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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

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.

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

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours black with some brown highlights, and a super creamy, off-white head with excellent lacing. Smells nutty and lightly roasty with some creaminess. Tastes delicious. Creamy and slightly sweet with a fresh cream, citrus hop, and a light roasty flavor and some toasted hazlenut and almonds. Creamy and with some sweetness in the mouth. A very nice beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much head at all but decent lacing. Very dark, opaque appearance. Aromas slightly muted; roasty and vaguely metallic. Excellent flavor. Roasty, complex, malty, balanced, just the right amount of bitterness. Medium long finish, lingering nicely without a bitter aftertaste. Not a hoppy stout, which I like. Good mouthfeel with creamy, tongue-coating quality. Not too thick. Another superb Bell's offering. The roasted malt dominates, with the standard chocolate and coffee notes well in the background for a change. Nicely malty but only slightly sweet.

I really liked this one!

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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle of this excellent beer the other night.

The stout pours the expected blackish brown color, but with exceptional head retention and lacing. The head on this beer has something of a cocoa color, which I quite appreciate. The beer is likewise very attractive on the nose, with some noticeable chocolate, vanilla and coffee, but with a fine roasty, almost burnt toast aroma as well. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with moderate sweetness, but with enought hoppy bitterness to keep that sweetness from becoming overwhelming. The mouthfeel is very light and creamy, and might be this beers best feature. The beer is very drinkable, with the 7.5% alcohol well disguised.

This beer is nothing like the expedition stout, and is a nice departure from some of the RIS's I've been drinking of late. A very nice effort from Bell's, to no great surprise.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense black with a 3 finger tan head that slowly fades out into a film and collar. Spots of lacing are left around the tulip glass.
Smell is of sweet, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, toasted chestnuts, vanilla, and cream.
Taste is of the same aromas. Toasted nuts, fruits, cocoa, coffee, vanilla ice cream.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with creamy, toasty coffee bitterness with some sweet chocolate notes coming through. Mildly carbonated and rich.

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Photo of Derek
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch ID 7219, packaged on January 13, 2006.

A: Black with a tan head. Not much retention, leaves a little leg with some assistance.

S: A good amount of nose & very pleasant. Piney American hops, brown sugar and plenty of dark maltyness (bread, nut).

T: Slight sweetness, mild roastyness, mild acidity. Bready, chocolate, molases, caramel & pine. Quite nice, though I actually thought the Kalamazoo was a little more flavourful.

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Carbonation on the light side of moderate.

D: Very good.

I LOVE Bell's stouts!

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Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a black color with a scrumptious looking fluffy tan head that just stays.

The aroma has a good amount of medium roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, oats, like Breakfast Stout, and actual creaminess of dairy.

On the flavor, the beer attacks of rich roasted malt along with a hint of dark dried fruit and in an extremely manner for this ABV and style. Almost like burnt wood and licorice. There's some bittersweet chocolate on the middle, then onto coffee grounds and a good roasted bitterness, along with a bit of creaminess.

The mouthfeel as expected is medium minus to light.

The beer is rich and robust and does not hold back despite it's ABV. A pleasant surprise from Bell's.

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Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at tria in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark black color with a thin brown head. Aroma of malty chocolate, roasted coffee and hops. Very smooth, easy drinking stout. Nice balance of creamy chocolate maltiness with a nice touch of bitter hoppiness.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/14/12
*From notes

A: Pretty rich and dark for a low ABV stout like this. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger head that doesn't stick around all too long, though the thick and creamy collar certainly will suffice.

S: Earthy green. Maybe a touch of coffee? Kind of muddled, as it's not all that expressive.

T: Quite mellow. It's certainly creamy. Less char here, more of a smooth vanilla quality to it.

M: It's not mind blowingly thick, but it'll do.

