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

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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #417
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,925
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 10.35%
Reviews:
1,536
Ratings:
2,579
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 27, 2022
Added:
Dec 30, 2001
Wants:
  253
Gots:
  567
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: Named for its velvety smooth, creamy texture, this incredibly rich stout is brewed with 10 different specialty roasted malts chosen that impart notes of rich mocha and espresso. Dark and sweet tones intermingle with a soft, roasty finish.
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Rated by FrankWithers from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On first taste, smoothness is more prominent than taste. Not too sweet. Has a well balanced stout flavor.
May 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle
Glass: Nonic Pint
Temp at Pour: 47 F
ABV: 6.1%


Look:
Very dark brown-to-black with some chestnut highlights when held up to a light. 1-finger dark tan/light brown head that quickly dissipates to a thing cover and then that begins to disappear. I suspect that the age of this bottle is a factor, here.

Smell:
Sweet roasted oats and rich semi-sweet chocolate. Touch of coffee here and there.

Taste:
Initial molasses sweetness is quickly joined by roasted oats and some char. The semi-sweet chocolate appears and transitions to bittersweet chocolate and obvious coffee notes emerge. Anise shows up near the end. Finishes on a sweet fading chocolate and molasses note.

Feel:
Smooth and creamy. Body is in the heavier side of medium

Overall:
This stout is a perennial favorite of mine. I pick up at least a 6 pack each year, if I can. The coffee and chocolate notes remind of coffee stouts, but are much less in your face. The heavier body is nice. Somehow, this particular bottle hid in the cellar for 2 years. It didn't last long after I found it.
Apr 06, 2022
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - black with mahogany highlights and a creamy tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind some lacing
S - notes of semi sweet chocolate, roasted dark malts, coffee - smell is somewhat faint
T - follows the nose with semi sweet chocolate and roasted dark malts intermixed with sweet cream and coffee along with a somewhat nutty finish
F - medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Smooth and velvety, but a little thin on the finish
O - a nice milk stout that doesn't really do anything wrong.
Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured gently from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming maybe a finger of tan head. Deep cola brown color. Smell is sweet/roasty oats. Taste is similar to the taste, just mostly roasty with some sweetness. Taste got a bit much after it warmed, wasn't a fan at all at that point. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A fine milk stout if you like the roasty nature.
Mar 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.42 by LizT from Texas

Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFox

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
It's a very good, strong and sweet stout, with the heavier body and roasty characteristics you'd expect from a stout, magnified with the extra maltiness and higher abv of a double stout. The hop, malt, roast and sweet flavors are well balanced, and overall, it's just all around an excellent beer.

On the newer brown label, the words "Double Cream" are larger than the rest of the name, so the two of us read that as "doubly sweet stout" rather than "sweet double stout", which is what it actually is - a maltier, stronger version of a sweet stout. It's still a cream stout so of course it is sweet, but it's not dessert levels of sweetness, which is good, in my opinion.

In other words, a Cream Stout is a sweet stout, and a Double Stout is a stronger, maltier stout, so this Double Cream Stout is both of those put together. It makes sense in hindsight :)

I've liked pretty much every beer I've tried from Bell's, although they're the most expensive 6-packs you can buy (around here at least). When other craft beers were $10 for a 6-pack, Bell's 6-packs were $17, so I normally never buy them.
Mar 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by andyjeigh from Oklahoma

Feb 23, 2022
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Rated by KLHBB from Arkansas

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Opaque black, minimal lacing. Smell of coffee, roasted nuts, burnt sugar. Taste follows, low carbonation, borderline silky. Nice.
Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a dark, nearly jet black color with a large and massive tan head that slowly elopes into the stout in liquid form. An ever transformation of head into beer that is a beautiful show. (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate to strong aromas of smooth coffee roast, creamed coffee, and chocolate milk. Mostly smooth coffee roast and creamed coffee. (4.00)

Flavor: Moderate flavors of smooth milk chocolate, sweet cream, and creamed coffee. A soft body with a smooth finish. Some smoke off the end. (4.00)

Feel: Medium bodied. Soft, and smooth. Moderate carbonation. (4.00)

Compared to Bells Porter: Pours a similar color with a darker and larger head. Stronger aromas. More creamed coffee and cream. Less roasted black malt and roast.

Compared to Founders' Porter 1/25/22: Pours a similar color with a slightly lighter colored head. Similar aromas. More smooth chocolate and cream. Slightly less airy coffee roast. Overall, similar.

Overall: This is a pretty good sweet cream stout. It pours an gorgeous appearance. The flavors are primarily focused around creamed coffee and that's what this beer reminds me of. I'm not a milk or cream stout person, but this one might change my mind and could grow on me. (Final Rating: 4.02)
Jan 14, 2022
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours black with a finger of off white head reducing to a thick cap; decent lacing. Nose is bitter coffee, herbal and earthy hops, and bakers chocolate. Taste follows suit. Fairly bitter, earthy, not much sweetness or cream. Mouthfeel is thin and watery which is to be expected of the ABV I suppose. Okay beer. Won’t seek it out further.
Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by irishevans from California

Dec 14, 2021
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle served in a nonic glass. Packaged 09/24/2021. PRN 34794.

Appearance: Very dark brown, with some ruby red highlights at the edges. Thin tan head with some persistent sheets of lacing noted.

