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

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89
very good
3,791 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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
Ratings:
3,791
Reviews:
1,441
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
496
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,791 |  Reviews: 1,441
Photo of Benesi88
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Gambyt20
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mwilbur
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A: Very dark brown. Little carbonation and almost no head.
S: Roast malt and subtle coffee and caramel notes. Fairly weak aroma.
T: Coffee, roast malts, and a hint of sweetness. There's also a bite that lingers thoughout. Not as robust a flavor as I was expecting, nor as smooth and sweet as is typical for a milk/cream stout.
M: Fairly smooth and light. Wish it was a little heavier.
D: Could have more than one, but I'd rather move onto a different milk/cream stout as there are several better representatives.
A decent brew, but not great.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle ~6months old

Almost black, red-brown color. Mocha head with good retention/lacing if you're into that. Smell is hard to pick up, dark malt scents far away. Truly creamy medium feel, highlight of the beer. Taste isn't bad either: malted grain with semi-sweet chocolate.

Liquid Cocoa Pebbles cereal.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-16-07
Batch 7776
Bottled on 12-20-06

Pours a very dark brown with a very nice tan-colored head.

Smell is fantastic! Chocolate dominates with hints of smokiness.

Tastes of lots of different complex malts, with notes of coffee, chocolate and a surprising hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is unbelievable! Ultra thick and creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the lower abv lets you notice the flavors that much more.

Overall, I was surprised. I've always been a fan of the Kalamazoo Stout, but this blows it out of the water. A great beer to just have around.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed with a fresher sample since the first time I had it, it was sitting in the Iowa Beer Cache for an undisclosed period of time. This particular batch was bottled November 21 and drank during the first week of December. Now that's fresh! Subsequently, it was much more enjoyable.

The appearance is decent. It pours to an opaque black, completely impervious to light. The head is very thin and chocolatey, dissipating soon after it builds. Lacing is decent.

The smell has a lot of vanilla bean and cream soda aroma to it, backed by chocolatey malt, caramel, and molasses. Nice bold roast. Similar to the Kalamazoo Stout, but a little more rich and full.

Nice bold coffee flavor with a hint of sweet creaminess to balance out. Nice chocolatey roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is great. Very thick and creamy with a gentle and soft carbonation. One of the best American stouts I've yet tried. The ABV and intense roastiness prevent it from being more drinkable, but it is a very good beer. Another quality product from Bell's.

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Photo of dannyfayy
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Fordknox
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with all Bell's beer, a handy bottling code is printed on the back of the label.

a: Dark brown to black with a thick and creamy head. Good retention and lacing.

s: Sweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt.

t: Taste the ten malts! Sweet, rich chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, slight hop bitterness in the finish, though the bitterness seems to come more from the malt than the hops.

m: Creamy, smooth, not heavy or thick, but certainly not thin. Just right for the style.

d: High drinkability, good flavor without being overly sweet or filling. One of the better milk stouts out there.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BierFan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A batch number of 8733 on the back label lets me know that this beer was brewed on September 9th, 2008. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hard pour produced a 1 finger tan/brown head. Very black body. No light shining through at all.

Smell: Fresh and roasty coffee. Slight aroma of cream or milk.

Taste: Pretty thick and substantial mouthfeel. Roasted coffee upfront. Creamy taste and feel on the swallow. Mild bitterness.

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Photo of eulerthegrape
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of beeragent
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a dark brown, forming a massive creamy 1 inch mocha head. Light spots of lace stick to the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts, with a light chocolate aroma.

T - Creamy roasted malts coat the palate, followed by a sweet chocolate bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, being a bit on the thin side, but exceptionally smooth in the mouthfeel. Very clean finish, with the taste coating the palate long after the swallow.

D - Delicious flavor and slightly higher alcohol makes for a very enjoyable beer. I have to say this is among the better cream stouts I have tried. I really wish this was available in my state.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this not long ago, also in bottle form, and rated it much higher then (4.75). Not sure if it's what I've eaten recently, or the other beer I've already had toinght, and maybe my taste buds are just tired and receptors all used up. But this seemed disappointingly bland. Almost no aroma. Beautiful rocky tan head. And smooth in the mouth. But where'd it go?

After it warmed up, the aroma came out nicely. Too bad it was all gone by that point.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown-black. Subtle deep garnet red highlights when held to a bright light. Nice tight cap of mocha brown head.

Smell: Creamy milk chocolates right out front with subtle roasted malt and coffee house medium roast. Smells delicious.

Taste: There is a distinct creamy taste right from the get go. It just about overwhelms the delicious underpinning of chocolates, medium roasted coffee, molasses and roasted malt. The mild creamy sweetness carries through from start to finish, and though not at all cloying, it's omnipresent. There is a bittersweet finish, or a subtly citrus sourness/possibly better described as an aftertaste that is a tiny bit distracting.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick, and although I found the overall mouthfeel to be medium-heavy, it should have liked it even heavier.

Drinkability: No question this one is double cream-tastic and goes down easy. Three bottles were harmed in the writing of this review.

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Photo of GuttaMane138
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch 9513 bottled Dec 18, 2009. Pours very dark brown, black, medium body, large foamy light brown head that retains well and leaves rings of lacing.

Aroma is pretty potent, chocolate, coffee, smoke, roasted malts, and a lactic quality. Almost like cream cheese frosted chocolate cake. Hmmmm...and maybe some chocolate chip cookies, too. Interesting and unique.

Flavor is more coffee up front, some chocolate, roasted malts, and lactose. A bit watery. Bittersweet finish. OK.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, yet still a tad thin, medium carbonation.

The aroma > flavor in this one for me. If it tasted like it smelled, it would be an easy 4+. As it is, I prefer Bells Kalamazoo stout, which is also cheaper than this Double Cream stout.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, batch 10830 and bottled 1/29/11. This one was allowed to warm for a couple minutes before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Bell's Double Cream Stout pours jet black, with a voluminous four fingers of caramel colored foam left sitting atop the beer. The head retention is fantastic, and lacing is left behind in a thick, weblike pattern. An absolutely gorgeous beer. The nose is fairly coffee heavy, but rather than the usual heavily roasted, black aroma, this smells like coffee with a bit of milk and sugar added. The flavor brings more of the same, though I'd say it has a little bit more roasty intensity than was found in the nose. The body is wonderfully creamy and smooth for a stout that's not imperialized in any way. It's paired with a nice, subtle carbonation that gives the beer a little life without taking away from the fact that this is a 100% malt driven beer. Bell's Double Cream Stout is one of the best regular stouts I've had, and a beer I'd buy regularly if Bell's was sold in NJ.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an opaque black with a tall brown head that almost overflowed. The head sticks around for the majority of the brew leaving rings of clumpy lace around the glass. Damn it seems bells really knows how to make their stouts look really damn tasty. Scents of dark chocolate, cream and roasted malt combine to form a very pleasant aroma. Roasted malt starts off the taste before giving way to bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The after taste is a creamy roasted lingering one. Body is about medium with a creamy feel to it. Very drinkable and tasty stuff here, this went great with some dark chocolate.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black color, with skim-thick tan head, and some apparent carbonation seen from the bottom of the glass.

Really nice smell of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and sweet toffee.

Taste is awesome... sweet chocolate, roasty, and butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is as advertised - creamy and rich in the mouth, but finishes dry enough to leave you wanting more.

So drinkable, was hard to sip this one slowly. Just be sure to let it warm a bit - much richer smell and flavor in the 50's than straight from the fridge.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Giantspace
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,791 ratings.
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