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 ttroha
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours dark black with almost no head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, espresso and chocolate. Tastes very smooth, with flavors of roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, and vanilla. Light carbonation. Sweet and delicious.

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

Pours black with a hint of brown at the edges. The head is a medium brown color and sticks around through most of this beer. Aroma is of dark roated grains, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. The taste is very enjoyable. This is one complex but well integrated beer. It is not sweet at all for a milk stout, but has a creamy mouthfeel that is common for the style. Overall I would say the taste is pretty dry. Flavor of dark roasted grains and coffee. Some slight chocolate and vanilla notes are present. There is also a slightly hoppy note at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy and appropriate for the style. Bells really knows how to do stouts well and this is another great example.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12oz at Capones to finally give this a whirl. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque black color, pours pretty thick. Tannish brown head that only hangs around for a while, and then is completely gone. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Roasted dark malts. A sweet creaminess. Somewhat of a woody aroma. Hint of chocolate.

Taste: A rich creaminess that is also sweet. Dark roasted malts combined with some wood and earthy tones. Some chocolate once the milk/cream flavor subsides. Fairly well balanced, not overly sweet or milky.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Light carbonation. Not much bitterness. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Good balance, but one is enough for me. No hint of alcohol until it warms considerably, however.

Not bad. Could have been better, could have been worse.

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

Poured a dark brown with very little head.
Scent is of sweet dark malts, coffee and slight alcohol.
Taste is like the smell, sweet roasted malts with a nice dry bitter coffee finish nice, however the sweetness does tend to stick around after the bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a nice velvety, lightly carbonated feel.
This is a bit too sweet for me to drink very many, maybe one or two.

I like this beer over all, but it is a bit sweet and the sweetness sticks with you for a while. That is the only thing that really turned me off about this beer. I like their Kzoo Stout better.

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Photo of ROMER79
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a brownish black with a one finger tan head into a pint glass. Cream and roasted malts are two of the biggest aromas that I could pick up on. It tasted the same with a hop and coffee after taste. It was rich and thick and very easy to drink!

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Photo of otto251068
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice. Batch #9986 means this beer is almost six months old.

Appearance: Pours very dark brown, not black, but its about as close as it can get. A dark tan bubbly head rises to about a quarter inch, then fades. After a dozen seconds all that is left is a few wisps. This beer lets some light through, especially around the edges, and the dark brown colors really look great.

Smell: The nose starts off with a smooth, toasted maltiness. Some definite sugary sweetness as well, a little vanilla. A touch of smokiness and dark chocolate rounds things out. A hint of coffee presents itself as the drink warms.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, the sweetness presents itself first. The toasted malts are really great, and with them comes that ideal level of roasting. The sweetness has some molasses and brown sugar qualities. A little more dark unsweetened chocolate and coffee at the finish. A bit of coffee bitterness remains after the swallow. The creamy sweetness comes out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high carbonation level. The carbonation is very present (however it does diminish as the beer sits), and the body is smooth, creamy, and easy drinking.

Overall: Good flavors, but just a bit too much carbonation level for me. Very creamy and smooth despite the carbonation though, and the sugary sweetness matches the malts just right. For such a dark beer, the flavors are fairly mild. Nothing really overpowering as far as the flavors go, and they fit together nicely.

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Photo of Boitnott
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Double Cream Stout...

A: Very dark brown, almost black. When you hold it up to the light you can see some red in it which is pretty cool. The head is a creamy brown color

S: Strong coffee smell. You can also smell a hint of chocolate and malt. Overall the smell is not too prevailing.

T: Like the smell, it has a strong coffee taste and a hint of chocolate. It is creamy and rich. The small alcohol content goes well with flavors. There is no bitterness to it; it is nice a smooth.

M: Has a creamy feel to it. Smooth. The head does not linger too much.

D: Great for my first real cream beer. I am having trouble distinguishing it from a chocolate stout. Anyone have any advice. I enjoyed it.

Serving: In bottle. I poured into chilled pint glass. I should have made it colder before drinking....

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Photo of adams82
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black with a faint ruby hue with a fluffy tan head.

Smells sweet with deeply roasted malts/espresso/dark roast coffee. The flavor is predominantly roasty; an onslaught of dark roasted malts, a hint of bittersweet dark chocolate and rounded by a slight sugary sweetness (lactose) and finishes with a nice, balancing citric hop bitterness.

Full bodied and easy to drink. A great beer!

