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

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3.95/5
Very Good
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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

BEER STATS
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#5,483
Reviews:
1,467
Ratings:
3,916
pDev:
10.38%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
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Ratings: 3,916 |  Reviews: 1,467
Photo of shredder83
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: this was bottles 6 months prior to my trying it.

Pours black with a light brown head that had very good retention, no lacing to speak of but this one pours and looks great.

Smells of roasty burnt malts, a slight sweet scent, hints of coffee, vanilla and cocoa

Sweet roasted malts, bitter with a hint of coffee, no vanilla as the nose suggested and a slight chocolate note. A mildly bitter finish.

Slighly creamy but notably light when compared with other milk/sweet stouts I've had.

Overall this was not a bad beer, not an exceptional example of this type of stout either. Creamy mouthfeel was not as creamy as "double cream" would suggest but creamy none the less. I wish I would've been able to try this one fresher as it was a month from Bell's suggested shelf life but I will give it another shot fresh next year.

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Photo of jkinzey
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Big_V
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pitch black (as was the trend for my beers this past Saturday), dark khaki-colored head a finger thick, abundant lacing

S- Heavy grain smell, oatmeal and granola and other sweet malts.

T- Molasses is heavy at the finish, and there's lots of vanilla, caramel and dark roasted malt gives it a burnt flavor. There are some hints of dark chocolate.

M- Creamy, somewhat light-bodied, with lots of different sensations on the tongue. There's the dryness, sweetness, and a mealy sort of feel.

O- I didn't know what to make of this stout initially because there are so many flavors and sensations going on. But I'd say it's good. Maybe a bit scatterbrained as far as its approach and perhaps unfocused, but still good.

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Photo of mobius387
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a mug glass, bottled 9/06/11

appearance: pours a jet black, great looking stout with a 1" chocolate head.

aroma: light hints of vanilla and chocolate. i get a slight roasty smell too. still, a bit light for my taste, i like my stouts to have some more nose to it

palate: sits real light in the mouth. not a very strong or heavy bodied beer, but it works for its advantage.

taste: nothing overwhelming here, with nice light stouts flavors. typical chocolate and malty flavors

overall: a very good light stout. won't fill you up like expedition but has enough flavors to satisfy most stout lovers.

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Photo of mj81
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nowhere_native
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JGam115
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly less oily, laced brown head. Cold hot cocoa (it's a thing), dusted truffles. Bittersweet cocoa and very smooth.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black with no light passing through. Slight light brown head. Decent looking stout.

Smell: Smells creamy, if that makes sense. Plus big sweet roasted chocolates.

Taste: Good and sweet, just like the nose. Creamy chocolate taste with a roasted flavor and caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, which is a plus in my book. Smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: This brew, while delicious, is too heavy to have several of. Very good one beer drink but I couldn't do more than maybe a couple.

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Photo of AMCimpi
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ribby
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a deep burgundy color, lighter than many stouts. Pours with a decent tan head. The aroma is relatively mild, roasted malt and maybe a hint of chocolate.

The flavor has more roasted malt than i would expect, definetely has a creamy smoothness to it. A bit bitter to start, but this is a really drinkable stout.

(I first drank a bells stout on tap when i was in college in ann arbor in 1985 or 86, that was a ridiculously sweet stout. time flies.)

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Photo of elvissosa
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jamey61
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance. Black with light cream head. Head disappeared quickly.

Smell. Smells like most stouts with nothing significant to seep rate it from the others.

Taste. This beer is good. Slightly bitter, strong stout taste without being offensive. Not really getting the cream taste or feel though. A bit more chalky than I expected. I drank one with a soupie. For those that don't know what a soupie is, it is a cured greasy meat I believe also know as sopresatta. Not sure if that is spelled right. They really complemented each other well so it would be worth trying with other cured meats or pepperoni.

Overall a little disappointed due to it being hyped to highly by someone I know with similar beer taste as me. Good but not great.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. Virtually black, it lacked a head but was impressive looking. Not a lot of aroma, just some maltiness. It's very smooth and not sweet at all, which surprised me. The alcohol is completely masked, wouldn't know it was there. Nice and toasty on the finish. Goes down beautifully. Very nice!

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Photo of OStrungT
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an inky black color, with a very tiny brown head. The head fades almost immediately, leaving a slight lacing.

This beer has a nice roasted malt aroma. I smell some caramel sweetness. It has a very subtle coffee aroma. The aroma is slightly booring.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Roasted malts and caramel sweetness are the main flavors. A very slight coffee flavor is present as well.