O: Not the world changer some find it to be, Bell's Double Cream Stout is still a pretty darn good beer. If you're looking for a lot of flavor in your stout with a lower ABV, look no further.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and received a black cola-esque, viscous brew that left a mountainous head (size and appearance) that receeded slowly and left some lace patches. Some roasted and sweet malts in the nose, like chocoalte and coffee, but not much going on. Extremely creamy and smooth are the first two adjectives to come to mind. There is a residual sweetness from chocolate and coffee malts are noticeable, but it finishes with a nominal dry backbite. Also may have detected some caramel and toffee (maybe even honey - a thickness and stickiness not found in too many stouts). ABV is barely noticeable even as the beer warms the tongue.
This is not the most complex beer, probably not even my fave stout, but something about this beer (reminded me of yoo-hoo or something w/ alcohol)...if it was on tap or something at a local watering hole I'd be sessioning this hours. Just my opinion and personal taste.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an American pint glass

A-Jet black dense color with a few bubbles slowly rising to the surface. The head is a milk chocolate brown but it disappears rather quickly

S- notes of coffee beans and a creamy chocolate hint aswell. Just a little earthiness gives the coffee some depth

T- roasted malt start with lots of sweetness on top of some hoppiness. Finishes with a graham cracker mellowness and just the hint of hops.

M- medium body with residual sweetness but a tart mouthfeel at the end.

D- This is a very pleasant yet complex stout. It has a lot of flavor packed in that bottle but no characteristic is over powering. I would like to see a bit more chewiness in the mouthfeel but definitely a leader in this category.

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

A pint glass served at Capone's during the Founders/Bell's Nights

A: The ale is a dark chocolate color, almost pitch black, but in a darker bar setting who can tell for certain? An off-white head laces nicely throughout the glass, creating spiderwebs of delicious beer.

S: The nose has a lactic sourness, milky with an undertone of dry tartness. Some darker chocolate notes round out the aroma profile.

T: The taste follows the nose, starting off with a roasted stout body. That body is reasonably restrained, at least compared to Expedition Stout (which I had just before it). The roasted chocolate flavors are mixed with a lactose tartness, creating a milk chocolate-like flavor that comes across as just a little out of date. That lactose finish is strange, especially if you weren't expectin' it.

M: The bitterness is unusual, a strange flavor that rarely pops up even in milk stouts. Roasted malts and lactose are a nice combination.

D: Very drinkable, even with a higher abv. I went into the night liking Java Stout more but left favoring Double Cream.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a large tan head that features excellent retention and a good amount of lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malts, and hints of chocolate and coffee. Wow, the smell is mouthwatering! The taste is much like the aroma, it starts out smooth and roasty with hints of charcoal and finishes with a good amount of bitterness. Overall, this is another fantastic stout in Bell's outstanding lineup. Recommended.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by the generous trader known as russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It's been a while since my last Milk Stout.

A very nice black looking brew with over 1 finger's worth of tannish foam. A great looking brew in my New Belgium goblet.

The smell *is* milky and of chocolate but very mild in character. The maltiness is obvious but a stronger nose would help a bit, I think.

The taste is great. This is a great milk shake for grownups! Wonderfully malty with heaps of chocolate malted flavour and a nice cocoa like bitterness about mid palate on that shares some duty there with good roasty tones. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium...very darn close to full bodied, with light carbonation; wow...silky smooth mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability? Not a scary abv here to contend with so I say, drink away, as I'm doing. Very easy drinker.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2.50$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a hugee size fizzy and frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. There are also some roasted/toasted nut flavours and a light smokiness. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste with some light lingering bitterness.

Overall - Another winner from Bell's. There is a nice balance of flavours and it tastes like it was made with quality ingredients. Not my favourite style of beer, but something I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Malty nose - mainly roast - seasoned with coffee and chocolate.
Pours deep dark brown under a finely bubbled foam collar, thin but lacy. The roast flavors are soft rather than bitter or harsh.
Palate: bittersweet chocolate and coffee, a touch of caramel sweetness.
Chewy with an extraordinarily creamy body - very fine carbonation.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a thick 1/2" light brown head above a dark, dark brown/black brew. Long-lasting head that laced excellently. Aroma is sweetly of dark malts, perhaps to a fault, with no balancing bitterness seemling present at all. Taste follows the nose, with sweetness dominant, to a fault, and ends up with a tinge of bitterness, but almost too little, too late. Mouthfeel is nowhere near as smooth as one would expect from a cream stout, kind of disappointing, and drinkability is a bit better, but one could certainly find a more desirable lot from Bell's stable.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been in the fridge a while.

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a solid half inch tan head that lingers. My beer has floaties.

Chocolate, nuts, diacetyl, and subtle dark fruit begin the aroma. Toffee, toasted malt, and light roast malt add complexity.

Flavor is very buttery and fairly sweet, with sherry-like fruit emerging and leading to chocolate, roast malt, and a lightly bitter finish. Pretty subtle transitions. The finish is a touch acrid.

