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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 rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kite and Key...

Pours a deep dark brown with thin yet fluffy khaki head. Smell is brown sugar forward with a nice roasted matl backbone. Taste is very sweet up front... the malts give a chocolate, carmel and molasses taste to the middle and hints of dark fruit, smoke and earth on the back end. Presence of bittering hops noted. Full bodied yet creamy. The heavy body and the super-sweet taste keep this otherwise yummy brew from being top notch.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. My bottle lists it as 6.1% and not 7.5% alcohol

A: Black with a big dark tan head that recedes slowly. There's a mild carbonation that makes the head look like bubbly mold (in a good way)

S: A creamy chocolate predominates the nose with the smell of white grapes which i find very interesting. There's a ton of milky smells, like a good shake, almost. Delicious!

T: Creamy chocolate with hints of caramel and toffee. Very tasty but a little thin for my liking. The finish is slightly burnt malts.

M: Silky smooth. Very good

D: I could keep drinking these for a long long time.

**Edit 18 April 2011**
Batch 8273, bottled Dec 19th, 2007.

The nose has developed a little oxidation and stale cardboard-like character. However, there's an enjoyable blend of chocolate, oatmeal and a little coffee present, along with a touch of fruit. The palate opens remarkably well for a beer that wasn't meant to be aged. Still some bright coffee and chocolate with a fruitiness that's more young wine than port or prunes. Oxidation is much better expressed on the palate than on the nose. Medium in body with soft, creamy carbonation, this feels pretty good. Solid stuff, this is probably better fresh, as it feels like it's a little thinner than I remember.


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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes out black/dark brown, tan head 3/5". Aroma had faint cocoa notes, not as much roast was noticeable.

Taste allowed it to be rich, yet easy drinking. Kept roast and dark malt notes subdued. Chewy, chalky chocolate vibe. A bit of bitterness, from the coffee/espresso malt notes. Nothing really cream about this. I mean, its easy to drink I guess.

I enjoyed it, would try again.

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Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Isaac Newtown`s.

The appearance is dark brown with a short cream colored head. Double Cream Stout has a a smell of toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a burned aspect too. It tastes of roasted malts, more coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is kinda creamy as the name would lead one to guess. An enjoyable and quaffable stout.

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Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pitch black with a thin brown head.

Aroma: Creamy and sweet. Hints of chocolate and mild roastiness in the nose.

Taste: Rich and creamy with strong coffee/chocolate flavors upfront. Roastiness is just right. Smooth and vibrant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. Chocolate lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Nails it on the mouthfeel alone. This is a style that is supposed to be sweet and creamy and I feel that Bells lives up to it.

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Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7733!

Pours an opaque brown/black, no edges, thick tan head forms, nice lace spots, good retention, pretty ring around the glass. Smell is super malty, very complex, caramel, bread, roast chocolate and coffee, cream, very fragrant, smells kind of like fresh dairy, little bit oaky and vinous, like a chardonnay oak sweetness. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, roasty, caramel sweetness, lactic, creamy, chocolate goodness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, nice flavour, lactic sweetness cloys a bit though. Thanks for picking up Lexx!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is ink black. A thin brown head recedes to an edging rather quickly. Nice belgian lacing. Huge mix of toffee, vanilla bean, coffee, mocha and dark fruits on the nose. The taste is a combination of bittersweet chocolate (slight), lactic sourness, alcohol and dark plum and cherry like fruits. Nice combination. Body is about medium-full. Just another in the long line of outstanding stouts from K-zoo. I can't believe I didn't review this one already.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Bottle code 10151, which means it was bottled 1.25.11

Appearance - Near black, with a nice, lively tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and malts.

Taste - Similar to smell, more smokey flavors and some coffee flavors.

Drink - Good carbonation.

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

Pours out pretty black, but then I guess its a double stout, even if of the cream variety. Aroma is faint cocoa, very delicate, not overpowering.

