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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.

Added by Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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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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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with decent caramel head, not much lacing head dissipates not much left.
Smell coffee oak notes little cream and chocolate you can smell the roasted malts
Taste i drank this around 49 degrees good creamy taste some chocolate and malt flavors maybe a slight coffee flavor
Feel is very smooth and thick goes down very easy and coats the lounge
Overall a great stout I would have again.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A smooth creamy stout which benefits from the mouthfeel but doesn't necessarily have as much in terms of the taste profile as other, higher ABV offerings from Bells. Easy drinking, drip coffee and milky notes. Decent enough.

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Photo of Patric65
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have to admit up front that I went to the store planning on buying a six pack of Expedition Stout. They were temportarily out, which allowed me to sample this one.

Bottled 11/18/15, served cold in a pint glass. Excellent head and lacing. Excellent color, deep rich brown.

Sweet aroma, hinting of chocolate and figs.

Nice stout flavor with a slightly sweet start followed by a slightly bitter finish. It actually has a tangy mouth feel which is most notable on finish. This is a well balanced beer with a very light feel to it. As noted by others, a stout you can drink more than one of at a time and enjoy. I found this beer to be very enjoyable. Will definitely buy it again, a very nice low gravity alternative to Expedition.

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Photo of classixIII
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice dark color with slight tan foam. The cocoa and coffee aromas are prevalent but not overwhelming. This carries through on taste where the malts show up to enhance the overall flavor. This stuff is amazingly smooth and creamy! I want to try this with a big bowel of French Vanilla Ice Cream. Yum!!

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/04/15: Pours black looking with the beer looking reddish at the edges where light hits the glass, leading up to a massive thick 2-3 finger tan colored head that was full of small bubbles and dissipated very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and foamy rings as it went down. The head was so thick I ran my finger through it before it went down.

Smells of bakers chocolate, grains, toasted grains, oats and all things earthy and barley-like. There are herbal or floral notes, charred accents, cocoa powder and piney hops mixed in, but as it warms it becomes more cocoa and coffee grinds. Nice basic stout nose that has hints of chocolate sneaking through.

Tastes of coffee grinds, toffee or molasses, burnt grains, chocolate milk and charred wood or s'mores up front, with secondary flavors of metallic yeast, bitter burnt coffee, cocoa powder, baker's chocolate or a Hershey's Dark chocolate bar, peat moss, oats, light piney hops and more very smoked malts. Oh it's malty, but there are enough herbal hoppy and mild fruity notes to add balance. The finish is bitter and milky with a graham cracker or cookie sweetness jumping in the mix while remaining malt dominant with a lot of char.

Mouthfeel is really creamy, smooth and thin like chocolate milk. It has the milk stout characteristics as it slides down with almost no carbonation, a medium to thick weight, and a nice bitterness that allows the malts to bring out a variety of toasted, chocolate, coffee and earthy notes in the finish.

Overall it was very smooth and easy to drink, completely hiding the 6.1% ABV. The bottle says it was made with 10 different malts, which certainly added to it's complexity. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark black in the glass with a thick foamy tan head that left nice spotty lacing. The smell is mainly roasty malt sweetness with notes of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. The taste is amazing cocoa and chocolate with a super creamy mouthfeel. I swear I am reminded of pancakes when I drink this for some reason. Another great beer from Bell's.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a pint glass, the color of cofee black. Head of moderate size bubbles expands inward from the sides of the glass but never reaches the center. The primary note I get from the taste is that of roasted coffee. Nonetheless, this is a smooth stout. I get the creaminess on the sides of the tongue as part of the aftertaste. This brew is typical of the quality we have come to expect from Bell's. I am not an employee nor in any way associated with Bell's.

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Photo of Buck89
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Murky dark brown with a 2-finger creamy tan head that stayed a while. Aromas of cocoa, coffee and dark bread. Big flavors of coffee, charred toast, cocoa and bread. For the, the burnt coffee and cocoa dominate. Outstanding creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I honestly don't get any creaminess, no velvety texture, no nothing from this stout. In fact, it's generically roasty, maybe some stale coffee notes or some such, and not much else. Thought it was a dated bottle issue, but I tried with a freshie, and it still just wasn't especially good. Kalamazoo beats the pants off this thing.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-Rosey dark color
-No head


-Slightly bitter
-Chocolaty back end
-Strong and smooth

Mouth Feel:
-Strong start
-Smooth finish

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this beer. What can I say, I love cream stouts. Everything i would expect from a creme stout. Wont bother describing it. Jus go drink one

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Photo of K-Dog
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent smelling stout. For a lighter alcohol content the flavor is pretty intense. Will revisit again when I want to drink more than just one stout in an evening.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Two finger, cappuccino colored head, foamy but not dense, dissipates to a thin ring with a little lacing on the glass. Dark, coffee colored liquid, not quite opaque.

Light aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste follows the smell with little additional flavor.

Very smooth and silky on the tongue, moderate carbonation.

Overall, good but underwhelming. Nothing stands out, either good or bad. It's not going to replace my Satin Solitude any time soon.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown. Tan/cola colored head, not especially fine/thick/convincing. Good persistence though.

Smell is a bit... average. Definite hints of lager in the bouquet, which puts me off as I bring the glass to my mouth.

Flavor is intensely malty and bitter. "Interesting" more than "great." Also some notes of smoke, cocoa.

*Exceptionally* nice mouthfeel. Rich, intense. Wouldn't mind a bit more carbonation; what there is, is very fine. Once it's past my nose, drinking this just makes me smile.

Long, extra-bitter finish, black licorice. Not super intense.

Hard to think of another beer with such a range of strengths and flaws. I'll finish the four-pack I bought, but probably will not re-purchase.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Bell's shaker pint

A: The big surprise, no head even with an aggressive pour, pretty dark, little light coming through around the edges,little to no carbonation, I'd bump this up more if I could pour a nice mocha creamy head, looks decent.

A: Coffee, roasted maltiness, definitely picking up the malts, smells great.

T: Coffee, roasted malts, picking up some oat flavors, don't know if they use oats, really coffee forward, dry finish, tastes great.

M: I am not getting a big creamy mouthfeel, more like a coffee bitter dry mouthfeel, it is low on carbonation, pretty good.

O: I like this beer, it's got coffee roasted malts, not sweet, but it smells and taste like it has oats, my only complaint is that there is little to no carbonation. I can see this as a regular in my fridge.

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