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

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
3,833 Ratings
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 botham
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours opaque black with two fingers of light brown head that has great retention (about eight minutes). light lacings.

aroma is roasted, with notes of chocolate malts and light coffee and caramel malts, with a distant nutty character. overall the brew is sweet, with a rich profile.

taste is roasted, with a creamy base. malt notes include chocolate, and mild coffee. nicely proportioned.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth and somewhat chalky texture. finishes smooth with a mild roasted character and residual chocolate malt.

drinkability is good. this is a full bodied and rich stout that is not dry or bitter, while remaining creamy and lightly sweet. cheers!

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of scratch69
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black, with a half fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Taste- Mellow flavors of malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and creamy. Slightly dry finish with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good. Enjoyable and definitely worth having again.

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Photo of Allurex
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of clager
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dcloeren
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

shoutout to xxcarpxx for this extra

Poured a very thin black with brown edges with a finger and a half of khaki colored head.

The nose on this beer is chocolate, roasted malt and maybe a very slight touch of coffee. Definitely nothing special going on here...

Taste follows the nose. Chocolate up front, roasted malt, a hint of coffee and maybe a little bit of dark chocolate to finish it off. Just like the nose... pretty straight forward with not alot going on.

The mouthfeel had to be one of the most disappointing things about this beer. For a beer named Double Cream Stout I was expecting this luscious, full bodied, creamy stout. Instead I have this medium to light in body with a semi high amount of carbonation. Very thin, it does have a little bit of a creaminess to it but I would say that this is more like a smoothness than creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this was just a very average beer. Decent nose on it, a good stout taste but nothing special. Dont get me started on the mouthfeel.... I would have loved to have the nose and flavor of this beer on a Double Cream Stout body and not such a thin body. Very easy drinking and if I were wanting to have multiple stouts, this would be one to go for. I know I'm hitting this one a little hard, but I'm still very appreciative of this extra. But outside of Hopslam, Bell's continues to underwhelm me.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Goliath
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours virtually black and opaque with one finger of brown head sittingo n top. Decent retention and no lacing.

Aroma has a sweet maltiness. Dark chocolate notes and roasty.

Taste is decent, with some smooth chocolate and roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a gentl carbonation. This beer is creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is fairly high. Moderate alcohol levels and decent flavors make for easy consumption. A nice beer.

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

A: Pitch black in color with a large tan colored head made up of lots of different sized bubbles.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, grain.

T: Initial taste is of very, very sweet roasted malts. The beer then gets a tad bitter and then sweet in the finish. The finish is smoky and almost chicory-like.

M: Light in body and carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: A good stout. A bit strong in flavor and sweetness.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body, dark tan creamy head that leaves blankets of lace. Nose has milk chocolate and a generous amount of whipped cream and buttermilk cream, faint espresso. Quite luxurious. The body also has chocolate and cream, firmly sweet, but with baker's chocolate, coffee flavor and acidity, and char on the finish, giving it a wholly separate bitterness. Feel is silky smooth, medium weight, fluffy, with mild carbonation.
A unique beer. Creamy is a great way to describe this- reminds me of when I made chocolate milk with half an half as a kid, with more bitterness (and alcohol). This is a no-shortcuts nitro milk stout. Glad to have had it.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Photo of npendres
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of ahommell
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richter525
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hustlesworth
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- exceptional texture is evident as soon as the liquid leaves the bottle. deep and dark with a shred of mahogany around the bottom of the glass. i've seen nicer looking foam on a stout, but this one's not bad. it's a warm khaki color and leaves a bit of drippy lace.

S- roasty espresso and dark chocolate as well as the fruity side of dark chocolate, backed up by sour cherries, fig, and raisin. some tobacco and leather and something woodsy, earthy, and fresh. coffee aromas are most definitely predominant and there's a nice marshmallow and vanilla sweetness lingering in the background. this stout smells exceptional.

T- taste almost follows suit. bell's claim to focus on the roasted-but-not-burnt coffee/chocolate flavors is completely true but it starts off with an herbal woodsy hoppy piney bite that keeps it from being perfect to me. on the swallow however, it's roasted and espresso and cappuccino and dark chocolate and milk chocolate and marshmallow and all sorts of good. finishes woodsy and grainy with a touch of burnt cookie and hops as it dries out a bit.

MF- tight prickly carbonation rolls over into an extremely luscious and creamy brew. the bubbles never falter or flatten out, nicely keeping pace with the big body from start to finish.

D- aside from the extreme richness, this one goes down without effort. the drawback however is that i feel like i just ate a huge wedge of chocolate cake, not that that's a bad thing. aroma and feel win. belly feels good. despite the company's explanation, lactose or no lactose, with a name like double cream stout i would have expected something a bit sweeter.

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Photo of Anonymous1
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,833 ratings
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