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 #7,358
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Reviews:
1,508
Ratings:
4,043
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Appearance: Opaque dark amber body is surmounted by a small tan head, which slowly dissipates. Rings of lacing adorn the glass walls.

Aroma: Rich, very dense aromas of coffee, dark cocoa, bitter chocolate, and char.

Taste: The taste begins with a surge of cold coffee, and bitter cocoa. Later, notes of vanilla present. Late in the taste, bitter cocoa and coffee dominate the taste. Finishes with a linering note of bitter chocolate.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very full, velvety, with little carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A fabulous example of the style, it would be very pleasing on a cold Winter day.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap,, served in a New Belgium chalice.

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Photo of Nass
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is true to the representation on the label stating that it is a double cream stout. It is so creamy in texture that I sometimes mistake this for an oatmeal stout. I like their Expedition Stout more but this one is not bad at all. This is a good sessionable sweet stout. Cheers! B

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith's nonic pint glass

A: Nearly black in color; the slightest of mahogany highlights shine through near top of the glass; 1 finger mocha-colored head recedes quickly; lacing glides down sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts mingling with dark bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee; a woodsy note lingers through the middle; as it warms more of the dark chocolate comes out along with hints of dark fruits (raisin-like) .

T: Starts with a roasted malt twang that quickly gives way to bittersweet dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, and a fainter, dried, dark fruit note (like raisins or prunes); mid sip the roasted flavors regain control - burnt toast, medium-roast breakfast coffee with a moderating splash of cream that keeps this stout from becoming overly bitter; finish sees lingering roast undertones competing while a smooth nutty, bready flavor (akin to stale, brown bread loaf) stays on the palate.

M: Full bodied; oily/slick but not overly thick; fine carbonation.

O: A solid stout from Bell's. Even though my opinion is that this is not their best stout, nor is it my favorite from their lineup, it is still a very pleasant offering that features a nice depth of roasted flavors. Supremely easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with rich tan head and sticky lacing. Very light nose, some malt, coffee, oat, and smoke. The flavor is rich but light, smooth silky malt with coffee, chocolate, char, tasted oat and maybe a little vanilla. This is a very smooth and lighter stout but not light on flavor, I enjoyed more at room temp. Very good beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with light brown borders, topped by a light chocolate brown head that appears soft and deflates to a thick film on the surface of the beer. Lace is limited to small sheets and assorted scraps. The nose is of roasted malt with undercurrents of vanilla and coffee.

Special Double Cream Stout is enjoyable and has plenty of dark roasted malt to go around. Coffee is more aggressive on the palate and vanilla is still present as well. The beer seems both sweet and dry at the same time, with a long, mellow, slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is exactly what it should be for a sweet stout. It isn't as heavy or as viscous as an Imperial stout, more along the lines of an oatmeal stout. It falls just short of smooth and creamy... and the bubbles are fine.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout is another good beer from a very good brewery. It's a step or two down from Expedition Stout in terms of intensity. As a result, it seems more drinkable.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BSDCS pours close to pitch black with a one and a half finger mocha head into my snifter. I am surprised at just how dark the head is, but the film that is left after the froth recedes is a touch lighter. From what I can see of the carbonation, it looks bountiful and excitable. The lacing left behind on the sides of my snifter has the classic and cherished snow-capped mountain look.

The aroma of this beverage is delectable. When agitated with an aggressive swirl, the roasted malts really make their presence known, and carry with them a peanut presence. At rest, a milk chocolate and vanilla smell combo emerges. I know that this beer does not contain any dairy, but holy cow, I swear that I smell some creamy lactose in this calf. I like how this aroma is versatile from swirl to rest.

At first sip, the taste of the beer is of roasted malts that tend toward a nutty taste. After that initial roasted flavor, a mild mix of milk chocolate, vanilla, and cream mellow out my palate. The finish has just a slightly bitter nip to it, which I would guess comes from the hops in the brew. This finish cleanses my palate nicely and leaves just a little bit of residual roastyness on my tongue.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy and about medium-bodied for a single stout. I do wonder how they got this to be so creamy without any dairy and with such a low a.b.v. I am impressed. The finish balances the creaminess of mid-sip nicely with its drying quality.

This is an enjoyable beer to drink and is a stout of which I could knock back a few. I really enjoy its pronounced creaminess, as well as the nutty roasted malts. This is definitely another winner from Bells.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this beer. What can I say, I love cream stouts. Everything i would expect from a creme stout. Wont bother describing it. Jus go drink one

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Photo of fscottkey
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: [4.75] Poured a massive 2 finger head. The head is dense and tan. It forms a head like you expect on a good stout. The beer looks black but with lighting you can see it is really a deep ruby red with some minor light penetration. The head recedes slowly - but leaves lots of nice lacing. The bottle lists the born on date (10/30/14) and ABV (6.1%).

S: [4.25] I am getting smoke and malt. Like charred hardwood. The smell is like campfire and it is pretty inviting.

T: [4.50] The beer has a sweet start and continues with the smoke in the midpalate. The smoke and roasted malts last into the aftertaste. I am getting hints of chocolate and vanilla in the sweetness.

M: [4.25] "Double cream" sort of sets a mouthfeel expectation. This is not too creamy but it is very nice. It has solid body for 6.1% and the roasty finish is a nice addition.

O: [4.50] This is such a solid all around beer. The smell was inviting and the taste was spot on for the style. Really good flavor throughout. This is the best stout I have had in quite a while. The roasted malts balanced with the sweetness of the malts is fantastic.

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Photo of budgood1
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out like motor oil...thick dark tan head with staying power. thick rings of lace. aroma of those boxed chocolates so popular at valentines day and around x-mas. tastes of intermingled dark and milk chocolate. tart notes of candied cherries. rum cake. molasses. currants, raisins and dates. a whole lot of yeasty goodness. liquid lusciousness in a bottle. voluptuous body, velvety mouthfeel. double creamy indeed. finishes sweet and then roasty dry. highly drinkable for a stout of this magnitude. yummy stuff.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice beige quarter inch head. Smell is roasted black malts and just a hint of coffee. Huge coffee flavor in the taste. Wasn't expecting that at all. Really dominant. A little cloying in the mouthfeel to be truthful. Very creamy and velvety smooth to drink. Very good, but still can't get over the amount of coffee in the flavor that I'm getting.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass, from a 12oz. brown bottle long neck with crimped-on cap.

Opaque,black slight ruby red hue when held to light, 2" thick tan head, pillowy with good retention,lacing around the glass.

A solid moderate nose,very roasty,carmelly/toffee hints of vanallia,smokey and woody,a very enticing aroma.

Tastes very roasty,like coffee.toffee/carmell a great malty profile. woody,with hints of vanallia. A smooth,clean semi-sweet and bitter finish with a very pleasing quality.

A very creamy mouthfeel,feels light on the palate, a wee bit chewy,smooth throughout,very enjoyable and tasty and drinkable.
A very good stout,would love to drink this one again.
One of the best stouts i've had in a while.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of skrib09
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nicely cascading, tan colored head.

really dark appearance which invites you to smell and sample it.

smells roasty, complex, sweet.

surprisingly roasty taste. a slight finish of sweet coffee. good taste.

good mouthfeel, average drinkability for me.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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