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 rawthar
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle of a Bell's Dark Side case into a Brooklyn tulip. Remember this being one of my favorite of the bunch...let's see how it holds up now.

A- Pours a burgundy tinged black, total espresso-colored big-bubbled head with a usual quick dissipation to a frothy film that leaves a pretty lacing on the sides of the glass. Completely opaque and seriously substantial.

S- Alcohol and caramelized roasty malts with the tiniest bit of blueberry and anise, smells a lot like a creme brulee just out of the salamander.

T- A balance of sweet and sour. Not quite as much caramel on the tongue as in the nose, but the burnt characters float on top of a sour milky undertone, rounded out with some roasted coffee, before finishing up with an acidic kick to the back of the tongue. A lot going on in this glass.

M- Thick and frothy, smooth and coating, this beer turns into a pleasant, living foam in your mouth.

D- Not something to daisy chain together, for sure, but too good not to finish. This is somewhere between a sipper and a dessert beer.

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

A-Poured into a glass a brownish-black color with mocha head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.
S-Nice aroma of chocolates and coffee, with sweet molasses and malt notes.
T-Roasted, almost burnt, malt flavor infused with coffee, chocolate and molasses. Very earthy afternotes and no alcohol flavor detected.
M-Thinner than I would have expected. This brew was somewhat creamy in texture but less than I would have liked, and with almost no carbonation. The finnish was dry and a bit bitter.
D-I thought this beer was good, but not great. Definitely worth getting again, though, as I think it's the type that grows on you, IMO.

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

A- 4.5 Dark dark brown, nearly black in color with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger head on the pour that slowly mellows throughout the drink. The dark khaki head leaves a sticky and frothy (but smooth) lacing on the edges of my Perfect Pint glass. Micro bubbles dance beneath the head at the surface of the brew as it sloshes around. Nice looking stout.

S- 4 This smells good. It smells of coffee and cocoa primarily, with the malts giving off a sweetness overall. I get a hint of oak at the end of the whiff. It is quite inviting, though not all that pungent.

T- 4.5 BSDCS tastes even better than I expected from its aroma. It is even more balanced by its deep malt variety on the palate, and comes together in a smooth tasty blend. I still get cocoa and a bit of coffee but it has a very good roasted complexion added by the malts as well. Just a touch of hops on the back end keep this in check, which is very nice.

M- 4 It is medium in body but a little slippery overall. Maybe it is lacking just a hair in carbonation, though it isn't much of an issue at all. I suppose the name alone had me expecting more of a creaminess than I got, but it is definitely smooth.

D- 4.5 This is a very tasty stout that isn't all that heavy and has a very good flavor profile. I'm a big fan of coffee and the sweetness that is combined with it in here from the malts works very well and isn't overbearing. For the style I could drink as much of this one as any. This is a solid offering from Bell's.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Very dark and opaque with virtually no head from an aggressive pour and minimal lacing.

The smell is of roasted sweet malt, coffee and more malt.

Taste closely follows the smell - the malt is the overriding note with lot's of sweet coffee. Not cloying but definitely sweeter than anything I would normally pick up.

Mouthfeel is slick and a little oily. Not bad.

Drinkability is ok, although this is certainly no session beer.

Overall a little out of my standard range but I enjoyed it. Certainly a good effort from Bell's.

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Photo of FishGetter
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jaxon53 for this one on a trade. Pours jet black in a snifter with minimal head. Wow its black!
Aroma is of toasted grains, coffee, some soy, birch, and some sweetness.
Very smooth toasted grains, some black coffee notes too. Vary faint bitter chocolate flavors round it out. Some hop biterness flashes to finish it off.
Nice solid mouthfeel, between a medium and heavy. Very silkie and smooth.
Very drinkable stout. Not too complex and very smooth. Nice touch in not killing it with a high ABV. Great ballance on this one.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Moderate frothy head with big bubbles and some color variegation. Thin lacing. Head dissipates within thirty seconds.

S: Not smelling much. Some roasted coffee, maybe a little sweet cream behind it.

T: Milk chocolate, toasted marshmallow, graham cracker.

M: Not a whole lot going on, but what's there is pleasant enough.

D: This seems like a great session beer.

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Photo of BCMan
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I opened this beer, my wife said, "Oooohh! Pretty label!" Even with a rather agressive pour, this beer poured very flat but did manage to build about a half inch of frothy head. This has been pretty typical of the beer I've tried from Bell. This beer is dark, no light was getting through. The head was tan and faded fast but hung around the edge like wall flowers. The nose was very subtle with chocolate malt tones. The taste was a little thin, not what I was expecting. The flavor was mild as well but then again, a lot of stouts don't really explode with flavor. This beer is very mellow and demands that you take your time with it. It finishes nice with a bit of a mocha flavor and more chocolate. I probably would've rated this beer a bit higher if it were a bit more active from the pour and I'd like to taste it a little more chewy.

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Photo of macktbone
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Dirk at the great Filet and Vine in Montgomery Alabama...a must stop if your in the area!

Love me some Bells so I figured I'd try this Stout.

A- Deep black color with a very thin head that only lingers along the edges in a light brown ring.

