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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
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
Reviews:
1,435
Ratings:
3,754
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
17.09%
 
 
Wants:
221
Gots:
493
For Trade:
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Photo of mphopkins99
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown, with a small burnt-orange head. Lacing sticks around throughout.

S - Definite heavy malt presence, with a hint of coffee and caramel.

T - The roasted malt is promintnent, with a bit of sweetness added through slight dark chocolate and coffee taste.

M - Creamy, very smooth with an excellent dry finish.

D - A very drinkable beer. I could have enjoyed more than a few, it went down easy.

This is the second offering I've had from Bell's, and like the first it makes a great impression. I will definitely be seeking out their other offerings.

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Photo of Godot
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, with bubbles taking some time to push their way to the top but eventually forming a nice finger tall, tan head that eases its way back to a ring with a few chunky islands of head floating in the middle. Opaque black. Smells good but its very subtle. Admittedly the beer is a little cooler than it ought to be so this may be part of the problem. Taste initially suffers for the same reason, but as it warms up the flavor profile expands nicely. Nice roasted flavors that meld with a slight sweetness reminds me of burnt marshmallow. The mouthfeel is velvety and thick. Overall this is a really nice "sweet" stout. I put the sweet in quotations because it definitely does not play this side up as much as some of its peers. Its a stout first with just enough sweetness to balance out the bitterness nicely, leaving a very full character taste. I would definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of GeoJ
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really can't add to the other A+ reviews other than to say this:

I have something of a "sweet-tooth", so this brew is right in my wheelhouse.

Don't misunderstand - The sweetness isn't cloying, or obtrusive. It's in perfect harmony with the hops and alcohol that sneak in and remind you that you are, indeed, drinking a beer.

I can see pouring this over some great vanilla ice-cream as a socko dessert to surprise your dinner guests.

Simply one of the most delicious beverages I've ever tasted.

Incredible.

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

A - Poured into a 16oz Tulip. Very dark with a slightly tan head about a finger tall.

S - Not much of a smell coming through to start. Bit of chocolate and coffee. No burnt aromas.

T - Notes of coffee and chocolate are prevalent. Slight tones of dark fruit and creamy vanilla coming through as it warms.

M - Great. Exceedingly smooth and creamy. Slight carbonation on the tongue.

D - Pretty good for a stout. Could sit down and have 2-3.

Was expecting a little bit more mingling of flavors, but overall a good beer indeed.

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

Bottle into a snifter, dated 9/6/11.

A - Inviting. Opaque but not oily black. Thin head of mocha bubbles which ends up rimming it. No noticeable residue on the glass.

S - Very good. Light roasted coffee. Fair amount of bitter to bittersweet chocolate. A bit of dark cherries? No booze to speak of. It's fairly understated, though - doesn't leap out and punch you in the nose.

T - Tastiness. Very smooth - smooth as cream but without any lactose. Leads with a light chocolate and hint of coffee, primarily roasty toasty malts. Not getting the fruit/cherry as much as in the smell. Starts fairly sweet and evolves into a lingering roasted coffee that lasts for a while. Blurs the line between a sipper and a quaffer.

M - Quality. Appropriate carb level - in the background. Don't notice the carb unless trying to. A bit on the thicker side but nothing like a Ten Fidy etc. Good for this beer.

Overall, a very good beer. One of my favorites in the fall/winter. Low enough in abv to drink several, but tasty. This isn't a study in subtle layers of flavor, but a study of how to make a very tasty non-imperial stout. Another great Bells fall/winter offering...like all of them.

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Photo of Patric65
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have to admit up front that I went to the store planning on buying a six pack of Expedition Stout. They were temportarily out, which allowed me to sample this one.

Bottled 11/18/15, served cold in a pint glass. Excellent head and lacing. Excellent color, deep rich brown.

Sweet aroma, hinting of chocolate and figs.

Nice stout flavor with a slightly sweet start followed by a slightly bitter finish. It actually has a tangy mouth feel which is most notable on finish. This is a well balanced beer with a very light feel to it. As noted by others, a stout you can drink more than one of at a time and enjoy. I found this beer to be very enjoyable. Will definitely buy it again, a very nice low gravity alternative to Expedition.

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Photo of Brewbro000
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to OregonKnowsBest for this tasty extra-

A very dark pour that yields a on finger khaki brown head that recedes very quickly into a thin ring around the edges with minimal lacing. Smell of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is of sweet toasted malts/chocolate and caramel that finishes dry despite how sweet it begins. Each sip is better than the rest as it warms and the carbonation mellows the creamy smoothness this bottle claims begins to come through. I would easily drink a few of these as the booze is low.

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Photo of lsrose
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drank a lot of this beer. It is one of my favorite stouts. It pours a nice thick head that sticks around quite well. The coffee smells really jump out when pouring it. It also has taste of toffee and chocolate and other malts as the 10 malt blend comes through. Some bite and hops come through late.

I really like this one and it is a great malty stout.

