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

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BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
3,872 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,694
Reviews:
1,460
Ratings:
3,872
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
522
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,872 |  Reviews: 1,460
Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black with a solid off white head, slow to break and minimal lacing. Smell is roasts with some chocolate and perhaps some vanilla. The flavor is much like the nose. Roasts are mellow, some espresso and a light cocoa is there too. Feel is smooth and creamy.

A good beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of rmarquardt17
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brickwood on 09/27/17.

Lots of roasted dark malt, cocoa, coffee & cream. Solid aroma & flavor. Robust yet, sessionable. True to style and delicious.

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Photo of Botulizard
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kb024
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Modest head production and retention. Dark black body.

Lovely and understated stout aroma. Roasty and creamy, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and a touch of brown sugar.

Less sweet than I expected. Bitter cocoa, astringent up front. Sweet grape notes and just a touch of brown sugar, particularly on the finish.

Smooth creamy body.

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Photo of Demi
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dokhollidai
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Packaging date of 08/14/2017.
This was poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color but the pour definitely leaned into the dark side of the brown with a two finger off white to tan foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Lace ran with the sips of the beer but honestly, there wasn't much there.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of roasted espresso beans with a robust dark chocolate bean balance with a touch of vanilla bean and a slight little bit of chocolate cake at the end.
The flavor was moderately sweet pulling the roast in gentle with the coffee portions and the chocolate portions coming together very nicely. Aftertaste was semi-roasty with an ample sweetness of the chocolate and espresso.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied leaning towards an in between sessionable to sipping quality - I wanna gulp this, but I don't. It's actually quite smooth running along my tongue but also in it's favor is that the roastiness of the bean helps to provide just enough grip to keep it from getting cloying or any kind of stickiness.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful American stout leaning towards a dessert beer but not being a milk/sweet stout. I would love to have again.

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Photo of moundbz
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBoneJones
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with rich tan head and sticky lacing. Very light nose, some malt, coffee, oat, and smoke. The flavor is rich but light, smooth silky malt with coffee, chocolate, char, tasted oat and maybe a little vanilla. This is a very smooth and lighter stout but not light on flavor, I enjoyed more at room temp. Very good beer.

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Photo of BubbleChamber
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, opaque liquid. 3.5-finger, dense head. Nose of roastiness and chocolate. Taste is rather dry but with a touch of sweetness—a nice balance. Roasted malt dominates, with little hop presence. Body is light-medium, but would prefer thicker. Tasty and easy drinking. —Reviewed 2017/09/06

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Photo of astrocreep2000
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is amazing. It packs a big punch in the flavor department for a 6.1% stout. Super creamy, chocolatey, dark roasted malt goodness. This beer is as close as I've seen to imperial stout feel and flavor in a nonadjunct stout that's less than 7-8% alcohol. I love it. Now of it were only cheaper I'd buy it all Winter long.

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Photo of sethcroisant
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thampel09
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkermitj
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gbontrag
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure if a double cream is a recognized style but this is really good. I tried slamming a couple quaffs but it was like stuffing two milk chocolate truffles in my face. So chocolatey! So drinkable. Liquid chocolate love. Not too hoppy - a fault with many stouts. This is milky and thick and malty and very much like a malt shake. I say "you make me very happy." Double happy. Good beer.

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Photo of Sayb
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,872 ratings
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