Body is moderate, creamy with fairly low carbonation.

Very good stout that probably developed the sherry quality due to age. Think I'd rather it not be there.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

20 ounce pint glass, served from cask at The Pub, Columbus, OH (Polaris). Pours a dark brown color with about a bit more than an inch off-white/tan head. It almost looked like a nitro-tap Guinness when it was brought to me. Lacing and head retention were both excellent. The aroma was chocolate, coffee, cream and roasted malt. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's good and sweet but also has a nice slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's very creamy and velvety with low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and creamy and extremely easy to drink. I'd drink this all the time if I could, I've had the beer from the bottle before and I like it a lot, but it's just excellent on cask. Recommended.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black. It has some head so I guess I got a fresh bottle.
S - burnt and slight peppery
T - coffee and pepper dominate with a slight bitter.
M - Creamy and delicious. Burnt not too dominant.
D - I could finish a couple and enjoy them.

Overall I expected sort of a milk stout but got more of a peppery magic hat "Howl" with a smoother body. Would buy again.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. Back label says PKGD 10/10/11.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with some light shining through the edges but only yields an 1/8 inch of light brown head that quickly passes away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Decent lacing that adheres to the glass fairly well.

S- Dark chocolate nose with some caramel in the back. Mild roast notes.

T- Quite neutral for a beer that has such a long name. Faint notes of dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee...and not much else. Not necessarily bitter, not necessarily sweet. Just a tame amount of roast. On the positive side of the coin, the alcohol isn't detected much.

M- Certainly creamy and plenty smooth. Medium-low carbonation and a robust body.

O- I remember this being better last year, but who's to say? After all, taste is subjective. Only paid $3.99 for a six-pack at Total Wine & More since it's technically out of season, so I'm not complaining!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pour leaves a wafer thin, beige head that quickly recedes to a ring around the edge of the beer. Color is a very, very, very dark brown. Almost like brownie mix.

Smell- A great sugared cream aroma mixed with melted milk chocolate mixed with some slight, dry acidity to the finish.

Taste- Starts out warm milk sweet and hot chocolate. This leads too a more easily defined roasted malt character. The sweetness slowly trades with a dry bitterness. Like a drop of hops was added to my goodnight milk.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth to start but finishes a little and acidic.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A nice, sweet aroma of cream, coffee and malt.

T: Like the smell, the taste had notes of coffee, cream and roasted malt. Much sweeter than I thought it might be, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied, not as a chewy as some stouts.

D: An easy to drink version of a milk stout.

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

Black, light ruby highlights, with a mocha coloured, thin head. Fair retention and lacing. Lactose sweetness in the aroma, chocolatey and malty, light alcohol and moderate roasted character. Full body with low carbonation. Silky smooth texture, a bit milky. Balance is on the malty side, lactose, low roasted flavour but the roast barley contributes to dryness at the finish. Low bitterness and just a bit of milk chocolate. Very light alcohol warmth. Pretty good stout overall, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kite and Key...

Pours a deep dark brown with thin yet fluffy khaki head. Smell is brown sugar forward with a nice roasted matl backbone. Taste is very sweet up front... the malts give a chocolate, carmel and molasses taste to the middle and hints of dark fruit, smoke and earth on the back end. Presence of bittering hops noted. Full bodied yet creamy. The heavy body and the super-sweet taste keep this otherwise yummy brew from being top notch.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle which was bottled 10/15/2013, poured into a Bell's snifter today, 10/5/2013.

Review #278.

Pours a beautiful pitch black body, very opaque with a substantial tan head that retains extremely well, leaving thick lacing on the sides of the snifter. Looks quite well carbonated.

Smells delicious. Heavy roast malts reminding me of espresso, bitter dark chocolate and a bit of char, perhaps smokiness. Very hefty nose, very appealing.

Very roasty flavour profile. Coffee, dark chocolates, charred malts. Heavy on the char actually, may be a bit much that takes away from the drinkability of this beer. A fair bit of black coffee bitterness on the back end.. this goes away somewhat as it warms, becoming a bit more well-rounded.

Full bodied, creamy. Sticky. Outstanding mouthfeel aside from a bit too much bitterness and char on the back end.

Bittersweet, full-bodied stout. Interesting, not my favorite but definitely has a great mouthfeel. If it wasn't as bitter or charred up, this beer would do better in my estimation. Worth trying at least once.

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