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

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Double Cream StoutDouble Cream Stout
Very Good
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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 1000lbgrizzly
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body, dark tan creamy head that leaves blankets of lace. Nose has milk chocolate and a generous amount of whipped cream and buttermilk cream, faint espresso. Quite luxurious. The body also has chocolate and cream, firmly sweet, but with baker's chocolate, coffee flavor and acidity, and char on the finish, giving it a wholly separate bitterness. Feel is silky smooth, medium weight, fluffy, with mild carbonation.
A unique beer. Creamy is a great way to describe this- reminds me of when I made chocolate milk with half an half as a kid, with more bitterness (and alcohol). This is a no-shortcuts nitro milk stout. Glad to have had it.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Double Cream Stout is served up a deep and viscous black brown with a head that is somewhere between tan and beige. Both the retention and lacing are pretty average looking in this pint.

The aroma is nice and roasty with a definite coffee character to it. Some nice chocolate and a slight chalky character are also present. A touch of vanilla rounds out the flavors near the end of each sip.

The flavor mimics the aroma well with the roasted and chocolate flavors taking center stage. They are backed up by a creamy sweetness that is spiked with vanilla. As the beer warms some nice cocoa flavors begin to come out as well.

The mouthfeel of this beer is surely its best attribute. It is smooth and creamy with a body that is on the heavier side of medium. It seemingly slides down as I imbibe this brew and disappears with a surprisingly dry and roasty finish.

While I remembered this beer being better than I thought it was today, it remains a very solid beer for its style. It is quite impressive what Bell’s is able to do with malt in a beer that has no special ingredients.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Benesi88
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kraticus41
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BMoney575
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-16-07
Batch 7776
Bottled on 12-20-06

Pours a very dark brown with a very nice tan-colored head.

Smell is fantastic! Chocolate dominates with hints of smokiness.

Tastes of lots of different complex malts, with notes of coffee, chocolate and a surprising hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is unbelievable! Ultra thick and creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the lower abv lets you notice the flavors that much more.

Overall, I was surprised. I've always been a fan of the Kalamazoo Stout, but this blows it out of the water. A great beer to just have around.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed with a fresher sample since the first time I had it, it was sitting in the Iowa Beer Cache for an undisclosed period of time. This particular batch was bottled November 21 and drank during the first week of December. Now that's fresh! Subsequently, it was much more enjoyable.

The appearance is decent. It pours to an opaque black, completely impervious to light. The head is very thin and chocolatey, dissipating soon after it builds. Lacing is decent.

The smell has a lot of vanilla bean and cream soda aroma to it, backed by chocolatey malt, caramel, and molasses. Nice bold roast. Similar to the Kalamazoo Stout, but a little more rich and full.

Nice bold coffee flavor with a hint of sweet creaminess to balance out. Nice chocolatey roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is great. Very thick and creamy with a gentle and soft carbonation. One of the best American stouts I've yet tried. The ABV and intense roastiness prevent it from being more drinkable, but it is a very good beer. Another quality product from Bell's.

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Photo of dannyfayy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of clager
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fordknox
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

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

As with all Bell's beer, a handy bottling code is printed on the back of the label.

a: Dark brown to black with a thick and creamy head. Good retention and lacing.

s: Sweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt.

t: Taste the ten malts! Sweet, rich chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, slight hop bitterness in the finish, though the bitterness seems to come more from the malt than the hops.

m: Creamy, smooth, not heavy or thick, but certainly not thin. Just right for the style.

d: High drinkability, good flavor without being overly sweet or filling. One of the better milk stouts out there.

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Photo of seangibbs60
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black color, with skim-thick tan head, and some apparent carbonation seen from the bottom of the glass.

Really nice smell of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and sweet toffee.

Taste is awesome... sweet chocolate, roasty, and butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is as advertised - creamy and rich in the mouth, but finishes dry enough to leave you wanting more.

