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

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3.96/5
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3,854 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#4,623
Reviews:
1,459
Ratings:
3,854
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
515
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,854 |  Reviews: 1,459
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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a humongous beige head. Great retention and generous lacing.

S: Roasted malt, milk, cream

T: Very creamy and rich with a very noticeable lactose flavor. The milk aspect is present throughout the taste, with mild sourness. A tasty beer, though perhaps the lactic aspect is a bit overdone.

M: Smooth and easy to drink. Bitter aftertaste, with lactose overtones.

D: A really solid example of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I have no idea what took me so long to enter a review for this guy. This era ends now. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a finger of light sandy ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light vanilla, light maple syrup, and very light molasses. A mild sweetness hangs above it all, a whisper confirming the style. The taste ups the roast ante a bit and adds a touch of coffee, but, beyond that, everything else from the smell remains constant. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, other than a carbonation a smidgen too active for my tastes here, this is a great milk stout. Get some.

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

A - Black body with some brown edges and a sticky brown, chunky lace.

S - Smells of dark bread yeast and roasted grains. Notes of java and dark sweetnessand tang.

T - Very sweet up front, with a nice bold punch of molasses chew candy. Molasses and coffee syrups, with some bitter sweet chocolate added.

M - Semi dry, low carbonation. A good stout body and finish.

O - A pretty darn sweet milk stout. Alot of dark sweetness in this one.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a creamy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roast, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, hints of sweet caramel and little to no hop aroma. Taste is sweet creamy and smooth. Whipped milk chocolate mousse with hints of mocha, caramel and roast. Sweet roasty creamy and flavorful. Medium body with a velvety smooth creamy silky mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. That is a nice flavorful stout. Its hard to believe there is no lactose in there.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a very dark brown color with a thick 2 finger head of tanned foam. Nose is hoppy upfront with the burnt grains filling out the middle an the finish is sweet and chocolate-like. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Taste is bitter with a mix of both hops an burnt grain. Bitter chocolate fills the mouth with a very pleasant taste that lingers. Medium feel. Very well balanced with the hops and bitterness keeping the chocolate in check.

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Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a short-lived brown head

S - the nose is very faint with some subtle roasted malts coming through

T - coffee, burnt sugar, toffee, roasted malts, faint bitterness

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nicely balanced, complex milk stout. The roasted malts are intense and the coffee flavors add a nice balanced bitterness. There's a nice creaminess and some toffee notes throughout. This is a very enjoyable beer. I'm not sure I would be able to have more than one of these at once, but I will definitely be having it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Midnight black with caramel brown notes edging through on the edges when held to the light nice full tan head leaves thick collar of lacing continues the same pattern throughout the session. Aroma: An airy sweet cream scent with hints of wood chips slipping through, dark chocolate and coffee notes round out the scent. Taste: Deliciously creamy just awesome mouth full of whipped cream blended with chocolate what a dessert beer, very rich with some bitterness coming through from the dark roasted malts bringing chocolate and coffee to the table maginficant. Mouthfeel: Full bodied cream stout just a big brew when it comes down to it, nice even sturdy carbonation. Drinkability: These would ware on you but it would also blend so well with vanilla ice cream as a topping, awesome well done tip my hat to the brewer's at Bell's great stuff.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Packaging date of 08/14/2017.
This was poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color but the pour definitely leaned into the dark side of the brown with a two finger off white to tan foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Lace ran with the sips of the beer but honestly, there wasn't much there.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of roasted espresso beans with a robust dark chocolate bean balance with a touch of vanilla bean and a slight little bit of chocolate cake at the end.
The flavor was moderately sweet pulling the roast in gentle with the coffee portions and the chocolate portions coming together very nicely. Aftertaste was semi-roasty with an ample sweetness of the chocolate and espresso.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied leaning towards an in between sessionable to sipping quality - I wanna gulp this, but I don't. It's actually quite smooth running along my tongue but also in it's favor is that the roastiness of the bean helps to provide just enough grip to keep it from getting cloying or any kind of stickiness.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful American stout leaning towards a dessert beer but not being a milk/sweet stout. I would love to have again.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of imbibehour
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Packaged September 6th 2011.

A very small one finger head, of dark coffee and cocoa color is presented, sitting on a somewhat very dark red, almost deep red brown body color. Head seems to fall and disappear fairly quickly, collar recedes as well too. Some just barely visible tiny rising carbonation is noticeable.

Nose is a simple berry fruit, some cherry but also a nice simple roast character, browning cooked and roasted malt. Nice mix of fruit barleywine character and stout.

For the style even slightly wet, but also fairly good flavors on the palate. Taste rolls to a mild flattened coffee and even a big soft roast character on the palate. Finish is a little watery, and almost like flattened club soda.

Overall though I really like the nose on this beer and it's the most impresssive thing about it, so I don't seem to mind ramming my shnoze in the glass and having another sip.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no dating. Black as night, dark tan head, tiny bubble head melts down to a film, lots o' lace. Nose is of sweet fruit, vanilla and burnt malt in background. Lucious mouthfeel, this a sweet nectar of the stout gods. Notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, biscuits and roasted malts. As the bottle advertizes this one boasts a soft roasty finish. More fine stuff from Bells, I wish my wife brought a case of this stuff home instead of a sixer!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,854 ratings
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