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:
3,919
pDev:
10.38%
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3.66
 
 
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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I stored this bottle in the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before opening and pouring into a beer snifter. The beer poured out jet black with a rocky dark tan 2 finger head that did not cling well. I didn't detect much of a nose from this beer. Perhaps just a hint of molasses.

I thought this beer tasted really sweet without much bitterness at all. It's very malty and chocolaty with a hint of hazelnut. I didn't detect any of the coffee flavors common in stouts. Also, it is worth noting that this has perhaps the creamiest mouth feel I've ever experienced in a beer.

Because of its sweet character, this beer probably won't appeal to everyone. However, if you're into creamy, chocolaty, easy-drinking stouts you'll feel right at home. Personally, I really enjoyed it and had a difficult time setting the glass down!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Bottle code 10151, which means it was bottled 1.25.11

Appearance - Near black, with a nice, lively tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and malts.

Taste - Similar to smell, more smokey flavors and some coffee flavors.

Drink - Good carbonation.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Small, less than one finger dense, dark beige head. Extremely dark brown/black body, not insight into it all.

S: Fills the room with molasses and coffee smells at first. A closer investigation gives me cooked brown sugar or toasted sugar of some sort. Sort of caramelly even, maybe like caramel mixed with dark chocolate.

T: Very dry and roasty, like hot chocolate made with all cocoa powder. Not too complex. Good, but not much going on. Apart from being very dry, there's not much impressive about this beer.

M: The dry taste translates into a dry feeling as well, but it has some good body. It's nice to have a stout that isn't so thick.

D: My friend that gave me this did so because in three + hours he'd only drank 2.5, and I'm not surprised.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Major thanks to brew3crew for this one.

A: Black with not much of a head. Slight bit of mocha colored foam that goes away quickly.

S: Roasted malts with a subtle sweetness beneath them. Some cocoa powder, cola nut and cream soda. The smell wasn't huge but it was nice.

T: The mouthfeel absolutely steals the show here. Incredibly creamy and velvety. Notes of roasted malt, milk chocolate, molasses and cream soda with a slightly bitter finish with a touch of dark roasted coffee. Pretty nicely done.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- exceptional texture is evident as soon as the liquid leaves the bottle. deep and dark with a shred of mahogany around the bottom of the glass. i've seen nicer looking foam on a stout, but this one's not bad. it's a warm khaki color and leaves a bit of drippy lace.

S- roasty espresso and dark chocolate as well as the fruity side of dark chocolate, backed up by sour cherries, fig, and raisin. some tobacco and leather and something woodsy, earthy, and fresh. coffee aromas are most definitely predominant and there's a nice marshmallow and vanilla sweetness lingering in the background. this stout smells exceptional.

T- taste almost follows suit. bell's claim to focus on the roasted-but-not-burnt coffee/chocolate flavors is completely true but it starts off with an herbal woodsy hoppy piney bite that keeps it from being perfect to me. on the swallow however, it's roasted and espresso and cappuccino and dark chocolate and milk chocolate and marshmallow and all sorts of good. finishes woodsy and grainy with a touch of burnt cookie and hops as it dries out a bit.

MF- tight prickly carbonation rolls over into an extremely luscious and creamy brew. the bubbles never falter or flatten out, nicely keeping pace with the big body from start to finish.

D- aside from the extreme richness, this one goes down without effort. the drawback however is that i feel like i just ate a huge wedge of chocolate cake, not that that's a bad thing. aroma and feel win. belly feels good. despite the company's explanation, lactose or no lactose, with a name like double cream stout i would have expected something a bit sweeter.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from kzoobrew. Thanks Kevin!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a beige head that thinned out leaving a few trails of lacing.

S - roasted malts and dark chocolate, yum.

T - rich, roasty flavors of coffee and chocolate carry through with a slight espresso-like bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a very good beer that was very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Milk chocolate, cocoa, creamed coffee, and dark husky notes all jump out of the glass. No real hop aroma. Clean fermentation character. Dark malt dominates the nose.

Appearance: Deep chocolate pour with ruby highlights. Tan head that retains reasonably well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More powdered dark chocolate, cocoa, and creamed coffee dominate the palate. There is some mild earthy hop bitterness that provides a counterpoint but again, the dark malt presence is what dominates. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. No alcohol heat or slippery notes. Just a touch of dark malt astringency which is appropriate and adds to the complexity.

Overall impression: A flavorful, dark malt dominated American stout. I'm not sure it would fit the style guidelines for an American Stout due to the lack of hop character but that's probably the best style for this beer. Bell's can make a great stout and this is no different. Easily quaffable and nicely done. Recommended.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black with tan 1/2 head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Coffee, some malts, chocolate, not very strong smell.

Taste - Nice mild , and creamy stout. Has a nice syrup/vanilla-ish creamy flavor adding some sweetness. Almost reminds me of a soda/creamed mint ginger ale flavor. The malts are mild and smooth coffee-ish flavored. I get some hops near the end, fairly bitter but not over powering.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness on mouth, smooth, sweet and tasty. Tounge gets some malts and cream, palette gets some coffee and bitterness from the hops.