So drinkable, was hard to sip this one slowly. Just be sure to let it warm a bit - much richer smell and flavor in the 50's than straight from the fridge.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch 9513 bottled Dec 18, 2009. Pours very dark brown, black, medium body, large foamy light brown head that retains well and leaves rings of lacing.

Aroma is pretty potent, chocolate, coffee, smoke, roasted malts, and a lactic quality. Almost like cream cheese frosted chocolate cake. Hmmmm...and maybe some chocolate chip cookies, too. Interesting and unique.

Flavor is more coffee up front, some chocolate, roasted malts, and lactose. A bit watery. Bittersweet finish. OK.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, yet still a tad thin, medium carbonation.

The aroma > flavor in this one for me. If it tasted like it smelled, it would be an easy 4+. As it is, I prefer Bells Kalamazoo stout, which is also cheaper than this Double Cream stout.

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Photo of BierFan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A batch number of 8733 on the back label lets me know that this beer was brewed on September 9th, 2008. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hard pour produced a 1 finger tan/brown head. Very black body. No light shining through at all.

Smell: Fresh and roasty coffee. Slight aroma of cream or milk.

Taste: Pretty thick and substantial mouthfeel. Roasted coffee upfront. Creamy taste and feel on the swallow. Mild bitterness.

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Photo of eulerthegrape
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of scratch69
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black, with a half fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Taste- Mellow flavors of malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and creamy. Slightly dry finish with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good. Enjoyable and definitely worth having again.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this not long ago, also in bottle form, and rated it much higher then (4.75). Not sure if it's what I've eaten recently, or the other beer I've already had toinght, and maybe my taste buds are just tired and receptors all used up. But this seemed disappointingly bland. Almost no aroma. Beautiful rocky tan head. And smooth in the mouth. But where'd it go?

After it warmed up, the aroma came out nicely. Too bad it was all gone by that point.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of JackieTH
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown-black. Subtle deep garnet red highlights when held to a bright light. Nice tight cap of mocha brown head.

Smell: Creamy milk chocolates right out front with subtle roasted malt and coffee house medium roast. Smells delicious.

Taste: There is a distinct creamy taste right from the get go. It just about overwhelms the delicious underpinning of chocolates, medium roasted coffee, molasses and roasted malt. The mild creamy sweetness carries through from start to finish, and though not at all cloying, it's omnipresent. There is a bittersweet finish, or a subtly citrus sourness/possibly better described as an aftertaste that is a tiny bit distracting.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick, and although I found the overall mouthfeel to be medium-heavy, it should have liked it even heavier.

Drinkability: No question this one is double cream-tastic and goes down easy. Three bottles were harmed in the writing of this review.

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Photo of GuttaMane138
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of axeman9182
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, batch 10830 and bottled 1/29/11. This one was allowed to warm for a couple minutes before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Bell's Double Cream Stout pours jet black, with a voluminous four fingers of caramel colored foam left sitting atop the beer. The head retention is fantastic, and lacing is left behind in a thick, weblike pattern. An absolutely gorgeous beer. The nose is fairly coffee heavy, but rather than the usual heavily roasted, black aroma, this smells like coffee with a bit of milk and sugar added. The flavor brings more of the same, though I'd say it has a little bit more roasty intensity than was found in the nose. The body is wonderfully creamy and smooth for a stout that's not imperialized in any way. It's paired with a nice, subtle carbonation that gives the beer a little life without taking away from the fact that this is a 100% malt driven beer. Bell's Double Cream Stout is one of the best regular stouts I've had, and a beer I'd buy regularly if Bell's was sold in NJ.

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Photo of brutalist
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meathookjones
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an opaque black with a tall brown head that almost overflowed. The head sticks around for the majority of the brew leaving rings of clumpy lace around the glass. Damn it seems bells really knows how to make their stouts look really damn tasty. Scents of dark chocolate, cream and roasted malt combine to form a very pleasant aroma. Roasted malt starts off the taste before giving way to bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The after taste is a creamy roasted lingering one. Body is about medium with a creamy feel to it. Very drinkable and tasty stuff here, this went great with some dark chocolate.

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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