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark red-brown-black with a dark tan head that is relatively small and needed to be forced, subsides reltively quickly.

S- Dark and sweet malts. Somewhat of a chocolate malt scent with some roasted malts as well.

T- Big coffee, roasted flavor. A creamy chocolatey flavor is also quite noticeable. Quite rich flavor with smokey finish.

M- Creamy is a pefect description for the feel. High carbonation and a medium thick body. The finish is sticky with a hint of alcohol heat.

D- Pretty good beer, takes some time to drink and I dont think I would want more than one, but pretty drinkable for a stout. ABV is lower than I would like for a beer this big though, could use more warmth and a bigger "punch" to it.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass from bottle. Deep black with a tan, fluffy head that quickly subsided.

Smells of roasted malt. Maybe a hint of coffee or chocolate.

Taste of roast malt. Some coffee in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium with little carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, my bottle says 6.1% ABV, not 7.5%.

Pours out quite dark, with a thin tan head hanging out up top. I'm a bit stuffed up, so smelling this thing isn't really working out too well right now. What I do smell smells stouty.

Taste is smooth and roasty, just as it should be. Nothing exceptional here, but well done. Taste starts with chocolate and roast malts and finishes with a little bit of a lactic bite. Lingering flavor is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would think a "special double cream stout" should be. I've had a number of oatmeal stouts that have had a far creamier and smoother mouthfeel.

Drinkability is quite nice. This would be a good choice for grabbing a 6-pack and warming up in the winter with.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Leinenkugel's pint glass. Pours black with a two finger tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves good lacing. Dark and milk chocolate dominates the nose, and vanilla and roasty notes are detectable. Taste is roasty and sweet with mild bitterness rounding the whole thing up. Dark chocolate and vanilla aftertaste lingers a short while afterward. The name itself describes the mouthfeel very well, but it is possible to have a second one.

Overall: This is my dad's favorite beer, but I can not say that myself. With that said, this beer is excellent. An excellent choice for all stout lovers.

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Photo of pbr85
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: amazing jet black with a frothy, coffee colored head. good lacing
s: dark chocolate, coffee, toasted barly
t: first impression: pretty amazing. no overwhelming flavors, coffee chocolate, delicious
m: perfect, slides down the throat, cream is certainly an appropriate title for the beer
d: one of the best beers i've ever had, go get some if you can

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was interesting for me. A complex enough beer, but one dominated by one flavor. For me, the nose was entirely dominated with an aroma of bread. Bread cooling after being removed from the oven. Lots of yeast and flour. Not what I was expecting. Taste is sweet, very sweet actually, with flavors of caramel and maple syrup. Good stuff. However, again, the huge yeasty flavor of bread dominated the taste. While not bad, the bread/yeast smell is nice, it really does dominate the entire beer. Just seemed a bit strange to me.

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

This beer was poured from a 12oz bottle into a Town Hall sniffer.

A. The beer pours a pitch black. About 2mm of a tan head, that faded relatively quickly. Minimal to no lacing on the glass.

S. Smells of mild chocolate, toffee and smoke and light coffee.

T. Strong toffee/vanilla sweet taste. The sweetness never really fades from your mouth. Smooth, but almost a little bit bitter.

M. Full bodied, but a thin feeling on the tongue. It meets it claim, and is a creamy smooth tastes.

O. Overall it is a good beer. I wouldn't have a problem ordering this in a bar. However I wasn't blown away by the flavor. It seemed to be very one sided. The initial cream sweetness holds through, but not as many other flavors come out after. I feel like even with a year under it's belt, this beer might not round out.

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

12oz bottle into my Surly Darkness goblet.

A: black with ruby around the edges, pours pretty thick with a billowy, coffee colored head quickly generating, very enticing

S: roasted malt with a soft, sweet glow around the edges, not as pronounced as I hoped

T: hop/coffee bitterness up front with a great roasted malt backbone hitting in the middle, sweetness again in the back

M: good carbonation, pretty thick, but not extreme, well balanced

D: low abv, not obtrusive flavor, pleasant, not terribly unique, but still quite enjoyable, a flavorful stout you don't have to fuss over

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Photo of Dubber55
2.56/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Nice dark black pour, tan/mocha 1 cm head, good retention. Smells like sour milk, coffee, and chocolate. Initially tastes like sour milk. Then I am getting some hop bitterness followed by roasted malts. Tastes mostly like coffee. Has a slick mouthfeel. I might be wrong but I thought this was supposed to sweet?

