Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #193
Ranked #5,121
4.05 | pDev: 7.16%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Notes: 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.
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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark mahogany with a khaki head. Smell is coffe first with some creamy malts. Taste is fresh brewed coffee with some vanilla and cocoa. Mouth feel was medium with malt and coffee a great creamy finish.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, wine glass, bottled 10/10/19.

It pours like my morning Joe, no cream here either, and has a fingernail of burnt umber at the bottom of the glass. The head isn't signifiant, but there is a persistent float of creamy tan.

Sharp, acidic coffee, like I just ground some newly opened, extremely fresh medium roast whole bean. Despite the sharpness, it also has a creamy side like one of those canned Japanese coffees. I also get toffee, lactose, and graham cracker.

The coffee hits you first and then the finish is cocoa lactose sweetness. Acidity is higher than most non-sour beers in a coffee sort of way, but isn't too high, which is a pitfall for coffee beers. The flavors are well integrated and balanced; there's sweetness, creaminess, bitterness, strong coffee, and even a little herbal happiness in the finish.

Thin and almost refreshing. I realize "refreshing" is not the word you were expecting to hear about a coffee milk stout, but Arabicadabra has a combination of light body, punchy bitterness, and soft but flooding carbonation that makes it a reality, though it also manages to be creamy.

This is a good coffee beer and a good milk stout.

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Photo of KRug
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/30/19

Black as night with a finger of tan head that fades fast, spotty but solid lacing

All coffee up front in the nose, real roasty and creamy from the lactose, but without compromising the smoke and dark malts

The taste really amplifies the roast character here, subtle dark chocolate and vanilla notes, and the coffee comes in the finish, more subtle than in the nose but smoky

Medium bodied with good carbonation, fairly easy drinking

This one is better than I expected! The coffee is genuine and doesn’t add too much sweetness, would love to see a barrel aged version of this one day

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled October 30th with a note that says shelf life 6 months.

It pours black but not pitch black, a finger of tannish foam, excellent lacing.

I get notes of coffee leaning towards a coffee grounds bitterness. Milky is definitely present.

Lots of coffee and milk in the taste, bringing both bitter and sweet flavours. The finish has some chocolate to it. Quite the tasty beer.

Medium bodied with lightish carbonation.


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Photo of puck1225
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was served this from a bottle, poured into a shaker pint at a local favorite eatery.

Dark brown color with little head or lacing. Strong coffee smell and taste. A bit of sweet milk chocolate. Overall a pretty good milk stout.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

Pours dark brown with a half inch of tan head. Retention and lacing are moderate. Pungent coffee in the nose with plenty of roasted malts. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel. A blast of coffee up front on the palate with char following through. Finishes with lingering roast and coffee.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, roasted malts

Taste - milk chocolate, coffee bean, roasted malts

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, and in the finish, slightly watery, but not to the point where it detracts from the drinking experience

Overall - an enjoyable stout that I would gladly re-visit, good flavor, bit slightly watery, good representation overall

Price Point - $2.79/12 oz single

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Photo of Beaver13
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, packaged 10/3/19. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy brown head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is fudgy chocolate with a lot of roast coffee.

The flavor is lots of roast coffee with a little ashiness and sweet lactose and some chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, lots of chocolate and roast coffee. I remember liking this even more on tap.

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Photo of jmc65267
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Honestly I am not a huge fan of this. It has a distinct taste of a bitter coffee, which isn’t a negative but just not for me. It’s a well made beer all the positives are there it’s just not for me.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Six pack from my local store in Dry Tavern. Nice, dark and oh so rich! Smooth, creamy and thick. More molasses than coffee.... Not a bad thing though in my opinion.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a packaged on date of 10/3/19; into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark brown with noticeable bubbles along the side of the glass; thin, creamy mocha head that leaves solid lacing!
Smell- chocolate milk meshed with dark roast coffee!
Taste - the chocolate milk detected in the nose, can’t be found here; all coffee.
Feel - medium body and robust; there’s a bit of burnt toast, charred wood in the after taste.
Overall- a nice, low ABV coffee stout; nothing that stands out beyond the chocolate milk in the nose.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

my coffee pot stopped working and that's my only excuse for this at 7am. from the bottle to the pint glass, and all while enjoying that little drawing on the front, this thing poured a dark brown. little bits of light slip through the edges, and a nice sticky tan head sits atop. nose is pure roasty coffee upfront, earthy and slightly bitter. bits of sweetness, dark fruits and vanilla mingle in. really inviting aroma. the flavor profile is an initial smack of cold brew, the kind thats maybe been sitting for a bit but still fairly tasty. then chocolate, roasted malts and the faintest fruitiness take over the palate before everything settles to a dry, bitter finish. easy drinking, a bit creamy and medium bodied. not too shabby.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
PKG: 10/03/2019