S- Vanilla, moss, and a bit of wet dog.

T- Mint, bitter chocolate, leather.

M- great mouthfeel, which for those who know me is one of my favorite aspects of a beer.

D- Good daily if it weren't for the distance and the price...12.50 a sixer is way high for this beer.

I thought the "double cream" stout would be related to the flavor not the mouthfeel, unfortunately not the case. The flavor is interesting but not what I had hoped for, however, the mouthfeel is worth giving it shot.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Midnight black, tan head retention

Smell - Very faint but complex. Licorice dominates the nose but there also seems to be chocolate and a couple roasted notes.

Taste - Very tasty. A lot of malty sweetness up front that descends to a nice sweet nutty finish. Lots of complexity with a nice sweet and smooth flavor profile and a slight smokey aftertaste. Very balanced and delicious and impressive given the 6% ABV.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth on the palate

Drinkability- Very high

Overall- I'm very impressed with this beer. It's tasty and unique and recommend others to try this.

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Photo of rel
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hands: Bottle

Eyes: Pitch black with a very little tan head, no retention and decent lacing.

Nose: Lots of sweet malts, some roasted notes and vanilla.

Tongue: Little hops, lots of roasted malts, and a lingering sweetness accompanied by some coffee-like bitterness.

Mouth: Its quite creamy...maybe even double creamy. Appropriate carbonation.

Mind: A nice stout. Other than a slightly higher than normal creaminess out of a bottle, pretty standard, but well executed.

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this on tap, but wasn't slow to order one. I wasn't disappointed.

Appears dark black/brown in the glass, with a creamy foam head which clung to the edges of my mug.

It smells like roasted, malty aroma as well.

The flavor is VERY smooth, roasted malt flavors, creamy milk chocolate taste- balanced by a rich bitter aftertaste which stops by and says "hey mouth- want some flavor today?"

Very medium-bodied beer, not heavy as you might think on first look. As others before have said- like velvet.

I'm glad this is on tap here.

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Photo of icetraxx
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a two finger extra creamy head into my Guinness tulip. Extra dark and black as the night, with a slight ruby hue if you force light through this one. The head slowly dissipates to a one finger head after a minute or two, clinging to the glass. Massive lacing. The head sticks around, looks like a stout should.

S: I'm pretty sure I served this too cold as the aroma was lost, especially true as I just finished eating spicy food. Even though I let myself cool off and the beer warm, there was only a hint of caramel, molasses, and sweet malt, all very faint.

T: Yes! A sweet stout that didn't make me gag from sweetness on the first sip. Roasted malt, a hint of bitter chocolate, earth, and a hint of sweetness. Not hoppy or very bitter, the flavor profile sort of reminds me of Guinness in a way (though much more hoppy and bitter compared to Guinness directly). The spicy food I ate is definitely masking some flavor here. The flavor is nearly balanced, though definitely more so on the malty-sweet side of things. The flavors seem right, but there isn't anything really popping out at me or all that complex. As the beer warms up there is definitely more bitterness, but no floral hops to be found. The flavor of the malts, without a cloying sweetness, is very nice with the hint of chocolate.

M: Best mouthfeel of any beer I've had 1-28-2010. Creamy and super light on your tongue, possibly creamer than cream, not oily or syrupy either. Perfectly carbonated, overall just a perfect mouthfeel.

D: I could drink this all night, though I may get a little bored after a couple due to a lack of any flavor pop.

O: The perfect pint of Guinness happens to be Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. Drink this one as fresh as possible as this one is already smooth and it's flavors are already on their way out.

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Photo of pocwolf
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black in color with a large tan head that faded pretty quickly to a thin ring. Lacing all down the glass

S - Malt, coffee and cream

T - Like drinking a coffee with cream. I find it hard to believe there is no lactose in there. Super creamy and slightly sweet. Wish there was a touch more roasty but other than that perfect.

M - Thick and creamy

O - One of my favorite stouts. I have a hard time keeping it in my fridge.

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Photo of beersabound
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a yummy stout that is black with some dark brown corners. The espresso-esque head formed quickly but faded too soon. The strong aroma is of patent malt and molasses. The flavor is more complex than the aroma. I taste lots of residual sugar to balance out the roasted malts. Some nice alcohol warmth blended in with a creamy mouthfeel make this feel great in my mouth. Overall, it's a good after dinner beer that would go well with a very rich fruit or chocolate dessert or by itself.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head than doesn't last long but does leave some lacing.

Smell sweet and roasty.

Taste has a slight roastiness and is mostly of sweet milk chocolate. Not much aftertaste with this stout. It has a decent mouthfeel that seems to have a bit more carbonation than average. Highly drinkable beer that I enjoy regularly.

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Photo of Brettster
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Very nice tan head that faded fairly quickly to a fine tan lacing round the glass. Pours coffee black. Smells sweet and a hint of roasted malts and coffee. This beer is definitely a well balanced treat. This beer is thick and creamy. Definitely one of the creamier stouts that I have had. It starts off sweet with a very nice roasted finish. If you enjoy stouts, this is a must try.

