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

Double Cream StoutDouble Cream Stout
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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #377
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,548
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
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Double Cream StoutDouble Cream Stout
Notes: 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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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Pitch black in color, perhaps a faint ruby on the edges. Somewhat sized brown head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: toasted/roasted grains and malts, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cream, lactose, burnt caramel, and toffee.

Taste: I'm tasting the toasted/roasted grains and malts especially with some hop bite. Also tasting some more bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Because of this, the sweet notes mentioned in the aroma have more of a minor role, although I can still taste the lactose/milky notes somewhat well. Body is medium-light.

Nov 08, 2020
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HipCzech from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap at Brasil (Houston, TX) served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Relatively opaque, dark brown with ruddy tones. Pours with a short head of tan foam and leaves a few streaks of lace.

Smell: Toasty roasted grains and hot chocolate.

Taste: Less assertive roasted malt; coffee, chocolate and caramel. Leans a little sweet and boozy but remains restrained.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy smooth feel and softer carbonation.

Overall: A solid and drinkable, malt focussed stout. Went down well alongside morning coffee.

Nov 04, 2020
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localman from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours like a syrupy coca cola. Not as fizzy. Very little head in my teku glass. Still practicing smelling - this one I get cold coffee - making me wonder if it would get better as I let it warm up, has been chilling in my very cold fridge. I'm also getting bitter dark chocolate in the smell. I can't wait to taste. Nice classic stout flavor. Not too bitter, some coffee flavors, as I let it rest on my tongue I get a slight numbing experience, only 6.1% abv though. The mouth feel is not as creamy, not as silky as I remember stouts to be, this one being my first in at least a couple years, but I feel like that makes it a bit more drinkable. I do want some water after, it's like a dessert in that way.

Nov 02, 2020
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Brook82 from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark with thick head, good lacing. Aroma was soft with hint of dairy/malt. Taste is mild, some light bitterness aftertaste. Feel was just as advertised, creamy, but medium bodied. A solid tasting stout that is pleasing in every aspect.

Sep 26, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: opaque; very dark brown in color - almost black; 1+ finger finely pored dark brown head that receded to a thin cap; nice rings of lace;

S: first it's coffee and cream, then it's deeply roasted grain;

T: the reverse of the aroma; deeply roasted grain up front, followed by coffee and cream through the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: each sip draws you back for another;

Apr 20, 2020
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moodenba from New York

3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler of Bell's Double Cream Stout purchased in Jan. 2020, poured at 45F into beer glass. This brew packs a 6.1% alcohol, but gives the impression of a fairly mellow stout. This beer has a flavor that is distinct from most stouts and porters, and is well described in the brewery description. I hope Bell can keep this stout in production.

Jan 07, 2020
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Pduke

2.24/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Black but with a thin head. Limited secondary colors and no head fo show them off.
Some coffee, roasted nuts and dark chocolate nose, but again, even with an aggressive pour, the minimal head offered little fo aid their enjoyment.
Very thin and overly soft mouthfeel, with an overpowering metallic taste of iron and blood.

I’m a huge dark beer fan and have probably enjoyed more than a hundred. I have only ever poured out 2 beers in my life. This is one of them. Undrinkable.

Jan 05, 2020
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. L: deep brown thin head but very nice lingering lacing. S: malt dark chocolate maybe a little coffee a bit of a boozy note (wasn’t expecting that at this ABV) but not offensively so. T: not as sweet as anticipated as a double cream stout might suggest. Malt, bakers chocolate and a balancing bitterness in the finish. F: the most disappointing feature in my opinion was the thin feel. O: a very good stout that’s easy to drink

Dec 25, 2019
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WilliamGustin from Nevada

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well executed stout! Creamy pour with light carbonation and ok head - lacey as you drink it down. Solid malt/caramel tones. Great stout with dinner on a cold night. Will get this very drinkable and enjoyable beer again.