This beer is rather thin, with a sweet malty aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer would probably be a good session beer, because it is not very aggressive. The alcohol content might be a problem after a while, but for the most part, this would be a good session beer.

Overall: Thanks HimerMan for this beer. Although it is not the best beer I have had from Bell's, it was pretty good. I would and will drink it again.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle brought back home from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI. Purchased for $2.39 (single bottle) in March 2008. Brought home for the better half that really likes stouts. This review is a mix of 2 opinions.

Note the bottle says 6.1% ABV, not 7.5% as listed on BA.

Pours an inky brown, cloudy, and a nice tan head that sticks around a while before fading into memory.

Aroma of chocolate and cream, but with that dry stout toastiness.

At first sip, it's actually fairly dry and sharp (it's colder). As it warms up, it opens up a bit and gets significantly better- more rich cream, more chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a less harsh astringency in the ending. It's still there, and is still dry, but much subdued.

Very nice version of the style.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color, tough to get a nice head. What forms is off-white in color. Some lacing.

Aromas of bittersweet roasted chocolate and coffee, mostly.

Taste is much the same. Bitter coffee notes, lightly sweet chocolate, other dark and roasty malt flavors as well. Pretty robust for the ABV.

Medium mouthfeel, stout-like.

This is a good stout--Bell's tends to do them well. But it's nothing out of the ordinary, really.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring this beer aggressively gets a finger of mocha colored head. The body is a deep cola brown, and the head lazily dissolves into a frothy ring. Lace makes a mild attempt.

Dark malt with a hint of dark fruit greets up front. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate follow up.

There is a very complex malt bill on this beer. Toasty malt up front. A hint of toffee comes in, with a kiss of roasted nuts. Dark fruit pervades this front end, then turns it over to the coffee and chocolate, with a medium-dark roast coffee flavor finishing it off.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium bodied. It leaves a residue on most of the tongue.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aracauna
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, flash-in-the-pan phead the fades to a ring of foam around the edges but stirs up easily with a small swirl. Chocolate and char on the nose. The flavor has an odd dry powdery flavor (can't quite describe it actually), that seems to intertwine itself with the chocolate malt flavors to give the impression of a mouthfull of cocoa powder. A bit milky in the flavor. I really imagined a stout called Double Cream to be a bit thicker, but it's not exactly thin. Definitely improves as it warms.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Bell's pint glass.

A: Quite dark with a fairly dark head, and a little bit of lacing.

S: Dark malts and a little bit of milk and coffee.

T: Again, dark malt and some coffee with the typical milk flavor.

M: Nice and creamy, yet at the same time dry. I'm intrigued.

D: This is a slow sipper. However, it's not terribly thick and might be nicer once the heavier stout season has passed.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque and hazy very dark brown. Thin light brown head. Looks like it will lace nicely.

Aroma: Sweet roasted malt. Creamy chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Says on the bottle they use ten different types of malts and it actually shows well in the complexity on the palate. Starts creamy and sweet then you get toffee and a nutty character about halfway through. The finish slowly goes from roasted chocolate to a black coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite complex for 6.1% ABV but not overly so. No hop presence but I attribute the bit of bitterness right at the beginning to whatever hop addition(s) was made. The roasted malt and bitter aftertaste does a good job of balancing an otherwise sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but feels more viscous. Real nice creamy feel before the finish. Easy drinkability but complex enough to warrant a slower enjoyment. My only gripe is that it's a little over carbonated.

Final Thoughts: I've been anticipating this beer's seasonal release but without incredibly high expectations. In the end it has left me satisfied with making the purchase of a sixer. Would I drink it again? Yep. Given the season and limited availability I'll be sure to ration them throughout the long winter and probably buy it again next year.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/5/09

A - Pours a very dark brown, settling near-black. ¼ inch head of tan foam dissipates quickly. Swirling revives & it holds better, though retention is generally thin. Spotty lacing.

S - Smooth, complex malt aroma. Coffee, cream & vanilla. Hints of cocoa & caramel. Very mellow. No particular hop presence that I can pick out.

T - Roasted coffee offers a slight bitterness which is accentuated by a subtle hoppiness, which is balanced by cream & vanilla sweetness. Other sugary malts seem to meld together in a supportive role with undertones of caramel & maybe a spot of toffee.

M - Full bodied with carbonation that has a good counterbalance between smooth & prickly (the former being the most notable). Residual notes of roasted malts linger. Slightly bitter finish.

D - Very easy to drink; it's quite tasty. Definitely worth a shot. I'd love to run across this on draft.

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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