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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1,467
Ratings:
3,916
pDev:
10.38%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an exceptionally dark shade of black with a nice tan head.

The smell on this one is great. Hints of chocolate, doffee, and a nice hit of vanilla abound. I could sniff this one all day.

The taste follows with the nice hit of vanilla and some light coffee. There is a slight metallic bitterness on the finish that keeps this one from getting a higher score. Freat on the front end, though.

The mouthfeel on this one is pretty good. It has a nice body with a decent about of carbonation for the style.

Again, if it wasn't for the metallis bite this one would be a bit better. Still, it's very drinkable and I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thank you to umustdrink for this bottle. Produced sometime between Nov. '06 and March '07. Pours a very dark black but you can tell that the liquid is a very clear and dark ruby brown. The dark tan head starts out pretty creamy and sticky but subsides rather fast. Good lacing left on glass.
The smell is only mildly roasty and a sweet milk chocolate-like character..
The taste starts with a bit of roastiness and finishes with a creamy lactose type sweetness. The aftertaste is a subtle sweet mocha flavor.

The mouthfeel is actually not too heavy... I would say medium, but it is very soft and slick in the mouth. Not as much flavor in any direction as I was expecting but very solid nonetheless.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Roke87
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, slightly chilled, and poured into a snifter.
Batch #9985 Brewed on September.14/2010

Appearance- Pours a very dark colour with a nice one finger of dark tan head that quickly resides to a very thin lace leaving small spotting till finish. Almost completely opaque until held up to a light which reveals edges of brown goodness.

Smell- Not a whole lot as far as the smells are concerned, maybe a little more muted than I am used to for a stout, but you do still get that typical roasted malt in there. I also get hints of sweet vanilla, and a hint of chocolate eventually comes through.

Taste- This is where this beer comes through for me, very creamy tasting with an intense roasted malt flavour right off the bat. Some mild chocolate flavours come through paired with a sweet caramel vanilla taste, with a very slight hint of coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied stout that is very creamy and smooth, good carbonation for a stout as well.

Overall- A very good stout and a shining star in Bell’s offerings, Creamy and easy drinking, this is one that you could drink all night. Personally I liked it and would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of kbeals
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with about a figner of brown head. Head sticks around resulting in good head retention and decent lacing.

S- Lots of roasted aroma coming out of the glass. Coffe, roasted adn sweet malts. As it warms it lends itself to a sweeter smell. Very pleasing overall, a bit one-dimensional but I don't expect much else from a Sweet Stout.

T- Very similar to the smell, although it tends to be sweeter throughout the duration of the session. Definitely a pronounced roasted flavor of coffee and malts. A bit of spice to it also, sort of unusual.

M- Velvety smooth and very creamy. One of the best mouthfeels out of all the sweet stouts I've had. Good amounts of carbonation.

D- Definitely drinkable. The creaminess of it makes it worth drinking. For sure a recommendation to any fan of stouts.

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Photo of wac9
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

its dark it smoothed it creamey its wonderful enjoy

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler generously provided by BigLobo8971 in the growler plus round 3 BIF. Thanks bro, this will taste great with tonight's Giant's victory!!! Poured from a 64oz growler into a Blue Point snifter globe.

A - Poured a silky black with a thin tan head that hung out for a while and left nice streaky lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malt creaminess. some bittering coffee. quite nice.

T - Roasted malts, nuts, sour coffee. Just as I remembered it

M - Vibrant in my mouth, milky and creamy.

D - Pretty good. Better than I had remembered it from the glass. Very excited to half 64oz of it, but my wife tried it and dug it so looks like I'll have help finishing this with the game.

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Photo of littlelorib
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black opaque brew with almost no foam, just a fine lacing. Surprising to me is that this lacing lasted till the end. Smell is malty with a hint of molasses. Taste is more complex than that hinted at by the smell, with roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate, with just a hint of warming alcohol. It is thankfully missing the syrupy sweetness that i was expecting. The mouth feel is fairly smooth.