Overall - This is smooth, sweet and easy to drink. Not overly sweet, yet still has some stout kick to it. I get no alcohol in each drink. A nice twist on a stout, i enjoyed mostly cause it wasnt overly sweet. Great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strictly black pour with a thin mocha cap. Aromas of caramel, toasted hops, mocha, and coffee are all distincly present and making my mouth water. A very creamy brew with great toasty notes with a lactic finish that lets you know that the cream is ther. The carbonation is nice on the pallet and the full bodied brew is creamy and thick going down the hatch. The bittnerness does get a little harsh after a full pint and is actually a little mroe typical of a chocolate stout. Overall the beer is very drinkabel though maybe only slightly out of bounds with regard to style.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a coffee like brownish black with about two fingers of tan head. Slow to retreat into the beer leaving behind a thin film and really nice lacing on all sides of the glass.

S: Has a good smell to it. Chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee. As always, it's hard for me to recognize much through the nose, but it's inviting all the same.

T: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted malts. Doughy like flavors make this very savory to me and keep me wanting more. I'm not really finding the hops at the end, but there is fruity quality to the aftertaste..almost like plums or raisins. Great taste here.

M: Creamy indeed. Has a nice, full velvety feel to it. Leaves behind a coat of great flavors.

O: As mentioned in the taste portion, this begs to be drank. On my next trip to Bowling Green, I may pick up an entire 6 pack of this if available.

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Photo of Brabander
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a beertasting yesterday evening with my cousin Bert and his son Michael. After a while Mrs. Brabander joined the tasting. I used small Westvleteren and La Trappe tastinglasses.

This is a good stout but to be honest not spectacular if you like stouts. I think this has to do with the low ABV compared to other stouts like the Black Albert.

The fluid is nice, pitchblack and coffee and light chocolat smells come in the nose.

Not too bad this one but not a beer which blows you out of your socks.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body with some brown edges and a sticky brown, chunky lace.

S - Smells of dark bread yeast and roasted grains. Notes of java and dark sweetnessand tang.

T - Very sweet up front, with a nice bold punch of molasses chew candy. Molasses and coffee syrups, with some bitter sweet chocolate added.

M - Semi dry, low carbonation. A good stout body and finish.

O - A pretty darn sweet milk stout. Alot of dark sweetness in this one.

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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into my Founders Brewing snifter

A: Pours dark brown, almost black. Light cannot pass through. Nice one finger tan head that stays throughout the beer. Beautiful lacing as the head dissipates.

S: Big roasted malts with a slight bitter hop undertone. Dried coffee beans come through as well.

T: Bitter dark chocolate up front with a vanilla coffee through the middle that ends in a creamy sweetness.

M: Coats the pallet with a smooth, sweet, almost chewy liquid gold. Can almost feel the beer linger on your teeth. Perfectly balanced carbonation.

O: A much roastier, sweeter stout than usual but still excellent. Easy to drink due to smoothness.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick black with brownish red around the edge. Good lacing. Great foam.

Smell: Thick smoky tobacco with chocolate and coffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good balance of hops in the finish with syrupy chocolate. Good mouthfeel as well. Carbonation and creamy balanced well.

Drinkability: A great, effective sipper.

Overall: Definitely some alcohol present in this, despite the moderate level.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 4.5 Dark dark brown, nearly black in color with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger head on the pour that slowly mellows throughout the drink. The dark khaki head leaves a sticky and frothy (but smooth) lacing on the edges of my Perfect Pint glass. Micro bubbles dance beneath the head at the surface of the brew as it sloshes around. Nice looking stout.

S- 4 This smells good. It smells of coffee and cocoa primarily, with the malts giving off a sweetness overall. I get a hint of oak at the end of the whiff. It is quite inviting, though not all that pungent.

T- 4.5 BSDCS tastes even better than I expected from its aroma. It is even more balanced by its deep malt variety on the palate, and comes together in a smooth tasty blend. I still get cocoa and a bit of coffee but it has a very good roasted complexion added by the malts as well. Just a touch of hops on the back end keep this in check, which is very nice.

M- 4 It is medium in body but a little slippery overall. Maybe it is lacking just a hair in carbonation, though it isn't much of an issue at all. I suppose the name alone had me expecting more of a creaminess than I got, but it is definitely smooth.

D- 4.5 This is a very tasty stout that isn't all that heavy and has a very good flavor profile. I'm a big fan of coffee and the sweetness that is combined with it in here from the malts works very well and isn't overbearing. For the style I could drink as much of this one as any. This is a solid offering from Bell's.

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Photo of cooch69
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty black with only a tiny head which is tan/off white.

Nose of sweet roasted malts, and 60% cacoa.

Taste is a little bitter and also a tad bit medicinal up front. Smooth roasted malts come through as well as a velvety and rich dark chocolate.