The taste, rich, yet soft, very easy drinking, not big on the roast or chocolate, it keeps a velvet like average chewiness with that dallop of cocoa powder. Not heavy on the sweetness. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste at all, ends dry for a milk stout or whatnot. A little twang with it. This beer offers a ton of different flavor profiles all under one cap, but none of them are really in your face. One of those stouts that you can use to convert someone to stouts, but isn't overly simplified, complex and enjoyable enough for everyone.

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Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Real dark brown pour, cream colored head. Roasty coffee, malt and mocha. Not extreamly "creamy", but it has the best of milk stout flavor with the edge of a double. More roasty malt and coffee than a normal sweet, but has the chocolate, mocha and slight lactic tones. More hoping than usual creates this balance I would guess. Drinkable and dangerously sessionable with it's slightly lower abv that beers with similar characteristics, ie imperial or double stouts. This is somewhere between a sweet stout and a double, which is what makes it a standout and unique to me. Nothing out there is quite like this one.

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Photo of drpimento
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd duck. Seems to vary a little in its characteristics. This time, I don't think I'm imagining it and don't know how it could be possible - but it seems to me like the "cream" qualities, i.e. the lactose, is spoiled. I pick up some sour milk aroma and flavor. Other than that part the flavor is spot on and ditto aroma. Body is creamy and is, for me, one of my favorite kinds of beer: milk/cream stout. So easy drinking. Don't pick up any alcohol in this at all, so it's a sneaky one. Carbonation is perfect. Head is tan, fine and medium size. Nice lace. I'd give it much better rating except for the sour thing. And, admittadly my sensory apparatus is defective, soooo... I leave it there.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery tulip... Good looking beer, black, with a big medium tan head, great retention and lacing... The aroma reminds me of an oatmeal stout, a little sweet and super creamy, cocoa, a hint of chocolate, smells great... The taste loses a lot of the creaminess and relies mostly on the cocoa notes, a bit of bitter chocolate. While's it good, just didn't live up to what I was expecting. Some interesting prune notes come out, a touch too much alcohol on the finish... The feel is a bit too hot, could be more full too.

This was pretty darn good, frankly I'm surprised. I'd gladly have this again.

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

Pours an opaque black color with a fairly substantial beige head that recedes fairly quickly.

Aromas begin with roasted malts highlighted by slightly smokey, bittersweet dark chocolate, baker's cocoa and espresso. Nice so far.

The tastes begin with roasted malts highlighted by dark coffee and dark chocolate with a semi-soft sweetness. This beer leans toward the roasty end of the flavor spectrum but not as much as I expected which I enjoyed. Definitely a stout and thankfully stays away from that hazy overly roasted borderline porter flavor profile. It's nice and creamy, yet at the same time dry. Not getting too much lactic flavors although it's kind of creamy. Like a dark bean coffee with a tiny splash of milk; def not cream, if that makes sense.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light roastiness in the finish that lingers ever so slightly leaving a nice dry crisp finish despite the fact that this is a full bodied stout. It's nice and creamy, yet at the same time dry.

Overall I enjoyed this beer much more so than I expected because I have been really displeased with the majority of Bells offerings that I have sampled to date. I had this following Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodisiaque and although it was no where as good, it held it's own in the flavor department. Not a beer I will turn away if offered and I would have it again. Glad I sampled it for sure.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the General Store next to the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Batch # 8314 printed on the label. Served in a nonic. Poured a deep, opaque brown, almost black, with ruby red highlights around the edges. Half-inch khaki-colored head with good retention and ample sticky lacing throughout the tasting. Scents of malt and cream, but very subdued. Flavors of coffee and chocolate with a malt background and a nice roasted character followed by a pleasant sweet cream finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a light carbonation bite. This brew went down very easy, combined with the fact that the alcohol was very well hidden, makes the drinkability quite exceptional for the style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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 barnzy78
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Poured very near black with a light brown head that was quick to dissipate and left minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas were of chocolate and roasted malts; rather sweet smelling. Tastes were of bold dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Finished nicely sweet with some milk chocolate as well. Mouth-feel was velvety smooth and creamy. Another solid brew from Bell's!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stone IPA glass. Nice dark appearance with thin beige foam.