Dec 13, 2019
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle into a snifter

Look: Pours a deep, opaque black. Relatively thin but sticky chocolate colored head leaves plenty of lacing down the glass.
Smell: Roasted malt and a notable, chocolate-y sweetness.
Taste: Roast malt, dark caramel/toffee, chocolate, coffee/mocha. All throughout a light, creamy sweetness.
Feel: As the name suggests, a smooth, soft creamy body with light carbonation and tiny lil bubbles.
Overall: An incredible stout, seeing as there's no lactose in it. Looks, smells, tastes and feels like a great milk stout... but without the milk. Everything a great stout has and a sweet creamy delicious finish.

Nov 12, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is roasted malts. Picking up slight sweetness. The brewer says this beer is "completely dairy-free", but the aroma suggests otherwise. Very nice.

Deep black appearance, topped with a tall, thick, dark tan head. The head has very good retention, taking its sweet time receding. As it does, it leaves tan rings of lacing and forms a thick domed top.

Taste is coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, a subtle lactose-like sweetness, with a balancing touch of bittering in the finish.

Mouth feel is creamy while also being on the thin side of moderate.

Finish is dryer than the initial taste would lead you to expect, with the roastiness lingering on the tongue.

This is a classic English stout at its heart, which has the creaminess and smoothness of a milk stout. Extremely well executed.

Oct 28, 2019
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Drinker-Diary from Canada (QC)

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

★★★★
Une bière bien crémeuse!
Quand on est en voyage, on aime bien prendre une petite bière dans la chambre d'hôtel en fin de soirée. Cette stout crémeuse est tout simplement délicieuse et onctueuse. Elle nous donne envie de nous envelopper dans une couverture chauffante et de dormir aussi longtemps que la belle au bois dormant!

Oct 23, 2019
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Beechhousebrewassistant from North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a 1 finger tawny head that dissipates quickly (for a stout). Nose dominated by chocolate, with hints of malt and caramel, I don't get any coffee flavor. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, amazingly drinkable. Quite sweet, but not sickly sweet. A hint of bitterness on the finish.

Oct 22, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the bottling date printed on the back label. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The half finger, light tan head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a thin foam ring and a lot of lacing that covers the entire glass. Its a deep, pure black color.

Smell: It's a rich, musty smell of roasted malt and fresh cocoa.

Taste: There's sweet milk chocolate, brown sugar and some bitter notes on the back end of latte coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It's robust and creamy but also slightly crisp with medium high carbonation.

Overall: A smooth beer with a rich, complex and balanced taste. It's enjoyable and quite easy to drink. The richness in the flavor and evident creamy character is quite a feat considering there's no lactose added.

Oct 10, 2019
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DoghouseReilly3946 from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: Bottled on 08/16/19, consumed on 09/24/19.

Appearance: They label it a stout and it looks the part. Double Cream Stout is almost pitch black in color with just the faintest wisps of ruby around the edge. It produced a lively three fingers worth of sand colored head the reduced slowly.

Aroma: Wow, for not having any lactose, this sure smells like a milk stout up front. There is just a bold milk chocolate element that dominates the nose with the essential stout roast backing it up. The reported ten malt varieties are quite interesting. There also seems to be a mild hop presence, nothing too strong, just a counter.

Taste: Up front there is a bevy of assorted malts of various roast levels with the commonly associated flavors of chocolate, coffee, and mild caramel. The milky lactose vibe is quite strong here as well and certainly could have fooled me. Its actually somewhat amazing that Bells can produce a beer with this much milk sugar flavor without you know...milk sugar. The end is where the hops pop out, drying the beer more than I expected. I also pick up on mild dark fruit notes mingled into the background. The mouthfeel is nice and full even though it only clocks in at 6.1%. The beer does have a assertive sweetness, but believe me, as one who is sensitive to overly sweet beers, this one is more decadent than sugary. If you are looking for something more flavor packed and less watery, Double Cream Stout would be a nice alternative to Guinness.

Sep 25, 2019
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AvengeTheRavel from Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had it in bottle. While I know that a cream ale/stout style will have less carbonation than other styles, this one felt extreme in that regard. Where in comparison a Sam Adams Cream Stout has more carbonation than this one. The lack of carbonation ruined it for me. The taste was only "just ok" also.

Sep 23, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours oily dark (nearly black) brown and opaque. The head is excellent, ample, and foamy, and gives way to clingy lacing.

