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

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Double Cream StoutDouble Cream Stout

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

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

Appearance: Black dark with fairly retentive head that dissapeared quickly. This one is deep black, allowing virtually no light through at all.

Aroma: Roasty burned bitter aromas. Their is a hint of sourness that accompanies the roasted caramel smells. Very pleasant to sniff.

Taste: Full mouthfeel. The roasted somewhat bitter flavors are pleasing on the palate, and they linger for a bit after the beer passes down the tongue. Their are notes of cake-y sweetness that balance some of the coffeeish flavor.

Notes: If you like stouts then you'll like this one. Very solid, very drinkable big stout. Splitting a six pack of this on a cold winters day is good for the spirit. Trust me.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

175th Review
Served in a half pint
On-draft at the mothership itself in Kalamazoo!

From notes.

A: Deep brown/black. Quarter (mocha) fingernail head.

S: Very roasty! Toasted dark malt, coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, and fresh cream. Smells "smooth" if that makes any sense.

T: Follows the aromas quite close, but there is a burnt character here - not bad, but interesting as it mixes well with chocolate sweetness. Roasty is nice and the taste is very, very smooth. Reminds me of chocolate milk.

M: Medium bodied with smooth, soft carbonation. Delightful!

O: This beer is very rich, smooth, and easy to drink. About what I would expect for a cream stout...well done!

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

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours near black, two finger off white head, good retention and coating lace. Mild cocoa chocolate aroma. Creamy chocolate cocoa taste, lacto-like sweetness, toasty finish with touch of burnt sugar. Thin to medium soft feel. Overall a good sweet light chocolate dessert beer.

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

A: Dark, dark brown, with a sliver of ruby around the edges when held up to the light, and a half finger head with good carbonation (what I can see of it at this point).

S: Very subtle on the nose (as I usually find milk stouts), but I'm still getting a hint of lactose sugar with chocolate.

T: Full, rich taste with chocolate milk-like qualities. The sweetness is almost perfectly balanced, with a roasty finish, which luckily evades going into the coffee realm.

M: Creamy and then some! The carbonation is great and the ABV is undetectable, even under the strictest radar.

D: If milk stouts are your thing, this is one of the better ones. I still hold FFF "Moloko" up on a pedestal in this regard because of its complex "cinnamon-like" quality, but this is still a very worthy entry into this fantastic style.

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

I shared a bottle with my BA buddy imacoug. We poured our portions of the capped 12 ounce bottle into chalices.

A: IT poured a rich inky black body with a creamy chocolate head that receded fast to nothingness. There were clumps of lacing that did not linger long.

S: There was a dominant aroma of chocolate and roasted malts with hints of coffee.

T: The sweet and tangy roasted malts give the creamy chocolate flavors a thick rich body. Following a big burst of milk chocolate and coco there is a tang of hoppiness.

M: It was a medium to full-bodied beer dominated by sweet and tart chocolate flavors. It finished warm and clean with little aftertaste.

D: It was a well balanced sweet stout that was not overly sweet and balanced well the hops and hid well the alcohol. This might merit cellering for six months or more to see if it integrates its flavors even more. Nice beer but too rich for more than a single at a time.

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

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

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

A: Poured mostly black with a massive two fingers of mocha head. Some lacing.

S: Very sweet nose. Reminds me of a more subtle version of Portsmouth milk stout. Hints of chocolate.

T: Has all the basics of a sweet stout but the sweetness is not overpowering as some other examples of the style. Little hint of chocolate in there as well.

M: Very nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: Still not a huge fan of this style but his beer diverges enough from this style to make it interesting for me. Really like what I have had from Bells. Got this in NJ and wish Bells would be in NY.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours dark with a medium brown head, no real lacing, not very carbonated. Smell is weak but sweet.

Taste is dominantly sweet and noticeably creamy -- very pleasant. Maybe a hint of cherry and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thin and clean and light. Drinkable, tasty beer.

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Photo of JohnSnowNW
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep black with limited head and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts.

T - Semi-sweet, with roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Very mild bitterness.

M - Smooth initially, but really falls apart. Double cream had me expecting a velvety texture, but instead you are left with a very thin body...almost watery.

O - It's tasty, though not as complicated as the bottle description would suggest. It's a very drinkable beer, but don't expect to be blown away.