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee, vanilla. The taste is malty, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee/coffee, vanilla, nice roastyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown so deep it appears to be black. Not much light penetration on this one. The pour produces one finger of frothy tan head that leaves only motes and splashes of lace. The surface cap is only a thin film. Aroma is heavy to deeply roasted coffee; coffee grounds after they are spent and cold with sweet chocolate, vanilla and thin dark fruits lurking in the background round out the smell. Taste is again heavy to deeply roasted coffee, coffee with the bitter cold grounds lingering; opening up to chocolate, toffee, smoke and burnt hints. Aftertaste is mostly a mixture of these things with bitterness jumping out at you. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy but finishing with the fine lively prickle that last well into the aftertaste. Nice but too over the top coffee for my taste.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: roasted, coffee beans, milky lactose notes, creamy mouthfeel, malty, dry finish. Same with the nose. Black/brown hue, semi clear, tan head with ring of lattice. Medium/full body. nice after dinner stout. 30 IBUs

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Photo of dsa7783
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Verona Inn in Verona. Pours a deep, dark, viscous hue with heavy frothing. Assertive aroma replete with notes of espresso, chocolate, and coffee. Similar overall flavor profile. Recommended.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Bell's snulip glass. It pours a dark walnut with cola hues and a small, khaki-colored head that dissipated quickly. On the nose there is roasted malt, burnt coffee, tobacco smoke, and nuts. It has a pleasing, roasted taste, opening with burnt coffee, char, and tobacco smoke but with balancing caramel and cocoa. As the glass warms it becomes sweeter. For a Milk Stout it has a fairly rich, creamy mouth feel with pleasant carbonation, and the temperate 5.5% ABV allows for easy drinking. Overall, Arabicadabra is a nice rendition of the style with lots of flavor and a pleasing mouth feel.

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Photo of iBeGuRGaRDeN
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste is very strongly coffee beans. Most notable to me is that this beer tastes more like coffee beans than coffee. The rest is filled out by normal stout flavors, but mainly it's a toasted, nearly burnt coffee bean flavor. Mouthfeel leans further toward carbonation than cream. Overall enjoyable but not one I'll be getting again.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/4/17; drank 10/28/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; nice lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, chocolate syrup & mild fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream, dark roast coffee bean & mild chocolate syrup flavors; sweet but balanced.

A very nice coffee stout.

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Photo of drtth
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The dark brown, almost black, beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” dark tan head that leaves behind a sheet of foam and a web of patches, rings and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes to a cap and then a thin irregular island of foam on the surface of the liquid. Sipping creates a couple of arches of lacing and lots of small patches and a few long legs of lacing.

The aromas are filled with dark roasted coffee and some dark roasted malt. There’s also a bit of chocolate.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with lots of dark roasted coffee, some dark roasted malt, a bit of milk chocolate and some sweetness. The bitterness mostly seems to come from the roasted coffee and malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with moderate amounts of carbonation. The finish begins as the most of the coffee, the sweetness and the chocolate begin to fade first leaving the long, semi-dry ending to the nicely balanced roasted coffee and dark roast malt bitterness.

Overall this is both very enjoyable and very drinkable as a coffee flavored milk stout. The sweetness is balanced nicely with the roasted coffee and milk chocolate so they all fit well together. I’d be happy to have another if offered but I probably won't go looking for another.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the bottling date printed on the label. Served in a pilsner glass.

Presentation: It develops a thin sliver of a head that goes away fairly quickly. It leaves some very good lacing that coats the entire glass. It's a pitch black, but shows some dark, reddish brown when held up to the light.

Smell: There's some milk chocolate, fresh coffee beans and a hint of smokiness in the background.

Taste: There's thick, sweet, lactose, milk chocolate note up front that transitions into some bitter dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes towards the end.

Mouthfeel: It's extremely creamy and smooth. It's full bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: If the concept they are going for is a latte, they're spot on. It has just the right amount of milk and coffee in the nose and palate. It's a a well executed beer. That said, it may lack the strong, dark roasted coffee flavor that's present in a lot of other coffee stouts and it might be disappointing for some.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was worth a full six pack of beer, I enjoyed three of them on a cold winter day with the snow falling. This is a different version of a coffee stout that was blended perfectly. This beer is worth the exceptional rating across the board!

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love strong coffee beers so this is right up my alley. Lactose lends a nice smoothness to the body. Moderately sweet with a nice bitter bite. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of dd53grif
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head that disappears quickly. Aroma of coffee. Taste is coffee with a slight bitterness. Good mouth feel. Very creamy.

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Photo of mkh012
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2 months ago and served at 50ish degrees.

The look is near-black with a tan head that sticks around (4.5)

The nose is intense for the ABV. Big coffee and nutty sweetness (4.5)

The taste is coffee, milk chocolate, and a milk stout base which comes across as marshmallow and sassafras (4)

The mouthfeel starts medium+ but thins out a bit on the backend (4)

Overall, very nice for the style (4.25)

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