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Photo of kiddwhiz
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmkratt for the generous gift that is this bottle and for the trader that recently sent it to him.

a: I poured the 12 oz bottle with a #9986 stamp in to a New Belgium tulip. The darkest of brown/blacks with one finger of silky, tan head.

s: Sweetened malted milk, grapes (yeah I know, wtf) and figs.

t: Subtle and savory with a bitter-sweet finish. Malted milk balls meets toffee meets pecans meets chocolate.

m: Slightly unctuous with a bit too much carbonation.

d: I find this beer enjoyable and drinkable but not at an exceptional level.

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Photo of Jekster
2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: This beer pours from the bottle oil slick deep black color. There is a thick dark down head that sits on top of the beer with a persistent staying power.

Smell: This beer has a definite oatmeal aroma which nearly overpowers all other present aromas. There is a slight sweet roast in the background along with some nutty and bready characters.

Taste: The oat also comes through distinctly upon taking a swig. There is almost roasted pecan flavor and a definite white burnt sugar sweetness to the beer. This beer's flavors are extremely unbalanced with the distinct, dominate, not pleasant oat character followed by awkward sweetness and a dry alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: The beer does have a pleasant body that is thick and chewy without making it a sipper beer. There is a definitely slick feeling to the beer which I would guess is from copious amounts of oat in the grist.

Drinkability: The unbalanced flavors and armoa do not lend to making this beer drinkable. I wouldn't want to drink more than one in an evening.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Bell's makes some fantastic beers, but this is not one of them. It's disappointing because their Kalamazoo Stout is such a fantastic beer. Unless you are a big fan of massive oat character stay away from this beer. Instead, save yourself some cash and go pick up a sixer of Bell's Porter or traditional Kalamazoo Stout.

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Photo of iron78
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

doesn't allow any light through. has a dark brown head that fades very fast.
the standard porter coffee and chocolate smell, but with a hind of tobacco maybe.
carries the coffee and chocolate into the flavor. the bitterness masked well by the cream, almostlike a latte.
very thick and creamy leaving the mouth feel coated.
very enjoyable.

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Photo of tfp4268
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a creamy, two finger head that leaves a fine lace after a few minutes.

Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is also sweet and malty, not really robust, decent hops balance, alcohol comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is great...thick and creamy.

Pretty drinkable, especially for a 7.5% ABV. I'd definitely do it again.

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Photo of Buggabeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours black with no light coming through when held in the light. The head was little and dirty brown that dissapeared fast and then vanished. Being a cream stout I would have liked to see some head.

S Very malty with toffee and coffee hints to it with a bread dough smell

T Very nice and can't wait for another, I get a well balanced beer with all the malt in it (10 different malts according to the bottle) it finishes with a roasted coffee taste which is very nice and not over done.

M I would have expected a more creamy feel to it but it has a nice malt feel that is not heavy.

O A better than good beer. Appearance and smell could be better. taste was very good, which is the most important thing.

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Photo of brobeerbot
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Nonic Pint.

A- Poured with just a small amount of tan head. Dark as night. Light can not penetrate it.

S- Strong coffee and cream going on here.

T- The first thing you get here is coffee and cream, just like your morning cup of joe. Hints of caramel and smoke can be tasted right after your sip.

M- Slight carbonation and not very thick as many stouts but far from watery.

D- A very easy drinking stout could drink multiple bottle in a night.

Overall this i a very nice stout that tastes as the label states.

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Photo of HopHed
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Dark brown, nearly black. Very Clear with a noticeably taupe head.

AROMA: A noticeable malty smell with some heavy coffee tones and an ever so slight alcohol note present.

FLAVOR: Malty, roasted, coffee flavors. Extremely smooth & rich, with just a hint of sweetness. It filled my mouth with a rich, thick, but not cloying foam. Subtle hints of chocolate. A light, almost nonexistent bitterness of hops.

PALATE: Definitely a medium-bodied, extremely well balanced, very creamy mouth feel. Almost no heat (of alcohol) about it.

NOTES: I could easily make this a session beer. The beer was medium bodied, very enjoyable, and very rich. But, at 7.5% ABV I think as a session, I'd have to make it a very, very early night.

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

I have had this multiple times at two different locations- on tap. It was labelled at both places as Bells Cream Stout. I looked at Bells website and did not find a Cream Stout, except Bells Double Cream Stout, so I am assuming they are the same.
I found the flavor was not that exceptional, good but not great, at one place. I believe it was due to it being served ice cold, and this needs to be drunk at a more moderate temperature.
I have had it multiple times since, and found it exceptionally flavorful, with all sorts of malt flavors, a touch of hoppiness, and definite coffee and chocolate flavors. The flavors are well balanced, so that if you are thinking "coffee" that seems predominant. If you are thinking "malts galore" you will really notice all the malt flavors.
I wonder if some of the other reviewers had a serving that was too cold, because this is one of the most flavorful dark beers I have had. Or it was a different beer. It did seem to have more of a kick than the Double Cream stout's advertised 6.1% alcohols.

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass at a local pub. As usual the stout was served well below optimal temperature so I drank slowly to see how the taste developed as the beer warmed.

A: typical dark, pitch black stout color with a minimal head that dissipated quickly.

