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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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.

Added by Mitchster on 12-30-2001

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#5,567
Reviews:
1,467
Ratings:
3,919
pDev:
10.38%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
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Ratings: 3,919 |  Reviews: 1,467
Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anyone figure out that label? Dark chestnut color with a light brown fine-bubbled head. Oily lacing hangs around the inside of the glass. An inch high head slowly recedes, but leaves darker brown caps of foam rising out of a few spots. When held to the light, reddish-brown particles are seen suspended. Aroma of cocoa and faint hops, perhaps a hint of raisin. Rich flavor of sweet cocoa, bitter chocolate, tart cherry, piney hops, raisin and espresso. Some molasses, but not an overly roasted malt character. Chalky residual feel around the mouth, with some definite tingling from the combination of hops and bitter chocolate and coffee. Has almost an imperial feel to it.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown to black with a great looking tan head. No lacing.
S: very malty with some nice roasted notes. Cocoa and coffee.
T: spot on here as it follows the nose, though not as muted. Sweet and chocolatlely at the front, roasty and slight bitter at the back.
M: creamy, as noted. Full bodied but not filling. Finishes with a bittersweet hang.
O: really enjoy this beer. Creamy, balanced nicely, not overly burdensome and quite tasty. Well done.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Cream pours out characteristically black with a medium amount of head. Smell is strong and roasty with a touch of chocolate to go along with.

Taste is wonderfully creamy, like Kazoo Stout (coffee and roast backbone) but with a lot more creaminess added to it, and of course, a proper hit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is decent, not full bodied to the extreme, but adequate while the drinkability is good, largely because the extra creamy flavour makes it finish easier.

Overall, this is an interesting second take on Kazoo Stout. It basically takes a very solid year around, and then polishes it up a little, trading the heavier roasted edge of the standard for a creamier, smoother flavour. I like them both.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Kalamazoo Brewing Co. find during a great beer shopping experience in Indianapolis. Presented in a 12oz. brown bottle, this beer had me baffled as to what to expect. The beer poured a nearly solid black color, the exception being the ruby-tinged edges. A modest mocha colored head shriveled down to a tiny skim but left behind some pretty good patterns of lace.
The smell was a pretty straightforward blend of roasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and a faint nutty aroma. The taste was a complex mix of roasted dark malt, some coffee notes, molasses, baker’s chocolate, and some dark fruits. The finish was moderately bitter which offset the richly sweet flavors tasted earlier. The feel was medium-bodied, rich and smooth, with a slightly dry finish.
Overall, this was a really well-designed beer whose taste outshines its aroma. Initially, I didn’t care too much for the smell but I grew to appreciate it more with each sip and smell. Special Double Cream Stout has a carefully hidden alcohol content that can waylay the unprepared. A delicious, well-crafted stout. Glad I packed one home with me.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this bottle at a local store and jumped at the chance to try it. So far I haven't found a Bell's beer that I haven't enjoyed.

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer is a nice ruby-brown and leaves a 1 inch mocha colored head which dissipates to a thin layer very quickly. There is a very nice ring left around the edges, still having that mocha color. I'm surprised by the lack of malt smell. Instead I'm greeted with a recognizable lactose smell, probably common in milk stouts! Go figure! There are plenty of chocolate and coffee notes as well. The taste to this is actually just the reverse of the smell. Immediately I am punched in the face by a barrage of coffee, dark chocolate, and burnt malt flavors. It tastes pretty similar to what I drank for breakfast, only much much colder. I've had a few milk stouts before and I'm expecting a lactose taste, but it never seems to shine through as prominently as I expect. Once I let it warm up I can pick up on more of a milky taste, but it's very subtle. With each sip this beer gets silkier and silkier. This is absolutely delicious! I've drank about half of the bottle and I can start to fell some of the effects of the 7.5%. I'm definitely picking this up as soon as I can!

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Photo of 442Much
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Axic10
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Batch #9446.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a half an inch tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: Sweet, toasted malts hit the nose right away. Very pleasant nose on this one.

Taste: Slightly smokey flavor initially followed up by sweet roasted malt flavor.

Drinkability: A very smooth beer, one that I could have many times in a session. No hint of alochol at all.

I would definitely go for this beer again. Another great stout by the fine folks at Bell's.