I am finding that this stout is growing on me, becoming more complex and interesting as it warms. Definitely something to look for next winter, when my tastes turn back to porters and stouts.

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Photo of suspect
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Received as an extra from rfraga77. Thanks!

A: Dark dark brown. Agressive pour leads to a two-finger fluffy tan-ish head that disappears relatively quickly. Lacing is thick and sticks to the glass like glue.

S: Wow, big time aroma here of toasted chocolate malts, bitter dark cocoa, espresso. Lots and lots going on here...it's really an assault on the nose - in a good way.

T: Way more subtle than the nose would suggest. Way smooth blend of coffee, espresso, chocolate, toasted malts, bready malt and a touch of hop bitterness at the end that for some reason I think I can differentiate from the coffee bitterness - but I'm pretty sure I'm right.

M: Nicely carbonated, probably on the lighter side of carbonation. Medium body, smooth feel.

O: A nice, easy drinking stout with a ton of complex aromas and flavor. To strike the balance of smooth and complex is seemingly not an easy task. This is a really nice brew and I commend Bell's on a job well done.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08-07-08- Purchased at Chuck's Wine and Spirits in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a code printed on the back label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown approaching balck in color. Nice 3/4 inch head fills right to the top of the glass. Creamy in texture and feel. Light lace traces left behind.

Smell- Smells fairly well roasted if not coming to the burnt sector. Coffee, vanilla and very light chocolate notes.

Taste- Very highly roasted malts with just a touch of a smoky flavor coming into play. Vanilla bean-coffee mixtue is prominent. Very mild chocolate, mostly just very creamy heavily roasted coffee bean flavor. Hops are there, but play a very minor role.

Mouthfeel- Creamy..as it should be. Very smooth and silky. Very light hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Great beer here. Haven't been disappointed by Bell's yet. Seek out!

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours dark as night with a solid one finger, creamy, tan head that leaves thick lacing down the entire glass.

S - Strong sweet aroma right off the bat. Hints of dark roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, and cream. The sweetness overpowers nearly all of the smaller aroma's in this one.

T - Quite sweet up front quickly giving way to a creamy mix of coffee, chocolate, and other rich earthy flavors. Finish is a strong roasted flavor that is a bit overpowering. A fairly well put together cream stout.

M - Heavy flavor and feel with moderate carbonation. Very smooth with rich, roasted, flavors clinging to the pallet long after consumption.

D - I am sure I could drink a few of these, just maybe not all in one sitting. A very nice cask offering from Bell's.

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Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very black body with a thin light brown cap...the cap stayed pretty thin and there was some lacing left

S - A standard nose compiled of chocolate, coffee, malts, and a nice sweet addition from the cream

T - The flavors work together nicely...the chocolate and other malts stand out at the front...they are deeply roasted but never come across as being burnt...again as the nose suggests there's that added sweetness from the cream which I found to be nice...it wasn't a harsh lactic flavor...the coffee presence is tasted at the end and helps with that deep roasted bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...creamy from the nitro...not a huge lingering lactic flavor...solid roastiness

D - For being a sweet stout I really enjoyed this one...it was a lot better than their Expedition Stout...the cream never became overly sweet and the malts really lasted throughout...another solid beer from Bell's

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Photo of bigman147
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #7219. There is no date anywhere on the bottle but it appears to be new since several other recent posts list this batch number.

Appearance: The beer pours almost black with a slight dark garnet/ruby brown in the areas of the glass were light can get through. Poured a dark tan head (maybe 3/4") that lasted about a minute. The persistent 1/8" head remains with minimal lacing. Swirling darkens the trace head around the edges to nearly brown.

Aroma: Aroma is largely of coffee, dark malts, and slight buttery toffee/caramel. Depth isn't really in this as I find the coffee, black malt notes over power. Couldn't find any perceivable hop notes as others have noted.