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Photo of jgap
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to psychohops for this one! Pours thick and black with a good amount of mocha brown head. Wafts of chocolate and coffee come from the pour. Sticking my nose in the glass for a quick huff reveals a lot of coffee with some hints of bitter dark chocolate. Taste is also coffee with a smooth, milky chocolate sweetness turning to a light hop bitterness. Great aftertaste and silky smooth mouthfeel. Thicker than most but nothing crazy. Very good beer.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a nice and large, frothy, khaki head. Leaves superb lacing. Beautiful.

S: Smells roasty, milk chocolaty, sweet, slight bit of coffee on the back end. It smells creamy.

T: Just like the smell, I get all the components of a good stout. It has equal portions of sweet and roasted malt goodness. It does carry an appropriate bitterness to help balance it out.

M: I understand why they call this one double cream stout, because it does, in fact, carry a beautifully creamy mouthfeel that is achieved amazingly without the addition of flaked oats or lactose (and it is "only" 6.1% alcohol to boot). It is velvety smooth and it has a full body. Perfect (low) carbonation.

I can't believe it took me so long to get this beer. This is an exceptional example of a near perfect stout. I can point out no faults and can give only praise to this glorious stout.

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

Dark brown to black opaque brew with almost no foam, just a fine lacing. Surprising to me is that this lacing lasted till the end. Smell is malty with a hint of molasses. Taste is more complex than that hinted at by the smell, with roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate, with just a hint of warming alcohol. It is thankfully missing the syrupy sweetness that i was expecting. The mouth feel is fairly smooth.

I am finding that this stout is growing on me, becoming more complex and interesting as it warms. Definitely something to look for next winter, when my tastes turn back to porters and stouts.

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

This poured dark dark chocolate-y brown with a small, creamy, tan head. It smells good of espresso and slightly burned caramel. The taste is good. It's smooth and full with a sweet coffee taste. The mouthfeel is quite creamy as expected but not too think. This is an easy drinking stout. Another good beer from Bell's!

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Photo of bigman147
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #7219. There is no date anywhere on the bottle but it appears to be new since several other recent posts list this batch number.

Appearance: The beer pours almost black with a slight dark garnet/ruby brown in the areas of the glass were light can get through. Poured a dark tan head (maybe 3/4") that lasted about a minute. The persistent 1/8" head remains with minimal lacing. Swirling darkens the trace head around the edges to nearly brown.

Aroma: Aroma is largely of coffee, dark malts, and slight buttery toffee/caramel. Depth isn't really in this as I find the coffee, black malt notes over power. Couldn't find any perceivable hop notes as others have noted.

Taste: The taste is a very rich creamy coffee. Excellent mouthfeel and creaminess. A very pleasant coffee bitter is balanced by malt and the cream finish. A trace sour finish that I expect in a stout. Nothing out of the ordinary as far a flavor. Bitterness seems to be mostly from the use of dark malts with minimal hops. Excellent balance as the beer finishes with a cream bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy without any unpleasant harshness.

Drinkability: This beer would be best enjoyed on a nice cool autumn day as opposed to the mid-70's we are enjoying in MI today. All and all, worth trying and I would definitely make a point of buying this when I get the chance.

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Photo of ribby
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a deep burgundy color, lighter than many stouts. Pours with a decent tan head. The aroma is relatively mild, roasted malt and maybe a hint of chocolate.

The flavor has more roasted malt than i would expect, definetely has a creamy smoothness to it. A bit bitter to start, but this is a really drinkable stout.

(I first drank a bells stout on tap when i was in college in ann arbor in 1985 or 86, that was a ridiculously sweet stout. time flies.)

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Photo of Bones54
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I hate to raise expectations on a beer based on price, but at $12 for a six pack it's just a natural thing to do. This beer pours the darkest of any I've ever seen. It's very smooth and very creamy, so the name does not disappoint. The coffee and black licorious smell are strong and amazing. Being from Cleveland this beer makes me think one thing, much like Lebron James this beer did not fail to deliver on it's hype!

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

Pours a dark black with about a fingers worth of light brown head.

Smells of dark roasted malts with hints of coffee. As it warms the sweetness of the beer comes out in the nose.

Like the smell, roasted malts, coffee and sweetness. Actually quite good, a bit sweeter than I expected but still very tasty. I was also surprised at the slightly bitter almost hoppy lingering aftertaste

Very smooth and well, where near as vicious as some stouts I've had.

Overall this is a very drinkable stout, I had 4 of them before I knew it and had to slow down a bit. Could easily have finished off the sixer.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, with a coffee colored head that disipates rather quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell: Nice roasty, sugary, malty nose.

Taste: Nothing stands out particularly strong on this stout after the nice aroma. Not particularly sweet, fairly bland overall.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly light body for a double cream stout, a touch of carbonation. Not the silky-smoothness I'm looking for in a cream stout. Pretty dry finish.

Drinkability: Says 6.1 ABV on the bottle, not the 7.5 it says here. Its not a particularly heavy beer, and with the ABV at a reasonable level, you could certainly have many of these, but the beer just doesnt do that much for me. It will probably be my last.

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