S: smelled some cocoa, malts, raisins and a hit of hops

T: more hop bitterness that I would have thought this beer would have, some cocoa flavor, java notes and has the beer warmed more of the java flavor came forward. Not creamy as the name would suggest.

M: nicely carbonated, light feel on the tongue, I expected a thicker creamier beer but it was light similar to an Irish dry stout.

Overall: nice beer, I enjoyed it but it was not as creamy as I thought it would be, more of a dry stout in my opinion, but good.

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours jet black with a hefty three finger head with a mildly aggressive (read: drunken) pour. When held to the light just the tiniest hint of ruby-orange highlight shows. Pretty good lacing as well.

S: Sweet roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate, dried dark fruits. A mild roasted nut note comes out as it warms.

T: Sweet, yet mildly astringent, this shows the full gamut of complex malt characters, from roasted nuts to coffee and chocolate. Finishes with a rather black malt like finish.

M: Thick and rich, almost chewy, though as it warms the alcohol burn mixes with carbonation and black malt astringency.

O: This beer was only hamstrung by how tart and astringent it became as it got warmer.

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Photo of Darien
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice black syrupy looking beer with a nice head and lacing.

S-Smells sweet and malty with hints of chocolate.

T-Sweet but not to sweet and very malty.

M-Thick and creamy, I love it.

D-one of my favorites, incredibly rich and, a treat for the palate.

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Photo of gregalobeer
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious stout, but a disappointing cream stout.

This beer failed to exhibit many of the cream-factors typical of cream stouts. For example, the head disappeared almost immediately. I like a thick head with my cream stout. I like the head to stick on my upper lip like a milk mustache. The body was thin, the sticky texture missing, and the sweet, milky finish barely detectable. In fact, I drank the first few bottles completely unaware I was having the cream stout in the fridge. (Sometimes I don't look carefully at the label, just to surprise myself.)

But all is not lost with this specialty Bells stout. Malts are super toasty and dark, practically begging to be followed with a fat chunk of chocolate or maybe a chocolate covered espresso bean. And hey, with such a beautiful malty finish, I think the puny sweetness is a blessing in disguise.

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Photo of CheapHysterics
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks dark and beautiful, smells delicious, mouthfeel is so creamy, and it tastes as delicious as it smells. I know its seasonal but I stash a few to enjoy all summer long. The roasted malt characteristics stand out, with some fleeting hints of smoke and dark fruit. Just enough sweetness to balance out the earthiness and hop bitterness. Such a great beer I can't get enough of it.

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Photo of Beertinez
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours like motor oil. Thick and pitch black. One finger mocha color head.

On the nose, im getting chocolate, coffee beans, and roasted malts.

The taste is very nice! Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted malts. Light hops and coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingers for a second or 2.

Thick mouth feel. Reminiscent of a milk creaminess.

A very nice beer to sip on and savor. The thickness makes it kinda of weird to down one after another.

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Photo of henrichsj
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black, carbonated tan head, looks like Coca-Cola, head never really dissipated

S - Chocolate and Coffee! (My four-year-old daughter thought it smelled like cookies!)

T - Delicious! Chocolate stout, malty, very creamy, just the right amount of carbonation and bitterness

M - Thick and creamy yet crisp and clean (if that makes any sense); doesn't leave that thick aftertaste other stouts seem to

O - One of my favorite Bell's beers! Very sessionable, in my opinion. I could see some nervous stout wannabe's give this a go and enjoy it. Worth the high price point if you ask me...

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Photo of adamhdv
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, thin red tint at the bottom which allows maybe a spec of light through. Moderate size head with decent sized lacing, so far.

Smells sweet, malt, great amount of coffee and chocolate.

First sip is thick and sweet, nice and creamy. Awesome malts. I don't really get any bitterness or the alcohol in it, maybe once it warms more.

Body is full, smooth, thick, creamy and carbonated just right.

Goes down smooth, easy to say the least. Awesome dessert beer! Well done by Bell's.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, looks black in the glass. I had to do quite a hard pour to get any head, but once it started forming, I got about an inch of creamy tan foam up top. This didn't stick around too long, receding to a ring around the edges of the glass. I get dark chocolate right away, with hints of darker fruits hiding in the back ground. Hints of the coffee can be found as well if you really put your nose in there.

Starts off with dark chocolate, complete with the fruity notes you usually get from the darkest of chocolates. This adds sweetness, which goes quite nicely when the coffee kicks in, leaving you with a coffee taste that's had a few sugars dumped in. The coffee does add a touch of bitterness that helps balance out what I would call a sweet beer. This bitterness stick around, even after the finish, along with some plum and raisin ish notes. All these flavors are pretty soft, and I wish they where a bit more aggressive. As is this is an easy drinking beer, with great flavors, but no flavor really stands out at all.

The beer has too much carbonation to really be smooth or creamy, a downfall for me. It's heavy, but the bite of bubbles in the middle really detracts from the overall experience for me. Still a good beer, but if given the choice, there are many others I would grab before this one.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,754 ratings.
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