The brew is initially mild in aroma, but delivers more in the "smells" department as it warms. Moderate dark and roasted malts are the obvious star, with lactose sweetness waiting in the wings. Just a hint of metallic or mineral aspect.

Like the nose, the flavor is initially subdued, but opens up as the brew warms. Big roasty malt flavors are the star here, with strong, but not overwhelming lactose sweetness rounding things out. Coffee and chocolate flavors are simple but strong here.

The brew has an excellent feel. A bit thinner on the tongue than it looks in the glass; this nonetheless leads to a nice creamy drinkable brew.

Overall, a smooth creamy milk stout that checks all of the boxes.

Sep 01, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

Bottled 8/23/19; drank 8/31/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Cream, dark chocolate & mild hop notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Cream & mild dark chocolate flavors; mild fresh earth notes on the finish.

A good stout; not amazing, but worth a quaff every once a year or so.

Sep 01, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
BB 8/22/19
Pours dark black with big thick tan head
Sweet roasty notes, chocolate, espresso
Sweet cream, chocolate, coffee, with a big and dry roasty finish
Medium-bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel, and a dry finish
Overall this is real complex yet easy drinking brew

Apr 05, 2019
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claminat420 from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pkg 10/19/2018 then prn 23094 marked underneath it. poured heavily into my bell's pint glass.

Appearance- typical stout look with a dark tan head. leaves hardly any lacing.

Aroma- burnt caramel. also getting a weird sweet vanilla in there. interesting.

Taste- like the aroma but the caramel isn't burnt. bitterness is really tame and abv is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- medium/ light body. good carbonation. super smooth. almost velvety.

Drinkability- wouldn't mind grabbing more of this down the road.

Overall- i'm not usually a stout fan as i feel the roasted malts can be quite harsh is some brews but this one is smooth and well rounded. this and their k zoo stout are top notch stouts in my book. might like the kzoo better but this is still good.

Jan 12, 2019
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Apellonious from North Carolina

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

12 oz bottle, 8/27/18, poured into a pint glass. Shows a pitch black, with a half finger of dark tan head that retains for a bit. Decent lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and cocoa. I understand this beer is not infused with anything. The taste is similar with an added layer of dry roasted malt, similar to Beamish (check). A few sips in, I started picking up an odd green olive smell and taste, maybe the olfactory has gone awry. It eventually subsided after a few more sips. I'll have to check that out. The feel is medium and soft, with a medium low amount or carbonation. Other than the momentary green olive experience, this was a tasty stout. Went down expeditiously.

Jan 04, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Cream Stout brewed by Bell's Brewery , with an ABV of 6.10% This English Sweet/Milk Stout Pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep brown color with a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. Nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with roasted grains and malts. You also pick up a nice mix of sweetness mixed with cream. So far Double Cream Stout is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with roasted flavors. You pick up on a lot of roasted grains, malts, mixed with slight cremy sweetness. This is a nice put together Stout. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The body of Double Cream Stout is a solid medium. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.10% ABV in this Stout , it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Double Cream Stout a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, did a nice job with this Stout.

Dec 28, 2018
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times now and usually enjoy sweet stouts, however I'm not able to find much sweetness in this one. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is the nicest aspect here with rich cocoa and roasty notes. Flavor is more bitter than expected with heavily roasted, almost burnt tones combining with a tang of astringency. Body is strangely watery for the strong flavors that dominate this one. Finish is dry and bitter.

Dec 10, 2018
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

Gloss black with a modest mocha tan colored head. Healthy rings of lacing.

Roasted chocolate malt, sweet cocoa.

Chocolate malted milkshake, cocoa powder, dark chocolate.

Medium body with milkshake qualities. Sweet milk finish.

A nice version of the style.

Dec 09, 2018
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Poured Deep Brown/black with a one finger mocha head. Ruby highlights. Good lacing.
S - Chocolate!! (Oh, so good). Some roasted malt.
T - Chocolate up front with some mild coffee in the back. What a good whammy.
F - Fairly smooth with a full mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish.
O - Another winner from Bell’s. I’ve liked most of their beers since they came into RI!

Nov 27, 2018
Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 4072 ratings