roasted malts and a bit of smoke.

Taste was more smokey than anything but also had a lot of coffee and some chocolate with almost no alcohol.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Moderately thick but very easy on the mouth. I can't get over how much I enjoy this one, every time I try it.

Drinkability is good and overall, I'd say it's about as drinkable as any milk/sweet stout I've had.


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

Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smell is slightly sweet roasted malt. Mild vanilla, coffee, and alcohol notes.

Taste is similiar to the nose, but on a grander scale. Bitter chocolate and coffee battle it out with the roasted malt. Mild dark fruit and a rather tart finish with warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full bodied. Very smooth and creamy.

A good dessert beer. Very full flavored and interesting.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The head falls fast, but leaves a good sticky lacing. The color is crisp black and inviting.

Sweet black fruit, molasses, chocolate and coffee flavors with a slight creamy feel in the smell.

Not thick, but watery with coffee and cream flavors with very little body and only a slight aftertaste.

Watery and unlike most stouts with a very little body.

Overall it was less than expected from Bell's, it would take a special case the next time I try this one.

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Photo of bigman147
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #7219. There is no date anywhere on the bottle but it appears to be new since several other recent posts list this batch number.

Appearance: The beer pours almost black with a slight dark garnet/ruby brown in the areas of the glass were light can get through. Poured a dark tan head (maybe 3/4") that lasted about a minute. The persistent 1/8" head remains with minimal lacing. Swirling darkens the trace head around the edges to nearly brown.

Aroma: Aroma is largely of coffee, dark malts, and slight buttery toffee/caramel. Depth isn't really in this as I find the coffee, black malt notes over power. Couldn't find any perceivable hop notes as others have noted.

Taste: The taste is a very rich creamy coffee. Excellent mouthfeel and creaminess. A very pleasant coffee bitter is balanced by malt and the cream finish. A trace sour finish that I expect in a stout. Nothing out of the ordinary as far a flavor. Bitterness seems to be mostly from the use of dark malts with minimal hops. Excellent balance as the beer finishes with a cream bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy without any unpleasant harshness.

Drinkability: This beer would be best enjoyed on a nice cool autumn day as opposed to the mid-70's we are enjoying in MI today. All and all, worth trying and I would definitely make a point of buying this when I get the chance.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense black with a 3 finger tan head that slowly fades out into a film and collar. Spots of lacing are left around the tulip glass.
Smell is of sweet, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, toasted chestnuts, vanilla, and cream.
Taste is of the same aromas. Toasted nuts, fruits, cocoa, coffee, vanilla ice cream.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with creamy, toasty coffee bitterness with some sweet chocolate notes coming through. Mildly carbonated and rich.

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

This beer pours a very dark black with a thin collar of darker tan. A glimpse through the dimple in the bottom of my tulip reveal only a sliver of dark brown.

Smells of a dry woody dark chocolate, a little coffee and sweet cream. There’s also an odd sourness lingering in the background.

Tastes of smooth barley whose creaminess is augmented by a milky sweetness. This lies beneath a prominent smoky coffee that has a slight ashy dryness to it. Finishes with a slight lingering sourness that blends into the smoky coffee.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and rather smooth with a light, nearly un-noticeable carbonation that thickens the body up with out being fizzy at all.

It’s very evident that this is a very well crafted beer, but it just isn’t a flavor that resonates with me.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, with no visibility. Rich amber head about an inch thick - head didn't go anywhere either, staying at about 1/2 an inch once settled.

Aroma: Sweet, immediately malty finish; few coffee notes, though cream finish adds subtle notes of cane sugar and dark chocolate. Aroma marked by cool, deep notes, and is definitely a commending feature of the beer.

Taste: Full body with slightly sour finish upfront. Malt provides slight coffee tones; front palate suggestions of cream that are as much product of the smooth finish as they are of the flavor of the beer. Stout bitterness is present, but takes a back seat, with strongest concentration in the aftertaste. The sweet finish gives the bitterness a cocoa finish that provides a refreshing finish to a heavy beer.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, medium viscosity, with light-medium carbonation. Velvet in the mouth, but heavy in the finish. Last mouthfeel revealed an oily finish that wasn't detectable during the rest of the bottle.

Drinkability: Nice flavor, but might be too heavy to drink a lot of. The cream finish gives way to the more recognizable coffee notes of a stout. I can't help feeling that the heavy body might be more profitably matched with slightly heavier flavors (think Dogfish Head). A good beer, but one that could explode more in the mouth at the price.

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Photo of AltBock
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with a tan with black trim label with... to be honest, I don't really know what's on the label. It's either a picture of a tree branch or something close up in a microscope, like a piece of hair or maybe malt up close, I really don't know. Your guess is as good as mine. On the back label, there is some information about the beer, Govt warning, and a batch number, mine being batch #7219. There is no date anywhere on the bottle. If you want the date, you'll probably have to contact Bell's and see when that specific batch # was brewed.

Appearance: when poured into a mug, the beer was a dark brown almost black color with a half an inch head of tan colored foam. The head of foam dissipated away really fast leaving behind just a tiny amount of rings and no lace around the glass.

Smell: It had the slightest aroma of some roasted coffee, hint of caramel, and some roasted malt in the background. I did get a slight hops aroma, but that was when I first took the cap off and it never bothered to show up again.

Taste: The taste stared of with a rich taste of many different types of roasted malt, dark roasted coffee beans, sweet caramel, little chocolate, and then with a miniature taste of hops at the very end. The type of taste you would expect from a beer that was brewed with a blend of 10 different malts. A nice enjoyable roasted taste!

Mouthfeel: Rich, thick, smooth, creamy, medium carbonation, and with an aftertaste of many different types of roasted flavors.

Drinkability: Yet another enjoyable offering from Bell's. If you love different types of roasted flavors, then this would be a must try! Something I could enjoy over and over again!

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