This brew is medium/full bodied. Mouthfeel is silky cremy and a bit sticky. It rich and rewarding. Definetly worth a try.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Snifter Style Glass. Dark Brown close to black in color. The edges have brown and deep red highlights. A hard pour gives a coffee milk colored cap that initially comes up pretty big; it goes away after a few minutes.

The Smell is probably the best part in my opinion. Dark roasted malts dominate the nose. It produces aromas of coffee and vanilla.

Taste is good but not nearly as good as it smells. Coffee and vanilla tones are present along with some extra bitterness. It's tones of unsweetened chocolate and some earthy hops.

Full bodied and moderately smooth. Good carbonation level with a surprisingly clean bitter finish. Not quite what I expected, not really a milky or creamy feel, but still good and smooth, very drinkable. All in all a pretty good stout, not quite what I expected, but very good.

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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 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 macktbone
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Dirk at the great Filet and Vine in Montgomery Alabama...a must stop if your in the area!

Love me some Bells so I figured I'd try this Stout.

A- Deep black color with a very thin head that only lingers along the edges in a light brown ring.

S- Vanilla, moss, and a bit of wet dog.

T- Mint, bitter chocolate, leather.

M- great mouthfeel, which for those who know me is one of my favorite aspects of a beer.

D- Good daily if it weren't for the distance and the price...12.50 a sixer is way high for this beer.

I thought the "double cream" stout would be related to the flavor not the mouthfeel, unfortunately not the case. The flavor is interesting but not what I had hoped for, however, the mouthfeel is worth giving it shot.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BATCH NUMBER: 9566 (February 2nd, 2010)

Backlighting this glass gives away only the slightest hint of brown, this is damn near solid black, in color. A two-finger head of creamy, dark brown colored, foam sits on top. It recedes to leave a surface covering layer approx 1/8th of an inch thick. The lacing is in medium-to-thick strands and is sufficiently sticky.

This is a wonderfully rich and inviting nose. Loads of smooth roasted malts come forth. A beautiful touch of cocoa powder. Traces of dark chocolates. Light touches of dark roasted coffee. Caramel notes. An almost lacto sweetness.

Follows the nose. The smoothness of flavor is really nice. Each component blends very nicely with the rest. Slightly more dry than the nose hinted at.

Full-bodied with a medium-to-high level of carbonation. Nicely creamy and very smooth.

This one is designed for drinking all through your session. Delicious. Smooth. Easy.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost opaque black with brown highlights only visible when I hold the glass up to the light. Yields a finger of light tan head after a rough pour that fades quite quickly but leaves a light lacing on the glass.

S - Some light roasted coffee aromas along with some toasted biscuit-like smells.

T - Lives up to its name! Super-creamy and smooth with only the tiniest hint of dry, acrid roasted grains that are typical of a normal stout. Maybe this is just power of suggestion creeping up on me, but I almost feel like i'm getting a creamy, slightly tart lactose note too.

M - Creamy is the word. Even the carbonation isn't too biting. My only critique is that it could be a bit thicker, but at 6.1% ABV, it's hard to really achieve that big body typical of Russian Imperials.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter. Purchased from Fitzgeralds in Eagle River, MI. Batch 10151.

Appearance: Pours a consistent black color with creamy, fluffy white single finger head. Has some really nice slow to reside lacing.

Nose: Lactic creaminess, sweet espresso notes. Great chocolate aroma followed by moderate roast malt.

Taste: Ahh yes, very creamy, awesome vanilla and espresso palate, with a minimal amount of bitterness and chocolate. Has a real nice milk stout feel, but no lactose? Great brewing out of Bell's.

Mouth: Again, great creamy texture. It has a good amount of carbonation, not overbearing, but supportive to the espresso and chocolate.

Drink and overall: Honestly, Bell's has some fantastic stout. The list goes on and on, but this one is a personal favorite. Great balance, and awesome texture/flavor profile. Always a treat when I can enjoy one of these guys.

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Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found my notebook I lost last year! Reviewed from notes - tasted 2/27/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH signature snifter...

A - Pours a very dark black color with a really nice khaki color head that forms about 1.5 fingers thick.

S - So there's no lactose in here huh? Get lots of chocolate with roasted malts and some coffee following behind. Really nice scent of a creamy, milky character as well.

T - Roasted malts and chocolate right up front with coffee and cream mixed together following. Sweet and bitter on the finish.

M - Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied and a nice moderate carbonation.

O - Another nice offering from Bell's. Really nice stout and one that I think could be consumed multiple times in a sitting.

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Photo of VMWhelan
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours black with a finger and a half of tan head.

Nose is sweet and creamy, its not unlike a milk stout. Hints of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste follows the smell. Lots of chocolate and coffee, almost burnt flavor with a definite creaminess. Sweet up front and smoky at the end.

Mouthfeel is very creamy with medium/low carbonation. Leaves the palate dry.

Overall this is pretty drinkable. A lot of flavor and a very good mouthfeel. Not my favorite stout by any means, but I'll have another.

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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