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

Double Cream StoutDouble Cream Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #326
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,356
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Reviews:
1,508
Ratings:
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
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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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Photo of Drinker-Diary
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!

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Photo of VoodooBear
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.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
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.

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Photo of AvengeTheRavel
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of Samlover55
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

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Photo of claminat420
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.

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Photo of Apellonious
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
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.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
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!

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

Excellent cream stout. Very full and rich in every aspect without being heavy. Complex flavor profile (coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts, licorice, molasses, toffee) and creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of antonyliu
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

Look:
Black with mocha head

Smell:
Roasted malt, cocoa, nutmeg, chocolate milkshake.

Taste:
Dark chocolate, malty, slightly bitter and tart. Acidic.

Feel:
Heavy, creamy, but not viscous or velvety like others. Lightly carbonated but not flat-tasting.

Overall:
A nice beer for the style. Very enjoyable, though in the same family, I’d prefer less creamy/milk, and more nutty/espresso/stronger ABV stouts.

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Photo of Baumer
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick head at pour. Dissolves relatively fast and leaves a nice ring. Black as night. good lace on interior of glass. light coffee aroma, chocolate comes through pretty well. I actually think the smell is the weakest part of this beer; not rich enough. Dark malt taste with a slightly fruity finish. A little bit of dark chocolate. Pretty balanced and enjoyable in the cold. moderate carbonation balanced against smooth cream. Great mouthfeel. A solid beer from Bells. It veers towards outstanding, but comes up a bit short mostly due to a less than overwhelming aroma. I feel that beers like this should overtake you with aroma. Extremely appealing look, solid flavor and great mouthfeel, I will buy again.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep brown so dark as to appear black. The pour produces 2 fingers of frothy, deep mocha, very short-lived head that leaves only a hint of surface cap, a very thin collar and no lacing. Aroma is Tootsie Roll candy chocolate, lightly creamed coffee, roast, toasted bread and toffee. Little if any detectable alcohol. Taste is Hershey's Coco, semisweet dark chocolate, creamed coffee, burnt bread, a little dark fruit, an earthy hint and again no detectable alcohol. A peppery spice appears in the finish. Hop presence is best defined as an earthy bitterness in the finish & aftertaste. Aftertaste is earthy, bitter, burnt malt & chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, silky and thinly creamy it is smooth in a deceptive sort of way due to the peppery spice in the finish. Sweet, but not nearly so sweet as many Milk Stouts.

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

From a bottle, this brew is a deep brown, dark color. The head is slim and tan in color. Roasty, espresso aroma...grain and a little smoke/charcoal scents. The taste is tilted a little to the dry side of things. Flavorful. Light bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, but not as hefty as I expected.

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Photo of NCSapiens
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent head. The aroma is very faint, but the taste is burnt coffee and roasted malts, with some chocolate on the finish. Style says sweet, but I’m not getting much sweet (which I prefer). Creamy texture. Taste improves as it warms. Overall a very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of ManlyWealth
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bell’s Brewers, you nailed this one. Every thing that a stout is about you’ll find in this Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout. From pour to all around rating, this Stout is heads above the rest.

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

Nice black color with a creamy mocha head. Has some head retention and laces the glass nicely. Toasty, roast coffee notes. Good nutty flavor, and and mocha tones and not too sweet. Mouthfeel a tad thin, creamy and smooth.

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Photo of puck1225
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Very dark brown color with a brown head and good lacing. Fragrant smell of dark chocolate and licorice that is included in the taste. Some cafe au la flavor. Bitter finish. Not bad.

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Photo of nbrady37
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/22/18. Poured into nonic pint.
Look is pitch black with a soft small tight tan head. Nose is all 10 roast malts used melding together into roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, plus a little bit of dark fruit maybe in the back showing up as sweetness. Taste has a bit more of the creamy dark chocolate with the same big roasty notes plus a bit of the dark fruit coming through in the middle, finish has low bitterness that fades but isn’t sweet either, lingering dark chocolate and roast. Mouthfeel is very creamy as advertised, but not really thick or chewy, medium carbonation. Overall pretty good beer with the really special part being the super creamy mouthfeel, especially without the use of lactose. The mouthfeel combined with little sweetness or bitterness on the finish and the relatively low abv makes it super drinkable. Good stuff.

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Photo of bobv
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch tan head over a very dark brown body with some nice lacing. Head is down to a ring and ultra thin head after 5 minutes, but comes back nicely after a couple swirls. Muted nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste it where those three aromas come forward to mostly chocolate flavors and a bit of coffee. Nice texture for mouthfeel and overall, a real nice milk stout right here and wish I brought more than one bottle home! Cheers!

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Photo of beersampler6
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a nice sweet stout but not as exciting as I had expected. Nice dark brown color with just a little lingering head and very spotty lacing. Smells faintly of dark roast coffee and chocolate. Tastes of dark roast coffee, a lighter milk chocolate, vanilla, malt and a very nice creaminess. Smooth, moderately creamy mouthfeel and good accompanying carbonation. Nice to drink after dinner, just not as overwhelmingly amazing as I had expected given Bell’s solid reputation.

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Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 4043 ratings