Smell is nothing special in my opinion, mostly roasted malt aroma with a little sour smell mixed in. Unfortunately the flavor is about the same. Wasn't as thick or creamy as I hoped based on the name. Just a run-of-the-mill stout to me.

I won't seek it out again.

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

A: Pours black with some nice shades of brown around the edges. There is about a half finger of tan head that fades quickly. A bit of lacing is left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is chocolate, light coffee, light cream, some caramel, and a good dose of roast. It's a nice mix of sweet and roasty.

T: It starts out sweet and chocolaty, like chocolate milk. Toasted cashews and chestnuts come on in the middle. The finish is coffee with cream and sugar. This is solid.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's mega creamy. It coats the palate and takes awhile to move off. All the flavors work well together in this one.

O: Really nice. I had heard good things about this brew, and have been wanting to try it for awhile. It does not disappoint. Glad I picked this up.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of sweet vanilla and smaller amounts of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Creamy roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by hints of vanilla. Midway through the sip good amounts of dark chocolate flavors come out before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass with no problem and could have a few of these.

Overall this is an easy-drinking Milk Stout that balances that milk and stout portions quite nicely. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a fine, thin tan colored head. The head fades very fast to leave only a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is on the sweeter side with a good presence of chocolate and a nice sweet lactose/milk aroma. Mixed with these smells are notes of a light coffee smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with some flavors of a sweet milk chocolate and a roasted malt flavor. While upfront there is a good sweet milky presence, as the taste advances the sweet loses some of its ground and the flavor becomes more bitter and darker in nature. While this occurs, some lighter earthy hop flavors start coming to the tongue. These, in the end, when combined with the more roasted, lightly sweet, and darker chocolate flavors create a very nice roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body was quite nice for the darker and roasted flavor of the brew and made it drink more like an 8-9 % abv brew as opposed to its 6.1 % abv nature.

Overall –Quite a tasty brew. It’s a “not too overly sweet” and fairly roasty cream stout. Well worth a try.

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Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crane Ally in Urbana, IL

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms and sticks throughout. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted malt up front and center. Coffee, cereal grains, light chocolate. Then comes a metallic and almost acidic twang. That pretty much takes over in the finish.
T: Follows the nose with a big roasted malt, coffee, and cereal grain flavor. Finishes very metallic and acidic.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Just a bit on the thin side. Not hard to drink, but just not a fan of the metallic finish. Not something I am coming back to often.

Not a bad stout. It would be great if not for the metallic and acidic finish. I will probably try this a few more times because I have had wildly different experiences with different stout batches from Bell's.

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Photo of Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a midnight black color with a monstrous light chocolate head that creamy in its consistency and the left over lace a fine satiny sheet to meld with the glass. Rich chocolate malt sweet nose, coffee, roasted grain and just a treasure to sniff, front is ambrosial, full and rich as is the full bodied top. Finish is bittersweet, mildly acidic, bone dry and a real pleasing beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black two finger light tan head that leavs some lacing.

S-Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and some vanilla.

T-Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, tad of vanilla decent bitterness.

O-I think this is better than Kalamazoo, should have them side by side in the future. A tad more vanilla and this beer would be a lot better.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger creamy head

Smell: coffee, mocha, malts

Taste: mokah, little iron or oxidation,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, creamy, smooth

Overall: A very enjoyable cream stout just wish it didn't have that iron / oxidation aftertaste.



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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Reviewed December 2010.

A: Very black with brownish edges. Scarcely any head, but nice lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate(?) malt. Vanilla ice cream. Faint, but so pleasant.

T: Very nice. Rich, with sweet vanilla cream the unmistakable master of the maintaste. A bit of tingly hops sneak in for a bitterish end taste.

M: I feel a bit repetitive at this point, but it's creamy, round, and scrumptious. Good!

D: It seems Bell's can do no wrong -- I have yet to have any of their beer that is even mediocre. Great beer; recommended.

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