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

From notes, 4/20/11. Black pour with dense, creamy brown foam atop. Aroma is roast, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and a touch of tangy coffee. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel. Good malt sweetness with more cocoa, coffee and roast notes on the palate. An excellent sweet stout that packs a ton of flavor and a lush feel into a mere 6.1% abv.

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Photo of jwal
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MonkeyStain
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FernMaster
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap, poured into a snifter.

When the server brought this to me there was easily two fingers worth of head on this beer. The head was a dark caramel color that stayed around for two minutes or so before subsiding. Then after the head subsided it left a prolific amount of lacing on the glass. For the pure aesthetics of appearance, this easily earned a five, just wow. It looks just like a stout should and the head was prevalent and pleasing to look at. The smell was faint, it was there but subtle. I was able to make out hints of vanilla and coffee notes. The taste was really something else. My first impression was that it was a bit watery, but as I continued to drink and as it continued to warm, Bell's Special Double Cream Stout became something truly wonderful. The cream was definitely present, but not overpowering, there was some roasted malts and I think I picked up hazelnut, not sure if that's in there but it had that impression on my tongue. The coffee notes and vanilla balanced so well together that it created a truly unique taste and mouthfeel, that I've at least never had before - it was like drinking a licorice yogurt. For real. The mouthfeel was thick enough and the balance of the ingredients created a yogurt like texture. This became more prevalent as it continued to warm, but I was enamored. I ordered another beer before I finished this one and I didn't want to stop drinking the Special Double Cream Stout! Pick this up, buy it on tap, whatever, just try this beer.

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Photo of dbossman
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a brown, small head that dissipates to a thin film

S: Sweet roasted malts; chocolate and vanilla with hints of bourbon sitting through the heavily malted quality; I can't put my finger on everything going on here though--it is a complex smelling beer and I can't wait to taste it

T: Not as complex as the aroma would indicate but the layers of malts are quite satisfying; subtle coffee and chocolate as well as vanilla permeate and this beer isn't as sweet as the aromas would let you believe

F: A bit thin and the beer quickly moves through the mouth with not as much sticking to the tongue ad I would like

D: A great start but the richness of the malts makes it difficult to drink this for too long. All in all, though, this is a nice offering from Bell's

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark walnut with a fairly large, creamy, frothy, sticky, light khaki head. Decent retention with a nice creamy layer of lace.

S - Plenty of roasted malt with a lot of coffee and vanilla aromas. Also a fair amount of bittersweet chocolate. Some creamy lactose aroma as well. Maybe a touch of licorice and cinnamon/nutmeg spice as well. Dominated by a nice coffee, vanilla, and cream aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with strong coffee, vanilla, and cream/lactose flavors being the strongest flavors. Some roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate comes out as well. A bit of an earthy flavor mid sip as well. Hints of spice in the background, but not a lot. A little bitter, especially for a sweet stout.

M - Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Pretty smooth, and a little thin.

D - Not too sweet for a Milk Stout and a nice balance. Enjoy the coffee, vanilla, cream mix, although it could be a bit much after maybe two in the night.

Notes: A nice Sweet Stout with a nice mix of flavors. Just a hint of bitterness keeps the sweetness in check. A little on the thin side, and I probably wouldn't want to drink a number of these in a night, but it was definitely a nice treat.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours a pretty black with a creamy white head.

S: Milk chocolate through and through, smells great!

T: Chocolate, heavy whipping cream and dark roasted malts.

D: Drinkable but not crisp by any means. It is heavy on the tongue and creamy.

Overall: A tasty beer. It is a tad overcarbonated, but the flavours are strong and rich. It doesn't hold a candle to Moloko Plus, but it is still an exceptional brew from Bell's.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brown/Black with quarter finger head, little lacing.

S: Coffee dominates, followed by chocolate, roasted malts, I think I get a bit of bourbon oak smell for some reason.

T: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Taste disappears rather quickly. Not sure why this beer is called double cream stout. I don't taste any milk chocolate... it's not much sweet either.

M: Medium body, with medium level of carbonation

O: Very solid. I would drink this often if it was available nearby.