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Photo of YetiMaas
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of scottr4073
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmh21
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep onyx with a light beige head that falls into a fine lace.
the aroma is dark, hopsack, alcohol, roasty, and malt.
the flavor malty, roasty, carmel, coffee, cream, spice.
the mouthfeel is a little thick and a creamy.
very enjoyable on a cold night.

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Photo of nflmvp
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured dark as night with a dense creamy head of foam which built to about an inch and subsided to nothing but a creamy ring and light coating. Lacing was light and sticky.

Smell was smokey with roasted malts and a bit of smoke.

Taste was more smokey than anything but also had a lot of coffee and some chocolate with almost no alcohol.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Moderately thick but very easy on the mouth. I can't get over how much I enjoy this one, every time I try it.

Drinkability is good and overall, I'd say it's about as drinkable as any milk/sweet stout I've had.

D

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Realale
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black. Thick, extremely fine 2" mocha head settles slowly to a solid 1/3" leaving nice lacing.

Extremely complex nose. Bitter chocolate leads the way, but there is a real malty richness just underneath. Lots of dark candied fruit notes as well. Very nice.

Rich and malty in the mouth. Tons of brown bready malt supported amply by chocolate and fruit notes, and a touch of bitterness. A nice acidic backbone keeps it all balanced. Finish is very long turning just a touch bitter on the death.

Mouthfeel is outstanding thanks to the bottle conditioning. Very fine and supple. Keeps the beer from being ponderous, but provides a real caress to the palate as it passes. Very drinkable for what it is.

Purchased Nov., 2002 at the brewery. Cellared since as experience has taught me I like this one with about a year of age on it.

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Photo of Beerparrot
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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 dar482
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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 lackenhauser
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a nice head that is gone way too quickly. Moderate amount of roasted aroma with a touch of hops. Great roasted flavor. Has a fantastic grainy sort of flavor-against the roasted malt it is really good. Mild, lingering coffee taste to it. Good body, maybe a touch thin. Very enjoyable. Bell's stouts usually are!

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Rattle N Hum West in New York, NY.

Dark brown color and opaque with one finger's worth of tan head. Deep malt aroma filled with chocolate and roasted malt. Chocolate dominates the flavor but there is the slightest touch of fruit sweetness to it on the back end. Wonderful creamy, full bodied texture that finishes incredibly smooth. An excellent stout that packs a lot of flavor without ever feeling too heavy.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 batch# 7143, bottled on 11-15-05 poured into a pint glass.

Almost black with a light brown head that's about 1" in height with strong retention and thick sheets of lace.

The nose carries a lot of roasted malt and a sour, woody aroma with a little bit of cocoa and milk underneath.

The taste starts off a bit watery but the roasted malts come through quickly followed by a splash of chocolate milk and some dry hops. The finish is a little sweet with the chocolate/roasty flavors carrying through to the aftertaste. Full bodies with some residuals. I could have a couple more of these before moving on.

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Photo of Optifron
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours viscous black/dark brown, with a creamy, light brown head.

Aroma: Smooth, gentle roasted coffee, dark chocolate

Taste: Starts with the taste of sweet cream, balanced with some roasted bitter, finishing with a bit stronger bitter roast. Dark chocolate bitter lingers

Mouthfeel: Wet, sweet, very light carbonation. Very nice and smooth. Creamy.

Overall: Really great winter beer. Fantastic mouthfeel, nice, full-bodied and rich sweetness, all packed into fairly low ABV.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Travlr
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black, admits no light. medium tan head, disappears quickly, leaves nice lacing. Aroma of cafe au lait with burnt edges. Taste begins with chocolate, then progresses to roasted coffee beans, then finally to burnt espresso. Very nice indeed. Laid down 6 bottles tonight, hopefully I can wait a year.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sholland119
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's Everyday.

Pours a very deep, opaque brown with a thin tan head with a lot of retention. Great looking beer for the style.

Aroma is of roasted coffee and malts with some milk chocolate.

Taste begins with milk chocolate giving way to roasted malts and a moderate coffee bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, again really above my expectations for the style.

Drinkability is very good. Plenty of rich stout flavors and creaminess along with a moderate ABV.

HV

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Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,919 ratings