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Photo of Jammies
3.07/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- ours a brownish black with a thin layer of foam that quickly retreats

S- chocolaty odor

T - a light, smoky, chocolate flavor. seems a bit bland

M- light and watery on the palate. A little coarse on the way down.

O- not my favorite. Nothing really special about this one!

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Photo of trancefishy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cellar temp, 54, as always.

appearance is that of a dark dark brew with a toffee coloured head, small but doing it's job lacing.

smell is good, mostly dark roasted things, with some chocolate powder dust sailing around.

taste is smooth, perfect caramel chocolate coffee balance. ooooh, sweet, but, not nasty sweet. just enough to say that hey, i'm likable over here.

mouthfeel: creamy. carbonation: just right for something not thick, but, assertive.

overall, really great. i had this beer a year or two ago, and it was not so good. in fact, i thought it was bad. then i heard someone rave about it, and gave it another try. really good stuff, glad i am re-introduced. thank you, bell's. i love you.

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

12oz brown bottle with the batch number printed on the back of the bottle. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque black with a full, rich, creamy, cocoa colored head. So far, so good, this brew looks thick and delicious. The head settles nicely, leaving patches of lacing. The nose is of sweet, roasted malts with apparent coffee tones. Also pick up some dark fruit (currants) and a faint semi-sweet baker's chocolate. The flavor is much like the smell as it starts off with a very smooth sweetness, followed by the chocolate and dark fruitiness, and finishes with a lingering roasted malt/coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with an almost velvety texture. The carbonation is just to the edge without going over, and the finish is semi-chalky. Luscious.

I really like this beer. It is brilliantly crafted and top notch for the style. At 6.1%, I think that I could easily drink a gallon without growing tired of it. Utterly easy to consume with almost nothing negative about it. In fact, if I were forced to find a negative, it would be that I do not currently have another to enjoy. This is worth seeking out.

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Photo of BigHead
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oh a nice creamy milk chocolate aroma with a hint of caramel. A milk like consistency with a roasted malt back flavor. A chocolate roast flavor dominates. Creamy, sweet, malt flavor and a nutty flavor builds at the back of the mouth. Coffee flavors intensify with each sip as well. It feels a little syrupy at the end, which would not make this a beer you could drink a lot of. It's a dark black beer with a tan head, the thick head lasts throughout. Some yeast residue rests on the top of the head, looks like cinnamon on a cafe mocha. Would make a great dessert beer.

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

Thanks to eyeenjoybeer for the 12 pack of this beer.

poured into pint glass

Color: Looks like coffee... dark coffee. Nickel thick tan head that recedes quickly to a dime thin head. Little lacing left behind.

Nose: A bouquet of roasted malts that deliver a sweetness to the nasal passages. Quite evident also is a subtle creaminess and sweet milk chocolate. Some caramel but its a bit faint.

Palate: Soft and drinkable. The carbonation is just right. I would like to see a bit more character here and some more complexity, but still solid. The creaminess of this beer subdues a bit on the tongue and the coffee flavors come to the forefront.

Finish. Just north of ok. If it finished the way it smelled it would be a home run, but instead its a hard hit double that just missed being a triple.

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Photo of soulfly967
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this case for over a month, and it finally came! It pured black with a nice tan head that left a slight lacing in the glass. There was no chance of light getting through this one! The smell was of roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste was smooth creamy to begin, with flavors of coffee and chocolate finishing it out. The mouthfeel was excellent, very creamy. This was a very, VERY drinkable beer. Another great beer from Kalamazoo!

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

12oz. brown bottle.

This one is touted as being sweeter than the Kalamazoo Stout and it lives up to that billing without being cloying.

I enjoyed this one better than the Kalamazoo Stout. I guess I expect a cream stout to have less of a bitter character and more sweetness around the edges, which this one delivers without going overboard.

My favorite cream stout remains the Samuel Adams Cream Stout, but I can also recommend this one.

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Photo of jlb307
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from gorby10826 (thanks Mike).
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Coffee black with a dark tan head. Darn near looked flat, it was so thick. Head was only 1/2" at most, and didn't retain long. What was left was nice little puddles of foam on the surface which laced nicely.

S: Black coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet toasted malt, with just a hint of hops.

T: Coffee and cream, with a semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste. Hints of toast.

M: Liquid velvet is the best way I can describe this brew. Full bodied with a clean finish.

D: Very good beer and surprisingly easy to drink, given how "heavy" it is.

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