Arabicadabra | 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: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coffee Milk Stout. Brewed with 100% Arabica coffee beans roasted by Ferris Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bright, fresh coffee, chocolate, roast, full bodied and made with lactose.

Added by Tracker83 on 10-15-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,547
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
320
pDev:
6.44%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
46
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of Pens1967
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilmer
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Grupatre
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fubudu187
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StretchZep
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Michelleroo
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Portery rather than stouty. Color black as night now...thinnish feeling in ma mouth...overall, sweet java goodness. Not my fave but definitely a solid milk stout.

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Photo of arrowsmith_
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color with a latte-esque creamy tan head. Good retention. Plenty of spotty and streaky lacing left along the way.
A powerful and beautiful aroma of fresh ground coffee, earthy and vibrant coffee. Medium to dark roasted, smoky, chocolatey, yet slightly green. Just intense freshly ground coffee. A hint of bitter chocolate and burnt toast beneath it, but man, it's pretty much all coffee.
The coffee is a bit more subdued on the taste, but still pretty prominent. The taste is a smooth balance of coffee and milk stout. A bit of dark roast coffee upfront, with slick dark and milk chocolate in the middle. Bitter cocoa quickly transitions to milky sweet chocolate, the lactose coming in and offering some welcome vanilla sweetness. Then the coffee returns but greatly softened by the lactose, giving a balance of fresh dark roast coffee roast with a burnt, and lingering smacks of dark chocolate.
The feel is medium-ish, maybe a bit light, but still good for 5.5% abv. Well carbonated, just slightly silky but still chuggable. Finishes just barely sweet, but the intense coffee grind balances out residual sweetness as well.
Overall, this is a fantastic coffee milk stout. I could happily drink this all the time. The perfect coffee lover's beer.

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Photo of The_Meme_Lord
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is straight up coffee beans. When you go down the grocery store isle that has self-bag coffee beans and you pick up a couple beans that have fallen onto the catch tray and you stick them in your nostrils and walk around the grocery store with the beans in your nose. This beer is that

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Photo of Celtics76
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerstravis
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The coffee elements aren’t quite as rich & deep as you may hope - definitely more of a greasy spoon coffee flavor - but there is a lactose creaminess that helps balance that out. Good but not exceptional.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark (near black) brown with a thick tan pillow of a head. Head fades rather quickly but leaves generous lacing. Aroma is pure strong coffee. Flavor is coffee forward as well but some roasted malts join in. Feel is medium bodied. Overall a great coffee beer that I'm not convinced is not a porter.

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Photo of Lucular
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have to agree with a previous reviewer that the coffee flavor comes across as cheap coffee. Not terrible coffee and it's not enough to ruin the beer, but it's enough to keep it from its true potential.

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Photo of Maestro0708
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I normally adore coffee beers but this one missed the mark for me. The coffee character is strong and present from the aroma to the finish, but its the wrong sort of coffee character. It is off-putting, and reminiscent of a cheap cup of coffee, suitable only as a caffeine delivery mechanism. Its a shame because the base beer is clearly well made, which I attempted to reflect in my rating.

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Photo of kkazemi
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Checks all the boxes you want in a coffee milk stout - pour is black (some leakage on the edges), nice creamy tan head, coffee and chocolate on the nose and the taste, just a bit thin, but worth seeking, IMHO.

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Photo of bobv
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch tan head over a dark, almost black body with some nice lacing. Nose of roasted malt and coffee. Taste is where the Arabica beans really shine. Very tasty! Nice feel and overall, I would recommend and buy again. Cheers!

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Photo of drstalker
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SB2017
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a good stout and smells like sweet cold brew. A good smell, if a little one-dimensional. The taste begins bitter and harsh, mellowing out into a sweeter, smoother finish. You've really gotta be in the mood for coffee to drink this beer. The milk-stoutyness of the beer becomes lost in the overwhelming coffee notes, and while this beer is solid as a coffee stout, it is a far cry from Bell's stellar Double Cream Stout.

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Photo of smb71481
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Demi
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Agriverbear
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Arabicadabra from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 320 ratings