Smell: Sweet, roasted malt with some chocolate (cocoa powder, milk chocolate) notes. With a swirl, some coffee / espresso notes and just a bit of a metallic copper aroma.

Taste: Well blended sweet malt, cream/lactose sugars, roasted malt, coffee-like bitterness, and a little bit of char bitterness with a hint of tobacco as well.

Mouthfeel: Certainly holds up to its name. It's nicely thick and creamy smooth. Light carbonation underneath it all.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good stout, and went well with some chocolate covered pretzels. I think this would pair really well with a burger as a substitute for a milkshake. A bit of a sipping beer and I'm finding one is enough, but I would definitely get again.
Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Poured black as strong coffee with a light tan head. Bubble foam lace on the glass.
Smell and Taste: Cocoa and coffee notes. Sweet but no overpowering.
Feel: Smooth going down but slightly watery.
Overall: Could use a little kick in the ass with a higher ABV. Gosh, am I starting to should like an alcoholic? LOL
Dec 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by Danzifer from Ohio

Dec 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by Meddwol from Michigan

Nov 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Nov 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.2 by mjvlasic from Michigan

Nov 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Dathon

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pour is esthetically pleasing, no head with a nice straight pour to the bottom of a tullip glass. A nice lacing surrounds the outermost layer of the glass. Best enjoyed cold, but not ice cold. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, hazelnut, roasted malt, with less of a creamy taste but more of a creamy feel. This is the kind of beer that leaves you feeling warm, that snuggles the inside of your stomach. The earthy-ness brings in autumn vibes, a beer best enjoyed sitting next to a fire that’s fueled with oak wood. Not considerable dry. Overall a great dessert beer.
Nov 12, 2021
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Rated by kenw68 from Georgia

2.6/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 1
Lactose...Lactose...Lactose...(sigh)...a sweet stout must have Lactose...period...think Mackesons stout...very disappointed.
Nov 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.01 by lsudduth from Ohio

Nov 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.63 by beerrat from Virginia

Nov 08, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. PKG 9/13/2021, so pretty fresh.

L---Darkest brown with orange around the edges. Medium light brown head faded quickly to a ring and left nice lacing.

S---Malty as advertised. Coffee & toasty malts.

T---Follows the nose...coffee and roasted malts.

F---Medium/full bodied. Creamy, as advertised.

O---A really nice one. Would get again.
Oct 27, 2021
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Rated by SWOhio-aquifer from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up at the local mart. So surprised they had it. Remember this one when it was the cool label. A perfect stout for this autumn evening.
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Truegent2004 from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Virtually no head when poured on tap. What little foam there is, dissipates quickly. Smells and taste of coffee, slight vanilla, and spice. Bitterness level is just right. Nothing really stands out, pretty mediocre
Oct 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by KT3418 from Colorado

Oct 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Jul 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Jun 08, 2021
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
From a 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 08/17/2020. Sampled April 4, 2021.

It pours near black with a modest, diminishing tan head.

The aroma has a little chocolate and vanilla with a mild floral hop profile underneath.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

The taste is also creamy and dark but the finish feels clean to me.
Apr 04, 2021
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
L: Pours black as night in color with a bitchin, tall espresso head.
S: Smells rich of coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, slight amount of coffee.
T: Very much follows the nose, sweet dark fruit flaor.
F: Low carbonation, full-bodied, silky, smooth.
O: Not a bad brew, I'd just like it to be more roasted.
Mar 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.6 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 01, 2021
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Rated by matt-evans2 from Wisconsin

3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
a little too bitter for my taste.
Jan 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

Jan 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by bigedal60 from Alabama

Dec 20, 2020
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: Glistening highlights of Merlot outline a pour that was a rich chocolate color. A milky froth capping of one finger, was tan-hide in color, was short lived. Tiny effervesce bubbles slowly make their way though the darken experience in the vessel with a solid gold lace band encircling above like a halo.

S: Creamy rich and milky chocolate character with some marshmallow highlights on the opening nose. Eloquent milky coffee roast is freshly grounded and straight to the glass. Dark chocolate is sweet along with some burnt caramel and cocoa. There's a bit of smokey sweet dark fruit about, cherries and plums in particular that mixes with some roasted pine and silty charred remains. When all is said and done everything blends beautifully together in a balanced way.

T: The flavor was equally rich and rewarding, sweet vanilla and milky roast is very flavorful, along with some smoky wood highlights. Burnt molasses and caramel creamer add sweetness along with some dark fruit of plums and black cherries. There is some roasted pine hop leaves, milky lactose that blends well with the subtle smoky character and backbone. Wet silty ash hints are smooth as silk.

M: Full bodied experience on the mouthful, very creamy, with a lot of depth. A softly carbonated presence with just the right amount of tingle for a big stout beer. Warm roasted warming on the hold.

O: Overall a perfectly balanced brew, smooth and softly roasted sweet cream stout that is dessert in a glass with an exceptional drinkability. Sweet vanilla, rich coffee roastiness defines this drink, like a smooth Italian coffee. Huge creamy mouthful is the explanation point along with a lingering wet silty bitterness that begs for more sips. Poetry in a glass.
Nov 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.13 by Fear from Illinois

Nov 22, 2020
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Reviewed by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Reviewed by localman from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +4%
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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Rated by tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Good - didn't really impress though.
Oct 19, 2020
Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 4115 ratings