Taste: The taste is a very rich creamy coffee. Excellent mouthfeel and creaminess. A very pleasant coffee bitter is balanced by malt and the cream finish. A trace sour finish that I expect in a stout. Nothing out of the ordinary as far a flavor. Bitterness seems to be mostly from the use of dark malts with minimal hops. Excellent balance as the beer finishes with a cream bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy without any unpleasant harshness.

Drinkability: This beer would be best enjoyed on a nice cool autumn day as opposed to the mid-70's we are enjoying in MI today. All and all, worth trying and I would definitely make a point of buying this when I get the chance.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this stout on tap in the Toledo area. The nice dark body was capped by a reasonable tan head and this laced nicely in the early stages, weakening as the head faded.

The nose was better than I expected it would be and gave off some nice hints of roasted malts and coffee aromas. The flavor likewise was quite substantive and provided nice roasted coffee notes with plenty of malt base. These flavors strengthened as the glass warmed a bit.

The mouthfeel was very good, being both full and creamy with a bit of a dry finish. There was even some hints of strong hopping, ala Storm King, as the brew finished. Very nice, indeed.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch #9961, bottled on September 14, 2010.

A: Dark brown, almost black body. One-finger white head leaves some lacing.

S: Some chocolate, licorice, and a bit of roastiness.

T: Starts off with espresso-like notes. Bitter and sweetened chocolate make their presence felt. Also hints of vanilla. Finishes slightly sour.

M: Medium-bodied, rich and creamy.

D: Another solid stout from Bell's, especially for those with a sweet tooth. Would go best with dessert.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brownish, but turns black in the glass. It sits there, with little head between you and the beer. It's just begging you to drink it.

It's a little harsh in the mouth, but refreshing. Excellent taste, and not overwhelming. Mainly burnt coffee flavors, which coincidently is how it smells, too

A slight metallic bitterness hurts the drinkability, but not much.

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Photo of smellsofstout
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pour from bottle to snifter. light brown head that laces ok. aroma is of chocolatey roasty malts very delicious notes. very mellow espresso like aftertaste with a creamy finishs. good stout from a good brewer who never dissapoints. could definitely pound a few.

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Photo of korguy123
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. Bottled 01/04/2012

A- Totally opaque brown pour with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is decent after the head collapses to a thin cap.

S- Medium roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate. There is a touch of oak, vanilla licorice and peanuts (peanut smell sort of reminds of of Shorts Uber Goober)

T- Roasted coffee, slight leather and tobacco. Peanut flavor again with a brown sugar sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

M- Full bodied and creamy.

O- I was honestly expecting a milk stout until I read the description. This really is a stellar beer though, the peanut taste I was getting was much better than my experience with the Uber Goober lol.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had cream stout before, so what's the deal with double cream stout? Is it a double stout with cream? At 6.1% ABV, I assume it has double the cream. It's that time again to open a 12 ounce bottle and pour into a glass. On to the beer:

A smooth pour yield an obsidian colored beer topped with a half-inch of tanned head. The head stays up well and leaves a few streaks of lacing around the glass. It smells like a pleasant sweet stout. Lactose being an obvious note, pleasant roasted malt in the back, so an appealing nose.

Being labeled as "double" anything connotes a heavy beer. Not so in Double Cream Stout. Not only flavorful, but very damn smooth going down. It's cream sweet, backed by a good stout with roasted and licorice notes. As for texture, I imagine that it's not far from silk, because it's incredibly smooth.

Dessert has been served in the form of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. This is one that I'd love to try again.

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Photo of KI9A
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Obviously a dark cola color. Tan head, oustanding lace windows on the glass.

S: Malty & sweet.

T: Definate chocolate mile/toffee/chocolate malt tste. Sweet, but, not overbearing.

M: Smooth, lush. The sweetness eases the bitterness of the roasted malts.