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Photo of Swill5786
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost opaque black with one finger tan head. Nose of a good stout: malty, chocolatey, coffee. Taste is medium carbonation and sweet malt start, coffeelike bitterness at the back, bittersweet chocolate and smoke in the aftertaste. Leans toward the taste of an imperial stout. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip

Pours a proper black (well, super-dark brown, but you know) with a beige head that wasn't any larger than one finger at its peak. Lacing happens, but is spotty. This is pretty basic looking though well-executed.

The nose on this milk stout is far more complex than other offerings of the style that I've had. Lightly roasted malts are up front, but they don't particularly swing one way or the other towards coffee or chocolate. Playing off of that skeleton are two distinct scents. The first is black licorice. The second is Amaretto. That sweet almond liquer scent develops further as the beer warms, becoming more buttery, more like a Werther's Original candy. Very nice.

The roast character on the tongue is like the nose in that it isn't really chocolate or coffee but very lightly is both. There is a dairy sweetness, as expected, that informs the malt and fattens up the flavors. That Amaretto thing carries over to the taste, too. Its almond on some quaffs, more of a hazelnut on others. Either way its good. I was concerned with diacetyl after smelling a buttery quality but I didn't taste any. The aftertaste is slightly bitter from roast but there's also an interesting woodsy note to it, as if you had placed a twig on your tongue.

Bell's Special Double Cream has a nice, medium body. A thicker body would have been my preference but what's here is good enough for carrying the flavors throughout the mouth. I may be scoring the drinkability a little bit higher than I should be, but I can't help but notice 1.) how frequently I keep coming back to take more sips of this beer and 2.) how I've never done that with any milk stout before, ever.

I came to this beer as a believer in the quality of Bell's varied and many stouts, but also after just having had a rare misstep from them in their Rye Stout (if average, competent beer can be called a "misstep"). Full disclosure: I have not previously been a fan of milk stouts. I've been thoroughly unimpressed with each milk/sweet/cream stout I've had before trying Bell's offering. Finally, I've found a beer of the style that manages to speak to me. This is good in every way and would be a fine accompaniment to dessert. Screw Southern Tier's candy stouts -- this is the sweet double stout to reach for. I now look forward to replicating the famed Special Double Cream/Expedition Stout blend at home.

*Special mention must be made about the label. Its stark image of a dark, skinny tree amidst a snowy white background looks like an Agalloch album cover.*

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this beer is really unique in terms of being pretty reserved, delicate, and easy drinking - but also providing layers of rich malty flavor. has some creamy milkyness to it, as well as sweet chocolate, hints of espresso, roasty malts, tobacco, leather, hints of dark fruit. mouthfeel is light/medium but maintains that nice creamy aspect that i enjoy in stouts. overall very impressive in its drinkability and flavor, nice job!!

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brownish black, typical for stout, slight tan head forms

S: caramel, toffee, licorice, vanilla, chocolate, coffee... lots going on here, smells nice!

T: Pretty much just like the nose, a bit of a molasses character atop all of the chocolate and caramel flavors. Little to no hop character. This is all malts.. which is to be expected considering its use of 10 different malts. Very tasty and well balanced. It is sweet, but bitter chocolate and roasty characteristics give it a nice balance

MF: Thick, creamy, a little chewy, slightly viscous

D: This is very rich and complex or a cream stout. Definitely has more character than say Left Hand Milk Stout or FFF Moloko. There is a lot of caramel and toffee aspects which are quite nice. The drinkability is good, but takes a hit due to its intense richness.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours jet black, with a two-finger creamy head of brown foam. Head has excellent retention. Big patches of clumpy lacing.

S - Oh wow. Big, rich aroma of roasted oats, chocolate, and coffee. Smells divine.

T - Great tasting blend of barely burnt grains, espresso, vanilla, and bakers chocolate. Some earthy hops bring bitterness, but "roast" is the star here. More grainy and bitter than sweet. Flavors are rich, and it suprises me how much flavor is packed in here without rolling over into "burnt/charred" territory. A little metallic oxidation in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied with aggressive, prickly carbonation. Slight overcarbonation winds up highlighting some grainy elements where it could be more creamy, and is a minor flaw in an otherwise perfect presentation.

O - A really solid stout, and as close as you can get to a coffee stout with actually having coffee added. Big aromas and flavors in a (relatively) small abv package. Really enjoyed it, and will buy again.

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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