Bell's Special Double Cream Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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 axeman9182
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of meathookjones
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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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3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl

Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a nice tan head that turns to a nice ring of lace around the glass
It has a wonderful dark black brown body

Aromas of chocolate, molasses, coffee and tons of malt

Flavors of sweet malts, cream and chocolate with a light coffee bitter finish

Great creamy full mouthfeel

A very drinkable stout I like it better than the Expedition stout and I am going to savor every last drop of this one

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bobhits
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body turns black as night in this snifter. The head formed is thick and creamy with layer after layer of thick creamy foam forming over top of it. As the head falls it leaves intricate lacing on the glass.

Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors are all here, but a mellow hop finish gives this beer a rather blunt end to the aromas. Not nearly as strong or powerful on the nose as I'd have expected.

The flavors follow the nose rather well. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate with strong vanilla notes all finishing with a subtle hop finish. The mellow finish takes on elements of lactose, but I would suspect that the hops are more responsible than some lactose being added here.

This one lives up to the name, a lot of cream and very smooth stuff.

Part of me wants to say this is pretty average for a stout. Nothing is intense or stands out, but instead this blend of flavors seems to work surprisingly well.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, cola brown, almost black, with light only getting through on the edges. Not as viscous to the eye as I expected, but very stouty nonetheless. A good three fingers of root beer float head that initially hung onto its fluffiness but collapsed into some sticky pacing as soon as I started sipping. Aroma is dominated by waves and waves of clean, earthy, roasted malt. Little espresso, little dark chocolate, little dark fruit, little sour mash, and just a touch of licorice. Nothing really stands out past the malted barley, but it all subtly blends together well. Taste follows suit with multiple notes (all of the above) but nothing dominating besides the big and broad malt bill. If I didn't know there was no lactose in the beer, I'd think there was sweet cream in play. But the sweetness is more than balanced out by both roasty and hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced and very easy drinking. Aftertaste is bitter and cold pressed coffee is the primary flavor that lingers on. Feel is medium bodied and very smooth, but not thick or chewy. Great stout for being outdoors on a cool night when you're in the mood for multiple.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,894 ratings