D: Very drinkable. Like above, the sweetness eases the coffee like bitterness.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carbonized wood with English Breakfast tea on the trims. The complexion appears chalky, in a tumbled marble kind of way, and the beer is uncompromisingly opaque. Good lighting reveals shades of browns near the surface but its body is impenetrable. There isn't much head but its surface is far from plain. Little marks of lacing dot the glass like rifle spray.

I'm not impressed by a brewery just putting on the label that they use 10 different malts in the recipe - I want to taste it for myself! In this case, I can smell it first. The aroma is so full of malted graininess it makes me believe I'm hovering over a propane burner and a keg full of boiling sweet homebrew wort. I don't have much experience with raw ingredients but in this I feel as though I can manage to distinctly pick out individual pale, crystal, roast and chocolate malts.

Whoa! I can taste them, too. With 10 malts in there it's easy to guess a few correctly; my palate indicates roast barley, chocolate, Munich, caramunich, a chewy English Marris Otter and likely, everything in between. Each sip is like the musical scale of malts that takes you from low octave to high, changing tones and pitch all along the way. In quick splitting seconds the taste changes from light, pale malts to dark, roasty to sweet and caramelized.

I like that the beer is left so plainly undecorated. Beers are rarely this straightforward and simple; pale ales and pilsners perhaps, but stouts rarely. I don't taste much coffee, nor chocolate, nor dark berries, nor licorice. (Actually, the most distinct impressions I get are of peat, soot, ashes and smokey wood.) I taste grains - and plenty of them. This isn't taking anything away from the flavour, on the contrary, I find this a refreshingly earnest offering.

Like good music, beer requires balance and harmony between its instruments. The use of such a profound malt bill has provided an orchestra of grainy, malty flavours that rotate positions like a game of musical chairs. It's too bad that with this being my last bottle I'm going to be the one left without a seat when the music stops. Thanks BuckeyeNation!

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Photo of afdempse
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, black color with tan creamy head. Head quickly dwindles to a ring around the glass.

Aroma of dark chocolate, fruit, toasted bread and caramel cream.

Dark roasted barley flavor, with chocolate and licorice also present. A hint of creamy caramel, with very faint diacetyl. Finish is slightly bitter, with dry grain husk flavors in the breath.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, and moderately dextrinous, but the finish is mostly dry.

A very enjoyable stout from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of chumba526
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears black with a small layer of brown foam.

It smells of toasted coco beans. I get a mild bread like smell and a bit of a sweet smell as well. I also get a mild coffee smell to this stout as well.

There is a smooth roasted malt flavor to this beer. I get a mild dark chocolate flavor, a bit of a mild dry herbal flavor and a mild coffee flavor. There is a mild sweetness to the beer though it is balanced with a mild bitter finish.

There is a smooth moderate carbonation to the stout. It has a smooth mouthful.

Overall a very enjoyable well balanced yet well flavored stout.

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Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Liquor Stop
Bottled 12/20/2006

Double Cream Stout poured glossy black with very minor black coffee colored edges when held to the light. A two finger drown head was produced on the pour. After some waiting and this typing it fell to a half-finger creaminess. Looks good.

Smell is strong of bitter coffee grounds. Swirls of cream are mixed in with the black coffee. Heavily roasted malts combine with the coffee notes to for a robust smelling stout.

The flavor is actually quite a bit different than I imagined from the smell. Big roasty flavors that show up in the front and again in the finish. A milky creamines comes through in the middle along with mild coffee ground bitterness that gets stronger until it meets with the roasted malts.

I really enjoy the mouthfeel on this beer. It's medium bodied but creamy like a heavier bodied beer. Somehow on the finish there's even a little frothiness. Very nice.

Drinkability is good for a bigger stout. I can drink a couple of these in the winter time but I have to be in the right mood. I have to be in the right mood for a lot of stouts though. When I enjoy them I really enjoy them. This one is very nice.

A good solid stout overall. I thought there would be more milk chocolatiness but I was clearly wrong about that. Very nice beer to have handy on a cold night like tonight.

Slainte!

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Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,916 ratings